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

Sharpton Demands ‘Justice’ in Wake of Charlotte, Tulsa Police Shootings

sharptoncrumpAl Sharpton is at it again, doing what he does best:  misrepresenting facts and mobilizing crowds.  The man known as Reverend Al is demanding the arrest of police officers in Charlotte and Tulsa for their roles in the recent shooting deaths of blacks who were resisting arrest.  In Charlotte, blacks rioted for three nights over the death of Keith Scott, a hardcore felon.  That the cop who shot him also was black, and with apparent justification, was insignificant to the rioters.  In Tulsa, a prosecutor charged a white female cop with first-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher, a heavy PCP user.  In the face of this, Sharpton and his ally, Benjamin Crump (in photo), part of the Crutcher family legal team, are insisting on what amounts to an abandonment of due process.  Meanwhile, a federal civil rights probe is underway.

The script is familiar:  Al Sharpton, now …

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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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 …

Successor to ‘Clintons’ Favorite Bank’ in Trouble With FDIC

In a series of articles six years ago, National Legal and Policy Center detailedshorebank-logo how politically connected ShoreBank – a community development lending institution based on Chicago’s South Side – was granted a bailout under unusual terms from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the U.S. Treasury after political pressure from area congressmen.

Now its successor, Chicago-based Urban Partnership Bank, is also in trouble with the FDIC and will try to raise an emergency $15 million, according to the Chicago Tribune. UPB continued the effort established by ShoreBank under the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act to “serve economically distressed communities and underserved people by providing access to financial services and products that are often unavailable” in “economically distressed urban areas,” where the financial institutions hoped to spur economic growth.…

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. …

Sharpton-Backed Legislation Will Hamstring Cops, Increase Crime

sharpton-conferenceAl Sharpton’s heart is still in New York City.  But these past several years his head has been in Washington, retooling his nonprofit National Action Network into a congressional lobbying powerhouse.  The group is trying to secure passage of wide-ranging legislation, part of which is a Senate bill to make far more difficult for white police to question or arrest black criminal suspects without inviting legal repercussions upon themselves and their departments.  The likely result would be even more of the rapidly escalating violence in the nation’s streets.  NAN and the youthful demagogues known as Black Lives Matter have been catalysts in this public safety disaster.  Yet to the participants on NAN panels last Tuesday at the Rayburn House Office Building, the main focus was “white racism.”

As National Legal and Policy Center noted at length last July in the wake of the previous “Legislative & Policy Conference,” Reverend Al …

The $15 an Hour Minimum Wage: A Bad Idea with a Union Label

15-an-hour-minimum-wage-rallyIt began at the fringes.  And almost at warp speed, the campaign for a $15 an hour federal minimum wage has taken center stage.  The Democratic Party has made it part of its platform.  Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton supports it.  Her intraparty rival, Bernie Sanders, has sponsored a bill to achieve it.  Cities such as Los Angeles, Seattle and Washington, D.C., plus the states of California and New York, have passed laws to phase it in.  Heavily promoted by organized labor, supporters insist a $15 an hour minimum is way overdue.  The current $7.25 an hour, they say, has not kept pace with the cost of living, driving many Americans into poverty.  This claim is way off-base.  And their legislation, if fully realized, would leave a trail of frustrated job seekers and shuttered businesses.  In some places, this already has begun to happen.

National Legal and Policy Center described at …

The Cult of Tesla Survives Another Round of Bad News

Tesla MotorsElon Musk’s quarterly earnings reports for Tesla Motors always offer a little razzle, a little dazzle, soon-to-be-unfulfilled promises, and rationalized failures.

This go-round was no exception, and after yet another shortfall of financial and vehicle delivery expectations, perhaps the biggest surprise was the revelation that $1.3 billion in subsidies from Nevada taxpayers won’t be enough to get the hyped Gigafactory completed.

Spending and construction have only just begun on what is supposed to be Tesla’s battery-making monster. According to its 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, $431 million was spent on the Gigafactory through June of this year, and $520 million is expected to be spent by the end of 2016. Tesla’s partner in the project, Panasonic, said last month it would raise $3.86 billion, with most of it targeted for the Gigafactory. Another $1.7 billion came in via yet another equity sale. Alas, it apparently …

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