Wednesday, May 8, 2019

report on protecting voter databses

https://www.pogo.org/report/2018/11/election-day-under-attack-how-states-can-mitigate-the-potential-damage-of-hacked-voter-registration-rolls/?utm_source=2019-sub-d&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=eng-constitution-20190508&utm_content=link1#heading-0

 

The Project on Government Oversight is a non-partisan watchdog group. In this report, the main recommendation is that full and independent computerized backup of states’ election databases be maintained to mitigate the risk of the election database being destroyed or compromised by hackers.

 

Charlie Cooper

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Get Money Out – Maryland (GMOM)

 “We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” – Louis Brandeis

 

 

Company that controlled Maryland's voter database is sold

https://www.datacenterdynamics.com/news/lincoln-rackhouse-acquires-bytegrid-gets-three-data-centers/

 

But the unit that now has the contract with Maryland Board of Elections (Sidus Group) is no longer part of Bytegrid.

 

Charlie Cooper

Get Money Out – Maryland (GMOM)

 

 

 

Friday, April 26, 2019

Federal court finds Michigan districts are unconstitutionally gerrymandered

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/25/us/michigan-gerrymandering.html?fbclid=IwAR0hC9CSG4TFlBFK6PttT8h1iXrKvh-AiQX5H8-45aEf36gXY5Hv-teofLg

 

Both Congressional and state legislative districts are involved. “…the impact of the ruling ultimately will turn on an opinion by the Supreme Court, which is weighing decisions in two other partisan gerrymander cases involving congressional districts in North Carolina and Maryland.”

 

Charlie Cooper

 

 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Major gaps in federal online disclosure laws

https://truthout.org/articles/mueller-report-exposes-campaign-finance-problems-far-beyond-russia/

 

in 2018, digital political spending hit $1.8 billion, or 20 percent of total ad spending — an astonishing 2,400 percent increase as compared to the 2014 midterms….”

 

Independent spenders do not have to include disclosure information for online ads in instances where they would have to do so if the ad were broadcast on TV or radio. This gap has been closed in Maryland thanks to Get Money Out, other reform groups, and a willing Democratic leadership in the legislature.

 

Charlie Cooper

Get Money Out – Maryland (GMOM)