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  • Pence: ‘I Believe the Time Has Come for a 21st Century Berlin Airlift’ for Ukraine

    03/16/2022 12:12:02 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 147 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/16/2022 | Jeff poor
    Former Vice President Mike Pence insisted the United States should do more for Ukraine as it is in the throes of an invasion from Russia Wednesday during an interview with FNC’s “America’s Newsroom.” Pence argued for a “21st century Berlin airlift” as a response to the humanitarian crisis spurred by the Russian invasion.
  • Dual national charged with acting as illegal Russian agent in U.S. ‘corresponded with Putin himself,’ prosecutors say

    03/08/2022 3:01:20 PM PST · by McGruff · 17 replies
    Breaking 911 ^ | March 8, 2022
    Elena Branson, a dual Russian and U.S. citizen, has been charged with acting and conspiring to act in the United States illegally as an agent of the Russian government, willfully failing to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (“FARA”), as well as conspiring to commit visa fraud and making false statements to the FBI. As alleged, beginning in at least 2011, Branson worked on behalf of the Russian government and Russian officials to advance Russian interests in the United States, including by coordinating meetings for Russian officials to lobby U.S. political officials and businesspersons, and by operating organizations in...
  • Political Donor Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Lobbying and Campaign Contribution Crimes, Tax Evasion, and Obstruction of Justice

    02/18/2021 6:29:48 PM PST · by ransomnote · 15 replies ^ | February 18, 2021 | Department of Justice
    A venture capitalist and political fundraiser was sentenced today to 144 months in federal prison for falsifying records to conceal his work as a foreign agent while lobbying high-level U.S. government officials, evading the payment of millions of dollars in taxes, making illegal campaign contributions, and obstructing a federal investigation into the source of donations to a presidential inauguration committee.Imaad Shah Zuberi, 50, of Arcadia, California, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips, who also ordered him to pay $15,705,080 in restitution and a criminal fine of $1.75 million.In November 2019, Zuberi pleaded guilty to a three-count information...
  • Western Springs And Hinsdale End Rift On Bridge

    12/07/2020 3:29:09 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    Western Springs, IL Patch ^ | November 25, 2020 | David Giuliani
    WESTERN SPRINGS, IL — Western Springs and Hinsdale appeared to have found agreement on the style of the new pedestrian bridge over Interstate 294. This week, the Western Springs Village Board received more detailed numbers on the village's cost of maintenance for the bridge, which would be next to 47th Street. Western Springs was told a couple of months ago that its costs would amount up to $250,000 in 25 years to repaint the entire bridge with a painted finish, plus $60,000 for picket-style fencing. But Illinois Tollway official Nicole Nutter told the Western Springs Village Board on Monday that...
  • Jeb: why #broadband access for everyone is so important for the future of our country.

    11/02/2020 9:46:21 AM PST · by conservative98 · 37 replies
    Jeb Bush Twitter ^ | 11/2/30 | Jeb Bush
    Thanks, @pescami and @SlateGist, for the great convo on why #broadband access for everyone is so important for the future of our country. Listen at link below— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) November 2, 2020
  • Prince Andrew Sought Washington Lobbyist to Help With Epstein Case

    07/05/2020 12:15:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/05/20 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    WASHINGTON - Prince Andrew’s lawyers had discussions with a Washington lobbyist with ties to the Trump administration about the possibility of assisting the prince with fallout from his relationship with the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. Lawyers from the London-based firm Blackfords consulted the lobbyist, Robert Stryk, who represents international figures with sensitive legal or diplomatic issues, in recent weeks about Prince Andrew’s situation, according to a person familiar with the circumstances. Mr. Stryk has a history of taking on clients with unsavory reputations. But he expressed discomfort about the possibility of assisting Prince Andrew, and talks about the potential representation...
  • Report: At least 7 ex-Pelosi aides cashing in as coronavirus lobbyists

    05/27/2020 3:30:32 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/27/20 | Victor Morton
    Multiple former aides to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have cashed in on their connections by lobbying on coronavirus-related spending bills. According to a report Wednesday in the Washington Free Beacon, at least seven Pelosi aides are now on the other side of the revolving door of influence for such clients as Delta Airlines and Uber that have sought to cash in on the trillions of dollars of recovery spending sloshing around Washington this spring. “The former aides lobbied on policies related to the coronavirus pandemic for over 50 clients in the first quarter of 2020. Their firms received over $2...
  • LEAKED AUDIO: Kennedy Center President Deployed Lobbyist to Secure $25 Million in Coronavirus Stimulus, But Not a Cent for Workers

    03/31/2020 7:56:34 AM PDT · by bitt · 48 replies
    GATEWAY PUNDIT ^ | 3/30/2020 | Cassandra Fairbanks
    The Gateway Pundit has received audio of a video conference call between Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter, members of their human resources department, and 200 of their employees. The audio was first obtained by Jack Posobiec of One America News. As the Gateway Pundit previously reported, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts infamously received a controversial $25 million from Democrats in the coronavirus relief package — and just hours later they told their performers and employees that they will not be getting paychecks. During the leaked conference call, which took place on March 26, Rutter repeatedly makes...
  • Former FBI analyst admits snooping on anti-Mueller conspiracy theorist

    09/11/2019 6:05:18 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 28 replies
    washington post ^ | September 10 | Rachel Weiner
    A former analyst for the FBI admitted Tuesday to copying the private emails of a conservative conspiracy theorist and sharing them with his superiors while his wife offered them to the press. Mark Tolson, 60, pleaded guilty in federal court in Alexandria, Va., to one misdemeanor count of accessing without authorization the email account of lobbyist Jack Burkman. Burkman is identified in the court documents by the initials “J.B.” Tolson’s wife, Sarah Gilbert Fox, worked for Burkman from October 2017 to early summer 2018 and had access to his email, according to a statement of facts. Tolson learned in October...
  • Science institute that advised EU and UN 'actually industry lobby group'

    06/02/2019 8:37:02 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 6 replies ^ | June 2, 2019 | Arthur Nelsen
    An institute whose experts have occupied key positions on EU and UN regulatory panels is, in reality, an industry lobby group that masquerades as a scientific health charity, according to a peer-reviewed study. The Washington-based, International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), describes its mission as "pursuing objectivity, clarity and reproducibility, to benefit the public good.
  • Unbreaking America: A NEW Short Film about Solving the Corruption Crisis (12 minute video)

    03/24/2019 12:54:45 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 5 replies
    Find out how you can get involved at Our government is broken, and we have to fix it. RepresentUs board member Jennifer Lawrence and Director of RepresentUs Josh Silver, walks through three lines that show what's wrong with legal corruption in our government, how we fix it and what you can do about it. Jennifer Lawrence will be at Unrig Summit 2019 in Nashville March 29-31. Register now at Sources for video:
  • Firms Recruited by Paul Manafort Are Investigated Over Foreign Payments

    02/06/2019 8:01:11 AM PST · by Theoria · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 05 Feb 2019 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    Federal prosecutors in recent weeks have been interviewing witnesses about the flow of foreign money to three powerful law and lobbying firms that Paul Manafort recruited seven years ago to help improve the image of the Russia-aligned president of Ukraine, people familiar with the questioning said. The previously unreported interviews about the flow of the money are among the latest developments in the investigation of key figures who worked at the three firms — Mercury Public Affairs, the Podesta Group and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Prosecutors have focused on the role of Skadden Arps’s lead partner on the...
  • These 7 House Democrats met with Trump about the shutdown

    01/16/2019 12:08:07 PM PST · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | January 19, 2019 | Ashley Killough
    Democratic Reps. Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, Thomas Suozzi of New York, Vincente Gonzalez of Texas, Anthony Brindisi of New York, Dean Phillips of Minnesota, Max Rose of New York and Abigail Spanberger of Virginia attended the midday White House meeting in the Situation Room. The lawmakers are not part of Democratic leadership, which has been leading congressional negotiations, and are rank-and-file members mostly hailing from more moderate congressional districts...
  • Dems Boycott Gov’t Shutdown Luncheon With Trump While Puerto Rico Partying Rages On

    01/15/2019 6:42:26 PM PST · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 24 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | January 15, 3019 | Martha MacCullum
    Rep. Dan Crenshaw questioned Monday whether the trip to Puerto Rico by congressional Democrats was a good decision amid the deadlock on border security. About 30 lawmakers traveled to Puerto Rico -- with their families and lobbyists -- for a winter retreat over the weekend despite the partial government shutdown. "It sounds like they had a lot of fun. They've also been talking a lot about the plight that federal workers see themselves in," Crenshaw said on The Story. "They're not wrong about that, but if we're gonna talk about that then I don't know if these excursions to Puerto...
  • Thirty Democrat Lawmakers Vacation In PR While Federal Employees Remain Unpaid

    01/13/2019 2:02:19 PM PST · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 36 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | January 13, 2019 | Jim Hoft
    President Trump is working around the clock during the government shutdown trying to negotiate with Pelosi and Schumer to secure border wall funding. The Democrats however, are partying at a beach resort in Puerto Rico on day 22 of the government shutdown. The Democrats don’t care about the 800,000 federal workers who are currently not receiving a paycheck. Democrat Senator Bob Menendez was spotted hanging out with a bikini-clad “colleague” on the beach in Puerto Rico three weeks into the shutdown without a care in the world. The Hispanic Caucus of liberal Democrats is holding their retreat at a posh...
  • Lobbying by any other name? (Turkey)

    08/20/2018 4:25:25 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Ahwaz (Events) ^ | 2018-08-18 | Ilan Tahir
    Looking at the Washington Post’s August 15 op-ed warning that “the U.S. can’t afford to lose Turkey,” a casual reader might glance at the writer’s bio to find sparkling credentials – a former U.S. diplomat with long years of experience working on Turkish policy at respected think tanks. Yet among the crucial details that writer, former U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza, left off the bio was his employment by companies based in Turkey under the influence of the powerful ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). While this does not necessarily amount to a damning conflict of interest, Bryza’s article...
  • Meet the U.S. Officials Now in China’s Sphere of Influence

    07/23/2018 10:02:14 PM PDT · by The_Media_never_lie · 6 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 07.23.18 | BETHANY ALLEN-EBRAHIMIAN 07.23.18 4:58 AM ET
    As China’s wealth has grown, so has its sophistication at currying favor in Washington and among the American elite. Both the Chinese government and Chinese companies, often with close state ties, have retained lobbying and public-relations firms in the Beltway, in some cases hiring former U.S. officials as personal lobbyists.
  • Flynn joins consulting firm

    07/10/2018 2:38:02 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/10/18 | Megan R. Wilson
    Embattled former Trump White House national security adviser Michael Flynn is joining a new consulting firm, Stonington Global, which offers lobbying, public affairs and investment advisory services. The hire comes as Flynn is looking at potential jail time stemming from the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Last December, the former lieutenant general pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. He is currently cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. On the same day of the announcement, Flynn faced another sentencing hearing where his lawyers pushed to speed up the process, saying Flynn is “ready to...
  • As Trump Prepares Plan to Lower Drug Prices, Big Pharma Girds for a Fight

    05/06/2018 4:48:11 PM PDT · by Theoria · 38 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 06 May 2018 | Robert Pear
    In his State of the Union address in January and again in New Hampshire in March, President Trump made a bold promise: “You’ll be seeing drug prices falling very substantially in the not-too-distant future,” he said, “and it’s going to be beautiful.” Not if the pharmaceutical companies can stop it. Big Pharma is pouring money into a lobbying campaign to thwart any serious efforts to rein in prescription drug prices ahead of a presidential speech this month where Mr. Trump plans to lay out his drug pricing proposals. “There is apprehension across the industry,” said Bruce Artim, who retired recently...
  • Lobbyist offers $25,000 reward for evidence of FBI wrongdoing

    02/08/2018 5:04:22 PM PST · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/8/18 | Jeff Mordock
    A Washington, D.C. lawyer and lobbyist is offering $25,000 to any credible whistleblower willing to come forward with evidence of FBI wrongdoing in investigations related to the 2016 presidential election. Jack Burkman issued a statement Thursday announcing the reward. He has promised to keep the whistleblower’s identity anonymous. “Enough is enough, let’s settle this,” Burkman said in a news release. “America is facing too many issues at home and abroad to be preoccupied with infighting. If an issue exits, it’s critical to our society to fix it immediately.” Questions of political bias have engulfed both the FBI’s probe into Hillary...