On Friday, the FBI arrested Ed Ahmad, the Guyanese businessman who made an unsecured $40,000 loan to Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) that Meeks failed to publicly disclose as required. Ahmad was charged with mortgage fraud in connection to a wide-ranging scheme that involved faking income for applicants and the use of straw buyers. He was reportedly released on $2.5 million bail.
According to one report, “Ahmad had already boarded Delta 383 at JFK International to head to Guyana when Federal agents boarded the aircraft, handcuffed him and removed him from the aircraft.”
As first reported in the New York Daily News, Meeks made no payments on the loan, and repaid it only after the FBI started asking questions. Meeks used the money to finish paying off his new home, sources told the Daily News.
Meeks first disclosed the loan on his financial disclosure report that all members … Read More ➡
Karl Rodney, the organizer of the Caribbean junkets that contributed to the downfall of Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), was sentenced today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to two years probation and 500 hours of community service. He was also fined $2,500. District Judge Emmet Sullivan included no jail time in the sentence.
The courtroom was filled with Rodney’s supporters, many of whom made the trip down from New York City. Singer Harry Belafonte offered good wishes by letter. NLPC Chairman Ken Boehm was also in attendance. Boehm said, “I believe that at least some jail time would have been appropriate, but at the same time, Rangel himself has not even been prosecuted and he was guilty of far worse.”
Rodney had previously pled guilty to lying to Congress. During the Justice Department investigation, NLPC received a Grand Jury subpoena to provide photographs, audio recordings, and … Read More ➡
The House Ethics Committee on Friday announced that it would “extend” a previously unacknowledged review of Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY).
In January 2010, we exposed Meeks involvement in a charity called New Direction Local Development Corporation that raised money for Hurricane Katrina victims who never received it, among other questionable dealings. In March 2010, we asked the House Ethics Committee to investigate Meeks for paying $830,000 for a newly built home in 2006 that was worth more than $1.2 million. Click here to download a 26-page pdf of the Complaint.
Media coverage of these controversies reportedly prompted an FBI investigation of Meeks’ finances, and the convening of a Grand Jury. After Meeks was contacted by the FBI, he amended his financial disclosure forms in June 2010. He disclosed for the first time an unsecured $40,000 personal loan from Guyanese businessman Ed Ahmad.
The Ahmad loan was made in 2007, meaning … Read More ➡
NLPC has filed a formal Complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against Lois Frankel and her campaign committee. Democrat Frankel is running against incumbent Republican Rep. Allen West in Florida’s 22nd Congressional District. Frankel is the former mayor of West Palm Beach, and announced her candidacy on March 21. She is opposed in the Democratic primary by businessman Patrick Murphy.
The Complaint alleges that Frankel reported more than $250,000 in income but failed to report virtually all of the expenses connected to fundraising or other campaign activity. The costs that apparently went unreported include direct mail, telephones, web hosting, a post office box, and the pay for a consultant named Brian Smoot. Click here to download a 6-page pdf of the Complaint.
It is common for Congressional candidates to demonstrate early support by reporting as much income as possible, and to report as much cash on hand as … Read More ➡
Here are my remarks delivered today at the Walmart annual meeting in Fayetteville, Arkansas in favor of our shareholder proposal that asks for a report on the business risks of climate change:
Mr. Duke, I have some good news for you. You can stop worrying about global warming. The seas are not rising. The sky is not falling. And Al Gore has found a new role – as that crazed sex poodle.
During the elections last year, the American people spoke. Voters chose economic growth over pseudo-science and environmental alarmism. As a result, cap and trade legislation supported by Walmart is dead, and may be forever.
Cap and Trade was never about global warming. Instead it’s about politicians imposing a command economy on us, and raising taxes in order to enhance their own power.
Wal-Mart supported ObamaCare, too, which was never about health care. And it is even more unpopular … Read More ➡
I will speak tomorrow at the Walmart annual meeting in favor of our shareholder proposal asking for a report on the business risks of climate change. The meeting takes place on Friday, June 3 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The supporting statement appearing in the proxy reads, in part:
Wal-Mart has committed itself to dramatic measures to reduce carbon emissions, and to support controversial political positions, even as scientific and political factors related to global warming are rapidly changing.
Documents and emails released from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia in late 2009 exposed vulnerabilities in the reliability and objectivity of key information provided to the United Nations’ influential Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In 2010, the IPCC acknowledged its Nobel Prize-winning 2007 report on global warming included inaccuracies and exaggerated claims based on questionable data sources.
According to the Wal-Mart 2009 Sustainability Report:
Currently, we … Read More ➡
Today we are asking Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich to repudiate Al Sharpton. Gingrich appeared around the country in late 2009 as part of something called the Education Equality Project. At that time, we asked Gingrich to sever ties with Sharpton, only to be ignored.
Now that Gingrich has gone from private citizen to candidate, he must be made accountable for his associations. As Dr. Carl Horowitz of our staff has documented in our 2009 Special Report titled Mainstreaming Demagoguery: Al Sharpton’s Rise to Respectability, Sharpton has promoted fake hate crimes against blacks, and has inspired racial antagonism against whites and Jews.
We have criticized President Obama, former GOP Chairman Michael Steele and other politicians who have consorted with Sharpton. Gingrich must now admit that he made a mistake, and publicly repudiate Sharpton and all he stands for.
In October 2009, I analyzed the Gingrich/Sharpton alliance this way:
… Read More ➡
A wealthy California developer with close ties to former Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV) was indicted today in a burgeoning corruption scandal in San Bernardino County. Jeffrey Burum, co-manager of Colonies Partners, was charged in a scheme to bribe county officials to approve a legal settlement favorable to Colonies. Click here to download a 27-page pdf of the indictment.
Burum is on the board of Vandalia Heritage Foundation, one of several nonprofits on whose behalf Mollohan secured hundreds of millions in earmarks. Burum was also the Executive Director of the California-based National Housing Development Corporation (NHDC), which received $31 million in earmarks from Mollohan between 2001 and 2006. Vandalia President Laura Kuhns, who personally invested with Mollohan in real estate deals, was on the board of the NHDC, and still serves on the board of NHDC’s successor organization, called National Community Renaissance.
Burum has been a key campaign contributor over the … Read More ➡
NLPC is asking the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate the Barack H. Obama Foundation, which is soliciting tax-deductible contributions from the public although it is not tax exempt. The Foundation is named for Obama’s father and is apparently based in Kenya. Its founder and chairman is Abon’go Malik Obama (in photo), whose father is also the father of President Obama.
The Foundation has addresses in Kenya and in Arlington, Virginia to which it asks that donations be sent. Two members of the NLPC staff went to the Arlington address on May 6. It is a commercial mail drop facility where the clerk touted the fact that the address “looked like a real office address” and the facility could arrange to forward mail to any location in the world.
Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein report today in the New York Post that there are questions about what happens to … Read More ➡
James Capel, who until February was a top aide to Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), pleaded guilty yesterday in Manhattan Criminal Court to charges resulting from his failure to file a tax return for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009. Capel reportedly did not file a tax return from 2003 onward, but was saved from prosecution by the statute of limitations for the earlier years. Capel must pay $42,088 in back taxes and pay a $1,000 fine.
After we exposed it, Rangel admitted in September 2008 to not paying taxes on rental income from a Dominican Republic beach house. We filed Complaints with the U.S. Attorney for D.C. and the IRS but Rangel has not faced prosecution or penalty. Moreover, Rangel admitted to failing to disclose hundreds of thousands in income and assets on his financial disclosure forms, which he signed under penalty of the False Statements Act, but the Public … Read More ➡