Campaigns – USC PRSSA Government & Student Funding http://uscprssa.com/ Government & Student Funding Mon, 14 Nov 2022 20:01:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://uscprssa.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default-150x150.png Campaigns – USC PRSSA Government & Student Funding http://uscprssa.com/ 32 32 Trump accused of ‘Brazen’ campaign finance breach a day before slated 2024 launch https://uscprssa.com/2022/11/14/trump-accused-of-brazen-campaign-finance-breach-a-day-before-slated-2024-launch/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 19:35:56 +0000 https://uscprssa.com/2022/11/14/trump-accused-of-brazen-campaign-finance-breach-a-day-before-slated-2024-launch/ A day before his scheduled 2024 announcement, former President Donald Trump was hit Monday with a campaign finance lawsuit that accuses him of illegally transferring a “colossal sum” of money from his PAC leadership to a super PAC that spent millions on this year’s midterm elections. — and is well positioned to spend millions more […]]]>

A day before his scheduled 2024 announcement, former President Donald Trump was hit Monday with a campaign finance lawsuit that accuses him of illegally transferring a “colossal sum” of money from his PAC leadership to a super PAC that spent millions on this year’s midterm elections. — and is well positioned to spend millions more on Trump’s presidential bid.

The Campaign Legal Center (CLC), the watchdog that filed the complaintalleges Trump ‘directed transfer’ of $20 million last month from treasury head of PAC Save America at Make America Great Again, Inc.which poured nearly $12 million into the midterm elections to boost pro-Trump candidates.

“By pumping this ‘soft money’ into a federal election, Trump broke the law, and the FEC must act.”

MAGA, Inc., through its super PAC status, is legally able to spend unlimited sums support or oppose political campaigns.

The CLC said the $20 million transfer, disclosed in a recent Federal Election Commission (FEC) depositamounts to a “brazen attempt to circumvent fundraising restrictions that apply to federal candidates, which are essential to preventing corruption and its occurrence”.

Specifically, the CLC’s complaint argues that this decision violates provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act prohibiting candidates and office holders from spending unregulated “soft money” on the federal election.

“Because Trump was a federal nominee when his PAC leadership contributed $20 million to a super PAC that was actively spending midway through 2022 and is about to spend again in the 2024 cycle, he and Save America flagrantly violated soft money prohibitions,” the CLC noted. in a press release.

Trevor Potter, chairman of the CLC, said in a statement that “when federal candidates evade campaign finance laws designed to maintain transparency and fight corruption, they undermine our electoral system and damage voter confidence. “.

“Former President Trump made it clear months ago, through his statements and actions, that he was running for president again in 2024, long before his leadership PAC, Save America, donated $20 million. dollars to a super PAC that then spent over $11 million on the 2022 midterm,” Potter said. “By pumping this ‘soft money’ into a federal election, Trump broke the law, and the FEC must act.”

According OpenSecrets, the Save America PAC has raised over $107 million and spent over $68 million since its inception following the 2020 presidential election.

In a blog post On Monday, CLC’s Saurav Ghosh noted that “recent developments appear to indicate that the remaining $39 million in Save America funds will be used as a war chest for Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign.”

“To date, MAGA Inc. has spent more than $11.9 million in independent spending to help elect Trump-backed candidates nationwide,” Ghosh wrote. “The problem is that Save America’s contribution [to MAGA Inc.]as well as MAGA Inc. spending the money to influence the 2022 midterm elections, violated federal law and pumped a huge amount of soft money into our federal elections.

“Trump was already a federal candidate when Save America gave MAGA Inc. the $20 million, far more than the $5,000 a year that a leadership PAC like Save America can legally contribute to another committee,” added Ghosh. “Trump is public statements show that in early 2022 he had decided to run for president and was simply delaying announcing that decision to avoid campaign finance rules for federal candidates. And he clearly raised and spent well over $5,000 via Save America to advance his candidacy. »

The CLC isn’t alone in sounding the alarm over Trump’s campaign fundraising activity ahead of the official launch of his 2024 White House bid.

Paul S. Ryan, campaign finance attorney and deputy executive director of the Funders Committee for Civic Participation, Told The daily beast late last month that “the only thing Trump can’t do with the millions and millions of dollars he’s raised for his PAC leadership is support himself.”

So, Ryan said, “the only plausible explanation” for Save America’s transfer to MAGA, Inc. “is to convert that money to be spent on its own campaign.”

“Moving the money suggests he wants to spend it on himself,” Ryan added. “It’s illegal, but that seems to be the motivation and he’ll probably get away with it.”

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GOP candidate who allegedly misrepresented military service says House Republicans ‘left the campaign to die’ https://uscprssa.com/2022/11/11/gop-candidate-who-allegedly-misrepresented-military-service-says-house-republicans-left-the-campaign-to-die/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 19:35:00 +0000 https://uscprssa.com/2022/11/11/gop-candidate-who-allegedly-misrepresented-military-service-says-house-republicans-left-the-campaign-to-die/ JR Majewski, the Republican candidate for Ohio’s 9e The Congressional District said Friday that Republican establishment leaders are to blame for the party’s performance in the midterm elections this year, not former President Trump. majewski said in a post in the right-wing outlet The National Pulse that House Republicans ditched him and “let the campaign […]]]>

JR Majewski, the Republican candidate for Ohio’s 9e The Congressional District said Friday that Republican establishment leaders are to blame for the party’s performance in the midterm elections this year, not former President Trump.

majewski said in a post in the right-wing outlet The National Pulse that House Republicans ditched him and “let the campaign die” before losing to Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D) this week.

He said the corporate media is trying to perpetuate a “myth” that Trump cost the GOP seats in Congress, but it’s a “complete lie” and ignores that “McLeadership,” an apparent reference to the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is defeating Trump-backed candidates.

Majewski said the local GOP shunned him in the primary and tried to prevent Trump from endorsing him. He said the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) had only given him “passive” support and dragged its feet in helping him.

Trump has come under fire in recent days over the GOP’s midterm performance, in which the party hoped to make sweeping gains in Congress. But the party will likely only win a slim majority in the House and may not overthrow the Senate.

GOP strategists and aides have accused Trump of hurting the party’s chances and backing weak candidates.

Majewski said the NRCC assigned him a field manager who demanded to create and review his campaign budget, which left him dependent on the committee for all television and radio advertising.

Majewski said the NRCC also didn’t want him talking about Trump and threatened to pull campaign funds if he didn’t follow their messages.

He said the NRCC asked him how to react when the Associated Press reported that Majewski had misrepresented his military service, concluding that he had never been deployed to Afghanistan despite his claims.

Majewski said NRCC staff wrote him a response he disagreed with, and AP, according to the report, did not directly respond to questions about his service.

“The story didn’t have much impact locally, but nationally. What had the most impact was the fact that the NRCC let the campaign die,” he said.

The NRCC pulled ads for Majewski after the report. He said NRCC management apologized to him, admitting removing the adverts was a mistake and told him he could still win the race.

“Looking back, I realize it was all just an effort to keep an eye on me,” he said.

Majewski said Trump held several rallies in Ohio and constantly invited him to attend and speak at them, trying to help him win.

“Donald Trump’s record speaks for itself,” he said. “And the McLeaderships too.”

A spokesperson for the NRCC did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill.

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How do machine learning-based campaigns power business strategies? https://uscprssa.com/2022/11/09/how-do-machine-learning-based-campaigns-power-business-strategies/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 10:55:12 +0000 https://uscprssa.com/2022/11/09/how-do-machine-learning-based-campaigns-power-business-strategies/ In the modern era, driven by technology, the adoption of machine learning is proliferating among businesses. While enabling businesses to solve complex problems based on meaningful insights from the careful segregation of raw data, machine learning has also proven itself to predict customer behavior. Companies are integrating machine learning into their business to improve performance […]]]>

In the modern era, driven by technology, the adoption of machine learning is proliferating among businesses. While enabling businesses to solve complex problems based on meaningful insights from the careful segregation of raw data, machine learning has also proven itself to predict customer behavior. Companies are integrating machine learning into their business to improve performance and gain competitive advantage. It aims to automatically adapt to new information and act after data analysis.

With little to no human involvement, organizations can significantly reduce the margin of error in their respective business operations by using machine learning. This is exactly why it has become a significant hit among companies looking to negate the challenges posed by ever-changing market situations. Companies are using machine learning to improve their production standards and streamline tasks. Moreover, it also increases customer loyalty and boosts advertising campaigns.

Here’s a look at how machine learning makes business strategies more effective:

Obtain improved performance

Websites use cookies, which are small data files, to store user information on their computer or other devices. Cookies can improve the browsing experience by saving them from having to register each time the user visits a website, or having to fill the shopping cart each time they leave the page. The information is not transferred to the machine learning algorithms of the social media platforms without cookies. In order to target and convert high-quality, high-intent leads, companies consider a variety of strategies.

Cookies from websites other than the one the user is currently viewing are called third-party cookies. Ad technology companies use third-party cookies to track user activities across many websites, build user profiles and interests, and then deliver relevant advertisements, improving both performance and impact.

Add value to marketing campaigns

Machine learning plays a central role in optimizing a company’s marketing campaigns. This creates the opportunity to launch and operate campaigns more effectively and efficiently. Marketers spend countless hours finding suitable methods to optimize campaign budget and increase conversions. But, with the application of machine learning, marketers can save time and labor to achieve conclusive results.

For example, Google Ads leads ad services with advanced machine learning. Marketers rely on systems to choose the optimal ad campaign settings that establish campaign goals through features like data-driven attribution, responsive display ads, or smart bidding. The self-learning capabilities of these algorithms also apply to other marketing tools, which test images, email subject lines, CTAs, headlines, and more.

Formulation of personalized offers and recommendations

Relationships with customers that meet their specific demands are the foundation of modern marketing. The more the message matches the needs of the target audience, the better the marketing results. Brands can improve personalized user experience by leveraging audience insights from machine learning and AI technology. By using personal interests and behavior to segment the audience individually, AI can dynamically deliver the right message to the right audience at the right time. Without AI and machine learning, completing this task would require more financial and human resources.

Personalization can be applied to an entire omnichannel shopping experience, where online and offline interactions are integrated, in addition to emails and direct mail. It also allows brands to target customers with relevant product recommendations. For example, a customer, who showed interest in a product on an online store but did not purchase it, can be retargeted via social media with a discount offer. Additionally, businesses can also create a loyalty program based on customer data, captured by ML and AI tools, from in-store and online purchases with the aim of generating more sales.

Better optimization of advertising campaigns

Optimizing advertising campaigns offers a myriad of benefits. Businesses can continuously assess campaign effectiveness, make necessary adjustments and identify new categories of customers. They can also produce content that resonates and engages your target audience better.

Campaign optimization allows companies to maximize the results of their marketing initiatives. The following benefits can be anticipated once areas for improvement have been identified and optimization measures taken:

Generate traffic: By improving ad performance, marketers can increase the number of users who visit the company’s landing page. Additionally, campaign optimization increases ad rankings, which leads to more targeted site visits.

Develop profitable strategies: While some ads get a lot of clicks and vanity stats, they are ultimately less profitable. Marketing professionals can develop cost-effective plans that will set the standard for future marketing strategies using metrics gained through campaign tracking and increased ROI.

Machine Learning: An Essential Cog in Long-Lasting Business Strategies

Businesses are using machine learning to increase sales and make future plans. AI-based software is already being used in the manufacturing and logistics sectors to improve productivity and increase revenue. Additionally, retailers are cooperating with development departments to create specialized software to boost sales and increase customer loyalty.

Finally, advances in natural language processing are likely to have a significant impact on both business and consumer electronics. Enterprise staff are already using AI-driven personal assistants to save time and improve the quality of their work. The more high-quality data they collect, the more accurate the model analysis and projections will be.

Businesses need to stay ahead of the curve to be relevant in the market as needs are constantly changing. Beyond just marketing technology, machine learning will have a significant impact on business, so businesses must be prepared to stay relevant.

Innovation and creativity are the only ways to keep the company at the top or, if it is not already present in the market, to establish it. Machine learning in sales and marketing is a fantastic starting point when implementing new technology approaches. Additionally, modern businesses can also consult experts in data science and machine learning to foster a modernized approach towards creating more effective and impactful business strategies.



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Senator Collins campaigns for Dr Oz in closely watched Senate race https://uscprssa.com/2022/11/06/senator-collins-campaigns-for-dr-oz-in-closely-watched-senate-race/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 23:38:00 +0000 https://uscprssa.com/2022/11/06/senator-collins-campaigns-for-dr-oz-in-closely-watched-senate-race/ Maine Senator Susan Collins was in Pennsylvania on Sunday campaigning for GOP Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz. “I’ll tell you when I look at Dr. Oz’s positions on crime, his endorsement by the Fraternal Order of Police for example and other first responder groups, and I contrast that with his opponent Mr. Fetterman, he there’s […]]]>

Maine Senator Susan Collins was in Pennsylvania on Sunday campaigning for GOP Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz. “I’ll tell you when I look at Dr. Oz’s positions on crime, his endorsement by the Fraternal Order of Police for example and other first responder groups, and I contrast that with his opponent Mr. Fetterman, he there’s such a difference,” Collins told a crowd in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The former TV personality is in a tight and closely watched race against Democratic candidate John Fetterman, the state’s lieutenant governor. The visit comes a day after President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama are puzzled. for Fetterman as well as the state’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Josh Shapiro. Collins claimed Oz was the best choice when it came to securing the border, stemming the flow of drugs into the United States, and supporting law enforcement. choice when it comes to the issue of crime. On the one hand you have Dr. Oz who is supported by those in blue, who is a man of law and order, a candidate, who respects law enforcement and wants to strengthen them and bring them the tools they need,” Collins said. Senator Collins also criticized Fetterman’s position on the release of prisoners. The Democrat has a history of supporting clemency for some state inmates. Oz is the only Senate candidate Collins has publicly campaigned for.

Maine Senator Susan Collins was in Pennsylvania on Sunday campaigning for GOP Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz.

“I’ll tell you when I look at Dr. Oz’s positions on crime, his endorsement by the Fraternal Order of Police for example and other first responder groups, and I contrast that with his opponent Mr. Fetterman, he there’s such a difference,” Collins told a crowd in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

The former TV personality is in a tight and closely watched race against Democratic candidate John Fetterman, the state’s lieutenant governor.

The visit comes a day after President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama opposed Fetterman as well as Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro.

Collins claimed Oz was the best choice to secure the border, stem the flow of drugs into the United States, and support law enforcement.

“I can’t imagine a clearer choice when it comes to the issue of crime. On one side you have Dr Oz who is supported by those in blue, who is a law and order person, a candidate, who respects law enforcement and wants to strengthen and provide them the tools they need,” Collins said.

Senator Collins also criticized Fetterman’s position on the release of prisoners.

The Democrat has a history of supporting clemency for some state inmates.

Oz is the only Senate candidate Collins has publicly campaigned for.

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Saginaw County judge candidates betting big on expensive campaigns https://uscprssa.com/2022/11/04/saginaw-county-judge-candidates-betting-big-on-expensive-campaigns/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 11:37:00 +0000 https://uscprssa.com/2022/11/04/saginaw-county-judge-candidates-betting-big-on-expensive-campaigns/ SAGINAW, MI — Depleted candidate bank accounts, courthouse co-worker contributions and even candy bar sales define a competitive and expensive 10th Circuit Court judges race in Saginaw County, officials have revealed. State campaign finance documents. In the August primary elections, Megan Cottington Heath and Brittany Dicken emerged as the top two vote recipients from a […]]]>

SAGINAW, MI — Depleted candidate bank accounts, courthouse co-worker contributions and even candy bar sales define a competitive and expensive 10th Circuit Court judges race in Saginaw County, officials have revealed. State campaign finance documents.

In the August primary elections, Megan Cottington Heath and Brittany Dicken emerged as the top two vote recipients from a field of five candidates. Only two other ballots in the county received more voter turnout than their race. Now the pair will face off 1-on-1 in the general election on Tuesday, November 8the winner to replace outgoing judge James T. Borchard, who handles family law cases.

For voters in Saginaw County, Cottington-Heath vs. Dicken remains one of the most visible election matchups featuring local candidates. Campaign advertising for the nonpartisan contest appeared on cable television, billboards, online marketing, and direct mail.

State campaign finance documents filed by the candidates on Friday, Oct. 28 showed the race’s expenses totaled nearly $180,000.

Of the two candidates, the Cottington-Heath campaign was the more expensive last week, at $125,125.72, the documents show. Dicken’s campaign spent $54,700.56 during the same period.

Both dollar figures were relatively expensive compared to other local candidates. In contrast, State House Rep. Amos O’Neal’s campaign spent $37,516.74 on his contested election to the 94th State House District seat representing Saginaw and Saginaw Township.

“All We Have”

Cottington-Heath and Dicken put a lot of their skin into the game.

Cottington-Heath contributed $103,452 of his own money, or 76.6% of the $134,962 his campaign raised in total, according to state records. Dicken contributed $21,678.76 from his own finances, or 30.4% of the total $71,175 raised for his campaign.

The winner will earn a circuit court seat that will earn the freshman judge an annual salary of $148,469 beginning in 2023, according to Saginaw County records.

Both candidates said their offer for the bench was roughly higher than the potential salary.

Dicken said she “built my whole career to run for the job one day.” The 35-year-old licensed attorney has previously interned for Borchard and served as a paralegal for him. Dicken then joined the Friend of the Court, serving as staff attorney, Circuit Court adjudicator and agency manager until her departure in November 2021.

“It’s something my husband prepared for,” Dicken said of the $21,678.76 contribution to his own campaign. “I see it as an investment in the community. I really want to help people in this community.

In state campaign documents, Cottington-Heath’s financial contributions are listed under his wife’s name. The $102,951 investment was a family commitment, said the 38-year-old family law attorney who continued to practice through the election cycle.

“We put everything we have into the campaign,” Cottington-Heath said. “I just felt like this race was so important for so many reasons. I always wanted to be a family law judge – because of my parents’ bad divorce – and I really think the community needs new faces on the fourth floor (of the Saginaw County Courthouse).

When she and Dicken faced each other and three other candidates in the August primary, Dicken received 9,950 votes while Cottington-Heath received 7,505 votes. Overcoming that gap of nearly 2,500 votes played a part in Cottington-Heath’s decision to invest six figures in its own campaign coffers, she said.

“It’s expensive to run a campaign where you have to send more mail or you have to knock (on more doors),” she said.

Another reason for the big investment: She said she fought “optics” that favored her opponent, including judges endorsing Dicken and their prominence in campaign ads.

Court support

In mailings and television ads, Dicken’s campaign featured an image of the candidate standing next to a group of her courthouse endorsers. The photo features Patrick McGraw, Chief Judge of the County Probate Court; retired judge Fred Borchard; and 10th Circuit Court judges Janet Boes and Andre Borrello, who also recorded a video endorsing Dicken.

Brittany Dicken (center) stands with Saginaw County Judges (left to right) Patrick McGraw, Janet Boes, Andre Borrello and Fred Borchard. Dicken is a candidate for the Borchard Circuit Court seat and was endorsed by the judges featured here.

Devil campaign website listed 14 current or former Saginaw County judges who endorsed it. The lineup includes the man she hopes to replace, James Borchard, whose statements of state support showed extended to the $1,000 he donated to her campaign.

“Every circuit and probate court judge is urging you to vote Brittany Dicken,” said a voiceover in a 30-second ad that aired on prime-time cable TV shows in the area. “She is the only candidate for circuit judge with the support of law enforcement.”

While several judges also endorsed Cottington-Heath – and contributed money to her campaign – she criticized the level of visibility of the judges publicly supporting her opponent. Cottington-Heath said their prominence in Dicken’s campaign was “bordering on ethical” and could have cost Cottington-Heath the endorsements of members of the legal community unwilling to provide political checks and balances on the judges’ efforts. that they might one day engage in court cases.

“It’s frustrating because they feel like they’re putting their thumbs up on the scale to get a candidate they want,” Cottington-Heath said. “I represent someone who is going to be in there – and I expect to be there – Monday through Friday, 8 (am) to 5 (pm), and doing things very differently than they do. now.”

Dicken said his work performance over the years earned him those accolades.

“I’m so grateful for the support I have in the community and from the bench here in Saginaw, and that’s the support I’ve earned over a 9-year career on the courts,” said she declared. “I worked every day with these people in court. I have built a relationship with them, and their decision to support me in this campaign is not easy. It’s because I’ve proven myself.

Dicken said she worked hard coordinating her campaign and knocking on doors, morning to night, while raising a now 6-month-old daughter who was born weeks after she announced her candidacy.

“Someone asked me the other day, ‘How do you decide which days are campaign days and which are days off,'” Dicken said. “And I said, ‘Are there days off?’ I have so much respect for anyone who puts their name on a ballot, especially now, after personally going through the electoral process.You don’t want to leave anything on the table.

Political currency

Cottington-Heath said she didn’t want to leave anything on the table when reporting her campaign expenses.

State records showed she even recorded the amount of money – $1,656.39 – spent on 18 wholesale purchases of Heath bars. Cottington-Heath is handing out the handy-named candy to potential voters to build awareness of her name.

The most expensive item in Cottington-Heath’s campaign spending record was $16,050 spent on mailing materials. There were other purchases related to direct mail as well as expenses for video productions, media advertising, consultant fees, robocalls, signage and campaign supplies.

State documents showed current or former Saginaw County court judges who had contributed financially to the Cottington-Heath campaign included District Judge AT Frank (who provided $200) and Kyle Higgs-Tarrant ( $500), a former district judge.

Among the local public figures who offered financial support to Cottington-Heath were Saginaw County Clerk Vanessa Guerra ($90); Saginaw Councilman Bill Ostash ($25); Bridgeport Township Administrator Brandell Adams ($50); former Saginaw County Commissioner Cheryl Hadsall ($100); and Judith Lincoln ($150), a former member of the Saginaw County Board of Commissioners and Saginaw Township Community Schools Board.

State records showed Dicken’s financial contributors included the four judges featured on his campaign materials as well as Saginaw County Probate Judge Barbara Meter ($145) and Saginaw County District Judge Mr. Randall Jurrens ($100).

Other public figures who financially supported Dicken’s campaign were Michael Zehnder ($2,100), general manager of the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth; Dr. Samuel J. Shaheen ($500); Herb Spence III ($250), general manager of Spence Brothers Construction; JoAnn Crary, president of Saginaw Future Inc. ($100); Saginaw County Commissioner Jack Tany ($100); and Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel ($50).

The most expensive item in Dicken’s campaign expense record was $16,875.11 for mailings to Winning Strategies, a political consulting firm used by the candidate on multiple occasions. Other purchases included digital advertisements, signage, mailings, fundraisers and sponsorship fees. Dicken also listed candy purchased for the parades, totaling $276.58.

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Europa Metals reduces its losses thanks to successful drilling campaigns https://uscprssa.com/2022/11/01/europa-metals-reduces-its-losses-thanks-to-successful-drilling-campaigns/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 11:56:04 +0000 https://uscprssa.com/2022/11/01/europa-metals-reduces-its-losses-thanks-to-successful-drilling-campaigns/ (Alliance News) – Europa Metals Ltd pared its full-year loss on Tuesday in a year mainly focused on additional drilling campaigns and metallurgy work. In the fiscal year that ended June 30, the European-focused lead-zinc and silver developer reported a pre-tax loss of $2.5 million, compared to a loss of $3. $3 million. The loss […]]]>

(Alliance News) – Europa Metals Ltd pared its full-year loss on Tuesday in a year mainly focused on additional drilling campaigns and metallurgy work.

In the fiscal year that ended June 30, the European-focused lead-zinc and silver developer reported a pre-tax loss of $2.5 million, compared to a loss of $3. $3 million. The loss per share narrowed to 3.57 cents US from 7.03 cents.

Europa’s exploration expenditures were reduced to $1.2 million from $2.0 million a year earlier.

During the year, Europa Metals said it carried out “very successful” drilling campaigns and metallurgical work. The results of this year’s infill drilling campaign have allowed the company to increase its independent indicated resource estimate for its 100% owned Toral project by approximately 55%.

The objective of its latest campaign is to extend the pre-existing indicated resource estimate at depth to the east of the current area, connecting to a known area of ​​”encouraging” data.

Europa Metals shares were off trade in Johannesburg on Tuesday, while in London they traded up 2.2% to 3.32 pence.

By Heather Rydings; heatherrydings@alliancenews.com

Copyright 2022 Alliance News Limited. All rights reserved.

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INEC concerned about violent campaigns https://uscprssa.com/2022/10/29/inec-concerned-about-violent-campaigns/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 23:23:58 +0000 https://uscprssa.com/2022/10/29/inec-concerned-about-violent-campaigns/ The The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed concern that despite its efforts to ensure the holding of credible general elections in 2023, violent clashes between political parties and their supporters in some states of the federation could cause derail the agenda. The electoral agency is further concerned by the growing use of inflammatory […]]]>

The The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed concern that despite its efforts to ensure the holding of credible general elections in 2023, violent clashes between political parties and their supporters in some states of the federation could cause derail the agenda. The electoral agency is further concerned by the growing use of inflammatory comments by politicians, despite the recent signing of the peace accord by the leaders of the 18 political parties ahead of the upcoming elections.

The INEC also expressed its dismay at the reported cases of denial of access to public facilities to opposition parties and their candidates in some states of the federation and the tendency of some political parties and their supporters to launch in defaming their opponents rather than engaging on issues. -based campaigns.

Following the horrific development, the agency decided to summon the leaders of the various political parties to a meeting to deliberate on the issues. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who revealed this in Abuja following the attack on Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supporters by suspected political thugs in Kaduna State, described the evolution of disturbing.

He noted that the acts of violence not only constitute a violation of the electoral law of 2022, but also nullify the voluntary commitment of all political parties and candidates to the letter and spirit of the peace agreement.

The 18 political parties that will take part in next year’s presidential election signed on September 29, a day after INEC officially lifted the veil on election campaigns for the presidential election and national assembly, l national peace agreement pledging to respect the rules of engagement.

Predictably, the peace accord set the standard for the countryside. Under the terms of the agreement, which was crafted by the National Peace Committee, the candidates and their political parties agreed to conduct issue-based campaigns. They are also expected to promote their party’s manifesto and ensure that their spokespersons and members uphold the rule of law and refrain from corruption, extortion and violence.

During the signing of the peace agreement, the chairman of the Nigeria Peace Committee and former military head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, had stressed the need for the parties to focus on national development issues rather than on the insults and violence in the run-up to the elections. . However, the violent campaigns that followed shortly after the signing of the peace accord underscored the danger ahead.

Besides the reported attack on PDP supporters in Kaduna, there are other cases of intolerance towards opposing political parties. A fortnight ago, dozens of All Progressives Congress (APC) members in Oyo State were reportedly attacked by an alleged leader of a rival political party. Labor Party (LP) supporters have been regularly attacked and their meetings disrupted several times in Enugu State. The party also cried out against the harassment and intimidation of its members and supporters by security personnel in Ebonyi State. Some members of the Labor Party have reportedly been assaulted in Lagos State.

In Imo State, the APC and the main opposition PDP accuse each other of fomenting unrest ahead of the 2023 elections. While the PDP has accused the state government of trying to make the environment toxic for any peaceful election, the APC alleges that the PDP is stoking violence.

There have also been allegations of states not allowing opposition parties to hold their rallies; sponsoring thugs to attack and disrupt opposition party rallies, refusing to allow opponents to advertise their platforms on billboards, and using inflammatory language against their opponents. It is worrying that this is happening months away from the 2023 elections. If the rampant culture of violence and intolerance is not curbed, the election may be in jeopardy. It would be a sad story for Nigerian democracy.

It is regrettable that despite the elaborate display of understanding shown by the presidential candidates during the signing ceremony of the agreement, some party leaders and their supporters have not yet avoided violence and politics without bitterness. It is sad that some politicians insist on reducing our politics to a “do or die” affair.

This is probably why the CENI has enjoined parties, candidates and their supporters not, by acts of commission or omission, to further complicate the prevailing security situation in the country through violent campaigning. For peaceful and credible elections, the political class must refrain from making inconsiderate remarks and focus more on thematic campaigns.

Nothing should be allowed to truncate the 2023 general election. The struggle for power cannot degenerate into open hostility. The election is the celebration of democracy. It must be devoid of violence and immoderate language. Although the INEC president’s expression of concern is in order, the agency should not hesitate to warn those who flout the peace agreement.

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Flood of campaign text messages leading up to Election Day https://uscprssa.com/2022/10/26/flood-of-campaign-text-messages-leading-up-to-election-day/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 23:22:00 +0000 https://uscprssa.com/2022/10/26/flood-of-campaign-text-messages-leading-up-to-election-day/ WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – With the end of the 2022 midterm elections in sight, campaigns at all levels are working on their latest push. It’s not just television ads and emails that fill inboxes. A stream of text messages is heading towards voters’ phones. Even if your phone number is on the do not call […]]]>

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – With the end of the 2022 midterm elections in sight, campaigns at all levels are working on their latest push.

It’s not just television ads and emails that fill inboxes. A stream of text messages is heading towards voters’ phones. Even if your phone number is on the do not call list, political organizations are exempt.

As was the case before the August primary, political organizations can sometimes use this to mislead voters, but it provides a quick and inexpensive way for campaigns to reach them.

While early voters are done with their civic duty, early voters will likely continue to hear about the campaigns until Election Day is behind us.

Early voter Mark Shobe said responding to campaign texts with a simple “no” message is enough to send the message that you “don’t want to hear this anymore” and that “people stop make fun of you”.

Shobe said he and his family are among those who get a lot of political text messages. And while he takes the steps to keep them from pouring in, he said he likes that candidates can use text messages as a tool, because he ultimately likes their voices to be heard when they plead for voters to vote for them. support.

Texting voters is becoming a more popular way for campaigns to interact with their constituents.

“If citizens are using technology to communicate with each other, then campaigns are going to communicate with them using it,” said Dr. Neal Allen, associate professor at Wichita State University and chair of the political science department. .

He said this was clearly seen in the run-up to the August vote on a constitutional amendment regarding abortion rights in Kansas.

“Creating the text message is almost free for a campaign. The real cost would be to get the phone numbers,” Dr Allen said.

This information gathering process may include voter registration records, which are public. The Better Business Bureau said if you want robocalls or political texting to stop, it’s up to you because of the Do Not Call List exemption.

“There should be an unsubscribe option to this text message. Or, if you know who is behind that text message, for example, the specific political organization that contacted you, you can contact them directly,” Kansas Better Business Bureau Vice President Denise Groene said.

If you have requested to be removed from a political organization’s list and you are still receiving calls and messages, you can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.org. You can also change your phone settings to filter out incoming text messages from numbers that aren’t in your contacts.

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‘Indefensible’: Liz Cheney criticizes Glenn Youngkin, other GOP officials campaigning for pro-Trump deniers https://uscprssa.com/2022/10/23/indefensible-liz-cheney-criticizes-glenn-youngkin-other-gop-officials-campaigning-for-pro-trump-deniers/ Sun, 23 Oct 2022 20:08:06 +0000 https://uscprssa.com/2022/10/23/indefensible-liz-cheney-criticizes-glenn-youngkin-other-gop-officials-campaigning-for-pro-trump-deniers/ Comment this story Comment Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) criticizes Republicans who started the GOP campaign election Holocaust deniers, calling it “indefensible” to boost candidates who promoted former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. Cheney, who for nearly two years sounded the alarm over Trump’s misrepresentations and their deleterious effects […]]]>

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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) criticizes Republicans who started the GOP campaign election Holocaust deniers, calling it “indefensible” to boost candidates who promoted former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

Cheney, who for nearly two years sounded the alarm over Trump’s misrepresentations and their deleterious effects on the Republican Party and American democracy, specifically called out Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R), who last week traveled to arizona hold a rally with GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, a prominent Holocaust denier.

Several other Republicans who had previously tried to distance themselves from Trump’s ‘big lie’ – including former Vice President Mike Pence and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley – also recently campaigned with pro-Trump candidates who questioned or denied the 2020 election results.

“I think those are really indefensible decisions,” Cheney said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” show on Sunday. “I think Glenn Youngkin has done a good job as Governor of Virginia, but no one should be advocating for the election of people who will not honor the sanctity of our electoral process. And, you know, people who do that actually put politics before the Constitution and before the country. »

Lake and GOP nominee for Arizona Secretary of State Mark Finchem repeatedly incorrectly claimed that Trump was the winner of the 2020 election. On ABC’s “This Week” Sunday , Lake declined to say whether she would take steps to limit early voting and mail-in voting in Arizona if elected, and continued to spread lies about the 2020 election.

Republicans promoting these election deniers were putting the party’s short-term gain above their obligation to defend the Constitution, Cheney said.

“They [Lake and Finchem] both said: ‘We looked at all the facts, we looked at the 2020 election results, we looked at the law, we looked at the fact that the courts have all ruled against Donald Trump, we looked at the audits and the recounts. We’re willing to ignore all of that, and say we wouldn’t have certified this election,” Cheney said. “They tell you they’ll only certify an election that they agree with. And there is no greater threat to democracy than you can imagine than this.

Cheney’s latest warnings may be one of his last efforts, while still in office, to try to stop Trump and his supporters from subsuming the Republican Party. For more than a year, Cheney served as vice chairman of the House Select Committee investigating the January 62021, insurrection, issuing one stern warning after another about Trump’s efforts to nullify the 2020 election results at all costs. Last week, the the committee voted unanimously to issue a subpoena to Trump to provide documentation of those efforts and testify under oath next month.

The January 6 select committee voted to subpoena former President Donald Trump for testimony and documents at a hearing on October 13. (Video: The Washington Post, Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

“As demonstrated during our hearings, we have gathered overwhelming evidence, including from dozens of your former appointees and staff, that you personally orchestrated and oversaw a multi-part effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election and make impediment to the peaceful transition of power,” Cheney and Jan. 6 Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) said. said in a letter to Trump which accompanied the subpoena.

But Cheney’s efforts came at a significant political cost: she was ousted last May from her post as Speaker of the House Conference after constantly criticizing Trump. Her GOP colleagues voted to replace her with Rep. Elise Stefanik (RN.Y.), who had a more moderate voting record but echoed of trump false statements that the election was stolen. In August, Cheney lost her primary race in Wyoming to fellow election denier Harriet Hageman. by a historical margin. On Sunday, Cheney acknowledged that the work of the Jan. 6 committee would likely be halted if Republicans regain control of the House.

“If we were in a country where our policy worked as it should, the investigation would continue no matter what,” she said. “I think Republicans have made it clear that they’re not interested in getting to the bottom of what happened or holding people to account. And I think that should also be something that Americans through the country pay attention.”

Cheney did not rule out a third-party running for president, saying she would do “whatever it takes” to try to block Trump from the Oval Office again. She also continued on Sunday to express her disappointment with most of her fellow Republicans for not, she said, doing the right thing “when the chips were down.”

If Trump were to become the GOP presidential nominee again in 2024, Cheney predicted the party would “break apart.”

“I think the party either needs to come back from where we are right now, which is a very dangerous and toxic place, or the party will split and there will be a new conservative party that will rise up,” she said. declared.

Robert Klemko and Isaac Arnsdorf contributed to this report.

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Biden’s quiet campaign season takes him back to familiar territory in Pennsylvania https://uscprssa.com/2022/10/20/bidens-quiet-campaign-season-takes-him-back-to-familiar-territory-in-pennsylvania/ Thu, 20 Oct 2022 19:25:00 +0000 https://uscprssa.com/2022/10/20/bidens-quiet-campaign-season-takes-him-back-to-familiar-territory-in-pennsylvania/ CNN — When President Joe Biden traveled to Pennsylvania on Thursday, he touted infrastructure investments that helped rebuild a collapsed bridge and raise campaign funds away from the cameras with the state’s Democratic Senate candidate. where he has not to appear was a campaign rally stage. Three weeks before the November election, Biden’s visit to […]]]>



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When President Joe Biden traveled to Pennsylvania on Thursday, he touted infrastructure investments that helped rebuild a collapsed bridge and raise campaign funds away from the cameras with the state’s Democratic Senate candidate.

where he has not to appear was a campaign rally stage.

Three weeks before the November election, Biden’s visit to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia clearly demonstrated a political strategy focused on promoting his agenda and engaging with donors rather than headlining stump speeches alongside Democrats. vulnerable.

He has traveled frequently to Pennsylvania, where Democratic Lt. Governor John Fetterman holds a narrow lead in his race against Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz in the U.S. Senate race. Swapping out his sweatshirt and basketball shorts for a dark suit and tie, Fetterman greeted Biden at the airport alongside his wife.

“You will win !” Biden said while shaking hands with the candidate.

Biden has visited the Commonwealth nine times this year, including Thursday’s visit, and 18 times since becoming president.

“I’m a proud Delawarean, but Pennsylvania is my home state. It’s in my heart. I can’t tell you how much it means to me to be part of rebuilding this beautiful state,” Biden said. “My grandfather Finnegan from Scranton would be really proud of me now.”

Yet despite the penchant, Biden’s visit was relatively low-key for a presidential stoppage weeks before a critical midterm contest. He did not hold an exuberant campaign rally, opting for a smaller event with several dozen civil servants and bridge project workers.

Biden’s approach was born out of political reality: While many of Biden’s accomplishments were welcomed by voters — and, in some cases, embraced by Republicans who voted against them — Biden himself remains unpopular and some Democrats continue to keep their distance as the midterm contests draw closer.

As he left the White House on Thursday, Biden bristled when asked why more Democrats weren’t joining him for political events.

“That’s not true,” Biden said. “There were 15. Count, kid, count.”

Later, as he and Fetterman walked past a Primanti Bros. near Pittsburgh, he told reporters he had been invited to visit Nevada and Georgia, two states with tight Senate races.

“We’re trying to sort it out now,” he said. “I don’t know where I’m going. I have about 16, 18 requests across the country.

Over the past few weeks, Biden has worked to expand his list of accomplishments using executive power, including pardoning low-level marijuana offenders, canceling some student loan debt, lowering the cost of hearing aids, and declaring a national monument World War II training site.

Just this week, he promised to sign a bill making abortion rights into law if Democrats win seats, described billions of dollars to be invested in home battery manufacturing and released an additional 15 million barrels of oil from the country’s strategic reserves as it strives to drive down gas prices.

Biden denied that the oil announcement was politically motivated.

“How long have I been doing this now?” It’s not politically motivated at all,” he said. “It’s motivated to make sure I keep pushing what I’ve been pushing.”

Yet the time for release nonetheless comes as Biden’s party watches with growing concern the prospect of losing its congressional majorities next year, and the White House seeks action to appeal to Americans.

In Pittsburgh, the president spoke at the Fern Hollow Bridge, a four-lane steel span that collapsed into a snow-covered ravine in January. Biden happened to be visiting the city that day to talk about infrastructure, and the presidential motorcade made a detour to view the damage.

“A complete disaster was averted but it should never have come to this,” Biden said Thursday. The president noted how quickly the bridge was rebuilt and said that while it was not funded by his bipartisan Infrastructure Act, it was funded entirely by the federal government.

Biden said “God willing” the bridge will be fully open in December, telling the public, “I’m coming back to walk on this sucker.”

Biden was joined by a slew of Pennsylvania’s top elected officials, including Fetterman, who is locked in one of the most closely watched midterm contests. Biden is also expected to join Fetterman later Thursday for a fundraiser in Philadelphia.

Although the reconstruction of the bridge was not directly funded by the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, a White House official said funding from the act allows the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation “to quickly move funds to support this project, without having to slow down or interfere with other projects in the pipeline.”

The reconstruction was funded by $25.3 million in federal funding allocated to Pennsylvania in fiscal year 2021, the White House official said.

The law allocated $40 billion for bridge projects over five years. Since last October, repairs or replacements have begun on more than 2,400 bridges with Infrastructure Act funding, according to the White House.

This measure has become a central talking point for Biden during the midterms of this year. Candidates who might think twice about holding a political rally with Biden have seemed eager to show up alongside him at official events announcing improvements to rail lines, airport terminals or bridges. The president hammered Republicans who voted against the bill but nevertheless took credit for the projects made possible by the $1.2 trillion law.

In planning Biden’s recent trip, including political events and official White House functions, his advisers took into account the sensitive political reality that some Democratic candidates in tough races would rather he not visit their district. or their state in the home stretch towards the midterms.

But a Democratic official familiar with White House thinking said an important overarching dynamic is that even candidates who would rather not appear alongside Biden are still keen to come forward on his legislative accomplishments, describing it as a predicament. of “half-sisters”.

“Some campaigns don’t want him physically campaigning in his state,” the official said. “But – people are running on his program.”

Given the string of legislative victories that Biden’s party won in the first half of the Biden administration — including the bipartisan infrastructure bill — even events that are technically billed as official business White House are actually no different from political events these days, the official noted.

“Every event is political now,” they said.

Biden remains eager to visit key battlegrounds, his aides say. Earlier this year, he expressed frustration that more Democrats weren’t lining up to use it on the campaign trail.

Now Biden has settled into a midterm spurt that sees him travel mostly to states he won in 2020 while avoiding some marquee races where his presence could be a drag on Democratic candidates.

Other Democrats seem more welcome. Former President Barack Obama will hold campaign rallies for Democrats in Atlanta, Detroit and Milwaukee in the days leading up to the election. Senator Bernie Sanders, the Independent Democratic Socialist from Vermont, will visit battleground states on a tour aimed at young voters.

The White House is working closely with the Senate and House campaign committees and will send the president where he could be of use, aides said, and will avoid traveling to areas where nationalizing the race would be considered as detrimental to candidates.

Presidential travel logistics also complicate some trips, aides said, as campaigns must help pay the high costs of Air Force One.

Yet at similar points in their terms, Obama and former President Donald Trump were engaging in more traditional campaign-style events for candidates ahead of the midterm elections, despite questions about candidate cuts.

Both saw their party lose unified control of Congress in their first midterm elections, a historic precedent that Biden hopes to break — even if he avoids major political events.

The White House has defended Biden’s travel plans, insisting he travels “nonstop” and intends to visit states “where necessary” as the vote nears.

Still, in the weeks leading up to the midterms, Biden continues to spend most weekends at his home in Delaware, including last weekend in Wilmington and this weekend in Rehoboth Beach.

On Friday, he will stop at Delaware State University to tout his student debt forgiveness efforts, before heading to his beach house. This week, the debt relief package Biden announced earlier this year went live, with millions asking for some or all of their loans to be forgiven.

On one of his previous trips to campaign in Pennsylvania, on Labor Day, Biden appeared before a small crowd with Fetterman at a union picnic in Pittsburgh. When the two men emerged from the union hall together, Fetterman raised his arms and raised his fists.

But when Fetterman spoke before Biden, he took the opportunity to castigate his Republican opponent for owning multiple homes — without mentioning the president at all.

During a 15-minute private meeting beforehand, Fetterman pushed Biden to begin the process of rescheduling marijuana, one of his main issues.

Weeks later, the White House said Biden would grant pardons for simple federal marijuana possession offenses and instruct members of his administration to “promptly” review how marijuana is provided for under federal law. , the first step toward a possible relaxation of a federal classification that currently places marijuana in the same category as heroin and LSD.

Biden himself only mentioned the decision in passing. But Fetterman welcomed the move and was quick to quote his conversation with Biden after the White House announcement.

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