Pro-Biden effort offered Native Americans $25-$500 Visa gift cards and jewelry to vote

Key Native American leaders working with the Biden campaign offered tribal members and associates Visa gift cards, jewelry, and other “swag” to vote in the presidential election, according to several videos being used by the Trump campaign’s effort to challenge Nevada’s vote.

In one long video, officials from the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony are shown offering a raffle for gift cards in values of $25, $100, $250, and $500 to those who can prove they voted.

Other gifts for voting include bracelets, necklaces, earrings, T-shirts, and masks.

“If you come here to vote or if you voted already, RSIC is having a raffle,” said RSIC spokeswoman Bethany Sam in one of the videos.

She also said, there are “a lot of great things to push you guys to get out here to vote, challenge you go get you out here to vote.”

In the same video, she is shown wearing a Biden-Harris anti-virus mask and in front of the Biden-Harris campaign bus.

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Screen shot from one of the videos shows a spokeswoman for the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony offering gift cards to Native American voters.

The Trump campaign is expected to present the videos today in a Carson City court as it presses its case to challenge enough votes to overturn the state’s election of Joe Biden.

In a briefing paper on their case, the campaign referred to a “Native American Votes for Dollars Scandal.”

It said, “A shocking number of states have discovered that groups claiming to support the Native American community’s voice at the polls have engaged in blatantly illegal bribery and vote incentivizing with cash cards, gas cards, electronics and other items. This scandal appears to have been rampant in Nevada. Posts on the Nevada Native Vote Project Facebook page show that similar raffles were conducted in 15 Nevada native communities, with 116 voters receiving $6,650 in cash prizes.”

The RSIC did not respond to an email seeking comment.

But a lawyer for Native Americans dismissed the charges to Nevada’s NPR. “I think that this lawsuit is a little bit reckless,” Jacqueline De León, staff attorney for the Native American Rights Fund, told NPR. “It’s sort of just casting a wide net of disparagement on the Nevada Native Vote Project. And it turns out a lot of their claims are unsubstantiated.”

She added that the raffles were open to all, but the videos limited entry to Native Americans and their associates or staffers.

The Native American vote was credited for pushing Biden over the victory line in some states such as Nevada and Arizona.

Liberal CNN commentator Van Jones said on-air, “The Native American community played a tremendous role.” He added, “They are responsible for the victory.”

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Pro-Biden effort offered Native Americans $25-$500 Visa gift cards, jewelry to vote

Key Native American leaders working with the Biden campaign offered tribal members and associates Visa gift cards, jewelry and other “swag” to vote in the presidential election, according to several videos being used by the Trump campaign’s effort to challenge Nevada’s vote.



a person standing in front of a store: Lummi Tribal member Patsy Wilson, right, is assisted by Lummi Native Vote Team 2020 volunteer Kelli Jefferson in voting Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, on the Lummi Reservation, near Bellingham, Wash.


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Lummi Tribal member Patsy Wilson, right, is assisted by Lummi Native Vote Team 2020 volunteer Kelli Jefferson in voting Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, on the Lummi Reservation, near Bellingham, Wash.

In one long video, officials from the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony are shown offering a raffle for gift cards in values of $25, $100, $250 and $500 to those who can prove they voted.

Other gifts for voting include bracelets, necklaces, earrings, T-shirts and masks.

“If you come here to vote or if you voted already, RSIC is having a raffle,” said RSIC spokeswoman Bethany Sam in one of the videos.

She also said, there are “a lot of great things to push you guys to get out here to vote, challenge you go get you out here to vote.”

In the same video, she is shown wearing a Biden-Harris anti-virus mask and in front of the Biden-Harris campaign bus.



a person wearing a costume: Screen shot from one of the videos shows a spokeswoman for the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony offering gift cards to Native American voters.


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Screen shot from one of the videos shows a spokeswoman for the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony offering gift cards to Native American voters.

The Trump campaign is expected to present the videos today in a Carson City court as it presses its case to challenge enough votes to overturn the state’s election of Joe Biden.

In a briefing paper on their case, the campaign referred to a “Native American Votes for Dollars Scandal.”

It said, “A shocking number of states have discovered that groups claiming to support the Native American community’s voice at the polls have engaged in blatantly illegal bribery and vote incentivizing with cash cards, gas cards, electronics and other items. This scandal appears to have been rampant in Nevada. Posts on the Nevada Native Vote Project Facebook page show that similar raffles were conducted in 15 Nevada native communities, with 116 voters receiving $6,650 in cash prizes.”

The RSIC did not respond to an email seeking comment.

But a lawyer for Native Americans dismissed the charges to Nevada NPR. “I think that this lawsuit is a little bit reckless,” Jacqueline De León, staff attorney for the Native American Rights Fund, told NPR. “It’s sort of just casting a wide net of disparagement on the Nevada Native Vote Project. And it turns out a lot of their claims are unsubstantiated.”

She added that the raffles were open to all, but the videos limited entry to Native Americans and their associates or staffers.

The Native American vote was credited for pushing Biden over the victory line in some states such as Nevada and Arizona.

Liberal CNN commentator Van Jones said on air, “The Native American community played a tremendous role.” He added, “they are responsible for the victory.”

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Frustration for shoppers with Topshop gift cards



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Shoppers at Topshop and other Arcadia brands will only be able to use gift cards for half of their order, the embattled company has said.

Arcadia collapsed into administration on Monday and shoppers have been unable to use gift cards online since.

The company said the card shutdown was a temporary technical issue to be resolved within days.

But it said that, once resolved, the cards would only be valid for 50% of a purchase.

That means, for example, only £25 in card value could be redeemed on a £50 order.

Administrators for the business are not obliged to accept gift cards but, with stores and websites still trading. many shoppers hoped and expected that they would still be able to use them.

The company told shoppers: “Gift cards have been temporarily switched off until further notice. I can confirm you are still able to use gift cards in store, you will only be able to apply 50% of the gift card to your purchase.

“Apologies for the inconvenience that has been caused.”

The Arcadia group runs 444 stores in the UK and 22 overseas, and includes the Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, and Burton brands.

The administration will give Arcadia breathing space from creditors, such as landlords for its shops or clothing suppliers, while a buyer is sought for all or parts of the company.

Arcadia executives will still hold day-to-day control over the business.

However, the jobs of the company’s 13,000 employees are at risk.

Debenhams, which said on Tuesday that it expected to close its doors after the failure to find a buyer for the business, said it was still accepted gift cards, but was not selling any new ones.

Earlier this week, Currys PC World apologised after a website glitch wiped hundreds of pounds off gift cards and left Black Friday bargain hunters without their shopping.

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Gift local gift cards this holiday season

The pandemic has taught us a lot of things, including the importance of supporting local businesses, many of which continue to struggle.

Shopping small and local isn’t just a perfunctory pledge.  If we don’t give a boost to these area institutions, they may not be around much longer.

Purchasing gift cards to area shops, boutiques, restaurants and service providers is a simple way to support area businesses while simultaneously clearing names off your Christmas list, and it’s a win-win. Your purchase will keep money in our community and you’ll be bestowing the most coveted of all Christmas gifts. Once again, gift cards are the most-requested holiday gift, according to the National Retail Federation.

Buying a gift certificate for a small business isn’t as simple as snapping up a gift card from a grocery store end cap, but many can be purchased online, flexible options are available and you can get really creative.

A Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association gift certificate, available in $10, $25 and $50 increments, can be used at more than 120 participating businesses in Saratoga Springs. They can be purchased at any Adirondack Trust Company branch.

The Schenectady Greenmarket and the Saratoga Farmers Market offer gift certificates onsite and online. Some farms, including Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont and King Brothers Dairy in Schuylerville, also sell gift cards that can be applied to farm store orders. Bundle the certificate with a jar of jam, pie, slab of grass-fed beef or artisan cheese for a heartfelt, sensible offering.

Some of the Capital Region’s most treasured institutions still haven’t opened or are operating at significantly reduced capacity, including Proctors, Albany’s Palace Theatre, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Landmark Spectrum 8 Theatres and arts and culture venues. Most sell gift cards or membership packages. Purchasing one now could help sustain them while their doors are closed. Combine a gift card with a framed playbill, concert poster or popcorn bucket for some added pizzazz.

Buying for a bibliophile? Slide a gift card for one of the few remaining independently run bookstores, like Northshire Bookstore or The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, into a copy of a current best-seller, or better yet, a local title.

The Capital Region is bubbling over with breweries, wineries and distilleries. If you have an adult beverage-lover on our list, pair a Druthers Brewing Company, Albany Distilling Company or Saratoga Winery gift card with a bottle of wine, spirits or six-pack, slap on a bow and you’re set.

If you’re grappling with the compulsion to grab a great deal while supporting small businesses, consider these gift card offers that include bonuses.

Black and Blue Steak and Crab, Albany: Receive a $20 bonus card for every $100 gift card purchase.

Complexions Spa for Beauty & Wellness, Colonie and Saratoga Springs: Purchase a $150 gift card and receive an additional $20 in spa dollars;  receive an additional $20 in spa dollars and a Complexions Spa Set when you purchase a $225 gift cards.

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Arcadia Group gift cards now worth only half the purchase value

Shoppers holding gift cards and vouchers for the collapsed Arcadia Group’s brands have been told that they will only be able to use them for half the price of their purchase cost.



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On Wednesday, consumers who held gift cards for the group’s brands, which include Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins, Evans and Burton, reported that they were unable to use them to make purchases, and the company said a technical issue was to blame.



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A Top Shop store on Oxford Street, London, on 2 December.

When the system is back up and running, it said customers would not be able to use them to cover their entire value but could only put them towards a purchase.

Related: How will you be impacted by the collapse of Arcadia Group?

The group fell into administration on Monday, but is still trading in shops and online.

Administrators are not obliged to honour gift cards and vouchers, and holders are creditors who would be in the queue for a payment when the business is wound up.

However, administrators for HMV caused a storm when they announced that they would refuse the cards, and were forced to go back on the decision. Customers are typically allowed to use them until stores close.

Holders of Arcadia’s cards and vouchers have been told they will still be honoured, but they cannot be used to cover more than 50% of their purchase. Someone with a £20 voucher, for example, would have to spend £40 to use it up.

A spokeswoman for Arcadia said it was not currently able to accept gift cards due to a “temporary technical issue” which should be resolved within days, if not sooner.

“Gift cards remain valid and, once functionality resumes, customers will be able to use them in store and online for up to 50% of the balance of the total purchase,” she added.

BHS made a similar change to its cards when it went into administration in 2016.

Despite high profile failures on the high street, the gift card market is still booming.

Research by the Gift Card and Voucher Association found that UK consumers spent £4.65bn on buying gift cards in 2019, with 60% of the market in those for single retailers.

However, it noted that multistore gift cards were making up ground, “reflecting both a less loyal shopper and one that has become slightly more wary of brands falling out of the market”.

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ohio church donating gift cards to every foster teen in the state

Volunteers at One Church of Gahanna, Ohio, helping to collect gift cards to donate to Ohio teenagers in foster care. | Courtesy One Church

A multisite congregation in Ohio is looking to donate gift cards to every teenager in foster care in the state, with organizers nearing the halfway point of their goal.

One Church, which has campuses in Gahanna and Columbus, began its gift card donation drive on Nov. 7 to help the approximately 5,300 foster teenagers in Ohio, with the outreach officially set to conclude on Dec. 13.

One Church Lead Pastor Greg Ford told The Christian Post that the idea for the gift card charity drive stemmed from a meeting with Franklin County Children Services last year.

“They shared with us that typically during the holidays, many donors want to provide toys and gifts for little kids but the teens are usually left out since they’re typically not interested in toys at that stage,” Ford said.

“They said if we could provide gift cards for local fast food restaurants or retail stores, that gives the teens a sense of independence. When they’re out with their friends, they can have a meal and enjoy themselves.”

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Gift cards can be donated in multiple ways, including being dropped off at the church during worship, mailed to its Gahanna address, or through an online donation.

As of Tuesday, according to Ford, the outreach effort had gathered around 2,500 gift cards, which are valued at $25 each and will be for retail stores and fast food restaurants.

Last year, One Church oversaw a similar gift card charity drive for foster teens, which the congregation focused exclusively on foster youth in Franklin County.

“We garnered so much community support that we were able to provide all 775 teens with three $25 gift cards. This is what spurred us to make this outreach statewide,” recalled Ford.

“This year, we connected with foster agencies across the state to determine how many foster teens were in each county — 5,300 teens statewide — so we could provide a $25 gift card to each one of them.”

Ford also told CP that he felt that this was “our opportunity to pay it forward to the next generation,” noting that “something as simple as a $25 gift card can make such a large impact on this vulnerable population.”

“So many are struggling with identity and trying to figure out what’s next. These pressures compounded with the difficulty of being in the foster system can take a toll on the teens,” he stressed.

“We want these teens to feel the love and support from the community, reminding them they are special

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Best E-Gift Cards to Buy Send Online 2020

Traditionally speaking, giving a gift card or chunk of cash as a holiday gift gets a rap, but it doesn’t have to be a last-minute gift that looks like you put zero thought into it at all whatsoever. Given strict social distancing limitations in place this year, many of us will be celebrating the holidays with our loved ones virtually, which means giving e-gifts over the Internet is more acceptable than ever before. Besides, in all reality, gift cards allow the giftee in question to get whatever they want, so you don’t have to do the guesswork to try to figure it out. However, shipping gift cards in the mail is risky—sadly, they’re often stolen en route.

Look, I’ll admit it—I’ve definitely been one to scurry into the nearest grocery store to pick out a last-minute (and super generic) gift card on my way to Christmas gift exchanges with my family in the past (I mean, I highly doubt my grandmother wanted a gift card to Home Depot, but hey, that’s all that was left) but now, it’s so darn easy to buy and send thoughtful e-cards online from stores and services that the giftee in question will actually love—and it takes even less time than sprinting to the CVS around the block and checking out IRL. Scroll through below to check out some of the best last-minute e-gift cards you can buy and send online without looking like a massive procrastinator.

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Personalized E-Gift Cards

Okay, so gift cards often get a bad rap when it comes to the “thoughtful gifts” category, but when you personalize with a chic design or a special photo that the giftee will love, that’s an entirely different story.

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Postmates E-Gift Card

The perfect gift for anyone who loves to eat (and support local restaurants) but isn’t exactly an expert in the kitchen.

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Winc E-Gift Card

If all “they want for Christmas is booze” consider gifting them with a Winc e-gift card, which will allow them to stock up on premium, yet affordable wine or sign up for their subscription service.

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Etsy E-Gift Card

There are very few people I know who don’t love to score a unique, vintage, or hand-made find on Etsy, and this email-able gift card is the perfect way to let them pick out something special for themselves.

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Hulu E-Gift Card

Give the gift of movies and television with a Hulu gift card—available in amounts of $25 to $100. From Little Fires Everywhere to the latest episodes of The Masked Singer, there’s no shortage of amazing content on the streaming service. Plus, you can let the

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5 Gift Cards That Donate to Amazing Charities

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We have to say that while Black Friday and Cyber Monday are always so fun and exciting, it’s Giving Tuesday that really gives us those feel-good moments to remember each year. Every Tuesday after Thanksgiving, people celebrate by performing acts of good and generosity — helping to aid and uplift their communities while giving back.

Want to get in on the fun this year, but trying your best to stay home? Staying home is already a way to help out your community right now, but seeing as it’s officially holiday season, we have another idea for you. When shopping for gifts today, consider a Giving Good gift card from Giftcards.com. These multi-store electronic gift cards donate 3% of the card’s value to charity! This way, you can give something awesome to a friend while also helping out some incredible organizations. They can be personalized too! Let’s dive into how each card helps:

1. Feeding America

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When you buy this gift card, part of your purchase will go toward Feeding America, a U.S. organization seeking to end hunger by providing meals via a nationwide network of food banks. This gift card works at six restaurants: The Cheesecake Factory, Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, Subway, IHOP and Carrabba’s Italian Grill!

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2. Make-A-Wish

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Buying this card benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which helps “create a life-changing moment for a child with a critical illness.” You may have seen some of your favorite celebrities helping make dreams come true for children via this organization before. As for the gift card itself, it works at eight stores: Macy’s, Claire’s, GameStop, Petco, Topgolf, Maggiano’s, Build-A-Bear Workshop and Under Armour!

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Get the Giving Good Make-A-Wish Gift Card starting at $25 at Giftcards.com!

3. Habitat for Humanity

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This gift card is all about helping to give struggling families a home to call their own. Habitat for Humanity’s aim is to literally “build a better life” for these families by creating reliable, affordable housing for neighborhoods in need. As for your giftee, they’ll be able to use this gift card at four spots: The Home Depot, The Company Store, Buffalo Wild Wings and IHOP!

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Get the Giving Good Habitat for Humanity Gift Card starting at $25 at Giftcards.com!

4. Wounded Warrior Project

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Every purchase of this gift card helps out the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization assisting injured veterans. It’s especially a lovely gift for someone either from the military or from a military family. It also works at a whopping nine different places: GameStop, Dave & Buster’s, Regal Cinemas, Lowe’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, AutoZone, Fanatics, Subway and P.F. Chang’s!

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Get the Giving Good Wounded Warrior Project Gift Card starting at $25 at Giftcards.com!

5. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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Currys PC World apologises after gift cards wiped



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Currys PC World has apologised after a website glitch wiped hundreds of pounds off gift cards and left Black Friday bargain hunters without their shopping.

The company is still assessing how many customers may have been affected.

But consumer website MoneySavingExpert.com says some customers saw hundreds of pounds vanish.

The retailer said the volume of shoppers seeking deals on Black Friday led to the problem.

“Due to the unprecedented volume of customers shopping online with Currys PC World this Black Friday, our website experienced a temporary outage,” the company said in an email.

“Unfortunately transactions being made by gift cards were affected. We will ensure that every customer affected by this issue has funds put back onto their gift cards in full, as soon as possible.

“We apologise for this issue and understand that customers will be disappointed they weren’t able to secure their products.”

Martin Lewis, founder of MoneySavingExpert.com, said the company should honour the deal prices of goods customers were trying to buy.

Currys PC World said it had seen home delivery orders rise by 59% and click-and-collect soar by 233%, with six orders taking place every second during the sales event.

Apple AirPods and the Nintendo Switch games console were the most popular items, it said.

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7 Best Cyber Monday Camera and Accessory Deals: SD cards, Mirrorless, and More

We prefer the square format of the SP-3, but if you want the rectangular prints, the Instax Share SP-2 printer is on sale for $80 ($20 off).

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Sony A7RII Full Frame Mirrorless Camera for $1,200 ($100 off)

Amazon, B&H Photo (With Memory Card and Camera Bag), Adorama (With TTL Flash)

Want to really step up your photo game? Go with a full-frame sensor. I was hoping this would be the year the A7RII dropped below $1,000, but it didn’t. This is still a good deal, though. It’s two models old, but the A7RII remains one of my favorite full-frame cameras. The 42-megapixel sensor produces stunningly sharp images with excellent dynamic range.

The newer A7RIII has some speed and metering improvements but still uses the same resolution sensor and, in my view, is only worth it if you need faster autofocus. If the price is no concern, you can skip right over to the latest A7RIV and its 60-megapixel sensor. It’s on sale for $2,998 ($500 off).

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Moment Drone Anamorphic Lens for $100 ($80 off)

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For photographers, drones are really flying cameras. Nothing will improve your drone footage as much as this anamorphic lens from Moment. Like the phone lenses above, this one clips onto the existing lens in your Mavic 2 Pro. Unlike with the phone, it’s kind of a pain to use due to the way DJI’s Mavic works, but it’s totally worth it, because the results are stunning.

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