Daily Archives: May 11, 2016

Hillary rakes in nearly $75k from DOJ employees, Calls continue for appointment of a special counsel

Free Beacon:

Hillary Clinton has received nearly $75,000 in political contributions from employees at the Department of Justice, the agency that would decide whether or not to act if the FBI recommended charges against Clinton or her aides following its investigation into her private email server.

Justice Department employees have given Clinton far more money than her rivals, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and Donald Trump, according to a review of federal campaign contributions for the 2016 presidential cycle.

Clinton collected $73,437 from individuals who listed the “Department of Justice” as their employer. Twelve of the 228 contributions were for $2,700, the maximum individual amount allowed by law.

The fundraising haul marks a dramatic increase over Clinton’s unsuccessful presidential run in 2008, when she took in 23 contributions totaling $15,930 from employees at the agency, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Trump, by comparison, has received little help from Justice Department employees, recording justtwo contributions for a total of $381.

Sanders has taken 51 donations totaling $8,900 from Justice Department employees.

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Update 05/10/16After publication, former U.S. Attorney Matthew Whitaker, who directs the watchdog group Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, called for a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton. 

“The report out today that Hillary Clinton received almost $75,000 in political contributions from Justice Department employees is yet another reason why the Justice Department cannot and should not decide whether to bring a case against Hillary Clinton for her reckless handling of classified information while Secretary of State,” Whitaker said in a statement. “The decision of whether or not to bring a case against Clinton will be a difficult one for Attorney General Loretta Lynch, as I don’t believe she has the fortitude to oppose President Obama, who has publicly said Clinton’s behavior didn’t put our national security at risk.  Since this Administration has shown no ability to be impartial, looking the other way at every turn of this investigation, I’m renewing an urgent call for the appointment of a special counsel in this case.”

Dimon in the News: J.P. Morgan’s Dimon Slugs It Out With Community Banker

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive James Dimon has widened the rift between big and small banks.

Mr. Dimon, in an interview on CNBC Wednesday, called the head of a community banking trade group a “jerk” because of his critique of Mr. Dimon’s earlier opinion piece on how big and small banks should coexist.

“We are one of the biggest banks to community banks. We do mortgage lending to them, we do securities for them, we do [foreign exchange] for them, we raise money for them,” Mr. Dimon said, adding that J.P. Morgan works with about 800 smaller banks. “The American economy is symbiotic.”

He added that J.P. Morgan serves big companies in 40 countries across the world, and “a community bank can’t do that.”

Much of the latest friction is rooted in regulation, under which community banks can’t afford certain heightened requirements for both big and small banks.

Mr. Dimon’s reaction was prompted by an op-ed he wrote last month in The Wall Street Journal about large and small banks working together rather than fighting. Camden R. Fine, president and CEO of Independent Community Bankers Association, said in response that “just becauseJamie Dimon says, ‘Let’s sing Kumbaya,’ doesn’t mean community banks are going to just line up like a Greek chorus. This is just an attempt to link the interests of megabanks to community banks in order to mitigate the political heat that is on them right now.”

Mr. Dimon responded Wednesday, “I think the guy who wrote that is a jerk, OK? And you know, the fact is I was stating a fact.”

Read on.

JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon to Trump and others: Stop ‘scapegoating’ and ‘yelling’

dimon selling gold

You hear that all Presidential candidates and Presidential presumptive nominee: the Great Jamie Dimon says to stop scapegoating and yelling and get down to business and unite this nation! So says the man whose companies has ties to ICIJ Panama Papers scandal leak database.

JPMorgan Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon told CNBC on Wednesday the presidential candidates should stop their “denigration” and “finger-pointing,” and get down to the business of uniting the nation.

“If the next president does the right things around immigration, corporate and individual tax reform, [and] infrastructure spending, America would be booming,” Dimon said. “That boom would help the people who need it the most, the people at the bottom of the ladder.”

“What I know doesn’t work is denigration, scapegoating, finger-pointing, and yelling,” Dimon added in a “Squawk Box” phone interview.

Dimon didn’t single out any candidate, including presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has been the most vocal on the campaign trail.

“What does work,” Dimon asserted, “is collaboration, analysis and getting people together across the spectrum of civic society, not-for-profit, education, government and business.”

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AIG found in ICIJ offshore leak database

Incorporation Jurisdiction Linked To Data From
AIG LTD. 06-JAN-2003 British Virgin Islands Thailand Panama Papers
AIG Global Real Estate Investment Corp. Undetermined Not identified Offshore Leaks
AIG GLOBAL INC 19-NOV-2009 Undetermined British Virgin Islands, United Arab Emirates Offshore Leaks
AIG Swith Plastic Co., Ltd. 15-JAN-2003 Undetermined British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong Offshore Leaks

Lehman Brothers found in ICIJ offshore leak database

Linked To Data From
LEHMAN BROTHERS COMMERCIAL CORPORATION ASIA LIMITED Hong Kong Panama Papers
LEHMAN BROTHERS COMMERCIAL CORPORATION ASIA LIMITED Hong Kong Panama Papers
LEHMAN BROTHERS COMMERCIAL CORPORATION ASIA LIMITED Hong Kong Panama Papers
LEHMAN BROTHERS OFFSHORE PARTNER LTD. Bermuda Panama Papers
LEHMAN BROTHERS OFFSHORE PARTNERS LTD. Bermuda Panama Papers

Merrill Lynch found in ICIJ offshore leak database

Incorporation Jurisdiction Linked To Data From
Merrill Lynch International Bank Limited Undetermined Not identified Offshore Leaks
Merrill Lynch (Asia Pacific) Limited – Ice House Undetermined Not identified Offshore Leaks

Countrywide found in ICIJ offshore leaks database

 

 

Incorporation Jurisdiction Linked To Data From
COUNTRYWIDE SERVICES S.A. 06-OCT-2006 Panama Switzerland Panama Papers
COUNTRYWIDE FINANCE INCORPORATED 14-DEC-2007 Panama Ireland Panama Papers
COUNTRYWIDE INVESTMENTS INC. 28-MAY-1997 British Virgin Islands United Kingdom Panama Papers
COUNTRYWIDE PROPERTY CORPORATION 18-APR-1997 British Virgin Islands United Kingdom Panama Papers
COUNTRYWIDE SERVICES, LTD. 29-MAY-1998 British Virgin Islands Uruguay Panama Papers
COUNTRYWIDE GLOBAL CORP. 17-AUG-2009 British Virgin Islands Switzerland Panama Papers
COUNTRYWIDE PROPERTIES ASSETS CORP. 26-AUG-2008 British Virgin Islands Switzerland Panama Papers
COUNTRYWIDE PROPERTIES LIMITED 02-OCT-1995 Niue United Kingdom Panama Papers