Eric Holder is finding himself at the center of yet another scandal. The scandalous former Attorney General for the Obama administration is finding himself at the center of an ethics complaint filed against the current Democratic candidate for Ohio attorney general, Steve Dettelbach.
The ethics complaint alleges Dettelbach abused the law using gambling as a fundraising tool. The charges of gambling center around Dettelbach’s campaign and the decision to raffle off a meet-and-greet opportunity with Holder.
The now-defunct fundraiser page blared – “The former Attorney General is coming to Ohio to stump for Steve and we want you to be there! You have until July 23 to be entered into a chance to meet the former AG, so you’ll want to act quickly.” A donation of $5, $10, or $50 bought Obama fans of former Obama administration an opportunity to meet and rub shoulders with the former U.S. attorney general.
Yet it appears that neither of these lawmen knew the law, or they simply did not care what the law stated thinking themselves above it, and the law for whatever reason did not apply to them. However, it seems the two men will get the opportunity to get better acquainted with the law as Mark Miller, a conservative citizen and small business owner from Cincinnati, just filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Committee through Finney Law Firm. The complaint alleges Dettelbach is guilty of operating a “scheme of chance” against the law.
Mark Miller, a citizen activist, says Dettelbach’s fundraiser was actually an ‘illegal scheme of chance.’ Miller filed the complaint with the help of Finney Law Firm, which has represented Republicans in previous legal challenges.
At church picnics, school fundraisers and charity auctions, Ohioans raising money will raffle off everything from all-expense paid vacations to baskets of sports trinkets.
But Democrat Steve Dettelbach offering a chance to meet former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder? That could be a problem. Ohio law largely prohibits political campaigns from running raffles.
‘I would urge him not to have a raffle because it is probably illegal,’ said Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters, a Republican, told The Enquirer. Conducting an illegal raffle is a misdemeanor offense under Ohio law.
Holder is the guest speaker at a Cincinnati fundraiser for Dettelbach Friday at the Queen City Club. The hosts include Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper, former Kroger executive Paul Heldman, and former state Sen. Eric Kearney.
Tickets range in price from $250 to $2,500, but Dettelbach’s campaign is offering supporters an opportunity to meet Holder for much less – as little as a $5 donation.
Enter now to win a chance to meet Eric Holder!’ reads a Democratic fundraising website under the banner ‘Steve Dettelbach for Attorney General.’
Dettelbach’s campaign says the opportunity to meet Holder doesn’t qualify as a raffle and isn’t illegal.
It appears the Democratic campaign is not to be questioned regarding their flagrant disregard for the law either based on the response received from Dettelbach spokeswoman Liz Doherty. She states in response to the FEC complaint – ‘This is a by-invitation political fundraiser, and we wanted to give supporters the opportunity who might not otherwise have it to meet the 82nd attorney general of the United States. Anyone who questions this is making a ridiculous political attack.”
“According to the complaint, Dettelbach’s campaign paid ActBlue, based in Somerville, Massachusetts, to operate the contest. It offered chances for a spot at Friday’s fundraiser with Holder at Cincinnati’s Queen City Club for as little as a $5 donation. Tickets run $250 to $2,500.
The complaint alleges neither ActBlue nor Dettelbach’s campaign are registered as the type of authorized charitable organization that may legally operate a raffle under Ohio law. Among authorized entities are churches and other religious organizations, fraternal organizations and veterans’ groups.
Phil Richter, executive director of the Ohio Elections Commission, told the Cincinnati Enquirer this week that the raffle risked potential criminal violations. He said he normally advises candidates to check with their county prosecutor before launching one.”
Yet political campaigns have been warned about utilizing raffles as a campaign fundraising tool in the past and Ohio law clearly prohibits political campaigns from conducting games of chance. Given Dettelbach’s history with the law and his current candidacy for attorney general of Ohio, one would think he would know the laws that govern the state or at the very least how to look them up. The law is conveniently posted at OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov for their perusal.
A short history of Dettelbach’s legal career –
Assistant U.S. Attorney in Cleveland, Ohio from 2003 to 2006
United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio during former President Barack Obama’s two terms in the White House for over six years before resigning in 2016
2006 until his appointment by Obama in 2009 and back again in 2016 to his current position – Partner at BakerHostetler in Cleveland, Ohio
Appointed by Governor Ted Strickland to serve on the Ohio Ethics Commission
Yet this man claims to have not known the law or even known to look up the laws governing the practice of raffles by political campaigns in an election campaign?
As the Washington Examiner notes – “Whenever a candidate for attorney general, whenever a politician applies to become the top cop of a state, his faithfulness to the law becomes a determining factor. If Dettelbach wants to be a lawman, Dettelbach should start by convincing the Ohio electorate that, you know, he is ready to follow the law. So far, the candidate hasn’t even admitted to the possibility of a screw-up.
Holder is slated to appear with Dettelbach tonight, and frankly, it’s not a good look at this point.”
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IT’S OVER: Trump Just Released His First Re-Election Campaign Ad & it’s Going Viral
President Trump tweeted out what is seemingly the first re-election campaign ad for 2020 and it went viral overnight. This will give you chills.
It’s about 2 minutes long and it starts by playing audio of President Trump’s 2016 campaign promises from different speeches. Then, it shows the images of him keeping these promises.
Then, in the final minute of the video, you hear President Trump deliver a message directly to the “forgotten man” and “forgotten women” in a truly emotional way that sums up President Trump and the patriots who support him.
Never ever ever give up. Never stop fighting for what you believe in, and for the people who care about you.
Carry yourself with dignity and pride.
Relish the opportunity to be an outsider. Embrace that label because it’s the outsiders who change the world and who make a real and lasting difference.
Treat the word impossible as nothing more than motivation.
I am asking all citizens to embrace this renewal of the American spirit. Seize this moment. Believe in yourselves. Believe in your future. And believe once more in America.
I will fight for you with every breath in my body. And I will never ever let you down.
The forgotten man and the forgotten woman. You’re not forgotten anymore.”
Al Sharpton Doesn’t Rule Out Running For President, Criticizes Trump
Rev. Al Sharpton, one of the most visible figures of Black Lives Matter, has not ruled out running for president in 2020.
Sharpton said he wasn’t currently exploring a presidential run but did not rule out running, BuzzFeed News reported Tuesday.
“I never rule anything out,” Sharpton said.
Sharpton was in Florida Sunday leading protests against Florida’s stand your ground laws after the death of Markeis McGlockton. Michael Drejka shot and killed McGlockton in July. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri did not charge Drejka due to Drejka claiming he feared for his life.
Sharpton has been highly critical of President Donald Trump, calling him a racist at a Sunday rally because Trump stumped for Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida and didn’t mention McGlockton’s name.
“You want to know why we call you a racist? [You] talk like a racist and you walk like a racist and you act like a racist!” Sharpton said at the rally, according to BuzzFeed News.
Sharpton also criticized Pastor Darrell Scott, who called Trump “the most pro-black president that we’ve had in our lifetime,” on Aug. 3. He also argued that black ministers were cowards for not bringing up McGlockton’s name when they visited the White House that day.
“I won’t bow to Pharaoh, and I won’t bow to Donald Trump,” Sharpton said.
If Sharpton were to run, he would join a crowded Democratic primary. Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and former Vice President Joe Biden are just a few high-profile Democrats who have hinted at running for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.
Sharpton has run for office before. He ran for the Senate three times in the 1980s and 1990s and the presidency in 2004.
Antifa Thugs Furious After Police Release Their Pics — Let’s Make Them Famous!
Police in Berkeley, California and Portland, Oregon, arrested several members of Antifa over the weekend. Now, the Berkeley Police Department has released the names and headshots of many of the individuals arrested during a Sunday protest, posting their pictures and making the unhinged leftists furious. Let’s make these fools famous!
According to The Daily Caller, police in Berkeley released the names and headshots on Twitter of several people arrested during a Sunday protest, and Antifa and its allies are not pleased. The Berkeley Police Department published the information for 15 out of 20 individuals they arrested, resulting in much criticism from left-wing activists. Berkeley Police’s tweets included arrested individuals’ names, ages, city of residence, as well as the charge on which they were arrested.
The arrests were made at a Sunday event billed as a “No to Marxism in Berkeley” rally by conservative activists. What should have been a peaceful demonstration, however, was disrupted by Antifa members hell-bent on breaking the law.
Before the rally, the city issued broad rules prohibiting “weapons” in the area and “anything … that can be used for a ‘riot’.” Officials also banned protesters from wearing masks. As usual, though, the Antifa failed to follow these rules, and thus, many of them were arrested.
Jason Wallach, 41-year-old male from Oakland, charged with possession of a banned weapon.
Kate Brenner, 69-year-old female from Oakland, charged with possession of a banned weapon.
Kristen Edith Koster, 50-year-old female from Berkeley, charged with possession of a dangerous weapon.
Maria Lewis, 29-year-old female from Emeryville, charged with carrying a banned weapon and working with others to commit a crime.
Thomas Parker, 22-year-old male from Berkeley, charged with working with others to commit a crime
Caitlin Boyle, 27-year-old female from Oakland, charged with working with others to commit a crime.
Blake Griffith, 29-year-old male from Oakland, charged with vandalism.
Sarena Perez, 39-year-old female from Oakland, charged with possession of a banned weapon.
David Chou, 26-year-old male from Santa Cruz, charged with possession of a banned weapon and working with others to commit a crime.
Freddy Martinez, 31-year-old male from Berkeley, charged with battery.
Ericka Sokolower-Shain, 28-year-old female from Berkeley, charged with possession of a banned weapon.
Javier Cruz-O’Connell, 22-year-old male from Berkeley, charged with possession of a banned weapon.
Jamie Hill, 30-year-old female from Emeryville, charged with possession of a banned weapon.
Bella Podolsky, 27-year-old female from San Francisco, charged with possession of a banned weapon.
Andres Gonzalez, 35-year-old male from Oakland, charged with five counts of carrying a banned weapon.
Jeffrey Garten, 28-year-old male, from Oakland, charged with a single count of carrying a banned weapon.
The Guardian, which was among the left-leaning outlets that were clearly disgusted by the Berkeley Police Department’s move to release the Antifas’ names and headshots, reported:
Berkeley police have arrested more than a dozen anti-fascist activists and posted their names and photos on Twitter, raising concerns that the department was encouraging harassment and abuse.
Law enforcement’s unusual decision to immediately publicize the personal information and faces of arrested leftwing demonstrators on social media has sparked intense backlash. Critics have accused police of aiding the far right and endangering counter-protesters with “public shaming” and targeted arrests for alleged minor offenses.
The California police agency said it had arrested 20 people on Sunday at an “alt-right” rally, citing many of them for “possession of a banned weapon” or “working with others to commit a crime”. Most, if not all, of the people arrested were counter protesters, according to lawyers and activists working with demonstrators.
The department posted many of their names, photos and cities of residence on its official Twitter account on Sunday before anyone was formally charged. As of early Monday afternoon, a spokesperson for the local district attorney told the Guardian that Berkeley police had not yet brought the cases to prosecutors for consideration.
“This is very disturbing,” said Veena Dubal, a University of California law professor and former Berkeley police review commissioner. “It seems like a public-shaming exercise, which is not the role of the police department … They are making it really accessible for folks who might wish these people harm to locate them.”
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