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Top Dem Caught In $131 Million Scandal – Campaign Could Be Doomed

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Politicians profiting off of being in office has been a serious problem from the very beginning. More and more, Americans are asking how their leaders came by their wealth. They want transparency. Many in the DC swamp are balking at revealing how they made their money for good reason. Many times the process is opaque and murky in its money trail. During the midterms this year and going into 2020, transparency will be more and more important in order to get elected by the people. One of these politicians who is a Democrat is finding this out the painful, public way.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill was the subject of a recent damaging report in her local newspaper in Missouri which disclosed that businesses tied to her husband have received more than $131 million in federal subsidies since she took office. That’s a problem because it looks like corruption and stealing from taxpayers.

McCaskill’s husband Joseph Shepard did not personally take that money. But it is being alleged that he benefited from profits from the housing projects he’s invested in that received those subsidies. That does not look good for McCaskill’s campaign and her opponent will surely use it against her in the election. My bet is her campaign is pretty much doomed after all the bad PR over this and other issues.

The Kansas City Star was the one who dug into all of this mess. Shepard’s personal income from these investments has grown a great deal since McCaskill took office in 2007. He reportedly made between $1,608 and $16,731 in 2006. But in 2017, Shepard reportedly earned between $365,374 and $1.1 million “from investments in housing projects that received federal subsidies.” That is a massive jump in income and looks very suspicious. I used to work as an accountant and that would definitely raise a red flag with the IRS.

None of this was secret… it came from McCaskill’s financial disclosure forms. They only provide a range of income. Coincidentally, the report came out just as President Trump was prepping to stump and fundraise for her Republican challenger in the midterms, state Attorney General Josh Hawley. Trump brought Hawley up on stage during a Kansas City speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention. Between President Trump’s endorsement and McCaskill’s dubious financial dealings, she may have a real problem this time around.

It should be noted that there is allegedly no evidence that McCaskill was involved in directing any funds into her husband’s affiliated businesses. She doesn’t sit on any committees that award such funding or again, allegedly have that kind of pull to do so. McCaskill has also voted both for and against government spending bills that benefit affordable housing programs, so she has a claim here that she is not tainted by all this. It will still be used as political fodder though and it is hard to tell how it will impact her run.

From Fox News:

“Her campaign told Fox News that McCaskill has no role in how the money is awarded or in her husband’s business interests. Her spokesperson blamed Hawley for trying to “distort and demonize” Shepard’s business.

“’Claire’s work in the Senate has absolutely nothing to do with her husband’s business investments,” Meira Bernstein, McCaskill’s campaign spokeswoman, said in an email to Fox News. “It is outrageous that Hawley’s backers are trying to distort and demonize Joseph Shepard’s business success while they celebrate Donald Trump’s business record and wealth. It is the definition of hypocrisy.”

“Missouri Republicans, though, seized on the report. The state GOP tweeted: “DC is working for Claire and her family… how about yours?”

“Hawley’s campaign did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment on the Kansas City Star report. But in a “Fox & Friends” interview, Hawley accused McCaskill of listening to “big liberal donors” in consideration of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, though she hasn’t yet taken a position.

“The subsidies report is another wave of bad press her team has had to explain as the Missouri Democrat seeks re-election in one of the tightest races of the midterm season.”

All of this follows in the recent wake of McCaskill being nailed in June for using her private plane for a supposed three-day RV tour of Missouri. She stated at the time that a report in the Washington Free Beacon, which used aircraft tracking data to track her flights, was “not accurate,” but did confirm she used the plane for part of the tour. So then, how is that not accurate? “I added some stops with the use of the plane, but I was on the RV so much that the broken drawer drove me crazy,” McCaskill said, according to Politico. “I even lost an iPad around a corner on the RV.” She blamed it on a ‘broken drawer’? Seriously? SMH.

As the news went public about McCaskill’s private plane incident, President Trump took advantage of it to lay into her on Twitter. “Senator Claire McCaskill of the GREAT State of Missouri flew around in a luxurious private jet during her RV tour of the state,” Trump tweeted. “RV’s are not for her. People are really upset, so phony! Josh Hawley should win big, and has my full endorsement.”

This is just one more incident that is in favor of Hawley and hurts McCaskill this time around. Perception is reality these days in politics. Perhaps she should have thought of that going into the midterms.

 

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Many have been critical of Google’s plan to launch a censored search engine in China, now a former Facebook executive has called out Google’s CEO for lying about the company’s motives.
Facebook’s former security chief Alex Stamos took to Twitter recently to attack Google CEO Sundar Pichai for his comments defending the company’s decision to move into the China market with its censored search engine known as “Project Dragonfly,” Silicon Beat reports.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Pichai stated that Google was “committed to serving users in China” and compared Chinese censorship laws to the “right to be forgotten” law in the European Union. Pichai received severe criticism for this comparison, both internally and from those outside of Google.

“Tech companies constantly walk a difficult path between complying with local law and protecting human rights,” Stamos tweeted Thursday. “For Sundar to compare the “right to be forgotten” (which I agree is problematic) with censorship in China is, at best, amoral and mendacious.”

Stamos further added that: “China’s censorship regime is a tool to maintain the absolute control of the party-state and is in no way comparable,” to the right to be forgotten law.

Google software engineer Colin McMillen tweeted: “It is extremely bad that Sundar appears to either think that RTBF is morally equivalent to government surveillance & censorship, or that he appears to think that nobody will notice this analogy is extremely inaccurate.”

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WATCH: Entire Eagles Offense Does Incredible Gesture For Veterans- Kaepernick Probably Pissed

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The Eagles offense struggled on Sunday night, and put up their fair share of bad plays. However, their celebration game was definitely on point.

The defending Super Bowl champs hosted the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. Which, also happened to be on Veterans Day. While the first part of the game brought forth precious little in terms of offensive output. The second half saw a burst of scoring from both teams and, a salute to our veterans from the entire Eagles offense:

The NFL has certainly done its fair share of damage in tarnishing the celebration of our flag, anthem, and military, by protesting during the national anthem. However, with those protests having all but disappeared, it would be good for the NFL to work towards resuming its former place as the primary celebrators of our flag and country, in American sports.

Sunday night was a good start.

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