NLPC “blows the whistle” on government officials and interest groups engaged in questionable activities. NLPC has filed formal Complaints with a variety of authorities and regulators, including the Federal Election Commission, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Congressional Ethics Committees.
NLPC supports government integrity in two additional ways: by promoting the First Amendment as the basis for campaign finance reform, and by promoting use of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY), the fourth ranking Democrat in the House, lost his re-election bid to a political newcomer, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Working with the New York Post and other media outlets, NLPC helped expose corruption in Crowley’s office. In addition, NLPC has exposed corruption in the Queens political machine that Crowley heads, sending several local politicians to prison.
Crowley, whose supporters were promoting him as a future House Speaker, clearly underestimated Ocasio-Cortez. If she were perceived to be any kind of threat, the machine would have simply kept her off the ballot, the time-honored way dissidents are thwarted in Queens.
Ocasio-Cortez ran at Crowley from the left, and is unlikely to support real Congressional reform or to help drain the swamp, but she has an interesting personal story that underscores how the Queens machine operates — through corruption, cronyism and nepotism in the local courts.
“Congress,” observed H.L. Mencken, “consists of one-third, more or less, scoundrels; two-thirds, more or less, idiots; and three-thirds, more or less, poltroons.” Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., qualifies as all three. At a weekend rally, Waters exhorted her audience to “get out and…create a crowd” if they see a Trump official in public venue. “If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them,” she declared. “Tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.” Her fatwa, which followed the publicized ejection of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders from a Virginia restaurant, amounts to a call for criminal harassment. What’s especially scary is that she’ll have takers.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who represents residents of South-Central Los Angeles and surrounding communities, has been in Washington too long. That can … Read More ➡
It’s the Washington conspiracy that barely speaks its name. And unlike the incandescent “Russian interference” scandal dominating the news for well over a year, this one has the potential to cause grave harm to our national security. The maypole of this “other” conspiracy is a Pakistan-born immigrant, Imran Awan, aided by extended family and friends. As information technology security specialists for dozens of Democrats in the House of Representatives, the family allegedly used their ample incomes from their Capitol Hill jobs and various shady side businesses to assist the Pakistani government. Mr. Awan was arrested by the FBI nearly a year ago. He and his wife would be indicted for bank fraud soon after. They now also need to investigated for the possibility of espionage. Such a probe must shine a light not only on the Awans but also on their main enabler, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. (in photo).… Read More ➡
This is rich. Robert Mueller now says that if he turns over evidence to the lawyers of defendants he has charged with crimes, the documents might find their way to foreign intelligence services. Mueller is right, especially when the defendants are Russians with close ties to Vladimir Putin and the Russian government.
The problem is of Mueller’s creation. When he indicted three business entities and 13 individuals in February, he knew it was unlikely they would ever show up in the United States to face trial. The indictments were nice window dressing because they had to do with actual Russian meddling in the 2016 election, unlike the rest of the investigation.
The only problem is that one of the defendants, a firm called Concord Management and Consulting LLC, called Mueller’s bluff in April and had its American attorneys show up to enter a not guilty plea. That makes Concord a … Read More ➡
Counting votes shouldn’t be a tall order for a union, even for the highly reluctant United Farm Workers. But the union now must change its ways. Last Wednesday, May 30, a California appeals court ruled 3-0 that the state’s Agricultural Labor Relations Board must count votes cast in 2013 by employees of a large grower, Gerawan Farming Co., over whether to decertify the union as its bargaining agent. The “nonpartisan” ALRB, the UFW’s de facto partner, had impounded the ballots. According to the court, the board’s allegations of unfair labor practices by Gerawan were “unsupported by the record as a whole.” The UFW vows to appeal the case to the State Supreme Court while continuing to collect dues payments and giving back nothing in return.
When it comes to using the political system to protect and expand economic turf, the United Farm Workers has few rivals in organized labor. The … Read More ➡
Last week comedienne-actress Roseanne Barr managed to get herself fired by ABC from her rebooted TV sitcom following her highly unflattering tweet about the facial features of Valerie Jarrett (in photo), longtime political consigliere to Barack Obama. Roseanne’s words were clearly over the line. But despite issuing a profuse apology, she’s now eternally marked as a “racist.” The saddest thing about all this was that Jarrett was portrayed to be a victim.
Roseanne Barr, now 65, a native of Salt Lake City, made her initial reputation during the Eighties as a stand-up comedienne. Her schtick suggested manic depression with a dose of laughing gas. In 1988 she snagged a television deal with ABC in which she would star in her own situation comedy as a “working-class domestic goddess.” The show, Roseanne, instantly caught fire. She would win an Emmy, a Golden Globe and other awards during its nine-year … Read More ➡
President Trump would be making a huge mistake in commuting the prison sentence of Rod Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois. Blagojevich is corrupt to the core. He is not the victim of anything except his own guile.
Let’s remember why Blagojevich is in prison. Among other crimes, he actually tried to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat. If he were not arrested in time, Blagojevich would have likely sold the seat to then-Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. for $1.5 million in campaign contributions.
Speculation that Trump may pardon Blagojevich or commute his sentence apparently results from a Wall Street Journal op-ed by Blagojevich on Monday headlined, “I am in prison for practicing politics.” That is exactly the problem. In Illinois, corruption is endemic. Blagojevich’s Republican predecessor, George Ryan, also went to prison. A pardon of Blagojevich would seriously undercut the fight against corruption.
The McDonnell Supreme Court decision has apparently given … Read More ➡
Senator Robert Menendez, D-N.J., is on a good luck streak. On April 26, the Senate Ethics Committee formally admonished Menendez, who had faced multiple bribery charges until the Justice Department dropped the case four months ago. The ethics panel had concluded that he “knowingly and repeatedly accepted gifts” from a Florida eye doctor, Salomon Melgen, who was convicted in a separate case. It also ordered Menendez “to repay the fair market value of all impermissible gifts not already paid.” While Menendez several years ago repaid $58,500, a sum he says reflects the value of the gifts, the true figure is likely a lot higher. True to form, the committee did not provide its own dollar figure.
Robert Menendez for several years had a close friendship with a Dominican-born, North Palm Beach, Fla.-based ophthalmologist, Salomon Melgen, a man with a gift for extracting Medicare reimbursements for unnecessary and often excruciating … Read More ➡
When House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks, her colleagues listen. But should they? On Wednesday, May 16, Pelosi, D-Calif., reiterated her view that the House Ethics Committee should investigate fellow California Democrat Tony Cardenas in relation to an alleged sexual assault he committed against a female teen 11 years ago. The committee responded that it did not have the authority to do this because the event occurred over three congressional cycles ago. Pelosi, herself a veteran of the panel, is aware of this rule. So why does she want a probe that can’t be undertaken?
As NLPC noted Monday, Tony Cardenas, a three-term House member and the chief campaign fundraising for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, has a skeleton rattling about his closet. As the “John Doe” defendant cited in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on April 27, Cardenas allegedly sexually molested an unnamed 16-year-old girl in 2007, … Read More ➡
Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller has detailed the relationship between Eric Schneiderman while he was New York Attorney General, and his ex-wife Jennifer Cunningham, a lobbyist with the firm SKDKnickerbockder. As we noted the day after Schneiderman’s resignation, the two had a lucrative business relationship even though they were divorced. The business was selling influence. From the article:
Schneiderman’s office defended the contacts at the time, saying they were legal under New York law. But that’s just the problem, says Tom Anderson, the executive director of the National Legal & Policy Center — a good government watchdog that has uncovered corruption in New York.
“If you wanted something from the Attorney General’s office, you had to go through her, and you had to bring your checkbook. The real scandal in New York is that all of this is legal,” Anderson told The Daily Caller News Foundation.