Florida Republican cooperating with campaign finance probe



FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, the then Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., speaks during a news conference on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program​on Capitol Hill in Washington. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the now former Florida Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen accused of spending at least $50,000 of campaign money on vacations and restaurant and luxury hotel bills. WFOR-TV first reported the investigation Wednesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)


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FILE – In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, the then Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., speaks during a news conference on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program​on Capitol Hill in Washington. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the now former Florida Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen accused of spending at least $50,000 of campaign money on vacations and restaurant and luxury hotel bills. WFOR-TV first reported the investigation Wednesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is investigating a former Florida congresswoman accused of spending at least $50,000 in campaign money on vacations and restaurant and luxury hotel bills.

The federal department’s Public Integrity Section is looking into the expenditures by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican who retired after three decades representing the Miami area in Congress. They include a 2017 trip to Walt Disney World with her children and grandchildren, rooms

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Freed agrees to civil penalty to resolve campaign finance, reporting violations

A former Republican gubernatorial candidate and current write-in candidate for lieutenant governor has agreed to a civil penalty with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission.

Joshua Freed’s 2020 gubernatorial campaign repaid him at least $450,000 of a $500,000 loan that he made to the campaign, which violated a $6,000 repayment limit.

He’s agreed to a $50,000 penalty, with half of it suspended as long as he doesn’t have further violations — according to a “stipulation as to facts, violations and penalty” the commission approved by a 5-0 vote Thursday.

Freed’s attorney, Mark Lamb, told the Commission that he thought the resolution was reasonable. He argued, “The public was not deprived prior to the election of knowing that Joshua Freed had infused his campaign with a large amount of money,” or that that money was returned to him.

In a letter filed with the PDC, Lamb wrote, “The campaign erroneously

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Joshua Freed agrees to campaign finance penalty with PDC

A former Republican gubernatorial candidate and current write-in candidate for lieutenant governor has agreed to a civil penalty with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission.

Joshua Freed’s 2020 gubernatorial campaign repaid him at least $450,000 of a $500,000 loan that he made to the campaign, which violated a $6,000 repayment limit.

He’s agreed to a $50,000 penalty, with half of it suspended as long as he doesn’t have further violations — according to a “stipulation as to facts, violations and penalty” the commission approved 5-0 Thursday.

Freed’s attorney, Mark Lamb, told the Commission that he thought the resolution was reasonable. He also argued, “The public was not deprived prior to the election of knowing that Joshua Freed had infused his campaign with a large amount of money,” or that that money was returned to him.

In a letter filed with the PDC, Lamb wrote, “The campaign erroneously classified the initial

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LeBron James’ More Than a Vote campaign vows to donate 100% of apparel proceeds to a nonprofit fighting for Black civil rights

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James shows no sign of slowing down his efforts to register voters and advocate for social issues ahead of a contentious November election. The three-time champion’s More Than a Vote campaign has worked to register poll workers, open up more voting center and assist those ineligible to vote pay the fees to make them qualified.

Another part of his get out the vote efforts is selling merchandise with the promise to donate all profits to social justice organizations. On Monday, More Than a Vote dropped a new line of gear accompanied with powerful messaging. Available on the More Than a Vote store, find shirts, hats, hoodies and other accessories that according to the group, “make a statement.”

As

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Nonprofit hosts virtual campaign, allowing you to run, walk, do physical activities to help homeless youth

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – Between October 8 and October 12, you can help local homeless youth with every step you take.

The national nonprofit StandUp For Kids is hosting its first virtual event, called StandUp And Move For Kids. The campaign aims to raise money and resources to help homeless children.

StandUp For Kids has helped roughly 1,500 homeless youth in Hampton Roads.

“Ending the cycle of youth homelessness is the main reason,” Nicole Pixler, the co-director for StandUp For Kids’ Hampton Roads chapter, said. “All the money is going to go back to the kids and the different chapters.”

If you are looking to continue your fitness regiment, Pixler said it’s a good fit both for your health and the children.

“It’s honestly to get your family out and about and moving in this time of quarantine and uncertainty,” Pixler said. “We’ve all been stuck in the house a

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Nonprofit started in Gwinnett County featured in national campaign

A Gwinnett County man is getting national attention for a nonprofit aimed at tackling hunger. 

Jack Griffin is the founder and CEO of FoodFinder, a website that allows people to search for food pantries, soup kitchens or school meal locations. 

“What we’re here to do is connect people looking for help,” Griffin said. 

He got the idea as a sophomore in high school in Gwinnett County. At the time, the economy was coming out of the recession and he was looking for a way to help those who were struggling. 

“When I tried to find a pantry, I just went to Google. I didn’t know off the top of my head where to donate to or volunteer at. That search process was

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Apple calls Epic Game lawsuit a publicity stunt, marketing campaign for Fortnite



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Apple in it latest legal filings in the lawsuit over Fortnite has said that Epic is seeking help for self-inflicted wounds. Epic had sought injunction from the court that would force Apple to restore Fortnite to the App Store until the outcome of the full trial. Apple maintained that Fortnite can return to the App Sote anytime given that it removes its in-app payment system because of which it was first removed.

The 37-page opposition brief by Apple procured by The Verge read: “Epic started a fire, and poured gasoline on it, and now asks this Court for emergency assistance in putting it out, even though Epic can do so itself in an instant by simply adhering to the contractual terms that have profitably governed its relationship with Apple for years. This Court was right when it previously ruled that self-inflicted wounds are not irreparable injury.”

Apple further called Epic’s

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Converse takes an inclusive approach with new marketing campaign targeted at youth

On Friday, the shoe company announced a new marketing program, inspired in part by that energetic “James and Ify” campaign video.

Far from a traditional advertising campaign, the new program will instead fund creative ideas that align with Converse’s stated corporate priorities of environmental sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and youth development. One goal, Stollak said, is to foster and reward creativity that shows a purpose or mission, much like what Stollak saw in that campaign video.

Among other things, Converse is investing $1 million into an accelerator program, called Converse All Star Captains, over the next two years. The money will be spent on quarterly stipends for 13 “captains,” starting with Mathew and White-Thorpe, as well as funding for their passion projects. These brand ambassadors will act as a sounding board for Converse, a direct way to plug into youth culture. And Converse will promote its captains and their work

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What the Presidential Campaign Can Teach Us About Sales and Marketing

Scott Greenberg’s Wealthy Franchisee: Game-Changing Steps to Becoming a Thriving Franchise Superstar will be released via Entrepreneur Press on November 17. It can be preodered via Amazon and Barnes & Noble.



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Politicians must do more than serve. They also have to sell. They’ve got to get the job before they can do it. Then they have to keep it. Right now, President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden are actively selling themselves. Their campaigns are using powerful persuasion tactics designed to earn more votes. You can use these same tactics to earn more customers.

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In his treatise entitled Rhetoric written around 350 BC, Aristotle described three modes of persuasion. Each of these modes is still deliberately used today by marketing experts, public speakers and political candidates to win over the public. These modes are very apparent in

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