SANCTIONED RUSSIAN OLIGARCH'S COMPANY TO INVEST MILLIONS IN NEW ALUMINUM PLANT IN MITCH MCCONNELL'S STATE

  
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SANCTIONED RUSSIAN OLIGARCH'S COMPANY TO INVEST MILLIONS IN NEW ALUMINUM PLANT IN MITCH MCCONNELL'S STATE

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Rusal, the aluminum company partially owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, announced plans to invest around $200 million to build a new aluminum plant in Kentucky just months after the Trump administration removed it from the U.S. sanctions list.

The new aluminum plant, slated to be built in the home state of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, will be the biggest new aluminum plant constructed in the U.S. in decades. Rusal will have a 40 percent stake in the facility.

"Rusal, one of the leading global aluminium producers, and Braidy Industries Inc., a U.S. base holding company which owns both Veloxint, an MIT-incubated lightweighting solutions company, and NanoAl, a Northwestern University incubated materials research and technology company, announce an intent to establish a joint project in Ashland, Kentucky, USA to produce flat-rolled aluminium products for the U.S. automotive industry," according to a company press release.

The U.S. removed Rusal from its sanctions list in January, after the Treasury Department struck an agreement with the company that saw Deripaska, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, reduce his stake in the company to below 50 percent and lower his voting rights to below 35. The agreement requires the companies to report any contact between Deripaska and company affiliates, including members of the board.








McConnell was among the advocates for lifting sanctions on Rusal, arguing that the deal with Treasury would maintain pressure on Deripaska personally without disrupting global aluminum supplies.








Also on Monday, the public affairs company Mercury, which was hired by British Lord Gregory Barker to lobby for the oligarch's companies to be removed from the U.S. sanctions list, filed a letter under the Foreign Agents Registration Act describing how "the Barker plan permanently removed Oleg Deripaska from control" of his companies EN+ and Rusal. Barker is the executive chairman of Rusal and its parent company EN+.

"The Board will be two-thirds/one-third independent of Deripaska, Deripaska will not receive any dividends for as long as he remains subject to sanctions, and the Company and its operations will remain under the scrutiny of U.S. regulators," the document reads. "The agreement will allow the world's second largest producer of aluminum to stay out of Russian state or Chinese ownership."

Still, analysts have expressed concern that Deripaska, who was sanctioned in April 2018 for attempting to meddle in the U.S. elections, may still wield influence over his companies from behind the scenes.

The agreement struck with the Treasury Department gave the Swiss commodities firm Glencore, a company that has done business with Deripaska for years and whose CEO previously sat on Rusal's board, some of Deripaska's lost shares. The Russian bank VTB, nicknamed Putin's piggy bank, also got a stake in Deripaska's companies. Some experts have claimed that it is possible Deripaska could use his ties with these companies to exert some influence over Rusal.

Meanwhile, at least one of the trustees that the Office of Foreign Assets Control appointed to ensure that Deripaska does not exercise influence on the company's board is linked to a law firm that has worked with the oligarch and his companies for years.

Earlier this month, The New York Times reported the Treasury Department had allowed around $78 million worth of company shares to be transferred to a trust fund belonging to Deripaska's children, despite a previous statement from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin claiming that the oligarch's children would "in no way benefit" from sanctions relief.

BY CRISTINA MAZA

Photo: Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska speaks to the media outside his carmaker GAZ plant in Nizhny Novgorod on April 16, 2019.KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

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Ender
1  seeder  Ender    3 weeks ago

Isn't that convenient. Push to lift sanctions then have them do business in your state.

Moscow Mitch isn't even trying to hide his crooked ways any more.

 
 
 
devangelical
1.1  devangelical  replied to  Ender @1    3 weeks ago

his nickname in DC is Mitch the bitch. Bwah ha ha ha

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
1.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Ender @1    3 weeks ago

I wonder if the deal came with a case of turtle wax.

 
 
 
Ender
1.2.1  seeder  Ender  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @1.2    3 weeks ago

And some kick backs.

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.3  Tessylo  replied to  Ender @1    3 weeks ago

That's why he's protecting Rump.  He's complicit in Russian meddling just like the majority of the gop Congress,  his cabinet and everyone in his administration.  The gang of thugs, gangsters, grifters, thieves, corrupt traitorous scum

 
 
 
squiggy
1.4  squiggy  replied to  Ender @1    3 weeks ago

... as opposed to Cortez who wants no more than handouts for her district. Fuck that job thingy.

 
 
 
Ender
1.4.1  seeder  Ender  replied to  squiggy @1.4    3 weeks ago

So you are for the state owning part of industry and crawling into bed with Russian oligarchs.

 
 
 
squiggy
1.4.2  squiggy  replied to  Ender @1.4.1    3 weeks ago

No.

 
 
 
Ender
1.4.3  seeder  Ender  replied to  squiggy @1.4.2    3 weeks ago

Well, that is exactly what this plan from Mitch is doing.

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
1.5  Freedom Warrior  replied to  Ender @1    3 weeks ago

So what exactly is your problem with this deal?

 
 
 
Ender
1.5.1  seeder  Ender  replied to  Freedom Warrior @1.5    3 weeks ago

So you too are for a state owning a part of industry (something the right is supposed to be against) and 40% owned by a Russian oligarch.

Yep no problem at all.

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
1.5.2  Freedom Warrior  replied to  Ender @1.5.1    3 weeks ago

 No I don’t support state ownership of industry so it’s not stated in the article why would you conclude that?

 
 
 
Ender
1.5.3  seeder  Ender  replied to  Freedom Warrior @1.5.2    3 weeks ago

Read the link by Kavika at post #4

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
1.5.4  Freedom Warrior  replied to  Ender @1.5.3    3 weeks ago

It's not in my purview.

 
 
 
Ender
1.5.5  seeder  Ender  replied to  Freedom Warrior @1.5.4    3 weeks ago

Learn a new word?

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.5.6  Tessylo  replied to  Ender @1.5.5    3 weeks ago
'Learn a new word?'

Da!

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
1.5.7  Freedom Warrior  replied to  Ender @1.5.5    2 weeks ago

Yep.  

Frignoramus. Look it up. 

I came across it when I was looking for a better way to describe your comment. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
1.6  Vic Eldred  replied to  Ender @1    3 weeks ago

Everything seems above board to me. What's wrong with a Senator bringing jobs o his home state?  That's what democrats should be doing.

 
 
 
JBB
1.6.1  JBB  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.6    3 weeks ago

McConnell sold out the integity of US elections for his personal gain! 

He went way too far this time...

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
1.6.2  Vic Eldred  replied to  JBB @1.6.1    3 weeks ago

He did?  Could you explain how?

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
1.6.3  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh  replied to  JBB @1.6.1    3 weeks ago

Should we get the Mueller team back together?

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
2  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh    3 weeks ago

Jobs are evil, why would we want jobs in the US?

Brilliant find.

 
 
 
Ender
2.1  seeder  Ender  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @2    3 weeks ago

So you are all for a buddy of Putin and this company in charge of aluminum. Plus making a major profit in our own backyard.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
2.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Ender @2.1    3 weeks ago
Plus making a major profit in our own backyard.

And likely paying no taxes.

 
 
 
dave-2693993
3  dave-2693993    3 weeks ago

Sorry, the closest thing I can say to anything intelligent about Russian oligarchs is "rat bastards". 

 
 
 
JBB
3.1  JBB  replied to  dave-2693993 @3    3 weeks ago

Putin is widely reputed to secretly be the world's first trillionaire aka The #1 Oligarch!

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
3.1.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  JBB @3.1    3 weeks ago

His net worth is publicly listed at 70 billion.  But I have no doubt that he has hidden money somewhere that is not reported just like his butt buddy most likely does.

 
 
 
Kavika
4  Kavika     3 weeks ago

In additon to a proposed $15 million in tax breaks there is a lot of other interesting information..

https://wfpl.org/from-russia-with-loot-ky-aluminum-companys-new-russian-partner-raises-concerns/

 
 
 
Ender
4.1  seeder  Ender  replied to  Kavika @4    3 weeks ago

Gotta laugh at their hypocrisy. Everything should be privately owned and run yet here we have republicans having a state owning part of industry.

 
 
 
Ronin2
4.1.1  Ronin2  replied to  Ender @4.1    3 weeks ago

Yes, have to laugh at the hypocrisy of Democrats wanting the government to have a share in industry; and how it is run- yet are bitching over this deal?  Forgetting Obama's car battery plants that didn't produce batteries? Of course with those the government got nothing back in return.

https://money.cnn.com/2012/10/22/news/economy/obama-energy-bankruptcies/index.html

A123:The battery maker received a $249 million Department of Energy stimulus grant to build two factories in Michigan to manufacture batteries for electric cars.

The company drew down $132 million of that grant, and the factories are up and running, according to the DOE.

As part ofA123's bankruptcyannounced earlier this week, the factories were sold toJohnson Controls(JCI), which is expected to keep them open. Since the investment was a grant, the government got no money back. It's unclear whether Johnson will be eligible to draw down the remaining grant funds.

The area this facility is being built is in desperate need of jobs. The $15 million investment was from a fund to promote new business ventures in the state. There will be tax breaks on top of that; but so what? The state would be paying out unemployment to those individuals- possibly other assistance programs as well; and no tax revenue what-so-ever would be coming in. This is a gain for both the area and the state.

Also from the linked article the Department of Treasury at any time can put the sanctions back on the Russian company; if the restructure turns out not to be true.

 
 
 
Ender
4.1.2  seeder  Ender  replied to  Ronin2 @4.1.1    3 weeks ago

Desperate need of jobs? Doesn't trump tout best unemployment numbers in history? We are doing better than ever....The economy is the best it has ever been....

Yet talk about the state owning industry, something republicans hate and call socialism, are doing what they profess to be against...and the the sudden this area is destitute and in desperate need.

Then go on to say that what Obama did was bad and still champion this. Also a grant is not ownership as it is here.

This oligarch was only taken off sanctions three months ago. How convenient that now all the sudden his company wants to do business in the senate leaders state.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
4.1.3  XDm9mm  replied to  Ender @4.1.2    3 weeks ago
Yet talk about the state owning industry

Do you mean like the Chinese doing this under Obama?

In recent weeks, numerous national security concerns have been raised regarding Chinese corporations and their increasing ownership of American businesses and trading ports. This alarm comes in the wake of China’s largest shipping company, Cosco Shipping Holdings Co., taking control of a major US trade terminal in Long Beach, California. The Long Beach acquisition is part of Cosco’s six-billion-dollar buyout of rival Asian shipping giant, the Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas International Ltd. https://amac.us/with-acquisition-of-california-port-china-broadens-influence-on-us-commerce/
 
 
 
Ender
4.1.4  seeder  Ender  replied to  XDm9mm @4.1.3    3 weeks ago

First, that is not a US state having ownership...second it sounds like the two wrongs make a right defence.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
4.1.5  XDm9mm  replied to  Ender @4.1.4    3 weeks ago
First, that is not a US state having ownership

KY is NOT a part owner.  Regardless of what is attempted at inferring by the tax breaks it receives.

If you can show DIRECT state ownership I'd appreciate that.

 
 
 
Ender
4.1.6  seeder  Ender  replied to  XDm9mm @4.1.5    3 weeks ago
Braidy Industries was such an attractive project that Kentucky’s Republican Gov. Matt Bevin offered significant tax breaks and invested $15 million in taxpayer dollars through Kentucky’s private investment company, Commonwealth Seed Capital. Effectively, Kentucky taxpayers are part-owners of Braidy alongside CEO Craig Bouchard.
 
 
 
pat wilson
5  pat wilson    3 weeks ago

No wonder comrade Mitch wants to bury two bills proposing protections for elections from Russian meddling.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
5.1  Raven Wing  replied to  pat wilson @5    3 weeks ago

Between his close ties to the Russians, and his close ties with the Chinese through his Chinese wife and her contacts with big money and associations through her family, he has been able to get re-elected year after year even though most voters in KY can't stand him.  He is totally out for himself and to Hell with the people.

However, one day he will meet his Karma.

 
 
 
Ender
5.1.1  seeder  Ender  replied to  Raven Wing @5.1    3 weeks ago

He has to be one of the most crooked in DC.

 
 
 
MUVA
5.1.2  MUVA  replied to  Ender @5.1.1    3 weeks ago

Not even close take a look at Bob Menendez.

 
 
 
WallyW
5.1.3  WallyW  replied to  Raven Wing @5.1    3 weeks ago

What's wrong with bringing home the bacon (jobs and tax revenue) for your home state?

The logic* is elusive.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
5.1.4  Raven Wing  replied to  MUVA @5.1.2    3 weeks ago

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Raven Wing
5.1.5  Raven Wing  replied to  WallyW @5.1.3    3 weeks ago
The logic* is elusive.

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MUVA
5.1.6  MUVA  replied to  Raven Wing @5.1.4    3 weeks ago

Take a look at bobby boy then get back to me.

 
 
 
MrFrost
5.1.7  MrFrost  replied to  WallyW @5.1.3    3 weeks ago
What's wrong with bringing home the bacon (jobs and tax revenue) for your home state?

You are aware that we were attacked by Russian's in the 2016 elections, right? 

Remember when the right screamed that Obama did nothing to the Russian's after they attacked us, (and in the same breath said that the Russians didn't attack us at all)? Remember that he kicked them out of the country 48 hours after he was shown the facts? Not only is the right still in denial, (and complaining about Obama...still), they are actually making it easier for Russia to attack us, again. McConnell refuses to do ANYTHING to protect our election process. 

But you say it's about jobs? Bullshit. 

 
 
 
Greg Jones
5.1.9  Greg Jones  replied to  Raven Wing @5.1.5    3 weeks ago

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Greg Jones
5.1.10  Greg Jones  replied to  MrFrost @5.1.7    3 weeks ago

Russia did not 'attack' us. What an idiotic assertion. They attempted to influence the election just like China and most advanced countries did. Just like Obama attempted to influence the Israeli election. It goes on all the time and has done so for years.

There is no evidence that any cast votes were altered on changed. Absolutely none. Foreign powers will attempt to influence next years election also via social media and advertising. But that's legal and can't be stopped.

What should alarm and concern Americans more is the left's attempts to overturn elections and influence future ones by making false claims of conspiring with the Russians and whoever.

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
5.1.11  Freedom Warrior  replied to  Greg Jones @5.1.10    3 weeks ago
What should alarm and concern Americans more is the left's attempts to overturn elections and influence future ones by making false claims of conspiring with the Russians and whoever.

Or far more influential monopoiistic US megacoroporations actively seeking to influence elections via search algorithms together with major media companies acting as propaganda arms to political parties.

 
 
 
MrFrost
5.1.12  MrFrost  replied to  Greg Jones @5.1.10    3 weeks ago
There is no evidence that any cast votes were altered on changed.

They hacked into our systems, that's called an attack, Greg. Influenced? And you are ok with that? Do you have any idea how much companies here in the USA spend on advertising? Billions a year. But you don't think that targeted "influencing" has no effect at all? If that's true, why the fuck are companies spending so much on advertising if it has no effect at all? WEIRD, huh Greg? 

Also? Quit with the, "well they did it too!!!!!!!!!!", bs. 

 
 
 
MrFrost
5.1.13  MrFrost  replied to  Greg Jones @5.1.10    3 weeks ago
What should alarm and concern Americans more is the left's attempts to overturn elections and influence future ones by making false claims of conspiring with the Russians and whoever.

Um, it's an established fact. Try reading the Mueller report. 

 
 
 
livefreeordie
5.1.14  livefreeordie  replied to  MrFrost @5.1.13    3 weeks ago

I read it and the government has yet to demonstrate that any of this occurred. In fact there is no evidence of Hillary or the DNC being hacked because they refused to let the FBI aces the servers. They asked us to believe a 3rd party hired by the DNC.

 
 
 
Ender
5.1.15  seeder  Ender  replied to  livefreeordie @5.1.14    3 weeks ago
First off, CrowdStrike, the company the DNC brought in to initially investigate and remediate the hack, actually shared images of the DNC servers with the FBI. For the purposes of an investigation of this type, images are much more useful than handing over metal and hardware, because they are bit-by-bit copies of a crime scene taken while the crime was going on. Live hard drive and memory snapshots of blinking, powered-on machines in a network reveal significantly more forensic data than some powered-off server removed from a network. It’s the difference between watching a house over time, carefully noting down who comes and goes and when and how, versus handing over a key to a lonely boarded-up building. By physically handing over a server to the FBI as Trump suggested, the DNC would in fact have destroyed evidence. (Besides, there wasn’t just one server, but 140.)
https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/07/17/dnc-server-hack-russia-trump-2016-219017
 
 
 
XDm9mm
5.1.16  XDm9mm  replied to  MrFrost @5.1.12    3 weeks ago
They hacked into our systems,

Exactly which election systems did they hack into?  Exactly what votes were modified or deleted?

They TARGETED systems in all 50 states, but there is no EVIDENCE they were successful, and less that any votes were modified.

BUT....   Didn't that firm "STOP IT" from Obama work to dissuade the Russians from targeting the American election process ON HIS WATCH?

 
 
 
MrFrost
5.1.17  MrFrost  replied to  livefreeordie @5.1.14    3 weeks ago
I read it and the government has yet to demonstrate that any of this occurred.

So you don't believe ANY of our intel agencies and a few in the UK, that say that Russia did use cyber warfare to attack us? 

In fact there is no evidence of Hillary or the DNC being hacked because they refused to let the FBI aces the servers.

Then how exactly did Russia come up with those 30k missing emails? Magic? 

 
 
 
MrFrost
5.1.18  MrFrost  replied to  XDm9mm @5.1.16    3 weeks ago
They TARGETED systems in all 50 states, but there is no EVIDENCE they were successful, and less that any votes were modified.

So if I aim to shoot someone in the head, and I miss, hitting them in the shoulder, I am innocent because I missed my intended target? 

WOW!!!!!!!

BUT....   Didn't that firm "STOP IT" from Obama work to dissuade the Russians from targeting the American election process ON HIS WATCH?

Why should he? Like you said, they didn't modify or change any votes, so what's the big deal.

You are arguing BOTH side of the issue to fit your agenda and you failed miserably. 

Obama kicked the Russian diplomats out of the country 48 hours after he was shown the exact same evidence trumpy was. And where are we now? Trump has yet to even admit that the Russians did anything at all and McConnell is squashing any and all legislation to prevent another attack. 

But you are going with...."But.....OBAMA!!!!"

Trump has been POTUS for 3 years, what the fuck has he done to protect our election process?

Not one fucking thing. 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
5.1.19  Sean Treacy  replied to  MrFrost @5.1.17    3 weeks ago

They didn't come up with the 30,000 emails Hillary deleted.  Please get your facts right.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
5.1.20  XDm9mm  replied to  MrFrost @5.1.18    3 weeks ago
Trump has been POTUS for 3 years, what the fuck has he done to protect our election process?

Here's a hint.  Election machines are the purview of the STATE and NOT//NOT the federal government.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
5.1.21  Vic Eldred  replied to  XDm9mm @5.1.20    3 weeks ago

Correct!

I notice you used the word purview, now part of everyday usage!

 
 
 
XDm9mm
5.1.22  XDm9mm  replied to  MrFrost @5.1.17    3 weeks ago
I read it and the government has yet to demonstrate that any of this occurred.
So you don't believe ANY of our intel agencies and a few in the UK, that say that Russia did use cyber warfare to attack us? 

Of course they TRIED to.  And of course we know it.  And we know virtually all other countries with the ability have done the same.  But TRYING to hack voting machines is not what rational people would call cyber warfare.  What the Russians did was pathetic meddling with no tangible results.

Oh, one more point.  To the best of my knowledge, voting machines themselves are not connected to the internet and therefore are are not capable of being hacked on line.  The STATE databases of course are potential subjects of intrusion and/or hacking, but you'll need to take that up with the Governors, Secretaries of State, and State Election Officials to see what they've done.  They've been warned, so what are they doing?

In fact there is no evidence of Hillary or the DNC being hacked because they refused to let the FBI aces the servers.
Then how exactly did Russia come up with those 30k missing emails? Magic? 

First, do try to keep current.  The Russians never came up with "those 30k missing emails".  If you have a viable source proving they did, please share it.  I'd like to read some of them myself.   I'm sure we could even use some of the 'recipes' right here on NT in the new group.

I believe the government THINKS they found a number of them on the laptop they got from Anthony Weiner.  But whatever they discovered was kept fairly well contained.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
5.1.23  XDm9mm  replied to  Vic Eldred @5.1.21    3 weeks ago
I notice you used the word purview, now part of everyday usage!

I'm starting to think I need to provide definitions for some of the more difficult words (for some anyway)  I've commonly used essentially my entire life.   I guess the educational system has been cruel to many people.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
5.1.24  XDm9mm  replied to  Ender @5.1.15    3 weeks ago
First off, CrowdStrike, the company the DNC brought in to initially investigate and remediate the hack, actually shared images of the DNC servers with the FBI. For the purposes of an investigation of this type, images are much more useful than handing over metal and hardware, because they are bit-by-bit copies of a crime scene taken while the crime was going on.

Really?   You really need to be more educated on 'metal and hardware'.   I can assure you that unless you go to EXTREME measures, like using DBAN, there will be recoverable information on any disk drive.

 
 
 
MrFrost
5.1.25  MrFrost  replied to  XDm9mm @5.1.20    3 weeks ago
Here's a hint.  Election machines are the purview of the STATE and NOT//NOT the federal government.

So the dept of homeland security serves no purpose? 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
5.1.26  Vic Eldred  replied to  XDm9mm @5.1.23    3 weeks ago

It's only that the word got over worked during a recent congressional hearing.

 
 
 
MrFrost
5.1.27  MrFrost  replied to  XDm9mm @5.1.22    2 weeks ago
like to read some of them myself.   I'm sure we could even use some of the 'recipes' right here on NT in the new group.

Never heard of wikileaks? 

 
 
 
MrFrost
5.2  MrFrost  replied to  pat wilson @5    3 weeks ago
No wonder comrade Mitch wants to bury two bills proposing protections for elections from Russian meddling.

Bingo... He always bury's those bills. 

 
 
 
devangelical
6  devangelical    3 weeks ago

trump's russian pals are coming over on the same type of visa that a family member of jared kushner's was busted trying to sell in china.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
6.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  devangelical @6    3 weeks ago

I am shocked, shocked I tell you. s/

 
 
 
The Old Breed Marine
7  The Old Breed Marine    3 weeks ago

Has everyone totally forgotten about this?

Obama admin. sent taxpayer money to campaign to oust Netanyahu

By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The State Department paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayers grants to an Israeli group that used the money to build a campaign to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in last year’s Israeli parliamentary elections, a congressional investigation concluded Tuesday.

Some $350,000 was sent to OneVoice, ostensibly to support the group’s efforts to back Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement negotiations. But OneVoice used the money to build a voter database, train activists and hire a political consulting firm with ties to President Obama’s campaign — all of which set the stage for an anti-Netanyahu campaign, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations said in a bipartisan staff report.

In one stunning finding, the subcommittee said OneVoice even told the State Department’s top diplomat in Jerusalem of its plans in an email, but the official, Consul General Michael Ratney, claims never to have seen them.

He said he regularly deleted emails with large attachments — a striking violation of open-records laws for a department already reeling from former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s handling of official government records.

Mr. Netanyahu survived the election, and the U.S. spending was not deemed illegal because the State Department never put any conditions on the money. Investigators also said OneVoice didn’t turn explicitly political until days after the grant period ended.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
7.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  The Old Breed Marine @7    3 weeks ago

The "The other guy did it so the new guy should be able to do it also" argument is getting tired.  We can't change the past but we can assure changing the present will secure the future.  On a side note...ty for your service.  My dad was a USMC DI.

 
 
 
JBB
8  JBB    2 weeks ago

Moscow Mitch Has Some Explaining To Do...

 
 
 
MrFrost
8.1  MrFrost  replied to  JBB @8    2 weeks ago

Moscow Mitch Has Some Explaining To Do...

Indeed he does!

Sen. Mitch McConnell's net worth: 2005: $2,962,015

2015: $26,927,535

Increase: $23,965,520 (+809.1%)

How does a senator earning $193,400 a year increase their net worth by nearly $2.4 million a year, every year for a decade?

 
 
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