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Out on its own: Australia the only country to use climate funding to upgrade coal-fired plants
Green finance experts say Australia is out of step with World Bank, Europe and the US, which are using funding to combat global warming
climateChange  corruption  governmentMalfeasance 
18 days ago by joeybaker
Mitch McConnell Busted Helping Donors Get Contracts From His Wife
Mitch McConnell has been caught red-handed, thanks to a trove of more than 800 emails, directing business leaders from his state of Kentucky to meet with his wife, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao. These emails show a coordinated effort by McConnell to repay the people who have helped him throughout his career, and it also …
24 days ago by joeybaker
Emails reveal coordination between Chao, McConnell offices
Chao has met at least 10 times with politicians and business leaders from the state in response to requests from McConnell’s office.
corruptedPolitics  corruption 
28 days ago by joeybaker
North Carolina Election Board Finds Evidence Of Significant Fraud To Help GOP Candidate
The board’s executive director said an operative for candidate Mark Harris tried to conceal illegal acts with absentee ballots.
corruptedPolitics  corruption  governmentIncompetence  endOfTheGOP  voterSuppression  endOfTheUSEmpire 
29 days ago by joeybaker
The former Apple lawyer who was supposed to keep employees from insider trading has been charged with insider trading
Before his termination in September, Levoff was “responsible for Apple’s compliance with securities laws,” the SEC complaint says.
4 weeks ago by joeybaker
Pope admits clerical abuse of nuns including sexual slavery
Pope Francis admits that nuns have been sexually abused by clerics - and it is an ongoing problem.
religion  oligarchy  casteingTheLowerClass  corruption 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
Terabytes of Enron data have quietly gone missing from the Department of Energy
Government investigations into California’s electricity shortage, ultimately determined to be caused by intentional market manipulations and capped retail electricity prices by the now infamous Enron Corporation, resulted in terabytes of information being collected by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This included several extremely large databases, some of which had nearly 200 million rows of data, including Enron’s bidding and price processes, their trading and risk management systems, emails, audio recordings, and nearly 100,000 additional documents. That information has quietly disappeared, and not even its custodians seem to know why.
corruption  governmentIncompetence 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
Mitch McConnell, Who Voted to Lift Russian Oligarch’s Sanctions, Reportedly Has Deep Ties to Russian Oil Money
A report from the Democratic Coalition shows that a major donor to Senate Republicans has a direct tie to oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voted to drop sanctions from ...
corruption  trumpAristocracy 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith did not return over $50,000 in donations following scandal-plagued campaign
Despite calls for refunds, new campaign filings show Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith kept $50,000 in donations from major companies like Walmart and Facebook in the wake of her controversial special election victory in November.
The latest Federal Election Commission filing -- released amid the...
corruptedPolitics  corruption 
11 weeks ago by joeybaker
An Alabama sheriff personally kept $1.5 million that was supposed to feed ICE detainees
Sheriff Todd Entrekin of Etowah County, Alabama, lost his re-election bid this year after he was found to have personally pocketed $750,000 allotted for feeding inmates in county lockup and using it to buy himself a beach house. Ethical questions aside, Entrekin’s taking was legal under Alabama law — but a further $1.5 million he took home from funds for feeding federal immigration detainees may not be.
The Etowah County Detention Center has a contract with the federal government to house several hundred undocumented immigrants awaiting adjudication. With that contract comes federal funding from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to feed the detainees, money reports Entrekin has treated exactly like state and municipal funds: Any surplus is split 50/50 between the county’s general fund and the sheriff himself, so a $3 million surplus gave Entrekin a $1.5 million bonus.
As Entrekin protested when the beach house story broke, that accounting is legal in Alabama.’s report notes “multiple Ala
kleptocracy  corruption  casteingTheLowerClass  immigration 
11 weeks ago by joeybaker
A new Democratic bill would block lawmakers from buying and selling individual stocks while in office
Two recent trading scandals, one involving a Republican congressman from New York and another involving former Rep. and one-time Trump administration Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, helped inspire the bill’s creation.
kleptocracy  corruption 
december 2018 by joeybaker
Saudi-funded lobbyist paid for 500 rooms at Trump’s hotel after 2016 election
Those bookings have fueled a pair of federal lawsuits alleging Trump violated the Constitution by taking improper payments from foreign governments.
corruption  trumpCorruption  globalGameOfThrones 
december 2018 by joeybaker
Russian oligarch who bought mansion from Trump arrested on corruption charges
A Russian billionaire who purchased a mansion from President Trump in 2008 in a business deal that is now being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller was detained Tuesday in Monaco and questioned related to an ongoing corru
trumpCorruption  trumpAristocracy  corruption 
november 2018 by joeybaker
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