Michael Avenatti by BruceM




Answer the questions below to the best of your ability without using outside resources. Outside references include (but certainly are not limited to) searching for an answer on the internet, looking at maps, using a calculator, or asking a friend (or foe) if they know the answer. Basically, you are relying on your brain (and maybe a pencil and paper).

For each correct answer, you will receive 15 points. You must also mark 5 questions as "money" questions. For each money question that you answer correctly, you will receive bonus points equal to the percent of players who answered incorrectly. (That is, if 25% of players got a question right, its money bonus would be worth 75 points.) You still don't get any points for a wrong answer, though, so try to select the hardest questions you think you have answered correctly. (Note: You can't use outside resources to help pick your money questions either.)

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Question 1

First and last name required. You probably first learned about Michael Avenatti when he represented adult film actress (and Trump hush money recipient) Stormy Daniels. What is Stormy Daniels's real name?

Question 2

While studying law at George Washington University, Avenatti had worked for The Research Group, an opposition research firm led by what Democrat who would later become White House chief of staff?

Question 3

Is Michael Avenatti a good lawyer? That's the question with which Josh Barro frequently vexes Ken White on the All the President's Lawyers podcast. Ken White tweets under what pseudonym (also the name of his web site)?

Question 4

Avenatti appeared on The View on behalf of which Kavanaugh accuser? Subsequent to Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez, she (through Avenatti) claimed that Brett Kavanaugh had been at high school and college parties where gang rapes took place, accusations now widely met with skepticism.

Question 5

What insulting three-word moniker did a Fox News chyron use for Avenatti's September 2018 appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight? The second and third words, respectively, reference Stormy Daniels's vocation and Avenatti's.

Question 6

"When you have a [BLANK BLANK] making the arguments, they carry more weight. Should they carry more weight? Absolutely not. But do they? Yes.”

What two words fill in the blanks in that quote, from when Avenatti was mulling a presidential run? Those words accurately describe Avenatti himself, and many (but not all) of the leading Democratic candidates.

Question 7

In a March 25, 2019, tweet, Avenatti accused what company of being involved in a major scandal? Hours later Avenatti was arrested and charged with extortion.

Question 8

The charging documents in that case refer to an unnamed co-conspirator, widely believed to be Mark Geragos. In an unrelated recent case, Geragos represented what actor, accused of fabricating a hate crime?

Question 9

Earlier this week, Avenatti was indicted in the Central District of California on 36 counts, including failure to pay payroll taxes for employees of which coffee chain once owned by the Global Baristas investment group? (Tom O'Keefe had retired in 2010 after opening the first store by this name in 1992.)

Question 10

Global Baristas was a partnership between Avenatti and what Grey's Anatomy actor, who withdrew from the venture in 2013 and went on to sue Avenatti?

Question 11

What beverage conglomerate has dual headquarters in Burlington, Massachusetts, and Plano, Texas? It was known as Green Mountain Coffee Roasters when it bought the brand mentioned in question 9 (which it then licensed to Global Baristas). Its compound name (your answer must include both parts) reflects the same July 2018 acquisition that brought the Snapple brand under its control.

Question 12

Getting back on track, Avenatti was on the same team as Kuba Giermaziak and Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Saud at what 2015 endurance event held in northern France?