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  • The Clinton Foundation’s $20 million off-the-books mystery

    11/05/2016 5:08:38 PM PDT · by blueplum · 18 replies
    NYPost ^ | 05 November 4:42pm | Isabel Vincent
    *snip* The little-known Haiti Development Fund, an LLC incorporated in Delaware in August 2010, was created by the Clinton Foundation with an initial endowment of $20 million from shady Canadian mining mogul Frank Giustra and Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. The Fund was supposed to supply desperately needed seed money to Haitian entrepreneurs after an earthquake devastated the country in January 2010. *snip* “This cries out for an audit or an investigation,” said Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center a Virginia-based watchdog group. “Its director was in bankruptcy and there’s almost nothing in the public record showing...
  • Hillary Did Not Disclose ‘Expensive Gifts’ in Violation of Ethics in Government Act

    10/28/2016 3:01:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    NLPC ^ | October 28, 2016 | Peter Flaherty
    In a 2011 memo published by Wikileaks, Clinton underling Doug Band described how he secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in free travel and gifts for Bill Clinton and his family. While Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton did not disclose any gifts or free travel, as required. The gifts were first reported by Alana Goodman in the Daily Mail: ‘In support of the President’s for-profit activity, we also have solicited and obtained, as appropriate, in-kind services for the President and his family – for personal travel, hospitality, vacation and the like,’ wrote Band in the Nov. 16, 2011 memo...
  • Ogundu Gets 1 to 3 Years in Prison; NLPC Exposed Earmarks to Fake NYC Health Clinic

    02/10/2016 10:35:37 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    NLPC ^ | February 10, 2016 | NLPC Staff
    New York physician Dorothy Ogundu has been sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison for ripping off City, State and federal programs for a fake health clinic. The Nigerian-born Ogundu was convicted in October on 29 counts, including second-degree grand larceny, forgery in the second degree, and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. The prosecution was based on information uncovered by the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), and made public through a New York Post article in April 2012. The Ogundu exposé was a spinoff of our investigation of Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who secured a...
  • Menendez Shameless But Indictment Looms

    01/04/2016 10:08:43 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    NLPC ^ | January 3, 2016 | Peter Flaherty
    In a headline today NJ.com asks the question, "How has Menendez Indictment Affected His Senate Duties?" The story details how Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is acting if nothing is wrong, and quotesNLPC Chairman (not executive director) Ken Boehm: A leading Menendez critic said he had no problem with the senator's efforts to carry on as if he did not face criminal charges. "Defendants can act anyway they want," said Ken Boehm, executive director of the National Legal and Policy Center, a Falls Church, Va.-based watchdog group. "I take almost an attitude of, 'It's a free country, he's a free...
  • Supreme Court Will Not Hear Rangel Censure

    10/07/2015 4:02:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    NLPC ^ | October 7, 2015 | Peter Flaherty
    The Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) who was seeking to overturn his Censure by the House of Representatives. Lower courts had ruled that they have no jurisdiction over internal workings of the House. Rangel was censured by the by the entire House of Representatives on December 2, 2010 by a vote of 333-79, the first member to be Censured in 27 years. The action was the result, in part, of investigations by NLPC. Among the counts alleged by the Ethics Committee were Rangel’s failure to pay taxes on rental income from...
  • With Boehner Going, Ethics Committee Must Release Azerbaijan Junket Report

    09/25/2015 9:46:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    NLPC ^ | September 25, 2015 | Peter Flaherty
    John Boehner’s Speakership was a setback for Congressional ethics. He backslid on a number of important reforms, and helped to return the Ethics Committee to its traditional role of covering up wrongdoing by incumbent members of Congress. Boehner ally Rep. Charles Dent (R-PA), the Chairman of the Ethics Committee, is currently orchestrating a whitewash of apparent House rules violations related to a junket by ten House members to Azerbaijan in 2013. On July 31, the Ethics Committee announced that it had found “no evidence” that broke House rules. It plans “no further action regarding this matter and considers it...
  • Will Criminal Charges Bring Justice for GM Victims?

    05/27/2015 9:34:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    NLPC ^ | May 27, 2015 | Mark Modica
    The New York Times reports that the Justice Department has concluded that there was criminal wrongdoing by General Motors as the company covered-up a deadly ignition switch defect for years. That defect has now been blamed for causing the deaths of at least 104 motorists. While many observers may have been able to come to the conclusion that GM was guilty long before the Justice Department’s recent epiphany, the bigger question now is, what’s next? GM still faces litigation risks as ongoing lawsuits seek justice for the victims’ families that suffered as a result of GM’s criminal actions. Full...
  • WSJ Editorial Wrong About Menendez Indictment

    05/15/2015 9:13:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    NLPC ^ | May 15, 2015 | Peter Flaherty
    It’s been almost a month since the Wall Street Journal ran an editorial titled “The Menendez Indictment.” We responded in a letter to the editor that has not been published. It’s a safe bet it never will be, so we post it here. The Journal got to the point in its opening paragraph: Ill-defined federal laws now reach into virtually every sphere of human behavior, and thus prosecutors can destroy almost anyone they choose. The recent indictment of Senator Robert Menendez on 14 counts of corruption and “honest services” fraud is a troubling case in point that deserves more...
  • Walmart Asked to Stop Bankrolling Sharpton After New York Police Murders

    12/22/2014 8:34:57 AM PST · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    NLPC ^ | December 22, 2014 | Peter Flaherty
    Here is a letter I sent today to C. Douglas McMillon, Walmart President and CEO: We ask that Walmart end its financial support of Al Sharpton and his organization, the National Action Network (NAN). The cold-blooded murder of two New York City police officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, follows weeks of Sharpton's vilification of law enforcement personnel. As you know, Walmart has helped bankroll Sharpton for years. Most recently, the company was a sponsor of Sharpton's 60thbirthday party in New York City, which reportedly was a fundraiser for NAN that raised a million dollars. We have repeatedly raised...
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office for Eastern District of NY joins in over $2.2B In civil .. forefeitures

    11/14/2014 7:19:21 PM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    Brooklyn Daily Eagle ^ | January 10, 2014
    U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch announced Friday that the Eastern District of New York, working collaboratively with other offices as well as on its own, collected over $904 million in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2013. ... The combined joint collections and asset forfeiture recoveries for the Eastern District total of more than $2.2 billion exceeds the appropriated $1.86 billion operating budget for all U.S. Attorneys’ Offices nationwide. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Thursday that the Justice Department collected approximately $8.1 billion in civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2013. The...
  • Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch is Soft on Political Corruption

    11/17/2014 11:29:42 AM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    NLPC ^ | November 17, 2014 | NLPC Staff
    Loretta Lynch, President Obama's choice to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General, has an especially weak record of investigating and prosecuting political corruption. Moreover, her longstanding ties to the New York political machine have limited her independence as a prosecutor. Lynch, who currently serves as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, has watched as Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the neighboring Southern District of New York, has prosecuted case after case. And Bharara would not have acted except for a slew of newspaper headlines about political corruption generated by the National Legal and Policy Center....
  • Another GM Recall Bombshell Raises More Questions

    11/10/2014 11:00:34 AM PST · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    NLPC ^ | November 10, 2014 | Mark Modica
    The evidence continues to mount that General Motors has been less than transparent, if not outright culpable, regarding its ignition switch recall fiasco. As the death toll mounts (from the original 13 casualties reported by GM to the just revised 32 deaths) for victims involved in crashes of GM vehicles with defective ignition switches, new evidence has emerged that GM actually ordered replacement parts for the defective switches a full two months before they even reported a problem. A Wall Street Journal article published on Sunday unveiled the damning evidence that GM placed an order for half a million replacement...
  • Women's Museum Asked to Rescind Mary Barra Award; GM CEO Made History 'of Wrong Kind'

    11/10/2014 9:16:59 AM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    NLPC ^ | November 10, 2014 | Peter Flaherty
    Today I sent the following letter to Dr. Gretchen Green, the Acting Chair of the National Women's History Museum: We ask the National Women's History Museum (NWHM) to withdraw its planned award to General Motors CEO Mary Barra. As you know, Barra is scheduled to receive the Katharine Graham Living Legacy Award on November 17 as part of your annual de Pizan Honors at The Mead Center for American Theater at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Barra has indeed made history - of the wrong kind. Just three months ago, she sat in front of Congressional Committees and desperately tried...
  • Meeks Pushed for Iran Sanction Exemption After Azerbaijan Junket

    08/03/2014 9:10:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    NLPC | August 3, 2014 | Peter Flaherty
    There’s fallout from the July 27 Houston Chronicle exposé of a trip to Azerbaijan by 10 member of the House that violated House rules. The trip was ostensibly sponsored by nonprofit groups but was actually funded by oil companies BP, Conoco Phillips and SOCAR, the national oil company of Azerbaijan. According to the New York Post today: Rep. Gregory Meeks pushed to let an Iran-backed natural-gas project dodge US sanctions — after attending an illicit junket paid for by energy companies. Also from the Post: “Congressman Meeks went on a 2013 Congressional trip to Baku, Azerbaijan, subsidized in part...
  • Obama Lied; NLPC Health Plan Cancelled Today

    02/25/2014 12:31:55 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    NLPC ^ | February 25, 2014 | Peter Flaherty
    Remember Presdient Obama promising “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan?” PolitiFact.com has identified 37 instances of Obama or another top administration official making this claim, or something close to it. Today we received this email from United HealthCare informing us that our health plan that we like "will no longer be offered:"
  • Inquiry on Democratic Senator (Menendez) Started With a Partisan Push

    02/17/2013 5:44:42 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 16, 2013 | ERIC LIPTON
    FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Sandwiched between two doctors’ offices at a roadside plaza here is the headquarters of a small team of veteran Republican investigators, operating almost as a private detective squad, who since late last year have had a determined goal: bringing down Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey. “We’ve never sent a Democrat to jail,” said Ken Boehm, the chairman of the group, the National Legal and Policy Center, as he looked up from a table filled with his Menendez files and engaged in what was to him a bit of wishful thinking. To Mr. Menendez and...
  • EPA's Regional Administrators Love Activism, Litigation

    07/03/2012 3:20:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | July 3, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    The suspicions of Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe were correct: Rather than sitting before the House Energy and Commerce Committee three weeks ago to explain theways he “crucified” oil and natural gas companies, insteadAl Armendariz – who cancelled his appearance at the last minute – met with the Sierra Club for a job interview. This time the recently resigned EPA’s Region 6 administrator will eagerly attack another fossil fuel, joining the litigious environmental group as part of its “Beyond Coal” campaign. If there was any question that Armendariz unfairly regulated the gas and oil businesses under his authority in Texas, Oklahoma,...
  • Rep. Meeks Blames NLPC for Ethics Woes

    08/01/2012 11:18:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | August 1, 2012 | Peter Flaherty
    In an interview Tuesday on New York City's TV channel 5, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) denied that he is under investigation by federal authorities, contradicting several previous reports by the New York Times, New York Post and New York Daily News. The New York Post reported on Saturday that a nonprofit called the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation received subpoenas connected to a broader investigation of Meeks, who has steered millions in federal funds to the group. As he has done in the past, Meeks attributed his woes to the New York Post and NLPC. Of the most recent reports, he...
  • Akerson Admits GM Bankruptcy Not Well Thought Out

    06/12/2012 10:00:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | June 12, 2012 | Mark Modica
    General Motors CEO, Dan Akerson, discussed some of the issues plaguing GM's share price in today's Wall Street Journal. Akerson laments a bloated bureaucracy at Government Motors that has not greatly improved since the company's 2009 bankruptcy process. Despite admitting that the bankruptcy was rushed through without proper planning, the Obama-appointed Akerson did not mention the continued UAW overhangs at the company. Regarding an inherited bloated management structure at GM and the inefficiencies that went along with it, Akerson stated, "The good thing about our bankruptcy is that it took only 39 days. The bad news is that bankruptcy took...
  • GM Boycott Hurting Market Share?

    05/08/2012 11:09:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | May 8, 2012 | Mark Modica
    Last week's earnings report from General Motors revealed a troubling statistic for shareholders. GM's market share for North America shrunk from 18.3% a year ago to 16.7% for the latest quarter. Not coincidently, a survey by Yahoo Autos revealed that a full 13% of consumers would now "never" consider purchasing a GM vehicle while another 15% are less likely to purchase. A negative perception of the auto bailout process and the continued political overtones at GM are the reasons for the boycott. Another recent Rasmussen poll showed that 59% of Americans view the auto bailouts as a failure. The...