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Rep. Maxine Waters charged with three violations
Politico.com ^ | 8-9-10 | JONATHAN ALLEN & JOHN BRESNAHAN

Posted on 08/09/2010 4:40:59 PM PDT by Justaham

The House ethics committee released its formal charges against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) on Monday, accusing her of three counts of violating the letter and spirit of House rules and federal regulations by assisting a bank in which her husband owned stock.

The 10-page "Statement of Alleged Violation" focuses on the actions of Waters and Mikael Moore, who is the congresswoman's chief of staff and her grandson, and tracks very closely with the year-old findings of the independent Office of Congressional Ethics.

Waters is accused of improperly intervening on behalf of OneUnited, a minority-owned bank in which her husband held stock worth roughly $350,000. The federal government's Sept. 7, 2008, takeover of mortgage-lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac threatened to sink the bank, which was heavily invested in the twin titans of the secondary home-mortgage market.

Waters has denied any wrongdoing and notes her decades of work on behalf of minority-owned businesses. As the highest-ranking black lawmaker on either the House or Senate banking committees, Waters is a natural recipient of requests for help.

But the ethics committee insists she should have stayed away from the matter entirely, given her husband's stake in the company.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; US: California
KEYWORDS: 111th; cbc; corruptdems; corruption; cultureofcorruption; ethics; maxinewaters; pelosi; probe

1 posted on 08/09/2010 4:41:00 PM PDT by Justaham
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To: Justaham

Lucky for her she’s a Democrat or she might have seen some jail time.


2 posted on 08/09/2010 4:41:57 PM PDT by airborne (Why is it we won't allow the Bible in school, but we will in prison? Think about it.)
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To: Justaham

I seem to recall that either Diane Feinstein or Nancy Pelosi’s husband also benefited with some government contracts. What happened about that? Does anyone know?


3 posted on 08/09/2010 4:45:54 PM PDT by Paperdoll (On the cutting edge)
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To: Paperdoll

You are right. Especially about Feinstein. I don’t remember the details either, but it was totally ignored by the lame stream media and the “watchdogs” in Congress. I do remember at the time I thought she should have been kicked out of the Senate, if not in jail.
And if Piglosi’s crimes were delved into it would probably blow your mind. Starting with the queen demanding her own private 757 to fly back and forth. “So the b1tch wouldn’t have to waste her valuable time refueling”.
And God only knows what else the MSM has been covering up for this waste of oxygen.


4 posted on 08/09/2010 4:55:26 PM PDT by taillightchaser
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To: airborne

So when do they censure her and the BCC screams racism and nothing changes?


5 posted on 08/09/2010 4:55:54 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Paperdoll
"On the day the new Congress convened this year, Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to route $25 billion in taxpayer money to a government agency that had just awarded her husband’s real estate firm a lucrative contract to sell foreclosed properties at compensation rates higher than the industry norms"
6 posted on 08/09/2010 5:00:08 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Justaham

We now have “COAST TO COAST” Democrap corruption.


7 posted on 08/09/2010 5:02:41 PM PDT by CMailBag
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Thank you for remembering this....that’s what I love about FR.


8 posted on 08/09/2010 5:04:54 PM PDT by mickie
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To: mickie

We cannot have this thread go one post longer without adding this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrA9zj94NuU


9 posted on 08/09/2010 5:10:46 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: airborne

Kerosene Maxine not be likin’ bein’ charged with three violations!!!


10 posted on 08/09/2010 5:21:18 PM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: CMailBag

LOL. Insightful, clever observation. ;-)


11 posted on 08/09/2010 5:24:55 PM PDT by lbryce (Obama Notwithstanding, America's Best Days Are Yet To Be .)
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To: lbryce

I think it was the guy from Red-eye on Fox that said that old Maxine is like the crazy lady on the bus...everyone just tries not to make eye contact. And THIS is what is running the government. Wow.


12 posted on 08/09/2010 5:30:31 PM PDT by Pigsley
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To: martin_fierro; pissant; Perdogg; AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; ..

That’s a pretty mental picture to paint, eh? “Maxine Waters, three violations”. Ow.


13 posted on 08/09/2010 5:59:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: Paperdoll

Pelosi got companies located in Samoa tax exemption so her husband’s tuna canning factories there wouldn’t have to pay tax.


14 posted on 08/09/2010 6:01:59 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: SunkenCiv
Ow

I second the notion.

15 posted on 08/09/2010 6:05:08 PM PDT by bigheadfred (One size fits all)
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To: ViLaLuz

I thought the story was that when they passed the last minimum pay act, she got the overseas tuna company employees exempted.


16 posted on 08/09/2010 6:07:36 PM PDT by whence911 (Here illegally? Go home. Get in line!)
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To: CMailBag
...We now have “COAST TO COAST” Democrap corruption.

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Maxine Waters: 'I don't know nuttin' bout no bank, ain't dat right Charlie?'

WAKE UP AMERICA!


Obama-Maxine Waters
Obama and Maxine Waters


17 posted on 08/09/2010 6:23:34 PM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: whence911

Was it? I can’t remember the details. I do remember for certain that the laws are for the little people.


18 posted on 08/09/2010 6:41:04 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: ViLaLuz

http://www.snopes.com/politics/pelosi/americansamoa.asp


19 posted on 08/09/2010 7:38:41 PM PDT by whence911 (Here illegally? Go home. Get in line!)
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To: bigheadfred

I’m not gonna check the thread for pics.


20 posted on 08/09/2010 8:10:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: whence911; SunkenCiv

I got my eyes blackened by all the Republican bashing when I went to snopes to read about Pelousi, so alas, I couldn’t.


21 posted on 08/10/2010 4:10:53 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: All
My favorite part of the House ethics report on Waters: the economy was tanking. Lehman Brothers was about to go down. But when Waters, a senior member of the Financial Services Committee calls the Treasury Secy, he drops everything to fix her problem. Paulson recalled: Waters told Secy Paulson that she had "some people in town who were important to her," and she asked for a meeting with Treasury officials to discuss their concerns..............

When Rep Maxine Waters (D-Cali), called then-Treasury Secy Henry M. Paulson Jr. in late 2008 to ask him to host a special meeting that would feature a California bank executive she knew well, was the request on behalf of a trade association, or a bank in which her husband owned stock? That question will be among those raised at an ethics trial expected to unfold this fall, House officials predicted, after Ms. Waters became the second House member to indicate last week that she would challenge an allegation of violating House ethics rules.

The specific charges to be filed against Ms. Waters have not been made public. But House officials confirmed that the case involved communications Ms. Waters had in fall 2008 with federal officials that at least indirectly touched on the fate of OneUnited, a Boston-based bank with branches in Massachusetts, Florida and California. At the time of Ms. Waters’s phone calls, her husband, Sidney Williams, had recently resigned as a board member of OneUnited but still owned stock in it.

OneUnited, like many banks at the time, was in a desperate position after losing $50 million worth of stock it had held in the housing finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, following their federal takeover.

Ms. Waters’s lawyers have argued that her appeals to the Treasury Dept were on behalf of the National Bankers Association, a decades-old industry group that represents dozens of banks owned by minorities and women. The association’s membership includes OneUnited, and the bank’s top executive, Robert P. Cooper, was then the chairman-elect of the group. (Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com

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ANALYSIS----CONG WATERS AND HUSBAND HAVE TIES TO BANK THAT RECEIVED FEDERAL BAILOUT FUNDS---M/M Waters oen stock in bank; he is bank board member. Authorities need to determine whether Mr Waters colluded to engage in money-laundering activities which may have involved (1) violating state and federal RICO statutes; (2) securities fraud, (3) mail fraud (4) electronic fraud, (5) corporate theft (6) failing to report wrongdoing (7) breach of fiduciary duty (8) running a non-profit as an illegal racketeering enterprise, (9) accounting fraud, (10) using and creating slush funds.

ACTION NEEDED An external audit might uncover millions missing through government fraud.

Investigators might find that charges could be filed, into embezzlement schemes. Prosecutors might use RICO as a lever to pry open the massive cover-up of government corruption that is available through “discovery” within the named entities. The RICO device might refresh the memories of recalcitrant wrongdoers, and might expose primary evidence.

L/E might prosecute individuals along with their co-conspirators, and subsets of them, on RICO charges, on grounds that they conspired to keep taxpayers from learning of the scope and dimension of government fraud, and schemes designed to cheat taxpayers.

Phony official financial reports may have hidden theft; bank accountants and bookkeepers may have been employed in order to keep thievery secret.

Taxpayers demand to know if the Waters' received money from banks and other financial institutions in the form of loans, bonuses, equity positions in business entities doing business with the bank. Investigations may find that others signed off on paperwork and financial forms prepared or verified as true by the Waters.

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ANALYSIS Did the Waters file false bank loan applications to take equity positions in companies doing business with his bank, then conspire to payoff the bank loans by rigging and inflating bids for government contracts, then paid off bank loans when the tax monies rolled in? In raids of the suspects' homes and offices, law enforcement might find evidence of the financial trail that linked government fraud and monies to personal payments for cars, trips, luxury items. The FBI should interrogate the Waters to determine if the bank received anything else of value ---such as political cover, and whether collusion to misuse Congessional influence was involved.

FBI TIP PAGE http://tips.fbi.gov/ (you may remain anonymous)

Tax returns also tell a tale, particularly entries for "interest payments."

IRS TOLL-FREE 1-800-829-0433 (you may remain anonymous when reporting tax fraud)

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POSSIBLE CHARGES FACED BY CONG WATERS Official acts prohibited, misuse of Congressional funds, abuse of public office, violating oath of office, misuse of government position, abuse of government power; conflict of interest; influence buying; conspiracy to deceive; misuse of elective office, collusion, conspiracy to collude. Waters' official campaign finance records filed with the FEC, and state election commission, should be scrutinized for possible violations. Determine if names of Waters' contributors are legit and whether Waters illegally used campaign funds, and/or whether Waters received campaign contributions to influence Congressional votes. Waters may have colluded to give something of value, a govt gratuity, a job, etc, in exchange for getting govt monies to her husband.

22 posted on 08/10/2010 4:48:00 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

OK, I hadn’t seen that one before. Hilarious!!


23 posted on 08/10/2010 5:03:39 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Never trust anyone who points their rear end at God while praying.)
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To: reagan_fanatic

The real clip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb8LTXss1Os

Here is Babs Boxer GET POPCORN and eat pudding

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE_jGD5nZ6U


24 posted on 08/10/2010 5:16:20 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: airborne

Throw her in jail, and lose the key. What a piece of work.


25 posted on 08/10/2010 6:40:01 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: airborne

Some wierd dynamics at work here.
She’s black and a democrat, so corruption is usually overlooked.

But, she and Rangel supported Hillary against the Chicago Thug Politician, so they have that working against them.


26 posted on 08/10/2010 6:41:36 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: TheOldLady

This particular item is in sync with what I remember about the story at the time.


27 posted on 08/10/2010 8:02:56 AM PDT by whence911 (Here illegally? Go home. Get in line!)
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To: TheOldLady
Pelosi is in charge of house investigations, so Holder shold be investigatinh her. ROTFLMAO. I can't believe I actually said that. But that;'s the way it would work.

Instead of investigations just put a law into effect that every 2 years 40% of the congress goes to prison for four years and can't run for office again. More efficient.

28 posted on 08/10/2010 8:05:19 AM PDT by whence911 (Here illegally? Go home. Get in line!)
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To: whence911

Correction: Pelosi committed her crime when W was president. So the blame started there and continues up through today.


29 posted on 08/10/2010 8:10:17 AM PDT by whence911 (Here illegally? Go home. Get in line!)
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To: Paperdoll; ViLaLuz
I seem to recall that either Diane Feinstein or Nancy Pelosi’s husband also benefited with some government contracts. What happened about that? Does anyone know?

Pelosi: Del Monte (StarKist -> Mr. Pelosi's a major stockholder) and American Samoa's exemption from the Federal Minimum Wage increase back in 2007.

This was allegedly overturned. However, at my daughter's ballet academy the other day, I saw a Fed document posted on the wall that still listed Samoa as some kind of exempted something. I'll take a pic of the doc when fall classes start in a couple of weeks, unless someone else can find what I'm talking about sooner.

=)

30 posted on 08/10/2010 8:15:36 AM PDT by AnnaZ (I keep 2 magnums in my desk.One's a gun and I keep it loaded.Other's a bottle and it keeps me loaded)
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To: whence911
Instead of investigations just put a law into effect that every 2 years 40% of the congress goes to prison for four years and can't run for office again. More efficient.

Only if the senate is included, and they go for six years.

31 posted on 08/10/2010 8:21:05 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

Of course.


32 posted on 08/10/2010 8:21:46 AM PDT by whence911 (Here illegally? Go home. Get in line!)
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To: Justaham
Wow. Waters seems to be stupid, ugly, and dishonest all wrapped up in one package. For the life of me, I don't know where they find these people.
33 posted on 08/10/2010 8:31:44 AM PDT by Gabrial (The Whitehouse Nightmare will continue as long as the Nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Write your people in WDC to remind them of these ignored infractions! Write letters to the editor questioning, as I did, does anyone remember? These gals deserve closer scrutiny!


34 posted on 08/10/2010 11:35:14 AM PDT by Paperdoll (On the cutting edge)
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