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    Again: this is real
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    What a pathetic fucking loon that orange pile of shit is. He is doing everything possible to continue his lifelong grift, and his cult of suckers will oblige him all of it.
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    Once again, for the people who could not understand why impeaching him would have been important.

    He's still trying to rile up his base of hate-filled, violent insurgents

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    Donald Trump forced to pay back $122 million in donations after supporters were tricked into making recurring payments to his 2020 campaign


    • New York Times investigation reveals Trump campaign and Republicans duped scores of donors into unwittingly making recurring payments
    • Emails imploring supporters to donate became increasingly deceptive, with donors having to opt out of multiple pre-ticked boxes, known as a 'money bomb'
    • If they failed to untick all of the boxes when making a donation, their credit cards would be charged each week
    • The victims included Stacy Blatt, a 63-year-old cancer patient earning $1000 a month who gave $500 and was later stung for more than $3000
    • Blatt died in February after spending his final months battling to get the charges refunded
    • Complaints started 'going absolutely wild' after Election Day, one bank employee told The Times

    By BEVAN HURLEY FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
    PUBLISHED: 04:50, 4 April 2021 | UPDATED: 08:34, 4 April 2021

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    President Donald Trump has been forced to pay back $122 million to donors who were tricked into making recurring payments to his 2020 reelection campaign.
    A New York Times investigation found Trump's fundraising campaign employed deceptive fundraising tactics that saw thousands of his supporters unwittingly sign up to give repeat contributions, when they had only intended to make a one-off payment.
    The 'scam', which involves pre-ticked boxes on fundraising emails often buried under lines of fine print, sparked thousands of complaints to banks and credit card companies.




    Among the victims were elderly and military veterans, as well as some experienced political operatives, and many have been left with overdraft fees and busted credit card limits.
    Complaints from donors prompted the Trump campaign to eventually reimburse $122 million in contributions.

    One victim, Stacy Blatt, was battling cancer and living in a hospice in Kansas City when he donated $500 last September, the New York Times reported.
    Blatt was charged another $500 the next day, and then $500 each week until October, and it was only after his rent and utility bills bounced that his family discovered what had happened.
    'It felt like it was a scam,' his brother Russell, who helped Stacy get to the bottom of what had happened, told the Times.
    Blatt died in February.

    The Trump campaigns dubious pre-checked emails first appeared in March 2020.
    A bright yellow box began appearing in emails with the words: 'Make this a monthly recurring donation.'
    Anyone making a donation would have to opt-out to avoid being charged repeatedly.
    Three months later in June, a second pre-checked box was added to Trump campaign fundraising emails.
    Known as a 'money bomb', the second box had a much greater degree of success in ensnaring unsuspecting donors to sign up, as most thought unticking one box would avoid any additional charges.
    Then in September, after learning he had been out-raised by his opponent, the Democratic nominee Joseph Biden, by $150 million in one month, the Trump campaign became more aggressive, The Times reported.
    The recurring donation would now be taken out every week, instead of monthly.






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    Dominion: will one Canadian company bring down Trump's empire of disinformation?






    Dominion has filed defamation lawsuits against several Trump allies for pushing election ‘radioactive falsehoods’ – could it triumph?












    When Donald Trump and his allies pushed the “big lie” of voter fraud and a stolen election, it seemed nothing could stop them spreading disinformation with impunity.

    Politicians and activists’ pleas fell on deaf ears. TV networks and newspapers fact-checked in vain. Social media giants proved impotent.
    But now a little-known tech company, founded 18 years ago in Canada, has the conspiracy theorists running scared. The key: suing them for defamation, potentially for billions of dollars.
    “Libel laws may prove to be a very old mechanism to deal with a very new phenomenon of massive disinformation,” said Bob Shrum, a Democratic strategist. “We have all these fact checkers but lots of people don’t care. Nothing else seems to work, so maybe this will.”


    The David in this David and Goliath story is Dominion Voting Systems, an election machine company named after Canada’s Dominion Elections Act of 1920. Its main offices are in Toronto and Denver and it describes itself as the leading supplier of US election technology. It says it serves more than 40% of American voters, with customers in 28 states.
    But the 2020 election put a target on its back. As the White House slipped away and Trump desperately pushed groundless claims of voter fraud, his lawyers and cheerleaders falsely alleged Dominion had rigged the polls in favour of Joe Biden.
    Among the more baroque conspiracy theories was that Dominion changed votes through algorithms in its voting machines that were created in Venezuela to rig elections for the late dictator Hugo Chávez.

    The truth matters. Lies have consequences
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    It was laughable but also potentially devastating to Dominion’s reputation and ruinous to its business. It also fed a cocktail of conspiracy theories that fuelled Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol on 6 January, as Congress moved to certify the election results. Five people died, including an officer of the Capitol police.


    The company is fighting back. It filed $1.3bn defamation lawsuits against Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, and MyPillow chief executive Mike Lindell, for pushing the allegations without evidence.
    Separately, Dominion’s security director, Eric Coomer, launched a suitagainst the Trump campaign, Giuliani, Powell and some conservative media figures and outlets, saying he had been forced into hiding by death threats.
    Then came the big one. Last month Dominion filed a $1.6bn defamation suit against Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News, accusing it of trying to boost ratings by amplifying the bogus claims.
    “The truth matters,” Dominion’s lawyers wrote in the complaint. “Lies have consequences. Fox sold a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process. If this case does not rise to the level of defamation by a broadcaster, then nothing does.”
    The suit argues that Fox hosts and guests “took a small flame and turned it into a forest fire” by broadcasting wild assertions that Dominion systems changed votes and ignoring repeated efforts by the company to set the record straight.


    Radioactive falsehoods” spread by Fox News will cost Dominion $600m over the next eight years, according to the lawsuit, and have resulted in Dominion employees being harassed and the company losing major contracts in Georgia and Louisiana.
    Fox fiercely disputes the charge. It said in a statement: “Fox News Media is proud of our 2020 election coverage, which stands in the highest tradition of American journalism, and will vigorously defend against this baseless lawsuit in court.”
    Other conservative outlets have also raised objections. Chris Ruddy,chief executive of Newsmax, said: “We think all of these suits are an infringement on press freedom as it relates to media organisations. There were the years of Russian collusion investigations when all of the major cable networks reported unsubstantiated claims. I think Fox was reporting the news and certainly Newsmax was.”
    But some observers believe Dominion has a strong case. Norman Eisen,a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said: “Dominion has an outstanding prospect in its litigation against Fox for the simple reason that Fox knowingly broadcast over and over again the most outrageous and clear lies.

    You should not have a major television outlet that is a megaphone for outrageous falsehoods about the election
    Norman Eisen


    ”Certainly there are protections under the first amendment and otherwise but this is so far outside the bounds, such a clear case, that I think Fox is looking at a very serious legal exposure here and that’s the way it should be.

    “You should not have a major television outlet that is able day after day to provide a megaphone for outrageous falsehoods having to do with the election, one that helped trigger a violent insurrection on 6 January. They should not be able to feed a steady stream of those pernicious lies into the body politic without any legal consequences.”

    ‘A real battleground’

    Eisen, a former White House “ethics czar”, suggests that the Dominion case could provide at least one model for dealing with the war on truth.


    The United States and the world need to deal with disinformation,” he said.
    “There can be no doubt that every method is going to be required but certainly libel law provides one very important vehicle for establishing consequences and while there’s no such thing as a guarantee when you go to court, this is an exceptionally high risk for Fox with a large price tag attached as well.”
    There are signs that the legal actions, and their grave financial implications, have got reckless individuals and outlets on the run.

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    He IS a knob but is also likely fuelled by this sort of stuff; https://time.com/5936036/secret-2020-election-campaign/

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