Citizens for Trump, which has endorsed Rep. Jim Renacci (R), “shared a staffer with the congressman: Vanessa Treft, a field director for Renacci who also is listed as the Ohio and Michigan director for Citizens for Trump. Citizens for Trump’s website lists 19 volunteer team members. [Citizens for Trump executive director Tim] Selaty acknowledged collaboration with Renacci’s campaign in several areas.” A Renacci spokesman “wrote that Treft works full-time for the campaign, ‘but is no longer a paid employee’ of Citizens for Trump.”
“Neither Citizens for Trump nor Patriotic Strategies, the Texas-based company that claims to accept donations for ‘Citizens for Trump America First Movement’ on the group’s behalf, is registered with the Federal Election Commission. There have been no public filings on how much has been collected or how it has been spent.”
“The group’s big move so far in Ohio is a website — dishonestjonny.com — that attacks Secretary of State Jon Husted (R). … But information about that website’s origin began to disappear once BuzzFeed News began asking questions. The site, for example, no longer includes its original ‘Paid for by Citizens for Trump’ disclaimer at the bottom of its pages. … James Brown of Patriotic Strategies registered the dishonestjonny.com domain on Sept. 5. … [T]he phone number listed with the registration for dishonestjonny.com — the site registered by Brown of Patriotic Strategies — is the same number Selaty used when applying for a rally permit in Cleveland last year. … The address listed for Brown on Patriotic Strategies’ incorporation papers in Texas also matches the address on Selaty’s 2016 permit application. … By Friday, the dishonestjonny.com domain’s registration information had been made private. … Meanwhile, records show the Renacci campaign registered a similar domain — dishonestjon.com — on Sept. 5, the same day Patriotic Strategies registered its anti-Husted site.” (BuzzFeed)
WEEKEND PLANS. Former state Rep. Connie Pillich (D), Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley (D), State Sen. Joe Schiavoni (D), and former Rep. Betty Sutton (D) “are expected to show up when Democrats hold a candidate forum Saturday at Sandusky High School.” (Sandusky Register)
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"White House chief of staff John Kelly has tapped Chris Liddell, a senior White House aide and former executive at Microsoft and General Motors, as his deputy." Prior to his appointment, Kelly had just one deputy: "Joe Hagin, who focuses on the day-to-day operations" in the White House. "Up until now, the White House had not named a deputy chief of staff for policy, though several aides, including [DHS Secretary Kirstjen] Nielsen, had informally played that role."
The Supreme Court on Monday "rejected a plea to undertake a historic reassessment of the constitutionality of the death penalty nationwide. The court denied certiorari in Hidalgo v. Arizona, which challenged the constitutionality of that state’s death penalty statute but also attacked capital punishment generally 'in light of contemporary standards of decency.'" The Court did not act on another case, Evans v. Mississippi, which would have prompted a broader review of the death penalty. "Justice Stephen Breyer, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan issued a separate statement agreeing that the Hidalgo case should be denied because the record in the case was not fully developed, but hoping a future case would be a better platform for reviewing capital punishment."
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman begins his two-week visit to the U.S. this week, meeting with "political and business leaders in Washington, New York, Silicon Valley and elsewhere" in an effort to shore up financial support for his government and rehabilitate its image abroad. "The crown prince employed a similar public relations strategy on a three-day visit to the UK," where he met with "an array of British business and defense leaders." Bin Salman has been widely criticized for his alleged political chicanery in the Gulf, and for Saudi Arabia's devastating air campaign in neighboring Yemen.
A fourth package bomb injured two people in Austin on Sunday evening, "which the police chief says was caused by a tripwire and showed 'a different level of skill' than the package bombs used in the three prior attacks." The police are still searching for the perpetrator, and have warned residents to not pick up or approach suspicious packages. Previous explosions, which the police believe are connected, have killed two and wounded several others.
White House Lawyer Ty Cobb said that President Trump not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller. Speculation swirled after Trump attacked the investigation on Twitter, and called out Mueller directly for the first time. “In response to media speculation and related questions being posed to the Administration," Cobb said, "...the President is not considering or discussing the firing of the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller." Several members of Congress, "including some top Republicans, warned Trump to not even think about terminating Mueller."