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  • Clinton donor's dealings and murky connections questioned by watchdog group (Kremlin ties?)

    06/19/2018 3:01:32 AM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | Perry Chiaramonte
    **SNIP** Fox News has learned that one of the top donors to the “Hillary Victory Fund” (HVF) in 2016 was a Los Angeles-based attorney who is alleged to have misused company funds to create his own $22 million real estate portfolio. He has also been considered by California to be one of the state's biggest tax cheats, and allegedly has ties to the Kremlin. The donor, Edgar Sargsyan, contributed $250,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund in 2016, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings, ands chaired a $100,000-a-couple Clinton fundraiser in Beverly Hills in September 2016. He is also being...
  • Media watchdogs fret over seizing of reporter records in US probe

    06/08/2018 8:23:20 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 26 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 6/8/2018
    Washington (AFP) - Media watchdog groups expressed alarm Friday over the seizing of a journalist's records as part of a probe into intelligence leaks resulting in the indictment of a congressional staffer. The Justice Department late Thursday announced the indictment of James Wolfe, 58, on three counts of making false statements about his contacts with three reporters. As part of the probe, the Justice Department seized years of records related to two email accounts and a phone number belonging to New York Times reporter Ali Watkins, the newspaper reported. The seizing of records raises constitutional concerns about press freedom, activists...
  • Canada's government has trouble detecting citizenship fraud: watchdog

    05/03/2016 12:18:32 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 5 replies
    reuters ^ | 5/3/16
    Canada's government is doing a bad job of weeding out fraudulent citizenship applications and this means ineligible people can obtain Canadian passports, the country's top watchdog said on Tuesday. The findings could alarm U.S. critics already worried by what they say are the security risks posed by the new Liberal government's decision to quickly accept 25,000 Syrian refugees after taking power last November. Auditor General Michael Ferguson said in a report he had discovered a series of problems in the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRC) department, which is responsible for making sure only eligible people can become Canadian nationals. "We...
  • Watchdog names Clinton most corrupt politician of 2015

    12/24/2015 4:32:13 AM PST · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Personal Liberty ^ | 12/22/15 | Sam Rolley
    **SNIP** The watchdog says Clinton has displayed similarly corrupt behavior on the campaign trail. The group has asked the IRS to investigate whether Clinton violated State Department rules when her family foundation made payments of nearly $350,000 to her failed 2008 campaign to rent Clinton's email list after she failed to secure the Democratic nomination. At the time of the transactions, Clinton's State Department position prohibited her from doing certain types of fundraising on behalf of the campaign. FACT is also requesting the Federal Elections Commission investigate the current Clinton campaign after it received an email list of 4 million...
  • Malkin: Stop Obama's War On Watchdogs

    10/20/2015 6:31:49 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 21, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    In the sadistic era of fraudulent Hope and Change, inspectors general inside the federal government have been kicked, neutered and starved of the authority and information they need to do their jobs. It's transparently clear: President Obama loathes and fears independent watchdogs. Accountability is an empty talking point without whistleblower protection and investigative autonomy. That is why Capitol Hill must do everything in its power to stop the White House war on the public's ombudsmen. Federal inspector generals across dozens of agencies are begging lawmakers to grant them access to public records as guaranteed by the 1978 Inspector General Act....
  • Watchdog: FAA 8 years away from pilot database (started five years ago)

    08/26/2015 4:38:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Bayou Buzz ^ | 8/24/15
    Washington (CNN)The Federal Aviation Administration has delayed creating a critical database, which Congress mandated, to help keep track and weed out poorly trained pilots.
  • Government's Wasteful Spending, from the Forest to the Trees

    08/22/2015 5:59:19 PM PDT · by jfd1776
    Illinois Review ^ | August 22, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Reflections on the release of the HUD watchdog's report on wasteful public housing assistance... The watchdog for the Department of Housing and Urban Development released a report. Some 25,000 families, only about 3% of the system, depending on how you look at it, receive federal housing assistance despite having earnings well above the income limits required to qualify for such subsidies. Major publications on both sides of the argument – such as the Daily Caller on the right and the Washington Post on the left – immediately seized on the issue and rightly blasted it. How dare the government provide...
  • Half of EPA office's passports are missing IG finds

    05/03/2014 9:26:28 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 5-1-14 | KellyCohen
    Link only. This is a problem with my personal computer, but the link will take you to the story.
  • Former Pentagon watchdog: Obama administration littered with deceit

    03/10/2014 9:15:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    watchdog.org ^ | 3/10/14 | M.D. Kittle
    Yes, government waste, fraud and abuse are the triplet children of incompetence, greed and unbridled ambition. But these sins of public trust begin and end with dishonesty. And Joseph E. Schmitz has seen a lot of lying by the government to taxpayers in his lengthy legal career. Schmitz, who served as inspector general of the U.S. Department of Defense from 2002-05, in an interview with Watchdog.org said, “no political party has a monopoly on waste, fraud and abuse and corruption.” But he said he has seen some troubling patterns of deceit in the Obama administration. Exhibit A, according to the...
  • Al Sharpton, ‘PoliticsNation’ Advertisers Targeted in New Boycott

    10/07/2013 4:36:14 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 14 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10/7/2013 | David Freedlander
    A new group bent on unmasking ‘leftists in the media’ has its first target—MSNBC’s ‘racial extortionist,’ the Rev. Al Sharpton. David Freedlander talks with the leader of the right’s answer to Media Matters. A group of conservative activists, tired of what they see as a persistent and little remarked liberal bias in the news media, are set to begin a series of boycotts aimed at advertisers who sponsor what they see as left-wing networks, outlets, and journalists. On Sunday they announced their first target, the Rev. Al Sharpton, the civil-rights leader turned MSNBC talk-show host whose PoliticsNation has grown in...
  • The EPA Is A Wood Stove Watchdog

    10/03/2013 7:05:49 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 24 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 10/02/2013 | Ryan Campbell
    With the Government shut down going on and winter approaching, we were wondering who was going to protect us from woodstove smoke now? With less than 7% of EPA employees deemed essential, roughly 15,000 EPA employees are sitting at home during the furlough. This means that highly important jobs like regulating your wood burning stove smoke and dust emissions will go undone. If you own a wood burning stove, you may or may not know that the EPA deems any stove built before 1990 as being inefficient. According to the EPA website, older stoves waste firewood and pollute the...
  • IRS Watchdog: $67 Million Missing from Obamacare Slush Fund

    09/25/2013 4:20:16 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 7 replies
    Americans For Tax Reform ^ | 9-25-13 | John Kartch and Ryan Ellis
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The IRS is unable to account for $67 million spent from a slush fund established for Obamacare implementation, according to a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report released today. The “Health Insurance Reform Implementation Fund” (HIRIF) was tucked into Obamacare in order to give the IRS money to enforce the tax provisions of the healthcare law. The fund, totaling some $1 billion of taxpayer money, was used to roll out enforcement mechanisms for the approximately 50 tax provisions of Obamacare. According to the report: “Specifically, the IRS did not account for or attempt to quantify...
  • Obama meets with privacy watchdog panel … in private

    06/21/2013 3:37:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 6/21/13 | Ben Wolfgang
    President Obama’s Friday meeting with a newly reformed privacy watchdog panel will take place behind the closed doors of the White House Situation Room, according to administration officials. It’s the president’s first sit-down with the recently constituted and little-known Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, created nearly a decade ago but dormant for the entirety of the Obama presidency. The White House released few details on the meeting agenda other than to say it will be held at 3 p.m. and will include the discussion of classified information such as the National Security Agency’s data and telephone record collection efforts,...
  • Watchdog: IRS agents would not say who ordered targeting program

    06/03/2013 5:26:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    Fox ^ | 6/3/13 | Fox
    The watchdog who exposed the IRS' targeting of conservative groups testified Monday that nobody in the Ohio office being blamed for the scandal would tell his investigators who directed the program, as the new IRS chief vowed to "get to the bottom" of that growing question. Nearly a month after the scandal broke, the issue of who directed agents in Cincinnati to single out Tea Party and other groups is perhaps the most glaring unanswered question. Inspector General J. Russell George, at a House appropriations subcommittee hearing, revealed Monday that his audit of the agency tried -- unsuccessfully -- to...
  • Acting With Impunity, Watchdog group seeks answers to questions around Secretary Sebelius’s

    04/12/2013 2:45:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/13/13 | Andrew Evans
    A government watchdog group is seeking clarity into how an election regulation is enforced on government employees. Cause of Action sent a letter to several federal agencies on Monday asking how the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in partisan campaign activity in their official capacity, applies to the subordinate who supported Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius when she violated the law last year. Sebelius broke the Hatch Act last year when she endorsed President Barack Obama and another Democratic candidate while speaking to a gay rights group in North Carolina in her...
  • Watchdog Alleges Google Leaked Personal Data To App Developers

    02/25/2013 6:54:44 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | February 25, 2013 3:17 PM | Vytas Safronikas
    SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — A consumer advocate group on Monday urged California Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate whether alleged privacy violations by Google were in violation of state law. KNX 1070′s Vytas Safronikas reports Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog said federal regulators must also take action to prevent the search engine from sharing personal data with mobile application developers. The allegations stem from whether Google violated the so-called “Buzz Consent Order” with the Federal Trade Commission by sending personal information to app developers about each user who purchased an app from Google — without obtaining the user’s permission. Personal information...
  • Republicans pledge to block Obama consumer finance pick

    02/02/2013 9:18:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Feb 1, 2013 5:02pm EST | Emily Stephenson
    Senate Republicans on Friday pledged to block President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the consumer finance watchdog until Democrats agree to restructure it, ramping up an expected fight this year over the controversial new bureau. The group of 43 Republicans, led by minority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Mike Crapo, an Idaho senator who is the top Republican on the banking committee, said the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau lacks congressional oversight. Last week, Obama re-nominated Richard Cordray to lead the bureau. Cordray received a temporary appointment as director last year, but his position expires at the end of 2013....
  • Group: Human Rights Watch Again Lying About Israel

    12/20/2012 12:59:18 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/12/12 | David Lev
    NGO Monitor, which studies the treatment of Israel by supposedly non-affiliated and apolitical volunteer and civic groups, has accused Human Rights Watch (HRW) of once again leveling false charges against Israel. According to NGO Monitor, HRW accused Israel of attacking “journalists” in Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense, but the charge “is false both legally and factually, and the timing of this release appears to be a cynical attempt to divert attention from many scandals currently plaguing the organization,” NGO Monitor said. "This is yet another example of HRW's systematic lack of credibility and its biased approach to Israel," said...
  • Watchdog who exonerated Obama on energy loans now an Obama donor

    08/23/2012 8:48:57 AM PDT · by Baynative · 8 replies
    Fox ^ | August 23, 2012 | AP
    WASHINGTON – A veteran Wall Street executive who performed an independent review that exonerated the Obama administration's program of loans to energy companies contributed $52,500 to re-elect President Barack Obama in the months since completing his work, according to an Associated Press review of campaign records. The executive defended the integrity of his conclusions and said he decided to donate to Obama after his work was finished. The campaign contributions to Obama started just weeks after Herbert M. Allison Jr., in congressional testimony in March, minimized concerns that the Energy Department was at high risk in more than $23 billion...
  • Activity at Iran military site: watchdog

    03/05/2012 3:34:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    news24 ^ | 3/5/12 | AFP
    Vienna - The UN atomic agency chief said on Monday he had information of "activities" at Iran's Parchin military complex, which made a trip there by inspectors probing suspected weapons work all the more important. "We are aware of some activities at Parchin... and this makes us believe that going there sooner is better than going there later," Yukiya Amano told reporters at International Atomic Energy Agency headquarters in Vienna. The Iaea said in a major report in November that it believed Iran had carried out high-explosives tests in a bus-sized metal container at Parchin near Tehran that it suspected...