Election Briefs: It ain't over till it's over

It ain't over till it's over

WASHINGTON • Mrs Hillary Clinton and Mr Donald Trump are arming up for a possible post-Election Day battle. Mrs Clinton is assembling a voter protection programme that has drawn thousands of lawyers agreeing to lend their time and expertise in battleground states, though the campaign is not saying exactly how many or where.

Meanwhile, the Republican National Lawyers Association, which trains attorneys in battleground states and in local jurisdictions where races are expected to be close, aims to assemble 1,000 lawyers ready to monitor polls and possibly challenge election results across the country.


Podesta's house of cards?

WASHINGTON • Mrs Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta last year signed a US$7,000-a-month (S$9,700-a-month) contract with the foundation of a major Clinton donor who made a fortune selling a type of mortgage that some critics say contributed to the housing collapse, Politico reported yesterday, citing hacked e-mails.

In February last year, as Mr Podesta was working to lay the groundwork for Mrs Clinton's Democratic presidential nomination, he signed the contract with the Sandler Foundation.

The contract - a copy of which was included in e-mails illegally obtained from Mr Podesta's Gmail account and disseminated on Monday by WikiLeaks - is still active, according to Mr Herb Sandler, who said that it calls for Mr Podesta to provide advice on grant-making and other foundation functions.

CNN contributor's primary misstep

WASHINGTON • CNN has cut ties with commentator and interim Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile after WikiLeaks revealed that she provided more primary debate questions to Mrs Hillary Clinton's campaign.

The network confirmed on Monday that it had accepted Ms Brazile's resignation as a contributor on Oct 14 after the hacked e-mails showed she had tipped off Mrs Clinton's campaign to likely questions during the primaries.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 02, 2016, with the headline 'Election Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe