By Bill Barrow And Matt Volz The Associated Press Tues., May 14, 2019 HELENA, Mont. - Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced Tuesday that he is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, distinguishing himself among nearly two dozen candidates as the field’s only statewide elected official to win a state that President Donald Trump carried in 2016. The 53-year-old governor is running as a centrist Democrat who has advanced party values while navigating a Republican legislature and a GOP-leaning electorate. Bullock made his candidacy official in a video that capped months of speculation fueled by his political activity in Iowa, which hosts the nation’s first presidential caucus next February. He plans to address supporters later Tuesday in the state capital, Helena, where he grew up not far from the governor’s mansion. “What we need to do is get the country back on track, make sure everybody has a fair shot at success,” he told The … [Read more...] about Montana Gov. Bullock joins 2020 Democratic presidential race
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Haitian-American rapper Prakazrel "Pras" Michel, 46, and Low Taek Jho, 37, were accused of conspiracy and other charges in the four-count indictment unsealed on Friday. Low, also known as Jho Low, is a key figure in what is known as the 1MDB scandal, which has rocked Malaysian political and financial circles. The presidential candidate receiving the contributions was not identified in the indictment and was referred to only as "Candidate A." But it has been widely reported and it was clear from the indictment that it was Obama. The indictment alleges that between June and November 2012, Low transferred $21.6 million to Michel "for the purpose of funneling significant sums of money into the United States presidential election." Michel allegedly paid about $865,000 to about 20 "straw donors" so they could make donations in their names to a presidential joint fundraising committee. More than $1 million was allegedly funneled to an independent committee also involved in the … [Read more...] about Fugees founder, Malaysian financier indicted for Obama donations
WASHINGTON: Fugitive financier Low Taek Jho – also known as Jho Low – and a founding member of hip-hop group Fugees have been indicted for making illegal contributions to US president Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. Jho Low, 37, and Haitian-American rapper Prakazrel “Pras” Michel, 46, were accused of conspiracy and other charges in the four-count indictment unsealed on Friday. The presidential candidate receiving the contributions was not identified in the indictment and was referred to only as “Candidate A”. But it has been widely reported and it was clear from the indictment that it was Obama. The indictment alleges that between June and November 2012, Low transferred US$21.6 million (RM89 million) to Michel “for the purpose of funneling significant sums of money into the United States presidential election”. Michel allegedly paid about US$865,000 (RM3.6 billion) to about 20 “straw donors” so they could make … [Read more...] about Jho Low and rapper indicted for Obama donations
By Steve Peoples The Associated Press Sun., May 5, 2019 COLUMBIA, S.C. - Twenty of his rivals have lined up to run for president, believing the race for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination was wide open. But one week after launching his campaign, former Vice-President Joe Biden is threatening to prove them wrong. His liabilities may be glaring, but the 76-year-old lifelong politician has quickly emerged as the front-runner in the crowded contest by dominating the debate that matters most to many voters: electability. Biden’s chief opponents privately concede that, for now at least, he has successfully cast himself as the candidate who can take down President Donald Trump. He may be out of step with the heart of the party on key issues, but Biden opens the race backed by a broad coalition of voters attracted to his personality, his governing experience and his working-class background — all elements that help convince voters he is better … [Read more...] about Biden surge fueled by electability advantage. Will it last?