Ethics Group Warns Trump About Silicon Valley Influence, Cronyism

google-buildingNational Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), today sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump responding to Silicon Valley’s recent suggestions that President-elect Trump “engage” Silicon Valley’s tech elite for key government posts, while preserving many of the digital initiatives started by the Obama Administration.

Trump is holding a meeting with tech leaders next week. With the exception of billionaire Facebook board member and Trump supporter Peter Theil, it is unclear whether representatives of Facebook, Google, Twitter and other tech giants will be there.

In its letter, NLPC slams Silicon Valley’s recommendations as a sure way to undercut Trump’s commitment to “drain the swamp” of corporate lobbyists and DC powerbroker influence, while undermining his commitment to restoring American jobs and the economy.

The letter states that Silicon Valley initiatives like the Office of Science and Technology Policy, 18F and the U.S. Digital Service, which were created or expanded under Obama’s leadership, … Read More ➡

Prosecuting Clintons Should Be Law Enforcement Decision, Not Trump’s

hillarylookingsmugThe Daily Signal included this reaction to President-elect Trump’s hints yesterday that he is backing away from further legal pursuit of the Clintons:

“It was a premature decision [not to continue investigating Clinton] because we don’t know what evidence on the email server or Clinton Foundation will emerge,” said Peter Flaherty, president of the National Legal and Policy Center, a conservative watchdog group, told The Daily Signal.

“It shouldn’t be the call of the White House anyway, but should be left up to the new attorney general—and IRS commissioner—whether to investigate,” Flaherty continued, noting the IRS should look into the nonprofit status of the Clinton Foundation. “Prosecuting Hillary might seem like piling on from a political sense, but if she broke the law, this is a decision that should be left to law enforcement.”

NLPC has exposed through the media four separate instances of apparent pay to play involving the … Read More ➡

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi Should Resign For ‘Inane and Inflammatory’ Election Comments

Indra NooyiAsked about the presidential election result, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi claimed:

“I had to answer a lot of questions from my daughters, from our employees. They were all in mourning. Our employees were all crying. The question that they are asking, especially those who are not white ‘Are we safe?’, women are asking ‘Are we safe?’, LGBT people are asking ‘Are we safe?’.”

Nooyi went on to “assure everybody in the U.S. that they are safe.” Of course, the only purpose to such an assurance is to allow such an inane and inflammatory statement to be made in the first place. Nooyi’s comments are inappropriate for the CEO of a major corporation. She should resign.

This is not the first time Nooyi has made controversial statements that betray a particular mindset. In 2005, she gave a commencement speech in which she asserted that our nation’s foreign policy has been characterized … Read More ➡

What Happened to $20 Million in Clinton Haiti Fund?

Bill Clinton and Carlos Slim
Bill Clinton and Carlos Slim

Isabel Vincent reports today in the New York Post that the Clinton Foundation set up a for-profit entity called the Haiti Development Fund that took in $20 million from “investors” Carlos Slim and Frank Giustra but that it is a mystery what happened to most of the money.

The Fund was supposed to provide capital to Haitian entrepreneurs in the wake of the 2010 earthquake, but the Post could only find evidence of one project that received funding.

The Fund was run by a Jean Marc Villain, who appears to be an American citizen or green card holder of Haitian descent. At the time he supposedly managed the Fund, he was in bankruptcy. He conveniently failed to report his $100,000 salary to the bankruptcy court. From the story:

“This cries out for an audit or an investigation,” said Ken Boehm, chairman of the National

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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 … Read More ➡

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

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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

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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 … Read More ➡

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 … Read More ➡

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

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