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Saturday
Jul262014

Franklin Center - Free speech won a major victory  

 

Dear Friend,

More than a year ago, a company founded by Terry McAuliffe – the Clintons’ former chief fundraiser and now the governor of Virginia – slapped the Franklin Center with an $85 million libel lawsuit.

I wanted you to be among the first to know – yesterday, a federal judge in Mississippi threw out the entire lawsuit.

Our investigation into GreenTech Automotive and into McAuliffe’s role with the company, which he used to launch his candidacy for governor, started when one of our reporters found that, while the company didn’t seem to be producing many cars, it was soliciting investments through a controversial federal program called EB-5. The EB-5 program offers any foreign national who invests $500,000 in a U.S. company a green card. The program has been rife with problems – and appeared to be one of GreenTech’s main funding sources.

The lawsuit filed against us – one of the largest libel suits in American history – was nothing less than an attempt to shut us down for telling the truth. But we decided to fight back, to defend ourselves, and most importantly, to keep digging. Altogether we produced more than 90 stories examining McAuliffe’s connections to GreenTech from every possible angle.

This is all too often how the progressive establishment operates. Rather than engaging their opponents in a battle of ideas, seeking to win on merit, they use the legal system and other bullying tactics to shut their opponents down. This time, however, we were able to to fight back on behalf of all of those whom the system has tried to silence.

We’re sure there will be many more battles like this to come. Even as I write, one of our reporters is fighting Gov. McAuliffe’s office for answers on the immigration crisis – going so far as to camp out on the floor, just outside his office, waiting to confront him and demand the information that taxpaying citizens are clamoring for and deserve. And GreenTech may even appeal the court’s order dismissing its baseless lawsuit. Will you considering supporting us in the hard, ongoing work of investigative journalism?

Thank you so much for your loyal support and readership. Because of you, the cause of free speech won a major victory against the powerful, moneyed progressive establishment. Please know that you have the gratitude of the entire Franklin Center staff.
Best regards,

Jason Stverak
President
Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity

Friday
Jul252014

NHDP - NEW VIDEO: Walt Havenstein Opposes Biomass Plants Like New Berlin Plant

a Critical Economic Driver for the North Country

BUT Admits While at SAIC He Used Taxpayer Dollars to Build Biomass Plants That He Viewed as "Not Economically Viable"
 

Manchester, NH—Today, the NHDP released footage of Walt Havenstein opposing biomass plants like the new plant in Berlin, a critical economic driver for the North Country. In the video, Havenstein says biomass plants are “not economically viable,” before admitting he used $80 million in taxpayer dollars to build two biomass plants during his disastrous tenure as CEO of SAIC. 
 
Havenstein told the Pemi-Baker Valley Republican Committee, “I also, frankly, am not a big fan of subsidizing biomass plants because they too are not economically viable. I built two biomass plants at my last job, one in Connecticut. And if the federal government wasn’t willing to give us $80 million as a subsidy, they weren’t willing to guarantee price breaks on that energy, it would've never been built.”
 
"The new Burgess BioPower biomass plant in Berlin was supported by both Republicans and Democrats because it is an important part of our electric and heat energy mix, and is providing good-paying jobs at the plant, with hundreds more working in the woods as loggers, foresters and haulers," said North Country State Senator Jeff Woodburn. "It's disturbing to see Walt Havenstein so casually dismiss such an important economic driver for the North Country."
 
"The latest embarrassing footage of failed CEO Walt Havenstein not only makes it clear he wouldn’t look out for the people and economy of the North Country, but it also raises even more troubling questions about his record of mismanagement and failed leadership at SAIC,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing.
 
The new Berlin biomass plant is already producing economic benefits for the North Country. A spokesman for the Berlin biomass plant’s owners, Cate Street Capital of Portsmouth, predicted, “the company will put about $25 million a year into the forest economy buying 750,000 tons of wood chips,” and a report filed with the state shows that in the first two months of operation, roughly 51% of the purchased wood came from New Hampshire (NHPR, May 23, 2014).
 
Despite the important role of renewable energy sources like biomass, Havenstein said we shouldn’t have incentives to build such plants because they are “not economically viable." However, that didn’t stop him from using $80 million in taxpayer dollars to build two plants as CEO of SAIC.
 
"It is extremely troubling that Walt took $80 million in taxpayer dollars for projects he claims weren't economically viable," added New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. "Walt's disastrous tenure at SAIC proves that he can't be trusted to protect taxpayer dollars, and the people of New Hampshire can't afford to let him take our state backwards."
 
During his disastrous tenure as CEO, Havenstein had a poor record when it came to safeguarding taxpayer dollars. As his failed leadership and mismanagement cost SAIC millions of dollars and thousands of jobs, taxpayers also paid theprice. Not only did Havenstein fail to stop a fraud scandal that overcharged taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, but he’s since tried to duck responsibility and offered no answers for his failed leadership.
 
Click here for the footage of Havenstein opposing biomass plants.
 
BACKGROUND
 
UNDER HAVENSTEIN, SAIC FACED MULTIMILLION DOLLAR FRAUD SCANDAL IN CITYTIME CONTRACT WITH NEW YORK

“The company also is grappling with its New York City contract to manage an employment timekeeping system called CityTime… the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York has alleged that a massive and elaborate scheme to defraud the city’ corrupted the program.” (Washington Post, November 14, 2011)
 
“NEARLY ALL OF THE $600 MILLION THAT NEW YORK CITY HAS PAID TO THE MAIN CONTRACTOR FOR ITS TROUBLED AUTOMATED PAYROLL PROJECT HAS BEEN TAINTED BY FRAUD”

A New York Times article reporting on the CityTime scandal and charges filed by US Attorneys investigating the matter reported that “Nearly all of the $600 million that New York City has paid to the main contractor for its troubled automated payroll project has been tainted by fraud . . . ‘Today we allege what many have long feared: The CityTime project was corrupted to its core by one of the largest and most brazen frauds ever committed against the City of New York,’ Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for Manhattan, said.” (New York Times, June 20, 2011)
 
FOLLOWING TROUBLES FOR THE COMPANY, HAVENSTEIN SUDDENLY ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE FROM CEO POSITION AT SAIC, CITES “PERSONAL REASONS”

The Washington Post reported that “Walter P. Havenstein, chief executive at McLean-based contracting giant Science Applications International Corp., will retire next summer, the company announced . . . In the announcement, Havenstein, who has led SAIC for just over two years, said he was leaving for personal reasons. He will depart in June. In recent months, Havenstein has spoken candidly about the budget challenges facing government contractors. In its most recent earnings announcement, SAIC reported roughly 6 percent drops in revenue and profit.” (Washington Post, October 3, 2011)
 
HAVENSTEIN’S TENURE AS CEO LEAVES SAIC IN DIRE STRAITS

“More than four decades after its founding, the contractor, now public and based in McLean, is struggling, facing two contracting scandals, the departure of its chief executive and declining sales and profit. The company’s plight has led to some soul-searching about whether its problems are linked to a generally tougher budget environment or tied to a change in strategy. In recent years, the company’s units have shifted from pursuing contracts autonomously to teaming up in an effort to bring more capabilities to the table. ‘Where some people would say we may have let go of our small, entrepreneurial nature, I would say what we’ve really done is helped transform ourselves to be able to punch our weight in the marketplace,’ said chief executive Walter P. Havenstein, who plans to step down in June. ‘We’ve got to be able to think as a scaled company, not just in the individual pieces, and I think that’s at the heart of the cultural shift.’ Thus far, that strategy has not yielded the kind of results that SAIC has produced in the past, and analysts and industry observers say the company is at a critical juncture as it readies to select a new leader.” (Washington Post, November 14, 2011)
Wednesday
Jul162014

CEI Today: FDA trans fat ban, green energy + birds, Obamacare Jenga, and more 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
In the News Today

 

FDA TRANS FAT BAN - MICHELLE MINTON

CEI.org: FDA’s Trans Fat “Ban” a First Foray into Controlling Americans’ Diets

While some may argue that we need the FDA to protect consumers from dangers in the food supply, forcing us to consume a “healthier” diet is certainly outside of its purview. As Bakst put it, a ban on trans fats for being unhealthy, “would be taking the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act of 1938 into novel areas that are unrelated to the food safety issues that the law is designed to regulate.
> Read more

> Interview Michelle Minton

 

GREEN ENERGY & BIRDS - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: Solar Thermal Electric Generation: Still Not Cheap, Not Green?

And now we know that solar thermal can literally incinerate birds at a rate of one every two minutes. Does your typical fossil-fuel power plant kill birds as frequently and promiscuously as a wind farm or solar thermal facility of comparable size? Not unless it’s got a hell of a lot of windows and house cats.
> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis
 

OBAMACARE LAWSUIT

Court Ruling Imminent in Challenge to Obamacare Exchange and Federal Overreach

 

A ruling on a major Obamacare lawsuit may be imminent. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. will rule on whether the IRS over-stepped its limits in imposing Obamacare penalties and subsidies in states that did not set up Obamacare exchanges. > Read more

> Interview Hans Bader


 

CEI Podcast for July 10, 2014: The Wire Act and Online Gambling


Michelle Minton argues that the Wire Act applies only to interstate sports gambling, not online gambling as a whole. The Wire Act's 50-year history is on her side. Click here to listen.

 

Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!
 

CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. > cei.org/warrenbrookes

 

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Obamacare is a
game of Jenga

 

Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org


Ivan Oransky, co-founder of the academic watchdog Retraction Watch, discusses the trend of increasing fraud, falsification, and plagiarism in the scientific community and the disincentives to retracting bad science reporting.
 





 

Wednesday
Jul092014

ALG's Daily Grind - Do Senate Republicans hate the Tea Party, more than they hate Harry Reid?

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July 9, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted. 

Do Senate Republicans hate the Tea Party, more than they hate Harry Reid?
Senate Republican campaign tactics have made their nominee for Mississippi Thad Cochran nearly unelectable in the reddest of red states.

Wash. Post reports content of U.S. communications 'stored intact in NSA databases'
Oregon Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden: ""It is now clear to the public that the list of ongoing intrusive surveillance practices by the N.S.A. includes not only bulk collection of Americans' phone records, but also warrantless searches of the content of Americans' personal communications."

More taxpayer dollars for green energy?
The 2009 rush to push billions of taxpayer dollars out through the Department of Energy for green boondoggles has been tainted by corruption and illegal activity.

Taylor: Government data show U.S. in decade-long cooling
"The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's most accurate, up-to-date temperature data confirm the United States has been cooling for at least the past decade."

Thursday
Jun052014

ALG's Daily Grind - Help Wanted: One in six men aged 25-54 not working 

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June 4, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

Help Wanted: One in six men aged 25-54 not working
Males aged 25-54 have traditionally been the backbone of a thriving U.S. economy, and their historically high failure to participate in today's economy should be a canary in the mine shaft for all those who care about our nation's future well-being.

More equal than others
Press exemption in campaign finance amendment would bastardize Constitution.

Quick Analysis:  Mississippi Senate Primary Refuses to End
Politicos across the nation have been eagerly watching the pitched battle in the Mississippi Republican Senate primary between long-time incumbent Thad Cochran and challenger state Senator Chris McDaniel, and it looks like they will get to watch it a little longer.

de Rugy: Double-dipping greens double-cross taxpayer trust
"Fewer know that the Export-Import Bank is also a hefty player in the green energy racket."