Dem. Rep Lacy Clay’s Campaign Has Paid Over $1M to Sister’s Firm

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Rep. William Lacy Clay(Delusional-MO)will get away with this for two reasons he is a DemocRat and he is black.

Sister’s law firm is often biggest beneficiary of Rep. Clay’s campaign cash.

A law firm run by the sister of Democratic representative William Lacy Clay Jr. (Mo.) has now banked more than $1 million from the congressman’s campaign since 2002, filings show.

The payments to the firm are often the largest expenditures from the committee. The campaign cash was disbursed to an address in Maryland and in part has gone toward community organizing services despite Clay’s district being located more than 800 miles away and the longtime representative having not faced any serious challenges to his seat since entering Congress.

Payments from campaigns to family members have gotten other politicians in hot water. Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.), for example, was hit with an FEC complaint over hundreds of thousands of dollars that her campaign paid to her daughter for running a mailer operation. More than a dozen politicians from both political parties have raised concerns of nepotism by placing family members on campaign payrolls in recent years, which is permitted but carries stipulations such as providing a “bona fide service” and paying fair market value.

Clay, who was elected in 2001 to a seat previously held for more than 30 years by his father, Bill Clay, began pushing money to family members shortly after taking office. Clay Sr. established the William L. Clay Scholarship and Research Fund in the 1980s to address concerns of rising tuition costs. The fund is one entity that has received cash from the campaign. Between 2002 and 2016, more than $30,000 in donations were made to the congressman’s father’s fund.

However, the payments to his sister’s firm, the Law Office of Michelle C. Clay, LLC, have been among the largest committee expenses in recent years. The firm was first placed on the campaign’s payroll in 2002—the year the congressman took office—and has now received over $1 million since that time.

So far this year, the law firm has been paid $90,000 by Clay’s campaign committee for fundraising, compliance, legal work, and community organizing and outreach, filings show. The payments account for more than half of the campaign’s $175,000 in operating expenditures for the 2020 cycle and follow the more than $950,000 in payments the firm had collected between 2002 and the 2018 election cycle. Since 2010, Michelle Clay’s firm has been the highest paid vendor in all but the 2012 cycle, when it received the second most money from the campaign.

The law office, which lists its address in Silver Spring, Md., just outside of Washington, D.C., appears to be a residential home. The law office also does not have a website and practically no information is available online about it.

While Clay’s sister was paid for activities like fundraising, the committee was also paying another firm for the same services over the years. For the current 2020 election cycle, the committee has given $27,000 to Fraioli & Associates, a D.C.-based campaign consulting group, for fundraising. More than $200 was disbursed to the group for travel and food reimbursements.

Clay’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment on the payments from his campaign to his sister’s law firm by press time.

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Nikki Haley Was Approached To Help ‘Deep State’… Told Them To Pound Sand

H/T Clash Daily.

My question is why didn’t Nikki Haley share this information with President Trump.

If what she’s saying is true, there have been some high-ranking government employees more interested in pushing their own agenda than they were in accomplishing the President’s mandate.

And these guys are about as close to the hub of power as you get.

The President’s own Chief of Staff, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were, Haley claims, directly working to undermine Trump.

The press will likely celebrate them as heroes for trying to rid the world of a Trump Presidency … but imagine their reaction if someone had done it during Obama’s tenure, say, in reaction to his drone strikes on US citizens, or giving guns to the cartels in Fast and Furious, or weaponizing the IRS against Tea Party groups, or having Senator’s computers hacked, or American journalists surveilled, or…

They would be outraged. And they would have ever reason to be outraged. There is a correct way to oppose a president when you think he’s done the wrong thing. Insubordination is NOT that way.

Haley was the president’s voice on issues that still dominate the headlines: Russian aggression in Ukraine, North Korea’s nuclear program, and the Syrian civil war. But her battles at the U.N. were rivaled by battle for control within the White House.

Haley recounts a closed-door encounter with then-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: “Kelly and Tillerson confided in me that when they resisted the president, they weren’t being insubordinate, they were trying to save the country … Tillerson went on to tell me the reason he resisted the president’s decisions was because, if he didn’t, people would die. This was how high the stakes were, he and Kelly told me. We are doing the best we can do to save the country, they said. We need you to work with us and help us do it. This went on for over an hour.”

O’Donnell asked, “You memorialized that conversation? It definitely happened?”

“It absolutely happened,” said Haley. “And instead of saying that to me, they should’ve been saying that to the president, not asking me to join them on their sidebar plan. It should’ve been, ‘Go tell the president what your differences are, and quit if you don’t like what he’s doing.’ But to undermine a president is really a very dangerous thing. And it goes against the Constitution, and it goes against what the American people want. And it was offensive.”

[We asked them to respond. John Kelly tells “Sunday Morning”: “If by resistance and stalling she means putting a staff process in place … to ensure the (president) knew all the pros and cons of what policy decision he might be contemplating so he could make an informed decision, then guilty as charged.”]
— Source: CBS

Remember all that ‘chaos’ that was reportedly brewing in Trump’s White House? That wasn’t the ineptitude the Media would have had us believe, that was insurrection.

All eyes on Texas governor as calls grow to halt execution

H/T Associated Press.

If there is proof beyond any doubt then his death sentence should be commuted.

If there is no such proof then executed him ASAP.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In his five years as Texas’ governor, Republican Greg Abbott has overseen the execution of nearly 50 prisoners while only once sparing a condemned man’s life, after a victims’ family asked him to do so.

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But Abbott — who has proudly referred to the death penalty as “Texas justice” — has never confronted such intense pressure to halt a lethal injection like he is facing in the case of Rodney Reed, who is set to die this month for a 1996 killing despite new evidence that even a growing number of Republican legislators say raises serious questions about his guilt.

On Saturday, supporters of Reed held their biggest protest yet outside the governor’s mansion, escalating a public campaign that now counts Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian and Oprah Winfrey among the celebrities who have urged Abbott to call off the Nov. 20 execution. So, too, has the European Union’s ambassador to the U.S.

“Only thing I would tell him is, honestly, just look at the evidence,” said Rodrick Reed, Rodney’s brother.

It’s unclear if the public pressure is making any impression on Abbott, who was a law and order state attorney general before he was elected governor. Abbott hasn’t spoken publicly about Reed’s case. Even Republican lawmakers who are close to the governor and have lobbied his office in recent days and weeks for a reprieve say they’re in the dark about his thinking.

“They said the governor has heard about it and is taking a very deliberative and thoughtful analysis,” Republican state Rep. Matt Krause said. “But they didn’t give me an indication one way or the other on which way he’d be.”

Reed, now 51, was convicted of raping and strangling 19-year-old Stacy Stites while she made her way to work at a supermarket in Bastrop, a rural community about 30 miles southeast of Austin.

Reed has long maintained that Stites was killed by her fiance, former police officer Jimmy Fennell. Reed says Fennell was angry because Stites, who was white, was having an affair with Reed, who is black. In recent weeks, Reed’s attorneys have presented affidavits that support his claims, including one by a former prison inmate who claims Fennell bragged about killing Stites and referred to Reed by a racial slur.

Reed’s lawyers say other recent affidavits also corroborate the relationship between Stites and Reed. Fennell’s attorney has said his client didn’t kill Stites, and prosecutors maintain that they believe Reed is guilty.

Texas remains the death penalty capital of the U.S. even as executions nationwide hover at historic lows. Last year, about half of the 25 executions nationwide took place in Texas, which has put to death eight people so far this year.

Support for the death penalty has been declining in recent years, but in Texas, Abbott hasn’t relaxed his position. A practicing Roman Catholic, Abbott breaks with the church on the Vatican’s view that capital punishment can never be sanctioned, and efforts to scale back the types of crimes that carry the death penalty in Texas have stalled under his watch.

Only once has Abbott spared the life of a convicted killer shortly before the scheduled execution: Last year, he accepted a rare recommendation of clemency from Texas’ parole board and commuted the sentence of Thomas “Bart” Whitaker, who fatally shot his mother and brother. Abbott did so after Whitaker’s father, who was also shot, asked for mercy.

It’s not the first time Abbott’s decision-making has been in the spotlight over a high-profile death penalty case. While serving as Texas attorney general in 2011, Abbott ruled that a state forensic panel could not consider old evidence in the case against Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed for a fire that killed his children but whose guilt remained in question after his death because the arson science used to convict him had since been debunked.

In a letter to Abbott this week, more than a dozen Republicans said that getting it wrong with Reed could “erode public trust — not only in capital punishment, but in Texas justice itself.”

“We have a lot of executions, right? We’re Texas,” said Republican state Rep. James White, who has served in the Legislature for nearly a decade. “This probably is the first one I’ve directly reached out to the attorney general’s office and the governor’s office on. Not on the prospect that I believe that Mr. Reed is innocent. But I do believe there is a lot of information and evidence that does deserve to be vetted.”

Student Refuses To Wear LGBT ‘Rainbow Poppy’, Suspended For “Hate Speech”

H/T Godfather Politics.

How does refusing to wear a rainbow poppy constitute hate speech?

A 17-year-old student refused to wear an LGBT ‘rainbow poppy’ then distributes a poster giving her reasons so her school suspended her for “hate speech.”

The Canadian Legion has actually trademarked the red poppy and states that any change to the poppy is disrespectful of the veterans.

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Canada’s Memorial Day. Teachers decide to morph it into LBGTQ day. Student charged with hate crime defending veterans who died in war. Report: Student Refuses To Wear LGBT ‘Rainbow Poppy’, Distributes Poster With Her Reasons. Then She’s Suspended. https://www.dailywire.com/news/report-student-refuses-to-wear-lgbt-rainbow-poppy-distributes-poster-with-her-reasons-then-shes-suspended/ 

Remembrance crosses and poppies placed in the Field of Remembrance by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (bearing their Royal Cyphers) at the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 7, 2019 in London, England.

Report: Student Refuses To Wear LGBT ‘Rainbow Poppy’, Distributes Poster With Her Reasons. Then…

According to a former Conservative Party candidate from northern Manitoba in Canada, her 17-year-old cousin was suspended from school when she refused to wear a Remembrance Day poppy containing a…

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According to a former Conservative Party candidate from northern Manitoba in Canada, her 17-year-old cousin was suspended from school when she refused to wear a Remembrance Day poppy containing a rainbow in support of LGBT+ causes.

A report from The Post Millennial indicated the teenager was suspended for distributing a poster outlining her reasons for refusing to wear the rainbow poppy.

Cyara Bird of the Little Black River First Nation, whose grandfather was reportedly a World War II veteran, wrote on Twitter that her 17-year-old cousin Natalie and another student said they would not wear the rainbow poppy at Stonewall Collegiate as they preferred to wear the traditional red-and-black poppy, with Natalie reportedly saying the rainbow poppy was “disrespectful” to the World War II veterans in her family.

Bird wrote: My 17-year-old cousin was suspended today… want to know why? Her choir teacher was demanding that the choir wear rainbow poppies during their performance in the Remembrance Day ceremony. She and another student rejected that idea, and both were suspended for “hate speech.” More

The poster allegedly distributed by Natalie read:

Never seen something so disrespectful in all my days. What does LGBTQ have to do with the war? Red represents Blood, Black represents widows and loved ones, green represents land the blood was spilled on. NEVER change the poppy. Way to un-do centuries of blood sweat and tears all because you needed to do the dishes. Keep it in your pants nobody wants or needs to see it.

You’ve got a whole month dedicated to the LGBTQ community, but the people who legitimately made a difference and died so that we could live decent lives get one day. You don’t need a poppy, you just clearly want attention. One day to celebrate the real hero’s how about we don’t make it about your sexuality for once?

If you didn’t make such a big deal about it and force people to make it a part of their lives it would be no problem.

Keep the rainbow off the Poppy! This young lady is absolutely correct. Her arguments are sound, logical and not at all hate speech or threatening.

Do not manipulate and highjack something as wonderful as the poppy for veterans into something else because it is convenient. Stand strong young lady! We are with you.

Nearly 6 Million Americans Off Food Stamps, Since Donald Trump Became President [Details]

H/T Flag And Cross.

It will be interesting to hear how the left will spin these numbers.

How will the left attempt to spin this one?

That title is no joke. It’s also exactly why President Trump will be re-elected in 2020. Here’s the deal, via Breitbart:

More than 5.8 million individuals dropped off food stamps since President Donald Trump completed his first full month in office, according to the latest data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The most recent USDA data shows that 5,896,383 people discontinued their participation in the nation’s food stamp program— also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)— since February 2017 when Trump completed his first month as president.

How will the left attempt to spin this one? Any thoughts?

One Barack Obama was enough. One Michelle Obama was enough.

And yet, liberals seem to forget that over 1,000 Democrat legislative seats were lost during the former president’s two terms in office.

Enter Barack, who wants a whole lot more “Barack and Michelles.”

From Washington Examiner:

He told a packed arena at Bell MTS Place how he plans to create a “university for social change” that will serve as a hub for young people in the U.S. and around the world who are skeptical of the “old institutions.”

Obama: “If we train them — if we give them skills, support, financing, media training, spotlights, then they’re the ones that are going to carry forward the solutions that we so desperately need.

Obama: “If we could form a network of those young leaders, not just in the United States, but around the world, then we got something, if we can train a million Baracks and Michelles who are running around thinking they can change the world.

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Some people out there believe Michelle Obama is the only chance Democrats have to defeat President Trump in 2020 and take back the White House.

Why? Who knows?

Name recognition, maybe?

For example…

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Opinion: Michelle Obama is the only one who can beat Donald Trump in 2020 – if only she would run https://buff.ly/2S9Q7yS 

One woman can beat Donald Trump in 2020 – if only she would run

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As Democrats begin their campaign for the party’s 2020 nomination, is the party’s unrivaled powerbroker. He will be the biggest speaker at the party’s 2020 convention. His wife, , might be the second biggest. https://thehill.com/opinion/columnists/429326-juan-williams-obama-casts-long-shadow-over-2020#.XGGnson9OQg.twitter 

Juan Williams: Obama casts long shadow over 2020

OPINION: The former president is a beloved figure among Democrats, and his influence is seen throughout the party.

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*NEW:
Why America’s biggest star @MichelleObama could beat Trump in 2020 – IF she can be persuaded to run.
My column: http://dailym.ai/2tj6pLI 

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David Hogg calls for Michelle Obama to run in 2020 http://hill.cm/5B0RXFa 

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Senators Johnson & Grassley Tell State Dept.To Give Them All Hunter Biden Documents

H/T The Lid.

It is about time the GOP got some hearings going into Hunter Biden and his shady dealings.

I promise you if it was Donald Trump Jr the DemocRats would have all kinds of hearings going on. 

Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI)  and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) are asking Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to release any State Department documents related to Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter. Hunter Biden documents

Earlier this week John Solomon revealed emails between Burisma Holdings (the Ukrainian gas that employed Hunter Biden) and the Obama state department and others. The primary topic of which was getting State’s help stopping the Ukraine investigation of Burisma. Based on Solomon’s report, asked Foggy Bottom to turn over those and any related documents.

Solomon’s report was a blockbuster which may prove the Obama state department helped Hunter’s company get out of trouble:

Hunter Biden’s name, in fact, was specifically invoked by the Burisma representative as a reason the State Department should help, according to a series of email exchanges among U.S. officials trying to arrange the meeting. The subject line for the email exchanges read simply “Burisma.”

“Per our conversation, Karen Tramontano of Blue Star Strategies requested a meeting to discuss with U/S Novelli USG remarks alleging Burisma (Ukrainian energy company) of corruption,” a Feb. 24, 2016, email between State officials read. “She noted that two high profile U.S. citizens are affiliated with the company (including Hunter Biden as a board member). Read the full story here.

Was that series of emails from Feb 2016, connected to Joe Biden’s demand March 2016 that Ukraine fire the prosecutor investigating Burisma?

Based on the report from John Solomon, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Chuck Grassley, along with Ron Johnson who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs panel sent a letter to Secretary of State Pompeo Wednesday seeking answers to questions regarding the way a consulting firm hired by Burisma Holdings appears to have used Hunter’s Biden’s role on Burisma’s board to possibly influence State Department. In addition to State Dept. records related to Hunter Biden, they asked for information related to his business partners Devon Archer and Christopher Heinz. Hunter Biden co-founded Rosemont Seneca Partners with Heinz, the stepson of former Secretary of State John Kerry, and Archer who was a college buddy of Heinz.

The full letter (along with footnotes) is embedded belo

 

You may notice that question the senators forgot to ask in the letter below is if Pompeo does supply the information by November 20, as requested will Adam Shiff try to throw the Secretary of State out of office by Thanksgiving?

 

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GOP Senator Blasts Pelosi At Trump’s Louisiana Rally, Says ‘It Must Suck to Be That Dumb’

H/T Flag And Cross.

Senator John Kennedy(R-LA)is spot on with his observation about Nancy Pelosi(Delusional-CA).

He wasn’t playing around…

Louisiana Senator John Kennedy doesn’t get enough national attention. Like President Trump, he constantly drops newsworthy soundbites. On Wednesday night in Monroe, Kennedy lashed out at Speaker Pelosi in a way that will have the left crying misogyny by Thursday morning.

Something tells me John doesn’t care, though.

Kennedy said, Hello Louisiana! Thank you Mr. President for visiting our state. In three short years President Trump has doubled the growth of the greatest economy in all of human history. And you know what our Democratic friends have done for him? Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to impeach him. I don’t mean any disrespect but it must suck to be that dumb!

Anybody else miss “Duck Dynasty?”