Mafia Enforcer Sentenced for Racketeering against UFCW Local in Brooklyn

Even for the mob, union shakedowns can’t go on forever. On July 19, Vincent Esposito, an enforcer for the Genovese crime family, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to two years in prison and three years of supervised release for racketeering conspiracy related to funds he extorted from the Brooklyn-based United Food and Commercial Workers … Read moreMafia Enforcer Sentenced for Racketeering against UFCW Local in Brooklyn

NFL to Bankroll Left-Wing Activists; More Division and Violence on the Way?

Roger Goodell When it comes to racial shakedowns, few organizations succumb on a grander scale than the National Football League. This tendency was on full display on Tuesday when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and black rapper/business mogul Jay-Z announced a multiyear partnership “to enhance the NFL’s live game experiences and to amplify the league’s social … Read moreNFL to Bankroll Left-Wing Activists; More Division and Violence on the Way?

Indianapolis Teachers President Charged with Embezzlement; Pleads Guilty

For years, Rhondalyn Cornett enriched herself by stealing from dues-paying members. She’s now about to learn a few unexpected lessons. On July 22, Cornett, former president of the Indianapolis Education Association (IEA), was charged in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana with one count of wire fraud in a scheme that embezzled … Read moreIndianapolis Teachers President Charged with Embezzlement; Pleads Guilty

Ex-Chicago Teamster Boss Coli Pleads Guilty to Shakedowns, Tax Fraud

John T. Coli Sr. has a saying: “Pigs get fat. Hogs get slaughtered.” He’s kind of feeling like a hog now. On July 30, Coli (in photo, on right), for years the most powerful Teamster in the Chicago area, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to one count each … Read moreEx-Chicago Teamster Boss Coli Pleads Guilty to Shakedowns, Tax Fraud

Postal Workers President in Kansas Indicted for Embezzlement

On July 31, Asenath Roland, former president of the Kansas Postal Workers Union, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas on one count of embezzlement of funds from the Wichita-based union in the amount of $4,740. The union is an affiliate of the American Postal Workers Union. The charge follows an … Read morePostal Workers President in Kansas Indicted for Embezzlement

AFGE President in South Carolina Indicted for Fraud, Theft

On July 18, John Sammons, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1872, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina on five counts of mail fraud and one count of theft in unspecified sums from the union, which represents civilian employees at Shaw Air Force Base. The charges … Read moreAFGE President in South Carolina Indicted for Fraud, Theft

Google Fails Bias Test (Again) On Mass Shootings

The horrible dual mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio two weeks ago provided another opportunity for Google to demonstrate some balance in delivering evenhanded results for users who searched for news about the incidents. But the Silicon Valley giant failed again. According to an audit conducted by the nonpartisan media watchdog group … Read moreGoogle Fails Bias Test (Again) On Mass Shootings

NLPC Files FOIA Seeking Jeffrey Epstein Suicide Photos and Records

National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request this morning with the Federal Bureau of Prisons seeking photographs of Jeffrey Epstein and all records regarding his incarceration at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York and the circumstances of his apparent suicide. Besides any photographs or video surveillance of … Read moreNLPC Files FOIA Seeking Jeffrey Epstein Suicide Photos and Records

Senators Demand Answers on Google’s Huawei Collaboration

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Only a month after announcing it had discontinued development of a search engine for China, and that it does little business there, Google is under scrutiny again for partnering with telecom manufacturer Huawei – which is tightly associated with the communist government – to develop one of those smart speakers that … Read moreSenators Demand Answers on Google’s Huawei Collaboration

Trump Should Not Commute Blagojevich Prison Sentence

President Trump would be making a huge mistake in commuting the prison sentence of Rod Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois. Yesterday, Trump said, “I am thinking very seriously about commuting his sentence so that he can go home to his family after seven years…I thought he was treated unbelievably unfairly.” It is hard to … Read moreTrump Should Not Commute Blagojevich Prison Sentence

AOC Confirms FEC Probe; Attacks NLPC

In an “exclusive interview,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) told New York Daily News reporters Chris Sommerfeldt and Jason Fisher that she and her former Chief of Staff Saikat Chakrabarti are “in conversation” with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) about a Complaint filed by the National Legal and Policy Center in March. (Matter Under Review #7575) … Read moreAOC Confirms FEC Probe; Attacks NLPC

Ex-UAW Vice President Sentenced for Taking Bribes from Chrysler

Norbert Jewell believed that he was overdue for a slice of the good life. For now, however, his life is not good. This Monday, August 5, Jewell, a former vice president of the United Auto Workers (UAW), was sentenced in Detroit federal court to 15 months in prison for accepting as much as $95,000 in … Read moreEx-UAW Vice President Sentenced for Taking Bribes from Chrysler

FEC Investigating Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Ex-Chief of Staff Chakrabarti

From the Washington Examiner by Alana Goodman: Two organizations linked to Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her outgoing senior aides are the subject of a Federal Election Commission investigation into alleged campaign finance violations, the Washington Examiner has learned. The FEC opened an official case on March 7 to examine complaints against Justice Democrats and … Read moreFEC Investigating Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Ex-Chief of Staff Chakrabarti

NY Post: Feds Investigating AOC Campaign Finances

From the New York Post today by Mary Kay Linge and Jon Levine: The Feds are looking into possible campaign finance misdeeds by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff and lead rainmaker, who suddenly resigned Friday, federal sources told The Post. The inquiry centers on two political action committees founded by Saikat Chakrabarti, the top aide … Read moreNY Post: Feds Investigating AOC Campaign Finances

NYC-Area Longshoremen Boss Arrested for Shaking Down Employer

When Glenn Blicht talked about “tickets,” it wasn’t to a concert or a ball game. At least one businessman who had dealings with him learned the hard way. Last Friday, July 26, Blicht, president of Local 164 of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), was arrested and then charged in Manhattan federal court with one count … Read moreNYC-Area Longshoremen Boss Arrested for Shaking Down Employer

Mob-Linked Union Boss in Chicago Sentenced for Theft

John Matassa Jr. says he’s being sentenced for his reputation, not his deeds. Evidence points toward the latter. Last Monday, July 22, Matassa, former secretary-treasurer of Independent Union of Amalgamated Workers Local 711, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to six months in prison plus six months of home … Read moreMob-Linked Union Boss in Chicago Sentenced for Theft

‘Safe Spaces’: Workplace Radicalism with a Corporate Logo

U.S. Bank isn’t just about banking. And Greg Cunningham wants everyone to know that. Cunningham, vice president of diversity and inclusion at the Minneapolis-based institution, is busy traversing the nation, coaxing bank employees to confront their inner racism, sexism and other attitudes that get in the way of a harmonious workplace. “Transforming a culture of … Read more‘Safe Spaces’: Workplace Radicalism with a Corporate Logo

Rep. Thornberry Protected Predatory Lenders While Wife Worked for Lobbyist

From the Washington Examiner today by Alana Goodman: A powerful, long-serving Republican congressman blocked a federal crackdown on predatory lenders targeting military members while his wife was working for a firm that lobbied for one of the nation’s top lender trade associations, according to financial disclosures. Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas was chairman of the … Read moreRep. Thornberry Protected Predatory Lenders While Wife Worked for Lobbyist

Maryland HVAC Contractor Sentenced in Virginia for Fraud, Theft

On July 12, Howard Janoske, co-owner of an HVAC and plumbing company in Maryland, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to six months of home confinement and two years of supervised probation for his role in a conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, theft and embezzlement over a three-year … Read moreMaryland HVAC Contractor Sentenced in Virginia for Fraud, Theft

Hawaii Laborers Business Manager Charged with Embezzlement

An ample salary wasn’t enough for Rodney Capello. On July 15, Capello, former business manager and secretary-treasurer of Hawaii Electrical Workers Division of Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 722, was charged in U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii with embezzling nearly $200,000 in funds from the Honolulu-based union. The charge … Read moreHawaii Laborers Business Manager Charged with Embezzlement

Mueller Must Answer Questions About His Conflict of Interest

Tomorrow, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller will testify before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee about his two-year investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 election. While the Justice Department yesterday ordered Mueller to stay within the confines of his report, there are unanswered questions about Mueller’s conflict of interest that have … Read moreMueller Must Answer Questions About His Conflict of Interest

Security and Fire Professionals President in Detroit Pleads Guilty

On July 19, Esper Alexander, former president of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America Local 1111, pleaded guilty in Wayne County (Michigan) District Court to one count of larceny by conversion of funds from the Detroit-based union in a sum of at least $200 but less than $1,000. The plea follows an investigation by … Read moreSecurity and Fire Professionals President in Detroit Pleads Guilty

Amazon Goes All-In on Speech Police Movement on Behalf of LGBTs

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Last week Amazon celebrated another record Prime Day, its two-day sale event with boffo offers that generate lots of transactions and revenues. But if you are a troubled soul looking for advice and counsel through a certain genre of books, you were out of luck. In yet another example of Big … Read moreAmazon Goes All-In on Speech Police Movement on Behalf of LGBTs