Democrats Behaving Badly

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Post by RTH10260 » Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:12 am

I bet the state will not collect much but VPN operators will be the winners.



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Post by Somerset » Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:16 am

RTH10260 wrote:
Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:12 am
I bet the state will not collect much but VPN operators will be the winners.
I was thinking exactly the same thing :)

(Having just renewed my Express VPN account)



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Post by Addie » Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:39 pm

NBC New York
Top De Blasio Aide Arrested on Gun Charges in Queens

A high-level deputy director in Mayor de Blasio’s Office of Criminal Justice was arrested on gun charges this weekend, police say.

Reagan Stevens, the deputy director of Youth and Strategic Initiatives, was charged along with two men after officers found the trio in a vehicle with a loaded handgun late Saturday night, according to police.

Officers were responding to ShotSpotter, the NYPD's bullet-detection system, near the corner of 177th Street and 106th Avenue in Jamaica when police say they found the “suspicious” vehicle double-parked nearby.

The officers found the loaded 9mm handgun in a glove compartment, according to police, who said the weapon holds an eight-round clip but that only three rounds were remaining. Police said it wasn’t immediately clear if the gun had been recently fired.


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Post by Maybenaut » Tue May 08, 2018 12:55 am

Oh, for crying out loud. Schneiderman’s out.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/pos ... da1f2c592f


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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Tue May 08, 2018 12:57 am

We've got the disgrace that is Eric Schneiderman spread over 5 or 6 threads.

He deserves the obloquy, but we should probably just have all of this in one thread.



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Post by Maybenaut » Tue May 08, 2018 1:25 am

Sterngard Friegen wrote:
Tue May 08, 2018 12:57 am
We've got the disgrace that is Eric Schneiderman spread over 5 or 6 threads.

He deserves the obloquy, but we should probably just have all of this in one thread.
Sorry. I don’t read all the threads. :bag:


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Post by Jcolvin2 » Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:30 pm

Family member of Alison Lundergan Grimes, who faced Mitch McConnell in the 2014 Knetucky Senate election, indicted for using corporate funds to make contributions to a campaign and then concealing the contributions from the FEC.

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/two-indi ... e-campaign
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, August 31, 2018

Two Indicted for Making Corporate Contributions to U.S. Senate Campaign

The former president of a Kentucky-based corporation and a political consultant were both indicted today for using corporate funds to make contributions to the campaign of a candidate for U.S. Senate and for causing the concealment of these contributions from the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

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A federal grand jury in Lexington returned an indictment charging Gerald G. Lundergan, 71, of Lexington, Kentucky, with one count of conspiracy, one count of making corporate campaign contributions, four counts of causing the submission of false statements to the FEC, and four counts of causing the falsification of documents with the intent to obstruct and impede a matter within the FEC’s jurisdiction. The indictment also charges Dale C. Emmons, 66, of Richmond, Kentucky, with one count of conspiracy, one count of making corporate campaign contributions, two counts of causing the submission of false statements, and two counts of causing the falsification of documents with the intent to obstruct and impede.

The indictment alleges that Lundergan used the funds of S.R. Holding Company Inc. (“S.R. Holding”), a company he owned, to pay for services provided by consultants and vendors to a campaign for U.S. Senate in the 2014 election cycle. The candidate for this seat was Lundergan’s family member. The indictment alleges that Lundergan and another S.R. Holding employee issued a number of payments from S.R. Holding funds for services that included audio-video production, lighting, recorded telephone calls, and campaign consulting between July 2013 and December 2015. The payments referenced in the indictment allegedly totaled $194,270.39 over time.

According to the indictment, these payments included $119,145.45 paid from S.R. Holding to Emmons and his company during this period for services to the campaign. Emmons also used the funds of his corporation, Emmons & Company Inc., to pay other vendors and a campaign worker for services rendered to the campaign. Over time, according to the indictment, Emmons paid $38,603.80 to these vendors for recorded telephone calls, technological support services, and other campaign-related expenses.

The indictment alleges that Lundergan and Emmons concealed these activities from other officials associated with the campaign. Their concealments allegedly caused the campaign unwittingly to file false reports with the FEC, in that the reports failed to disclose the source and amount of the corporate contributions.

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Post by RTH10260 » Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:50 pm

Texas House member wins re-election from a jail cell

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A re-election celebration is underway in Pod 2 of the Montgomery County Jail after inmate number 232573 claimed victory in Texas House District 27. That inmate is known as Rep. Ron Reynolds, D-Missouri City, to the people on the outside.

Reynolds was unopposed in the race for District 27 and the latest vote totals show Reynolds garnered 47,305 votes in Tuesday's election.

Reynolds was booked into the county jail on Sept. 7. He's serving a year-long sentence after a 2015 conviction on five misdemeanor counts of using a middleman to chase ambulances in order to solicit clients for Reynolds’ law firm.

After the 2015 conviction, a county judge handed down the jail sentence to the sitting lawmaker, but Reynolds spent the last three years appealing the conviction. Reynolds’ law license was suspended on May 2, 2016.

Since the convictions were misdemeanors, Reynolds did not have to resign from office. Unless Reynolds' sentence is reduced, he will likely be sitting in a jail cell when the legislature reconvenes in January 2019. Reynolds could miss the entire first year of the 86th legislative session if he's not freed before Sept. 7, 2019.


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:20 pm

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/11 ... panic.html
According to the New York Times, Facebook knew about Russian election interference earlier (and in more detail) than Mark Zuckerberg has let on, but rather than sound an alarm the company went as far as enlisting a Republican opposition-research firm to cast protesters as puppets of George Soros. The revelations come among growing calls to regulate the social-media giant — is this the end of Facebook as we know it?


Facebook has managed to infuriate both Democrats and Republicans in Washington. Employee morale is crumbling along with its stock price. The company is now likely to be reshaped by both market forces and government regulation. But that’s not what interests me most about this extraordinary piece of Times investigative reporting. Equally important is the story the paper tells of how powerful liberal Democrats, one at the pinnacle of Facebook (Sheryl Sandberg) and another at the pinnacle of the Senate (Chuck Schumer), shielded the company from critics to preserve its fat bottom line. And in the process proved to be useful idiots for the Russians. Had Sandberg and Schumer not protected Facebook, it would have been harder for Russians to manipulate the 2016 election with impunity on its platform, and the presidential candidate Sandberg and Schumer supported, Hillary Clinton, conceivably might have averted narrow defeat.

It was Sandberg, who served under the Treasury Secretary Larry Summers in Bill Clinton’s administration and was a strong Hillary supporter, who hired the Republican lobbyist Joel Kaplan, the key figure in covering up the extent of Russian meddling at Facebook for a full year. (Kaplan is most recently notorious for being caught on camera lending prominent support to Brett Kavanaugh as he denied Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary committee.) And it was Sandberg who looked the other way as other Republican operatives hired by Facebook targeted Soros, falsely portraying him as a prime mover in an anti-Facebook cabal. This Facebook-generated libel inexorably contributed to the proliferation of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about Soros that would boil over in the final weeks of the 2018 campaign and arguably cost Democrats some votes in this year’s election as well. Sadly, it turns out that powerful Jewish executives like Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg offer no more protection against dark anti-Semitic corporate tactics at Facebook than Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump do against anti-Semitic political tactics at the White House.

As for Schumer, his water-carrying for Facebook, as documented by the Times, is mortifying: He even tried to shut down a fellow Democratic senator, Mark Warner, who dared question the company. (It will surprise no one that Facebook’s employees contribute more to Schumer, the Democrats’ Senate leader, than any other member of Congress.) It’s a cruel irony, I guess, that prominent Clinton supporters like Sandberg and Schumer in the end contributed to Trump’s victory by allowing Russian interference to play out unchecked at Facebook for much of 2016. But it is not a fresh irony. As I wrote in my New York piece on Trump and Roy Cohn this spring, “From the mid-1970s to the turn of the century, well before Trump debuted on The Apprentice or flirted more than glancingly with politics, he gained power and consolidated it with the help of allies among the elites of New York’s often nominally Democratic and liberal Establishment — some of them literally the same allies who boosted Cohn.” Those powerful Democrats’ priority, I posited, “was raw personal power that could be leveraged for their own enrichment, privilege, and celebrity.” And so the story of Sandberg, Schumer, Facebook, and Trump’s 2016 victory, as told by the Times, is yet another chapter in that same sordid narrative.


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Post by Addie » Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:55 pm

NJ.com: FBI raids home of Atlantic City mayor



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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:03 pm

Addie wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:55 pm
NJ.com: FBI raids home of Atlantic City mayor
followup
The FBI raided the Atlantic City mayor’s home. Here’s what the feds have been asking about over the last 10 months.
Updated 1:02 AM; Posted Dec 3, 10:00 PM
By Claude Brodesser-Akner | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

The FBI has been asking questions about embattled Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam involving allegations of financial improprieties since early this year, several sources with direct knowledge told NJ Advance Media.

Two of those sources said they were interviewed on two occasions , most recently in late summer, about financial improprieties, including the mayor’s alleged mishandling of a $10,000 campaign check, despite the fact he was cleared of wrongdoing by a Superior Court judge earlier this year. The sources requested anonymity because they said they feared it would compromise any federal inquiry and because of concerns about potential reprisal.


https://www.nj.com/news/2018/12/the-fbi ... onths.html



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Post by RoadScholar » Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:55 am

A mayor of Atlantic City involved in financial improprieties? Say it ain’t so. 8-)


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Post by DejaMoo » Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:54 am

Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:20 pm
https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/11 ... panic.html
As I wrote in my New York piece on Trump and Roy Cohn this spring, “From the mid-1970s to the turn of the century, well before Trump debuted on The Apprentice or flirted more than glancingly with politics, he gained power and consolidated it with the help of allies among the elites of New York’s often nominally Democratic and liberal Establishment — some of them literally the same allies who boosted Cohn.” Those powerful Democrats’ priority, I posited, “was raw personal power that could be leveraged for their own enrichment, privilege, and celebrity.” And so the story of Sandberg, Schumer, Facebook, and Trump’s 2016 victory, as told by the Times, is yet another chapter in that same sordid narrative.
For a better understanding of this, read Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone. In his youth, Wenner was a preppy suck-up to the rich and famous. He determined that starting a magazine based on the counterculture would enable him to gain access to the famous - and it eventually made him rich and famous, in the process. Over time, his ostensible liberal views were compromised by his overarching desire to hobnob with people who had big money and big names. Everything was negotiable and disposable in pursuit of that goal. His politics and principles were simply another means to this end.

Another example can be read here: How a Liberal Couple Became Two of N.Y.’s Biggest Trump Supporters. Social climbing again, this time by a gay couple with money, whose politics were purely situational. Their excuse for embracing Trump (since they won't come right out and say they want invitations to Mar-A-Lago): Chelsea Clinton snubbed them at a bar once. And that did it for them: they turned to Trump.

Later in the article, you discover that one of this couple was always a Republican, but he'd become an ostensible Democrat when the Democrats were in the ascendancy.

These types are not motivated by political principles, but by their endless pursuit of status and connections.

We see it across the socio-economic spectrum, in the well-known political adage that people don't want to associate with losers. People will support the party in the political ascendancy because they're winners. Sounds dumb, but politics is part of one's identity, so for many, to feel like a winner, they need to be on the winning side.



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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:31 am

Thanks, Deja!


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:51 am

https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/ ... y-9-counts
Campaign Aide to Rep. Robert Brady Found Guilty on 9 Counts

Smukler, 57, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, two counts of causing unlawful campaign contributions, one count of causing false campaign expenditure reports, two counts of causing false statements, two counts of making contributions in the name of another, and one count of obstruction. He was acquitted on two charges related to making false statements to the FEC.

The conviction is related to Brady’s run in the the 2012 Democratic primary election for Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District, in which he ran against former Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Jimmie Moore. Federal prosecutors say that Smukler orchestrated a scheme in which the Brady campaign made an illegal $90,000 donation to Moore to get him to drop out of the race. Smukler arranged for the Moore campaign to receive the money.

The next election cycle also included deception by Smukler. When his candidate, former Rep. Marjorie Margolies, lost the primary election, there were not sufficient campaign funds to repay donors who contributed for the general election. (Margolies is the mother-in-law of Chelsea Clinton.) Smuckler funneled illegal contributions totaling $150,000 from an associate to the campaign through his consulting companies, according to federal prosecutors.


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Former Trump lawyer, Chicago alderman charged with attempted extortion
BY JOHN BOWDEN - 01/03/19 02:44 PM EST

Chicago Alderman Ed Burke (D), whose law firm formerly worked for the Trump Organization in the city, was charged with attempted extortion Thursday for reportedly attempting to use his city council position to solicit business to the firm.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Burke allegedly tried to persuade a fast-food company to become a client of his firm after the company sought Burke's support for a remodeling project in the city. Evidence against the 50-year veteran of the Chicago city council include wiretapped cell phone conversations, according to the newspaper.

His firm, Klafter and Burke, worked for President Trump for years in Chicago, where the firm performed property tax appeal work that the Sun-Times reported last year saved the Trump Organization more than $14 million in taxes over a decade.

Burke has denied any wrongdoing surrounding his law firm or city council office, and told the Sun-Times last year that investigators would find nothing "amiss" in his business dealings.



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RoadScholar wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:55 am
A mayor of Atlantic City involved in financial improprieties? Say it ain’t so. 8-)
Shocking, I know, almost like a Chicago Alderman being arrested for extortion. Just shocking I says!!! :rotflmao:


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Post by Addie » Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:58 am

NBC News: Second man found dead in California home of Democratic donor Ed Buck

Sheriff's investigators say they're also reviewing the earlier death in July 2017, when a young man's meth overdose was ruled an accident.



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Post by DejaMoo » Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:11 am

Addie wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:58 am
NBC News: Second man found dead in California home of Democratic donor Ed Buck

Sheriff's investigators say they're also reviewing the earlier death in July 2017, when a young man's meth overdose was ruled an accident.
You know, this characterization of this guy as a "Democratic donor" is coming from the right-wing conspiracy machine. By describing him as such, they're implying he's a big-time donor and thus has a lot of clout in political circles, and thus fostering the guilt-by-association thing they have with Democrats.

The reality is, the guy has donated less than $30,000 to politicians. Opensecrets.org lists the top 100 political donors. The top donor has donated over $123 million, and number 100 has donated over $1.6 million. Now that's political clout. $30K? - imagine how very far down the list that contribution would rank.

According to a person on another forum who lives in the neighborhood, the apartment building and neighborhood is fairly middling, and not anywhere near what the uber-wealthy and influential would inhabit.

So - sounds like he's got enough money to live comfortably on, and to engage in a certain amount of political activism with, but not that politics is his primary occupation or pastime.

(And I'm not special pleading. I'm just saying that I've got relatives who donate almost as much as he has to politicians, and they're nobodies. Well-off nobodies, but nobodies just the same.)



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