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News From a Fire House Sprinkles on the Republican Finance Committee

April 3, 2017:  Republican Party issues the following announcement

“I am delighted to announce the addition of these longtime friends of the Party and supporters of this administration to our Finance leadership team,” said Chairwoman McDaniel. “Elliott Broidy, Michael Cohen, and Louis DeJoy will serve as National Deputy Finance Chairmen, and Brian Ballard, Bob Grand, Gordon Sondland, Geoff Verhoff, and Ron Weiser will serve as Regional Vice-Chairmen. Together this team will employ their extraordinary talent and understanding of Americans across the country to maintain and build uponF our unprecedented fundraising success.”

January, 2018:  Former casino owner Steve Wynn, steps down from the RNC finance committee as reports of sexual harassment hit the headlines. [Politico] Wynn has since resigned as casino company CEO (March 22, 2018), has settled a six year legal battle with his ex-wife (WSJ), and has asked to be removed as a “qualifier” from the list of key employees required to undergo background checks by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. [BostonH]  However, Wynn’s donations to a Trump super-PAC aren’t going to be returned:

“Wynn gave $500,000 to America First Action Super PAC on Jan. 23, just days before the first reports of his alleged harassment of women were published, according to first-quarter financial data from the Federal Election Commission. CNBC asked the group whether it has any intention of returning the contribution following the stories of Wynn’s alleged misconduct.

“We’re not returning the donation,” a spokeswoman for America First said.” [CNBC]

Thus, the next time a member of the GOP sputters about Democrats accepting money from a potentially dubious source, the appropriate response is, “Steve Wynn.” Chicago Cubs owner, Todd Ricketts, became the new RNC Finance Chair. [CNBC]

April 13, 2018: Another shoe drops — on Elliott Broidy.

“A major donor with close ties to the White House resigned on Friday as deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee after the revelation that he had agreed to pay $1.6 million to a former Playboy model who became pregnant during an affair.” [NYT]

Mr. Broidy comes with a bit of a “past,”

In 2009, Broidy pleaded guilty to committing a felony by giving nearly $1 million in illegal gifts to state officials in order to secure a lucrative deal with New York’s public pension fund for his then-firm Markstone Capital Partners.

Broidy avoided jail time by blowing the whistle on the same people who accepted his bribes. He admitted to ponying up $75,000 for an all-expanses paid luxury trip to Jerusalem, which included first-class tickets, luxury hotel suites, a helicopter tour, and a personal driver for New York State’s comptroller and his family. [TWrap] [WSJ] {Markstone Capital, NYT}

His appeals worked such that Reuters reported in 2012:

Los Angeles money manager Elliott Broidy was spared jail time and a felony conviction on Monday for his role in a “pay to play” scheme at the New York state pension fund.

Justice Lewis Bart Stone reduced Broidy’s felony to a misdemeanor and sentenced him to a conditional discharge.

Mr. Broidy had a busy social calendar entertaining those who sought access to the White House, including the following:

Mr. Broidy offered tickets to V.I.P. inauguration events, including a candlelight dinner attended by Mr. Trump, to a Congolese strongman accused of funding a lavish lifestyle with public resources. He helped arrange a meeting with Republican senators and offered a trip to Mar-a-Lago, the president’s private Florida resort, for an Angolan politician. And he arranged an invitation to a party at Mr. Trump’s Washington hotel for a Romanian parliamentarian facing corruption charges, who posted a photograph with the president on Facebook. [NYT]

The “past became prologue” when he used the services of yet another RNC Finance Committee member to clean up — dare we say “fix” — his issues with the Playmate and her pregnancy. Therefore, the correct response to any Republican who wishes to discuss “family values,” is… “Elliott Broidy.”

April 13, 2018:  Who helped arrange the $1.6 million payout to the Broidy’s ex-mistress? Another RNC Finance Committee member Michael Cohen. [CNN]  Mr. Cohen has drawn the attention of the prosecutors in the SDNY, complete with a highly publicized raid.

“The longtime attorney for President Donald Trump’s real-estate empire, Michael Cohen, went to federal court on Monday in a bid to block federal prosecutors from reading documents and other materials that were seized from Cohen’s home in a sweeping raid. The porn star Stormy Daniels, whom Cohen allegedly paid off to protect Trump, was there to watch. And the hearing was presided over by Judge Kimba Wood, who ordered Cohen to reveal the name of a client he’d tried to keep secret: the Fox News host Sean Hannity.” [Atlantic]

The paragraph above sums up the Trumpian swamp which is looking more like a sink-hole with every passing day.  Thus, the appropriate reply to Republican assertions of “transparency and accountability” is “Michael Cohen.”

Meanwhile, will the last member of the Republican National Finance Committee please turn out the lights and lock the door?

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A Few Of My Favorite Things: RNC Edition

The following musical interlude seems a nice cap for the the Republican National Convention — enjoy.

Since the RNC managed a relatively fact-free program, it’s always handy to have a set of links for fact-checking.   This post at Crooks & Liars links to three good sources.   Then there’s the Jon Stewart versionThink Progress offers the Six Major lies in Paul Ryan’s presentation.

Oopsie DaisiesHERE “Mitt Romney calls the United States a Company.”  Then there’s the problem wherein more people were talking about a speech to an empty chair than the candidate’s acceptance speech.  Rachel Maddow’s reaction here.   Unsolicited advice: If one is running for the Presidency, and running away from charges that one has been hiding income in offshore accounts, then it’s probably NOT a good idea to have a party for Big Bundlers on a yacht bearing an “offshore” flag:

And, to make all of the Republican Rhetoric work, you MUST have the Unofficial Republican Calendar:

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>Congress getting organized: Committee Assignments, etc. (Update)

>Getting Organized:
Some announcements in regard to U.S. House committee assignments have already been publicized, such as those for Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV3) and Congressman Dean Heller (R-NV2). A full list of the Democratic and Republican leadership positions is available from the Congresspedia. Congress Matters is tracking committee assignments as is Talking Points Memo. Update: Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV3) has been appointed to the House Education and Labor Committee, which has jurisdiction over workforce, health care, job training, education, and retirement security issues in the House of Representatives. Titus has received her top choices for committee assignments, the first being on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Hearings Update
“GOPers block request for Geithner hearing Friday” [WaPo] Since Geithner appears to be the only one in the room who actually understands the exotic securitized asset paper comprising most of the financial mess, the delay seems to be temporary. “Geithner accounts for Tax Errors” [WaPo]

Minnesota Senate Race
“Franken going to court to get seated” [The Hill] “Franken expands legal effort to get seated in Senate” [MST] “Franken asks court to clear way into Senate” [StPPP]

Unfinished Business:
“Sheriff Fletcher busted with budget pre-RNC probe: Sheriff kept $300,000 probe secret from the people whose permission he needed to spend the money” [StPPP]


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