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Post by Addie » Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:09 pm

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Trump names 'digital guru' Brad Parscale campaign manager for 2020 re-election bid

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday the appointment of digital guru Brad Parscale to manage his bid to win re-election to the White House in 2020.

Parscale was digital director of Donald Trump's successful campaign for the White House in 2016. He has been called the "secret weapon" of that campaign.

The Trump-Pence Campaign said that Parscale and the rest of the campaign, in addition to building an infrastructure for the 2020 re-election bid, also will be involved in helping Republican candidates in the upcoming 2018 mid-term elections.

Trump's son Eric Trump in a prepared statement said, "Brad is an amazing talent and was pivotal to our success in 2016. He has our family's complete trust and is the perfect person to be at the helm of the campaign."

President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is also a senior adviser to Trump, in his own statement, said, "Brad was essential in bringing a disciplined technology and data-driven approach to how the 2016 campaign was run. His leadership and expertise will be help build a best-in-class campaign."
Adding:
Politico: Trump picks Parscale to run 2020 campaign
CBS News: Trump announces re-election campaign and Brad Parscale as campaign manager
Bloomberg: Trump Names Brad Parscale His 2020 Campaign Manager


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Post by kate520 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:21 pm

Isn’t he being investigated, too? Oh, my lord. :swoon:


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Post by ZekeB » Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:25 pm

Yeah Donald, keep up the good work. 35% of the people approve of your performance. You'll win the primaries.


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Post by June bug » Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:29 pm

kate520 wrote:
Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:21 pm
Isn’t he being investigated, too? Oh, my lord. :swoon:
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Post by Addie » Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:56 pm

Vox: How Trump’s 2020 campaign manager is connected to the Russia scandal

... Parscale is intimately tied to a company called Cambridge Analytica, a shady data analytics firm that has become a major focus of both the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian meddling in the election and special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

TIME: What to Know About Brad Parscale, Donald Trump's 2020 Campaign Manager
Mother Jones: The Guy Trump Just Named to Run His 2020 Campaign Has Been Interviewed by Congress on Russia


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Post by Addie » Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:09 pm

Associated Press
Trump campaign chief lends name to penny stock tied to felon

WASHINGTON (AP) — The political strategist and online guru who was named President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Tuesday has a close financial relationship with a penny-stock firm with a questionable history that includes longstanding ties to a convicted fraudster, according to an Associated Press investigation.

Brad Parscale, who played a key role in Trump’s 2016 election victory, signed a $10 million deal in August to sell his digital marketing company to CloudCommerce Inc. As part of the deal, Parscale currently serves as a member of California-based company’s management team.

The company touts itself as “a global provider of cloud-driven e-commerce and mobile commerce solutions.” But records reviewed by the AP raise questions about its current financial picture and its rocky past.

Cloud Commerce’s operations have not turned a profit in nearly a decade, the records indicate. The company’s most recent quarterly earnings showed it has spent more than $19 million in investor money since its creation nearly two decades ago and has only $107,000 in cash on hand.
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An expert on penny stock trading said the details about CloudCommerce — including its history of losses, limited cash, the fraud once committed by Lei and discrepancies in its current chief executive's biography — raise concerns.

"There are sufficient red flags to give a responsible regulator reason to investigate," said Jacob Frenkel, a former senior counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission who focused on penny stock fraud and is now in private practice. "What about this company isn't a red flag?"


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Post by gupwalla » Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:08 pm

Addie, you missed the best part. It's less than a paragraph so I'll just quote it as a sentence so as to preserve the paragraphs rule: “What about this company isn’t a red flag?” (Former SEC Commissioner)

But seriously, the paragraph before that is gold. You have to read it.

This is yet another example of "it's so completely awful you wouldn't find it believable if it were a paperback novel" that has been all so common in the Trump era.


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Post by Addie » Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:03 am

The Week: Brad Parscale, Trump's new campaign manager, hired Eric Trump's wife as his liaison to the campaign


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Post by RTH10260 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:20 am

Addie wrote:
Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:03 am
The Week: Brad Parscale, Trump's new campaign manager, hired Eric Trump's wife as his liaison to the campaign
What's wrong with that (maybe the cash flow of donor money to the Trump family...)? The campaign was a family business at the time.



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Post by Addie » Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:13 am

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'Jared has faded': Inside the 28 days of tumult that left Kushner badly diminished ...

On Wednesday, Kushner attended the morning senior staff meeting where, at Kelly's prompting, he spoke about the recent announcement that Brad Parscale, a close friend of his who worked on Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, would be running the 2020 reelection.

Explaining why Parscale was chosen, Kushner spoke of his digital savvy, and also stressed that Parscale has the full support of the president and his family. It is unusual for government officials to so openly discuss campaign politics in a White House staff meeting.

Parscale's appointment - first teased out by the Drudge Report, whose founder, Matt Drudge, communicates regularly with Kushner - came as a surprise to some West Wing officials and was seen as an attempted consolidation of power by Kushner at an especially precarious time. Some Kushner critics said the announcement was premature, arguing that the president's political team should be squarely focused on the midterm elections this November before staffing up for a reelection more than two years from now.


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Post by RTH10260 » Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:47 am

Addie wrote:
Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:13 am
WaPo
'Jared has faded': Inside the 28 days of tumult that left Kushner badly diminished ...

:snippity:
How long does it take for Jared to "get the message" that his days of glory are gone and he ought to resign by himself and not wait until he gets purged?



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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:33 am

RTH10260 wrote:
Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:47 am
Addie wrote:
Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:13 am
WaPo
'Jared has faded': Inside the 28 days of tumult that left Kushner badly diminished ...

:snippity:
How long does it take for Jared to "get the message" that his days of glory are gone and he ought to resign by himself and not wait until he gets purged?
Kushner doesn't have the loans he needs just yet for 666 5th Avenue. As soon as he has extorted that money from sovereign lenders he'll go back to Manhattan to resume his brilliant career as, according to Trump, "a real estate person." (Trump couldn't call him a "developer," "investor" or "operator." He's just a "person." Truer words were never spoken by Kushner's father-in-law.)

It takes a lot of talent to overpay for a building by a billion dollars and put your crooked family's hard-embezzled enormous wealth in jeopardy through the feckless purchase of one building while your daddy is in prison.



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Post by TheNewSaint » Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:56 pm

Has anyone else gotten text message spam to hear Mike Pence speak? I'm gotten 3 messages, and I shouldn't be on any Republican mailing lists. Sounds like they're having trouble filling seats, something that should not be difficult in this part of the country (Council Bluffs, Iowa).


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Post by MN-Skeptic » Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:38 pm

TheNewSaint wrote:
Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:56 pm
Has anyone else gotten text message spam to hear Mike Pence speak? I'm gotten 3 messages, and I shouldn't be on any Republican mailing lists. Sounds like they're having trouble filling seats, something that should not be difficult in this part of the country (Council Bluffs, Iowa).
3:30 on Tuesday afternoon, a totally crappy day for predicted weather - rain, high of 38 degrees, quite windy. Just to hear Pence talk about how great the tax legislation is. Shrug.


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Post by TheNewSaint » Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:04 pm

That's ordinary weather for these parts, and there should be plenty of locals in favor of Pence's agenda. The early start time is a little off-putting, but I've noticed other political events starting at 4-ish, for some reason. I see also that it's a fundraiser for Nebraska governor Pete Ricketts, who was last seen loudly inviting the NRA convention to town. Odd that an event for the Nebraska governor would be held in Iowa, when there are two comparable arenas in Omaha proper. Also odd that they're pestering me, when I'm not exactly their base.

In 2007, Barack Obama's first presidential campaign sold out the much larger Omaha Civic Auditorium. Just sayin'.


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Post by Addie » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:11 am

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Trump Personal Assistant Reportedly Fired Over Security Issue

A longtime personal assistant to President Donald Trump was reportedly fired and escorted out of the White House on Monday, marking the latest departure of an original campaign aide.

John McEntee was unceremoniously removed from his position because of an “unspecified security issue,” The Wall Street Journal reported, citing an unidentified White House official. The ouster was also reported by CNN, citing similar sources.

McEntee wasn’t allowed to collect his belongings ― including his jacket ― being before escorted out, according to the Journal.

McEntee previously served as an aide to Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign, and the Trump campaign announced Tuesday that he will rejoin the organization as a senior adviser for campaign operations. He’ll work alongside Katrina Pierson, who served as the 2016 campaign’s national spokesperson and will now oversee the campaign’s national grassroots outreach.


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Post by tek » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:26 am

Addie wrote:
Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:11 am
HuffPo
Trump Personal Assistant Reportedly Fired Over Security Issue

McEntee wasn’t allowed to collect his belongings ― including his jacket ― being before escorted out, according to the Journal.

[...]

the Trump campaign announced Tuesday that he will rejoin the organization as a senior adviser for campaign operations.
There's some optics for ya...


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Post by Addie » Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:56 am

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Democrats fume over Parscale's limited answers on Russian digital meddling

Donald Trump’s digital guru has stonewalled questions about Kremlin election interference, Democrats say, even as he launches Trump’s reelection campaign. ...

“People have been circling this since the beginning, because it doesn’t pass the smell test. Something is missing,” adds a former U.S. intelligence official who has spoken extensively to congressional investigators.

“How did it all happen? It’s what directly links Kushner to Parscale to Cambridge Analytica — and potentially to the Russians,” the former intelligence official said, adding that Parscale and Kushner brought in Cambridge Analytica over the objections of “everybody else” in the campaign. ...

In the past, Parscale has dismissed such accusations of collusion. “I think it's a joke. Like, at least for my part in it,” he told “60 Minutes.“ But he also acknowledged that even his wife jokes that it was as though he “was thrown into the Super Bowl, never played a game — and won.”

That lack of experience has also drawn the attention of some investigators, who say they are also mystified by Parscale’s rapid trajectory from low-profile web developer to leader of a U.S. presidential campaign in just a few short years.


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Post by Addie » Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:02 pm

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Trump campaign tries to distance itself from scandal-ridden Cambridge Analytica

President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign has no existing contracts with Cambridge Analytica and no plans to contract with the firm going forward, a campaign official told POLITICO on Tuesday. And, the official added, the data analytics firm only “provided limited staffing” during the 2016 campaign, and the Trump campaign did not use the firm’s data. ...

Along with the statement denying any existing or future contracts with the firm, the Trump campaign also directed POLITICO to an October statement, in which campaign executive director Michael Glassner said Trump chose after securing the nomination to “partner with the Republican National Committee on data analytics” and “relied on them as our main source for data analytics.”

“Any claims that voter data from any other source played a key role in the victory are false,” the statement said.

The campaign, however, was not willing to have the official quoted by name in the fresh comments provided on Tuesday. The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

The Trump campaign was not always so eager to distance itself from Cambridge Analytica, especially in the wake of the surprise 2016 win.

“We found that Facebook and digital targeting were the most effective ways to reach the audiences,” Jared Kushner told Forbes after the 2016 election win. “After the primary, we started ramping up because we knew that doing a national campaign is different than doing a primary campaign. That was when we formalized the system because we had to ramp up for digital fundraising. We brought in Cambridge Analytica.”


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Post by Addie » Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:17 am

WaPo OpEd - Joe Scarborough
It’s becoming clear that Trump won’t run in 2020

It has been nearly three years since Donald Trump descended his faux-gold escalator to announce an improbable run for president, and Republican politicians seem just as baffled by the reality TV star’s future as they were the day he first launched this publicity stunt gone wildly wrong.

It is true that GOP leaders stand silent as President Trump trashes the rule of law, attacks federal judges and declares America’s free press the “enemy of the people.” These lap dogs even remain muzzled as younger Americans are chained to a future of crippling debt. And they shame the memory of the first Republican president — who gave his life ending slavery — by marching alongside a bumbling bigot who labels Hispanics “breeders” and “rapists,” seeks to bar tens of millions of Muslims from entering the country, and defends white supremacy in the ugly aftermath of Charlottesville.

And yet these same morally enfeebled enablers have become muted when asked whether they’ll support their fearless leader’s reelection bid.


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Post by p0rtia » Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:38 pm

You wish, Joe. Wagging the dog, as usual. :fingerwag:


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Post by Addie » Tue May 15, 2018 10:00 am

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Scoop: Trump's "big data" plan for 2020

Trump reelection campaign manager Brad Parscale starts with 18 million email addresses and phone numbers (“hard contacts") of likely Trump voters, and has a goal of doubling that that to 30 million to 40 million by Election Day 2020 — roughly half of the votes Trump needs. (He got 63 million in 2016.)

The big picture: Parscale plans to spend $1 million per month for the rest of '18 on digital prospecting, with hopes to increase that next year. The campaign says it has had great success recruiting Trump supporters with ads on AOL (an older, Trump-friendly demographic), Bing, Facebook, Google and conservative news sites. ...

The message: Based on polling, the campaign's early messaging will emphasize economy, security and — wait for it — change.
That's a pretty tough sell from Air Force One. Parscale says one way of pulling it off is emphasizing "Democratic obstruction."
Parscale meets with Trump frequently in the White House residence and on the road, and they talk often on the phone.
The campaign manager has been showing Trump polling that shows the president's disapproval numbers have gone down.

Parscale's theory: Moving voters to neutrality is the first step toward eventual acceptance — as with a product or a personal relationship.


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Post by Addie » Wed May 16, 2018 8:33 am

Vanity Fair: “Pence Is Not Stupid”: As Trump Sinks, G.O.P. Insiders See a Shadow Campaign Taking Shape

Could Pence’s ambition make him the president’s next mortal enemy? Or will his well-oiled political operation allay Trump’s concerns—at least for now?


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Wed May 16, 2018 9:03 am

Addie wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 8:33 am
Vanity Fair: “Pence Is Not Stupid”: As Trump Sinks, G.O.P. Insiders See a Shadow Campaign Taking Shape

Could Pence’s ambition make him the president’s next mortal enemy? Or will his well-oiled political operation allay Trump’s concerns—at least for now?
Ruh roh. When Trump learns about this article, Pence will be punished.


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