September 29, 2014

Mitch McConnell still ignoring Matt Jones

September 26, 2014

As Obama cracks down on inversion loophole, McConnell father-in-law breathes sigh of relief

McConnell, his wife, and father-in-law Chao
President Barack Obama released graphics Friday to promote a crackdown on the corporate tax avoidance technique known as inversion. Per Obama, an inversion is "the maneuver that rewards U.S. corporations that declare themselves residents overseas to avoid paying taxes in America." 

As reported here in August and also by International Business Times, Mitch McConnell's father-in-law, James S.C. Chao, registers his Foremost Maritime Group shipping fleet in Liberia to avoid paying U.S. taxes. 

The maneuver enjoyed by McConnell's father-in-law is called "flag of convenience," and is not the target of Obama's latest campaign. The graphic McConnell and Chao were spared:

(Screenshot from imac dictionary)

Obama's actual graphics which can be found here:

September 24, 2014

Report: Kentucky ranks 7th in income inequality


Foreshadowing the Ohio River Bridges Project's Bankruptcy

When promoting how wonderful a privatized Ohio River Bridges Project could be, former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels offered as evidence the state's success in a past privatization project. A report yesterday in the South Bend Tribune suggests Daniels was wrong. From Toll Road bankruptcy reignites old debate about privatization:
"Those who opposed leasing the highway in 2006 are now outspoken, citing concerns about the future of the road and quality of its upkeep."...
"Meanwhile, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said in a statement Monday drivers of the route through northern Indiana can expect 'business as usual.'"

September 21, 2014

Who might a 'President Rand Paul' pardon in bribery scandal?

Sen. Rand Paul. (Facebook)
Economic Policy Journal's Robert Wenzel has published an intriguing analysis of the 'prisoner dilemmas' now facing Senator Mitch McConnell's former campaign manager Jesse Benton, as well as former McConnell consultant Dimitri Kesari.

Wenzel's analysis triggers rational minds to formulate questions like: If the subjects were cooperating with the investigation, why would the FBI need to issue subpoenas? How are Benton, Kesari, and Paul going to get out of this? Why has Kesari chosen counsel from within the Paul circle of influence? Is it in the best interest of Kesari to play along?

September 20, 2014

Bush Family Continues to Bankroll Mitch McConnell

Alison Lundergan Grimes has a new ad out bringing attention, among other things, to a fundraiser Jeb Bush hosted for Mitch McConnell this weekend. That's probably not the first Bush to host a fundraiser for McConnell. Let me explain.

September 19, 2014

Another Mitch McConnell Tie to National Right to Work Scandal

Doug Stafford, Source: Politico.
Sen. Mitch McConnell disbursed a total of $30,000 to the wife of National Right to Work Vice President Doug Stafford in 2013 for “fundraising consulting” according to his campaign's latest FEC report.  

In their report, the McConnell campaign listed a prestigious residential address in D.C. only blocks from the Capitol for Elizabeth Stafford. Incidentally, from Politico's profile of Doug Stafford:

"To minimize his commute and maximize his time at home when he took the Senate job, Stafford moved his family from western Fairfax to five blocks from the Capitol.

The Long Island native, who attended the University of Maryland, has four daughters — 21, 14, 5 and 17 months. He and his second wife, Elizabeth, adopted the youngest."

September 18, 2014

(Updated) SURFACED! Lots of Evidence on Mark Lloyd's (Possibly Kesari-Induced) Endorsement of Corey Stewart

Screenshot where endorsement appeared.
(9/19/14 1am EST Update: This post was revised from original form to include images from Lloyd's Facebook defending his endorsement of Stewart) 

While Mark Lloyd's 2013 endorsement of Corey Stewart for Lt. Governor of Virginia was removed from his campaign's website, a reliable source has forwarded to Louisville Courant the removed text of the endorsement headlined "Setting the Record Straight," which appears in its entirity after the headline below.

Dimitri Kesari's Hyluss Corporation received a $10,000 disbursement from Stewart in May of 2013, just two days before Tea Party activist Lloyd endorsed Stewart, as reported here Sunday, and noted here.

 "I am supporting Corey Stewart for Lieutenant Governor," ends Llloyd's letter. No ambiguity there.
And here are a few examples of Lloyd defending his unexpected endorsement of Stewart on Facebook:

Minnesota's Mike McFadden is who Mitch McConnell needs in Washington, and here's why

Incumbent Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) just released this commercial about his opponent Mike McFadden in Minnesota's US Senate race, exposing McFadden's involvement in overseas tax-avoidance schemes:

Sen. Mitch McConnell needs guys like McFadden in the Senate, and my regular readers have already made the connection.

As I reported here in August, McConnell's in-laws fly Liberian flags on their shipping fleet, also to avoid US tax liability. This is a scheme that is kept legal because congress does nothing about it. While you're letting that sink in, enjoy watching this Liberian-flagged ship, owned by McConnell in-laws, evade US taxes:

September 17, 2014

Ron Paul bribery scandal updates

Peninsula Tea Party
Stewart connected not only to Kesari, but also John Tate

While Sen. Mitch McConnell is closely connected to subpoenaed bribery scandal players Dimitri Kesari and Jesse Benton, Virginia's Corey Stewart is connected to Kesari and also Ron Paul's 2012 campaign manager John Tate, according to the Peninsula Tea Party.