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A GOP megadonor is funding pro-Green Party ads attacking a black upstate NY Dem — from the left

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A venture capitalist and GOP megadonor is one of the primary funders of a super-PAC attacking Upstate New York Democrat Antonio Delgado’s congressional run — from the left.

Journalist Joshua Holland pointed out on Twitter that ads supporting Green Party congressional candidate Steven Greenfield were paid for by the Fight For Tomorrow political action committee. Greenfield, however, has denounced the ads — which were not approved by the Green Party.

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According to the Center for Responsive Politics’ Open Secrets campaign finance database, the PAC’s biggest donor is Howard Cox, a venture capitalist and GOP megadonor.

Cox, whose brother Ed is the chairman of the New York GOP and Richard Nixon’s son-in-law, donated $50,000 to the Fight for Tomorrow PAC.

In Facebook ads provided to Raw Story, the PAC denounced Delgado for having only lived in New York’s 19th Congressional District for a year and touted Greenfield for having lived there for 17 years.

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Along with mailers and sponsored Facebook ads, Fight for Tomorrow also sent out robocalls on behalf of Greenfield.

“Do you want to see ICE abolished? Steven Greenfield supports it; Antonio Delgado doesn’t,” the robocall’s female narrator said in audio provided to Raw Story. The ad’s narrator later called the Green Party candidate a “true progressive for Congress.”

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In a press release issued on Election Day, Greenfield denounced Fight for Tomorrow and said he had nothing to do with the group’s nearly $50,000 expenditures on his behalf.

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“It has come to my attention that today I became the unwitting, unwilling ‘beneficiary’ of a Republican PAC in Texas that has delivered $49,000 worth of mailers, robocalls, and social media ads exclusively to registered Democrats in New York’s 19th Congressional District, attacking Antonio Delgado, and comparing him unfavorably to me,” the candidate said in the statement.

“I denounce both the message and the messengers,” Greenfield added. “I am as much a victim of this dirty trick as the candidate it purports to undermine.”

This is far from the first time Delgado has been the subject of bad-faith attacks.

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Earlier in the year, the National Republican Congressional Committee paid for attack ads focused on the Harvard Law-educated Democrat and Rhodes Scholar for his decade-old foray into rapping, calling his music “offensive” and “degrading to women.”

“Antonio Delgado would be fine in Los Angeles,” a man in the NRCC ad said. “Maybe New York City.”


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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy.

The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.

It means Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry and his American TV actress wife Meghan will stop using the titles "royal highness" -- the same fate that befell his late mother Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.

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GOP senator tells home-state press that impeachment trial must be ‘viewed as fair’: report

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.

Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.

"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."

Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.

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White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.

CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."

Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.

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Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.

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