Based on documents provided by the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller today details the firing of a staff member of Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) after she reported a sexual assault at the physical therapy clinic owned by Joan Flowers, a close Meeks crony and donor.
Flowers has served as treasurer of Meeks’ campaign, as well as that of former New York Senate president Malcolm Smith, who is now in prison, and former Governor David Paterson.
From 2002 to 2008, Flowers’ law office was the address for something called the New Direction Local Development Corporation, which operated much like a slush fund for Meeks and Smith. Among other financial irregularities exposed by NLPC, New Direction raised funds for Hurricane Katrina victims who never got the money. Media coverage of New Direction prompted a series of overlapping investigations that have send a parade of New … Read More ➡
If you are a corporate CEO and you receive a pointed letter about your business practices from two U.S. Senators, it will command your attention, right? And if one is a liberal Democrat and the other a conservative Republican, evidencing broad concern about whatever they are complaining about, don’t you just rivet straight up?
Apparently not if you are Tim Cook and your company is Apple. After all, Apple has a market capitalization approaching $900 billion and is the most admired brand in the world. Maybe you don’t have to pay much attention at all, even if the Senators are raising serious — and potentially explosive — questions about your relationship with the Communist government of China.
On October 17, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) wrote Cook about the removal in July of Virtual Private Network (VPN) apps from the Apple store. VPNs allow users in China … Read More ➡
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is holding a press conference at 1 P.M. today regarding the public comment process of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on net neutrality.
If his past comments and actions are any guide, he will use the occasion to criticize FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and the Commission’s plans to overturn the Obama-era net neutrality rules. According to Schneiderman, “For my part, I have long publicly advocated for strong net neutrality rules under the Title II of the Communications Act…”
We have conducted four separate forensic studies of the public comments, and we have found massive fraud. We do not have a position on net neutrality. We welcome an investigation into who is responsible for the fraud we exposed, but that investigation must be credible.
Schneiderman is hardly credible. He is a screaming partisan. It is hard to take him seriously. He would have you believe … Read More ➡
Michigan Congressman John Conyers, who has been in Congress since 1964, stands accused of sexual harassment by multiple women, including several former staffers, but House leaders have been slow to react.
Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did not initially condemn Conyers, calling him a civil rights “icon” during an appearance on Meet the Press on Sunday. However, Pelosi gave a press conference on Thursday, during which she called for Conyers’ resignation.
“[The allegations] are serious, disappointing, and credible,” said Pelosi at a press conference, followed by House Speaker Paul Ryan, who also called on Conyers to resign. Pelosi said, “These brave women are owed justice…I pray for Congressman Conyers and his family and wish them well. However, Congressman Conyers should resign.”
Pelosi’s comments came after Conyers’ most recent accuser, Marion Brown, alleged on “The Today Show” that Conyers had sexually harassed her during her time working for his office … Read More ➡
In what is universally agreed to be the National Football League’s worst year, both on and off the field, in anyone’s long-term memory, team owners appear to be ready to reward Commissioner Roger Goodell with a sizable contract extension.
The NFL’s reputation, for many years signified with pride by its “shield” logo, has been diminished by high-profile domestic violence incidents by some of its players; by increasing awareness of long-term brain injuries the game causes; and most of all, by widespread protests during the playing of the National Anthem before games, where many players have refused to stand with respect.
The response from the league’s formerly robust fandom has shown in both stadium attendance and television viewership. For the last several weeks, pointing out the high number of empty seats at games has become a sport in itself. As for those who used to enjoy Sunday afternoons in … Read More ➡
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) now says that then-President Bill Clinton should have resigned in the wake of his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. One wonders if she would have made such a demand if she was in the Senate in 1988, or if Hillary had been elected last year. Her assertion is nonetheless the most prominent example of liberal revisionism about the Clintons.
Gillibrand is also making headlines by proposing an overhaul of way the Senate handles harassment claims. She is courageously going to bat for women in the past and in the future. What about the present? Well, it’s a little complicated. Gillibrand says that she believes the groping allegations of Al Franken first accuser (of course, there is a photo) and she is dishing off to charity the $12,500 she accepted from Franken’s political action … Read More ➡
There was little suspense when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its plan to lift the Obama-era “net neutrality” rules. The action was promised by now-President Trump during the campaign and by Ajit Pai, who he appointed FCC Chairman.
Critics of the move continue to cite the fact that the FCC received about 22 million public comments, despite the fact that we showed that a significant percentage were fake. Yesterday, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn tweeted:
Who are the faces of #netneutrality? @FCC majority needs a reminder among the 22M+ comments filed are stories from #consumers#startups #entrepreneurs & others. Time to share their stories. One each weekday through 12/14.
If Clyburn really wants know “who are the faces,” we have the answers. In the course of releasing four separate forensic analyses of the public comments in the months leading up to the decision, we … Read More ➡
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s call for the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate Senator Al Franken (D-MN) can only serve the purpose of keeping Franken in the Senate. Senate and House Ethics Committees are where ethics complaints go to die. These panels are useful to the leadership because they allow them to argue that the Committees are the “appropriate venue” for ethics allegations, knowing full well the result will be delay until the furor blows over.
Franken understands this, and called for an ethics investigation of himself. The last member of Congress to do this was Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) in the wake of our exposé that he did not disclose, or pay taxes on, rental income from his beachfront villa in the Dominican Republic.
The Rangel case is the exception that proves the rule. The Ethics Committee “admonished” him, and he had to resign as Chairman of the House … Read More ➡
Ken Boehm, Chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, today reacted to mistrial caused by a hung jury in the bribery case of Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ). He said, “Menendez and his lawyers are spinning this as a victory, but all they have bought is time. Prosecutors will most certainly seek to retry this case. It was not a conviction today, but it was not an acquittal.”
Boehm continued, “Menendez’ problems are far from over. If he has to face a second trial and jury, the chances are he will be convicted. Given the scale of the corruption, I think the prosecutors will prevail if they get a second bite of the apple.”
Among other allegations, the prosecution accused Menendez of pressuring U.S. officials to get the Dominican Republic government to honor a long-dormant port security deal with a company owned by Dr. Salomon Melgen, Menenez’ co-defendant.
The allegations of sexual harassment may or may not be true. But there’s no disputing that the top ranks of the Service Employees International Union are getting thinner. Over the last few weeks, the SEIU announced the resignation, suspension or termination of four alleged labor lotharios: Executive Vice President Scott Courtney; principal organizer Kendall Fells; Chicago organizer Caleb Jennings; and Detroit organizer Mark Raleigh. More such moves may lie ahead. “These personnel actions are the culmination of this stage of the investigation which brought to light the serious problems related to abusive behavior towards staff, predominantly female staff,” stated union spokesperson Sahar Wali in an email. In the context of similar accusations in the worlds of politics, publishing and film, the story has added significance.
Females are a large and growing portion of organized labor in this country. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they now account for more … Read More ➡