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).
Yesterday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) threatened to subpoena the White House as part of House Democrats’ impeachment investigation, prompting Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin to revisit our IRS Complaint against Cummings and his wife.
Levin interviewed NLPC Chairman Peter Flaherty about the Complaint, filed in May and amended in June. Flaherty pointed out the irony of Cummings demanding documents when his wife’s “nonprofit” still has not complied with our request for the group’s annual tax return. IRS regulations require nonprofit groups to provide a copy of the return to any member of the public upon request.
The Flaherty interview begins at 58:10.
Limbaugh read parts of the original Washington Examiner story that detailed the allegations in our Complaint. Click here to read a transcript. The Cummings commentary is towards the end of this rather lengthy transcript.… Read More ➡
Video journalist Nicholas Ballasy tried to get some answers from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) about her alleged affair with political consultant Tim Mynett and our allegation that she may have illegally used campaign funds for personal use by paying for Mynett’s travel with her. Ballasy didn’t get much more than the journalists who chased Omar last month in pursuit of the same answers, although Omar did say “our lawyers have responded to that,” when asked about possible campaign finance violations.… Read More ➡
Alana Goodman of the Washington Examiner today reports:
Rep. Matt Cartwright has spent years sponsoring truck insurance legislation that would directly benefit his family’s law firm, in which he owns a multimillion dollar stake, according to financial and lobbying records reviewed by the Washington Examiner.
In June and July, the Pennsylvania Democrat introduced two bills that would require commercial truck drivers to purchase insurance liability coverage at a minimum of $4.5 million, a 600% hike from the current $750,000 minimum. Cartwright previously introduced a similar proposal just months after joining Congress in 2013.
From the story:
The National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group, said Cartwright’s involvement in the legislation posed an overt conflict of interest.
“Usually when House members try to push legislation from which they would benefit personally, they are a little more creative,” said Peter Flaherty, chairman of the NLPC. “Did Rep. Cartwright think
Local reporters confronted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) yesterday about our allegations that she may have illegally used campaign funds so her married boyfriend could travel with her. She ran away and called the questions “stupid.” Click here or on the image to watch a Fox News Channel report that includes clips from Tucker Carlson’s interview with NLPC Chairman Peter Flaherty on Wednesday.… Read More ➡
According to a YouTuber known as Viva Frei, his video explaining our Complaint filed Wednesday has been demonetized. We have had no contact with him, and until now, had never heard of him. He has 108,000 subscribers to his channel and the Omar video has almost 15,000 views.
Viva Frei actually does a pretty good job breaking down the Complaint. In fact, his analysis is painstakingly neutral and compares favorably to some of the reports in the regular media. Viva Frei states in the comment section of his video:
So this video was demonetized off the bat – when it was unlisted with 3 views. I requested a manual review, and after review the video was remonetized. 8,500 views later, it was suddenly demonetized yet again. This is absurd… Could everyone tweet this video at YouTube and their team? It’s been absurd for a while. Now it’s just getting ridiculous.
Today, NLPC filed a Complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) alleging that she and her campaign violated the prohibition on the personal use of campaign funds by reimbursing political consultant Tim Mynett for his travel in 2019. The Complaint also alleges that Omar and her campaign failed to itemize the travel reimbursements, as required.
Here is a copy of the Complaint with the FEC date/time stamp:
National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request this morning with the Federal Bureau of Prisons seeking photographs of Jeffrey Epstein and all records regarding his incarceration at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York and the circumstances of his apparent suicide.
Besides any photographs or video surveillance of Epstein and his cell, the documents requested include those that would show why Epstein was put on suicide watch, why he was taken off suicide watch, the log records of correctional officers checking on Epstein, visitor logs, why he did not have a cellmate, and why he was ever put in any cell that would enable him to hang a makeshift noose from the ceiling or fixture.
“NLPC calls upon the Bureau of Prisons and the Justice Department to immediately release the records requested as a matter of law, public transparency, and accountability,” said Paul … Read More ➡
President Trump would be making a huge mistake in commuting the prison sentence of Rod Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois.
Yesterday, Trump said, “I am thinking very seriously about commuting his sentence so that he can go home to his family after seven years…I thought he was treated unbelievably unfairly.”
It is hard to see how Blagojevich was treated unfairly. Blagojevich is corrupt to the core. He is not the victim of anything except his own guile. If anything, he was underprosecuted. There were additional allegations of misconduct, some of which were uncovered by the National Legal and Policy Center, for which he was never prosecuted.
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 … Read More ➡
In an “exclusive interview,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) toldNew York Daily News reporters Chris Sommerfeldt and Jason Fisher that she and her former Chief of Staff Saikat Chakrabarti are “in conversation” with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) about a Complaint filed by the National Legal and Policy Center in March. (Matter Under Review #7575)
Of course, the FEC doesn’t have conversations with Respondents to Complaints. It conducts investigations. By confirming that she and the other Respondents are interacting with the FEC, Ocasio-Cortez confirmed the existence of an investigation, contrary to assertions of some of her supporters. From the article:
Ocasio-Cortez dismissed the complaint as a political hit job.
“All of these things were filed by these fringe, Republican groups. It’s a tactic they use and it’s very common,” she said. “It’s a form of legal trolling.”
The accusation that NLPC is a “Republican” group would come as a … Read More ➡