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  • Pictured: The WH worker (and top donor's son) who had Colombia prostitute in his hotel room

    10/09/2014 11:17:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 75 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | October 9, 2014 | David Martosko, Us Political Editor
    Senior Obama administration officials knew about a White House aide's link to the Secret Service prostitution scandal and covered it up, according to a bombshell report that surfaced Wednesday night. Friends of Barack: Jonathan Dach (right) posed with then-Senator Barack Obama during a campaign staff 'family night' event in Springfield, Missouri on November 1, 2008. Also seen are Dach's father Leslie (2nd left), then a Wal-Mart lobbying executive, and his mother Mary Dickie (left) Jonathan Dach, the staffer implicated by the Washington Post, was never disciplined after an investigation found he had a prostitute in his hotel room during a...
  • EXCLUSIVE: New Homeland official was key figure in Pennsylvania corruption case

    02/02/2014 7:00:49 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Washington Times ^ | February 2, 2014 | Kelly Riddell
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s newest appointee to his inner circle, chief of staff Christian Marrone, rose to Washington power player via the streets of Pennsylvania’s pay-to-play politics. Mr. Marrone acknowledged in court that as a Pennsylvania legislative aide he oversaw the private renovation of his politician boss’s mansion — all while drawing paychecks from taxpayers ... “You’re looking at a state not unlike New York, New Jersey and Illinois for pay-to-play politics,” Mr. Madonna said. “But it’s pretty fundamental that you aren’t supposed to work privately when you’re supposed to be on the state payroll, and he was on...
  • U.S. Senator Helped Ecuadoran Fugitives Convicted of Stealing Millions (Menendez)

    01/24/2014 2:32:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 24, 2014
    Recently embroiled in an underage prostitute scandal and a number of corruption schemes, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee—New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez—is again under federal investigation for helping a pair of South American fugitives whose relatives donated big bucks to the senator. It’s like a never-ending saga of political corruption and cronyism. In the last year alone, Menendez has been implicated in a number of serious crimes—including reported escapades with underage hookers in the Dominican Republic—that have simply fizzled away and left him virtually unscathed. We’ll get into those later, but first let’s delve into the Menendez...
  • Exclusive: Federal Probe into New Jersey Sen. Menendez Is Widening

    01/23/2014 6:14:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    NBC New York ^ | January 23, 2014 | Jonathan Dienst
    Video at link. The federal criminal investigation into New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez is broader than previously known, NBC 4 New York has learned. The Department of Justice is investigating Menendez's efforts on behalf of two fugitive bankers from Ecuador, multiple current and former U.S, officials tell NBC 4 New York. The probe into Menendez’s dealing with the bankers comes as federal authorities are also investigating his relationship to a big campaign donor from Florida. The criminal investigation is focusing in part on the senator’s ties to William and Roberto Isaias and whether the senator crossed a line in trying...
  • Politico/WaPo Editors To Meet Over [Mike Allen's] Playbook Payola Scandal

    01/17/2014 3:12:01 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 8 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | January 14, 2014 | John Nolte
    It has been over two-months since Washington Post media reporter Erik Wemple dropped a bombshell on Politico with a meticulously researched report that alleges Politico's influential Playbook editor, Mike Allen, rewards advertisers with glowing coverage. The response from Politico thus far has been to dismiss, downplay, and ignore Wemple's reporting as "nonsense."
  • Mark Levin dismisses pay-to-play charge (by the National Republican Senatorial Committee)

    01/09/2014 3:40:38 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 39 replies
    Politico ^ | January 9, 2014 | MANU RAJU and DYLAN BYERS
    Conservative talk-radio host Mark Levin is defending himself against charges that he engaged in a quid-pro-quo transaction with the Senate Conservatives Fund, promoting the right-wing group after it spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on his book. Since Sept. 10, SCF has spent $427,000 on copies of Levin's "Liberty and Tyranny," according to Federal Election Committee filings. Those books were given to donors who provided $25 or more to the group. In that time, Levin has frequently promoted the SCF on his show and on his Facebook page. "Senate Conservatives Fund is dedicated to electing true conservatives to the Senate!"...
  • Exclusive–Documents: Congress Charges Secret Fee to Land Top Committee Spots

    10/21/2013 4:08:03 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 10-21-13 | Wynton Hall
    Members of Congress must pay secret fees known as “party dues” to the Democratic and Republican parties to secure and maintain top committee chairmanships and assignments, newly uncovered internal documents reveal. The never-before-published lists are reprinted inside the new book Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets, written by Government Accountability Institute President and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer. Senior congressional staffers say the committee price lists have long been rumored to exist but that few people on Capitol Hill have seen them, giving them an almost "mythical" quality. The book contains copies...
  • Obama campaign manager Jim Messina joins company awarded millions in federal cash

    09/25/2013 11:00:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 25, 2013 | Lachlan Markay — Wash. Free Beacon
    A former top White House official and the head of President Obama’s personal advocacy group is joining the board of a green energy company backed by a major Democratic donor that recently received millions in federal contracts. LanzaTech announced Wednesday that Jim Messina, Obama’s former deputy chief of staff, reelection campaign manager, and the head of his retooled campaign apparatus Organizing for Action was appointed to the company’s board of directors. “Jim’s proven ability to merge technology, messaging, and communications in support of ideas that transcend ‘business as usual’ will help us continue our mission of reshaping how our world...
  • How Kindle $parked Bam: Amazon employees gave Obama $116,000 before exclusive interview

    08/01/2013 8:31:19 AM PDT · by blueyon · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | 8/01/13 | S.A. MILLER,
    WASHINGTON — So that’s how you land an exclusive interview with President Obama. Employees of Amazon, which scored a coup by securing a rare one-on-one interview with the president for its journalism outlet Tuesday, donated more than $116,000 to Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.
  • Taxpayer Millions Squandered on EV Charging Study Project

    07/30/2013 10:13:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    NLPC ^ | July 30, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    An audit by theDepartment of Energy’s Inspector General found that the persistent weak demand for electric vehicles harmed the deployment and timeliness of a $135 million-plus taxpayer funded charging network, which spun a cycle of excessive grants and project expansion, that led to an enormous waste of public money. The investigators, led by IG Gregory Friedman, determined that conditions for reimbursement to Ecotality, Inc. (and its subsidiaries) for the EV charging demonstration project were “very generous,” although not explicitly prohibited under federal regulations. “While we acknowledge that the Department had maintained and archived award documentation, an independent reviewer cannot understand...
  • Fox News parent company funneling money ... to Dems? Contributions favored Obama 5-to-1 over Romney

    07/23/2013 11:03:27 AM PDT · by ChristySue
    WND.com ^ | July 23, 2013 | Drew Zahn
    BBC July 23, 2013 A 25-year-old Ukrainian man has appeared in court charged with the "terrorist-related" murder of 82-year-old Mohammed Saleem in Birmingham. West Midlands Police said that Pavlo Lapshyn has also been charged in relation to explosions at three mosques. Mohammed Saleem was stabbed as he walked home after prayers from a mosque in Small Heath on 29 April. Mr Lapshyn was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on Thursday. Mr Lapshyn, who comes from the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk, appeared in the dock at Westminster Magistrates' Court flanked by three police officers. He was...
  • Secret files reveal how pay-to-play works in N.J.

    06/24/2013 10:13:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger via NJ.com ^ | June 23, 2013 at 9:10 PM | Christopher Baxter
    The engineering firm Birdsall Services Group was built of New Jersey steel, the kind forged in a fire of wheeling and dealing and political influence that made the company a titan in the brawl for millions of dollars worth of public contracts. Now it’s all melting down. Birdsall, bankrupt and a shadow of its former self, admitted in state court this month to dumping loads of illegal campaign donations into the coffers of elected officials, a practice one former employee said “regularly won contracts” for the company. It was classic Jersey: Banned by law from giving more than $300 to...
  • Shocker: AARP Gets An Obamacare Waiver

    05/20/2011 7:26:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    sa ^ | May 20, 2011 | Rob Port
    Outside of the unions, there was perhaps no group more ardent in its support of Obamacare than the AARP. The advocacy group spent $121 million on advertising in favor of Obamacare, and millions more lobbying for it on Washington DC. But now AARP’s insurance business, Medigap which competes with Medicare Advantage (a program AARP lobbied to have hamstrung by OBamacare), just got a waiver from complying with the law. ... Keep in mind, again, that AARP is set to rake in billions in profits now that Obamacare has effective knocked Medicare Advantage out of the market.
  • Disgraced Jesse Jackson Jr. writing memoir to ‘clear up his legacy’

    02/28/2013 4:59:49 PM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 28, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who pleaded guilty to misusing $750,000 in campaign funds and is facing a 46- to 57-year prison term, is now writing a book about his life in order to clarify his legacy. “He has nothing else to do right now,” one source, who’s seen draft pages of the memoir, told the Chicago Tribune. He’s trying to “clear up his legacy. … He’s desperately trying to change the narrative of his life story.” Mr. Jackson will be sentenced June 28...
  • Report: Podesta Group Urges Military Contractors to Give Money to Support Hagel (Gangster Gov't)

    01/07/2013 11:25:51 AM PST · by kristinn · 11 replies
    Big Government ^ | Monday, January 7, 2013 | Kerry Picket
    SNIP Hagel, however, has friends in Democratic lobbying circles. The powerful Washington D.C. organization known as the Podesta Group is reportedly asking defense contractors for financial support to run ads defending the Hagel nomination. Fox News White House Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry reported on Friday: (2:15 in) "Sources confirm to Fox [that] Democratic super lobbyist Tony Podesta has been hired by a firm known as the Bipartisan Group to help mobilize support for Hagel. And defense contractors received calls this week urging them to be ready for a Hagel pick as soon as Monday, and asking them for...
  • Orlando Florida Imam Arrested by the FBI

    10/14/2011 8:30:21 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 21 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | Oct 13, 2011 | Alan Kornman
    On August 23, 2011 the FBI arrested Imam Abu Taubah aka Marcus Dwayne Robertson. The charge was possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, Case Number: 6:11-mj-1380 Attached to Imam Abu Robertson’s case is a Notice of Intent To Use Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Information (FISA). The U.S. Government’s intention to use its FISA powers signals probable cause to charge Imam “Taubah” Robertson “the target of such search is a foreign power or an agent of a foreign power”. The facts presented in these filed charges leads this reporter to suspect an element of foreign intrigue may be...
  • Gitmo North Returns: Obama's Shady Prison Deal

    11/30/2012 3:12:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    If you thought President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder had given up on closing Guantanamo Bay and bringing jihadists to American soil, think again. Two troubling developments on the Gitmo front should have every American on edge. The first White House maneuver took place in October, while much of the public and the media were preoccupied with election news. On Oct. 2, Obama's cash-strapped Illinois pals announced that the federal government bought out the Thomson Correctional Center in western Illinois for $165 million. According to Watchdog.org, a recent appraisal put the value of the facility at $220 million. Democratic...
  • Surprise: CA Education Tax Hike Will Go to Wall Street Cronies

    11/19/2012 10:30:52 AM PST · by chessplayer · 7 replies
    California Governor Jerry Brown hailed his signature tax-hike to fund education—known as Proposition 30—as a towering achievement that will ensure educational excellence in higher education and spare those trapped in poor and failing K-12 California public schools from budget cuts. But a new study by five UC Berkeley doctoral students titled “Swapping Our Future: How Taxpayers And Students Are Funding Risky UC Borrowing and Wall Street Profits” says that millions of dollars of the freshly raised revenues won’t go to California’s school children.
  • Obama Administration Gave Petraeus's Wife a $187,605-Per-Year Job

    11/15/2012 5:14:02 AM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 31 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 14 Nov 2012 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – The Obama administration named Holly Petraeus--wife of retired Gen. David Patraeus, who resigned last week as CIA director after revealing he had had an extramarital affair--to a $187,605-per-yer job in the newly formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB, created by the Dodd-Frank law, was placed by that law under the umbrella of the Federal Reserve. The funding of the CFBP, which comes from the Federal Reserve, is not subject to congressional oversight. Mrs. Petraeus became a member of the CFPB Implementation Team on Jan. 12, 2011. She is now the assistant director for the Office of...
  • Obama Administration Named Holly Petraeus to $187,605-Per-Year Job

    11/14/2012 7:26:02 PM PST · by GridSquare · 128 replies
    CNS News.Com ^ | November 14, 2012 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – The Obama administration named Holly Petraeus--wife of retired Gen. David Patraeus, who resigned last week as CIA director after revealing he had had an extra-marital affair--to $187,605-per-yer job in the newly formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
  • EXCLUSIVE: Sen. McCaskill's Husband's Businesses Benefitted From $20 Million in Stimulus Funds

    10/25/2012 12:23:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | October 25, 2012 | Ken Boehm
    An analysis of public records by the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) has found more than $20 million in federal stimulus funds benefitting real estate projects financially tied to Joseph Shepard, husband of Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill. Earlier this month, the Associated Press published an analysis , stating, "businesses affiliated with the husband of Senator Claire McCaskill have received almost $40 million in federal subsidies for low-income housing developments during her first five years in office..." The NLPC analysis released today showed more than $20 million in financial benefits from the federal stimulus law to real estate projects associated...
  • Report: Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. releases robocall, tells supporters 'I am human'

    10/21/2012 4:46:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/20/12 | Jonathan Easley
    Report: Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. releases robocall, tells supporters 'I am human'By Jonathan Easley - 10/20/12 07:07 PM ET The Chicago Sun Times is reporting that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) sent out an automated message to constituents in his district on Saturday, asking voters to stick by him through his recent spate of difficulties. “Like many human beings, a series of events came together in my life at the same time and they have been difficult to sort through,” Jackson says in the call. “I am human. I am doing my best. I am trying to sort through them...
  • Stark raving again? East Bay Rep. slamming developers in campaign mailer—while soliciting their $$$

    10/18/2012 1:14:32 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 10/18/12 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    East Bay Rep. Pete Stark has launched a nasty mail piece accusing his challenger, Eric Swalwell, of allegedly accepting “pay to play” donations from area developers. But the attack comes just weeks after Stark called a major development association, begging for the maximum donation for his 2012 re-election campaign — while bragging he used to be a developer himself. And we have the voice mail tape. Now locked in the toughest race of his career, Stark, 81, a 20-term Democrat, won’t debate Swalwell, 31 — a fellow Democrat, Alameda County prosecutor and Dublin City Councilman who seeks to represent the...
  • Solar power company banks on loan, but skeptics question government investment in industry

    09/30/2012 11:50:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 30, 2012 | Dan Springer
    The federal government is making another big bet on solar panel manufacturing with taxpayer money, hoping the third time will be the charm. SoloPower held its grand opening Thursday in Portland, Ore., with speeches from local politicians and a ribbon-cutting. "It really revolutionizes rooftop applications, and it makes solar both easy and cost effective for nearly any commercial and industrial building worldwide," CEO Tim Harris said. SoloPower closed on a guaranteed government loan of $197 million last August, about the time another solar panel manufacturer, Solyndra, filed for bankruptcy. The failure of Solyndra cost U.S. taxpayers more than a half-billion...
  • Chinese Solar Company Learns Cronyism with Harry Reid

    09/10/2012 12:04:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | September 10, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    A solar company project that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid successfully lured to Clark County, Nev. – where his son Rory was a former commissioner and now lobbies on behalf of the Chinese company that owns it – now wants the dominant utility in the state to buy its electricity. said in a July 30 online conference that ENN “would start tomorrow if NV Energy would purchase the power,” according to a Reuters report. Adding that the utility controls 95 percent of all of the electricity that is produced in Nevada, Reid also said, “they should go along with this.”...
  • EDITORIAL: The Solyndra standard

    08/06/2012 5:21:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 6, 2012 | Editorial
    Obama doubles-down on green firms that go belly-upPower means never having to say you’re sorry. Despite contrary evidence, the Obama administration is sticking to its story that the decision to loan $535 million to solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra was the right thing to do. To err is human, but when error squanders hard-earned taxpayer money and is compounded by insolent denial, it’s a signal that similar mistakes are inevitable. On Aug. 2, the House Energy and Commerce Committee released the results of its investigation into the Solyndra debacle, detailing White House backing for the project despite clear evidence that the company...
  • Speaking fee for Obama aide raises Iran questions for White House

    08/06/2012 10:29:20 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | August. 6, 2012 | Laura MacInnis
    WASHINGTON, Aug 6 (Reuters) - One of U.S. President Barack Obama's closest aides was paid $100,000 by a company doing business with Iran just before joining the White House staff, the Washington Post reported on Monday, raising awkward election-year questions for the Democrat trying to get tough with Tehran. White House senior adviser David Plouffe received the speaking fee from Africa's biggest wireless phone operator, MTN Group, for two speeches he made in Nigeria in December 2010, the company and administration officials confirmed. Plouffe listed it with many others on his official financial disclosures after he joined the White House...
  • Gibson Guitar Corp. Strikes Deal with Justice Dept. to Avoid Prosecution

    08/06/2012 10:38:28 AM PDT · by kingattax · 68 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8-6-12 | Bridget Johnson
    Gibson Guitar Corp. agreed to settle charges that it illegally purchased and imported ebony wood from Madagascar and rosewood and ebony from India, the Justice Department said today. The company will pay a $300,000 fine under a criminal enforcement agreement that defers prosecution for criminal violations of the Lacey Act. Another $50,000 fine will go to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation “to be used to promote the conservation, identification and propagation of protected tree species used in the musical instrument industry and the forests where those species are found.” Since May 2008, it has been illegal under the Lacey...
  • USDA Threatens Small Business Owner with $450,000 in Fines [Last year bunnies, this year hamsters!]

    08/02/2012 3:33:54 PM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 7 replies
    Bob McCarty blog ^ | July 31, 2012 | Bob McCarty
    Without much fanfare, Dean Moyer has raised gerbils and hamsters for 12 years. He’s sold them to distributors who, in turn, have sold them to pet store owners across the country. Chances are good that the pet hamster your neighbor’s kid always carries in his hand came from Moyer’s Sand Valley Farms, Inc. But that could change soon if the folks at the USDA have their way. “Basically, the USDA just wants me to close up,” Moyer said. “They just want me to get out of the hamster business.” During the week of July 15, Moyer received a “really thick...
  • Obama’s 'Bank of Washington' applauded by Solyndra CEO in email

    08/02/2012 10:34:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/2/12 | Neil Munro
    Solyndra’s CEO labeled President Barack Obama’s administration “The Bank of Washington.” Chris Gronet offered the description in an internal email one year before the company collapsed in 2010, costing taxpayers roughly $500 million. “The Bank of Washington continues to help us!” he wrote in the October 2009 e-mail, which described several government programs and incentives. The email bolsters GOP claims that Obama’s support of green-tech companies amounted to “crony capitalism.” Several White House officials had close ties to green-tech companies, and many green-tech executives have donated to Obama’s political campaigns.
  • EDITORIAL: Uncle Sam’s solar eclipse

    07/11/2012 7:17:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 11, 2012 | Editorial
    Federal funds can’t buy success under the sunAs much of the nation broils under the merciless July sun, the Obama administration can’t resist the urge to burn cash on “green” energy projects. Each time one of these solar-energy firms flames out, American taxpayers get singed. Even a sundial would indicate it’s quitting time. The latest to fail is Abound Solar, a Colorado solar-panel manufacturer. The firm filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation on July 2, two years after being awarded a $400 million stimulus loan guarantee. President Obama personally touted the loan during a 2010 radio address called “A Solar...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. Speculation Continues to Swirl (Doc: Being treated for 'mood disorder')

    07/11/2012 4:49:57 PM PDT · by kristinn · 47 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Wednesday, July 11, 2012 | Emily Pierce and Shira Toeplitz
    Under pressure to reveal where he is and what his “ailments” may be, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s doctors released a statement Wednesday night saying he is being treated for a “mood disorder.” But the statement is unlikely to dampen the speculation about the Illinois Democrat’s mystery medical ordeal, considering the statement gave few details. The release, sent out by the lawmaker’s spokesman, did not identify his doctor’s name nor the facility at which he is being treated. The statement read: “Information regarding the Congressman’s treatment is protected by federal law under the privacy provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. mystery deepens (attempted suicide?)

    07/10/2012 4:51:19 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | July 10, 2012 | JOHN BRESNAHAN and JAKE SHERMAN
    The mystery surrounding Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., deepened on Tuesday as speculation swirled around the Illinois Democrat’s health and political future. Democratic sources say Jackson — who has not been on Capitol Hill since June 10 — may not return to the House until after the August congressional recess. Jackson’s office said in a June 26 statement that the lawmaker was suffering from exhaustion and would take a “medical leave of absence” to receive treatment for the condition. No date has been given for Jackson’s return, and Democratic lawmakers and aides now believe it could last weeks or even...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. takes medical leave of absence

    06/25/2012 6:13:09 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 46 replies
    AP ^ | 6-25-12 | SOPHIA TAREEN
    CHICAGO—U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who defeated a primary challenge this year despite being the target of a House ethics investigation, has been on a medical leave for two weeks and is being treated for exhaustion, his office announced Monday. In a three-sentence news release, Jackson's office disclosed that the Democrat went on leave June 10 but did not provide further details, including how long he would be away. In the release, he asked that his family's privacy be respected.
  • Pepsi 'attacked with firebombs -- refused to pay protection money to Mexican drug cartel'

    05/28/2012 7:09:53 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 11 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 5/28/12 | Staff
    A drug cartel lieutenant has been arrested over a series of firebomb attacks on Mexican potato-chip company Sabritas, a subsidiary of U.S. food giant PepsiCo. The gang-related bombings are believed to be the first time a multinational company has been targeted in Mexico's 5½-year-long drug war. Experts suggested that the attack may be linked to the company's apparent refusal to hand over protection money to the gangs which have terrorised local residents and businesses.
  • Taxpayers Subsidize Forbes 'Green' Billionaires' Schemes

    05/15/2012 12:17:40 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | May 15, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    The three top U.S. tycoons on Forbes’s “Green” billionaires list have received billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies for their clean technology companies, after they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars for political campaigns and lobbying. Two of the moguls, Elon Musk and Vinod Khosla (in photo), are technology pioneers based in California with net worths of $2 billion and $1.3 billion, respectively. The third, Christy Walton, is the widow of the late John Walton who was an heir to the Walmart fortune. Forbes says she is “the world’s richest woman” is worth $24.8 billion. Significant percentages of Musk’s...
  • PJ Exclusive: The Obama/Holder Justice Department’s Ticket to Corruption

    05/07/2012 10:40:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | May 7, 2012 | Bryan Preston
    Gambling figures prominently in this story, but this isn’t a story about gambling. It’s a story about an administration misusing its power to benefit its friends. It’s a story about the corrupt purchase of our government. For half a century, Democratic and Republican administrations have interpreted the Wire Act, passed in 1961, as prohibiting the sale of lottery tickets by phone or wire, and in more recent years over the Internet. That changed on Christmas 2011, when the Obama/Holder Department of Justice reinterpreted the Wire Act. The DOJ ruled that the Wire Act allows lotteries to sell tickets online....
  • Sens. Grassley, Thune Want Answers on Fisker Loan

    05/02/2012 11:29:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | May 2, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    Why are taxpayers forced to underwrite a loan for the producer of a $107,000 toy vehicle for the wealthy, the majority of which is assembled at a European auto plant? Two weeks ago Republican Sens. Charles Grassley of Iowa and John Thune of South Dakota askedEnergy Secretary Steven Chu those and some other pointed questions about his department’s decisions, in granting a $529 million taxpayer loan guarantee to Fisker Automotive, a luxury electric car manufacturer. The politically connected automaker has stumbled a number of times in delivering its six-figure Karma to market, with two recalls related to battery defects,...
  • Taxpayers Reward Executives for Failure as Green Jobs are Slashed

    04/19/2012 4:03:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | April 19, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    First Solar , the beneficiary of at least $3 billion in Department of Energy loan guarantees, paid its former CEO $32 million over two years as he stewarded its stock price from $143 to below $100. Today it sells for less than $21-per-share, hitting a 52-week low last week, and yesterday the company announced it would slash global payroll by 2,000 workers in Malaysia, Europe and the U.S. The Arizona Republic reported Thursday that Rob Gillette, who was terminated as CEO in October, received $16.55 million during the first three months of employment in 2009 (October to December), and...
  • White House Opens Door to Big Donors, and Lobbyists Slip In [Special Interests: Pay To Play!]

    04/15/2012 1:01:36 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 14, 2012 | MIKE McINTIRE and MICHAEL LUO
    White House Opens Door to Big Donors, and Lobbyists Slip In MIKE McINTIRE and MICHAEL LUO April 14, 2012 Last May, as a battle was heating up between Internet companies and Hollywood over how to stop online piracy, a top entertainment industry lobbyist landed a meeting at the White House with one of President Obama’s technology advisers. Dwight and Antoinette C. Bush in 2010. Ms. Bush visits the White House frequently. The lobbyist did not get there by himself. He was accompanied by Antoinette C. Bush, a well-connected Washington lawyer who has represented companies like Viacom, Sony and News Corporation...
  • Fed Audit Confirms Govt. Corruption In Solyndra Deal

    04/05/2012 1:20:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 5, 2012
    The “serious concerns” of U.S. Treasury officials involving a risky $535 million infusion for a fly by night solar panel firm were ignored as the deal was fast-tracked by the Obama Administration, according to a federal audit released this week. Bankrolled by Obama fundraiser George Kaiser, the now-defunct northern California company (Solyndra) got more than half a billion dollars from the U.S. government to promote green energy. Instead, it abruptly folded last fall, stiffing American taxpayers and laying off more than 1,000 workers. From the start, it was a controversial deal that was suspiciously rushed through for a politically-connected...
  • More than half of Obama's 2008 big fundraisers have been given administration jobs

    03/09/2012 6:23:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 8, 2012 | Rick Moran
    <p>A promise not to hire lobbyists didn't even last 2 months. A promise for sweeping ethics reforms has been all hat no cattle.</p> <p>Big donors considering whether to work the phones raising money for President Obama's reelection campaign might consider the fate of his 2008 bundlers. Many of them, it turns out, won plum jobs in his administration.</p>
  • Taxpayer-Funded Abound Solar Had Previous Shutdown; Lobbyist Promoted Failed Projects

    03/07/2012 10:37:00 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | March 7, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    A Department of Energy-funded solar company that laid off 280 workers last week quietly imposed a mandatory, temporary cessation of its operations during the holidays, and warned employees to “not let the rumor mill create false purposes for this shut down.” And in another sign of potential financial troubles, a company document that is supposed to guide “the next great solar company” advises leadership to “stretch payables” to help attain its goals. The forced time off was discovered in an internal memorandum obtained by The Complete Colorado, a news digest Web site, which also revealed the planning document. Employees...
  • Can Taxpayer-Subsidized Battery Maker A123 Survive?

    03/06/2012 11:41:14 AM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | March 6, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    The taxpayer-funded ($279 million) battery supplier that gave big raises and parachutes to its executives shortly after it cut “Green jobs” at its Michigan factories, reported last week it would suffer big losses again for 2011. A123 Systems , whose fortunes were entwined with those of electric vehicle startup manufacturer Fisker Automotive, also announced it would look to China and India in order to survive. A123 also received grants and tax credits from Michigan that could total more than $135 million. The company said it would realize a loss of $257.7 million for last year, compared to the $152.6...
  • Surprise! Another DOE Solar 'Bet' Produces Green Job Losses

    03/01/2012 10:47:35 AM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies · 1+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | March 1, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    Yet another solar company that received loan guarantees from the Department of Energy has dismissed factory workers, lopping off 70 percent of its U.S. employees. Loveland, Colo.-based Abound Solar announced Tuesday it would lay off 280 workers at its production plant near Longmont, leaving 120 still employed. The start-up (2009) company attributed the cutbacks to the need for upgrades at the plant to manufacture more efficient solar panels, with plans to restore production levels and rehire most employees within six to nine months. “Hopefully at the end of that time period we will bring people back,” said Steve Abely,...
  • 16 Members of Congress Funneled Millions to Their Relatives, Employers, Study Finds

    02/13/2012 5:53:49 PM PST · by STARWISE · 70 replies
    Big Government ^ | 2-13-12 | Wynton Hall
    n his New York Times bestselling book, Throw Them All Out, Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer revealed how members of Congress enrich themselves and their relatives using earmarks and insider information. Now, the Washington Post, following in Schweizer’s footsteps, has conducted a study that found 16 members of Congress have used their power of the purse to benefit companies, colleges, and community groups tied to their relatives. *snip* Among those cited in the Washington Post report were the following (below):
  • What’s Behind Eastwood’s Super Bowl Ad?

    02/07/2012 9:57:32 AM PST · by jazusamo · 42 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | February 6, 2012 | Mark Modica
    It is mostly unanimous that Clint Eastwood's Super Bowl ad appearance was a stirring and emotional tribute to America and Detroit. The ad was heartfelt, despite the fact that bailed out Italian-owned auto company, Chrysler, paid for it. Unless NBC offered some significant discounts to their ad rates, the ad cost Chrysler about $14 million. Considering the political nature of the ad and the fact that Chrysler vehicles were not touted in the ad, I must ask the cynical question; what's in it for Italian-owned Chrysler? Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne, is a pretty smart guy. I don't think he...
  • What the White House Really Knew About the Stimulus

    01/24/2012 5:50:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 24, 2012
    Blame Game: News reports about a December 2008 White House stimulus memo claim it proves the stimulus was too small. What it really does is expose how Obama has misled the country about his economic policies. The memo, written by Larry Summers — President Obama's top economic adviser at the time — shortly after the election, outlined the thinking of his economic team about the best size and make-up of a stimulus package. News reports about the memo, which came to light this week, have focused on Summers' warnings that the government could spend only so much money in any...
  • EDITORIAL: Obama’s crony capitalism

    01/26/2012 6:15:00 PM PST · by jazusamo · 1 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 26, 2012 | Editorial
    Friends of the president are given billions in government largessePresident Obama said in his State of the Union address that one of the American values that must be reclaimed is “an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, and everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.” For three years, he and his political allies have been undermining this vision. They see government as a means of rewarding their friends and punishing their enemies. For the Obama circle, rules apply only to other people. Obamacare is a growing burden to American businesses, but not...
  • Energy Dept. Makes More Bad Bets with Taxpayer Money

    01/13/2012 12:54:07 PM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 13, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    As the U.S. government Venture Capitalist-in-Chief (and President) Barack Obama and his Department of Energy investment guru (and Energy Secretary) Steven Chu pour other peoples’ money into their favorite “clean” technology schemes, private backers appear to be following them off the cliff, “as publicly traded battery makers watched their stocks tank and their businesses stumble,” according to a Dow Jones report late last month. According to a Dow Jones-owned industry tracker called VentureSource, private investors put $372.7 million into 14 battery deals over the first three quarters of 2011. Whether they would have transferred so much cash into the...