Growth revised upward to 4.2 percent, Trump winning

Aug. 29, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to the latest GDP numbers:

“The second quarter of 2018 was even better than initially thought by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, with an upward revision to 4.2 percent inflation-adjusted GDP growth. It is clear that the Trump trade, tax and deregulation doctrine is unleashing the pent-up economic potential in our economy. When combined with third quarter trade announcements with the European Union and now Mexico, the Trump economy is just beginning to take off. That is great news for all Americans.”

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U.S.-Mexico trade agreement puts America first

Aug. 27, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising President Trump for reaching a new trade accord with Mexico:

“Former President Obama already attempted to renegotiate the trade relationship with Mexico and Canada when he failed at the Trans Pacific Partnership, which included those two countries. What was missing with any trade deal with Mexico was a commitment to America’s economic interests. President Trump’s determination to restore the U.S. manufacturing sector should give assurance to the American people that a new trade agreement with Mexico will provide better economic terms for U.S. workers, and hopefully end that giant sucking that Ross Perot correctly predicted.”

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Report: Cohen sought reimbursement from Trump Organization not Trump campaign

Aug. 24, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to a report by the Wall Street Journal that former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen applied for reimbursements, not from the Trump campaign, but from the Trump Organization for the non-disclosure legal settlements in 2016:

“If Michael Cohen now believes he thought non-disclosure agreement payments to porn stars in 2016 were campaign contributions to ‘influence the election,’ then why did he go to Trump Organization and not the Trump campaign to be reimbursed? The fact is every American has a right under the Constitution to retain legal counsel to enter into just these sorts of legal settlements, and Congress cannot preempt those rights via legislation if it wanted to. The fact that federal prosecutors in New York would go ahead and create a crime out of nothing is just one more example of prosecutorial misconduct that has characterized this Justice Department.”

Attachments:

“Last year, Mr. Weisselberg arranged for the Trump Organization to reimburse Mr. Cohen, who had in October 2016 made a $130,000 payment to Stephanie Clifford, a former adult-film actress who claimed she had sex with Mr. Trump a decade earlier, in exchange for her silence about the alleged affair. A person familiar with Mr. Weisselberg’s thinking said he didn’t know that money was intended to pay Ms. Clifford, who goes professionally by Stormy Daniels, when he agreed in January 2017 to a $35,000 monthly retainer for Mr. Cohen. That month, according to charging documents filed Tuesday, Mr. Cohen gave executives at the Trump Organization a copy of the bank statement from his bank account for Essential Consultants LLC, the company he used to pay Ms. Clifford the previous fall. The statement reflected Mr. Cohen’s $130,000 payment to Ms. Clifford, as well as an additional $50,000 that Mr. Cohen added in handwriting was for ‘tech services.’ Executives at the Trump Organization ‘ ‘grossed up’ for tax purposes’ Mr. Cohen’s requested reimbursement, doubling it to $360,000, and added a $60,000 bonus, the document said. The next month, one executive at the company asked another executive to pay Mr. Cohen’s monthly retainer ‘from the trust’ and to ‘post to legal expenses.’” Wall Street Journal, Aug. 24, 2018 at https://www.wsj.com/articles/allen-weisselberg-longtime-trump-organization-cfo-is-granted-immunity-by-federal-prosecutors-in-michael-cohen-investigation-1535121992

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U.S. Treasury and CFPB should investigate payment blocking by credit card processors to conservative groups

Aug. 24, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging U.S. Treasury and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to investigate allegations that Visa and Mastercard are blocking financial donations to conservative non-profit groups:

“Reports that Visa and Mastercard may have engaged in a political blacklisting effort against Freedom Center and Jihad Watch are disturbing given recent actions by other financial services entities to choke off credit and basic banking services to conservative groups and businesses. Visa’s denial that this is occurring is welcome if true. But the larger issue of the impact of the discredited Southern Poverty Law Center on access to social media platforms, financial services and fundraising, and past actions coordinating with DHS and federal law enforcement agencies to target those same entities needs to be addressed. Southern Poverty Law Center should be permanently blocked from receiving any government contracts, awards or being included in any discussions related to criminal threats in America. Let’s be clear, SPLC is an organization that engages in political hit jobs and is not a credible watchdog.”

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Time for Sessions to appoint a second special counsel

Aug. 22, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a second special counsel:

“In the past, Americans for Limited Government has opposed the idea of a separate special counsel to investigate probable illegal actions within the Department of Justice, CIA, FBI and State Department related to the effort to elect Hillary Clinton to the presidency of the United States and after the election to oust President Donald Trump.

“Today, it is clear that internal Justice Department investigations are insufficient, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should immediately appoint a special counsel to rifle through the lives and careers of every key associate of the Clinton and Obama families to determine if they have ever engaged in illegal activity.  Former Clinton attorney Lanny Davis and other Clinton fixers should also be subjected to full investigation including the collection of all communications with the Clintons over the years to determine how often payouts had been made to quell potentially embarrassing stories from reaching the media.

“If America is ever going to get beyond the one-sided and unending Mueller investigations, then it is important that there be equal justice under the law by at the very least putting those who originated, paid for, leaked and used the fabricated Christopher Steele dossier to focused, intensive legal scrutiny.

“In the past, I have advocated patience with the Department of Justice as they pursue this matter through regular legal channels. They are out of time.  America needs to know that there is equal justice under the law, and there is no reason to have any confidence that the Justice Department has the capacity or willingness to investigate itself and other agencies implicated through this scandal. It is time for a special counsel to focus on the Clinton and Obama side of the ledger where we know criminal activity occurred, in order to restore America’s faith that our justice system does not just go one way.”

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Manafort guilty of what?

Aug. 21, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement responding to the Paul Manafort verdict:

“Paul Manafort may have been guilty of crimes ten years ago, but the one thing he was not found guilty of was conspiring with Russia on the hack of the DNC and Podesta emails during the 2016 election, the only justification for the Special Counsel investigation. There was no collusion. Now that this trial is over, it is time for Mueller to wrap up his investigation and turn his findings over to the Justice Department.”

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Americans for Limited Government focused on cleaning up the federal workforce for you this summer!

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Because of you, ALG Foundation revealed to Congress how outdated policies from the Obama Administration is actually underfunding Labor Department union oversight and accountability.

  • Congress has continued to dramatically underfund the one part of the Labor Department that oversees union corruption.
  • Because of you, ALGF was able to research and reveal that under the Obama Administration Labor Department, criminal investigations of labor union corruption dropped by 40 percent.
  • The same report showed that indictments of high-level labor union officials fell by 29 percent, resulting in corrupt labor unions running amuck. By alerting Congress to this epidemic, we are taking the first steps in resolving this issue.

With your help, Americans everywhere are closer than ever to a federal government that is of the people, by the people, and for the people!

  • The MERIT Act, which allows Department Secretaries across the government to “clean house” by firing poor performing employees, is picking up speed as the bill passed through the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee! ALG predicts the bill will pass the House in mid to late September.
  • On the other side of Congress, support for the Senate version of the MERIT Act is growing with the latest addition of Senator Tom Cotton as a co-sponsor.
  • Together, we plan to mount a huge Labor Day push to change the narrative surrounding Republicans on the holiday. We aim to show the true value of having hard-working individuals serving in our federal government.

With your help, we CAN fire the Swamp!

ALGF Releases Report on the Problems of Solar Energy

Aug. 20, 2018, Fairfax, Va.–Today, Americans for Limited Government Foundation released a study entitled, “Solar Power Harms Taxpayers and Consumers and Endangers the Reliability of the Grid.” The study points out the problems with solar energy from taxpayer-funded subsidies and increased costs for utility customers to grid reliability concerns.

Solar energy receives heavy federal subsidies that are far more generous than the subsidies for natural gas, coal, or even wind. In addition to federal support, states have also enacted policies to prop up solar power. State renewable energy mandates have encouraged the generation of solar energy. In dozens of states, utility companies are forced to compensate solar panel owners for the excess electricity that they supply to the grid. Those programs are funded by other utility customers.

But in the rush to increase solar power generation, some of the disadvantages of solar power are being overlooked. The intermittency of solar power is a particular problem. This intermittency necessitates the availability of ample backup power plants to ramp up when clouds obscure the sun. Solar power’s intermittency also complicates the job of grid operators to keep the grid adequately supplied with electricity.

The money spent on solar subsidies and new solar plants would be better spent on maintaining and upgrading the creaky, aging grid. After all, huge portions of the grid are at or beyond their expected service life.

“The mandates and incentives to build solar plants and install solar panels have to stop. Taxpayers are being fleeced, working class consumers are subsidizing their wealthier neighbors’ solar panels, and the reliability of the grid is being threatened,” said Richard McCarty, Director of Research at Americans for Limited Government Foundation.

“The money being spent to build new solar power plants in remote locations, to connect them to the grid, and to maintain backup power plants would be much better spent on upgrading our aging grid,” said Richard Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government.

Attachments:

“Solar Power Harms Taxpayers and Consumers and Endangers the Reliability of the Grid,” By Richard McCarty, August 17, 2018 at http://algresearch.org/2018/08/solar-power-harms-taxpayers-and-consumers-and-endangers-the-reliability-of-the-grid/

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Brennan’s security clearance should have been revoked

Aug. 20, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to former CIA Director John Brennan’s statement that he would appeal his security clearance revocation: “I am going to do whatever I can personally to try to prevent these abuses in the future, and if it means going to court, I will do that”:

“Former CIA Director John Brennan violated the basic code of conduct through his public accusations that the President engaging in diplomacy overseas with Russia was ‘nothing short of treasonous.’ It is clear that Brennan is no longer suited to be trusted with the secrets of the United States, and President Trump was well within his constitutional authority to revoke Brennan’s security clearance.”

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Senate Labor-HHS bill offers $2.7 billion more than Trump administration requested for Labor, short-changes union enforcement agency

Aug. 14, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in opposition to the S. 3158, the Labor-HHS appropriations bill:

“The Labor-HHS appropriations bill offered in the Senate manages to offer the Labor Department $12.1 billion, $2.7 billion greater than $9.4 billion the Trump administration even requested. Yet, it manages to only give the Office of Labor Management Standards, the only agency that actually polices union corruption, $40.2 million when the Trump administration requested $46.6 million.

“Effectively, the Senate would create the 11th year of the Obama Administration through its Labor Department funding bill, and it should be voted down.

“Americans for Limited Government Foundation research released last month showed that under the Obama Administration, the Labor Department’s Office of Labor Management Standards, the only agency that actually polices union corruption, conducted more than 200 percent fewer compliance audits to protect union members from corruption, generated 40 percent fewer investigations which resulted in 15 percent fewer convictions.

“It is truly stunning that the so-called GOP Senate would produce a Labor Department funding bill that increases spending by $2.7 billion over what the President requested, but would actually cut the spending in the one area which oversees labor union activity.  Based upon this funding bill, you’d think that Chuck Schumer already was in the Majority Leader’s office.”

Attachments:

“Making the Office of Labor-Management Standards Great Again,” By Don Todd and Richard McCarty, July 26, 2018,  http://algresearch.org/2018/07/test-making-the-office-of-labor-management-standards-great-again/

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