International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 25 has a well-earned reputation as the bad boys of Boston-area organized labor. Indeed, the union has few peers anywhere when it comes to intimidation. A Boston federal jury last Thursday finished hearing several days of testimony in the case of four local members accused of terrorizing Padma Lakshmi, host of Top Chef, and other members of the popular reality TV show’s nonunion production crew, back in June 2014 for crossing a picket line. The incident occurred outside a restaurant where a segment was to be filmed. Lakshmi testified on Monday that she was “petrified” and “paralyzed with fear.” Evidence indicates this “picket line,” contrary to union assertions, was a shakedown. A fifth Local 25 member already had been sentenced in December. Verdicts are expected soon.
Teamsters Local 25, based in Charlestown (Boston), Mass., has been on the Union Corruption Update radar screen for … Read More ➡
The 10-pager composed by newly unemployed James Damore was provocatively composed (not due to inciteful rhetoric, but tempered reasoning), yet also was imperfectly executed. It would be difficult not to stumble when dealing with an extremely hot button issue over 3,000 words. Imagine you were assigned a thesis titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” with a subtitle of “How bias clouds our thinking about diversity and inclusion,” and see how you do.
Damore deserves credit for tackling head-on such an emotionally charged topic, with which he triggered a passion power-surge. The CEO of Google subsidiary YouTube, Susan Wojcicki, immediately responded at Fortune.com with a “what will I tell my daughter” screed, ignoring Damore’s salient points, and fomenting simplistic “gender bias” accusations.
“When I saw the (Damore) memo that circulated last week,” Wojcicki wrote, “I once again felt that pain, and empathized with the pain it must have … Read More ➡
A new analysis by the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) shows that the number of fake pro-net neutrality comments posted in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) docket between July 17th and August 4th was more than 5.8 million.
The FCC continues to be flooded with comments from various fake email domains and U.S. address generator programs found online. In many cases, the same comments are submitted dozens or even hundreds of times by filers using the same name, but coming from various phony email and physical U.S. addresses.
While the data file of the 5.8 million is too large to put online, NLPC has uploaded 6 CSV files containing 1.5 million comments downloaded through the FCC’s public API between July 17 and 25. NLPC invites journalists and researchers to examine, download and manipulate the data if they would like to conduct their own analysis.
Ex.-Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) retired from Congress last year, but the deception and chicanery surrounding his finances appears to continue.
In his public filings, reviewed by the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), Rangel purported to make a personal loan of $100,000 to his campaign in June 2014. These funds apparently needed to pay legal bills for Rangel’s unsuccessful attempt to have his 2010 censure by the House overturned by the courts.
It appears that he may not have made this “loan” at all because it appears repayment was made to his National Leadership PAC. So-called leadership PACs are fundraising vehicles that incumbent members of Congress may maintain in addition to their regular re-election campaign committees.
The motivation for the deception may be simple. Members of Congress may use funds from their personal re-election committees for legal expenses related to their service, but not from leadership PACs.
As a multicultural radical, Thomas Perez is well-suited for his current job as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. As a government official, he is anything but that. Last week a lawyer for the Department of Labor went public with damning evidence that Perez, while heading DOL during the second Obama term, thwarted congressionally-mandated payouts to Cold War-era nuclear arsenal employees with job-related illnesses. The whistleblower, Stephen Silbiger, accused Perez of “open hostility” toward the workers, some of whom died waiting in futility for their claims to be processed. The story, which appeared in last Friday’s Washington Free Beacon, suggests the Democratic Party, like Perez, is not on the side of American workers, populist rhetoric notwithstanding.
National Legal and Policy Center on several occasions has been sharply critical of Thomas Perez, particularly in March 2013 when President Barack Obama named him to succeed Hilda Solis as the nation’s next … Read More ➡
The central figure in the burgeoning House Information Technology scandal was arrested yesterday while attempting to board a jet to his native Pakistan. Imran Awan, his wife, and two brothers were longtime employees of a score of House Democrats, collecting more than $4 million in salaries, but were seldom seen on Capitol Hill.
On July 17, NLPC Chairman Ken Boehm predicted that the IT scandal was “about to explode.”
When news first broke in February that the IT workers were under investigation by the Capitol Police for theft of House property and possibly breaching security, the Awans were fired by a score of House members who employed them as “shared employees.” The only exception was Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) who kept Imran Awan employed even though he was banned from the House server network. She got around the ban by designating Awan as an … Read More ➡
Among union officials on the corruption radar screen, John T. Coli Sr. long has ranked among the most prominent. But the powerful Chicago-area Teamster boss’s luck finally appears to have run out. Last week, on July 12, Coli, now 57, was indicted by a federal grand jury on five counts of extortion and one count of attempted extortion from a local film production company. During July 2016-April 2017, allege prosecutors, Coli (in photo, on right), as head of Teamsters Local 727, received cash payments from the firm totaling $100,000, threatening economic retaliation if the money was not forthcoming. By no coincidence, Coli announced his retirement from Teamster activity that day, though without mentioning the indictment. A bench warrant for his arrest has been issued, but the date of his arraignment has yet to be set.
Teamsters Local 727 is a longtime Coli family business, a reality that Union Corruption Update … Read More ➡
A family of Democratic Congressional IT staffers is under investigation for stealing equipment from Congressional offices, possible money laundering, and potentially compromising the House of Representatives’ IT network.
The Capitol Police are investigating Imran Awan, his wife Hina Alvi, and two brothers Abid and Jamal Awan following a data breach this past February, and have barred them from accessing the House network as of March. IT staffers are shared across offices, meaning that the Awans were not employed by any single office.
Between 2009 and 2017, the Awans were paid roughly $4 million. Yet, according to Luke Rosiak, an investigative reporter for the Daily Caller , there is no sign of this money. Imran Awan and Hina Alvi lived in an unremarkable apartment and did not have any significant outward trappings of wealth.
In addition to the income they received from the House of Representatives, … Read More ➡
Over 1.3 million additional pro-net neutrality comments submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) appear to be coming from non-U.S. filers from foreign countries, according to a new analysis released today by the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), a leading government watchdog.
A forensic analysis of comments received between July 3rd and Net Neutrality “Day of Action” on July 12th shows that the FCC was flooded with 1.3 million comments from addresses in France, Russia and Germany. This time the comments came almost exclusively from the email domains Pornhub.com and Hurra.de (Germany). As with NLPC’s previous analysis, thousands of the comments appear to come from fake email addresses and fake physical addresses overseas.
NLPC’s latest analysis of foreign comments flooding the FCC docket matches similar patterns found in our previous analysis and some new patterns as well:
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) today filed an article of impeachment against President Trump, and was joined by Rep. Al Green (D-TX). Notwithstanding all the impeachment talk in some quarters, this is the first time an impeachment article has been introduced in the House.
“If they had a good case based on real information, I think they would mention it by now and put their cards on the table,” Boehm, a former Pennsylvania state prosecutor and former counsel for the board of directors at the Legal Services Corporation, told The Daily Signal. “They don’t have high crimes and misdemeanors. They don’t have low crimes and misdemeanors.”
Sherman is the Congressman who claimed that Russia manipulated the Electoral College to elect Trump. On CNN’s Newsroom on January 9, he said, “The fact is that … Read More ➡