Boston Officials Indicted for Extortion on Behalf of IATSE Local

Boston City HallLocal government officials can be very creative when it comes to coaxing contractors to hire union labor.  And their methods aren’t necessarily legal.  On May 17, Kenneth Brissette, director of tourism, sports and entertainment for the City of Boston, was indicted by a federal grand jury for extortion; two days later he was arrested.  And on June 29, Brissette, along with Timothy Sullivan, City chief of staff for intergovernmental affairs, received superseding indictments.  The defendants allegedly had required a concert promoter a couple of years ago that it would have to hire workers from International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 11 in order to receive the necessary permits.  The indictments follow a joint probe by the FBI and the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Inspector General.

The saga consists of two related storylines.  In the summer of 2014, a music festival was scheduled at City Hall …

‘Civil Rights’ Activists, DOJ Distort Reality in Death of Georgia Black Teen

Railroading innocent persons into prison, or extracting outsized settlements from them, is now a defining feature of civil rights activism.  The possibility of such an outcome explains why Kendrick Johnson, a Valdosta, Georgia black teen who died in a freak accident at his high school nearly three years ago, has become a rallying symbol for “anti-racist” activists.  Johnson isn’t as familiar as the late Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown.  But give it some time.  From the start, the Johnson family and supporters have insisted, without evidence, that he was the victim of a racially-motivated murder and cover-up.  They’ve convinced the Justice Department to search for the “killer,” and with methods that subvert due process.  It's only fitting that Al Sharpton, a master of racial hoaxes, has left his mark.

The hash tag phrase “#Black Lives Matter” suddenly has become a meme among young blacks across the nation.  Strictly speaking, it …

Sharpton Daughter Sues NYC for $5 Million over Sprained Ankle

“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” goes the adage.  In Al Sharpton’s family, the words are doubly true.  This past weekend, Dominique Sharpton, the eldest of Reverend Al’s two adult daughters, announced she has sued the City of New York for $5 million over a sprained ankle she sustained last October while tripping over uneven pavement in the middle of a Lower Manhattan street.  She claims that she was “severely injured, bruised and wounded” and “still suffers and will continue to suffer for some time physical pain and bodily injuries.”  Yet given the outsized award sought, and her seemingly healthy condition only a couple months later, this may be an attempt to game our liability system; i.e., a hoax.  And there is another issue:  Is dad looking for a cut?

The Reverend Al Sharpton is a master of the shakedown of white-run organizations under the guise of “civil …

Sharpton’s Shakedowns Get Scrutiny

Getting attention is our request that Walmart and other big companies stop funding Al Sharpton and his organization, the National Action Network (NAN), in the wake of the police murders in New York City. On January 5, I was a guest on “Fox and Friends” on the Fox News Channel.

I was also a guest on Money With Melissa Francis on the Fox Business Network.

Additionally, I was interviewed on CBS Insider, a syndicated TV program, and I was a guest on several radio shows.

On September 4, the New York Post published a front-page story on Sharpton’s shakedowns. From the article:

Al Sharpton has enriched himself and NAN for years by threatening companies with bad publicity if they didn’t come to terms with him. Put simply, Sharpton specializes in shakedowns,” said Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal & Policy Center, a Virginia-based watchdog group that has produced a

Walmart Asked to Stop Bankrolling Sharpton After New York Police Murders

WalmartHere is a letter I sent today to C. Douglas McMillon, Walmart President and CEO:

We ask that Walmart end its financial support of Al Sharpton and his organization, the National Action Network (NAN). 

The cold-blooded murder of two New York City police officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, follows weeks of Sharpton’s vilification of law enforcement personnel.

As you know, Walmart has helped bankroll Sharpton for years. Most recently, the company was a sponsor of Sharpton’s 60th birthday party in New York City, which reportedly was a fundraiser for NAN that raised a million dollars.

We have repeatedly raised the issue of your support for Sharpton, including at the Walmart annual meeting. You cannot lay any claim to corporate social responsibility as long as you write checks to Sharpton.

This is not the first time that violence and loss of life have followed Sharpton’s agitation, such as in …

New Report Exposes Local Government ‘Labor Peace’ Agreements

Labor Peace AgreementsUnion officials often are best prepared for war when invoking the specter of “peace.” A new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, “Labor Peace Agreements: Local Government as Union Advocate,” explains why these agreements are the result of union pressure, subtle or otherwise. In such cases, a city, county or state government, having asserted a “proprietary interest” in existing or planned commercial facilities such as hotels or a sports arena, passes an ordinance requiring that a union and/or employer forgo certain rights protected by federal labor law. On the surface, these measures promote a level playing field. In practice, they are political gifts to unions. Currently, 11 states impose, or allow locally, such mandates. In response, at least three states have banned their use.

Unions, at bottom, are business organizations. And their business is increasing the bargaining power of workers within a given firm, industry or jurisdiction. …

New Book Exposes Attorney General Holder’s Abuses of Power

book coverShould perpetuating racial grievance be the defining mission of a U.S. Attorney General? Eric Holder, who has held the office for the past five and a half years, really believes it is – and acts accordingly. A new book, Obama’s Enforcer: Eric Holder’s Justice Department (Broadside), presents a strong case for removing Holder from office as a corrective to his many abuses of power related to racial and other issues. In 256 pages, authors John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky pull no punches in revealing how Holder and other department officials routinely have subordinated rule of law to radical politics, all the while stonewalling Congress and punishing internal dissenters. They also, properly, point a finger at Holder’s boss, President Obama.

There is an old saying in the world of bureaucracy: “Personnel is policy.” This is certainly true of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), a $27 billion cabinet-level agency with …

Al Sharpton Revealed as FBI Mob Sting Informant

Obama and SharptonThe Reverend Al Sharpton, anchorman, preacher, politician and shakedown artist extraordinaire, has led what can be viewed as a charmed life. A lengthy expose published yesterday on The Smoking Gun website (see pdf) provides some insight as to why. Starting in 1983, the New York-based civil rights activist, who 20 years later would run for president, allegedly worked for several years as an FBI informant to avoid prosecution. In return for helping the feds root out organized crime from the entertainment industry, Sharpton since then has operated with near immunity. “The Rev” denies he worked as an informant, adding that the report simply rehashes “old news.” Yet the weight of evidence, carefully amassed by Smoking Gun editor/co-founder William Bastone, can’t be ignored. Sharpton might consider hiring an extra bodyguard.

As the host of MSNBC-TV’s “PoliticsNation” program since the summer of 2011, as well as his own radio show, Al Sharpton, now 59, …

Labor Secretary Nominee Perez Flouts Labor, Immigration Laws

Thomas Perez and Barack Obama Thomas Perez embodies ethnic identity radicalism. Whether the U.S. Senate has the courage to challenge him is yet unknown. President Obama today nominated Perez for Secretary of Labor. As the Department of Justice’s assistant attorney general for civil rights since October 2009, Perez has promoted a hard-charging egalitarianism that goes even beyond that of first-term Obama Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who resigned in January. His “Third World First, America Last” worldview comes with hefty baggage. He’s persuaded the Justice Department to dismiss its case against Black Panther members accused of menacing white voters and poll watchers in Philadelphia on Election Day 2008. He’s led shakedowns of banks based on spurious claims of discrimination. And well before assuming his DOJ post, Perez headed a Maryland group that promotes illegal immigration.

The announcement came as no surprise. On Sunday, March 10, the word leaked out across a wide range of media outlets

Jesse Jackson Jr. Pleads Guilty to $750K in Campaign Fund Thefts

Jesse Jackson Jr.The elder Jesse Jackson has grown wealthy these past couple decades mainly by shaking down corporations. One of his sons, former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill. (see photo), has preferred a different path to wealth: his campaign till. That path is now leading to federal prison. On Wednesday, February 20, the younger Jackson, who served nine terms in Congress before resigning last November 21, pleaded guilty in District of Columbia federal court to diverting about $750,000 in re-election funds to personal use. Jackson, who since last June has been hospitalized twice at the Mayo Clinic for bipolar disorder and other problems, told U.S. District Judge Robert L. Wilkins that in pleading guilty to wire and mail fraud, he had “no interest in wasting the taxpayers’ time or money.” His wife, Sandi, until recently a Chicago city alderwoman, hours later pled guilty to a related tax fraud charge. 

In a …