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Questions have been raised about DJT's filing of Form 99 as a 2020 presidential candidate. h/t /1
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altFEC 29 Jan 17
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Can (c)(3)s still protest ' actions? Can they speak negatively about him? Is it new legal peril for the universe? /2
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altFEC 29 Jan 17
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Here are some thoughts. First, legal advice is not well-suited to 140-char bursts. But you can keep some things in mind going forward /3
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altFEC 29 Jan 17
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Filing is unusual timing for a presidential candidate, but House members often file early. Does *not* insulate from criticism on issues /4
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Alt US Justice Dep't 29 Jan 17
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of course c3s can lobby (somewhat)! And still applies!
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altFEC 29 Jan 17
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W/ or w/o filing, Trump’s actions may be opposed by the citizenry, individually & gathered in groups. /5
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altFEC 29 Jan 17
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To be on the safe side, stick to issues and avoid personal attacks. There's no shortage of issues! Don't say 'vote for' or 'vote against.'/6
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altFEC 29 Jan 17
Replying to @irs
Note: Tea-Party-scarred is super gun-shy; extremely unlikely to go after any (c)(3) for activity that is ambiguously political /7
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altFEC 29 Jan 17
Replying to @irs @POTUS
And note well: If is ordered by to go after groups for criticizing him, that scandal would dwarf all that came before. /8
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altFEC 29 Jan 17
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(See Item 1 of Article 2 of Nixon's articles of impeachment) /9
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altFEC 29 Jan 17
Replying to @FEC
AND: Not that hypocrisy is much deterrent, but WH Counsel Don McGahn, former commssnr, takes very narrow view of express advocacy. /10
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altFEC 29 Jan 17
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In McGahn's view, if an action *can possibly* be seen as anything other than supporting or opposing a candidate's election, it *must* be /11
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altFEC 29 Jan 17
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It's horribly bad policy for the nation & mangles law & has led to much mischief, but could be a useful protection here /12
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altFEC 29 Jan 17
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It's everyone's decision to weigh, but this filing is not anything that will deter from continuing to speak out. /13
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altFEC 29 Jan 17
Rock on.
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altFEC 29 Jan 17
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It raises theoretical hurdles to nonprofit speech, but far fewer in the real world. /14
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altFEC 29 Jan 17
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Alt USDA_ARS 29 Jan 17
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To be fair, I continue to be shocked and this is actually happening. Naivete, or is anyone else with me?
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Alt USDA_ARS 29 Jan 17
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Thanks so much for the thorough review! (I think I'm missing /11; can you retweet?)
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altFEC 29 Jan 17
Replying to @AltUSDA_ARS
yikes. Can you see this?
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