Rush Echoes NLPC Criticism of Coca-Cola’s Polar Bear Campaign

Rush Coca-Cola graphicYesterday, Rush Limbaugh criticized Coca-Cola’s polar bear campaign as “idiotic,” based on a posting on this website by NLPC Associate Fellow Paul Chesser. Rush’s commentary appears below. The sections in bold below were read verbatim from the posting.

RUSH: Coca-Cola, by the way, it’s so sad, but it’s great for my tea company.  Well, they’re changing their packaging.  They’re going to white cans.  They’ve aligned with the World Wildlife Fund.  They’re going to repackage Coke over the holiday season to go to white cans featuring an image of a mother polar bear and her cubs on the side.  They’re going to try to sell Coke and Diet Coke on the basis that we’re killing polar bears.  Kid you not.  Kid you not.  Each purchase of a white Coca-Cola can supports false testimony on global warming perpetration of the myth about endangered polar bears.  It’s a hoax and they are … Read More ➡

Rep. Richardson to Face Full Ethics Probe?

Laura Richardson photoThe House Ethics Committee may soon conduct a complete investigation of Congresswoman Laura Richardson (D-CA). She has been under investigation for some time now for allegations that her staff undertook political activities while working on government time.

As reported this week by John Bresnahan in Politico, Ethics Committee staff members have been looking into potential Richardson violations since last year. At isssue is whether some of Richardson senior staff pressured subordinates to work on her reelection campaign matters during official time. This is against House rules and federal law.

This is not the first time Richardson has been under Ethics Committee investigation since winning a special election to fill a vacancy in 2007. The Office of Congressional Ethics and the House Ethics committee both investigated a situation in which it appeared Richardson may have had an unethical deal worked out to maintain a home of hers that had gone … Read More ➡

FBI Files Detail Murtha Corruption

Murtha photoAccusations of corruption directed against the late Congressman John Murtha (D-PA) look like they were true. Recently released files seem to confirm that the Federal Bureau of Investigation suspected that Murtha schemed to route federal dollars to bogus companies and other operations that would benefit his friends and former employees and ultimately his own campaigns.

As reported by Paul Singer in Roll Call, the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Justice on Mr. Murtha (who passed away in February of 2010) and other Members of Congress. CREW’s requests for the files from living Members of Congress were rejected as the Department stated that these Members have a right to privacy. However, Murtha’s death did allow for files to be handed over to CREW as his passing eliminated any exemption for Murtha. CREW Executive Director … Read More ➡

Watchdog Rejects Pelosi Explanation of Late Disclosure

Paul and Nancy Pelsosii photoPaul Pelosi, husband of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, will reportedly make millions of dollars from a previously undisclosed real estate venture in Mrs. Pelosi’s home state of California. Mr. Pelosi is a real estate developer and an investment banker and entered into this project with the father of the current Ambassador to Hungary, as reported by The Washington Times earlier this week. Mrs. Pelosi helped the ambassador secure her the post.

Angelo Tsakopoulos, a longtime associate of Mr. Pelosi put together the deal that involves Russell Ranch, a residential real estate project. Mr. Pelosi’s investment has been reported to be worth $5 million and maybe as high as $25 million. He claims to have invested between $1 and $5 million in Russell Ranch about a dozen years ago.

It is important to note that Mrs. Pelosi did not list the investment on her federal disclosure forms until 2010, … Read More ➡

Documents Sought on Union-Inspired Assault on Homebuilders by Administration

Solis Shulman photoToday we filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the Labor Department, its Wage and Hour Division, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). We ask for all third-party communications related to this week’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two agencies and eleven state governments.

The MOU is the basis for a crackdown on employers who allegedly misclassify employees as independent contractors, but the action appears calculated to assist the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) in a campaign directed at the nation’s homebuilders.

According to NLPC Chairman Ken Boehm, “At a time when the Obama administration has a number of initiatives to help the housing industry to rebound from the recession, along comes this political favor to LIUNA. As we have documented for many years, LIUNA is one of the nation’s most corrupt unions.”

We ask for communications with outside individuals and groups that … Read More ➡

Rep. Carson Stands By Tea Party/Lynching Remarks

Carson photoRep. Andre Carson (D-IN), the second Muslim to serve in Congress, has created an enormous controversy by following Rep. Maxine Waters’ (D-CA) lead and lashing out at the Tea Party and its supporters in Congress.

Carson told a meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and some of its supporters last week in Miami that, “some of them in Congress right now, of this Tea Party, would love to see you and me…hanging on a tree.” He also stated that some members of Congress would like to see blacks as second-class citizens.

These remarks come shortly after Waters stated that the “Tea Party should go straight to hell.”

Both supporters of the Tea Party and the lone GOP member of the Congressional Black Caucus are outraged. Congressman Allen West, a black Republican from Florida, called Carson’s comments racist and desperate. West, who has threatened to resign from the CBC if … Read More ➡

Government Motors is Still a Lemon

NLPC Associate Fellow Mark Modica wrote this op-ed appearing in today’s New York Post:

Fans of the federal govern ment’s auto bailout will push the “GM comeback” story at this week’s New York International Auto Show. Good luck with that one.

Taxpayers still own about 26 percent of GM, and it looks increasingly unlikely that they’ll ever get their money back: The share price would have to rise to more than $54, and it’s stuck in the low thirties. Here’s why:

GM’s management team lacks stability, with Dan Akerson being the fourth chief executive in less than two years (oh, and CFO Chris Liddell recently resigned).

One of Akerson’s main focuses has been to ballyhoo the Chevy Volt, but Consumer Reports says GM’s hybrid “just doesn’t make a lot of sense.” More important, it isn’t selling — only 1,210 Volts have sold this year through the end of March.… Read More ➡

Obama Invested in Company That Got Sweet Deal From FCC

Last night, NLPC Chairman Ken Boehm appeared on Fox Business Network to describe political favoritism by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that benefited Harbinger Capital, a hedge fund headed by billionaire Phil Falcone.

NLPC first accused the FCC of favoritism in a February 2 request for an investigation by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA). We pointed to large donations to Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, made a week after Falcone visited the White House, that appeared to be related to the FCC’s fast track approval of Harbinger’s acquisition of a company called SkyTerra, which has been renamed LightSquared.

More significantly, the FCC also allowed LightSquared to exploit a loophole that allows it to deploy a national 4G wireless network to handle cell phone calls and data. LightSquared is getting valuable wireless spectrum on the cheap, while its competitors like AT&T and … Read More ➡

Colgate-Palmolive CEO Admits Bankrolling Sharpton After Company Denied It

Sharpton photoYesterday, Dr. Carl Horowitz of the NLPC staff spoke at the Colgate-Palmolive annual meeting in New York City in support of our resolution asking the company to disclose its charitable contributions. In the past year, Colgate had both ballyhooed and denied that it supports Sharpton’s group, the National Action Network (NAN).

Horowitz forced CEO Ian Cook to admit that the company is a donor to NAN. Cook did not explain why the company denied it in October 2009.

Here are Horowitz’ remarks:
                
I’d like to focus on recent donations by Colgate-Palmolive to National Action Network, headed by Rev. Al Sharpton.

Peter Flaherty, our organization’s president, raised this issue two years ago at this meeting. He noted in front of shareholders that Colgate-Palmolive had accepted a “corporate excellence” award from Sharpton. He then asked a logical question: Did Colgate-Palmolive give to National Action Network, and, if so, how much? … Read More ➡