Republicans took campaign cash from border wall builder

The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Defense will investigate a $400 million contract to construct a border wall in Arizona that was given to a North Dakota company that Trump advocated for, and whose owner gave Arizona Sen. Martha McSally’s 2018 campaign the maximum allowed under the law.

The OIG investigation was prompted by a letter from Rep. Dennie Thompson, D-Miss., who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee. Thompson noted that the company, North Dakota-based Fisher Sand & Gravel, had never been awarded a government construction contract, didn’t “meet the operational requirements of U.S. Customs and Border Protection” and may have been selected after “inappropriate influence” by the White House.

In 2018, the company’s CEO, Tommy Fisher, contributed $5,400 to McSally’s 2018 U.S. Senate campaign, the most legally allowed for the 2018 campaign cycle. McSally lost narrowly to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, but was appointed to the Senate by Gov. Doug Ducey to fill out the remainder of the term that the late John McCain was elected to serve.

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What Impeachment Will Cost the GOP

President Donald Trump and this generation of Republicans plainly are looking to the politics of the Clinton impeachment as a source of comfort.

They are deluding themselves in a profound way.

Leave aside the argument that many Americans will regard abuse of power in foreign affairs as more serious than lying under oath about extramarital affairs, the reality is that Clinton and Democrats were buoyed by impeachment only in a near-term sense.

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Strip club to host golf tournament at Trump resort

The Trump Organization’s golf resort in Doral, Florida, will host a charity golf tournament this week put on by a strip club in the Miami area that will include dancers serving as “caddy girls” for the tournament’s participants.

The Shadow Cabaret is set to hold the “Shadow All Star Tournament” at the resort on Saturday, according to the Post. The paper said the “Trump name and family crest are displayed prominently in the strip club’s advertising materials,” which indicate that participation in the event ranges from $450 for a single player to $1,800 for a group of four with VIP upgrades available.

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Trump’s July 4th event bankrupted D.C. security fund

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser government says that the cost of President Donald Trump’s Fourth of July celebration and the cost of addressing recent protests has emptied out a municipal fund used to provide security for public events and defend against terrorist threats.

In a letter to Trump dated July 9, Bowser says the city spent about $1.7 million on Trump’s “July 4th holiday activities and subsequent first amendment demonstrations,” as a result, the city’s Emergency Planning and Security Fund (EPSF) will likely be empty before the end of the fiscal year. Bowser asked for the Trump administration’s help in covering D.C.’s security costs, citing “declining reserves, increased demand for heightened security, and a one-time drawdown of $7.3 million to cover security costs associated with the 2017 Presidential Inauguration.”

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