Exposed: Oregon’s Liberal Ride To Corruption

One-party rule in Oregon has left the state in scandal. From pulling the plug on the state’s version of ObamaCare because of political considerations (costing taxpayers $300 million) to the willingness of the political class to engage in crony capitalism with “green” billionaires like Tom Steyer, the state government is currently being combed over by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and Congress.

The scandals have a common thread — former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his political cronies. And now, we have a smoking gun in this scandal. A report from the Energy and Environment Legal Institute Report is titled: “Private Interests And Public Office: Coordination Between Governors, the Obama White House and the Tom Steyer – ‘Founded and Funded’ Network of Advocacy Groups to Advance the ‘Climate’ Agenda.” This report contains emails and other evidence of coordination in this scandal.

Kitzhaber was a former emergency room doctor who set out to “save American healthcare.” In other words, he wanted to nationalize it. For a while, he played the fawning media like a fiddle. The crown jewel in his experiment was the creation of Oregon’s Health Care Exchange, Cover Oregon. Flush with hundreds of millions in federal cash, the state set out to create a model exchange to prove to the world that government-run health care could work. It didn’t.

After running ads and promoting the site, contractors and tech experts pleaded with the governor and his staff to not “go live” with the exchange. It wasn’t ready. Following week after week of embarrassment by the failure to sign up one enrollee, the governor tasked his political team to oversee the project. With an election looming, they advised him to pull the plug and join the federal exchange — just to save their political bacon.

At the same time, Kitzhaber’s team got into bed with green billionaire Tom Steyer. Steyer has been spending his fortune over the past four years promoting every green energy scheme under the sun. From climate change legislation to a failed initiative in California that cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and promised to create thousands of jobs, Steyer has been on a losing streak. Despite spending close to $100 million in the 2014 elections, the vast majority of the candidates he backed lost.

Steyer has made no secret that he views involvement in green energy as a personal profit center. While plowing his millions into green energy groups, he subsequently was involved in green energy companies like Kilowatt Systems, LLC. Steyer is listed as a “manager” of the company which says on their website: “We were created to help [solar and energy efficiency] industry professionals make more sales. More financing options and more customers equal more profit. It’s that simple.” By the public electing politicians who were willing to use taxpayer dollars to push green energy schemes, Steyer gets richer. Kitzhaber was a nice target for the billionaire, and Oregon seemed like a nice potential profit center.

A new report by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute details how Kitzhaber’s team and his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, an environmental activist who did “consulting work” promoting the climate agenda, worked closely with outside groups funded in part by Steyer to promote a taxpayer-dependent green energy project.

According to the Portland Oregonian, “(Dan) Carol is a former Democratic opposition researcher who worked on behalf of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.” Carol copied governors’ aides and contractors/consultants on emails, also including Steyer — “a billionaire spending $50 million of his own money to elect, among other things, senators who would push his issues” Steyer in fact prepared to go all-in on policy through his “NextGen Climate Action group [which] was reportedly ready to spend as much as $100 million or more in 2014.”

As the report shows, “A recent Oregon production of two former Kitzhaber aides’ work-related, private-account correspondence confirm that ‘Kitzhaber told his staff that new state energy policies should match those that special interests were paying his fiancée to promote.’ One damning directive from Kitzhaber, which contradicts previous denials, stated in blunt and pertinent part, ‘Cylvia needs to be advocating the same clean economy policy in her role as spokesperson/advocate for the Governor’s Office and her role as a Clean Economy fellow. There cannot be any daylight between them…. This is another reason why she needs a role in developing the (state) policy itself.’”

Once the cover was blown, Kitzhaber was forced to resign. The FBI is looking into the actions of Kitzhaber’s fiancee, his aides and their relationship with outside environmental groups looking to profit from the taxpayers. Congress is demanding documents regarding the Cover Oregon exchange scandal. These are dark days for the Evergreen State–but more critically, an important lesson on why there should be a separation between businesses and government.

One-party rule leads to corruption and scandal. It does not matter what party is in control; it seems like one party rule leads to corruption and self-dealing.

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MSNBC Notices Something About Hillary’s Outfit That ‘Could Get The Feds And FBI’ Looking At Her More Closely

A discussion of Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s wardrobe elicited some brutal comparisons by panelists on a recent episode of MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Guest Donnie Deutsch kicked off the mockery by comparing her getup to that of a particularly tyrannical 20th century figure.

“Why is she dressing exactly like Mao Zedong?” he asked.

Host Joe Scarborough chimed in, noting that the style and color of her outfit evoked a stereotypical type of prison garb – even as she is being investigated by the FBI.

“I’m just saying I wouldn’t wear an orange jumpsuit … if I were talking about something that could actually get the feds and the FBI looking at me closer,” he said. Similar sentiments abounded on social media, including among Twitter users who mercilessly mocked the beleaguered candidate.

Of course, among a certain segment of the population, the jokes were interpreted as inherent signs of misogyny.

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Hillary Just Tried To Use Fox News To Defend Herself, And It Did NOT Go As Planned…

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are at odds over whether certain emails sent during her time as secretary of state and kept on a private server were in fact classified.

The campaign held a late-afternoon conference call Wednesday praising a report filed by Fox News’ Catherine Herridge. Herridge’s exclusive, published Wednesday, identified the two emails that started the investigation into the former first lady’s actions. Representatives for Clinton contend the emails were not considered classified at the time they were sent. The State Department concurs with the campaign’s point of view.

However, a spokesman for the Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community emphasized to Fox News that the information contained in the email was considered classified when it was sent. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, shares the IG’s concerns. 

“Just because the State Department may not think information is or should be classified, it does not have the authority [to] make that decision if it received the information from another agency,” a Grassley spokesperson said.

Clinton campaign spokesperson Brian Fallon acknowledged the FBI and the campaign have differing opinions on whether or not the emails were classified at the time of their sending.

“We again would like to see the government agencies involved in this process to proceed as quickly as possible in conducting a review of the emails,” Fallon said. “We think it will vindicate all the points we made today on this whole matter.”

Fox News broke down the two emails in dispute:

The first was forwarded by Clinton adviser Huma Abedin and contained classified material from military intelligence sources. The 2011 email forwards a warning about how then-Ambassador Chris Stevens was “considering departure from Benghazi” amid deteriorating conditions in a nearby city. The email was mistakenly released by the State Department in full, and is now considered declassified.

The second was sent by Clinton aide Jake Sullivan and contained classified information as well as sensitive law enforcement information on Benghazi. The partly redacted November 2012 email detailed how Libyan police had arrested “several people” with potential connections to the terror attack.

Both Abedin and Sullivan are now employed by the Clinton presidential campaign.  

h/t: Fox News

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The Ultimate Irony: One Thing Hillary Did As A Senator Could Now Utterly Destroy Her

A vote Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton cast during her time as a United States senator from New York may lead to her downfall.

President George W. Bush signed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act into law, widely considered to be one of the most far-reaching U.S. securities laws in years, in 2002, according to Legal Zoom. Sarbanes-Oxley introduced several changes to regulation of corporate governance and financial practice, a summary of the law states. It is divided into eleven “titles” and established a public accounting board.

One part of Sarbanes-Oxley is 18 U.S. Code 1519, pertaining to “Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations and bankruptcy,” reported The Daily Mail. It reads as follows:

Whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a false entry in any record, document, or tangible object with the intent to impede, obstruct, or influence the investigation or proper administration of any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States or any case filed under title 11, or in relation to or contemplation of any such matter or case, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.

Clinton, who was in the Senate from 2000 to early 2009 before taking over as secretary of state, voted “yea” on Sarbanes-Oxley (the vote count was 99-0, with one not voting).

The former first lady is under investigation by the FBI for emails she received on her private server that could contain classified information. While the inspector general for the intelligence community believes the information was classified at the time the information was sent, the Clinton campaign and the State Department disagree. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told The Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview that the investigation facing his Democratic counterpart “could go on for years.”

Hillary has problems far greater than the nomination. If you look at what’s going on with the emails, it’s a fraud if you think about it. This looks like Watergate on steroids, frankly.

This isn’t something we’re going to solve tomorrow. This could go on for years. You can’t have a nominee who is under investigation. What are they going to do, run and then two nights before the presidential race she gets indicted?

General Petraeus, for doing 5 percent of what she did, his life has been destroyed. And it goes up to 20 years in prison. It’s from one to 20 years for what she did!

h/t: IJ Review

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FBI Makes HUGE New Revelation That Will Stun Hillary–She Probably Didn’t Think This Was Possible…

For Hillary Clinton, Emailgate is the story that just will not go away. According to sources, the FBI believes it will be able to recover at least some of data from the former secretary of state’s server.

NBC News reports that the FBI “will try to figure what’s there, how it got there and who put it there,” one of the sources said. Meanwhile, Fox News is reporting that FBI investigators will be able to recover at least some of the deleted files.

One of the items FBI agents will hope to restore is the activity log, which will reveal who had access to the server. The bureau can then determine if those people had the proper security clearance. 

Breitbart reports that Clinton’s server was operated by Platte River Networks of Denver, Colo., which stored it in a bathroom closet in its converted loft-style apartment office. This revelation raises further questions regarding how secure the server was and who had access to it–and contradicts Clinton’s earlier claim that the hardware system was at least physically secured by Secret Service agents at her home in Chappaqua, N.Y. 

Fox News’ Ed Henry questioned the former secretary of state on Tuesday whether she has wiped her server clean, to which she responded jokingly: “What, with like with a cloth or something? I don’t know how it works at all.”

Henry followed up three more times, until Clinton finally responded: “That’s for the people investigating to figure out but we turned over everything that was work related. Personal stuff we did not.”

When asked whether she directed the server to be wiped clean, Clinton said: “My personal emails are my personal business. Right? We went through a painstaking process and through 55,000 pages we thought could be worth relating.” She continued: “Under the law, that decision is made by the official. I was the official. I made those decisions.”  

“We turned over everything that was work-related, every single thing,” she reiterated.

As reported by Western Journalism, the State Department confirmed in June that Hillary Clinton had not turned over all of her work-related emails. The agency found multiple ones Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal produced between himself and the former secretary of state that she had not included in those given to the State Department, prior to testifying before the Select Committee on Benghazi.  

Fox News is also reporting it has discovered two classified documents sent by Clinton aides to the secretary of state on her private server among those released by the State Department.

“The first was sent by Clinton adviser Huma Abedin and contained classified material from military intelligence sources. The second was sent by Clinton aide Jake Sullivan and contained sensitive FBI information on Benghazi,” according to Fox News. 

When Clinton originally addressed the security of classified information being on her personal server, she stated emphatically that she had neither sent nor received classified information. On Tuesday, and when questioned on the subject in recent weeks, she added the proviso “marked classified at the time” to her explanation.

h/t: TheBlaze

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