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MSNBC’s Katy Tur corners pro-Trump operative for refusing to disclose funding behind Supreme Court ad campaign

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The chief counsel of a right-wing organization repeatedly refused to identify the source of its funding as it launches a $1.4 million ad campaign targeting Senate Democrats over President Donald Trump’s impending nomination to the Supreme Court.

On Monday, Judicial Crisis Network announced major ad buys supporting Trump’s pick that will be running in conservative states with Democratic senators, targeting Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV).

During an interview with The Big Question anchor Katy Tur, Judicial Crisis Network chief counsel Carrie Severino repeatedly refused to say who was seeking to influence the make-up of the Supreme Court by paying for the campaign-style political ads.

“Why is the funding for your organization non-transparent?” Tur asked. “Why can’t we know who donates?”

“We are a c4, we have a duty of confidentiality to our donors,” Severino replied, citing a section of the tax code that governs political organizations that do not have a public obligation to reveal donors.

There is no such “duty of confidentiality” to protect donors to such 501(c)4 organizations.

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“But if you’re lobbying for a justice, a judge — lifetime appointment — not politicians, it’s a lifetime appointment,” Tur wondered. “Why can’t the American people know who is giving you the money to lobby for those people?”

“We have a policy that we keep our donors confidential,” Severino argued.

“Why can’t people know who your donors are?” Tur asked again. “Isn’t it important to know who’s spending the money?”

“Not everybody has millions and millions and millions of dollars to use for their anonymous speech,” Tur noted.

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“Not all of our donors do either, it’s a large network,” Severino claimed, without offering any evidence about who is donating to fund her organization’s political ad campaign during the midterm elections.

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‘Squish brained’: Trump brutally mocked for claiming Medal of Honor recipient killed insurgent ‘wearing a wardrobe’

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In a bizarre moment of awarding the Medal of Honor to an Iraq War veteran, President Donald Trump pivoted from his remarks to say that the soldier was attacked by someone "wearing a wardrobe." Typically when Trump fumbles his remarks, he restates them. In this case, he said the correct phrase and then changed it to something strange.

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‘Everyone ultimately prefers their own race’: Morrissey claims he’s not racist because everybody else is

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Former Smiths singer Morrissey explained in an interview that he couldn't possibly be a racist because everyone else is racist.

Morrissey came out for the anti-Islam political party in England, and has run into problems about his political claims ever since. As noted by Consequence of Sound, "it doesn’t help that he says thing like Halal certifiers support ISIS, of course."

He made the comments as part of an interview with his own nephew Sam Etsy Rayner, for Moz’s website.

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Here is how Republicans are reacting when confronted with the new rape allegation against Trump

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Once again, President Donald Trump has been accused of a sexual assault — one of the most severe charges yet, in fact — and yet the Republican Party continues to make clear that it will not take these allegations seriously.

Journalist E. Jean Carroll detailed her account of Trump raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room more than two decades ago in an article, in her new book, and in TV interviews. New York Magazine reported that it contacted two of her friends who confirmed that she told them about the assault shortly after it happened.

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