Hillary Did Not Disclose ‘Expensive Gifts’ in Violation of Ethics in Government Act

hillarylookingsmugIn a 2011 memo published by Wikileaks, Clinton underling Doug Band described how he secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in free travel and gifts for Bill Clinton and his family. While Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton did not disclose any gifts or free travel, as required.

The gifts were first reported by Alana Goodman in the Daily Mail:

‘In support of the President’s for-profit activity, we also have solicited and obtained, as appropriate, in-kind services for the President and his family – for personal travel, hospitality, vacation and the like,’ wrote Band in the Nov. 16, 2011 memo to attorneys conducting an internal review of the Clinton Foundation.

Band is emerging as a tortured soul. Beset by “spoiled brat” Chelsea Clinton, he had to grapple with the ethics conflicts that were so rife in the Clinton camp. In the memo, Band complained that Bill did not have to …

Support for FBI Wife Looks Like ‘Payoff’; Hillary Clinton Headlined Fundraiser for McAuliffe Group

G-Man Andrew McCabe and wife on campaign trail
G-Man Andrew McCabe and wife on campaign trail

Alana Goodman in the Daily Mail reports that Hillary Clinton headlined a 2015 fundraiser for a group called Common Good VA that brought in $1 million shortly before the political committee bankrolled a Virginia state Senate candidate who is married to the FBI agent who oversaw of the Clinton email investigation.

In addition, Common Good VA received big donations from Clinton loyalists including then-Clinton Foundation operative Doug Band who wrote a personal check of $50,000.

The story adds important new details to the original October 24 report in the Wall Street Journal that Common Good VA headed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe was the largest single donor the unsuccessful 2015 campaign of Dr. Jill McCabe, wife of Andrew McCabe, now FBI deputy director.

From the Daily Mail:

The National Legal and Policy Center, a Virginia-based government watchdog group, said the financial

Hillary Fundraiser Partnered With Kirchner’s Money Launderer

kirchners-lootIn the Observer, investigative reporter Ken Silverstein details how a prominent Hillary Clinton fund raiser named Freddy Balsera was partners in a company called Global Development Consultants with an Argentine named Carlos Molinari, who is a key figure in a scandal involving Cristina Kirchner, the former president of Argentina. While president, Kirchner received tens of millions in kickbacks on government contracts and moved the cash out of the country. Prosecutors believe that much of the loot ended up in Florida.

From the article:

Curiously, in May 2011 Global Development Consultants and another firm formed an LLC called Stambul Ventures to manage the luxury Langford Hotel in downtown Miami. Molinari’s divorce records, which included a list of his assets, and Florida corporate records show that he had an interest in the property as well.

The Langford’s developers raised millions — 35 percent of the total costs — through

Presidential Candidates Asked to Adopt Ethics Code for Transition

whitehouse_historypgA variety of ethics groups and activists, including NLPC, came together today to ask Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to commit to a Code of Ethical Conduct for their transition teams should they win the election. The proposed Code is based on the Code adopted by the 2008 Obama transition operation with important revisions. Here is the complete text of our request:

Ethics in government is a dominant issue in your campaigns for president. Members of both parties agree it is of paramount importance that the public believe their leaders make decisions solely to advance the public interest.

A key aspect of ethical governance is hiring the right staff and making sure your expectations for their behavior is clear. In 2008, then-Senator Obama required his transition team to agree to a code of ethical conduct as a condition of service. His approach to ethics in the transition is a good …

Cheryl Mills Directed Clinton Foundation While State Dept. Chief of Staff

Former Hillary Rodham Clinton aide Cheryl Mills speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, following her deposition before the panel investigating Benghazi. The committee was launched last year to investigate the Obama administration's response to the Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador. The investigation has widened in recent months to focus on Clinton's use of a private email account and server. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

While she was Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff at the State Department, Cheryl Mills also played a central role in the operation of the Clinton Foundation, in apparent violation of conflict of interest laws, and contrary to her sworn statements to congressional investigators.

That is the picture painted in emails to and from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, released by Wikileaks in October. The hacked emails confirm earlier allegations, first made by NLPC, about Mills’ dual allegiances. The emails were first detailed in an October 12 Daily Mail story by Alana Goodman.

Serious Conflict

NLPC Chairman Ken Boehm told the Daily Mail, “The new revelations in the latest Wikileaks email disclosure prove Cheryl Mills worked extensively with the Clinton Foundation, their Board, President Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton while at the same time working in a role at the State Department that appears to have created a serious conflict of …

Chelsea Clinton’s ‘Best Friend’ Got Dubious Government Contracts

hillarycheseaBill Gertz reports in the Washington Free Beacon that Hillary Clinton, while Secretary of State, assisted a personal friend of Chelsea Clinton in securing contracts from the Defense and State Departments. According to emails recently released by the State Department, Hillary went to bat for Jacqueline Newmyer Deal who heads a company called Long Term Strategy Group (LTSG), which secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in government contracts. From the story:

Good government advocates say the emails indicating Clinton sought to steer contracts to her daughter’s friend are troubling and appear to violate ethics rules.

“By now there is a strong pattern of Hillary Clinton showing bias in the dispensing of government funds and favors to a long list of friends, political supporters, and Clinton Foundation donors,” said Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center.

“It looks like she was single-handedly trying to revive the corrupt

Clintons Took Tax Deductions for Private Email Server

hillary-paglianoChuck Ross of the Daily Caller reports that Bill & Hillary Clinton took tax deductions for computer maintenance that appear to correspond to payments made to Bryan Pagliano, the technician who set up Hillary’s private email server. The Clinton’s took tax deductions for the depreciation of the equipment, as well. The IRS does not allow deductions for personal expenses. From the article:

“The Clintons are no strangers to questionable tax deductions, going back to their Arkansas days,” Ken Boehm, the president of the National Legal and Policy Center, told TheDC.

“It goes without saying that it is improper to take a tax deduction for a server or anything else which was used or maintained by the government. The Clintons and their hired help have tied themselves in knots refusing to answer questions about the notorious server. That is not the conduct of anyone with nothing to hide.”

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Court Clears Way for Menendez Bribery Trial; NLPC Exposed Dominican Port Security Deal

Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and his co-defendant, Dr. Salomon Melgen, are expected to face trial in early 2017 on a score of corruption and bribery charges.
Menendez had sought to have the indictments thrown out but on September 13 a Philadelphia-based appeals court refused, upholding an earlier ruling that rejected Menendez’ claim that the “speech or debate” clause of the U.S. Constitution shielded him from prosecution. “Members of Congress are not to be ‘super-citizens’ immune from criminal liability,” Circuit Judge Thomas Ambro wrote for the three-judge panel in July.
Federal prosecutors immediately asked that dates be set for a trial. They pointed out, “It has been 17 months since a grand jury sitting in the District of New Jersey indicted Senator Menendez and Dr. Melgen for numerous counts of corruption.”

No Shame

Menendez has pledged to stay in office while defending himself, but has given up his post as the …

The Real Corrine Brown Scandal is Weak Ethics Enforcement in House

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Rep. Corrine Brown, in background Rep. Charles Rangel

Lame duck Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-FL) is asking supporters for donations to fund her defense in her upcoming corruption trial. On her website, she asserts:

I am fighting the Department of Justice, which has unlimited resources. They have smeared my good name. They are trying to take my freedom.

In July, when Brown was indicted on fraud charges for using a charity called “Open Door for Education” as a slush fund for personal expenses, she claimed that if federal agents had not been so busy pursuing her, they could have prevented the Orlando disco massacre in June.

The evidence against Brown must be particularly strong because the Justice Department under Eric Holder and now Loretta Lynch has protected other African-American House members like Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Gregory Meeks (D-NY) who clearly have committed indictable offenses.

Brown was defeated in a primary …

FTC Privacy Conference More Evidence of ‘Regulatory Capture’ by Google

In January, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sponsored a conference called PrivacyCon, reports Sam Biddle of the The Intercept, where most of the presenters had financramirezial ties to Google. This is yet more evidence of our observation in March that top FTC officials, led by FTC Chair Edith Ramirez, act like Google employees. According to Biddle:

Google’s ties to PrivacyCon are pervasive enough to warrant interrogation. As a case study in how pervasive and well-concealed this type of influence has become, PrivacyCon is hard to beat.

Authors of a whopping 13 out of 19 papers presented at the conference and 23 out of 41 speakers have financial ties to Google. Only two papers included disclosure of an ongoing or past financial connection to Google.

Back in March, we called the FTC/Google relationship the most extreme example of “regulatory capture” that we had seen in Washington in recent years. …

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