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Federal lawsuit alleges former staffer used Ukranian hackers to help Dana Nessel win 2018 AG race

BY MIKE KILLBREATH

CCN Executive Editor 


LANSING (CCN) — Breitbart News Network reported this past weekend that a "bombshell allegation" was buried in a federal lawsuit for extortion against one of current Attorney General Dana Nessel's campaign staff members. Columnist Dennis Lennox reported that a Detroit area businessman's lawsuit included an allegation that he was told by a Nessel campaign staff member that Ukranian hackers were used to manipulate election results  to help Nessel win her 2018 campaign against Republican Tom Leonard.


The lawsuit was reported on Friday by the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News. Both newspapers said the case alleges that Dmitriy Movsesyan was behind an extortion plot against Maher Waad, owner of Executive Car Rental.  Waad's company has been under investigation by AG Nessel's office for unlawful business practices at various locations across the Metro Detroit area. His federal lawsuit alleges that Movsesyan wanted $9,500 in consulting fees to leverage his relationship with Nessel to alleviate scrutiny against the company by her office, according to the case filed by Southfield attorney Steve Haney 


AG Nessel's communications spokesman, Kelly Rossman-McKinney, told the Deroit News that the campaign email manipulation claim was "horseshit” with no basis in truth. She made similar denials to the Free Press and said Movsesyan was an IT consultant for Nessel's 2018 campaign who has had been referred by a Detroit area police chief. She said there has been no communication by Movsesyan with the attorney general since she was elected in November 2018. The federal lawsuit alleges that Movsesyan sent a text to Waad with a selfie he had taken which said, “Oh look, it’s your favorite attorney general in my back seat.” Kelly-Rossman told the Detroit News that the photo was taken when Movsesyan drove Nessel to an event to take photos for a web site during her campaign.


Rossman-McKinney responded to a request for a comment on Aug. 27 from My AM Advantage about rumors regarding pending criminal charges against Nessel or someone in her camp by saying there was no truth to the rumors. "I can deny the rumors," she said. "Slow news day, eh?"

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Federal lawsuit alleges former staffer used Ukranian hackers to manipulate election to help Nessel win AG race

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LANSING (CCN) — Breitbart News Network reported this past weekend that a "bombshell allegation" was buried in a federal lawsuit for extortion against one of current Attorney General Dana Nessel's campaign staff members. Columnist Dennis Lennox reported that a Detroit area businessman's lawsuit included an allegation that he was told by a Nessel campaign staff member that Ukranian hackers were used to manipulate election results  to help Nessel win her 2018 campaign against Republican Tom Leonard.


The lawsuit was reported on Friday by the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News that Dmitriy Movsesyan was behind an extortion plot against Maher Waad, owner of Executive Car Rental. Waad's company has been under investigation by AG Nessel's office for unlawful business practices and his lawsuit alleges that Movsesyan wanted $9,500 in consulting fees to leverage his relationship with Nessel to alleviate scrutiny against the company by her office.


AG Nessel's communications spokesman, Kelly Rossman-McKinney, told the Deroit News that the campaign email manipulation claim was "horseshit” with no basis in truth. She made similar denials to the Free Press and said Movsesyan was an IT consultant for Nessel's 2018 campaign who has had been referred by a Detroit area police chief. She said there has been no communication by Movsesyan with the attorney general since she was elected in November 2018.


The federal lawsuit alleges that Movsesyan sent a text to Waad with a selfie he had taken which said, “Oh look, it’s your favorite attorney general in my back seat.” Kelly-Rossman told the Detroit News that the photo was taken when Movsesyan drove Nessel to an event to take photos for a web site during her campaign.



Michigan AG Dana Nessel joins 49 other AGs to go after tech giant Google with antitrust investigation

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 LANSING (CCN) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Monday that she has joined 49 other Attorneys General in a multi-state antitrust investigation of the conduct of tech giant Google. The bi-partisan alliance of Attorneys General announced plans to investigate Google’s overarching control of online advertising markets, search traffic and whether it engages in anti-competitive behavior that harms the public.


AG Nessel said antitrust enforcement officials from each state will work in cooperation with federal authorities to assess competitive conditions for online services and ensure that Americans have access to free and open digital markets.


“Google plays a critical role in our online economy as the biggest and most powerful advertising and search engine company in the country. It is illegal for a business to use its market power to engage in anti-competitive conduct specifically to protect its status as a virtual monopoly,” AG Nessel said. “Our personal data is the biggest commodity in today’s online economy. When a giant like Google makes 90 percent of its revenue from utilizing our personal data in its advertising business while undermining consumer choice, stifling innovation, violating our privacy, and controlling the flow and exchange of information, it is essential that we take a closer look. We will go where the facts lead us to both protect our consumers and to ensure a free and competitive market.”


Past investigations of Google uncovered violations ranging from advertising illegal drugs in the United States to three antitrust actions brought by the European Commission. None of these previous investigations, however, fully addressed the source of Google’s sustained market power and its ability to engage in serial and repeated business practices intended to protect and maintain that power, according to AG Nessel's press release.


Michigan joins in launching this investigation with the AGs of 48 other states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The AG of California was the only one in the USA who didn't join the group.


Senate Majority Whip Peter Lucido announces he's 'absolutely' considering run for Governor

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LANSING (CCN) — Michigan Senator Peter Lucido announced on political analyst Bill Ballenger's podcast that he is "absolutely" considering a run for governor. He blasted Gretchen Whitmer for not signing the current budget proposed by Republicans who control both chambers of the State Legislature. Democrat Whitmer was elected in November 2018 to her initial four-year term as Michigan's governor. Whitmer wants to impose a gas tax of 85 cents per gallon to fund fixing roads.


"This road funding program in this state does not work," Senator Lucido said. "We keep doing it the same way. Public Act 51 does not work and the governor knows it." He says money should go toward repairing roads that get the most use, adding, "My (bill says) leave the registration fees in the county in which the vehicle is registered so that we have enough money to fix the roads in our own damn county."


Senator Lucido is a Shelby Township Republican who represents 12 communities in the Macomb County area of suburban Detroit. He was elected as his party's Senate Majority Whip earlier this year. He served two terms in the State House of Representatives before joining the State Senate last year. He's an attorney as well as a licensed insurance agent and licensed realtor.


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