corruption

AOC staff departure highlights the problem of corruption in Washington

August 9, 2019

“Saikat Chakrabarti, the chief of staff to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, just resigned. As her top aide, he was also under investigation for campaign finance violations, including the creation of two PACs that seemed to be operating illegally. He is being accused of setting up two companies, where roughly $1 million was funneled, in order to profit and possibly skirt campaign disclosure requirements. This points to one absurdity of the current system: Hefty financial transfers from PACs to private LLCs are not necessarily improper, […]

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Ben Sasse Aims to Address “Swampier” Swamp

October 23, 2018

AUBURN, AL- Two years after a pledge to “Drain the Swamp” became the rallying cry that swept Donald Trump and a host of other Republicans, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) says things have only gotten worse, saying the swamp is now “swampier.” To validate his claims, Sasse wrote: “In the last 18 months alone, revelations of corruption have forced high-profile investigations and resignations across the government. Two Republican congressmen were indicted— one for insider trading, the other for using campaign funds to […]

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Culture of Corruption in New York

September 17, 2018

AUBURN, AL- When it comes to corruption, New York’s problems have been very much on the surface. Former leaders from both parties and each house in the legislature have been convicted on corruption charges. At least 3 allies of the governor, including his closest aide, fall into the same category. While these have been headline-grabbing illegalities, the culture of corruption has much deeper roots. As we have written previously, the state’s LLC loophole- which allows wealthy donors to give massive […]

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Take Back Our Republic Announces Support for Ban on Members Serving on Boards

September 12, 2018

Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) and Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) have taken the initiative to introduce legislation that would ban members of Congress from serving on the boards of publicly held companies. The new rule would mirror the Senate rule 37.6(a) which currently lacks a House equivalent. Reed and Rice issued the following joint statement: “We must change the rules to prevent members from serving on corporate boards in order to improve the public’s trust in Congress.  There should never be […]

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Accountability Groups Back Boards Ban for Lawmakers

September 10, 2018

Government accountability groups are backing a resolution, to prohibit members of Congress from serving on the boards of publicly held companies. Thirteen groups sent a letter this week to House lawmakers in support of a resolution introduced in August by GOP Rep. Tom Reed and Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice. In response to the indictment of their fellow New Yorker Chris Collins, the pair introduced a measure to create a House version of Senate Rule 37.6(a), which states that no senator “shall serve as an officer or […]

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Senator Sasse Comments on Corrupting Money in Politics

September 6, 2018

Click here for the video of Senator Ben Sasse’s interview including his quote, “I came here because I want to drain the swamp. I don’t care whether the Congressman who is doing insider trading or embezzling campaign funds or is indicted for this or that. I don’t care whether they wear a blue or red jersey I want fewer of those people around,” said Senator Ben Sasse told MSNBC. He complained about the “lunacy” of the protests that now engulf […]

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Recode Looks at Silicon Valley Donors “Flooding the System” with Cash

August 31, 2018

AUBURN, AL- In what is certainly an interesting read, Recode.net put together a listing of the burgeoning liberal donor class in Silicon Valley. Among the interesting notes are the nuanced ways Silicon Valley donors are looking to leverage their expertise. Some are loaning staff members to left-leaning organizations to improve their use of technology, some are launching new non-profits or tech ventures, and others are taking a significant oversight role over their political “investments.” Perhaps most alarming is the $5.4 […]

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Mick Mulvaney’s Stunning Admission and the Dark Money Now Targeting Him

May 4, 2018

AUBURN, AL- It was weird hearing someone say it out loud. OMB Director and Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Mick Mulvaney gave voice to the open secret in Washington that “pay to play” is a real thing with a recent stunning admission: “If you were a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you. If you were a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you. If you came from back home and […]

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Payments Stopped for Phony Committee Chairs

April 9, 2018

AUBURN, AL- Like other states, New York compensates its legislative committee chairs more than other members. That’s fine… provided those receiving the additional compensation actually are committee chairmen. One would think that such a clear distinction would lead allow for little obfuscation, but 5 New York senators attempted to leverage their unpaid position as vice chairs to chairman level compensation. Until the comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli, stepped in to put a stop to the claim. Despite the fact that the […]

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RepresntUS Josh Silver talks gerrymandering

April 4, 2018

Thankfully, we’re beginning to see real reform emerge on this issue. With the landmark case Gill v. Whitford, as well as partisan congressional maps struck down in Pennsylvania and North Carolina, we’re seeing movement towards redistricting laws that are fair and equitable. Nearly three-quarters of Americans across the political spectrum favor the Supreme Court setting limits on partisan gerrymandering. Entrenched political operatives on both sides of the aisle use partisan gerrymandering to build political power and pick their voters. It is institutionalized […]

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