THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN IS GONNA HAVE A FIELD DAY WITH THIS….
“Mr. Romney says the errors are minor, but then again he also claims earning $374,000 in speaking fees isn’t much money,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan. “In reality, filing an inaccurate disclosure form can be a criminal offense. As a result, the Office of Government Ethics should forward the matter on to the Department of Justice to determine whether Mr. Romney deliberately withheld information.”The 2010 tax return Mr. Romney released earlier this week includes numerous assets not included on the PFD he filed with the OGE in August 2011. First reported in the Los Angeles Times, the tax return shows the Ann D. Romney Blind Trust had reported $1,783 in interest income from a UBS bank account in Switzerland that was not included on the PFD. Similarly, the trust also reported income from shares in offshore companies including Barracuda Investments Ltd. in Ireland, Castle Garden Funding in the Cayman Islands and Sankaty High Yield Assets Investors Ltd. in Bermuda, none of which was included on the PFD. CREW also found the PFD failed to include any assets in the Ann and Mitt Romney 1995 Family Trust and that both that trust and the Ann D. Romney Blind Trust held assets in the Goldman Sachs US$ Liquid Reserves Fund, which was not disclosed on the PFD.
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Secret Email System Revealed in "John Doe" Probe of Walker Staff
The morning after his "State of the State" address where Governor Scott Walker reassured Wisconsin "We are turning things around. We are heading in the right direction," the Milwaukee County District Attorney charged two more Walker staffers with multiple felony and misdemeanor counts of misconduct in public office.
S.C. Considers Second ALEC Voting Bill
South Carolina is again considering a bill from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to limit access to the ballot box. A nearly identical version of an ALEC voting bill is moving through the state Senate and comes on the heels of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) blocking South Carolina's ALEC-inspired voter ID law as discriminatory against people of color.
Scott Walker’s Plutonomy: An Economy for the One Percent
While volunteer after volunteer from each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties marched into the state’s election board to deposit over one million signatures for the recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Walker was nowhere to be found.
Stress Testing Tim Geithner
Thanks to Occupy Wall Street, in the State of the Union this week President Obama struck some of his most populist themes yet. He wants to tax millionaires, bring back manufacturing and prosecute the big banks. He touted his Wall Street reforms saying the big banks are “no longer allowed to make risky bets with customers deposits” and “the rest of us aren’t bailing you out ever again.”
Two Years After "Citizens United," Amending the Constitution is Essential
January 21 marked the second anniversary of Citizens United v. F.E.C., where a narrow majority of the U.S. Supreme Court asserted that the Constitution prevents Congress from limiting the amount of money that can be spent influencing our elections. The Center for Media and Democracy is working with a constellation of groups in support of amending the Constitution to reverse the decision and address the distortion of the democratic process.
Take Action: Tell President Obama to Break up Bank of America!
Something reeks at Bank of America. This behemoth bank has assets equivalent to 15% of our entire economy. So why are its shares trading in the $5 range? Because BofA is a zombie bank. And now this zombie is trying to move $22 trillion in dangerous derivatives from one division into its FDIC-insured division. Tell President Obama, no more bailouts! Break up Bank of America before it breaks us.
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The High Cost of Allowing Health Insurers To Continue Keeping Us In The Dark
In his State of the Union address, President Obama said very little about health care reform, but what he did say was a reminder of how tight a grip the insurance industry has on the U.S. health care system -- and will continue to have if the Affordable Care Act is not implemented as Congress intended. And it is largely up to the President to make sure that it is.
One Woman Tackles Walker's Top Lieutenant
Lori Compas is the Fort Atkinson woman who almost single-handedly led the grassroots petition drive to recall 17-year incumbent and Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau.
Scott Walker's Texas Rangers
It has been a tough holiday season for Scott Walker. The state lost 14,600 jobs in November and a new government report indicates that Wisconsin leads the nation in killing public sector jobs. A November poll has support for the recall of the governor at 58 percent, up from 47 percent in the spring, and next week Wisconsin residents are preparing to file over 500,000 recall petitions to trigger a gubernatorial recall. Is it any wonder that Wisconsin's governor decided to fly to Texas to find a friendlier crowd?
Bank of America Hopes to Improve its Image
With its stock scraping bottom at just over $6.00 a share, its image reeling from a failed attempt to to stick its customers with a $5.00 per month debit card fee, and accusations of thousands of fraudulent foreclosures, Bank of America is undertaking another effort to improve its image. Heading up the makeover attempt is Anne M. Finucane, BofA's Global Strategy and Marketing Officer.
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ConsumerMan: Making food system safer - ConsumerMan- msnbc.com The credit card reform bill just passed by Congress includes tough new provisions that will legally ban some of the most egregious behavior by banks. But as in all such laws, the devil is in the details.
There's already some confusion about what the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act does and doesn't require. Here's a true-and-false primer.