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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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Posted 04 March 2019 - 11:37 PM

Apparently, A Fake PAC Is Soaking Up Trump Donations

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Posted at 4:41 pm on March 4, 2019

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Robocalls are the worst, arenít they? I get them too often, and I even installed one of those spam blockers on my phone. That goes for political calls as well, as most of you from purple states or districts will likely agree. But thereís been a particularly bad robocalling scheme going on lately, asking people to donate money to President Trumpís 2020 reelection or to help fund the building of the border wall. But waitÖ you might actually want to help with those things so itís not so bad, right?

Not in this case. According to CNNís Andrew Kaczynski, these calls are coming from a shady operation thatís claiming to be affiliated with the President, but in reality, have nothing to do with Trump 2020. And the guy in charge of it appears to be pocketing most of the money.

Calls like this one, said to number more than 200,000, have helped raise more than $100,000 in January alone, but that money isnít going to the Trump campaign, whose spokesperson told CNN they were not affiliated with the calls. Instead, the calls are coming from a political action committee that isnít affiliated with Trumpís re-election effort and hasnít spent any money so far in this or last election cycle, according to records from the Federal Election Commission.

A CNN KFile investigation into the group behind the calls, Support American Leaders PAC, reveals it is run by 32-year-old Matthew Tunstall, who has a history of managing shadowy groups that target people with politically charged calls in order to raise money while doing very little ó if anything at all ó to put that money toward a political purpose. Tunstall made more than $300,000 through these groups in the 2016 presidential cycle, FEC records show.

You have to read through all the details to see just how bold this operation has been. If the reports are accurate, these calls seem to be in direct violation of campaign finance laws in many instances. The name of the actual PAC behind the calls is never given to the victim, nor the name of the guy running this operation, Matthew Tunstall. But his ďTrump supportingĒ activities arenít all heís done. Heís been running these schemes under different organizational names purporting to support both liberal and conservative causes.

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But now that heís been exposed, the FEC is looking into the matter. There may be an expensive lesson coming in the near future. In the meantime, if you get any calls asking you to help out the President and theyíre coming from any of the names listed in that article, itís probably best to hang up and/or report the call to the police. Of course, thatís pretty good advice in most cases. Donít bust out your credit card and donate to anyone until youíve researched them and know precisely where the money is actually going.

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 01:38 AM

And can we trust CNN to have done their due diligence before going with their story?
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Posted 05 March 2019 - 12:29 PM

Sounds like fake news put out by the left to divert attention from AOC doing exactly the same thing.
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Posted 05 March 2019 - 07:05 PM

Would appear to be an legit story.

Remember, in 2016 Trump specifically disavowed all of the "New" SuperPACs that were springing up purporting to be in his name. I'm going to take that as gospel UNTIL I hear differently from a bona-fide Trump spokesperson.
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Posted 06 March 2019 - 06:16 PM

Start a rumor that there is a fake dem pac soaking up all the $$ for the guys that are out to defeat Trump.
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