Fri 10/25: The Swamp is full. Two actions to help clean it up.

Action #1: Our morality-challenged president wants to veto an “illicit offers” bill. Ask your senator to support SHIELD (HR 4617) to protect our political process from foreign influence.

The White House issued this statement: “While the Trump Administration seeks to limit foreign national interference in our elections by strengthening FECA and combatting illegal behavior, the SHIELD Act would produce harmful unintended consequences without achieving that goal.”…like making Trump sad. The House has already passed the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy Act (SHIELD) (H.R. 4617) which would require:

  • reporting offers of campaign assistance,
  • requiring transparency of online political advertisements,
  • prevents foreign cash from entering our election process through corporation, PACS, Super PACs, and other entities
  • stop sharing of polling data with foreign governments,
  • prohibit deceptive messaging on voting procedures.

We need a veto-proof majority to get this done, so everyone – to your phone! 

Minimal script to senators: I’m calling from [___] and I would like Sen. [__] to support the SHIELD ACT  – H.R. 4617 and all other bills related to foreign entanglements in our election process.

Contact:
Senator Feinstein: email, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: email, DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Who is my representative/senator?: hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com 

Action #2: Rep. Matt Gaetz led his fellow feral GOP members to crash a secure facility armed with cellphones…not surprisingly, this is against the law.

Last Wednesday, Rep. Gaetz, along with a group of 40 Republican Congressmen, pushed their way into a closed-door meeting where a deposition was about to occur of Laura Cooper, a Pentagon official, causing a 5-hr. taxpayer-funded delay. He is not a member of the body deposing this witness, nor part of the 47 GOP lawmakers included in the impeachment inquiry, nor a big student of history (see “closed Benghazi hearings“, which was also crash by a GOP member. Compare impeachment proceedings here.) Not only was Gaetz was not invited to this Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIF) chamber, he also brought in his cell phone, a protocol violation which was clearly posted on a sign prohibiting recording, and proceeded to tweet “from inside the SCIF hearing room.” His trespass constitutes a violation of 18 USC 1512, tampering with a witness (or attempting to do same) and the risk of electronic eavesdropping from the cellphones they carried could compromise our national security.

This won’t be the first violation of professional ethics that Gaetz, an actual attorney, has been accused of. He squeaked through the Florida Bar investigation as to whether he threatened former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. “The grievance committee wants to make it clear, however, that this finding does not indicate that the committee condones your conduct,” wrote the panel’s chair, attorney Lacey DeCori Corona. “While your conduct in this instance did not warrant formal discipline, the committee believes it was not consistent with the high standards of our profession.

Looks like it’s time to talk to the Florida Bar again. Go here. You can type directly onto the form, but you need to print it out and send it to this address:  The Florida Bar, Attn.: ACAP, 651 East Jefferson Street Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2300

Here’s a section of the form with information you might need. It’s very easy to use except except for having to mail it. Make the language sound like you.

Gaetz

How will this help clean the swamp? Assuredly Gaetz wasn’t the only lawyer in that crowd who thinks that they are now an untouchable law-free elite. In the near future, we will be asking for repercussions for violating our electronic security laws, possibly even criminal charges.

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