Trump-connected lobbyists reap windfall in COVID-19 boom
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Forty lobbyists with ties to President Donald Trump helped clients secure more than $10 billion in federal coronavirus aid, among them five former administration officials whose work potentially violates Trump’s own ethics policy, according to a report.
The lobbyists identified Monday by the watchdog group Public Citizen either worked in the Trump executive branch, served on his campaign, were part of the committee that raised money for inaugural festivities or were part of his presidential transition. Many are donors to Trump’s campaigns, and some are prolific fundraisers for his reelection.
They include Brian Ballard, who served on the transition, is the finance chair for the Republican National Committee and has bundled more than $1 million for Trump’s fundraising committees. He was hired in March by Laundrylux, a supplier of commercial laundry machines, after the Department of Homeland Security issued guidance that didn’t include laundromats as essential businesses that could stay open during the lockdown. A week later, the administration issued new guidance adding laundromats to the list.
Dave Urban, a Trump adviser and confidant, has collected more than $2.3 million in lobbying fees this year. The firm he leads, American Continental Group, represents 15 companies, including Walgreens and the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, on coronavirus issues.
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July 6, 2020 at 8:53 PM #333972GZeusHParticipant
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grab the money.
The only way to stamp out this behavior is to stamp out the rich. A 95% top tax rate, starting at 10 times the minimum wage is a start. Then, for good measure, you add an asset tax designed to erode large fortunes (say, anything over $10 million).
I’ll bet that if we had such a tax structure, no one would have to worry about such a thing as a deficit.
July 6, 2020 at 9:51 PM #333988salemcourtParticipant
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I thought Nancy Pelosi’s congress was the one who pushed through the lobbyist bailout bill…………..
July 6, 2020 at 10:01 PM #333994David the GnomeParticipant
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It always is when it comes to giving hundreds of billions to the wealthy. Somehow though, we can’t pay for schools, roads, bridges, healthcare, welfare, food, or, well, much of anything really…
When tens of millions have nothing left to lose, perhaps they will have some idea of where to place the blame… – and it won’t just be on Trump.
July 7, 2020 at 4:11 AM #334117peacecorpsParticipant
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Should I tell them about this? Or just let them go on thinking that Trump is a modern conservative ‘populist’ warrior on their behalf? 🙂
They are called 'human' rights not "if politicians do not feel threatened" rights. Many politicians see national sovereignty/security as more important because they protect their power and wealth. Human rights often do just the opposite.
National issues (slavery/racism, income inequality, pandemics and pathetic health care, weak unions) are not solved with more states' rights. Global problems (climate change, migration, trade, war, pandemics) are not resolved with more national sovereignty.
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