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Rigging the election Part 4 Project Veritas

This sting-within-a-sting is surprisingly similar to what the Daily Telegraph pulled on the pro-Trump Great America PAC a few weeks ago — namely, testing whether operatives in a candidate’s orbit would be willing to accept money from foreign sources to influence an election. The specific issue in the Telegraph sting was using a 501(c)(4) group to launder Chinese money en route to the PAC, which is illegal. A Republican consultant allegedly proposed having the (fake) Chinese donor’s contribution sent to a firm he owned, ostensibly as payment for services rendered, at which point the money would be donated by the firm to two 501(c)(4) organizations and then the C4s would donate in turn to the Super PAC. C4s aren’t required to disclose their donors, which would have made it difficult to trace the money back from the PAC to the Chinese donor.

The Project Veritas sting involves fewer steps. A donor arranged to send $20,000 from a shell company organized in Belize to Americans United for Change, a left-wing 501(c)(4) that’s been at the center of the recent Project Veritas videos. There’s no suggestion of laundering, but the contribution is obviously designed to influence an election — and C4s aren’t supposed to accept foreign money for that purpose. They can take foreign contributions to fund civic “education,” but not for political activities. Although that loophole is fairly easily exploited:

For 501(c)(4) nonprofits, also known as “social welfare” organizations, which include some of the biggest 2012 spenders, there’s a big upside to banking foreign money that’s not for pure politics, according to Owens. Tax law says 501(c)(4)s can’t make politics their primary purpose, and so these groups carefully track their spending so that more goes toward ostensibly nonpolitical activities than toward politics. An injection of nonpolitical foreign cash, Owens says, frees up other American money for overtly political ads or mailers.

An infusion of $20,000 from a foreign donor can be earmarked for “education,” freeing up $19,999 in the C4s’ treasury that was donated by Americans for new political activities. In effect the foreign donor is paying for the politicking even though formally he’s paying for educational stuff. Although maybe Americans United for Change thought that shell game would be too cute if the FEC came sniffing around after watching the video below. As you’ll see, the $20,000 donation ended up being returned — but only after AUFC had figured out that it’d been stung.

Most of that comes in the first third of the video. The rest is devoted to watching Bob Creamer peddle influence in return for the contribution, including legal help for a (fake) rich Syrian who wanted to come to the United States. As Phil Kerpen notes, he seems awfully vague at times about whether he’s working for the Clinton campaign or for an outside group like Democracy Partners and AUFC. There are supposed to be strict lines of separation legally between those entities, aren’t there? Exit question: How many people did PV have working on these stings? It seems like a dozen at least.

 

Source: Will County News

Black Lives Matter would be SHUT DOWN if people saw this…

Black Lives Matter would be SHUT DOWN if people saw this…

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As the Left continues to embrace identity politics, there’s no shortage of groups pushing ideologies of victim-hood to win over converts. The most prominent on the national scene is the Black Lives Matter movement, which originated online following the acquittal of Trayvon Martin, and hit the streets following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

Their message is clear: when it comes to policing, blacks are treated differently. Since originating, the number of martyrs their cause has claimed has grown, but setting aside those cases (most of which were completely justified), do the statistics confirm their narrative? The latest video produced for Prager University, titled “Are the Police Racist?” featured American Enterprise Institute scholar Heather MacDonald, gives a fantastic overview of the numbers, completely blowing the BLM narrative out of the water.

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Christ’s Burial Place Exposed for First Time in Centuries

Exclusive: Christ’s Burial Place Exposed for First Time in Centuries

Restorers working in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Israel uncover stone slab venerated as the resting place of Jesus Christ.

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The shrine that houses the traditional burial place of Jesus Christ is undergoing restoration inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
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For the first time in centuries, scientists have exposed the original surface of what is traditionally considered the tomb of Jesus Christ. Located in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem, the tomb has been covered by marble cladding since at least 1555 A.D., and most likely centuries earlier.

“The marble covering of the tomb has been pulled back, and we were surprised by the amount of fill material beneath it,” said Fredrik Hiebert, archaeologist-in-residence at the National Geographic Society, a partner in the restoration project. “It will be a long scientific analysis, but we will finally be able to see the original rock surface on which, according to tradition, the body of Christ was laid.”

According to Christian tradition, the body of Jesus Christ was laid on a shelf or “burial bed” hewn from the side of a limestone cave following his crucifixion by the Romans in A.D. 30 or possibly 33. Christian belief says Christ was resurrected after death, and women who came to anoint his body three days after the burial reported that no remains were present.

WATCH: Scientists expose Jesus Christ’s last resting place for first time in the modern era during restoration work at Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

This burial shelf is now enclosed by a small structure known as the Edicule (from the Latin aedicule, or “little house”), which was last reconstructed in 1808-1810 after being destroyed in a fire. The Edicule and the interior tomb are currently undergoing restoration by a team of scientists from the National Technical University of Athens, under the direction of Chief Scientific Supervisor Professor Antonia Moropoulou.

The exposure of the burial bed is giving researchers an unprecedented opportunity to study the original surface of what is considered the most sacred site in Christianity. An analysis of the original rock may enable them to better understand not only the original form of the tomb chamber, but also how it evolved as the focal point of veneration since it was first identified by Helena, mother of the Roman emperor Constantine, in A.D. 326.

“We are at the critical moment for rehabilitating the Edicule,” Moropoulou said. “The techniques we’re using to document this unique monument will enable the world to study our findings as if they themselves were in the tomb of Christ.”

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Workers begin removing the worn marble that has encased the original burial shelf for centuries, exposing a layer of fill material below.
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Moment of Revelation

The doors to the church were shut early—hours before normal closing time, leaving a bewildered crowd of pilgrims and tourists standing in front of the towering wooden doors. Inside, a scrum of conservators in yellow hard hats, Franciscans in simple brown robes, Greek orthodox priests in tall black hats, and Copts in embroidered hoods surrounded the entrance to the Edicule, peering into its reaches. Rising above all of them was the façade of the early 19th-century shrine, its elaborate carvings obscured by iron beams and orange safety tape.

Inside the tomb, which usually glows with a faint constellation of wax candles, bright construction lighting filled the small cell, revealing tiny details that are usually overlooked. The marble slab that covers the holy bench—roughly 3 by 5 feet and carved from creamy marble—had been pulled away from the wall. Beneath it was a grey-beige stone surface. What is it? a conservator was asked. “We don’t know yet,” she replied. “It’s time to bring in the scientific monitoring tools.”

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A Christian nun kneels in prayer at the “burial bed” of Christ inside the tomb shrine, known as the Edicule.
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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre (also known as the Church of the Resurrection) is currently under the custody of six Christian sects. Three major groups—the Greek Orthodox Church, the Roman Catholic Church, and the Armenian Orthodox Church—maintain primary control over the site, and the Coptic, Ethiopian Orthodox, and Syriac communities also have a presence there. Parts of the church that are considered common areas of worship for all of the sects, including the tomb, are regulated by a Status Quo agreement that requires the consent of all of the custodial churches.

Outside the Edicule, Thephilos III, the Greek Patriarch of Jerusalem, stood watching the events with a serene smile. “I’m glad that the atmosphere is special, there is a hidden joy,” said the patriarch. “Here we have Franciscans, Armenians, Greeks, Muslim guards, and Jewish police officers. We hope and we pray that this will be a real message that the impossible can become the possible. We all need peace and mutual respect.”

Resurrecting a Sacred Shrine

The structural integrity of the early 19th-century Edicule has been a concern for decades. It suffered damage during a 1927 earthquake, and British authorities were forced to shore up the building in 1947 with unsightly exterior girders that remain to this day. Difficulties among the Status Quo representatives and a lack of financial resources have hindered its repair.

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Church leaders listen to an update on the renovation work from Dr. Antonia Moropoulou, leader of the restoration team.
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In 2015, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, with the agreement of the other two major communities, invited the National Technical University of Athens (which had previously led restoration projects on the Athenian Acropolis and the Hagia Sophia) to study the Edicule. The communities of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre agreed to restore the structure in March 2016, with work to be completed by the spring of 2017. Major donors to the $4-million-plus project include a royal benefaction from Jordan’s King Abdullah II, and $1.3-million gift from Mica Ertegun to the World Monuments Fund in support of the project.

The National Geographic Society, with the blessing of the Greek Patriarch of Jerusalem and the other religious communities, formed a strategic alliance with the National Technical University of Athens for cultural heritage preservation. For an exclusive look at the restoration project, watch Explorer on National Geographic Channel, coming in November.

Source: Will County News

Chelsea Privately Declared War On Clinton Foundation in 2011

Chelsea Privately Declared War On Clinton Foundation in 2011

RICHARD POLLOCK
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Chelsea Clinton’s bold decision in 2011 to launch an “internal investigation” into the finances of the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative was the equivalent of a declaration of war by the first daughter and a bombshell about the financial mess she discovered at the foundation.

The latest revelation came out Tuesday in a new batch of WikiLeaks emailssent to and from Clinton confidant John Podesta, who now is Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign chairman.

Two emails — one dated Nov. 12, 2011 and another dated Jan. 4, 2012 — show Chelsea was aggressively looking into the foundation’s money flows and talking to others about it.

Her actions worried President Bill Clinton’s long-time handler Doug Band, who complained to Podesta about Chelsea’s intervention into the internal operations of the foundation.

The disclosure suggests that Chelsea was shocked by what she found inside her parent’s organization that secured millions of dollars from despots, Eastern European tycoons, Arab Sheiks and foreign billionaires — all of whom also were seeking favors from her mom and dad.

In the 2011 email, Band complained to Podesta about Chelsea’s activity within the foundation, accusing her efforts to reform the organization as the behavior of  a “spoiled brat.”

But in his January 2012 email Band discloses that Chelsea, “is conducting an internal investigation of money within the foundation from cgi to the foundation.”

“CGI” is the Clinton Global Initiative where the Clintons annually assemble the world’s richest people and connect them to U.S. and foreign government officials.

Band additionally was worried to learn that Chelsea had shared her misgivings with members of the Bush family.

The Clinton aide tells Podesta in the 2012 email that Chelsea told “one of the Bush 43 kids” about the investigation adding, “I have heard more and more chatter” from Chelsea and that she is “talking about lots of what is going on internally to people.” He ends his email by stating to Podesta, “Not smart.”

It’s unclear if Chelsea discovered dirty money inside the foundation, conflicts of interest, “pay to play” deals that involved her mother, or gross financial mismanagement. She took her actions when her mother was secretary of state.

The disclosure will likely accelerate a number of congressional investigations into the foundation that have been simmering in both the House and the Senate.

The emails also are likely to put the spotlight on Band and the company he created called Teneo. Congress already has an investigation underway about whether it had undue access to the Obama administration, especially at the Department of State when Hillary was secretary .

Reportedly, Teneo was able to get its clients — many of whom also were Clinton Foundation donors — meetings with Clinton at the Department of State.

Prior to Tuesday’s email, it was clear Chelsea not only investigated her parent’s foundation, but took strong steps to try to reform it.

She was there when the foundation fired KDB, its tiny, Midwestern accounting firm. She also personally recruited McKinsey & Company friend and colleague Eric Braverman to become the new CEO. And Chelsea widened the board from a handful of Clinton insiders to a dozen while serving as its vice-chairman.

Significantly, when Pricewaterhousecoopers was hired to replace KDB — which a federal oversight board reprimanded citing many auditing ‘deficiencies” — the outside PWC review resulted in a total restatement of four years of Clinton Foundation financial statements.

However, although Chelsea is still vice-chairman of the foundation, she has taken many hits from inside it by her parent’s old cronies and they appear to have prevailed.

Only months after Braverman arrived after signing a lucrative $395,000 employment contract, he abruptly quit. Bruce Lindsey, a long-time Clinton hand who Braverman had replaced, is now back running the foundation.

It’s unclear if Braverman resigned or if he was pushed out by old Clinton loyalists.

Band and other long time Bill Clinton pals had a lot to lose with a Chelsea-led investigation.

Historically, the foundation was run by a small group of old Clinton loyalists, including long-time aide Bruce Lindsey, Terence McAuliffe, now the Democratic governor of Virginia, and Cheryl Mills, who was Hillary’s chief of staff at the State Department.

The small board violated the nonprofit world’s most elemental set of “best practices” which call upon tax exempt groups to have a strong, outside board to oversee programs.

The foundation also failed to set up strong oversight committees to review the foundation’s financial transactions, decide executive compensation, evaluate senior staff, formulate business practices, establish ethical standards and intervene to prevent conflicts of interests.  The foundation had none of these.

The foundation also operated programs overseas in developing countries with weak banking laws and lax government oversight where bribes and corruption were rampant.

Band had the most to lose because he had a seat within the foundation and was CEO of Teneo a consulting firm that tried to monetize the foundation’s activities into handsome profits.  Judicial Watch, the watchdog group called Teneo, “Clinton, Inc.”

Band called Teneo a “global advisory firm” which allowed him to mix foreign companies, Clinton donors and eventually some of the work with Secretary Clinton at the State Department.

Teneo also intermingled its work with the Clinton camp.  Bill Clinton was a paid consultant. Huma Abedin, when she served as deputy chief of staff at the State Department also served as a paid “senior advisor” to Teneo.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is investigating the relationship between Teneo, Abedin with Clinton Foundation aides.

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Brutal new Clinton emails about Teneo remind us of Huma Abedin circa 2010

Brutal new Clinton emails about Teneo remind us of Huma Abedin circa 2010

POSTED AT 9:41 AM ON OCTOBER 27, 2016 BY JAZZ SHAW

The latest batch of Clinton emails to be released would be considered a bombshell in any other presidential campaign in American history. Sadly, given the lack of attention most of the media is willing to pay to them combined with the general propensity to focus on whatever Donald Trump said at his last campaign stop makes this pretty much another day that ends in a Y. Add to that the fact that pretty much all of the emails paint the same dismal picture of the lack of ethics on display in the Clinton clan and it seems as if people’s eyes just begin to glaze over.

Still, a quick glance at yesterday’s trove provides a reminder of precisely how well Bill and Hillary Clinton leveraged their connections through the Clinton Global Initiative to line their own pockets. And one name which keeps popping up is their pet company, Teneo. (Chicago Tribune)

Band wrote the memo in 2011 to foundation lawyers conducting a review of the organization amid a brewing feud with the Clintons’ daughter, Chelsea Clinton, who was taking a stronger role in leading the foundation and had expressed concerns about Teneo’s operations.

The memo, made public Wednesday by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, lays out the aggressive strategy behind lining up the consulting contracts and paid speaking engagements for Bill Clinton that added tens of millions of dollars to the family’s fortune, including during the years that Hillary Clinton led the State Department. It describes how Band helped run what he called “Bill Clinton Inc.,” obtaining “in-kind services for the President and his family – for personal travel, hospitality, vacation and the like.”

The bold admissions in these emails shows just how apt it was to describe this operation as Bill Clinton Incorporated. The team worked to make sure that Bill Clinton’s “for profit activities” were pushed heavily by CGI and leveraged through companies such as Teneo. The various gigs that Clinton landed in exchange for access to his family and their foundation added up to a nearly $100M payday over a period of six years. (Good work if you can get it.) But the fact that the Clintons were receiving a lot of favors from Teneo is nothing new. It not only benefited Bill and Hillary, but her long time aide Huma Abedin. Ed Morrissey covered this more than a year ago.

While working as a high-level aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin received a curious waiver to work in the private sector simultaneously — and went to work for a firm politically connected to the Clintons and their foundation, Teneo. The waiver itself is under investigation by the Senate Judiciary Committee, a probe that may take on more importance as the FBI succeeds in uncovering more e-mail from Hillary’s server. Politico’s Rachel Bade may have found a quo if not a quid in Abedin’s communications:

A spring 2012 email to Hillary Clinton’s top State Department aide, Huma Abedin, asked for help winning a presidential appointment for a supporter of the Clinton Foundation, according to a chain obtained by POLITICO.

The messages illustrate the relationship between Clinton’s most trusted confidant and the private consulting company that asked for the favor, Teneo Inc. — a global firm that later hired Abedin. Abedin signed on with the company while she still held a State Department position, a dual employment that is now being examined by congressional investigators. …

Does all of this add up to a “criminal enterprise” as some of our friends tend to describe the Clinton Foundation and CGI? That’s for a court to decide in the highly unlikely event that the government ever went after them. But what we are seeing beyond a shadow of a doubt is a paper trail which shows that there was a lot more going on than just charity. People inside the team made no bones about the fact that making money to fatten the Clintons’ personal bank accounts was to be a priority and they were wildly successful at that task.

That should leave voters with one question which seems rather obvious. Why would all of these groups and corporations be so willing to shower cash on the Clintons if they weren’t expecting something in return? I’m not just talking about whatever actual charitable work was going on here. I mean all of the contracts, speaking fees and board membership salaries which fell into Bill Clinton’s lap. Those outfits are in business to make money like anyone else so they don’t just hand it out for no reason. Just how many people have their hooks into the Clintons and will be expecting something in return if she makes it into the White House?

Source: Will County News