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  • How the Clintons went from ‘dead broke’ to rich: Bill earned $104.9 million for speeches

    06/27/2014 9:43:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/26/14 | Philip Rucker, Tom Hamburger and Alexander Becker
    Over seven frenetic days, Bill Clinton addressed corporate executives....His pay: $1.4 million....Bill Clinton has been paid $104.9 million for 542 speeches around the world....the majority of his speaking income, $56.3 million, came from foreign speeches, many of them in China, Japan, Canada and the United Kingdom, the Post review found....The financial industry has been Clinton’s most frequent sponsor....Hillary Clinton has followed her husband and a roster of recent presidents and secretaries of state in this profitable line of work...executives familiar with the engagements said her standard fee is $200,000 and up, and that she has been in higher demand than...
  • Obama, Biden to announce millions for job training

    04/16/2014 1:21:18 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | April 16, 2014 | CNN White House Producer Kevin Liptak
    (CNN) – Hoping to help close the gap between workers' skills and the needs of businesses, President Barack Obama on Wednesday will announce he's putting hundreds of millions toward job training programs that produce highly skilled workers. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will head to a community college in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to make the announcement. The funding will come in two parts: $500 million toward a new job training competition that pairs community colleges with businesses, and $100 million for new apprenticeship programs to train workers. The White House says the new initiatives are meant to combat a...
  • Montreal mayor looks to NYC for anti-graft advice

    04/15/2014 10:01:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 15, 2014 11:43 PM EDT | Alexandra Olson
    Montreal’s mayor sought to convince Manhattan business leaders Tuesday that his administration is moving past the corruption scandals that brought down his two predecessors and have become the “elephant in the room” when trying to lure investment to Canada’s second-largest city. At a luncheon speech to the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Denis Coderre said he is looking to New York City for inspiration. He highlighted the creation of Montreal’s Inspector General’s office, which has sweeping powers to investigate municipal contracts. The new agency is inspired partly by New York City’s Department of Investigations, created in 1873 in response to...
  • U.S. Senator Reid, son combine for China firm's desert plant

    04/12/2014 8:56:35 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | 31 August 20?? | Marcus Stern
    U.S. Senator Harry Reid recognized nine years ago that connections between his official duties and the lobbying activities of his relatives could lead to ethical questions. In 2003, the Nevada Democrat publicly banned relatives from lobbying him or his staff after newspaper reports showed that Nevada industries and institutions routinely turned to Reid's sons or son-in-law for representation. Now, questions surrounding family ties are flaring again in Nevada around the Senate majority leader. He and his oldest son, Rory, are both involved in an effort by a Chinese energy giant, ENN Energy Group, to build a $5 billion solar farm...
  • (Chicago) Mayor's Friend Could Benefit from Hotel Built With Taxpayers' Money

    04/11/2014 10:00:10 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 4 replies
    The Chicago Reader ^ | April 8, 2014 | Ben Jorvarsky and David Sirota
    On March 5 the City Council approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to spend $55 million in property taxes on a new Marriott hotel—part of his ambitious development plan that also features a basketball arena for DePaul University. The vote followed a decision by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority to award Marriott the coveted contract to run the new hotel. Following the vote, the mayor and his aides crowned themselves wizards of economic development. "The hotel will generate new taxes and jobs while supporting the area's planned revitalization," said the city's planning commissioner. [W]hat the mayor and his aides didn't...
  • (Congressman) Rush (D-IL): I've Been Cooperative With the Inquiry

    04/10/2014 11:44:35 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 3 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | April 9, 2014 | Lynn Sweet
    Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., said the Office of Congressional Ethics has a pending inquiry against him, triggered most likely by Chicago Sun-Times stories raising questions about spending from his campaign fund and the handling of a $1 million grant, among other issues. Rush’s “Citizens for Rush” campaign fund has paid $5,000 to the law firm of Dickstein Shapiro for the OCE inquiry, Rush told me. “I’ve been cooperative,” Rush said. He said he wants the OCE to “affirm” that he has not violated any rules. “I have been just totally, totally cooperative, open and cooperative and I encouraged anybody they...
  • China Seizes An Insane $14.5 Billion Worth Of Assets From Family Of Former Security Official

    03/30/2014 11:52:43 AM PDT · by blam · 14 replies
    BI ^ | 3-30-2014 | Benjamin Kang Lim and Ben Blanchard
    China Seizes An Insane $14.5 Billion Worth Of Assets From Family Of Former Security Official Benjamin Kang Lim and Ben Blanchard, Reuters Mar. 30, 2014, 8:38 AM BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have seized assets worth at least 90 billion yuan ($14.5 billion) from family members and associates of retired domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang, who is at the center of China's biggest corruption scandal in more than six decades, two sources said. More than 300 of Zhou's relatives, political allies, proteges and staff have also been taken into custody or questioned in the past four months, the sources, who...
  • Closing arguments in the Ray Nagin corruption trial present the former mayor as predator, or prey

    02/10/2014 9:14:50 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 6 replies
    NOLA.com ^ | 2/10/14 | Mark Waller
    Closing arguments in the Ray Nagin corruption trial on Monday centered on whether the former New Orleans mayor was a predator focused on helping himself or prey for an assortment of shady operators. The prosecution portrayed Nagin as an opportunist who pursued businessmen under pressure to win city business, targeting them to line his own pockets. The defense characterized those contractors -- some of whom suffer from their own legal and financial problems -- as scheming to use Nagin without his knowledge, and now eager to testify to help their own situations. After the lawyers made their final pitches, the...
  • Harry Reid on the hot seat: Ethics probe demanded by watchdog group

    01/22/2014 3:39:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 21, 2014 | By David Sherfinsk
    A conservative-leaning watchdog group has filed an ethics complaint against Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, accusing him of violating the chamber’s code of conduct by pushing to help a politically connected Las Vegas casino project get visas for foreign investors. The complaint, filed with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics by Cause of Action, is based in part on a Washington Times investigation last year. That investigation found that after pressure from Mr. Reid and his staff, the Obama administration overruled career Homeland Security officials and expedited visa applications for about two dozen foreign investors for the casino.... ...The American...
  • The cost of healing -- Hospice draining billions from Medicare

    12/27/2013 3:01:19 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 101 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12-26-13 | Peter Whoriskey and Dan Keating
    Hospice patients are expected to die: The treatment focuses on providing comfort to the terminally ill, not finding a cure. To enroll a patient, two doctors certify a life expectancy of six months or less. But over the past decade, the number of “hospice survivors” in the United States has risen dramatically, in part because hospice companies earn more by recruiting patients who aren’t actually dying, a Washington Post investigation has found. Healthier patients are more profitable because they require fewer visits and stay enrolled longer. The proportion of patients who were discharged alive from hospice care rose about 50...
  • Taxpayers Have Spent $14K for Each Obamacare Enrollee So Far

    12/12/2013 1:58:58 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 11 replies
    CNS News.com ^ | December 12, 2013 | Susan Jones
    CNSNews.com) - The fiscal conservatives at Americans for Tax Reform have crunched the Obamacare numbers released by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and here's the bottom line. American taxpayers have paid $14,196 for each Obamacare enrollee so far. In her testimony to Congress Wednesday, Sebelius said taxpayers have spent $677 million on the flawed healthcare.gov website through the end of October.* On top of that, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has spent $4.5 billion to promote Obamacare at the state level. Sebelius told Congress that 364,682 people had "selected a plan" as of Nov. 30...
  • Michelle O's Princeton classmate is exec at company that built Obamacare website

    10/26/2013 10:15:19 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 26 October 2013
    The Obama administration has been accused of cronyism after it was revealed the First Lady's Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company contracted to build the beleaguered Obamacare enrollment website. Toni Townes-Whitley is senior vice president at CGI Federal, the U.S. arm of a Canadian company, which won the no-bid contract for the problem-plagued website. Townes-Whitley, from the Princeton class of ’85, and Michelle Obama are members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni, according to The Daily Caller.
  • Dems talking about delaying ObamaCare rollout... seditious, bomb-strapping treason?

    10/26/2013 10:26:08 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 14 replies
    10/26/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Haven't we heard the MSM and elected Democrats say these things on television...calling Republicans every vile name one can think of? Now 6-10 Senate Dems are seriously worried about the ObamaCare rollout. Will the MSM (be it MSNBC, CNN or whomever) chastise these Dems? Hmmm?
  • Company behind Obamacare website in charge of nearly $2 billion in Sandy relief

    10/26/2013 9:17:24 AM PDT · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 55 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/25/2013 | Allison Coyle
    CGI Federal Inc., the mastermind behind healthcare.gov, is assisting the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the distribution of $1.7 billion in relief for Hurricane Sandy. In a memo obtained by FreedomWorks titled, “Minutes of the 295th meeting of the members of the Housing Trust Fund Corporation held on May 9, 2013, at 8:30 a.m.,” CGI Federal is tasked with implementing the Disaster Housing Assistance Program. Additionally, they are asked to aid in the implementation of the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program, an assistance program that had recently obtained $1.7 billion. Item five of the...
  • Congress to close down, fly Air Force planes to Florida for funeral of Rep. C.W. Bill Young

    10/22/2013 10:17:16 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 71 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 22, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    <p>Congress will shut down on Thursday, and leaders have told lawmakers the Defense Department will fly them to Florida for the funeral of Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who died late last week.</p> <p>Mr. Young was the senior Republican in the chamber, and the move to close down business is a mark of respect for him — though it also means that there will be no floor votes and that many committee meetings have been canceled, cutting short what was already a mostly empty week. The House’s hearing examining the health exchange rollout will continue as planned, however.</p>
  • US: Detroit ex-mayor should get 28 years in prison

    10/03/2013 2:14:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 3, 2013 5:05 PM EDT | Ed White
    Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick should be sent to prison for at least 28 years for “astonishing” corruption that enriched him and his family while a desperate city slid toward financial collapse, prosecutors said Thursday. The 51-page filing came a week before Kilpatrick is to be sentenced in federal court for two dozen crimes, including racketeering conspiracy, fraud and tax offenses. The government presented a scathing summary of evidence from his months-long trial and said the corruption tops all recent cases prosecuted elsewhere in federal court. Detroit “desperately needed resolute leadership. Instead it got a mayor looking to cash in...
  • Washington, D.C.: The New Boomtown

    05/28/2013 10:24:15 AM PDT · by posterchild · 17 replies
    WSJ via finance.yahoo.com ^ | Fri May 24, 2013 | Lauren Schuker Blum
    Bidding wars are breaking out. Foreign buyers are moving in. A new wave of contemporary architecture is taking hold. And a growing class of tech executives is helping to fuel the boom. All this is happening in Washington, D.C., a town known for its relative affordability compared with cities such as New York and San Francisco, and for architecture about as exciting as its fashion sense. Today, home prices in Washington and its surrounding suburbs are rapidly rising to new levels. As other American cities have been buffeted by an uneven economy, Washington's property market has been buoyed two forces...
  • Former police Chief Harper indicted on five counts(Pittsburgh Affirmative Action Hire)

    03/22/2013 9:35:52 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 14 replies
    Tribune-Review (Suburban Pittsburgh) ^ | Friday, March 22, 2013, 12:18 p.m. | Bobby Kerlik and Brian Bowling
    A federal grand jury Friday indicted ousted Pittsburgh police Chief Nate Harper for tax violations. Prosecutors charged Harper, 60, of Stanton Heights with four counts of “tax problems” and one count of conspiracy. He is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Mitchell. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Cessar appeared before the judge with the indictment and the grand jury foreman. The indictment comes two months after the Tribune-Review reported the grand jury's work and one month after Mayor Luke Ravenstahl forced Harper to resign his post. Harper led the department since 2006. The grand jury was investigating Harper's involvement...
  • Let the truth be known - Did Walmart pay to enter India? Probe the issue

    12/18/2012 9:42:48 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 14 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | December 12, 2012 | Editorial
    Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Kamal Nath has done well to assure the Opposition early Tuesday that the Government will inquire into the details of Walmart's lobbying activities in India. The retail giant’s recent disclosure to the US Senate that it has spent $25 million (about Rs125 crore) since 2008 to lobby for access to the Indian market, has raised uncomfortable questions on whether policy-makers in India were bribed by the American retail giant. Muddying the waters is the announcement by Bharti Walmart Pvt Ltd — the joint venture company of Walmart and Bharti Enterprises Ltd — last Friday that...
  • Obama's Illegal Immigrant Uncle Might Be Getting Special Treatment

    12/05/2012 9:06:54 AM PST · by blam · 16 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-5-2012 | Alexander Abad-Santos
    Obama's Illegal Immigrant Uncle Might Be Getting Special Treatment Alexander Abad-Santos The Atlantic WireDecember 5, 2012 AP - Onyango Obama in 2011 After being ordered to leave the United States 20 years ago, Onyango Obama, the Kenyan-born half-brother of President Obama's father, has been granted a new deportation hearing and now has a second chance to stay in the country. "Last week, the Board of ­Immigration Appeals granted Onyango Obama’s request to ­reopen his immigration case based in part on his contention that his prior lawyer was ­ineffective, according to a government official with direct knowledge of the case," reports...
  • Fattened Cats - Congress Grows Richer During The Great recession

    12/03/2012 10:36:41 AM PST · by guyshomenet · 5 replies
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 12/3/2012 | Guy Smith
    Don’t worry about the so-called 1%.  They allegedly came by their wealth honestly. Congress on the other hand ... During the Great Recession, the wealth gap between congress and their constituents grew at a spritely pace. At the high end, congress’s cornucopia continued growing by 14% while you and your neighbors’ prosperity plummeted about 39%. On a good day it is damn difficult to like your average congress critter. Knowing that their holdings grew as the world economy imploded illuminates two well known facts: that being connected is profitable and that pitchforks remain viable corrective implements. Crony connectivity accounts for...
  • RFK Jr. and late wife didn't pay for many of renovations to make Westchester mansion eco-friendly

    10/28/2012 3:50:02 PM PDT · by Baynative · 38 replies
    NYTimes ^ | Oct 28, 2012 | ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN
    For the Kennedys, it was easy being green. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his late wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy, didn’t pay a penny for the high-end kitchen appliances, dual-flush toilets, solid brass and zinc faucets, hardwood flooring and hypoallergenic rugs when they created their eco-friendly Westchester mansion. Even the bamboo hangers and the cleaning products were free — a $1.3 million bonanza of swag. Now five months after Mary Richardson Kennedy’s suicide at the sprawling estate in Bedford, her husband is set to make a windfall.
  • Financier Eased Obama Aide's Path From Government

    09/18/2012 3:14:02 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 8 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | Ruby Cramer
    President Obama's former traveling assistant got financial assistance on his departure from government from a New York financier who is a top Obama fundraiser. Reggie Love, Obama's former "body man" and a former Duke basketball star who the President has referred to as his "little brother" left the White House last November, and is on track to receive his MBA this December from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. In the meantime, Love has received money, three sources told BuzzFeed, from Orin Kramer, the managing partner of Boston Provident and a leading Democratic fundraiser who has raised more...
  • Wasserman Schultz’s Luxury Cars and Growing Net Worth Raise Questions [pics of her cars]

    09/11/2012 11:49:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 41 replies
    Shark Tank ^ | 9/11/12 | Javier Manjarres
    Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has famously stated that she is a “middle class American,” and it was this very claim that prompted many of her critics to openly question whether or not it was a realistic assessment of her personal income and assets.... ...reviews of Wasserman Schultz’ congressional financial disclosures revealed a not widely known fact that she owns a second home in New Hampshire and is also not required to disclose her husband’s salary... So when you get down to it, Wasserman Schultz’s claim that “I am a middle class’ American” argument really has no credibility, especially now that...
  • Agencies bill more than $1M for public meetings

    08/18/2012 11:36:07 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 3 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 8/16/2012 | Anon
    Two Silicon Valley agencies are being accused of bilking California taxpayers by submitting more than $1 million in state reimbursements for preparing public meeting agendas. The San Jose Mercury News reports that Santa Clara County and the Santa Clara Valley Water District ranked first and second out of more than 600 agencies statewide for reimbursements bills for complying with state open meetings laws. Santa Clara County billed $1.1 million last year for preparing agendas for 402 public meetings; the water district asked for $384,395 for 42 meetings. Nearby Alameda County billed just $71,816 for 450 meetings. The Silicon Valley Taxpayers...
  • County hopes public opinion of firefighters improves before tax vote

    03/23/2012 4:46:46 PM PDT · by redreno · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 3/23/2012 | By Joe Schoenmann (contact)
    Clark County and its firefighters union have frequently clashed in recent years. They’ve fought over firefighters’ compensation packages, which averaged $189,000 in fiscal year 2010; alleged abuse of sick leave, which some county officials said was used to boost overtime and retirement pay; and whether firefighters should be allowed to do charitable work while on the clock. The last round of contract negotiations between the two sides broke down and an independent arbitrator had to sort things out. The biggest fight yet for both sides, however — one that county administrators are starting to prepare for — will likely make...
  • Haiti: Where did the money go?

    01/12/2012 4:40:23 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Global Post ^ | 1-12-12 | Donovan Webster
    The world pledged some $12 billion after the earthquake. Two years later, little has been used to actually rebuild PORT-AU-PRINCE — To see where the enormous sums of humanitarian aid directed to Haiti after its catastrophic earthquake in 2010 went, a good place to start is the ocean harbor. That’s where the island’s shore meets the rest of the world. And the best place for that is here at the seaport in the nation’s capital: Port-au-Prince, near the earthquake’s epicenter. There, at this moment, a gigantic “supermaritime” cargo ship called the Sarine is off-loading more than five metric tons of...
  • Herman Cain's Aquila Dealings Undercut His Business-Acumen Claims

    11/23/2011 8:36:42 PM PST · by TitansAFC · 61 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 11-21-2011 | Wayne Barrett
    Candidate Cain boasts of his skill as a businessman, but while he sat on the board of Aquila, a Midwest energy corporation, the company fell apart, even as Cain helped dole out millions in bonuses to its directors. ...Green maxed out, giving $2,500 to Cain’s campaign committee. Green was the longtime CEO of two related Missouri energy companies whose boards Cain served on for nearly two decades, Utilicorp United and Aquila. And when Green wasn’t running the companies, his brother Robert was. Since 2003, when Cain launched an unsuccessful Senate campaign, the Greens have donated $10,500 to various Cain campaign...
  • Frustration Mounts for MF Global Clients

    11/07/2011 4:29:35 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 20 replies
    reuters ^ | November 7, 2011 | Lauren Tara LaCapra
    snip... Customers of the bankrupt firm are starting to complain about getting checks that bounced, having requests to transfer funds denied and receiving inaccurate account statements. The growing litany of woes is adding to the tasks for the receiver assigned to liquidate MF Global and causing some investors to voice concern about the basic plumbing of the financial services system. Steve Meyers, an independent futures trader in Florida, said he asked for $500,000 from his MF Global account to be wired back to him on October 28 because he was concerned about the firm filing for bankruptcy. The money never...
  • Vice President Joe Biden Rallies for Jobs Bill on Capitol Hill (“This is an emergency”)

    10/20/2011 8:09:02 AM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10/19/11
    Vice President Joe Biden Rallies for Jobs Bill on Capitol HillOct 19, 2011 6:15pm Vice President Joe Biden and a group of Senate Democrats rallied on Capitol Hill today with firefighters, teachers, nurses and police officers for passage of the $35 billion piece of the jobs bill that is on the Senate floor this week. “This is an emergency,” Biden told the crowd. “I say to the American people: Watch your senator. Watch him or her choose. Are you going to put 400,000 school teachers back in classrooms? Are you going to put 18,000 cops back in the street and...
  • OpenSecrets: Solyndra Lobbying $500K in 2010 (?)

    09/17/2011 3:09:23 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 21 replies
    They couldn't have spent this much on lobbying - someone help me out here
  • Is the Drudge Report Low Balling Hurricane Irene?

    08/27/2011 11:45:15 AM PDT · by kevinaw2 · 84 replies
    Ward World ^ | 08/27/2011 | Kevin A Ward
    I've been watching coverage of Hurricane Irene. Being a resident of Tampa, Florida, I have been through Hurricane Frances and Jean and the close call of Charley. So, like all Floridians I'm personally aware of what a hurricane or tropical storm can do. As I'm typing this I'm listening to reports that Irene is outperforming its category. I've also been perusing websites and that includes Drudge Report. I've had other concerns of late with Mr. Drudge's site recently, but I am alarmed with links that are downplaying expectations. There are a wide variety of links,but this link to Dr. Simon...
  • Personal Wealth for Congressmen Explodes

    07/28/2011 7:31:44 PM PDT · by villagerjoel · 19 replies
    USBC News ^ | 07/28/2011 | The USBC Wire
    Despite hard times for many in the country, the personal wealth of many congressional leaders charged with guiding the country has grown at rates that are not even being matched by the most aggressive investment firms such as Goldman Sachs. http://www.usbcnews.com/Personal-Wealth-for-Congressmen-Explodes.html
  • Meet The Woman Who Received Paychecks For More Than A Decade After She Was Fired

    07/23/2011 11:52:27 AM PDT · by blam · 80 replies · 1+ views
    TBI ^ | 7-23-2011 | Robert Johnson
    Meet The Virginia Woman Who Mistakenly Received Paychecks For More Than A Decade After She Was Fired Robert Johnson Jul. 23, 2011, 8:15 AM Image: WAVY TV Jill McGlone was fired for the second time from her job in 1998 and a bookkeeping error kept her on the company's payroll for the last 12 years. WAVY TV in Norfolk discovered the woman's identity and that she's been receiving up to $40,000 with annual raises every year -- with full benefits -- though she never reported to a day of work. McGlone was suspended from Norfolk Community Services Board the first...
  • Private donors to pay rent on Gov. Jerry Brown's Sacramento loft [ DNC Graft method Du jour]

    06/24/2011 5:31:34 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 24 2011 | By Shane Goldmacher and Evan Halper,
    Through a nonprofit, private donors are expected to cover the $3,000-a-month rent, along with utilities and other expenses, on Gov. Jerry Brown's loft in Sacramento. Brown's office referred questions to George Kieffer, who is president of the nonprofit, known as the Governor's Residence Foundation. Kieffer said his group would release the names of donors and the amount they have contributed in January 2012. He said the group was raising money to pay Brown's rent, as well as his utility bills. "We're budgeting some additional money assuming that, from time to time, there'll be entertainment
  • Pelosi and Weiner

    06/18/2011 8:02:53 AM PDT · by bray · 12 replies
    self ^ | 6/18/11 | bray
    My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in LOVE, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, Colossians 2:2 Ah the corruption and disgrace of the US House just continues to roll. Just when we thought House members couldn’t get lower than Rangle and Frank they reach new lows when another one of their own gets caught with their pants down exposing their corruption, entitlement and a complete abuse of their office and power, but enough about Pelosi. While everybody...
  • Repealing the Davis–Bacon Act Would Save Taxpayers $10.9 Billion

    06/13/2011 1:48:28 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | February 14, 2011 | James Sherk
    The Davis–Bacon Act (DBA) requires the government to pay construction wages that average 22 percent above market rates. This shields unions from competition on federal construction projects. It will also add $10.9 billion to the deficit in 2011. Given that the federal government is already running historic and unsustainable deficits, federal policy should not unnecessarily inflate the cost of federal construction projects. Congress should repeal the DBA. Unsustainable Spending . DBA Restrictions Increase Costs . Repeal the Davis–Bacon Act . America can no longer afford such special-interest handouts. If Congress is serious about reducing spending or lowering unemployment, it should...
  • Mpls. gives bad repair advice

    06/08/2011 7:54:59 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 7 replies · 1+ views
    mpls star & sickle ^ | 6-8-11 | RANDY FURST
    Until alerted to the problem, city of Minneapolis posted a list of suggested tornado-repair contractors that included 22 that were unlicensed. After warning North Side tornado victims to avoid "unlicensed, unscrupulous contractors," Minneapolis officials failed to take their own advice and circulated a list that included 22 companies that were not licensed to perform home repairs
  • Pelozi's Waivers

    05/21/2011 7:43:26 AM PDT · by bray · 9 replies
    self ^ | 5/21/11 | bray
    …because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the LOVE for all the saints… Col 1:4 Nazi Pelosi told us we had to pass DeathCare to see the absolute corruption inside. We are veiwing the very tip of her iceberg of personal corruption as she is trading ObamaCare waivers for campaign funds. This is how all communist dictatorships work as those inside the Inner Circle have all the benefits while those outside the circle have to pay bribes. We now see what the real purpose of their Ponzi scheme which is another program to use as a...
  • OUTRAGE OF THE DAY: The Police Pension Racket In Yonkers

    05/11/2011 8:40:53 AM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/11/2011 | Business Insider
    One of the main sources of increasing tension between private-sector and public-sector workers in this country are the fat, guaranteed pensions that many public-sector workers get. The frustration only increases when public-sector workers "game the system" to further pad their pensions, in some cases allowing them to make more in retirement than even well-paid private-sector workers will ever earn in their lives. There are few worse examples of public pensions run amok than in Yonkers, New York. Yonkers Police and Fire personnel enjoy a peculiar pension system that is based on the total income received during the last year on...
  • Ariz. sheriff office accused of misspending $99M

    04/13/2011 4:22:42 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 13, 2011 | JACQUES BILLEAUD
    PHOENIX (AP) -- An examination in Arizona's Maricopa County has found that the sheriff's office, widely known for efforts against illegal immigrants, inappropriately spent $99 million from two jail funds over the last eight years to pay for other law enforcement operations - including immigration patrols. The $99 million figure released Wednesday is an update to an estimate made in September by budget officials who said the sheriff's office was believed to have used $60 million and $80 million over four or five years from a jail tax on other purposes.
  • New York is on track to receive billions of dollars in high speed rail funds.

    03/19/2011 5:31:10 PM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 27 replies
    NY1 ^ | 03/15/2011 | NY1 News
    The Obama Administration has designated the Northeast Corridor as a federally-recognized high speed corridor. This allows states in the area to apply for $2.4 billion in federal grants, which were made available after the governor of Florida turned them down. It will also allow Amtrak to be in on the planning process. In order to be eligible for the money, states must show an ability to reduce energy use, improve the efficiency of their transportation network, and generate sustained economic growth. Local lawmakers applauded the move, calling it an engine for job creation. Applications are due on April 4.
  • Union Controlled NRLB Suddenly Pulls Google Ads on 'How to Start a Union'

    03/06/2011 9:54:21 AM PST · by epithermal · 11 replies
    Redstate ^ | March 6th, 2011 | LaborUnionReport
    A day later, on Friday, the National Labor Relations Board posted what appears to be its first-ever “Fact Check” that stated the following: Fact Check This feature encourages accuracy in the media by correcting common misperceptions and errors of fact when they are brought to our attention. Google Ads It has been reported that the NLRB spent Agency funds on Google ads. An initial review indicates that the ads were provided at no charge beginning in 2008 by Google. The Agency has decided to discontinue them. Now that the NLRB has taken it upon itself to correct the record by...
  • Waste throws wrench into Los Angeles community colleges' massive project

    02/27/2011 12:49:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 27, 2011 | Michael Finnegan and Gale Holland,
    ...effects of decades of neglect were all too visible at the nine far-flung campuses. Roofs leaked...Seismic protections were outdated. In 2001, leaders of the Los Angeles Community College District decided to take action. With support from construction companies and labor unions, they persuaded voters to pass a series of bond measures over the next seven years that raised $5.7 billion to rebuild every campus. ...money would ease classroom crowding...make college buildings safer....technology would enhance learning...financial oversight would be stringent. That is what was promised to Los Angeles voters. ....But costly blunders by college officials, contractors and the district's elected Board...
  • Corruption in American Cities: Chicago

    02/25/2011 10:45:07 AM PST · by usalady · 4 replies
    Martha ^ | Sept. 16, 2008 | Martha
    Political corruption and Chicago have been synonymous since the middle of the 19th century and goes on unabated today.
  • Wisconsin-Style Bill Hits Florida

    02/22/2011 11:27:38 AM PST · by FromLori · 55 replies
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | 2/22/2011 | Robert Wenzel
    Politico reports: Sen. John Thrasher, former state GOP chairman, looks like he has filed a bill (SB830) to starve unions like the Florida Education Association, SEIU, AFL-CIO, firefighters, police unions or AFSCME by banning the Democratic-leaning organizations from using salary deductions for political purposes. The legislation also says any "public employer may not deduct or collect" union dues, etc. Lastly, it says that any public employee who didn't specifically authorize the use of his money could be entitled to a partial refund. The Florida Times Union reported last January: The University of North Florida's College of Education and Human Services...
  • How Bell hit bottom

    12/28/2010 1:47:29 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 28, 2010 | Christopher Goffard
    ..Bell officials who hired him did not dig deeply into his past. They needed someone fast, and Rizzo, then 39, came cheap. His starting salary was $78,000, which was $7,000 less than his predecessor had made. "He was willing to work for the least amount of money," said then-Councilman Rolf Janssen. "That was what attracted me and several other council members." Now Rizzo and seven other Bell leaders past and present are charged with looting more than $5.5 million from one of the county's poorest municipalities. It is a hydra-headed scandal that has spawned seven federal, state and county investigations...
  • Pensions Push Taxes Higher (Merry Christmas from the government employee unions!)

    12/24/2010 6:22:58 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 43 replies · 3+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 24, 2010 | Jeanette Neumann
    Cities across the nation are raising property taxes, largely citing rising pension and health-care costs for their employees and retirees. In Pennsylvania, the township of Upper Moreland is bumping up property taxes for residents by 13.6% in 2011. Next door the city of Philadelphia this year increased the tax 9.9%. In New York, Saratoga Springs will collect 4.4% more in property taxes in 2011; Troy will increase taxes by 1.9%. Property-tax increases aren't unusual, in part because the taxes are among the main sources of local revenue. But officials say more and larger increases are taking hold. "This year we...
  • State: HRT officials kept true light rail cost 'secret' from feds

    12/14/2010 11:53:36 AM PST · by Sursam Abordine · 10 replies
    Virginian Pilot ^ | 12/14/10 | Debbie Messina
    NORFOLK Months before signing legal documents assuring federal officials they could build light rail for $232 million, Hampton Roads Transit leaders knew it would actually cost tens of millions of dollars more, a new state investigation reveals. In fact, HRT senior officials maintained a separate, internal accounting of light rail costs that was intentionally kept “secret” from government entities footing the bills, documents show.
  • State Budget Deal Includes Tax Break For Wealthy Firm

    10/06/2010 9:40:28 AM PDT · by KingofZion · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 6, 2010 | Jack Dolan
    Buried in the details of the deal to close California's $19-billion budget deficit is a roughly $30-million tax break crafted to benefit a company owned by members of one of the state's richest and most politically influential families, according to a legislative analysis obtained by The Times. The provision, which will allow the Humboldt Redwood Co. to deduct $20 million in old losses from future taxes, is also expected to cover penalties and interest for the firm co-owned by three sons of Donald G. Fisher, founder of the Gap and Banana Republic, said company Chairman Sandy Dean. The tax break...