Matt Shuham

Matt Shuham is a news writer for TPM. He was previously associate editor of The National Memo and managing editor of the Harvard Political Review. He is available by email at and on Twitter @mattshuham.

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Activists have successfully fundraised the amount necessary to plaster a tweet from Donald Trump attacking Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on a “mobile billboard,” Stoneman Douglas shooting survivor David Hogg announced Saturday night.

Hogg, along with the liberal activist and social media presence Claude Taylor, contributed to a fundraiser “initiated by Antonio Arellano” of the group USA Latinx, according to a GoFundMe page associated with the fundraiser.

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While working in former President George W. Bush’s White House, current Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh told a colleague that he believed campaign contribution limits “have some constitutional problems,” CNN reported Saturday.

Though much of the United States’ campaign finance laws and regulations have been undone in recent years, limits on direct contributions to campaigns and campaign committees — currently $2,700 per person per election — are still the law. Various limits govern donations between PACs and state and local committees, as well.

“I have heard very few people say that the limits on contributions to candidates are unconstitutional, although I for one tend to think those limits have some constitutional problems,” Kavanaugh wrote to his Bush White House colleague Helgard Walker in a March 6, 2002, email, CNN reported.

Despite Democrats’ complaints that Republicans have failed to request Kavanaugh’s documents from his time as White House staff secretary during the Bush years, the nominee’s first hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee is set for Tuesday.

The Trump administration cited executive privilege in withholding 100,000 Kavanaugh documents from the public on Friday; Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called it a “Friday night document massacre.”

Kavanaugh’s campaign finance email was one of the documents released publicly Friday. It was previously known to Judiciary Committee members, but was marked “Committee Confidential,” CNN noted.  Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) successfully requested that committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) release the document, CNN reported citing a release from the Judiciary Committee.

“I think that you could ask some very interesting questions about these documents that I’m unable to even say,” Klobuchar said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, referring to the documents that remain confidential.

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Paul Manafort’s daughter Jessica Manafort, 36, filed paperwork late Friday to change her name to Jessica Anne Bond, the New York Post reported Saturday night. She’s seeking the name change, she told the Post, “to separate myself and my work from a public perception that has nothing to do with the person that I am.” Bond is Jessica’s mother’s maiden name, the Post noted.

Trump announced his rally in support of Cruz’s reelection on Friday:

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