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ALG's Daily Grind - Like day follows night, union corruption continues 


August 27, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

Like day follows night, union corruption continues
In 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) obtained 97 indictments and 116 convictions of union officials for crimes against their members.

Missing IRS emails were backed up, Justice Dept. admits to Judicial Watch
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton: "Department of Justice attorneys for the Internal Revenue Service told Judicial Watch on Friday that Lois Lerner's emails, indeed all government computer records, are backed up by the federal government in case of a government-wide catastrophe.  The Obama administration attorneys said that this back-up system would be too onerous to search."

Woodhill: No, Professor Cochrane, the Fed is not getting it right
"The Fed's policy of paying interest on bank reserves (IOR), which is nearing its sixth birthday, makes fulfilling [maintaining a stable dollar] difficult (and, given the Fed's current operating procedures, perhaps even impossible)."


Watchdog - Unions thrive on taxpayer dime  

Federal agencies spend millions on union business

The Internal Revenue Service isn’t the only federal agency where hundreds of employees do union business full-time on the public’s dime. “Taxpayers spent around $156 million on federal employees who did no federal work at all,” said Nathan Mehrens, president of Americans for Limited Government.

Watchdog reported last week that union business — oxymoronically classified as “official time” — is subsidized by the IRS. Mehrens uncovered similar behavior at other agencies.

Read more about where the money is going here.

Why labor unions are more like Miley Cyrus and Lindsay Lohan than you realize

With their grip on power in modern American culture slipping daily, the country’s labor unions will try anything to to hold onto their dominion and relevance. No, really. Anything. Anything at all.

Defending academic plagiarism? Check. Threatening dissenters? Yup. Tricking its own members to keep them funnelling cash to the bosses? Yup, that too.

Read more about the similarities here.


What's next for VA schools?

For these schools, enrolling undocumented students is old news.

What doors are UT schools keeping open?

Rich lawyers contribute funds that benefit administrators at the University of Texas. Conflict of interest?

Are food stamp requirements coming back?

New Mexico’s Human Services Department wants to bring back work requirements for those receiving food stamps.

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Could the Department of Transportation pull the plug on cell phone use on planes?

Find out in this week's Nanny State of the Week.

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NHDP - NHGOP, Jennifer Horn Feign Ethical Outrage to Score Political Points 

Horn Forgets She was Called out for Campaign Finance Violations and Hypocrisy by Grant Bosse, Who Himself Now Does Political Consulting from his Government Job

Manchester, NH – The feigned ethical outrage from the New Hampshire Republican Party and its Chair Jennifer Horn, who owes $92,184.67 in unpaid taxes from 2008-2009, flies in the face of Horn’s years of campaign finance violations and hypocrisy, as fellow Republican Grant Bosse has pointed out at length.
Not to mention that Bosse’s righteous indignation is nearly as laughable as Horn’s, as he now does political consulting for candidate Dan Innis while also working in a government job as the Senate Majority Caucus Director.
“Nobody could possibly take Jennifer Horn or any member of the New Hampshire Republican Party seriously when it comes to their manufactured ethical outrage,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Raymond Buckley. “Between not paying her taxes and her questionable campaign finance actions, Horn’s credibility on ethical questions is even worse than her record of winning elections.”
Horn’s recent phony outrage over campaign finance reform contradicts her numerous questionable campaign finance practices as a candidate, including using a D.C.-based non-profit to help raise funds for her struggling and cash-starved campaign in violation of IRS rules.
As a candidate Horn also displayed remarkable hypocrisy, repeatedly criticizing other candidates for practices she herself exploited.
After calling on her primary opponent State Senator Bob Clegg to return contributions he had received from state lobbyists, it surfaced that Horn had accepted nearly two times as much money from lobbyists as Clegg had.
Horn also tried to claim that Clegg was “trying to buy the election” by loaning his campaign $250,000. The only problem was that she too loaned her campaign money, to the tune of $175,000 for the primary.
“The voters of New Hampshire will see right through the New Hampshire Republican Party’s desperate attempt to change the subject from the fact that their candidates, like failed CEO Walt Havenstein and conservative activist Andrew Hemingway, would implement the same failed Bill O’Brien/Koch Brothers agenda that would hurt our middle class and take our state backwards,” added Buckley.


Weeks of Bad News for Maggie Hassan in Wake of Campaign Finance Scandal


Nashua Telegraph: "Disturbing...that unions thought there was something to be gained from making the contribution" "As troublesome as it is that Hassan accepted the $25,000 check in violation of campaign law, there's something even more disturbing: The idea that the unions thought there was something to begained from making the contribution at all." (Editorial, "NH donations blur distinctions," Nashua Telegraph, 8/5/2014)


Telegraph: "Some in the North Country believe the electrical workers were attempting to sway the governor's position on the Northern Pass transmission lines, a controversial proposal that would run through the state and carry power from Canada to Connecticut. Thus far, Hassan has said most of the line should be buried, but $25,000 is an amount that could, conceivably, change a politician's mind, even if she only got to keep $1,000 of it." (Editorial, "NH donations blur distinctions," Nashua Telegraph, 8/5/2014)


Telegraph: "It's fair to ask whether, having shown a willingness to take the big bucks from unions (or corporations), the governor or any politician of either party is in a position to say no when the donor calls and asks for support on a certain issue.  It's a safe bet they're at least going to take the call." (Editorial, "NH donations blur distinctions," Nashua Telegraph, 8/5/2014) 


New Hampshire Union Leader: "The people...deserve an explanation" "The AG's office needs to explain why Hassan can keep illegal donations and why the PACs were allowed to get away with making them. The people (and other campaigns) deserve an explanation so they know which illegal donations this attorney general will allow candidates to keep, which must be returned, and which will draw no punishment." (Editorial, "Dirty money? Hassan keeps felony donations," New Hampshire Union Leader 8/5/2014)


Union Leader: "None of the three union PACs was registered legally under state law when it donated to Hassan's campaign. Each one happened to donate to Hassan on the same day despite not being legally registered, then happened to remember to registerdays later. Though state law requires PACs to register with the state before spending $500 or more, Foster did not order all of the donations returned. Why not?" (Editorial, "Dirty money? Hassan keeps felony donations," New Hampshire Union Leader 8/5/2014)


Union Leader: "Foster himself determined on Friday that Gov. Hassan was the recipient of three union PAC donations made in violation of the law. He let her keep two and part of a third. As for the PACs, he sent them "cease and desist" letters, which merely declare "Don't do it again until you're legal," Rice said. But the PACs were already legal when the letters were sent, so there was no penalty for violating a state law that classifies any violation as a felony. (Editorial, "Dirty money? Hassan keeps felony donations," New Hampshire Union Leader 8/5/2014)


Concord Monitor: "A threat against the very nature of democracy" "The idea that an elected official can be bought and sold in America amounts to a threat against the very nature of democracy. That is where the anxiety of the electorate resides when it comes to political fundraising." (Editorial, "The Problems of Money and Perception," Concord Monitor 7/23/2014)


Monitor: "When legal clarity regarding fund-raising is absent, however, the way a candidate or official interprets the law becomes important to voters. That is the slippery slope upon which Gov. Maggie Hassan finds herself..." (Editorial, "The Problemsof Money and Perception," Concord Monitor 7/23/2014)


Monitor: "Hassan has a perception problem on her hands. A campaign's broad interpretation of campaign finance laws is akin to a child hearing only what he or she wants to hear, and the political damage can be significant." (Editorial, "The Problems of Money and Perception," Concord Monitor 7/23/2014)


Monitor: "[I]t's possible that concerns about influence could enter the picture, and suddenly $25,000 has bought the campaign nothing but legal problems, anxiety for supporters and fuel for opponents who can spin the Hassan campaign's interpretation of law into something much more sinister." (Editorial, "The Problems of Money and Perception," Concord Monitor 7/23/2014)