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Should have started this long ago. Will begin with a story from today.

Checking In at Trump Hotels, for Kinship (and Maybe Some Sway) - The New York Times

Since Mr. Trump became president, there have been thousands of visits to his properties, not only by Mr. Trump himself, but by foreign leaders, lobbyists, Republican candidates, members of Congress, cabinet members and others with ties to the president. At least 90 members of Congress, 250 Trump administration officials and more than 110 foreign officials have been spotted at Trump properties since 2017, according to social media posts and counts by various watchdog groups.

“It reflects the normalization of corruption — this is just how business works in Trump’s Washington, D.C.,” said Robert Weissman, the president of Public Citizen, a nonprofit ethics group. “We have witnessed a stunning degradation of ethical norms.”

Federal Election Commission records, meanwhile, show that since January 2017, at least $5.6 million has been spent at Trump properties by political candidates or party organizations, including by Mr. Trump’s own political operation, according to an analysis by Public Citizen.

In the four years before Mr. Trump’s bid for president, these same hotels and other venues collected a total of only $119,000 in federally regulated payments from political groups.
 

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Prediction: several of us will mention the emoluments clause and how using your term of office to enrich yourself is wrong morally, and Trump supporters will come with
1) Everyone does it
2) There's nothing wrong with doing it
3) Why are you libs so triggered?
4) A shitty "he's your president" meme will be posted
5) An anti-Trump meme will be posted (but at least it has a chance at actually being funny)
6) There will be comparisons made to past Democratic presidents
7) Someone will have to mention Hillary Clinton somehow
8) There will be charges of Russian conspiracy by Trump supporters


Ah, never mind, I'm in a bit of a snarky mood.
 

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Prediction: several of us will mention the emoluments clause and how using your term of office to enrich yourself is wrong morally, and Trump supporters will come with
1) Everyone does it
2) There's nothing wrong with doing it
3) Why are you libs so triggered?
4) A shitty "he's your president" meme will be posted
5) An anti-Trump meme will be posted (but at least it has a chance at actually being funny)
6) There will be comparisons made to past Democratic presidents
7) Someone will have to mention Hillary Clinton somehow
8) There will be charges of Russian conspiracy by Trump supporters


Ah, never mind, I'm in a bit of a snarky mood.

We've certainly come a long way from Franklin's snuffbox
 

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Prediction: several of us will mention the emoluments clause and how using your term of office to enrich yourself is wrong morally, and Trump supporters will come with
1) Everyone does it
2) There's nothing wrong with doing it
3) Why are you libs so triggered?
4) A shitty "he's your president" meme will be posted
5) An anti-Trump meme will be posted (but at least it has a chance at actually being funny)
6) There will be comparisons made to past Democratic presidents
7) Someone will have to mention Hillary Clinton somehow
8) There will be charges of Russian conspiracy by Trump supporters


Ah, never mind, I'm in a bit of a snarky mood.

snarky, yes.- but not incorrect.
 

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Prediction: several of us will mention the emoluments clause and how using your term of office to enrich yourself is wrong morally, and Trump supporters will come with
1) Everyone does it
2) There's nothing wrong with doing it
3) Why are you libs so triggered?
4) A shitty "he's your president" meme will be posted
5) An anti-Trump meme will be posted (but at least it has a chance at actually being funny)
6) There will be comparisons made to past Democratic presidents
7) Someone will have to mention Hillary Clinton somehow
8) There will be charges of Russian conspiracy by Trump supporters


Ah, never mind, I'm in a bit of a snarky mood.

snarky, yes.- but not incorrect.

Or there's the obvious, they will simply avoid the thread like craven bitches because there's no way to avoid looking like complete bad-faith pieces of shit over the obviousness of their tactics
 

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More on the Turnberry stopover. Apparently their per diem didn't even cover food and drinks

https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/...umps-scottish-golf-resort-en-route-to-kuwait/

You didn't expect Trump to comp them living expenses, did you? They could pay for local transportation and buy food in local stores. Or maybe they could just lose some weight. Servicemen need to keep in trim fighting shape. I'm sure that they could afford low calorie items like bread and water. The whole idea was for Trump's failing property to make money on these stopovers.

Trump had deal with airport to send aircrews to his Scotland resort: report
 

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More on the Turnberry stopover. Apparently their per diem didn't even cover food and drinks

https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/...umps-scottish-golf-resort-en-route-to-kuwait/

You didn't expect Trump to comp them living expenses, did you? They could pay for local transportation and buy food in local stores. Or maybe they could just lose some weight. Servicemen need to keep in trim fighting shape. I'm sure that they could afford low calorie items like bread and water. The whole idea was for Trump's failing property to make money on these stopovers.

Trump had deal with airport to send aircrews to his Scotland resort: report

I mean, yeah but that's really squeezing the turnips at the bottom
 

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Theme music for Trump's Washington DC

Holy Modal Rounders
Romping through the swamp.

Throw away your pomp
Romping through the swamp
Romping through the swamp in the month of May
Wading through the slimy ooze
You can drive away your blues
Romping through the swamp

Toking on your womp
Lying in the swamp
Looking at the ways glaze haze can raise
You can be a muddy satyr
Wrestling with an alligator
Romping through the swamp

You can spend your time
Covered up in slime
Saying I love you to the rot and goo
Lurching through the quagmire
Head aflame with swamp fire
Romping through the swamp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpZqS4Ow5Ws

No need to thank me.
 

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Microsoft Wins Pentagon’s $10 Billion JEDI Contract, Thwarting Amazon - The New York Times

The Department of Defense on Friday awarded a $10 billion technology contract to Microsoft over Amazon in a contest that was closely watched after President Trump ramped up his criticism of Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos, and said he might intervene.
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The decision was a surprise because Amazon had been considered the front-runner, in part because it had built cloud services for the Central Intelligence Agency. But that was before Mr. Trump became publicly hostile to Mr. Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post. The president often refers to the newspaper as the “Amazon Washington Post” and has accused it of spreading “fake news.”
 

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Federal Election Commission records, meanwhile, show that since January 2017, at least $5.6 million has been spent at Trump properties by political candidates or party organizations, including by Mr. Trump’s own political operation, according to an analysis by Public Citizen.
How much of it is Trump himself spending time at Mar-a-Lago&shit?
 

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Federal Election Commission records, meanwhile, show that since January 2017, at least $5.6 million has been spent at Trump properties by political candidates or party organizations, including by Mr. Trump’s own political operation, according to an analysis by Public Citizen.
How much of it is Trump himself spending time at Mar-a-Lago&shit?

A lot. He doubled the membership fee immediately upon being elected, knowing he could milk that cash cow as long as "emoluments" remained too big a word for his idiot followers to comprehend.
 

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North Dakota company that Trump touted gets $400 million border wall contract - The Washington Post

Trump has repeatedly pushed for Fisher to get a wall-building contract, urging officials with the Army Corps of Engineers to pick the firm — only to be told that Fisher’s bids did not meet standards. Trump’s entreaties on behalf of the company have concerned some officials who are unaccustomed to a president getting personally involved in the intricacies of government contracting.

Trump has been enamored with Tommy Fisher, the company’s chief executive, who has made multiple appearances on Fox News to promote his firm and insists that it would do a better job than those the government had already chosen. The company’s attorneys did not immediately respond to requests for comment late Monday.

trumps beautiful swamp.jpg
 

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FFVC's cesspool: Drain the swamp and fill it with sewage.
 

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This is from last October.

281 lobbyists have worked in Trump administration: report | TheHill

President Trump hired 281 lobbyists to his administration by the halfway point of his first term, which is four times more than President Obama hired six years into office.

One lobbyist was hired for every 14 political appointments made, according to a ProPublica and Columbia Journalism Investigations analysis released Tuesday.

Trump had named more ex-lobbyists to his cabinet by September than Obama and President Bush did in their eight years in the White House, The Associated Press reported at the time. That includes recent additions Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia and Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
 

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The entire consultant class needs to be the first up against the wall.


So, am I getting this right? Apparently, this is bad:

“Documents indicate that, in multiple instances, CMS’s expenditures on private communications consultants were made to benefit Administrator Verma personally beyond her role as CMS Administrator and therefore appear to violate the prohibition on use of appropriated funds for personal expenses,” the report states.

However, if it had merely been this:

The report also found Barlow, who was previously Verma’s spokesperson while she ran her Indiana consulting firm, was heavily involved in communications. The White House reportedly blocked Verma from hiring Barlow as communications director due to critical comments he made about President Donald Trump, but through his consulting work, Barlow billed CMS at a rate that would amount to more than twice the $179,700 annual salary of the agency’s top communications official.

It would have been OK? So, in other words, as long as they were able to make it seem like the consulting work was only to benefit Verma in her role as CMS Administrator, then the fact that this consultant was billing 300K+ a year after having previously worked for Verma it would have been ok?
 

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This swamp will never dry up, but at least this is better news than usual.

Trump organizations agree to pay $750,000 to settle lawsuit with D.C. - wapo
The Trump Organization and former president Donald Trump’s presidential inaugural committee on Tuesday agreed to pay the District $750,000 to settle a lawsuit the city filed alleging the organizations misused nonprofit funds to benefit the former president and his family.

The city’s Office of the Attorney General filed a lawsuit in 2020 in D.C. Superior Court alleging the inaugural committee, a nonprofit corporation, coordinated with Trump’s family to overpay for event space in the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington and even paid for space on days when it did not hold events. Lawyers for the District also accused Trump’s organization of improperly using nonprofit funds to throw a private party on Jan. 20, 2017, for Trump’s children — Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric — which cost $300,000. The city also alleged that the Trump Organization, the inaugural committee and the Trump International Hotel misused $1.1 million.
 
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