Friday, July 31, 2015
What happened? Did he run out of Executive Orders? He didn't give a damn about Congress when he released the Taliban 5. He didn't give a damn about Congress when he decreed amnesty for 5 million illegals.
Then this from Pelosi.
It's the Van Gogh of deals. With this ringing endorsement I don't see how he can lose!
Obama said, "He has never been more certain about a policy decision than this one."
The White House is mounting a vigorous push to convince liberals to back the Iran deal.
In recent days, President Obama, Vice President Biden and other top officials have made a number of outreaches to persuade Democrats — especially in the House — to back the agreement, amid signs that the crucial bloc may be splintering.
On Thursday evening, Obama spoke by phone with thousands of people affiliated with liberal activist groups Organizing for Action, the Center for American Progress and Credo Action.
He warned his allies that if they don't speak up, the same people who got the U.S. into the Iraq War could sink the Iran deal, which would lift sanctions against the country in exchange for it scaling back its nuclear program.
"As big of a bully pulpit as I have, it's not enough," the president told his supporters. "I can't carry it by myself."
"The facts are on our side, but the politics are going to be tough if all of you don't get involved and get active," Obama said, adding that he has "never been more certain about a policy decision than this one."
He noted that Democratic lawmakers he meets with do not buy opponents' arguments, but some are wavering under pressure that is "fierce, well-financed and relentless," he warned.
"I can tell when they start getting squishy," he said.
Opponents are spending $20 million on television ads lobbying against the deal and flooding lawmakers with calls and letters, Obama said.
The critics are backed by "billionaires who happily finance super-PACs, and they are putting the squeeze on members of Congress," the president said. "If they don't hear from you, this opportunity could slip away."
Thursday's call was part of a last-minute personalized lobbying pitch Obama and Biden are making to lawmakers before Congress leaves Washington for its August recess.
Obama has held multiple one-on-one meetings with lawmakers, and he hosted a group reception with most of the House Democratic Caucus on Wednesday.
That meeting was cut short when lawmakers were called back to the Capitol for the final votes before the five-week recess, though a few dozen came back later and discussed the details of the deal for nearly two hours, according to the White House.
On Thursday morning, Biden had a breakfast meeting with House Democrats to discuss the agreement as well.
The vigorous outreach is a change of pace for the White House, which has been criticized for keeping Congress at arm's length for most of Obama's tenure. The current tone is reminiscent of the administration's efforts this past spring, during the congressional fight over fast-track trade authority.
As the days tick by until a September vote on the Iran deal, the White House is making clear that it will pull out all the stops to ensure that the agreement — a top priority Obama wants for his legacy — isn't undone by members of his own party.
Republicans are expected to vote en masse to kill the nuclear deal in September, setting up a veto from the president. After that, it will fall to Democrats to make sure that there aren't two-thirds majorities in each chamber to override the veto.
"We have concluded we're not going to spend a whole lot of time trying to persuade [Republican lawmakers]," White House press secretary Earnest acknowledged Thursday.
Earnest said officials would continue to share information with members of the opposite party.
The White House has been "certainly more hands-on," Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) acknowledged this week.
Nadler — a swing vote — met one-on-one for 30 minutes with the president Wednesday ahead of a larger 30-minute meeting that Obama held with the full slate of House Democrats.
Rep. Eliot Engel (N.Y.), the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was spotted in the West Wing and had a similar meeting, Nadler said.
"He's a very persuasive person, and he knows his subject," Nadler told reporters. "So I have to assume that if minds are open, some will be affected. If minds are closed, that's another question."
Throughout the course of the last two weeks, Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and other top Obama deputies have repeatedly visited Capitol Hill to sell lawmakers on the finer points of the deal.
"I think what they've been doing is they've been answering our questions," said Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who told The Hill she had met Wednesday with Moniz, as well as top White House aide Ben Rhodes and Wendy Sherman, the top U.S. negotiator on the Iran talks.
"They're always available, which is very helpful."
The push is partly being driven by the congressional calendar, which leaves little time for lobbying from one end of Pennsylvania Avenue to the other.
"There is a sense of urgency around the fact that, yes, members of Congress are prepared to leave town for several weeks, and so we want to use the opportunity while they're in town to spend some time with the president, so he can talk to them face-to-face about what's included in the agreement," Earnest said Thursday.
It may be paying off. Multiple undecided Democrats told The Hill they appreciate the opportunity to discuss details of the agreement.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) on Thursday assured reporters that there are enough Democratic votes to have the president's back on what she called a "diplomatic masterpiece."
"More and more of them have confirmed to me that they will be there to sustain the veto," Pelosi said. "They've done this not blindly, but thoroughly, and [spent] the last two and a half weeks reviewing the documents."
Still, there are early signs that support may be fraying.
This week, Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) said some portions of the deal were "unacceptable" and "simply too dangerous for the American people."
On Monday, Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.) wrote an op-ed describing his fear that the accord "fails to dismantle Iran's nuclear program ... will spark an arms race in the Middle East" and "rewards" Iran's support of extremist groups such as Hezbollah." He would also oppose it, he said.
The blowback may only get worse over the course of the five-week summer recess, which began for House lawmakers this week. Some members of Congress— especially those with particularly heavy populations of Jewish constituents — are expected to get an earful about the deal when they go home.
That mounting pressure may be why Obama has decided to turn to outside activists, such as those on the Thursday call.
In addition his direct appeals to undecided Democrats, Obama has also been spending personal time with some lawmakers who have stood by him, such as Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.).
During a private meeting, the president told the lawmakers to rally outside support for the deal.
Obama "recognizes the importance of your work," Lee told activists this week, at a press conference where a petition in support of the deal, signed by 400,000 liberal activists, was delivered to Capitol Hill.
Lee and Schakowsky stood in the blistering sun outside the Capitol flanked by activists from groups such as Code Pink, who usually are more often found protesting Obama for his policy on drones and failure to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, among other issues.
"We have a lot of work to do, and you know that," Lee told the activists.
"We've got to continue to stand with the president, stand with the Progressive Caucus ... to ensure that if [a measure to block the deal is] passed and that if it comes back for a vote, that were able to sustain a veto."
Posted by Merchant of Venom at 7/31/2015 04:25:00 PM
Well, in this case the kettle really is black.
Zimbabwe calls on U.S. to extradite dentist over killing of Cecil the lion
To put things in perspective is this any less egregious?
Zimbabwe to U.S.: Extradite dentist over killing of Cecil the lion
(CNN)As outrage grows over the killing of Cecil the lion, Zimbabwe called on the United States to extradite the American dentist who shot the lion this month.
Zimbabwe has started the extradition proceedings, and hopes the U.S. will cooperate, said Oppah Muchinguri, the African nation's environment minister.
Walter Palmer allegedly paid $50,000 this month to kill the lion with a bow and arrow near Hwange national park in western Zimbabwe.
A White House petition requesting that Palmer, who killed the prized lion, be extradited to the African nation to face justice may receive a response from the Obama administration.
The petition needed to receive 100,000 signatures by August 27 to get a response. It had nearly 150,000 signatures by early Friday.
Posted by Merchant of Venom at 7/31/2015 07:08:00 AM
Thursday, July 30, 2015
And Cecil the lion is getting more attention than this! Kimmel is in tears. And Mia Farrow (Miss Morality) who's daughter is being fucked by her X-husband posted his address, but not the address of the nearest Planned Parenthood. Now a judge has decreed no more showing of the videos.
Tell me someone didn't get to this bastard.
Tell me someone didn't get to this bastard.
BTW...Anyone hear from the pope?
Houston Facility Sold Baby Parts for $120k a Month --Planned Parenthood Defector
Ayn Rand's novel Altas Shrugged began with the question "Who is John Galt?"
I think the best way to start this post is to also begin with a question: Who is Abby Johnson?
Here at her website is an important part of the answer.
Abby Johnson has always had a fierce determination to help women in need. It was this desire that both led Abby to a career with Planned Parenthood, our nation's largest abortion provider, and caused her to flee the organization and become an outspoken advocate for the pro-life movement. During her eight years with Planned Parenthood, Abby quickly rose in the organization's ranks and became a clinic director. She was increasingly disturbed by what she witnessed. Abortion was a product Planned Parenthood was selling, not an unfortunate necessity that they fought to decrease. Still, Abby loved the women that entered her clinic and her fellow workers. Despite a growing unrest within her, she stayed on and strove to serve women in crisis.
All of that changed on September 26, 2009 when Abby was asked to assist with an ultrasound-guided abortion.
She watched in horror as a 13 week baby fought, and ultimately lost, its life at the hand of the abortionist.
At that moment, the full realization of what abortion was and what she had dedicated her life to washed over Abby and a dramatic transformation took place. Desperate and confused, Abby sought help from a local pro-life group. She swore that she would begin to advocate for life in the womb and expose abortion for what it truly is.
Planned Parenthood did not take Abby's exodus sitting down. They are fully aware that the workers who leave are their greatest threat. Instantly, they took action to silence Abby with a gag order and took her to court. The lawsuit was quickly seen as the sham it was and thrown out of court.
I'll stop there. I want you to have this background in order to tell you that, if the videos of Planned Parenthood's wine-sipping organ traffickers were a declaration of war, then Abby Johnson just launched herself as a serious WMD.
Her name popped into my Facebook feed last night and I was led to several twitter feeds.
She was busy yesterday.
Is Planned Parenthood going to argue that $120 thousand a month was merely for expenses? Are they going to allow an audit to prove that Abby Johnson is lying? This was Abby Johnson's testimony to the Texas Senate Committee investigating Planned Parenthood. A couple of more Tweets:
It turns out that Abby has been pointing out these fact for awhile, and was speaking out about the profit made from baby parts as soon as the first video was released. Other than the Washington Times, no national media has mentioned her name as far as I can tell.
LifeSite News published an article by her after the first video was released. It is amazing. I will only quote what she says about gaining the consent of the women and girls who had their babies aborted:
During the season of tissue harvesting, an intact body was gold. An intact fetal body is considered perfection in the land of fetal tissue research. But dismembered body parts were okay, too…and that is usually what we gave them. I would check the patient's chart to make sure that they had signed the consent for us to donate their baby's remains. Almost every woman did, because we made it seem like that by donating, they were helping others…altruism during abortion.
Right. "Altruism" brought in $120,000 a month!
Posted by Merchant of Venom at 7/30/2015 07:53:00 PM
Tired of Black Lives Matter?
Fed up with the riots over dead blacks killed by white cops with arrest records as long as your arm, or in Brown's case having just robbed a store?
Sick of the excuses to loot, commit assault, while burning down the cities across American over phony martyrs?
Disgusted with a president who files adoption papers even before the facts are in?
Well, maybe you should read this.
There seems to be some discrepancy as to who actually wrote it. Wish I could say it was me.
Proud To Be White
Someone finally said it. How many are actually paying attention to this?
There are African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Arab Americans, etc. And then there are just Americans.
You pass me on the street and sneer in my direction. You Call me "White boy," "Cracker," "Honkey," "Whitey," "Caveman" ... and that's OK.
But when I call you, Nigger, Kike, Towel head, Sand-nigger, Camel Jockey, Beaner, Gook, or Chink ... You call me a racist.
You say that whites commit a lot of violence against you, so why are the ghettos the most dangerous places to live?
You have the United Negro College Fund. You have Martin Luther King Day. You have Black History Month. You have Cesar Chavez Day. You have Yom Hashoah. You have Ma'uled A l-Nabi. You have the NAACP. You have BET. If we had WET (White Entertainment Television) we'd be racists. If we had a White Pride Day, you would call us racists. If we had White History Month , we'd be racists. If we had any organization for only whites to "advance" OUR lives we'd be racists.
We have a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a Black Chamber of Commerce, and then we just have the plain Chamber of Commerce. Wonder who pays for that?
A white woman could not be in the Miss Black American pageant, but any color can be in the Miss America pageant.
If we had a college fund that only gave white students scholarships you know we'd be racists. There are over 60 openly proclaimed Black Colleges in the US . Yet if there were "White colleges" THAT would be a racist college.
In the Million Man March, you believed that you were marching for your race and rights. If we marched for our race and rights, you would call us racists.
You are proud to be black, brown, yellow and orange, and you're not afraid to announce it. But when we announce our white pride, you call us racists.
You rob us, carjack us, and shoot at us. But, when a white police officer shoots a black gang member or beats up a black drug-dealer running from the law and posing a threat to society, you call him a racist.
I am proud. But you call me a racist.
Why is it that only whites can be racists?
Posted by Merchant of Venom at 7/30/2015 01:23:00 PM
Controversy over two-month gap with Clinton emails
A reported two-month gap in emails from Hillary Clinton's private account during 2012 coincides with a period of escalating violence in Libya and the obtaining of a special exemption by her top aide, Huma Abedin, to work for both the State Department and the Clinton Foundation.
The Daily Beast reported late Tuesday that no emails between Clinton and her State Department staff for the months of May and June 2012 are among the estimated 2,000 messages that have been released from the Democratic presidential frontrunner's account.
A State Department spokesman told The Daily Beast that only emails related to the security of U.S. diplomats in Libya or the consulate in Benghazi were turned over to the House select committee investigating the deadly Sept. 11, 2012 attack. If true, that means neither Clinton nor her staff communicated via e-mail during a period that saw three attacks on international outposts in Benghazi, including one on the consulate itself.
That attack, on June 6, 2012, involved the detonation of an improvised explosive device outside of the consulate, prompting the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli to warn Americans about the "fluid security situation in Libya." Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed along with three others in the Sept. 11 attack, warned his superiors that "Islamic extremism appears to be on the rise in eastern Libya."
Two weeks earlier, on May 22, the International Red Cross office was hit by rocket-propelled grenades. Five days after the consulate bombing, a convoy carrying Britain's ambassador to Libya was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades, injuring two bodyguards.
The State Department plans to release Clinton's emails on a regular, monthly basis through January 2016 to comply with an order by a federal judge. The next release is tentatively scheduled for Friday. Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill released a statement saying "More emails are slated to be released by the State Department next week, and we hope that release is as inclusive as possible
The Daily Beast reports that the Benghazi committee has only received one e-mail dating from the two-month period. The message in question was sent in June 2012 by longtime Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal and dealt mainly with his business interests in Libya. Security threats to the U.S. diplomatic presence were not mentioned.
Another issue raised by the e-mail gap is the status of Abedin, a longtime aide to Clinton and the wife of former New York congressman and mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. The Daily Beast reports that on June 3, Abedin was granted "special government employee" status, allowing her to remain employed by the State Department, the Clinton Foundation, a consulting firm founded by a Clinton ally, and by Hillary herself. The "special government employee" designation prevented Abedin from being subject to some ethics rules.
On Tuesday, the Daily Beast reported that State Department lawyers identified 68 pages of "potentially responsive" documents in response to a 2013 Freedom of Information Act request by the Associated Press for details about how Abedin obtained her special employee status. That was the first time the department acknowledged having any documentation about Abedin's arrangement.
Meanwhile Tuesday, Republicans on the House Benghazi committee insisted there was no agreement with Clinton over her possible appearance before the panel, despite an announcement by her campaign that she would testify Oct. 22. Federal investigators said last week they have alerted the Justice Department to a potential compromise of classified information arising from Clinton's private email server.
A memo signed by the inspector general of the intelligence community said the IG's office had identified "potentially hundreds of classified emails" among the 30,000 that Clinton had provided to the State Department and that are now being processed for public release. None of the emails was marked as classified at the time they were sent or received, but some should have been handled as such and sent on a secure computer network, according to a letter to congressional oversight committees from I. Charles McCullough III, the inspector general for a collection of executive branch agencies that work on intelligence.
Posted by Merchant of Venom at 7/30/2015 07:52:00 AM
Illegal immigrant ordered freed by feds now suspected of murder and rape in Ohio
Guess we didn't learn anything after the Kathryn Steinle case.
Illegals please come here and kill our citizens because it would be racist not to love you.
Most liberals are too stupid to see the light. The Democratic politicians view them as votes hence their distaste of photo ID to vote.
Go here to see the l-o-n-g list of illegal loving sanctuary cities.
And Painesville, OH happens to be one of them.
Check out CA. Forget cities... they're a sanctuary state!
Illegal immigrant suspected of murder was ordered released
An illegal immigrant suspected of murdering one woman, wounding another and attempting to rape a 14-year-old girl was released earlier this month by Ohio sheriff's deputies after U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents told them not to hold him, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.
Juan Emmanuel Razo, 35, was arrested Monday after a shootout with police following a crime spree police say began with the attempted rape of a girl in a park in Painesville, about 30 miles northeast of Cleveland. He later shot a woman in front of her children and murdered a 60-year-old woman in nearby Concord Township, according to police. While Razo is being held on $10 million bond, authorities are trying to explain why he was allowed to remain in the U.S. illegally after local authorities questioned him just three weeks ago.
"I can't set a bond high enough."
- Painesville Municipal Court Judge Michael Cicconetti
"I have somebody who we don't know who he is, why he is in this country, why he is here illegally and why he allegedly committed a murder," Painesville Municipal Court Judge Michael Cicconetti thundered at Razo's arraignment, noting the suspect has no green card, birth certificate or driver's license.
"I can't set a bond high enough," he continued. "How in the hell do I even know it's him?"
Cicconetti later told Fox News he did not understand how federal authorities could have ordered Razo released on July 7 when local deputies questioned him and contacted Border Protection officials, given that no one could even verify his identity.
"If you are stopped, at that point, whether it be by law enforcement or you make your first court appearance, at that point we have to have some kind of identifier on him," he said.
Deputies who questioned Razo say Border Protection officials told them Razo is from Mexico and in the U.S. illegally, but said they would not pick him up for deportation. Lake County Sheriff Dan Dunlap said at a news conference that deputies released Razo because he hadn't committed a crime at that point.
A Border Protection spokesman did not return telephone messages seeking comment. A spokesman for U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement said in an email that ICE was closely monitoring the case. The email identified Razo as Juan Emmanuel Razo-Ramirez.
A detective said during the arraignment that Razo has confessed to the deadly, one-day crime spree in the quiet Lake Erie town. Police began seeking Razo late Monday morning after the girl described him to police and said he had tried to rape her. Hours later, he allegedly shot a 40-year-old woman in the arm as she walked with her two children along a bike path and an hour after that, a man told park rangers he'd found his wife, 60-year-old Margaret Kostelnik, shot to death in their home near the bike path.
The Lake County coroner said Kostelnik, who was an assistant to the mayor in nearby Willoughby, was shot multiple times.
"People always say, 'Oh, she's the nicest person in the world,'" Willoughby Mayor David Anderson told FoxNews.com. "But Margaret Kostelnik is the nicest person you could ever meet."
Anderson said he worked with Kostelnik for the 24 years he served as mayor and that her family is deeply entrenched in the 23,000-person community. Her husband has worked as the town's cemetery sexton for the past 25 years.
"She genuinely cared," Anderson said.
Willoughby and Concord Township are in Lake County, and Painesville is the county seat.
A public defender entered a not guilty plea for Razo on Tuesday.
Tension between local and federal law enforcement agencies over how to handle illegal immigrants was brought to the forefront after the killing of Kathryn Steinle July 1 on a San Francisco pier. The 32-year-old was allegedly shot by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez who had been deported five times and had a felony record.
Lopez-Sanchez has said he came to San Francisco because he knew local police would not turn him over for deportation because of the city's sanctuary policy, which has caused Republicans to blame these policies adopted by liberal enclaves nationwide.
Lopez-Sanchez was freed in March on an old marijuana charge even though Immigration and Customs Enforcement had filed a detainer request with San Francisco law enforcement. The city's sheriff's department was criticized for releasing Lopez-Sanchez and not notifying federal immigration authorities.
Lopez-Sanchez pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and weapons charges in the case. His bail was set at $5 million, which means he will stay in jail until the murder trial, where he faces a possible sentence of life imprisonment.
Posted by Merchant of Venom at 7/30/2015 07:45:00 AM
Killary Clinton won't answer Keystone XL pipeline question
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Nashua, New Hampshire (CNN)Hillary Clinton on Tuesday declined to say whether she supported the Keystone XL pipeline expansion, telling a New Hampshire voter that if the matter is still undecided by the time she becomes president, she will give him an answer then.
"I am not going to second guess (President Barack Obama) because I was in a position to set this in motion," Clinton said, referencing environmental reviews conducted by the State Department that began when she was secretary of state. "I want to wait and see what he and Secretary Kerry decide."
She added, "If it is undecided when I become president, I will answer your question."
The question came from Bruce Blodgett, a software developer from Amherst, New Hampshire, who told CNN he identifies as a Republican and supports building the pipeline, the 1,179-mile-long project that would move oil from Canada to refineries in the United States.
During a town hall in Nashua, Blodgett asked, "As president, would you sign a bill, yes or no please, in favor of allowing the Keystone XL pipeline?"
"I thought she avoided the question completely. Her excuse was she didn't want to step on President Obama while he was still in office," he said. "I just thought that was a very weak answer. I just wanted to know where she stands on it one way or another."
Blodgett supports building the pipeline, and said that because the oil would be used anyway, it might as well come to the United States. Most people who ask Clinton about Keystone as usually against the pipeline and push her to reject the plan.
"She is not willing to answer the question," he said. "She is putting it off until after the election. Her hope is that it won't matter. But it does matter to a lot of people."
In a conversation with reporters after the event, Clinton stood by her decision to not answer the question.
"I've been very clear: I will not express an opinion until they (President Barack Obama and John Kerry) have made a decision, and then I will do so," she said. "If this is the number one issue on people's minds, then they're going to have to wait to see what Secretary Kerry and President Obama decide to do about it."
Hours later, Clinton's campaign team was still attempting to explain the non-answer.
"She is just in a different situation than other candidates," said Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton's communication director, said in a statement to CNN on Tuesday.
"Having the experience of being a former secretary of state distinguishes her and her candidacy, but it comes with responsibilities that at times can limit her," she said. "But we know that the experience is well worth whatever price she may pay politically."
This is not the first time Clinton has declined to take a position on the Keystone XL pipeline. Throughout much of 2013 and 2014, Clinton criss-crossed the country on the paid speaking circuit and later on her book tour. She was asked about Keystone a number of times, particularly in Canada, where the pipeline would originate. At no point did she take a position, however.
Clinton outlined her plan to combat climate change on Monday in Iowa. The plan focused heavily on solar power and did not mention arctic drilling, Keystone and a host of other issues environmentalists hope Clinton will address.
Clinton's aides have said Monday's plan was just the start and that there are more details to come.
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Clinton's two most stout 2016 Democratic opponents, have come out against the pipeline.
"It is hard for me to understand how one can be concerned about climate change but not vigorously oppose the Keystone pipeline," Sanders said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
Posted by Merchant of Venom at 7/30/2015 07:11:00 AM
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Chaka Fattah, Pennsylvania Congressman, Indicted on Charges of Misuse of Funds
This guy is on Your World with Neil Cavuto all the time.
Fattah is married to his third wife, Renee Chenault-Fattah, a local Philadelphia television news broadcaster on WCAU-TV (NBC 10). They have one young daughter, Chandler Fattah. He is stepfather to her daughter Cameron Chenault. With other women, he is the father of another daughter, Frances ("Fran"), and one son, Chaka Fattah Jr., known as "Chip" (31 years old in March 2015).
In 2002, he was named to the PoliticsPA list of Best Dressed Legislators, noting his "excellence in haberdashery."
(Tom Ford suits are expensive...but not when the money isn't yours)
BTW...You ever notice the suits Rangel wears?
On July 29, 2015, Fatah and four of his associates were indicted for their alleged roles in a racketeering conspiracy involving several schemes that were intended to further the political and financial interests of the defendants and others by, among other tactics, misappropriating hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal, charitable and campaign funds.
Washington — A veteran member of the United States House of Representatives from Philadelphia, one of his staff members, a lobbyist and two others were indicted Wednesday by the federal authorities in connection with bribery schemes and the misuse of hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal, charitable and campaign funds.
The representative, Chaka Fattah, a Democrat, spoke with members of the executive and legislative branch in 2008 in order to help the lobbyist get an ambassadorship or appointment to the United States Trade Commission. In exchange for his efforts, the F.B.I. said, Mr. Fattah received $18,000 from the associate that had been disguised “as a payment for a car sale that never actually took place.”
Mr. Fattah, 58, who ran for mayor of Philadelphia in 2007, also took funds from his mayoral and congressional campaigns to repay his son’s college debt, the F.B.I. said. In that scheme, Mr. Fattah and his staff member had his campaign pay a political consulting firm, which in turn made 34 payments on the loan for about $23,000.
Mr. Fattah’s son, Chaka Jr., was indicted by the federal authorities in 2014 on fraud charges. The son has vigorously fought the charges and has contended he was collateral damage as the Justice Department tried to catch his father.
The authorities said that a nonprofit organization that had been started by the father was used to repay $600,000 to a supporter who had given him a loan in connection with his 2007 campaign for mayor.
“To conceal the contribution and repayment scheme, the defendants and others allegedly created sham contracts and made false entries in accounting records, tax returns and campaign finance disclosure statements,” the F.B.I. said.
There was no immediate comment from Mr. Fattah’s office.
Mr. Fattah was first elected to Congress in 1994 after serving as a Pennsylvania state legislator for a dozen years. He is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the ranking member of its subcommittee on commerce, justice, science and related agencies.
“When elected officials betray the trust and confidence placed in them by the public, the department will do everything we can to ensure that they are held accountable,” said Leslie R. Caldwell, assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “Public corruption takes a particularly heavy toll on our democracy because it undermines people’s basic belief that our elected leaders are committed to serving the public interest, not to lining their own pockets.”
Posted by Merchant of Venom at 7/29/2015 03:12:00 PM