More Washington DC Failure | Apr 2016

IRS Admits It Encourages Illegals To Steal Social Security Numbers For Taxes

– Forbes

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“This isn’t exactly the kind of story the IRS wants buzzing around at tax time. The IRS and Justice Department normally want ‘scared straight’ stories just before Tax Day. Ideally, when an indictment or conviction for tax evasion hits the news, it makes you think twice. Somehow, you think just a bit more about all those deductions, or if you really reported all your income, before you sign your return under penalties of perjury.

Instead, we have the top dog at the IRS, the IRS Commissioner himself, admitting that, well, there’s a problem with illegal immigrants and taxes. In fact, the top IRS official this time wasn’t talking about how the IRS wipes some hard drives or can’t find emails. He wasn’t even asking for a bigger budget to give bonuses to IRS employees.

This time, he was talking about illegal immigrants, and about the IRS turning a blind eye. Or maybe worse. The IRS actually wants illegal immigrants to illegally use Social Security numbers, he suggested. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen made the surprising statement in response to a question from Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., at a Senate Finance Committee meeting. The question was a touchy one. Gee, is the IRS collaborating with taxpayers who file tax returns using fraudulent information? It wasn’t put exactly that way. According to Senator Coats:

What we learned is that … the IRS continues to process tax returns with false W-2 information and issue refunds as if they were routine tax returns, and say that’s not really our job. We also learned the IRS ignores notifications from the Social Security Administration that a name does not match a Social Security number, and you use your own system to determine whether a number is valid.”

Commissioner Koskinen was asked to explain this. He suggested that as long as the information is being used only to fraudulently obtain jobs, the IRS was OK with it. In fact, he said that the IRS actually had an interest in helping the illegal immigrants to crook these rules. In fairness, perhaps it’s just the ‘that’s not my department’ response that abounds in big government. Perhaps this just isn’t the IRS’s problem, but it sure seems odd to have any agency chief encouraging illegal immigrant theft of SSNs.”

…Continue reading the article @ Forbes by Robert Wood

– Very few comments in the comments section.  /CJ

 

 

IRS says ID theft from Get Transcript service worse than thought

– SecurityInfoWatch.com

 

“About 685,000 taxpayers will be getting letters from the Internal Revenue Service this week warning that hackers may have stolen their tax information.

After a nine-month investigation, the IRS concluded recently that 390,000 taxpayer accounts may have been accessed, and another 295,000 were targeted, but not accessed.

The IRS said hackers used Social Security numbers found elsewhere to get into the Get Transcript service, which was designed to make it easy for filers to get tax returns from previous years. With information from previous returns, hackers presumably could prepare a phony new return in an individual’s name and seek a refund.

The service was discontinued in May 2015 when it was first discovered that 225,000 taxpayer documents may have been hacked. Since then, the investigation has turned up more potential victims. In all, more than 1.2 million tax filers were targeted by ID thieves. An IRS spokesman could not identify the number of Illinois residents targeted.

Get Transcript allowed taxpayers to immediately download and view tax information or have it mailed to them. Since the launch of the service in January 2014, about 47 million transcripts have been ordered, according to the IRS.”

…Continue reading @ www.securityinfowatch.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Thirds of US Corps Pay No Income Tax | Apr 2016

Many U.S. corporations pay little in federal income taxes: report

– Yahoo News

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“By Alana Wise WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At least two-thirds of all active U.S. corporations paid nothing in federal income taxes during the 2006-12 period, despite an income-dependent statutory tax rate of 15 percent to 35 percent, the Government Accountability Office said in a recent report.

Among large, profitable entities, 19.5 percent paid nothing in federal income taxes in 2012, said the report, which came at the behest of Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders, whose campaign circulated the study.

The report from the nonpartisan federal auditing agency said profitable corporations were able to use tax deductions and incentives to lessen their federal tax burdens in a given year, sometimes bringing their amount paid to zero.

Profitable corporations, on average, from 2008 to 2012, paid just 14 percent of their earnings in federal income taxes.”

…Continue reading @ Yahoo News

What GAO Found:

“In each year from 2006 to 2012, at least two-thirds of all active corporations had no federal income tax liability. Larger corporations were more likely to owe tax. Among large corporations (generally those with at least $10 million in assets) less than half—42.3 percent—paid no federal income tax in 2012. Of those large corporations whose financial statements reported a profit, 19.5 percent paid no federal income tax that year. Reasons why even profitable corporations may have paid no federal tax in a given year include the use of tax deductions for losses carried forward from prior years and tax incentives, such as depreciation allowances that are more generous in the federal tax code than those allowed for financial accounting purposes. Corporations that did have a federal corporate income tax liability for tax year 2012 owed $267.5 billion.”

…from the Government Accoutability Office Report found here @ GAO.gov

 

The Danger of Sanctuary Cities | Apr 2016

Illegal Alien Killer Protected by Nebraska ‘Sanctuary City’ Policy Vanishes to Honduras After Paying Bond

 – Breitbart

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“Thanks to the Omaha police department’s refusal to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and ICE’s failure to issue a detainer, illegal alien murderer Eswin Mejia is on the run and may never serve time for killing a young woman.

The Honduran Mejia, 19, killed 21-year-old Sarah Root while allegedly street racing on January 31, rear-ending her so hard she succumbed to her fatal injuries that same night. Police found Mejia’s blood-alcohol level was four times the legal limit, and the alien had “a suspended driver’s license.”

Root had graduated from Bellevue University with a 4.0 GPA just the day before.

Although Mejia faced up to 20 years in prison for killing Root, Judge Jeffrey Marcuzzo set Mejia’s bond at $50,000. Mejia’s brother paid the necessary $5,000–ten percent–and the illegal promptly disappeared, rubbing salt in the mourning Root family’s wounds.

Police did not contact Root’s family to warn them they freed their daughter’s killer.

“I agree with everything you have all written,” the victim’s mother told KMTV. “Those are all questions we have. If it wasn’t for my ex-husband checking every day with the investigators, we wouldn’t have known [Mejia] was released. This is such a big nightmare. We will not stop until we get justice for my baby girl. She deserves that.”

“We would like call attention however to the fact that we laid her to rest yesterday, and the cost of a bond cost less than a funeral,” said the young woman’s father at a February vigil.

WOWT NBC Nebraska noted Mejia was a noted flight risk and police only bothered with him after he kept committing crimes on the road:

Court records show that Mejia skipped a court date in 2014 in relation to a traffic violation — he only went to court when he was charged with a second offense in 2015 and was subsequently taken into custody.

Furious community members began to demand answers from police.

“Why he let him out on such a low bond when the county attorney was asking for a higher bond? Why wasn’t there a detainer on him? Why didn’t they call ICE to come get him?” asked co-founder of the Burlington Road Neighborhood Association Rebecca Barrientos-Patlan. Police reluctantly confirmed to KETV NewsWatch 7 Mejia was “undocumented,”rushing to add they didn’t want to “focus” on the fact. Yet they knew Mejia was an illegal alien before his bond hearing after investigating his background.

Until Wednesday, neither police nor local media coverage thought it concerned Americans that an extremely drunk illegal alien street racing with a suspended license killed a beautiful young woman, preferring to frame the horrific — and entirely preventable — crash as a routine traffic accident. Blackouts of this kind of critical information encourage Americans to accept that their streets will be terrorized by invaders and their daughters can be mangled to death at illegals’ leisure. Mejia is identified as “man,” “teen,” “suspect” in local news coverage. Nothing to see here. Needless to say, the “Black Lives Matter” and “undocumented immigrant”-obsessed national media outlet ignored Root’s death.

Omaha Deputy Police Chief Dave Baker told RadioIowa police allowed Mejia to go free even after investigators demanded a detainer:

As a local law enforcement agency, we’re not empowered to enforce federal immigration laws however, we do work with the immigration authorities on a federal level. In this case, the individual, Mr. Mejia, was in our country illegally. He was from Honduras. We do attempt to make sure the judge is aware the individual is in the country illegally, not on the basis of whether the individual is guilty or not guilty. It does not effect what charges they are charged with on a local or a state basis. It has to do with whether or not there is a flight risk. Our accident investigator did request a detainer; however, one was not issued or granted prior to him bonding out. His brother did bond him out before the detainer was issued. My understanding was that he was bonded out fairly quickly.

According to the non-partisan Centers for Immigration Studies, Douglas County is a “sanctuary city” and will not honor ICE detainers without a warrant.”

…Continue reading the detailed article by Kate McHugh @ Breitbart

– According  to the DHS memo referenced below, Eswin Mejia entered the country illegally, but under President Obama’s Executive Order and directives,  was allowed to enter the United States as an ‘unaccompanied minor’ and allowed to stay.

– Obama has said such children posed no threat to Americans.

– Once the illegal alien stayed, it was as though he had complete diplomatic immunity.

/CJ

 

 

 

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“Even being convicted of homicide isn’t enough to ensure illegal immigrants are detained by federal agents, the government’s top deportation official said in a letter to Congress released Monday.U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldana said neither Obama administration policy nor federal law required her agency to detain Edwin Mejia, who arrived in the U.S. illegally as part of the surge of unaccompanied children from Central America, after he was charged with vehicular homicide in Nebraska.

Still, she said her officers should have taken the initiative to detain him of their own volition and that she has notified all of her bureaus nationwide to do a better job of evaluating people they’re called to detain.

Mr. Mejia stands accused of a drunken-driving accident this year that killed a young Iowa woman in Omaha — but federal immigration agents never showed up to collect him. After he posted bond with local authorities, he absconded.

“After further review, we believe that further enforcement action would have served an important federal interest in this case,” Ms. Saldana said in a letter to Sen. Ben Sasse, Nebraska Republican, which the senator released Monday.

ICE said it first encountered Mr. Mejia, who also goes by the first name Eswin, at the border in Arizona in May 2013. He was a 16-year-old at the time. The Border Patrol, acting under President Obama’s interpretation of the law, admitted Mr. Mejia and turned him over to social services, then eventually sent him to live with his brother in the U.S.”

…Continue reading @ the WashingtonTimes

 

– Interestingly, in the video Sen Sasse posted on youtube, Ms. Saldana notes several things: 1) there is only a four hour window in which ICE has to respond to a notice to detain, 2) ICE does not have enough staff to respond to all requests nationwide, 3) policy has changed for criminal detainment in response to the DHS Secretary Johnson’s memos outlining President Obama’s executive actions, and 4) Mejia was not detained because Miss Root had not died yet.

– Two things present themselves here:

1. Lengthen the period required to inform and confirm with ICE whether or not ICE will detain. Simple.

2. Since Saldana said her ICE officers have discretion in these matters, ICE could at least detained Mejia until Miss Root either recovered or expired. Simple.

In July, it will be a year since the tragic and senseless death of Kate Steinle in San Francisco under similar circumstances regarding an illegal alien. A gun was used instead of a car, but a young American life was cut short in a way that could have been prevented if only we enforced existing laws rather than circumvent them.

One last thing, the Inspector General for DHS testified that his office has no plans to review Obama’s directives that have changed immigration law, and their effect on the agency and their mission.

/ CJ

 

 

Victims of Illegal Alien Crime on ‘Sham’ Colorado Cruz Win: This Is ‘Third World Tyranny’

– Breitbart

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“The American victims who have lost their children to illegal alien crime denounced Sen. Ted Cruz ’s “voterless victory” in Colorado.

The victims who endorsed Donald Trump said that they were appalled by the state GOP’s attempt to “silence” the American people. “The arrangement in Colorado is a sham. I can’t really call it an election. Ted Cruz is not for Americans,” said Cruz constituent Laura Wilkerson. “He is as bought and paid for as Hillary Clinton.”

“This needs to be a wake up call for Americans,” said Texas resident Dan Golvach. “We have been sleep walking into a third world tyranny with the two main parties. This also shows you who Ted Cruz has crawled into bed with politically speaking… He’s nothing more than a poster boy for the plutocrats. I have no use for him or the plutocrat media complex that has been pushing these type of candidates on us.”

Dan Golvach and Laura Wilkerson are both Cruz constituents. While Cruz was in the U.S. Senate, an illegal alien randomly chose 25-year-old Spencer Golvach’s “head as target practice”– shooting and murdering Spencer. On his way home from school six years ago, 18-year-old Joshua Wilkerson was tied up, beaten, strangled, set on fire, and tortured to death by his illegal alien classmate.

Laura Wilkerson said, “After meeting him [Sen. Cruz] and testifying in front of him, in July last of year, [we heard] nothing. Not once has he reached out to a Texas American family that has lost a loved one from an illegal alien hands. I have seen the Ted Cruz that I met completely change his position on immigration. Right now he is as bought and paid for as Hillary Clinton. People should be outraged that the kids from Colorado who are fighting for America can’t even vote for the leader of America. It’s not right.”

Dan Golvach similarly said, “Ted Cruz as a Texas senator has never reached out to [our] family that had suffered the loss of a loved one at the hands of an illegal alien. We in the Remembrance Project have reached out to him numerous times, but he was too busy falling all over himself to get as many H-1B foreign workers in here as he could to help keep wages down for his donor puppet masters.”

“It’s apparent the elections are no longer about what the American citizens want. Big money and the establishment are going to great lengths to silence us,” Mary Ann Mendoza said about Colorado’s voterless election.

Mendoza’s son Sgt. Brandon Mendoza was murdered by a drunk illegal alien who had been driving the wrong way down a freeway. The illegal alien’s blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit at the time of the crash.

“Cruz should call for an election in Colorado… We are becoming like a third world country with all of this government corruption,” said Billy Inman. “There ought to be an election and everyone ought to be able vote in it. Trump has the backing of the American working people. If these GOP politicians worked as hard on improving America for Americans as they are working to get rid of Donald Trump, America would still be a great nation.”

Inman’s 16-year-old son Dustin was murdered while he and his family were on their way to celebrate an early Father’s Day family fishing trip. An illegal alien rear ended their family’s vehicle at over 60 mph. Dustin’s parents, Billy and Cathy, were both knocked unconscious. They were unable to attend their son’s funeral because they were in accident-induced comas for weeks after their son’s death.

“They don’t listen to us. They just do not listen to us. It’s too much corruption. I truly believe that. There’s too much money involved and too much corruption. They are trying to silence us, ” Inman said of Cruz’s voterless win. “Trump is the only one who can give us a voice. I’ve been talking about this problem [i.e. immigration] for 16 years and he’s the only one whose done anything about it.”

…Continue reading @ Breitbart

 

SpaceX Historic Achievement | Apr 2016

SPACEX – HISTORIC ROCKET LANDING    | CRS-8 DRAGON – HOSTED WEBCAST

– Youtube

– SpaceX makes history with rocket landing. Major achievement for the United States from California based company in SoCal.

Streamed live on Apr 8, 2016 from SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

– The first successful landing of the first stage Dragon rocket landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean off Florida.

–  Landing is at approx. 27:36 on the video timecode.

…See more here @ SpaceX

 

 

 

SpaceX Sticks a Rocket Landing at Sea in Historic First

– spaceflightnow.com

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“A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket booster descended under engine power to a floating landing platform in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday, notching the first-ever rocket landing at sea minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral with a supply ship hauling 3.5 tons of cargo to the International Space Station.

The dramatic landing, broadcast live by SpaceX and NASA, is the latest achievement for the commercial space transportation company led by Elon Musk, who aims to make rocket launches less expensive to enable his vision of affordable human missions to Mars.

Friday’s successful descent to the landing platform, dubbed a drone ship by SpaceX, was the first time a space launcher returned to Earth at sea.

The achievement is important because SpaceX hopes to reuse Falcon 9 first stage boosters to reduce the cost of space transportation, and launches carrying heavy payloads to high-altitude orbits are going too fast and need too much fuel for the rockets to turn around and head back for land.

Rockets on those missions — accounting about half of the Falcon 9’s future manifest — must arc downrange from the launch site and target landings hundreds of miles away.

“I think it’s another step towards the stars,” Musk said after Friday’s launch and landing. “In order for us to really open up access to space, we’ve got to achieve full and rapid reusability, and being able to do that for the primary rocket booster is going to be a huge impact on cost.”

…Continue reading @ spaceflightnow.com

 

Trump’s New Campaign Manager | April 2016

CNN Interview with New Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort

– Youtube / DCWhispers / CNN

You’re winning the votes but losing the nomination.

New Trump Campaign Manager in just-released video, Paul Manafort speaks with CNN on the shift within the Trump campaign and his new direct role in it.

“Note how he says he answers to Trump directly – not through Lewandowski, a clear substantiation of the above report. This a very competent and confident political operative of the highest order…..”

…Continue reading @ DCWhispers.com

 

 

TRUMP Political Strategist: Trump Will Amass 1,237 Delegates Needed to Clinch Nomination

– theGatewaypundit

“Earlier this week The Gateway Pundit predicted that Donald Trump would win the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination before the convention in July.

In our conservative estimate we even gave Ted “New York Values” Cruz 35 delegates in New York which is impossible at this point.

Trump leads New York by 52% in the latest polling and could sweep all delegates in the Empire State.
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We also predicted Ted Cruz will run out of delegates by April 26 unless he continues to steal them from Trump.

Today Donald Trump’s political strategist reported the same news.
Trump will amass the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination before the July convention.”

…Continue reading @ thegatewaypundit.com

 

 

 

Bernie vs. Hillary on NYC Nuke | Apr 2016

New York nuclear plant’s future further divides Bernie Sanders and Clinton

– Guardian UK

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“The Indian Point Energy Center, a controversial and ageing nuclear plant near New York City, has split the Democratic presidential candidates .

As campaigning continued before the New York primary on 19 April, Bernie Sanders called the facility “a catastrophe waiting to happen”. Hillary Clinton said only that it needed more oversight.

A senior member of the Union of Concerned Scientists told the Guardian “the whole New York metropolitan area is potentially imperiled by an accident at Indian Point”.

Last week, the company that runs Indian Point revealed that 227 bolts holding the interior of a nuclear reactor at the site have “degraded” or gone missing. In February, the plant reported that a radioactive material, tritium, had leaked into groundwater.

The plant, about 40 miles north of midtown Manhattan on the eastern bank of the Hudson river, has a 40-year history of accidents, fires and complaints. Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered an investigation into February’s “unacceptable” leak. He has called for the plant to close.

“In my view, we cannot sit idly by and hope that the unthinkable will never happen,” Sanders said in a statement. “It makes no sense to me to continue to operate a decaying nuclear reactor within 25 miles of New York City where nearly 10 million people live.”

…Continue reading @ The Guardian

 

More Wash DC Failure – Mimi Walters | Apr 2016

South OC Rep. Mimi Walters’ chief of staff resigns after federal indictment

– LA Times

“Rep. Mimi Walters’ chief of staff, David Bowser, has resigned following news of federal corruption charges related to his work in another congressional office.

“The charges against him involve incidents alleged to have occurred in the office of former Georgia Congressman Paul Broun in 2012-2014, before Rep. Walters became a member of Congress,” the Irvine Republican’s office said in a statement Thursday morning.

The Justice Department released the indictments Wednesday, including one count of obstruction of proceedings, one count of theft of government property, one count of concealment of material facts and five counts of making false statements.

The charges stem from Bowser’s time as chief of staff to Broun, a Georgia Republican, and allegations that Broun used official funds to pay for a campaign consultant and Bowser tried to block an ethics probe into the matter.

Prosecutors allege that Republican campaign consultant Brett O’Donnell was paid nearly $44,000 in congressional funds. O’Donnell, whose work included debate prep for Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann, pleaded guilty last September in an ethics case involving Broun.

The House Ethics Committee investigation looking into the matter ended in January 2015 when Broun left office. The former congressman has not been charged with a crime and is seeking his old seat again.

In 2014, Walters was elected to her first term with 65% of the vote in her Orange County district. She was picked by colleagues to represent the freshman Republicans in House leadership and serves on the House Judiciary and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committees.

This year Walters is vying for the seat against her 2014 Republican challenger, Mission Viejo City Council member Greg Raths, and two Democrats, anesthesiologist Max Gouron and businessman Ron Varasteh.”

…Continue reading @ LA Times

Ms. Walters represents the 45th Congressional District in Orange County, California.

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– Can we say lack of judgement here? Ms. Walters could not even pick a Californian as a Chief of Staff?

Whose choice was it? Did Boehner pick the Chief of State and was it part of grooming her for TPA cheerleading? I do not recall Ms. Walters running on a platform supporting TPA. The district is a high tech hotbed yet we have no representation in Congress on the issue, much less concern about TPA.

We can see that this is part of a systemic problem in Congress, where newly elected representatives to Congress go to Washington DC, only to hire entrenched DC congressional operatives who have long standing deals and agreements with all the players there. A local congressperson doesn’t stand a chance. A veritable congressional cartel as it were.

This practice has to be questioned, or the whole point of term limits is moot. What’s the point of changing the Congress if the staff stays the same?

/CJ

** Update:

Former Paul Broun chief of staff indicted on eight counts

– Atlanta Journal-Constitution

 

“WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice on Wednesday announced that the former chief of staff to then-U.S. Rep. Paul Broun has been indicted in connection with misusing taxpayer money to finance campaign activities and obstructing a congressional investigation into the matter.

The eight-count indictment charges David Bowser, Broun’s longtime top staffer, with one count of obstruction of proceedings, one count theft of government property, one count of concealment of material facts and five counts of making false statements.

Bowser’s arraignment and initial appearance have yet to be scheduled. The Justice Department said the FBI is investigating the case.

Bowser, now the chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Calif., did not respond to requests for comment.

The announcement came seven months after former GOP strategist and debate coach Brett O’Donnell pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Macon to lying to investigators about his relationship with Broun’s office.

O’Donnell listed Bowser as “Person A” and Broun as “Congressman A” in his plea, details that matched up with an Office of Congressional Ethics investigation that named both men. Bowser was quoted in the plea for telling O’Donnell that the Office of Congressional Ethics can go “f—- themselves” and that consultant should falsely maintain that he was a volunteer debate coach for Broun’s campaign.

Official funds for members of Congress cannot go toward campaign activity, though official staff often volunteer for campaigns in their free time. Many staffers also are paid by a member’s campaign and official accounts, and Broun did this for some staff but not O’Donnell. The debate coach was paid $43,750 from 2012 to 2014 from Broun’s taxpayer-funded office account, and he performed similar services for other members of Congress.

Bowser and Broun both told investigators and said publicly that O’Donnell worked for Broun from 2012 to 2014 as a consultant for $2,500 per month to help sharpen Broun’s communications skills on official matters such as floor speeches, while volunteering for Broun’s 2012 House re-election campaign and 2014 Senate bid.

The case has marked the first time someone has been charged with lying to the Office of Congressional Ethics, a quasi-independent body that refers cases to the member-run U.S. House Ethics Committee.

Broun said he is “disappointed” about the indictment and added that he is “not aware of any ethical violations by my staff at any time.”

“I have cooperated fully with the investigators at every step. Throughout this process, it was made clear that I was not the subject of the investigation. Everything I did was completely above board and the investigation has proven that,” Broun said in a statement.

The news comes seven weeks before Republican primary voters in Georgia’s ninth congressional district hit the polls. Broun, a tea party favorite, is running against incumbent Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, for the northeast Georgia seat.

The indictment has already become a campaign issue for Broun.

“All roads in this criminal case lead back to Paul Broun. When is he going to take responsibility for abusing taxpayers hard earned money?” said Collins Campaign Manager Carmen Foskey.

Broun shot back, “I find it also disappointing that Mr. Collins would politicize this event in Mr. Bowser’s life and seek to use it for his political gain.”

The House Ethics Committee investigation looking into the matter ended in January 2015 when Broun left office after he finished fifth the Republican primary for U.S. Senate the year before. It could be revived if Broun wins the May 24 primary and later the general election.”

…Continue reading @ AJC.com

 

 

Mimi Walters’ Chief of Staff Resigns After Indictment

– Breitbart

“Rep. Mimi Walter’s chief of staff, David Bowser, 45, resigned on Wednesday following news of federal corruption charges and indictments related to his work in a different congressional office.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Bowser’s eight indictment counts include one count of obstruction of proceedings, one count of theft of government property, one count of concealment of material facts, and five counts of making false statements. The charges reportedly stem from Bowser’s time as chief of staff to Rep. George Broun (R-GA), and allege that Broun had blurred lines between official and campaign work by using official taxpayer funds to hire a campaign consultant.

Brett O’Donnell, who has helped Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann prepare for debates, was reportedly paid $44,000 in congressional funds.

The House Ethics Committee, which was investigating the matter, completed its probe in January of 2015, the same year Rep. Broun left office. Broun has reportedly not been charged with a crime. The FBI Is investigating the case.”

…Continue reading @ Breitbart

 – The comments section is excellent.

 

 

 

 

 

Chief of Staff for Mimi Walters (R-CA45) steps down under ethics cloud

– OC Breeze

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David Bowser, Chief of Staff for Mimi Walters, faces eight counts that include obstruction of proceedings, and theft of government property.

According to a report from Todd Ruger at Roll Call, Chief of Staff David Bowser has stepped down from his position with the office of Congresswoman Mimi Walters (R-CA45) amid accusations that he improperly spent money on a campaign consultant on behalf of his former employer, Paul Broun, who is not currently in office.

The accusation of impropriety does not include any activity since he began working for Walters.

The 45th California Congressional District represented by Walters stretches from Santa Ana and Villa Park in the West to beyond Trabuco Canyon in the east, and from Anaheim Hills in the north to Launa Hills and Coto de Caza in the south. Rogers was first elected to Congress last year. Prior to that, she served as California State Senator for the 37th District from 2012 to 2015. John Moorlach, former Orange County Supervisor, now represents the 37th District.”

 

…See more @ OC Breeze

 

Who is Congresswoman Mimi Walters?

 

Morning Joe: Rep. Mimi Walters Discusses Trade Promotion Authority

– Morning Joe

– Video shows Mimi Walters full support of Trade Promotion Authority Bill (TPA).

See more here @ Youtube

 

Exclusive — BUSTED: Freshman GOP Rep Admits She Hasn’t Read Obamatrade, Backs MSNBC’s Defense Of Deal Secrecy

– Breitbart

“Freshman GOP congresswoman Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) has been on television pushing Obamatrade—appearing Monday on Morning Joe on MSNBC to do so—but her office admits publicly she hasn’t read the bill she wants to fast-track through Congress.

Walters, whom Mika Brzezinski noted is the official “liaison” between House GOP freshmen and Speaker John Boehner’s leadership team, appeared on Morning Joe to push Obamatrade. Walters said:

Currently, what we are working on is Trade Promotion Authority. That issue we expect to take up by the end of the month. And what Trade Promotion Authority, known as TPA, is it’s really the framework of giving the president the opportunity to negotiate trade agreements with other countries. It’s very, very important that we pass this piece of legislation. It’s bipartisan. One in five jobs in America are created because of free trade, 95 percent of consumers are outside of the United States and if America doesn’t take the lead on trade then China is going to. I want America to take the lead and set the standards on trade.

But when Breitbart News asked Walters’ spokeswoman Christine Hardman later on Monday—after she blasted out video of the congresswoman’s appearance on Morning Joe,highlighting her support for Obamatrade—if Walters has been to the secret room inside the Capitol to read the text of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) that TPA would fast track, collectively known as Obamatrade, Hardman confirmed Walters has not been there to read it.”

…Continue reading @ Breitbart