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Woman Implicated In College Admissions Scandal Co-Hosted Gillibrand Fundraiser

One of those indicted was a co-host of a Gillibrand fundraiser.

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Gillibrand Donor College Admissions Scandal

Alleged college admissions scam artist Jane Buckingham, accused of paying the University of Southern California $50,000 to have her child admitted, co-hosted a fundraiser for Democrat presidential candidate and New York Senator Kirstin Gillibrand only days before her indictment.

Gillibrand held an elitist fundraiser featuring co-hosts Will Ferrell, “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes, and author Samantha Ettus. According to Fox News, it cost donors $2,800 to be a co-host of the event. Among the list of co-hosts of the Saturday fundraiser was Buckingham, who was indicted in the college admissions scandal only days later.

Fox News reported that her son was contrite after learning about his mother’s implication in the scandal:

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Meanwhile, Buckingham’s scandalized son Jack came clean in the Hollywood Reporter by telling the magazine: “I know there are millions of kids out there both wealthy and less fortunate who grind their ass off just to have a shot at the college of their dreams. I am upset that I was unknowingly involved in a large scheme that helps give kids who may not work as hard as others an advantage over those who truly deserve those spots.”

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Buckingham allegedly explored the same scam for her daughter Lilia.

The scam, in which rich parents would allegedly buy places for their children by making generous donations to prestigious schools, began in 2011 through a college placement firm run by Rick Singer. It was discovered by police after a still-anonymous individual fessed up when questioned by police in an unrelated securities case, and seems to implicate many of the elite members of Hollywood and finance throughout the country.

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Senator Tim Scott Predicts “50% Increase” In Black Support for Trump in 2020

Such a shift would be a game changer.

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South Carolina Senator Tim Scott is predicting a “50% increase” in support for Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

Scott made the prediction in an interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto on Friday.

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President Trump will see a 50 percent increase in his African-American support. It will go from 8 percent in 2016 to a minimum of 12 percent in 2020. He may even get to 15 percent of the African American vote, and that is game over.”

Such a small slice of the black vote may seem small, but it very well could prove enough to be impactful in swing states such as Michigan and Pennsylvania. Scott pointed to President Trump’s performance on economic policy as a possible factor in drawing black support to the GOP in 2020.

“[Trump] had an executive order to increase affordability of home ownership, and African American home ownership since he took office is up about 2%… President Trump is not just talking a good game, he is walking a good game.”

Scott pointed to the possibility of a Michael Bloomberg nomination alienating some Black Americans from the Democratic Party.

African Americans have been one of the most consistent voting blocs for the Democratic Party since the 1960’s. Some blacks are concerned that they’re not a priority for the Democratic Party in an era where the party has made generous policy concessions to various demographic groups.

A realignment of some Black Americans into the Republican Party wouldn’t be without precedent in American history. African Americans originally strongly supported the reconstruction-era Republican Party when they were granted voting rights(in theory) after the Civil War. The first black U.S Senator and House Representative was a Republican.

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