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Leaked email from DNC confirms paid trolls

From Jeremy Brinster of the DNC ...


Yes, Super PAC paying young voters to push back online on Sanders supporters

She’s forced to continue to appeal to young liberals as opposed to pivoting back to center

I'm sure none of them are here on DU, but be careful when reading/posting on other boards.

So our banks are over-regulated????

Doesn't seem to be true of one of our local banks, the customers of which were taken to the cleaners by the bank president ....


The OCC alleges that during that four-year period, Overby — a major Waupaca Bancorporation Inc. stockholder who influenced many decisions at First National Bank — tallied $1,620,514 in bank-paid personal expenses. That was in addition to legitimate business expenses, the OCC says.

Overby was paid a total of $3,573,000 in salary and bonuses between 2010 and 2014, the OCC says. From 2010 to 2013, Overby proposed and voted on his own pay as a member of the bank's executive compensation committee, the OCC states. His salary alone in 2013 and 2014 was $700,000 a year. Overbay also is accused by the OCC of causing false entries in the bank's books and records.

In 2013, Overby hired his son-in-law as controller of the bank, making him the third-highest paid employee of the bank and Overby's future successor, even though his son-in-law had never worked at a bank or credit union as an officer or director. When the son-in-law and Overby's daughter moved back to Texas in 2014, Overby had the bank buy their house. His daughter continued to work remotely for the bank from Texas, receiving an annual salary of about $80,000, which later was reduced to $60,000.

In addition to salary and bonuses, Overby received other benefits, such as: a 100 percent match to the bank's 401(k) retirement plan; use of a new bank-owned vehicle every three years (including a Cadillac Escalade costing more than $86,000); two cellphones, three iPads and plans for the devices costing about $500 a month from 2010 through 2013; and a Waupaca Country Club membership. Overby used his bank-issued credit card to pay for part of a 2012 safari in Tanzania and charged expenses for trips and lodging in places such as New York, Disney World and Grand Cayman.

Seems a little more regulation would have served the banks customers better than our current laws.

My favorite part is that despite this fraud, the feds are still not seeking jail time.

We're about to find out if hate or fear is the greater motivator

Republicans loathe Hillary with white-hot hate hotter than a billion suns.

Democrats fear Trump.

Which of these emotions will win out in November?

Seems weird than in eight years on DU I've never seen this mentioned


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Representative Tim Walz (MN-01)

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State Senator Paula Aboud, Tucson, Arizona

Once I made the decision to run for office, I felt like I had pointed my skis down a steep mountain: it was thrilling and challenging, and everything went very fast. Wellstone Action’s expertise and training gave me and my campaign the critical skills and confidence we needed to win. Winning Your Election the Wellstone Way is a must for emerging leaders who have decided to step up for their community and run for office.

Angelique Espinoza, elected to city council in Boulder, Colorado

I know a guy running for Wisconsin assembly that is using this resource as a blueprint for his campaign, and he’s on track to upset a Republican in district that has not elected anything but Republicans in decades.

Anyone else familiar with this?

The problem is not Donald Trump. The problem is not his candidacy.

So we can't be opposed to the TPP 'cause it's Obama's thing, but ...


Centrist Dems wary of public option push

But among more centrist members of the Senate, where the “public option” was stopped in 2009, there is little enthusiasm for the idea. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D), who represents conservative-leaning North Dakota, pushed back the hardest. “I think it's critically important that we stop trying to complicate healthcare and we start taking a look at what needs to be fixed in ObamaCare,” Heitkamp said. “Until we actually have those conversations and we have bipartisan support, I think it's unrealistic to assume that we're going to see any kind of expansion of care.”


Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), another Democrat from a red-leaning state, referred questions to his press office when asked if he supported a public option. His press office did not respond to inquiries.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), who survived a reelection scare in 2014, was noncommittal on the question of a public option, pivoting to a different change he’d like to see in ObamaCare. He called for addressing the requirement in ObamaCare for providing coverage to people who work more than 30 hours per week. Critics of the law say that requirement has created an incentive for employers be push people into part-time positions. “As we talk about other options we also have to address things like 29 to 30 hour cliff,” Warner said. That “cliff” is an issue usually raised by Republicans.

While the public option has been embraced in the liberal-leaning quarters of the party, more centrist Democrats simply said they were unsure and had to study the details. “I'd have to see it first to see; it's a big term,” Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said when asked about Obama’s public option proposal.

Eric Holder’s Longtime Excuse for Not Prosecuting Banks Just Crashed and Burned


(Holder) told the panel: “The question you need to ask yourself is, if we could have made those cases, do you think we would not have? Do you think that these very aggressive U.S. Attorneys I was proud to serve with would have not brought these cases if they had the ability?” The report — the result of a three-year investigation — shows that aggressive attorneys did want to prosecute HSBC, but Holder overruled them.


Newly public internal Treasury Department records show that AFMLS Chief Jennifer Shasky wanted to seek a guilty plea for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act. “DoJ is mulling over the ramifications that could flow from such an approach and plans to finalize its decision this week,” reads an email from September 4, 2012 to senior Treasury officials. On September 7, Treasury official Dennis Wood describes the AFMLS decision as an “internal recommendation to ask the bank plead guilty.” It was a “bombshell,” Wood wrote, because of “the implications of a criminal plea” and “the sheer amount of the proposed fines and forfeitures.”

But after British financial minister George Osborne complained to the Federal Reserve chairman and the Treasury Secretary that DOJ was unfairly targeting a British bank, senior Justice Department leadership reportedly sought to “better understand the collateral consequences of a conviction/plea before taking such a dramatic step.”

According to internal documents, DOJ then went dark for nearly two months, refusing to participate in interagency calls about HSBC. Finally, Holder presented HSBC on November 7 with a “take it or leave it” offer of a deferred prosecution agreement, which would involve a cash settlement and future monitoring of HSBC. No guilty plea was required.

Thanks Eric, for condoning the crimes - past and future - of these banksters.

Triple Jeopardy

I have a post ... http://www.democraticunderground.com/12512236414 ... that was apparently alerted on for an unknown cause, but survived the jury (see reply #4).

The same post was then alerted on for violation of the "kooky, hate" rule and removed by a jury. I appealed and it was reinstated.

That same post was then alerted on for violation of the "support Democrats" rule and again removed removed by a jury. Again I appealed and again the post was reinstated.

Was it the intent of the new jury system to allow such repeated efforts to hide posts, or is this a bug in the system? Under the old rules, once a post survived a jury it couldn't be alerted on again. It would seem that both surviving a jury and being reinstated following a second alert should give a post some immunity from further alerts.

This "gaming" of the jury system is being done to suppress facts, and that should be anethema to DU.

Thanks in advance for your reply.


Bryan H. Nishimura

Some may be interested in researching this Navy veteran, and his legal troubles.

New Documents Catch DNC Accepting Money from Anti-Progressive Companies


The new documents (which can be viewed here) show that Debbie Wasserman Shultz and other key DNC members sought support from corporations with questionable, and definitely anti-progressive, values.

One of the most notable companies the DNC asked for money from was Walmart, a hugely anti-union corporation and the target of many progressive attacks. Then, in what could arguably be a huge conflict on interest, the DNC asked for (and received) a donation from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, one of the unions that is actually leading and sponsoring strikes at Walmart stores to protest the company’s opposition to higher minimum wage.

In another ironic situation the DNC asks for money from the National Restaurant Association PAC and from McDonald’s. Both of these are active participants in the fight against a $15 minimum wage, which the DNC has had as part of their official platform for almost a year and which was officially approved by the Platform Drafting Committees last weekend.

Another example is the DNC receiving funding from corporations like Verizon and Comcast, even though they also ask for donations from Communications Workers of America (CWA). The CWA is actively fighting against Verizon, Comcast, and many other companies for better wages and working conditions.

Well Debbie, which side are you on?
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