Update II: The Donald J. Trump prebuttal to Obama and the Obama Third Term:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2016
Update: It’s all about the Benjamins. Pay to play. A new Wikileaks release:
Is the #SystemRigged? Tim Kaine received an $18,000 Caribbean vacation for free and legally. Is the #SystemRigged? How many free $18,000 vacations have you received for free? Is our political class “crooked”? Is the #SystemRigged to benefit the political class overlords at the expense of the taxpayer citizens? You betcha!
Former Governor, current U.S. Senator, promoted to candidate for Vice President, Tim Kaine, will speak tonight to the Dims in convention. Tim Kaine won’t speak about the corrupt, rigged system, because Tim Kaine is a beneficiary of the corrupt, rigged system:
WASHINGTON — Barr Pharmaceuticals gave Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia a ride on a private jet to a meeting in Aspen, Colo., at a time in 2006 when it was lobbying him over issues related to its drug sales, state records show.
Dominion Resources, Virginia’s largest electric utility and a lobbying force in the state’s capital, Richmond, picked up the tab for a trip that Mr. Kaine took that same year to the college basketball Final Four tournament (and a funeral) in Indianapolis, according to the records.
McCandlish Holton PC, a law and lobbying firm that represented Virginia’s small vineyards and worked closely with Mr. Kaine’s office to create a new system for distributing wine produced by the vineyards, presented Mr. Kaine with four cases of wine in 2007, the records show, the same year he signed the legislation into law.
Under Virginia’s lax ethics rules at the time, the gifts, which had a total value of more than $160,000, were all legal as long as they were disclosed.
Is the system rigged? Picture yourself with a mask on as you rob a bank. After the robbery you disclose you are the criminal. No problem, keep the money, you disclosed your crime. System rigged.
Donald J. Trump says the system is rigged. Hillary Clinton does all within her power to prove Trump correct with her choice of Tim Kaine:
“It would be naïve to think a pharmaceutical company like Teva was not interested in maintaining access to the governor as a result of a gift of that size,” said Andrew P. Miller, a former Democratic attorney general in Virginia, who now works as an energy industry lawyer and lobbyist, referring to Teva Pharmaceuticals, which bought Barr in 2008.
Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, wasted little time in starting to attack Mr. Kaine, branding him on Friday night as “corrupt Kaine” and continuing with the criticism during a Sunday morning news interview.
“He took over $160,000 of gifts. And they said, well they weren’t really gifts. They were suits, and trips and lots of different things. Over $160,000,” Mr. Trump said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I think to me it is a big problem.”
The system is rigged. The system is corrupt. Emails once again provide proof. The more corrupt a politician is, the higher he rises:
Mr. Kaine’s acceptance of gifts has been reported on at times, dating back to when he was in the governor’s office. But an examination by The New York Times of archival email traffic from Mr. Kaine’s tenure as governor shows that he received gifts, in some cases, around the same time he and his staff were considering official government requests from these donors.
In Barr’s case, the email records show that executives from the company asked Mr. Kaine to intervene with the Food and Drug Administration on its behalf in August 2006, just days before the flight to Aspen for a meeting of the Democratic Governors Association, later valued at $12,000 in Mr. Kaine’s disclosure report.
Mr. Kaine signed the letter to the F.D.A. — a draft of which had been written by Barr — as requested before leaving on the trip, and a company lobbyist suggested that he was prepared to follow up during the plane ride.
“The Gov will be on a plane on Friday with Phil Smith,” Eileen Filler-Corn, an aide to the governor, wrote in an August 2006 email, after she had met with Mr. Smith, then a lobbyist from Barr. “Phil will likely speak with to Gov about him sending a letter in support of the petition in Aspen this weekend, hence this email to ya’ll.”
State records compiled by the Virginia Public Access Project show that a total of 139 companies or individuals gave about 220 gifts or reimbursements for travel to Mr. Kaine to work-related conferences while he served as governor from 2006 to 2010 and lieutenant governor from 2002 to 2006. Amy Dudley, a spokeswoman for Mr. Kaine, said that two-thirds of the filings were in the work-related travel category, and that Mr. Kaine was careful to disclose any gift, even if it was from a family friend, which is not required under the law.
Only in a corrupt, rigged system is the excuse accepted that the bribe is OK because it is reimbursement for a trip. A public official in our corrupt, rigged system, can ride a private plane for free to Shangri-La for a month of utopian vacation, then claim he did a minute of work and called it “work-related” travel.
The system is rigged, corrupt. For the ruling political class, bribery is a work-related gift. The ruling class makes decisions which loot the treasury extorted from the taxpaying citizens. The taxpayer is forced to pay taxes and the ruling class loots the treasury like thugs in Ferguson loot liquor stores.
The system is rigged, corrupt, in need of an Avenger to strike it down.
Only the ruling class, like Tim Kaine, former Lt. Governor, former Governor, current U.S. Senator, get free $18,000 vacations:
Other major gifts came from personal friends, including a weeklong stay, worth $18,000, in 2005 shortly after Mr. Kaine was elected governor on the exclusive Caribbean island of Mustique, provided by James B. Murray Jr., a Virginia-based venture capitalist specializing in telecommunications investments, who also donated $45,000 to Mr. Kaine’s election campaign and to a political action committee affiliated with Mr. Kaine. Mr. Murray owned an oceanside estate named Les Jolies Eaux — which boasts five bedrooms, two pools and, at least nowadays, a chef, butler, housekeeper, maid and gardener, according to a rental listing — that was designed for Princess Margaret, countess of Snowdon, the younger daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. [snip]
But the emails reviewed by The Times reflect a sensitivity about the gifts and the public’s perception of them on the part of Mr. Kaine’s aides.
When Mr. Kaine’s press secretary in December 2009 took a newspaper reporter and photographer to a so-called gift room in Capitol Square in Richmond, senior staff members scrambled to quickly end the session. A few days earlier, the governor had proposed an income tax increase, increasing staff members’ anxiety about the appearance of an article focusing on gifts.
“This is a terrible story,” Lynda Tran, Mr. Kaine’s communications director, wrote to Mr. Turnage, then the governor’s chief of staff. “I would certainly not have advised depicting the governor as hoarding gifts in a room.”
In some case, the gifts came from people or companies that were actively lobbying the state on matters in which Mr. Kaine’s office was involved.
The taxpaying peasants must be kept in the dark about the high living of the ruling class. RAISE TAXES, HOARD GIFTS, TIM KAINE.
The ruling political class discloses the corruption in forms so that makes the corruption and cronyism OK in their minds. It is never-ending Kaine corruption:
At the time McCandlish Holton, the Richmond-based law and lobbying firm, gave Mr. Kaine four cases of wine, it represented the Virginia Wineries Association and worked closely with Mr. Kaine’s office to negotiate a compromise between the vineyards and wine wholesalers that resulted in legislation passed in 2007 and signed by Mr. Kaine, said Terri Cofer Beirne, the lobbyist who handled the matter.
“He was quite helpful,” Ms. Beirne said of Mr. Kaine and his staff.
This was hardly a new relationship: Mr. Kaine had worked at the law firm before he was elected lieutenant governor. The email records show several email exchanges between Ms. Beirne and Mr. Kaine’s staff, as the industry worked to enact the provisions detailed in the new law, necessary after a court ruling declaring Virginia farm winery laws unconstitutional.
Tim Kaine worked for the “Richmond-based law and lobbying firm” that later on continued the circle of corruption. It is a circle of systemic rigged corruption. Why do you think that Tim Kaine ran for office in the first place as he toiled at McCandlish Holton – who do you think wanted Tim Kaine to run? The corrupt raise the corrupt.
The system is so rigged, so corrupt, we need a guillotine.
Before the Kansas flight, the governor’s aides received a request from Barr’s chief executive for time with the governor to discuss pending legislation, an email shows. The same email among aides mentioned the upcoming plane ride to Kansas courtesy of Barr.
“The ability to fly on a private aircraft saves the state money,” Ms. Dudley said, adding that the trips were generally for state government-related matters. [snip]
The trip paid for by Dominion in April 2006 allowed Mr. Kaine to attend the N.C.A.A. basketball tournament in Indianapolis as well as a funeral there for a former state legislator, records show.
“We fully reported it and expected nothing in return,” Chet G. Wade, a Dominion spokesman, said in a statement.
Tim Kaine, a funeral, followed by a basketball tournament. The political ruling class at play.
Tim Kaine is a member in good standing of the corrupt ruling class rigged system that loots the taxpayer. Time Kaine is not the only member in good standing of the corrupt ruling class rigged system that loots the taxpayer:
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The streets are freshly swept, the hotel rooms are pristine, the party invitations have gone out and extra police patrols are assigned.
Philadelphia is ready for the Democratic National Convention. [snip]
-In June, a longtime Philadelphia congressman, Chaka Fattah, was convicted of laundering federal grants and nonprofit funds to repay an illegal $1 million campaign loan and help family and friends.
-Last year, former state Treasurer Rob McCord left office and pleaded guilty to attempted extortion in a campaign fundraising scandal.
–Attorney General Kathleen Kane is awaiting trial on charges that she unlawfully leaked secret grand jury material to a newspaper and then lied about it under oath.
And those are just the high profile cases.
The former sheriff of Philadelphia has been charged with conspiracy; traffic judges have been convicted of ticket-fixing; state lawmakers have admitted taking bribes.
Jeff Jubelirer, a communications consultant who has worked on Republican campaigns, said these cases send a message about this overwhelmingly Democratic city, which could provide grist for presidential nominee Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans as the general election draws near.
“From a messaging standpoint, it lines up well for the Trump forces to say crooked Hillary and crooked Philadelphia,” Jubelirer said. “I think we will absolutely see that as we head into the fall.” [snip]
Former Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa., said he wasn’t worried about the scandals. “We had corruption in 2012 and Barack Obama carried the city by 468,000 votes,” Rendell said.
He said some of this was what you get in “big city politics,” adding that the one-party dominance in Philadelphia can breed corruption. [snip]
It’s where congressmen and other elected officials were caught taking illicit cash payments in the Abscam sting operation in the 1970s. During that investigation, then-Rep. Michael “Ozzie” Myers was caught on tape, saying: “Money talks in this business and bull—- walks.” [snip]
Over the past decade, former state Sen. Vince Fumo, a Democrat, went to prison for defrauding the state Senate, a South Philadelphia nonprofit and a seaport museum of millions of dollars. Former City Councilman Rick Mariano got prison time for taking bribes.
Tonight the corruption will continue.