House IT Scandal Figure Arrested Fleeing USA; Wasserman Schultz Finally Fires Imran Awan

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)

The central figure in the burgeoning House Information Technology scandal was arrested yesterday while attempting to board a jet to his native Pakistan. Imran Awan, his wife, and two brothers were longtime employees of a score of House Democrats, collecting more than $4 million in salaries, but were seldom seen on Capitol Hill.

On July 17, NLPC Chairman Ken Boehm predicted that the IT scandal was “about to explode.”

When news first broke in February that the IT workers were under investigation by the Capitol Police for theft of House property and possibly breaching security, the Awans were fired by a score of House members who employed them as “shared employees.” The only exception was Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) who kept Imran Awan employed even though he was banned from the House server network. She got around the ban by designating Awan as an … Read More ➡

Analysis: 1.3 Million More Pro-Net Neutrality FCC Public Comments Came From Russia, Other Foreign Countries

Over 1.3 million additional pro-net neutrality comments submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) appear to be coming from non-U.S. filers from foreign countries, according to a new analysis released today by the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), a leading government watchdog.

A forensic analysis of comments received between July 3rd and Net Neutrality “Day of Action” on July 12th shows that the FCC was flooded with 1.3 million comments from addresses in France, Russia and Germany. This time the comments came almost exclusively from the email domains Pornhub.com and Hurra.de (Germany). As with NLPC’s previous analysis, thousands of the comments appear to come from fake email addresses and fake physical addresses overseas.

NLPC’s latest analysis of foreign comments flooding the FCC docket matches similar patterns found in our previous analysis and some new patterns as well:

  • 325,076 comments were submitted from Germany
  • 325,528 comments were submitted from
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Article to Impeach President Trump Introduced in House

Sherman & Green: Ready, Fire, Aim

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) today filed an article of impeachment against President Trump, and was joined by Rep. Al Green (D-TX). Notwithstanding all the impeachment talk in some quarters, this is the first time an impeachment article has been introduced in the House.

Yesterday, NLPC Chairman Ken Boehm belittled impeachment efforts. From the Daily Signal:

“If they had a good case based on real information, I think they would mention it by now and put their cards on the table,” Boehm, a former Pennsylvania state prosecutor and former counsel for the board of directors at the Legal Services Corporation, told The Daily Signal. “They don’t have high crimes and misdemeanors. They don’t have low crimes and misdemeanors.”

Sherman is the Congressman who claimed that Russia manipulated the Electoral College to elect Trump. On CNN’s Newsroom on January 9, he said, “The fact is that … Read More ➡

New York Times Looks at Corrupt Rep. Maxine Waters in Age of Trump

Today in the New York Times, Yamiche Alcindor reports on the “odd new celebrity” of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) after years of being considered as one of the most corrupt House members by both liberal and conservative ethics groups. From the article:

Ken Boehm, the chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, a right-leaning, ethics-in-government group, called her a grandstander.

“It’s odd that you would come out for impeachment like right at the gate,” he said. “The guy takes his hand off the Bible and it’s like, ‘Impeach him.’”

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Rep. Pallone’s Selective Request for Probe of Fake Net Neutrality Public Comments

Today, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) asked the Justice Department to investigate the use of stolen identities in the submission of public comments on net neutrality to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

But he asked for a probe of only these anti-net neutrality comments, even though we recently released two analyses demonstrating that hundreds of thousands of fake emails were sent in support of net neutrality.

Despite his professed support for net-neutrality, Rep. Pallone provides non-neutral information based on a murky allegation from an activist group that provides no substantive analysis or investigative proof regarding the alleged 450,000 “fake” comments in question.

In contrast, our analyses were based on fact. We offered specific examples of the fraud we identified, and when possible, we quantified it. We found that there are hundreds of thousands of comments in the docket from people who say they never filed, from fake email addresses, and from … Read More ➡

Amazon Acquisition of Whole Foods Underscores the Big Data Threat

(This piece was first published by The Hill, where I am an Opinion Contributor.)

Traditional grocers and retailers are in a state of shock over what Amazon’s proposed acquisition of Whole Foods might portend for their businesses. The economist Joseph Schumpeter’s characterization of capitalism as “the perennial gale of creative destruction” seems to fit.

While this process may be thought inevitable by anyone who believes in the virtues of free markets, like I do, it is also true that the increasing economic power of big technology firms represent a new and serious threat to our civil liberties.

Constitutional government — or limited government — is still government. It still relies on the state as the ultimate authority even as it permits most economic transactions to remain between private parties.

Government’s real service is not in its regulation of economic activity, which is often counterproductive, but in its guarantee of … Read More ➡

Analysis: Fake Pro-Net Neutrality Public Comments Flood FCC From Russia, Other Foreign Countries

More than 235,000 additional pro-net neutrality comments submitted in recent days to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) docket appear to be coming from non-U.S. filers from foreign countries, according to a new analysis released today by the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), a leading government watchdog.

A forensic analysis of comments received between May 24th and May 30th shows that the FCC was flooded with 236,999 comments from domains in France, Russia and Germany. The comments came almost exclusively from three email domains: Yahoo.fr (France), Mail.ru (Russia) and Yahoo.de (Germany). An analysis of hundreds of the comments shows that most appear to come from fake email addresses and fake physical addresses overseas.

Click here for a 3-page pdf with evidence of phony foreign comments.

Last week, NLPC released a separate analysis of hundreds of thousands of comments that were submitted using fake email addresses and fake physical addresses. This … Read More ➡

EFF Confirms 100K Pro-Net Neutrality FCC Public Comments Are Fake

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has confirmed its belief that about 100,000 public comments that used the same language as EFF’s own pro-net neutrality campaign are counterfeit. The messages were filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as part of the public comment process.

In an analysis released on May 31, the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) found that 465,322 pro-net neutrality comments, or nearly one-fifth of the total, appear to be bogus. Of the 465,322, we found:

Over 100,000 examples of identical comments used language from an Electronic Frontier Foundation letter desk campaign in which the email addresses were generated from a fake email generator program using as many as 10 different email domains. A check of hundreds of the 100,140 comments also revealed that the submissions included fake physical addresses and possibly even fake names.

Jeremy Gillula, a spokesman for EFF, was quoted in USA Today. … Read More ➡

The ‘Strange’ Rebirth of Maxine Waters

Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng take note in the Daily Beast of the current star status of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) in certain circles despite her history as one of the most corrupt members of Congress:

Rep. Maxine Waters has been reborn at the age of 78, emerging as a folk hero to the anti-Trump resistance for her repeated torching of the president.

From the glowing coverage and partisan praise, you’d barely detect that just a few years ago the veteran California congresswoman was dubbed one of the nation’s “most corrupt” elected officials by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington for her role in pushing a bailout for a bank tied to her family.

Also from the story:

“When ethics groups of all political leanings agree that a particular member of Congress does not have the minimal ethics needed for the position, it is strange that that

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Analysis: One-Fifth of Pro-Net Neutrality FCC Public Comments Are Fake

Hundreds of thousands of pro-net neutrality comments submitted in recent weeks to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website appear to be fake, according to a new analysis released today by the National Legal and Policy Center, a leading government watchdog.

An initial forensic analysis of the FCC’s 2.5 million comments shows:

More than 465,322 pro-net neutrality comment submissions (close to 20% of all pro-net neutrality comments filed) were made in which either the filers’ names were being submitted with the email address of an obviously different person or in which the same email address was used to file multiple comments – in some cases thousands of times.

Over 100,000 examples of identical comments used language from an Electronic Frontier Foundation letter desk campaign in which the email addresses were generated from a fake email generator program using as many as 10 different email domains. A check of hundreds of the

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