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Post by CielOnTap » Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:48 am

You don't use a charity foundation to help raise one's presidential campaign funds. So has the Trump Foundation learned in a recent order to cease operation by the New York state Attorney-General's office, after an investigation concluded. There is a lawsuit filed by the Attorney-General's office against the Foundation as well.
In 2015, the foundation admitted that it had violated a legal prohibition against “self-dealing” — the prohibition forbids nonprofit leaders from funneling their charity’s money to themselves, their businesses or their families. The following year, the Attorney General’s office ordered the foundation to stop accepting charitable contributions. The foundation started to dissolve in the end of 2016, but the Attorney General’s office ordered it to remain open while the AG’s investigation into the foundation was continuing.

The attorney general’s press secretary, Amy Spitalnick, said at the time, “As the foundation is still under investigation by this office, it cannot legally dissolve until that investigation is complete,” said Spitalnick.
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Post by CielOnTap » Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:57 pm

Another US government shutdown is in effect. While government workers have to work without pay, there is some angst that relatives of the current US president are taking a Florida holiday during this time.

The president had suggestions about how workers can work for their rent if cash is tight. I'm not certain that many landlords want to go without cash from their tenants:
The most baffling, however, is what was suggested in the cover letter meant to address the landlords of furloughed employees.

“I would like to discuss with you the possibility of trading my services to perform maintenance (e.g. painting, carpentry work) in exchange for partial rent payments,” the cover letter read.
“Just pay the workers, man,” they tweeted. “By the way, why is the senate, the house and [Donald] Trump getting pay.”
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Post by CielOnTap » Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:18 pm

TSA workers might see a check soon-for a bonus. It may help offset the lack of a paycheque.
Transportation Security Administration workers who manned checkpoints on Dec. 22 will be paid, despite the federal shutdown that began the previous day, and they also will receive a $500 bonus for working during the busy Christmas season.

The payment for work that Saturday and the bonus money are an effort by TSA Administrator David P. Pekoske to soften the blow to his workers and encourage them to remain on the job after they missed their first paycheck on Friday.

The bonus and an estimated $150 to $200 in Saturday pay should be received by TSA workers early next week.
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Post by CielOnTap » Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:04 pm

The matter of furloughed federal employees continues to inspire people to offer food to them to help them get through days without pay. Whether Canadian air traffic controllers ordered and delivered pizzas to their US counterparts across the Canada/US border or politicians helping in community kitchens to serve employees, food is being made a priority during the furlough.

Chef Jose Andres added his name to the list of community efforts in Washington DC to provide meals to those employees.
Back in December when the shutdown began, he promised free sandwiches at any of his restaurants for all employees of the federal government, and now he's delivering on his promise.
Although Andrés said Monday that he was in Puerto Rico, his nonprofit World Central Kitchen will be overseeing the new effort.
His team will open a kitchen and café Wednesday on Pennsylvania Avenue between the US Capitol and the White House. It will serve a rotating menu of free hot meals between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily to federal workers with valid ID, along with meals for workers to take home to their families.
"We plan to make thousands of daily meals each day, and we will remain open as long as needed," said Chloe Mata Crane, a spokeswoman for World Central Kitchen.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/15/us/chef- ... index.html

An issue on the matter of furloughed FBI employees-someone pointed out how the Trump administration could make FBI employees' lives miserable. Through financial checks on their records--all in a strategy to hinder FBI investigations into corruption.
“If you’re going to have access to sensitive national security or intelligence-related information, they want to make sure you’re not going to be sub susceptible to bribery, literally selling your country for cash,” she explained.

“If you are in financial dire straights, if you’re in debt up to your eyeballs and have financial burdens of any kind that might cause you real stress, that’s a big red flag,” she continued. “So they stress test you financially before you can get a security clearance and if you are an FBI agent, looking at the outset of your career while employed as an agent at the FBI, they will go back and frequently recheck that aspect of your life to make sure your financial situation has not changed to open you up to that pressure or leverage.”

“Given that reality, one easy peasy way to screw up the whole FBI, not even just the FBI, everybody involved in law enforcement and national security, intelligence work, if you want to take a part in the U.S. government, it’s easy, just start taking away paychecks from all of those people all at once,” Maddow noted. “Not just one paycheck, it would really help if it was multiple paychecks — let them go multiple pay periods with zero income while still requiring them to work every day.”
https://www.rawstory.com/2019/01/maddow ... orruption/
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