Laura Belin

Tears for the top tier

Oct 05, 2019

I would argue

that nominating Bill Clinton in 1992 and John Kerry in 2004 shows Democrats do sometimes recognize the need to nominate a strong general election candidate. (Disclosure: I was a precinct captain for Kerry and still think he was the better candidate for that year. He almost beat a sitting president who had a strong economy, and I believe Howard Dean would have been wiped out.)

Highlights: How Iowa’s Pete Brownell helped NRA become Russian asset

Sep 29, 2019

good question

He crossed the line in a few ways. First of all, it’s not illegal to do business in Russia but you can’t do business with sanctioned individuals or entities.

Also, he can’t use the NRA’s resources to promote his personal business interests, regardless of what country. He can’t fly somewhere in the US on the NRA’s dime and use his position as an NRA officer to make a profit.

It doesn’t seem like he personally facilitated Russian money being spent on US elections, but he did help build relationships between key players in GOP politics and Russian sources.

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