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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 
january 2019 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 AL.com 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. AL.com’s report notes “multiple Ala
kleptocracy  corruption  casteingTheLowerClass  immigration 
january 2019 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
FCC Seeks $63M After Lifeline Discounts Used to Buy Ferrari - The Lifeline program is meant to help low-income consumers gain access to broadband and phone services, but one Ohio company owner used it to buy a Ferrari convertible, Cessna jet, and Florida
The Lifeline program is meant to help low-income consumers gain access to broadband and phone services, but one Ohio company owner used it to buy a Ferrari convertible, Cessna jet, and Florida condo. The FCC suggests a fine of $63 million for the violations.
corruption  ISP 
october 2018 by joeybaker
Russia's top female anti-corruption officer is shot dead in the street as a senior Putin aide heads the murder investigation into her death
Anti corruption officer Colonel Yevhenia Shishkina was shot dead leaving her apartment in Arkhangelskoye on the outskirts of Moscow.
corruption  authoritarianism  kleptocracy 
october 2018 by joeybaker
Nikki Haley's resignation comes one day after an ethics watchdog requested an investigation into her acceptance of free flights on private jets
Nikki Haley’s abrupt resignation came one day after the ethics watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington requested the State Department’s inspector general investigate her acceptance of seven free flights aboard private jets from a trio of South Carolina businessmen.
trumpAristocracy  corruption 
october 2018 by joeybaker
Wife of Israeli prime minister goes on trial for fraud
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, appeared in court on Sun...
corruption 
october 2018 by joeybaker
French police officer caught selling confidential police location tracking software on the dark web
Police officer also advertised a system to track the location of buyers’ gang rivals or spouses based on the telephone numbers.
corruption 
october 2018 by joeybaker
House Democrats’ top priority if they win in November is a sweeping anti-corruption bill
“I’m hoping that it’s the first or second bill this fall. It’s just that important.”
corruption  win 
september 2018 by joeybaker
Well, I Guess the President Is Openly Pro-Corruption Now
Trump reached a new low when he denounced the indictments of two GOP congressmen accused of financial crimes.
corruption  trumpPropaganda  trumpAristocracy  trumpIncompetence  trumpCorruption 
september 2018 by joeybaker
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