Labor Department Issues Final Rule to Halt Union Trust Fund Abuse

Union health, retirement and other benefit funds all too often serve as incubators for fraud and embezzlement. The U.S. Department of Labor, after over 15 years, may be on the verge of realizing an anticipated tool for dramatically reducing these thefts. On March 6, DOL’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) published a final rule requiring labor organizations with total annual receipts of at least $250,000 to file a financial report, Form T-1, detailing how their trust funds are spent. “Full disclosure of trust operations gives workers the information they need to make informed choices, and more information means better decisions,” said OLMS Director Arthur Rosenfeld. The rule is effective April 6. But unions may go to court to block the rule – something they did twice, and successfully, during the Bush years.

As with any organization, union coffers present opportunities for illegal self-enrichment by people who think they can get … Read More ➡

Trump & Biden Go to War Over Twitter’s Biased ‘Manipulation’ Labeling

Joe Biden/IMAGE: via Twitter

With the first implementation of a new policy that purports to promote transparency in labeling videos that have been edited in ways that could be deceptive or misleading, Twitter couldn’t have succeeded better in making transparent its own liberal bias.

Last weekend the social media platform marked a video posted by White House social media director Dan Scavino, and retweeted by President Trump, as “manipulated media.” The label had never before been used, although Twitter warned that it was coming.

The video showed a clip of a speech by Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden in his own stumbling words, which were cropped to make it appear he was endorsing Trump. The Democratic National Committee called attention to Twitter that the video was “manipulated,” according to The Daily Beast, and Twitter immediately slapped the label on it.

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Rep. Omar’s Marriage Raises Questions About Campaign Money Flows

After denying for months that she and political consultant Tim Mynett were having an affair, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) announced via Instagram that the two have married.

Mynett’s firm, known as the E Street Group, LLC, has been the recipient of an increasing share of Omar’s campaign spending. In the fourth quarter of 2019, Mynett’s firm received more than half of Omar’s campaign spending, after receiving more than a third in the prior quarter.

In the third quarter of 2019, Mynett’s firm received $146,713. In the fourth quarter it received $217,000.

In a Complaint to the Federal Election Commission on August 28, 2019, National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) alleged that Omar made personal use of campaign funds by reimbursing Mynett’s expenses while he traveled around the country with her.

According to the Complaint, “It appears that Respondent Mynett’s travel as reported by Ilhan for Congress may have been unrelated, … Read More ➡

NLPC’s Anderson Warns of Corruption in Coronavirus Response

Alana Goodman reports in the Washington Free Beacon that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is “seeking contractors who can deliver portable toilets, showers, and hand-washing stations throughout the United States within 24 hours notice…” FEMA is presumably preparing to respond to a Coronavirus outbreak. From the article:

The National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group, warned the federal government to be aware that emergency situations can often provide an opening for corruption in the procurement process.

“Oftentimes the government must take forceful and extensive measures in a crisis,” said Tom Anderson, director of the National Legal and Policy Center’s Government Integrity Project. “While this is necessary it also invites possible corruption and corner-cutting. I hope the proper safeguards are in place for this and future endeavors our government is taking on in order to battle the Covid-19 outbreak.”

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Hypocritical CNN Overseer Blasts Facebook’s Lack of ‘Editorial Integrity’

John Stankey/IMAGE: YouTube

The knock against Facebook that is getting the most attention right now is that CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said the platform will not act as arbiters of truth and falsehood for political candidates’ posts and ads.

Current and former political candidates like Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren have argued that it is irresponsible for the company to not be watchdogs for truth. For his part, Zuckerberg has said essentially that Facebook users are fully capable (through comments) of policing truth vs. fiction and that free speech, not censorship, should be paramount.

As the left’s attacks on Facebook get more hysterical – thanks to President Donald Trump’s smashing success in using the platform – critics are emerging seemingly everywhere, calling for increased accountability through government regulation, because the social media company has “too much power.”

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Former UAW President Gary Jones Charged with $1M+ Embezzlement

If a government takeover of the United Auto Workers looked like a possibility a few days ago, that possibility just became more real. Yesterday, March 5, Gary Jones (in photo), former president of the United Auto Workers, was charged in an information in Detroit federal court for his role in the embezzlement of well over $1 million in funds from the union, enabling himself and other union leaders to splurge on indulgences unrelated to UAW business. Forced from his post in November, Jones is the biggest catch yet in a union-auto industry probe that now has netted over a dozen guilty pleas. As this is an information, not an indictment, a plea deal would seem imminent. The actions follow a probe by the FBI, the IRS and the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.

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Ethics & Bar Complaints Filed Against Sen. Schumer on Supreme Court Threats

National Legal and Policy Center today filed an ethics complaint against U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer with both the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee as well as with the New York Bar Disciplinary Committee.

The Complaints detail the threatening comments that Senator Schumer made earlier this week on the Supreme Court steps targeting Associate Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

During the Supreme Court’s hearing on a controversial abortion case Schumer stated in part:

“…I want to tell you, Gorsuch… I want to tell you, Kavanaugh… you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

Senator Schumer’s remarks drew a public rebuke from Chief Justice John Roberts, the legal community including the American Bar Association, the public, and many Members of Congress, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“These outrageous threats from Senator Schumer must … Read More ➡

Trump-Russia Allegation Shows Intelligence is Being Politicized

Adam Schiff

Fred Lucas of the Daily Signal has a piece titled, “‘Here We Go Again’: 4 Things to Know About New Russia-Trump Election Meddling Narrative.” The New York Times reported that U.S. intelligence officials recently briefed the House Intelligence Committee and asserted that Russia is meddling in the 2020 election to the benefit of President Trump. According to the Times, no specifics were offered to back the assertion. From the Daily Signal:

“This shows that the president is still faced with people in the bureaucracy that want to impede and destroy his presidency. It also shows how intelligence is being politicized,” Flaherty said. “Intelligence should bear some resemblance to reality. It would seem the Kremlin would want Democrats to win.”    

The factual questions indicate a real problem, said Peter Flaherty, president of the National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group. 

“Someone in the

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Bezos Throws Billion$ at Climate Extortionists

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

At the moment, can you think of a bigger man-child multi-billionaire than Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos?

His behavior speaks of someone who was handed a massive inheritance and did nothing to earn it, rather than the from-the-bootstraps tech entrepreneur that he actually is.

His billions (as the world’s wealthiest man, according to Forbes) and his ascent to notoriety appear to have driven him to obsess over his image, but rather than actually conduct himself like a responsible grown-up, he would rather throw money around in futile attempts to come off as more responsible and mature than he is.

For example, consider his recent announcement that he will dedicate $10 billion of his personal wealth to “fight climate change.” It’s hard to imagine a business that belches more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than the deliver-everywhere, mega-cloud-computing Amazon. Between package transport vehicles (oil) and massive … Read More ➡

Senators Want to Put Radicals’ ‘Cancel Culture’ Tactics on ICE

Immigrants attempt to scale the wall separating Tijuana fron San Diego. / IMAGE: CBS News via Youtube

As progressives continue to harass legitimate businesses involved in perfectly legal activities, just because they run afoul of the Left’s social agenda, some Republican Senators are getting fed up and hope to brush back the pressure groups with new laws

As has been the case on issues such as global warming, oil and gas pipelines, and gun manufacturing, the radicals’ have increasingly targeted big banks, which they attempt to shame and coerce into de-funding businesses associated with projects with which they disapprove. Those financial institutions, averse to unpleasant public relations, often cave to their demands.

One recent example of their capitulation is the funding of private companies that contract with the federal government to manage prisons and detention centers for immigrants who have entered the United States illegally. Two of these … Read More ➡