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).
For California Congressman Tony Cardenas, what goes around may be coming around. A lawsuit filed on April 27 by an unnamed plaintiff in Los Angeles is accusing Cardenas, identified in the suit only as “John Doe,” of sexually molesting a teenaged girl back in 2007 when he was a member of the Los Angeles City Council. The suit is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages. Cardenas revealed himself as John Doe a week later. He and his attorney, Patricia Glaser, are denying all allegations and are claiming the suit is malicious.
Tony Cardenas, now 55, represents California’s 29th District, which covers the north-central part of the San Fernando Valley. Now in his third term in the House of Representatives, Cardenas already has made his presence felt. He holds leadership positions with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Minority Whip Steny … Read More ➡ “Pelosi’s Insincere Call for Ethics Probe of Rep. Tony Cardenas”
Seldom has a political career imploded as swiftly or completely as that of Eric Schneiderman, Attorney General for the State of New York. He was already toast by last evening after the New Yorker published a devastating portrayal earlier that day of Schneiderman as a drunken, pill-popping sadist. His instant demise could not be more appropriate or satisfying.
There was not a trendy liberal cause that Schneiderman did not champion, including of course, the #MeToo movement. Schneiderman substituted ideological activism for his actual duties as New York’s top law enforcement official. We saw this first-hand.
Beginning in 2010, our staff provided information to the New York Post, New York Times and the New York Daily News about corrupt state and local officials in New York. The headlines prompted a series of investigations by federal and state prosecutors that resulted in jail for several politicians. It puzzled us that New … Read More ➡ “The Instant Demise of Eric Schneiderman”
The Senate Ethics Committee has “severely admonished” Robert Menendez, once again demonstrating its uselessness. Of course, the Committee did not have the authority to put Menendez where he really belongs — in prison — but it could have recommended something of a little more consequence, like Censure or expulsion.
Once again, the Senate has proven that it is the world’s most exclusive club, and membership has its privileges. The Ethics Committee — chaired by Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and consisting of three members of each party — probably never wanted to render judgment on Menendez and probably never thought they would have to.
The Senate investigation began in late 2012 but was put on hold when the Justice Department initiated a criminal probe. It resumed late last year when the criminal trial in New Jersey resulted in a hung jury. The Justice Department first declared that it would retry Menendez … Read More ➡ “Corrupt Bob Menendez Beats the Rap”
“People who make a living off other people’s fortunes or misfortunes are parasites,” Frank Sinatra once observed. It is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid putting stripper/porn star Stormy Daniels in that category. Last month Ms. Daniels filed a civil suit in Manhattan federal court against President Donald Trump and his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, claiming that weeks before the 2016 election, each had pressured her to keep silent about a sexual one-nighter between her and Trump a decade earlier, paying her $130,000 as an inducement. The complaint appears highly specious. Yet many in the media prefer to see her as speaking truth to power.
Stephanie Clifford aka “Stormy Daniels,” now 39, a native of Baton Rouge, is a giant of the porn industry, assuming the industry can be considered the land of giants. She’s appeared in more than 250 adult film reels, directing any number of them. But lately her … Read More ➡ “Anti-Trump Media Embrace Stormy Daniels”
Sometimes ulterior motives aren’t that hard to figure out. In the case of former FBI Director Robert Mueller, appointed last May as independent special counsel by the Justice Department to probe alleged Russian government meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the end game has become clear: Impeach President Donald Trump. Much of the focus now is on the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, determined to give Mueller and his staff a vote of confidence. “It would be suicide” for Trump to fire Mueller, noted Sen. Grassley, who, despite objections from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, seeks a committee vote this week on a bill to protect Mueller’s job. Actually, it might be suicidal for Trump not to fire Mueller.
During his two days on Capitol Hill, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg repeatedly denied that the company censors information and opinion with which it disagrees, despite extensive evidence to the contrary.
Facebook censorship is real. The National Legal and Policy Center has regularly had our Facebook postings suppressed when they pertain to Black Lives Matter, which we have regularly criticized.
It just so happens that Zuckerberg has a different view of Black Lives Matter. Zuckerberg purports to value free expression, famously allowing the “signature wall” at Facebook headquarters. But when in 2016 “Black Lives Matter” graffiti was met with “All Lives Matter,” Zuckerberg just could not have it. He issued a memo calling such sentiments “unacceptable” and “malicious” and assured everyone that the company was “investigating the current incidents.”
There’s a rich irony to last Monday’s announcement by Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., that she would not seek reelection in the face of revelations that she had averted her eyes from clear evidence of sexual harassment occurring in her own office. For during these past several months, Rep. Esty has been an outspoken supporter of #MeToo, an ad hoc movement that went viral last October in the wake of growing accusations – or revelations, if one will – of harassment against women. While “serves her right” might not be the right response to Esty’s pending departure, it would be difficult to deny she embodies a certain hypocrisy underlying much of political feminism.
Today we asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate Ana Matosantos, a member of the Puerto Rico Financial Oversight and Management Board, and to seek her removal. We cited apparent violations of federal conflict of interest statutes by Matosantos. According to information that we unearthed, Matosantos’ family business and other private companies with which she has a financial relationship stand to directly benefit from actions of the board.
The unelected board was established in 2016 to oversee the response Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, and was granted powers by Congress akin to a bankruptcy court. As we have helped to expose in the past, political corruption is endemic in Puerto Rico. Apparently, the Commonwealth can’t even go broke without someone trying to take advantage of the situation. Here is the full text of our letter to the Attorney General:
As if President Donald Trump isn’t facing enough challenges to his administration’s legitimacy, now he’s got another one. On March 28, U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte granted standing to a lawsuit by the attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland alleging that the president, by continuing to profit from his Washington, D.C. hotel, is violating the constitutional ban on federal officials receiving gifts from domestic and foreign entities. According to Judge Messitte, his actions are causing “economic harm.” Yet evidence suggests that neither economics nor constitutional principle has much to do with this case.
Public officials in this country from the start have faced the pressure of being “bought and paid for.” Our Framers, recognizing the ever-present temptations of corruption, created safeguards to bar office holders from receiving presents, or “emoluments,” from outside parties. Article I, Section 6, Clause 2 of the Constitution, for example, bars sitting members … Read More ➡ “Judge Gives Standing to Shaky ‘Emoluments’ Suit against Trump”
When it comes to ethically compromised congressmen, Chicago seems to produce a bumper crop. Last Thursday, March 22, the House Ethics Committee released separate reports admonishing Reps. Bobby Rush and Luis Gutierrez, both Democrats from Chicago districts, for violating House rules concerning outside financial activities of members. The committee ordered Rush (in photo, on left) and Gutierrez (in photo, on right) to pay respective sums of $13,310 and $9,700 to the U.S. Treasury. The investigations were triggered by a probe by the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. Given the facts, the sanctions appear to be slaps on the wrist. The case of Gutierrez, who is retiring after the current term, is especially disturbing in the context of other conflicts of interest.