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Trump’s Empire: A Maze of Debts and Opaque Ties

The writer of this article was just on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC. There is a wealth of info on Donald Trump's obligations to lenders that he has criticized.

Trump’s Empire: A Maze of Debts and Opaque Ties
By SUSANNE CRAIG
AUG. 20, 2016

On the campaign trail, Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, has sold himself as a businessman who has made billions of dollars and is beholden to no one.

But an investigation by The New York Times into the financial maze of Mr. Trump’s real estate holdings in the United States reveals that companies he owns have at least $650 million in debt — twice the amount than can be gleaned from public filings he has made as part of his bid for the White House. The Times’s inquiry also found that Mr. Trump’s fortunes depend deeply on a wide array of financial backers, including one he has cited in attacks during his campaign.

For example, an office building on Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan, of which Mr. Trump is part owner, carries a $950 million loan. Among the lenders: the Bank of China, one of the largest banks in a country that Mr. Trump has railed against as an economic foe of the United States, and Goldman Sachs, a financial institution he has said controls Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, after it paid her $675,000 in speaking fees.

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One of these investments involves an office tower at 1290 Avenue of Americas, near Rockefeller Center. In a typically complex deal, loan documents show that four lenders — German American Capital, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank; UBS Real Estate Securities; Goldman Sachs Mortgage Company; and Bank of China — agreed in November 2012 to lend $950 million to the three companies that own the building. Those companies, obscurely named HWA 1290 III LLC, HWA 1290 IV LLC and HWA 1290 V LLC, are owned by three other companies in which Mr. Trump has stakes.

Much more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/21/us/politics/donald-trump-debt.html

The Clinton Foundation should not be disbanded!

It does far too much good work.

The members of the Clinton family should take themselves out of the foundation. If still having the Clinton name on it bothers people, rename it The Obama Foundation and let Barack and Michelle Obama run it.

Gov. Scott’s undisclosed interest – via First Lady – in Zika mosquito control company

By Dan Christensen, FloridaBulldog.org
August 17, 2016 at 5:11 am

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has an undisclosed financial interest in a Zika mosquito control company in which his wife, Florida First Lady Ann Scott, owns a multi-million dollar stake through a private investment firm she co-owns.

The company is Mosquito Control Services LLC of Metairie, LA. According to its web site, MCS “is a fully-certified team of mosquito control experts – licensed throughout the Gulf Coast, including Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.”

On June 23, Gov. Scott signed an executive order allocating $26.2 million in state emergency funds for Zika preparedness, including “mosquito surveillance and abatement, training for mosquito control technicians and enhanced laboratory capacity.”

It is not known whether MCS, whose services include monitoring and aerial spraying, stands to benefit from Florida government funds. Company manager Steven Pavlovich holds an active Florida “public health applicator” license with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services through April 2019, but MCS is not a registered state vendor. The Department of Health contracts with two other two mosquito control vendors.

Much more - including shady transfers of Scott's holdings to his wife and other possible conflicts of interest: http://www.floridabulldog.org/2016/08/gov-scotts-undisclosed-interest-in-zika-mosquito-control-company/


To quote the email that included this link, "This man deserves prison!"

I may have turned a trump voter!

I was talking to the young man that mows my yard about future things that will be happening at my house. I try to schedule him just before any meetings so the grass is under control and he is getting used to that.

I mentioned we will be doing get out the vote from my house next week and he said he might not vote. I told him he needs to vote and asked who he was thinking of voting for - he said Trump. I asked him as a independent business person (he's trying to start a lawn care business) how he would feel about someone who made a deal for his services, then once the work was done offered 70% or less of the agreed price. He didn't think that was acceptable - I told him Trump has done this over and over and told him how many times Trump has been sued. He was really disturbed about that!

Then he said something about Hillary's lies but when I asked him, he really didn't know any specifics, just general, "She's lied." I told him she really hasn't and talked with him a little about how long Hillary and Bill Clinton have been in the public eye and how many times they have been investigated. Then I mentioned that the only thing that ever stuck was that Bill lied about a blow job. He didn't know that was what Bill Clinton was impeached for and thought it was ridiculous!

He brought up the emails and Benghazi - I reminded him that Benghazi has been investigated five - or is it six - times and the only thing they found to criticize were the emails. Then I told him that if Hillary had used the Department of State computer system she could not have gotten her emails while she was traveling; that the "classified" emails were not sent by her and were not properly labeled.

By the time he left he was really thinking about what I'd told him. I recommended that he really read up on Trump and how Trump treats his contractors and workers - I think that will have the most effect on him as an independent business person.

Oh - and he questioned why Trump would want to be president with how wealthy he was - I told him many don't think Trump is as rich as he claims and discussed how running a campaign could be a money making scam.

Hopefully he will seriously think about what he heard today.

Trump businesses - and info about them

I'm starting with the list here:
A list of everything Donald Trump runs that has his name on it
Written by David Yanofsky
July 22, 2015
http://qz.com/461688/a-list-of-everything-donald-trump-runs-that-has-his-name-on-it/

I'm going to do a quick search on the names and see what pops up!

Here they all are:

Sentient Jets LLC (Now/Known/As Trump Jets LLC)
T International Realty LLC (dba Trump International Realty)
The Donald J. Trump Foundation, Inc.
The Trump Corporation
The Trump Follies Member Inc.
The Trump Equitable Fifth Avenue Company
Trump 106 CPS LLC
Trump 55 Wall Corp
Trump 767 Management LLC
Trump 845 LP LLC
Trump 845 UN GP LLC
Trump 846 UN MGR Corp
Trump 846 UN MGR LLC fka 845 UN LLC
Trump AC Casino Marks LLC
Trump AC Casino Marks Member Corp
Trump Acquisition Corp.
Trump Acquisition, LLC
Trump Books LLC
Trump Books Manager Corp
Trump Brazil LLC
Trump Briarcliff Manor Development LLC formerly Briar Hall Development LLC
Trump Canadian Services Inc
Trump Canouan Estate LLC
Trump Canouan Estate Member Corp
Trump Caribbean LLC
Trump Carousel LLC
Trump Carousel Member Corp
Trump Central Park West Corp
Trump Chicago Commercial Member Corp
Trump Chicago Commercial Manager LLC
Trump Chicago Development LLC
Trump Chicago Hotel Member Corp
Trump Chicago Hotel Manager LLC
Trump Chicago Managing Member LLC
Trump Chicago Member LLC
Trump Chicago Residential Member Corp
Trump Chicago Residential Manager LLC
Trump Chicago Retail LLC
Trump Chicago Retail Manager LLC
Trump Chicago Retail Member Corp
Trump Classic Cars LLC
Trump Classic Cars Member Corp
Trump Commercial Chicago LLC
Trump Cozumel Corp
Trump Cozumel LLC
Trump CPS Corp
Trump CPS LLC
Trump Delmonico LLC
Trump Development Services LLC
Trump Development Services Member Corp.
Trump Drinks Israel Holdings LLC
Trump Drinks Israel Holdings Member Corp
Trump Drinks Israel LLC
Trump Drinks Israel Member Corp
Trump Education ULC
Trump Empire State, Inc.
Trump Endeavor 12 LLC
Trump Endeavor 12 Manager Corp
Trump EU Marks Member LLC
Trump EU Marks Member Corp
The Trump Entrepreneur Initiative LLC (fka Trump University CA LLC)
Trump Ferry Point LLC
Trump Ferry Point Member Corp
Trump Florida Management LLC
Trump Florida Manager Corp.
The Trump Follies LLC
Trump Fort Lee LLC
Trump Fort Lee Member Corp
Trump Golf Acquisition LLC
Trump Golf Coco Beach LLC
Trump Golf Coco Beach Member Corp
Trump Golf Management LLC
Trump Home Marks
Trump Home Marks Member Corp
Trump Ice LLC
Trump Ice Inc
Trump Identity LLC
Trump Identity Member Corp
Trump International Development LLC
Trump International Development Member Corp
Trump International Golf Club LC
Trump International Golf Club Scotland Limited
Trump International Golf Club Inc.
Trump International Hotel and Tower Condominium
Trump International Hotel Hawaii LLC
Trump International Hotels Management LLC
Trump International Management Corp
Trump Kelowna LLC
Trump Kelowna Member Corp.
Trump Korean Projects LLC
Trump Las Olas LLC
Trump Las Olas Member Corp
Trump Las Vegas Corp.
Trump Las Vegas Development LLC
Trump Las Vegas Managing Member LLC
Trump Las Vegas Managing Member II LLC
Trump Las Vegas Marketing and Sales LLC
Trump Las Vegas Member LLC
Trump Las Vegas Member II LLC
Trump Las Vegas Sales & Marketing Inc.
Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas Unit Owners Association
Trump Lauderdale Development 2 LLC
Trump Lauderdale Development LLC
Trump Management Inc
Trump Marketing LLC
Trump Marks Asia Corp
Trump Marks Asia LLC
Trump Marks Atlanta LLC
Trump Marks Atlanta Member Corp
Trump Marks Baja Corp
Trump Marks Baja LLC
Trump Marks Batumi LLC
Trump Marks Batumi Member Corp
Trump Marks Beverages Corp
Trump Marks LLC
Trump Marks Canouan Corp
Trump Marks Canouan LLC
Trump Marks Chicago LLC
Trump Marks Chicago Member Corp
Trump Marks Cozumel Corp
Trump Marks Cozumel LLC
Trump Marks Dubai Corp
Trump Marks Dubai LLC
Trump Marks Egypt Corp
Trump Marks Egypt LLC
Trump Marks Fine Foods LLC
Trump Marks Fine Foods Member Corp
Trump Marks Ft. Lauderdale LLC
Trump Marks Ft. Lauderdale Member Corp
Trump Marks Golf Swing LLC
Trump Marks Golf Swing Member Corp
Trump Marks GP Corp
Trump Marks Holding LP (FKA Trump Marks LP)
Trump Marks Hollywood Corp
Trump Marks Hollywood LLC
Trump Marks Istanbul II Corp.
Trump Marks Istanbul II LLC
Trump Marks Jersey City Corp.
Trump Marks Jersey City LLC
Trump Marks Las Vegas Corp
Trump Marks Las Vegas LLC
Trump Marks LLC
Trump Marks Magazine Corp
Trump Marks Magazine LLC
Trump Marks Mattress LLC
Trump Marks Mattress Member Corp.
Trump Marks Menswear LLC
Trump Marks Menswear Member Corp
Trump Marks Mortoaoe Corp.
Trump Marks Mtg LLC
Trump Marks Mumbai LLC
Trump Marks Mumbai Member Corp
Trump Marks New Orleans Corp
Trump Marks New Orleans LLC
Trump Marks New Rochelle Corp.
Trump Marks New Rochelle LLC
Trump Marks Palm Beach Corp
Trump Marks Palm Beach LLC
Trump Marks Panama Corp
Trump Marks Panama LLC
Trump Marks Philadelphia Corp
Trump Marks PhiladelPhia LLC
Trump Marks Philippines LLC
Trump Marks Phil ippine s Corp
Trump Marks Products LLC
Trump Marks Products Member Corp
Trump Marks Puerto Rico I LLC
Trump Marks Puerto Rico I Member Corp
Trump Marks Puerto Rico II LLC
Trump Marks Puerto Rico II Member Corp
Trump Marks Punta del Este LLC
Trump Marks Punta del Este Manager Corp
The Donald J. Trump Company LLC
The Trump Marks Real Estate Corp
Trump Marks Real Estate LLC
Trump Marks SOHO License Corp
Trump Marks SOHO LLC
Trump Marks South Africa LLC
Trump Marks South Africa Member Corp
Trump Marks Stamford Corp
Trump Marks Stamford LLC
Trump Marks Sunny Isles I LLC
Trump Marks Sunny Isles I Member Corp.
Trump Marks Sunny Isles II LLC
Trump Marks Sunny Isles II Member Corp.
Trump Marks Tampa Corp
Trump Marks Tampa LLC
Trump Marks Toronto Corp
Trump Marks Toronto LLC
Trump Marks Toronto LP (formally Trump Toronto Management LP)
Trump Marks Waikiki Corp
Trump Marks Waikiki LLC
Trump Marks Westchester Corp.
Trump Marks Westchester LLC
Trump Marks White Plains Corp
Trump Marks White Plains LLC
Trump Miami Resort Management LLC
Trump Miami Resort Management Member Corp
Trump National Golf Club Colts Neck LLC
Trump National Golf Club Colts Neck Member Corp
Trump National Golf Club LLC
Trump National Golf Club Member Corp
Trump National Golf Club Washington DC LLC
Trump National Golf Club Washington DC Member Corp
Trump Ocean Manager Inc.
Trump Ocean Managing Member LLC
Trump Old Post Office LLC
Trump On the Ocean LLC
Trump Organization LLC
The Trump Organization, Inc.
Trump Pageants, Inc.
Trump Palace Condominium
Trump Palace/Parc LLC
Trump Panama Condominium Management LLC
Trump Panama Condominium Member Corp
Trump Panama Hotel Management LLC
Trump Panama Hotel Management Member Corp LLC
Trump Parc East Condominium
Trump Park Avenue Acquisition LLC
Trump Park Avenue LLC
Trump Payroll Chicago LLC
Trump Payroll Corp.
Trump Phoenix Development LLC
Trump Plaza LLC
Trump Plaza Member Inc. fka Trump Plaza Corp.
Trump Procida Fort Lee LLC
Trump Productions LLC (former Rancho Lien LLC)
Trump Production Managing Member Inc
Trump Project Management Corp.
Trump Properties LLC
Trump Realty Services, LLC (fka Trump Mortgage Services LLC (03) & Tower Mortgage Services LLC)
Trump Restaurants LLC
Trump RHF Corp
Trump Riverside Management LLC
Trump Ruffin Commercial LLC
Trump Ruffin LLC
Trump Ruffin Tower I LLC
Trump Sales & Leasing Chicago LLC
Trump Sales & Leasing Chicago Member Corp
Trump Scotland Member Inc
Trump Scotsborough Square LLC
Trump Scotsborough Square Member Corp.
Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium New York
Trump Soho Member LLC
Trump Toronto Development Inc
Trump Toronto Hotel Management Corp.
Trump Toronto Member Corp. (formaly Trump Toronto Management Member Corp)
Trump Tower Commercial LLC
Trump Tower Condominium Residential Section
Trump Tower Managing Member Inc
Trump Village Construction Corp.
Trump Vineyard Estates LLC
Trump Vineyard Estates Manager Corp.
Trump Vineyard Estates Lot 3 Owner LLC (fka Eric Trump Land Holdings LLC)
Trump Virginia Acquisitions LLC (fka Virginia Acquisitions LLC)
Trump Virginia Acquisitions Manager Corp
Trump Virginia Lot 5 LLC
Trump Virginia Lot 5 Manager Corp.
Trump Wine Marks LLC
Trump Wine Marks Member Corp.
Trump World Productions LLC y LLC
Trump World Productions Manager Corp
Trump World Publications LLC
Trump/New World Property Management LLC
Trump Castle Management Corp
Trump Marks White Plains Corp
Trump RHF Corp
The Donald J. Trump grantor Trust – DJT is the Trustee Successor – Trustee is Donald J. Trump, Jr.
The Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust


Anybody signed up for GOTV efforts for the August primary?

I'm not able to get out to help but I've offered the use of my house as a staging point for eastern Leon County for August 27, 28, 29 and 30. I can help coordinate the teams, give them a place to cool off and take breaks, let them have computer access, etc.

The campaign person for this part of the county has no where to let them teams meet, and my house is in a central location. Plus I have the room with tables and chairs.

Anyone here volunteering for GOTV for the primary? PM me if you're in eastern Leon County!

Other Democrats than Grayson and Murphy running in the Senate primary

Cross posted from another thread:

Roque "Rocky" De La Fuenta, Pam Keith and Reginal Luster are running as well as the two headliners.

Grayson has worn out his chances and I don't want to vote for RINO Murphy so today I checked out the other three people running.

I've decided to vote for Reginald Luster in the primary. He has an impressive resume and I like what he has worked to support:
Reginald attended public schools in Jacksonville. At the age of 12, he began playing the alto saxophone and his fellow musicians elected him as the band captain his senior in high school. Reginald graduated with academic honors in 1982 from Jean Ribault High School. Thereafter, he accepted a scholarship to attend Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, Florida. While attending FSU, Reginald served as a cabinet affairs intern with former Governor, and eventual United States Senator, Bob Graham. In April 1985, he graduated from Florida State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with honors. That fall, he enrolled into the College of Law at FSU where he was a member of two honor organizations, the Law Review and the Appellate Moot Court Team. During the summer of 1986, he studied law abroad at Oxford University in Oxford, England. Reginald earned his Juris Doctorate Degree in December 1987.

In 1988, Reginald returned to Jacksonville to begin his legal career as an associate attorney, and eventual law partner, with the Jacksonville insurance defense law firm of Mathews, Osborne, McNatt, Gobelman & Cobb. U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno appointed him as an assistant United States attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Division in 1994. He represented the federal government, agencies and employees in complex civil litigation. In 2000, Reginald worked at the Justice Department in Washington D.C. with the Civil Rights Division of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys. U.S. Attorney General Reno awarded Reginald the Director‘s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Furthering Equal Employment Opportunity.

In 2001, Reginald Luster returned to the private practice of law. He practices law in the areas of personal injury law, wrongful death law, insurance law, employment discrimination law and criminal defense law. He was invited to join the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2007. He also holds professional membership in the Jacksonville Bar Association and the D. W. Perkins Bar Association. In addition to his law practice, Reginald serves as a board member on charitable foundations providing college scholarships to graduating high school students.

On May 3, 2016, during an annual scholarship awards ceremony to High Potential students, Reginald delivered A Call to Leadership in Public Service announcing his candidacy for United States Senator from the State of Florida.
http://www.reginaldluster.com/bio/



Since the powers that be are supporting Murphy, I expect him to win the primary and I will vote for the Democratic candidate in the general election. But I'd like the Florida and National Democratic Party to know that not everyone will jump on the bandwagon for whoever they prop up for us to elect!

Wow - Will Fisher, Purple Heart recipient schools Donald Trump!

WATCH: This Iraq War Veteran Schools Trump On What It Means To Earn A Purple Heart (VIDEO)

Yesterday at his Virginia rally, in an action of extremely poor taste, Donald Trump accepted the Purple Heart Medal from a retired veteran saying, “I always wanted the Purple Heart. This was much easier.”

Really Donald? You always wanted to be injured or killed while fighting in a war? No one EVER says that. And, Trump certainly wasn’t saying it as he avoided the draft for Vietnam not once, not twice, but five times: four for college and the last for heel spurs.

As you can imagine this latest “WTF moment brought to you by the letters D and T” has gone over with actual purple heart recipients and their families like a lead balloon.

Iraq war veteran, United States Marine, and Purple Heart recipient, Will Fischer had a powerful message for Donald Trump. In a video that he posted on the Union Veterans Council, AFL CIO Facebook page he told Trump:
"Purple Hearts equal bad days, Donald. And nobody, nobody with one, ever wanted it.”

Video at link: http://winningdemocrats.com/watch-this-iraq-war-veteran-schools-trump-on-what-it-means-to-earn-a-purple-heart-video/


Also, check MSNBC later for Tamron Hall's interview with Will Fisher. He is a wonderful advocate for military veterans and families.

NBC opens ElectionConfessions.com

http://electionconfessions.com/

Call or text your election confession to
424-353-2016

This is an NBC News experiment. Tell us what you really think. What are your thoughts on the candidates? How do you feel about the election and the state of our country?

We may share your election confession on our various digital and broadcast platforms but we will not share your phone number. (Must be 18 or older to participate. Message and data rates may apply.)


This has a lot of potential!

I think I will call them and confess this is the first time I have NOT watched a convention on a network or cable news channel because the annoying and intrusive commentators.

The corpse flower opened - yesterday

UPDATE: The corpse flower has started its bloom cycle as of 3:30 p.m., Thursday, July 28! We will remain open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30, to accommodate the bloom!

Corpse Flower Cam at NYBG
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