Trump & family members gave $100,000+ to Robert Menendez


President Donald Trump, his son in law Jared Kushner, and other Trump and Kushner family members contributed more than $100,000 to Senator Robert Menendez.  Trump has made numerous contributions to politicians with ethics violations.

Details o=about these nefarious relationships are detailed below.

 Trump – Kushner Contributions to Menendez

Recipient
First Name
Last Name
City
State
Date
Amount
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
DONALD
TRUMP
NEW YORK
NY
5/31/2006
$1,000
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
DONALD
TRUMP
NEW YORK
NY
5/2/2007
$1,000
MENENDEZ FOR CONGRESS
JULIUS
TRUMP
AVENTURA
FL
4/9/2003
$1,000
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
JULIUS
TRUMP
SUNNY LSLES BEACH
FL
2/27/2017
$1,000
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
ARYEH
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
1/18/2017
$2,300
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
ARYEH
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
1/18/2017
$2,700
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
ARYEH
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
3/3/2011
$2,500
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
ARYEH
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
3/3/2011
$2,500
MENENDEZ FOR CONGRESS
CHARLES
KUSHNER
FLORHAM PARK
NJ
3/23/1998
$1,000
MENENDEZ FOR CONGRESS
CHARLES
KUSHNER
FLORHAM PARK
NJ
3/15/2000
$1,000
MENENDEZ FOR CONGRESS
CHARLES
KUSHNER
FLORHAM PARK
NJ
3/15/2000
$1,000
MENENDEZ FOR CONGRESS
Charles
Kushner
Florham Park
NJ
2/14/2001
$1,000
MENENDEZ FOR CONGRESS
Charles
Kushner
Florham Park
NJ
2/14/2001
$1,000
MENENDEZ FOR CONGRESS
CHARLES
KUSHNER
FLORHAM PARK
NJ
2/21/2003
$2,000
MENENDEZ FOR CONGRESS
CHARLES
KUSHNER
FLORHAM PARK
NJ
2/21/2003
$2,000
MENENDEZ FOR CONGRESS
DARA
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
2/25/2003
$2,000
MENENDEZ FOR CONGRESS
DARA
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
2/25/2003
$2,000
MENENDEZ FOR CONGRESS
JARED
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
2/21/2003
$2,000
MENENDEZ FOR CONGRESS
JARED
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
2/21/2003
$2,000
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
JONATHAN
KUSHNER
BRIDGEWATER
NJ
4/4/2006
$800
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
JONATHAN
KUSHNER
BRIDGEWATER
NJ
6/7/2012
$2,500
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
JONATHAN
KUSHNER
BRIDGEWATER
NJ
4/2/2008
$2,300
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
JONATHAN
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
1/18/2017
$2,700
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
JONATHAN
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
1/18/2017
$2,300
MENENDEZ FOR CONGRESS
JOSHUA
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
5/7/2004
$2,000
MENENDEZ FOR CONGRESS
JOSHUA
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
5/7/2004
$2,000
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
LEE
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
1/18/2017
$2,300
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
LEE
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
1/18/2017
$2,700
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
LEE S
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
3/3/2011
$2,500
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
LEE S
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
3/3/2011
$2,500
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
MARK
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
1/18/2017
$2,300
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
MARK
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
1/18/2017
$2,700
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
MARK S SERWITZ
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
3/3/2011
$2,500
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
MARK S SERWITZ
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
3/3/2011
$2,500
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
MELISSA
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
4/28/2014
$2,400
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
MELISSA
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
4/28/2014
$2,600
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
MELISSA L SERWITZ
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
3/3/2011
$2,500
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
MELISSA L SERWITZ
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
3/3/2011
$2,500
MENENDEZ FOR CONGRESS
MURRAY
KUSHNER
BRIDGEWATER
NJ
3/23/1998
$500
MENENDEZ FOR CONGRESS
MURRAY
KUSHNER
BRIDGEWATER
NJ
3/15/2000
$1,000
MENENDEZ FOR CONGRESS
MURRAY
KUSHNER
BRIDGEWATER
NJ
3/15/2000
$1,000
MENENDEZ FOR CONGRESS
Murray
Kushner
Florham Park
NJ
2/14/2001
$1,000
MENENDEZ FOR CONGRESS
Murray
Kushner
Florham Park
NJ
2/14/2001
$1,000
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
MURRAY
KUSHNER
FLORHAM PARK
NJ
5/11/2005
$1,900
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
MURRAY
KUSHNER
FLORHAM PARK
NJ
4/4/2006
$200
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
MURRAY
KUSHNER
FLORHAM PARK
NJ
5/11/2005
$2,100
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
MURRAY
KUSHNER
BRIDGEWATER
NJ
4/28/2014
$2,600
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
MURRAY
KUSHNER
BRIDGEWATER
NJ
4/28/2014
$2,400
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
MURRAY
KUSHNER
FLORHAM PARK
NJ
9/8/2009
$2,300
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
MURRAY
KUSHNER
FLORHAM PARK
NJ
4/2/2008
$2,300
MENENDEZ FOR CONGRESS
NICOLE
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
2/21/2003
$2,000
MENENDEZ FOR CONGRESS
NICOLE
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
2/21/2003
$2,000
MENENDEZ FOR CONGRESS
RAE
KUSHNER
FLORHAM PARK
NJ
3/15/2000
$1,000
MENENDEZ FOR CONGRESS
RAE
KUSHNER
FLORHAM PARK
NJ
3/15/2000
$1,000
MENENDEZ FOR CONGRESS
SERYL
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
2/21/2003
$2,000
MENENDEZ FOR CONGRESS
SERYL
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
2/21/2003
$2,000
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
SERYL B
KUSHNER
LIVINGSTON
NJ
5/31/2011
$1,000
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
BRIDGEWATER
NJ
6/7/2012
$200
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
NEW YORK
NY
5/11/2012
$2,500
MENENDEZ FOR SENATE
NEW YORK
NY
5/11/2012
$1,500

TOTAL:

$109,100

 

Trump donated $175,860 more to Democrats than Republicans from 1989 to 2010, but in 2011 his giving to Democrats significantly decreased. From 2011 to 2015, Republicans received $630,150 in donations from Trump, while Democrats received just $8,500.

From 1989 to 2015, Donald Trump has made $1,845,290 worth of political donations. Republicans received $1,150,540, and Democrats received $694,750.  Before 2011, Trump donated more money to Democrats than Republicans.  Between 2011 and 2015, Trump contributed $8,500 to Democrats and $630,150 to Republicans.

Trump explained: “Look, politicians are all talk, they’re no action. They don’t do the job, they don’t know what they’re doing. I know them better than anybody, Howie. I deal with all of them. And, you know, I make contributions to many of them. They’re friends, they’re this. It’s smart. It’s called being an intelligent person and a great business person. … But the truth is that, you have to be able to get along with—if you’re gonna be a business person, even in the United States, you wanna get along with all sides because you’re gonna need things from everybody. And you wanna get along with all sides, it’s very important.”

 

Trump’s contributions to politicians with ethics violations

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NameCharles Rangel (D-N.Y.), New York’s 13th Congressional District
Trump’s Contribution: Trump made 14 separate contributions to Rangel totaling $15,750.
Ethics violation: Rangel, who served on the Joint Committee on Taxation, the congressional committee that writes tax code, failed to report $75,000 income from the rental of his villa in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.  Status: Rangel continued to serve in Congress after paying $11,000 in back taxes, retiring in 2016 after nearly half a century in the House of Representatives.

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Name: Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), New York’s 9th Congressional District
Trump’s Contribution: Trump made two separate donations to Weiner totaling $4,300.
Ethics violation: A newly married U.S. Representative, Weiner admitted to sending sexually suggestive photos of himself to several women through his Twitter account. Status: He resigned from Congress on June 16, 2011, but kept sexting after his resignation and was later sentenced to 21 months in prison and ordered to register as a convicted sex offender.

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Name: Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D-N.Y.)  Trump’s Contribution: In 2002, Trump donated $11,000 to Spitzer. The donation was later refunded.  Ethics violation: On March 10, 2008, The New York Times reported that Spitzer had patronized a high-priced prostitution service called Emperors Club VIP and met for over two hours with a $1,000-an-hour call girl. Status: Spitzer resigned on March 17, 2008. Spitzer lost the 2013 Democratic primary for New York City Comptroller and in 2014, with politics behind him, Spitzer came to lead his family’s real estate business, Spitzer Enterprises. 

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Name: Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-Ill.)
Trump’s Contribution: In 2002, Trump donated $5,000 to Blagojevich.
Ethics violation: On June 27, 2011, Blagojevich was found guilty of 17 charges (including wire fraud, attempted extortion, and conspiracy to solicit bribes).
Status: On December 7, 2011, Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

 

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Name: Former Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.)
Trump’s Contribution: In 2009, Trump donated $25,000 to McDonnell.
Ethics violation: In 2014, a jury found McDonnell guilty of conspiring to take cash and gifts from the owner of Star Scientific in exchange for promoting a dietary supplement.
Status: On August 28, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court granted McDonnell’s request to remain out of prison while his lawyers appealed his guilty verdict and two-year prison sentence for corruption. The justices overruled, without comment, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit order that McDonnell report to prison during the appeal process.

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Name: Former Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.)
Trump’s Contribution: In 2000, Trump donated $1,000 to Ensign.
Ethics violation: In 2008, Ensign had an affair with his campaign aide Cynthia Hampton. He then paid Hampton and her husband, Douglas Hampton, who was one of Ensign’s staffers, $96,000 to keep the affair a secret. In addition, Ensign helped Douglas Hampton find a lobbying job.   Status: Ensign resigned in 2011. Douglas Hampton pleaded guilty to violating a lobbying law, but Ensign was never prosecuted.

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Name: Former Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.), Illinois’ 5th Congressional District
Trump’s Contribution: In 1994, Trump made two separate donations of $1,000 each to Rostenkowski. Ethics violation: In 1994, he was charged with 17 counts of paying at least 14 people who did no work; trading stamp vouchers for $50,000 in cash; charging taxpayers for furniture, fine china, crystal and personal vehicles; and obstruction of justice.  Status: Rostenkowski was convicted of fraud and sentenced to 18 months in prison, in 1995.
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Name: Sen. Robert “Bob” Menendez (D-N.J.)  Trump’s Contribution: Trump personally donated $2,000 to Menendez, while his son-in-law and his family members contributed more than $100,000 to Menendez campaigns. Ethics violation: On April 1, 2015, Menendez was indicted on 14 federal bribery and corruption charges. Status: A criminal trial ended in a mistrial but Menendez received broad support from establishment politicians. Regardless of his guilt on criminal charges, the evidence shows Menendez used his office to benefit a major donor, who was convicted for robbing millions of dollars from Medicare.

Democrats for Trump?


Only 58 Democrats in Congress supported a move to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, despite mounting evidence that he deserves to be removed from office.

Three New Jersey Democrats — Rep. Josh Gottheimer, Rep. Albio Sires and Rep. Donald Payne Jr. — did not vote to impeach Trump when an effort by Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) to gain consideration of Republicans, who hold the majority in the House and are unlikely to allow hearings on the impeachment articles.

A privileged resolution on impeachment was brought to the floor by Congressman Al Green (D-Texas) on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 but Republican Majority Leader McCarthy moved for it to be tabled, or put aside, which passed with a 364-58 vote with four members voting present and six others not voting.

The vote to table the resolution split Democrats 126 to 58, with many of them — including members of leadership — calling Green’s move premature, despite national opinion polls that show a .

“Republicans Stole the South and the Heartland, because cowardly political insiders make them feel like Democrats are not worthy of fighting for Americans,” said McCormick. “Americans want leaders who show their concern for the country and our Constitution and our national security and our democracy.”

“I think the Democratic base needs to be activated. The Democratic base needs to know there are members of Congress willing to stand up against this president,” said Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.).

A half-dozen Democrats introduced articles of impeachment against Trump, accusing him of obstruction of justice and other offenses, but the large majority of Democrats seem intent on having nothing to do with the long-shot effort
in the Republican-led House.

Establishment Democratic leaders have argued that the impeachment campaign could rile up Trump’s GOP base in next year’s midterm elections. Other lawmakers insist the nation must await the results of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, while that probe could be ended by the White House before Christmas.

The five articles accused the president of obstruction of justice related to the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, undermining the independence of the federal judiciary and other offenses.

The obstruction of justice allegation stems from Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, which Democratic lawmakers say was designed to delay and impede an investigation.

The articles of impeachment also charge that Trump has accepted without the consent of Congress emoluments from foreign states and from the U.S. government. Finally, the articles of impeachment allege he has undermined the federal judiciary and the freedom of the press.

Other lawmakers who have signed onto to the resolution are Democratic Reps. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, Marcia Fudge of Ohio, Adriano Espaillat of New York and John Yarmuth of Kentucky.

Gutierrez said he wasn’t afraid to support the resolution despite the concerns of some fellow Democrats.

“I see a crime and I have a responsibility to dial 911 immediately. I don’t call and try to reach my consensus with all my neighbors and all my friends and those whose opinion I might seek out,” Gutierrez said.

Espaillat made history in November, 2016, when he became the first Dominican American and first the first formerly undocumented immigrant elected to the U.S. Congress. Espaillat arrived in America as a young boy, at the age of 9, from the Dominican Republic, with his parents, a brother and a sister. Because of US immigration laws, Espaillat and his family had to return to the Dominican Republic before re-entering the United States legally.

McCormick: FCC must delay net neutrality vote


Lisa McCormick has joined the chorus of American voices demanding that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) delay tomorrow’s vote on a repeal of net neutrality protections to investigate net neutrality comments posted under stolen identities of two million real Americans.

“The Oregon attorney general and chief legal authorities of 17 states and the District of Columbia have asked the FCC to wait until we can get to the bottom of these comments left by impostors, who were discovered by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman,” said McCormick. “In a letter sent to the regulatory agency, 18 attorneys general from around the country called on the FCC to delay its vote on net neutrality rather than rush ahead to repeal these protections.”

Schneiderman said over 5,000 people have filed reports with his office regarding identities used to submit fake comments to the Federal Communications Commission on the repeal of net neutrality, on which the FCC is scheduled to vote tomorrow, December 14, 2017.

“It is unconscionable that the Trump-appointees at this federal agency are plowing ahead with a scheme to destroy freedom and equality, but to do it under the cloud of fabricated identities and lies suggests that this political agenda is part of a criminal conspiracy,” said McCormick.

“Millions of fake comments have corrupted the FCC public process – including two million that stole the identities of real people, a crime under New York law,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Yet the FCC is moving full steam ahead with a vote based on this corrupted process, while refusing to cooperate with an investigation. As we’ve told the FCC: moving forward with this vote would make a mockery of our public comment process and reward those who perpetrated this fraud to advance their own hidden agenda. The FCC must postpone this vote and work with us to get to the bottom of what happened.”

An analysis shows that as many as two million comments misused the identities of real Americans, including over 100,000 comments per state from New York, Florida, Texas, and California.

“I am 72 years old. I don’t understand how this happened but I am angry about it. People should be held accountable,” said a citizen from Morristown, NJ, whose identity was hijacked to post comments in favor of the move, which would allow internet service providers to deprive consumers rapid access to some data transmitted over broadband.

“I am filing this complaint on behalf of my mother, an elderly woman. This is definitely a false submission to the FCC,” wrote a resident of Red Bank, NJ, whose parent was a victim of identity theft as part of the scheme.

Those are just two of nearly 50,000 fake comments attributed to New Jersey residents expressing support for the action, which would rob citizens and give new rights to corporations.

This map highlights the number of fake comments submitted using stolen identities by state.

Despite widespread evidence that the public comment process was corrupted, the FCC’s General Counsel has said that the agency will not cooperate with the Attorney General’s investigation into the impersonation of New Yorkers, and that it will move forward with tomorrow’s scheduled vote.

In a letter to the FCC, the New York Attorney General repudiates the excuses for refusing to cooperate with an investigation of illegal conduct that could constitute, among other violations, criminal impersonation under New York law.

“Moving forward with this vote would make a mockery of the notice and comment process mandated by the Administrative Procedure Act and reward those who perpetrated this fraud in service of their own hidden agenda,” Attorney General Schneiderman wrote. “None of the assertions in your letter justify the FCC’s refusal to share evidence of who committed these illegal acts.”

McCormick urged citizens to check whether they were victims of identity theft, for the purpose of posting public comments regarding net neutrality rules wrongfully without their consent.

“People should search the FCC’s public comment website and tell the New Jersey Attorney General if any comments misuse your name and address,” said McCormick. People can access that website at: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/.

Senator Al Franken should not resign


New Jersey Democrat Lisa McCormick released the following statement on Thursday, December 7, 2017:

 

 

Senator Al Franken should stay while Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other senators that called on him to quit, in the wake of misconduct allegations, are the ones who should resign.

This is not a case of Senator Franken giving the wrong answers, but it is a matter of the media and political establishment asking the wrong questions.

I would be almost as ashamed of my party if we sink to the level of repugnant Republican behavior as I will be if we cower in the face of accusations that make a false equivalency of outrageous conduct and unsaintly social mistakes.

I believe the women but we must put matters in perspective and truly advance justice for all.

  • No woman accused Senator Franken of committing anything close to a crime.
  • When the incidents occurred, none of the women who accused Senator Franken were children or his subordinates.
  • No taxpayer money was allegedly used to secretly settle any accuser’s claim against Senator Franken.

Maybe we should be less disgusted by Roy Moore’s alleged but unproven molestation of children or President Donald Trump’s self-professed pussy grabbing.

That does not mean we should permit the election of Moore, who was twice removed from office for unconstitutional actions and a holds host of unAmerican policy views that would deprive human beings of their rights based on their sexual status, religious faith, ethnicity or geographic origin.

That does not mean we should lack the courage to consider impeachment proceedings before Donald Trump initiates a nuclear war, spends another year failing to hire people to do the jobs that remain unfilled in this administration or pockets another million dollars from foreign powers in violation of the emoluments clause.

That does not mean we should continue to ignore the crime of rape or allow victimized women to suffer further abuse when they have the courage to come forward, but if Democrats want to start hanging innocent people, then we are surrendering to mob rule instead of standing up for truth, justice and the American Way.

If Senator Franken did all the things of which he is accused, he would still have broken no law and violated no oath of office and done nothing that would really amount to being any of our business. He has called for an ethics inquiry and that process should move forward.

Senator Franken should not resign because we need champions for justice who have the courage to carry on a fight under difficult circumstances. I would be happy to work alongside Senator Franken to make the Democratic Party better than it is, so we can elect more candidates worthy of the American people.

Senator Franken’s decision to resign would be less praiseworthy than him courageously carrying on our fight.  When Democrats decide that we can only support those whose records are perfect, then we are sure to lose.  

I won’t promise to be perfect, but if you elect me I promise to defend your rights and fight for justice. That’s the deal Americans have with their elected officials.

 There is distinct difference between felonies and misdemeanors. Adults can distinguish serious crimes from naughty behavior.

Sometimes people should mind their own business and keep the government out of our private affairs. Instead we fail brave women who come forward and that’s wrong.

Justice must be unflinching and equal for all.

We need leaders with courage who will judge themselves harsher than the people by holding themselves to a higher standard, not cowering from confrontation.

No senator asked Robert Menendez to give up his right to a fair trial when he clearly did favors for a campaign contributor. The only reason Menendez may not be guilty of bribery is because the laws are not written well enough to clearly define the crime.

Robert Menendez should be fired because we, the people, deserve lawmakers smart enough to write laws that cannot be eluded by rich defendants with a slick lawyer.

At the same time, Menendez must stay and fight until a Democrat can defeat him in the June primary, because voters have a responsibility too.

Cathy Young, a columnist with Newsday, wrote that Senator Al Franken will be a casualty of the ‘Weinstein’ effect and a victim of sexual McCarthyism, in a brilliantly written essay published by the New York Daily News.

She said there is no moral equivalency between “Franken’s alleged loutishness” and “Moore’s alleged molestation of underage girls.”

Dana Nessel, a candidate for attorney general in Michigan, suggested we should elect more women as a way to stop sexual misconduct. I strongly agree with her.

If political power was held by women in proportion to their numbers in the population, there would be more elected officials sensitive to rape, economic inequality and other matters that have a greater impact on females.

Allegations of this kind have come from journalists, people in Hollywood, and in government because 80 percent of our political representatives are not women.

We need more women but I would prefer that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand would resign instead of Al Franken, because I want to be represented by someone who frowns on bad behavior and won’t do it, but I need courageous advocates who will fight for the issues we care about.

I believe we can have it all. We can have good character and strong courage. We can have human decency and progressive values.

We can have a sense of humor and the humility to let the people judge us for our policy instead of our personality.

I don’t care if a president uses crude language, but we should not have elected one who lacks the temperament to avoid a war when someone insults him.

Senator Al Franken should stay and fight for us. Senator Bob Menendez should stay and fight for us. Voters should deal with them in due course.

Next week, voters in Alabama should certainly not elect a child molester.

I agree with Republicans Mitt Romney and Jeff Flake that voters in Alabama should not elect someone who has violated the Constitution and promises to do so again.

The American voters have chosen this President, and both parties in Congress have an obligation to hold him accountable.

Republicans must put the interests of the American people ahead of their party while the Democratic establishment must have the moral courage to stand up against bullies.

I urge everyone to sign my petition calling on Congress to limit the President’s authority to order a nuclear launch at lisamccormick.org, moving on to a matter of genuine interest.

 

 

Click here to download this statement in PDF format.

Women in the US military face unfair abortion challenges


A new study shows that women in the US military face unique hurdles when considering abortion, including negative health and emotional consequences resulting from the abortion policy.

“Women performing US military service have a higher rate of unintended pregnancy than civilians, yet the Pentagon does not provide health coverage for abortion, except in limited circumstances,” said Lisa McCormick, an advocate for reproductive freedom. “America is not supporting the troops if we leave them unable to make a perfectly legal and responsible health care decision.”

“Abortion has been legal throughout the United States since it was declared a constitutional right by the US Supreme Court in 1972,” said McCormick.

The experiences among military women with abortion care have received little research attention but a new study examines their plight.

Twenty-one in-depth interviews with servicewomen who had had an abortion during active-duty service in the prior two years were conducted between January 2015 and July 2016 by experts at Ibis Reproductive Health, an international nonprofit organization with a mission to improve women’s reproductive autonomy, choices, and health.

“Our research shows that women in the US military face unique hurdles when considering abortion, including negative health and emotional consequences resulting from the abortion policy,” said Kate Grindlay, co-author of the paper. “For some, the policy led to delayed access to services or feeling stressed or alone in the process when they did not have formal military support. Others noted the potential for women receiving substandard care when they are deployed and must seek services on their own.”

Logistical and financial concerns were also raised by women in the study. Servicewomen had to travel to an outside clinic, often located an hour or more away from their base, because military facilities do not perform abortions in most circumstances.

Almost all of the women interviewed paid out of pocket for the procedure, which cost an average of $493. In some of the cases with a higher out-of-pocket cost, the procedure cost represented a full paycheck.

“Whether stationed domestically or overseas, servicewomen can face barriers to accessing abortion care. Many military bases in the United States are located in states with restrictive abortion policies, where servicewomen face the combined impacts of military restrictions and local obstacles to care. Women who are deployed abroad or at sea can face even greater geographic barriers,” said Grindlay.

Most servicewomen in the study believed that the military should provide and cover abortion, reporting that the current exclusion from their health coverage is unfair.

“We don’t always plan to break our leg, but the government still pays to manage and take care of us when that happens,” said one participant in the study.

At the same time, female soldiers also reported apprehension about the military being involved with abortion care, fearing possible negative career impacts and privacy concerns.

McCormick said a number of actions by the Trump administration have reinforced its disdain for women, disregard of proven scientific evidence  and she condemned federal efforts to strip away women’s rights and access to health care.

McCormick said the Department of Health and Human Services’ new strategic plan redefined life as beginning at conception, contradicting the US Supreme Court.

Other examples are Department of Health and Human Services and the Justice Department moves to expand the rights of employers to deny women insurance coverage for contraception, among other restrictions.

The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks and President Donald Trump signed an executive order threatening the health and lives of millions across the country by denying women insurance coverage for birth control.

“The weakening of insurance regulations and giving employers power for denying birth control coverage to their workers turn back the clock on health care in this country and threaten the lives of women,” McCormick said.

Let’s go around Congress to fix corruption


The American Anti-Corruption Act sets a standard for city, state and federal laws that break big money’s grip on politics. It will:

  • Stop political bribery by making it illegal for lobbyists to lobby a politician and donate to their campaign. You can lobby, or you can donate, but you can’t do both.
  • End secret money so Americans know who is buying political power.
  • Fix our broken elections so the people, not the political establishment, are the ones in control.

Together, we’re building a nationwide movement to fix corruption.

NJ religious fanatic stirs Trump abortion controversy


A political appointee from New Jersey is the right wing religious fanatic at the center of a controversy between the federal government and human rights groups that want to enforce a court order allowing women detained by immigration authorities to get an abortion if they want one.

President Donald Trump appointed Edward Scott Lloyd to be the director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).

ORR provides services to refugees and individuals who have been granted asylum in the United States, as well as care and assistance for aliens in the United States who are the victims of trafficking; torture victims who have immigrated to the United States; and unaccompanied alien children in federal custody while their status is being resolved.

Lloyd, who goes by the name Scott, was born and raised in Stone Harbor, New Jersey.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Lloyd is systemically and illegally denying young immigrant women their rights to safe abortion care.

“The administration went as far as to claim that ‘there is no constitutional right’ for an immigrant minor to get an abortion while in federal custody,” said an ACLU statement.

The ACLU said forcing young women to undergo pregnancies against their will is not only clearly unconstitutional – it’s unconscionable.

The ACLU took Lloyd and the administration to court for blocking a 17-year-old, immigrant woman, identified in court papers as ‘Jane Doe,’ from getting an abortion after a judge ruled that she could.

The court said it was ‘astounded’ by the government’s position and agreed with us immediately: forcing a young woman to carry a pregnancy to term against her will violates the U.S. constitution and is clearly illegal.

The Trump administration is still preventing Jane Doe from getting the abortion she needs and government lawyers filed an appeal of the judge’s order, so the ACLU is going back to court to seek justice for the young woman.

Jane Doe’s story is not isolated, according to the organization and New Jersey choice advocates, such as Lisa McCormick.

“The Trump administration’s no-abortion policy applies to all unaccompanied immigrant youth in its custody, and many of them have horrifying stories,” said McCormick. “That’s why people need to speak up. We have to change the administration’s brutal policy about the health of young immigrant women.”

“What kind of country will we be if we allow this to continue?” asked McCormick. “The administration must stop forcing its ideological agenda, driven by personal religious views, on young people who are being held in custody.”

McCormick said she posted a petition online to let citizens tell Scott Lloyd and the Office of Refugee Resettlement to stop breaking the law by denying young immigrant women their right to safe abortion care.

“A woman’s right to choose a safe, legal abortion is protected by the US Constitution,” McCormick said. “I encourage everyone who cares about liberty and justice to visit my website at www.lisamccormick.org to sign our petition to protect the right to choose.”

The American Civil Liberties Union prevailed in court last week on behalf of a young woman in federal custody in Texas since she was caught illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in early September, who has been prevented from accessing abortion care by the Trump administration.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement has prevented a 17-year-old, who is being held at a shelter for unaccompanied immigrant minors in Texas, from getting an abortion. The ACLU challenged the obstruction and the judge has ordered that the young woman be permitted to get the abortion she decided on and requested weeks ago.

“At last, our client will be able to get the care she needs without federal officials standing in the way,” said Brigitte Amiri, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. “Her courage and perseverance are incredible, but no one should have to go to court to get a safe, legal abortion. And no one should be held hostage to the extreme anti-abortion views of a handful of government officials.”

“Janes everywhere are rejoicing that their dignity and humanity have been recognized and respected by the federal court,” said Susan Hays, legal director of Jane’s Due Process, a legal referral source for teens facing unintended pregnancies in Texas.

The emergency order issued by the federal courtOctober 18, 2017, pertains specifically to the one woman but ACLU lawyers also asked the court to strike down the government’s policy preventing young immigrants who want one from obtaining an abortion.
http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/documents/local/judges-order-in-abortion-case/2590/

On Monday, Members of Congress sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services asking for answers about ORR’s treatment of the ACLU’s client and other unaccompanied immigrant minors.

Attorneys on the case include Amiri, Meagan Burrows, and Daniel Mach from the ACLU; Arthur Spitzer and Scott Michelman of the ACLU of the District of Columbia; Jennifer Chou and Mishan R. Wroe of the ACLU of Northern California; and Melissa Goodman of the ACLU of Southern California.

More information about the case is at: https://www.aclu.org/cases/garza-v-hargan-challenge-trump-administrations-attempts-block-abortions-young-immigrant-women

Garza v. Hargan complaint is at: https://www.aclu.org/legal-document/garza-v-hargan-complaint-injunctive-relief-and-damages

The New Jersey religious fanatic Lloyd said in an email in March that federally funded shelters “should not be supporting abortion services pre or post-release; only pregnancy services and life-affirming options counseling.”

The judge pointed out that the federal workers took the teenager, against her wishes, to a Christian pregnancy facility for counseling aimed at persuading her not to abort, and also informed her mother about the pregnancy. Both steps potentially violated the girl’s constitutional protections, Chutkan said.

An appeals court in Washington D.C. issued a ruling Friday that allows the government to delay the 17-year-old undocumented woman’s ability to get an abortion until October 31.

“Justice is delayed yet again for this courageous and persistent young woman. She continues to be held hostage and prevented from getting an abortion because the Trump administration disagrees with her personal decision,” said Amiri, her ACLU attorney. “Our client and women across this country should be able to access a safe, legal abortion without federal officials stepping in to interfere. We are investigating all avenues to get justice for her.”

 

 

Prior to joining ORR, Lloyd was Senior Policy Coordinator to the Knights of Columbus a Catholic fraternal and charitable organization, where he served as an attorney in the public policy office.

During the Bush Administration, Lloyd worked in the General Counsel’s Office of the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services where he co-authored the 2008 “conscience rule” that allowed health care workers, hospitals and even entire insurance companies to decline to perform, refer or pay for any practice that violates a ‘religious belief or moral conviction.’

But opponents of that rule argued that it would threaten patients’ health.

“This is a very wide, broadly written regulation that upsets what has been a carefully established balance between respecting the religious views of providers, while also making sure that we’re guaranteeing patients access to health care,” said Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Richards raised as one example, state laws requiring that rape victims treated in hospital emergency rooms be offered the option of taking emergency contraceptive pills to prevent pregnancy.

The Bush administration rule let providers who don’t approve of birth control to refrain from telling women about that option.

Women who are the victim of sexual assault either would not be guaranteed either information or health care access to emergency contraception.”

Trump tax scheme robs middle-class America


Democrat Lisa McCormick released the following statement on the congressional Republicans’ and President Donald Trump’s tax reform proposal:

“The is the opposite of Robin Hood. Republicans was to rob the poor and give to the rich despite the fact that instead of a middle class comprised of 65 percent of Americans, that economic class now includes only 40 percent of the United States’ population. They continue to lie to the people by promising economic benefits from tax cuts for the rich, after every attempt to accomplish this sort of trickle down magic has failed.”

“National Economic Council director Gary Cohn declined to say whether President Donald Trump should keep his promise to release his tax returns, declared there is ‘No room to negotiate’ a proposed corporate tax cut from 35 percent to a 20 percent, and said he ‘can’t guarantee’ middle-class families won’t pay more taxes.  We deserve better than that. We should see the President’s tax returns, force corporate tax dodgers to pay their fair share of the cost of government and make sure working families share in the prosperity that has yielded record high profits for the rich and negligible gains for everyone else.”

“After President Trump struck a deal with Senator Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on spending money for hurricane aid, raising the federal borrowing limit and funding the federal government through December, it seemed that Americans might hope for a change in direction but that glimmer was short lived as the administration laid out this travesty.”

McCormick chides latest GOP Death Plan & reaffirms ‘Medicare for All’ support


Lisa McCormick, a New Jersey activist who is working to recruit  pro-choice Democratic women candidates for federal, state and local offices, said the latest Obamacare repeal bill proposed by Republicans would kill Americans and leave millions unable to afford necessary medical care without going into bankrupcy. 

“Two months ago, three senior Republican Senators defied their leadership to sink what, at the time, seemed to be the last chance to dismantle former President Barack Obama’s signature health law on a purely party-line vote,” said MCcormick. “Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump are trying to whip up support for another Obamacare repeal bill introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, instead of governing like responsible adults and caring human beings.”

“There has never been a more urgent time for women to come forward and help clean up the mess made by politicians,” said McCormick. “I urge every adult woman to seriously consider being a candidate for elected office or at a minimum, joining in support of our movement to elect new leadership because that is necessary to save our nation from political corruption, corporate control over the economy and chaos caused by the incompetent people who have been in charge.”

McCormick said the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a report on the ​revised ​Graham-Cassidy-Heller health care proposal, which says it includes especially large cuts for New Jersey.

McCormick urged action because GOP plan has 49 senators on board with the Graham-Cassidy bill.

“This so-called health care plan would eliminate protections for people with pre-existing conditions and allow states to waive the requirement that insurance plans cover essential health benefits like maternity care,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List.

Many others have articulated what is wrong with the GOP approach, but McCormick says the solution could be achieved simply and at far less expense, by adopting a national health policy such as the Medicare for All bill sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. John Conyers.

 

 

McCormick on Ukrainian Independence Day:


Democrat Lisa McCormick issued the following statement on Ukrainian Independence Day:

Twenty-six years ago today, Ukraine became an independent nation. After decades of Soviet rule, Ukrainians seized the opportunity to determine their own fate but more than three years of war with Russian aggressors have demonstrated to the whole world the ability of these remarkable people to defend Ukrainian independence, which is celebrated with all the people of America, especially the one million Americans who are of Ukrainian ancestry.

On Ukrainian Independence Day, we are reminded of the fortitude, bravery and determination of the Ukrainian people as they continue the struggle for the post-revolutionary Ukrainian government’s freedom against Russia’s illegal military aggression.

While millions of people from Crimea, Sevastopol and the Donbas region will mark Independence Day today for the third time under military occupation or as refugees fleeing a war zone, Ukrainians have not wavered in their courage.

Real Americans will always stand with Ukraine in their fight for freedom. Our previous president took practical steps to help Ukraine by providing military aid and imposing sanctions against Russian officials responsible for the war.

We continue to call for measures that result in freedom and independence even if we must drag the White House along due to the unexplained collaboration among President Donald Trump’s inner circle with agents of the Kremlin.

Fortunately, Defense Secretary James Mattis said America stands with Ukraine at a press conference with President Petro Poroshenko, but he stopped short of promising to provide the weapons needed to remove at least 3,000 Russian troops now on its soil.

President Trump is said to be actively reviewing the possibility of sending weapons to Ukraine, but his comments have appeared to recognize Crimea as part of Russia and there are many unanswered questions about potentially criminal collusion during the election campaign.

On behalf of the people of the United States of America, if not all elements of our chaotic government, I am expressing my best wishes on Ukrainian Independence Day.  Your example is an inspiration to those seeking freedom, justice and the rule of law around the world.

З Днем Незалежності України!”