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Sat Jun 22, 2019, 09:02 PM

US 'now a full-fledged banana republic' after revelations over Mitch McConnell wife's $78m grants

Donald Trump's transport secretary designated a special liaison to help with grant applications from her senator husband’s state, paving the way to fund projects worth $78m (£62m), it has been reported.

Elaine Chao personally asked a Department of Transportation aide to serve as an intermediary and advisor to Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and his Kentucky state officials, according to emails seen by Politico.

The projects funded – as Mr McConnell prepared to campaign for re-election – reportedly included road improvements in Republican political strongholds for which grant applications had previously been rejected.

Walter Shaub, a former director of the US Office of Government Ethics, described the arrangement as “the sort of thing that should lead to the impeachment" of an official.

“We are now a full-fledged banana republic,” the vocal Trump critic added.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/mitch-mcconnell-elaine-chao-grants-us-department-transportation-funding-78m-a8952666.html

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Reply US 'now a full-fledged banana republic' after revelations over Mitch McConnell wife's $78m grants (Original post)
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jun 22 OP
democratisphere Jun 22 #1
KentuckyWoman Jun 22 #2
BSdetect Jun 22 #3
Ferrets are Cool Jun 22 #4
Demobrat Jun 22 #5
forgotmylogin Jun 22 #6

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Jun 22, 2019, 09:14 PM

1. Make mine a double banana republic with extra nuts.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Jun 22, 2019, 09:18 PM

2. 49 states should sue the DOT

and Senators from 49 States should work together to get Mitch out. At the very least the the pig trough should be open to the Senate equally.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Jun 22, 2019, 09:38 PM

3. Banana Republics might even have an edge in ethics.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Jun 22, 2019, 10:57 PM

4. And the beat goes on. nt

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Jun 22, 2019, 11:26 PM

5. Banana republics don't

Claim the moral high ground while attempting to hide their corruption. They’re at least up front about it.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Jun 22, 2019, 11:37 PM

6. Is "road improvements" some kind of cover for the money?

Or is that what it was actually for? Public work improvements are good, but the funding is shifty?

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