More Russian elites met with NRA officials during campaign

McClatchy reports:

WASHINGTON –Several prominent Russians, some in President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle or high in the Russian Orthodox Church, now have been identified as having contact with National Rifle Association officials during the 2016 U.S. election campaign, according to photographs and an NRA source.

The contacts have emerged amid a deepening Justice Department investigation into whether Russian banker and lifetime NRA member Alexander Torshin illegally channeled money through the gun rights group to add financial firepower to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential bid.

Other influential Russians who met with NRA representatives during the campaign include Dmitry Rogozin, who until last month served as a deputy prime minister overseeing Russia’s defense industry, and Sergei Rudov, head of one of Russia’s largest philanthropies, the St. Basil the Great Charitable Foundation. The foundation was launched by an ultra-nationalist ally of Russian President Putin.

The Russians talked and dined with NRA representatives, mainly in Moscow, as U.S. presidential candidates vied for the White House. Now U.S. investigators want to know if relationships between the Russian leaders and the nation’s largest gun rights group went beyond vodka toasts and gun factory tours, evolving into another facet of the Kremlin’s broad election-interference operation.

A friend of a friend was a legal observer during the primaries, and saw “truckloads” of New Hampshire NRA voters come in and switch their registrations to vote for Bernie Sanders — and not because they liked him. It was part of a concerted effort to screw Hillary, which is only one reason to oppose open primaries.

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  1. Either we want small a “d” democracy or we don’t.
    Either we want the system to be run from the bottom up or we want it to be run from the top down.

    A democracy is designed to be controlled chaos. Which is why we stage a bloodless revolution every 4 years by voting a president in or voting one out.

    Anybody can cheat. Just ask the Republicans.

    Maine is holding its primary today.

    In Maine, one can vote for their first choice, their second choice and their third, fourth and fifth choices depending on the number of candidates running in any particular race. The top vote getters face a runoff. That seems fair.

    On its face it would appear more democratic for the masses to decide who they want to represent them rather then some star chamber populated by the wealthy elite.

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