More than two dozen current and former Liberty University officials describe a culture of fear and self-dealing at the largest Christian college in the world.
Wendy SiegelmanSomeone’s Gotta Tell the Freakin’ Truth: Jerry Falwell’s Aides Break Their Silence - dozens of current and former Liberty University officials describe a culture of fear & self-dealing at the largest Christian college in the world, by @BrandonAmbro
YouTube built its business on keeping users hooked. This has been a gift to extremist groups. An investigation in the company’s second-biggest market found serious consequences.
Wendy SiegelmanHow YouTube Radicalized Brazil - members of the nation’s newly empowered far right say their movement would not have risen so far, so fast, without YouTube’s recommendation engine. New research has found they may be correct, by @Max_Fisher@amandataub
As the U.S. announces a lawsuit against Cambridge Analytica, the Mercer-controlled Emerdata discloses that it now owns the disgraced Trump data firm and its parent company.
Wendy SiegelmanThe mysterious afterlife of Cambridge Analytica and its trove of data - As the US announces a lawsuit against Cambridge Analytica, the Mercer-controlled Emerdata discloses it now owns the disgraced Trump data firm & parent co SCL, by @witjest@pasternack
One seven-digit loan might seem to be a footnote in the long, troubled story of Manafort, whom federal prosecutors have portrayed as a remorseless criminal.
Wendy SiegelmanMan Who Secretly Lent Manafort $1 Million Has Come Forward - Manafort asked developer/movie producer Scott Adler who passed but introduced him to lawyer Keith Berglund, who negotiated loan from Arjan “Ari” Zieger (tho Joey Rappa's name was listed publicly)
Children of U.S. citizens are falling victim to a policy that de-recognizes their parents’ marriage—and strips them of their birthright citizenship.
Wendy SiegelmanTrump Administration to LGBT Couples: Your ‘Out of Wedlock’ Kids Aren’t Citizens - a little-noticed State Dept policy has resulted in children of US citizens born abroad effectively being stopped at the border and denied birthright citizenship by @scottbix
A new bill being introduced Monday in Albany would allow New York tax officials to release state tax returns to congressional committees.
Wendy SiegelmanNew York lawmakers are trying a new strategy to get Trump’s tax returns - introducing a bill this week to permit Dept of Taxation and Finance to release state tax returns to congressional committees, that could contain similar info to the federal return
A Miami Beach businessman who is on trial for masterminding the largest Medicare fraud in U.S. history, also had contact with the mastermind of the largest college admissions scandal ever prosecuted.
Wendy SiegelmanAll the crooks know each other
Philip Esformes who operated nursing homes in FL was charged today w/20 counts in $1.3 billion Medicare fraud - largest in US history - also had contact with Rick Singer, mastermind of the college admissions cheating scandal
Russian-linked Twitter accounts spreading disinformation during the 2016 U.S. elections carried malware links that were hosted on servers run by or leased from Webzilla, the company the Steele dossier claims was used to hack the Democratic Party and...
Wendy SiegelmanSCOOP: Twitter accounts tied to Russian troll farm charged by Mueller not only spread pro-Trump info, they targeted Trump supporters w/malware in short links, some hosted by Webzilla
Steele dossier noted use of botnets to transmit viruses
MEPs call for action as openDemocracy analysis reveals ‘shocking’ flows of cash crossing the Atlantic to push ultra-conservative agendas.
Wendy SiegelmanRevealed: Trump-linked US Christian ‘fundamentalists’ pour millions of dark money into Europe, boosting far right - over a dozen groups (w/links to Jay Sekelow, Bannon, DeVos, Kochs) have spent $50 mil+ in Europe in last decade, by @claireprovost@maryftz
Brad Parscale -Trump 2020 Campaign Chief - spoke at the Romanian Academy on Thursday, where he shared plans to use 1.6 million volunteers in a data-driven, large-scale ground game operation to win the next Presidential election.
Wendy SiegelmanThe data driven tactics used to elect Trump in 2016 are being used again - but now with more $, experience, and coordination - Trump Campaign Chief Brad Parscale Outlines $1 Billion Strategy For 2020 On Trip To Romania
The High Court in London heard that former insiders, including Rebekah Mercer, were pulling the strings of “biased” officials responsible for the fate of the company.
Wendy SiegelmanIn legal case pursued by @profcarroll tracking his personal data, the High Court in London heard that Rebekah Mercer & ex-insiders were pulling strings & trying to hide dirty trick secrets of Cambridge Analytica and it's replacement Emerdata, by @NicoHines
The president’s largest holding is a $900 million stake in two buildings that don’t have his name on them. It’s an arrangement that some of his tenants aren’t even aware of, and one that he tried his best to torpedo.
Wendy SiegelmanTrump’s Secret Windfall: The Crown Jewels Of His Fortune Are 2 Skyscrapers He Didn’t Want—And Doesn’t Control - 1290 Avenue of the Americas and 555 California Street in San Francisco, 70% owned by Vornado run by Steve Roth, by @DanAlexander21@ChaseWithorn
President Trump’s former lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, discussed possible irregularities at the Trump Organization. He wants a reduced prison sentence.
Wendy SiegelmanLast month Cohen gave prosecutors new info on Trump org - on insurance claims Trump org filed over the years (showing scope of investigation broader than hush $) & on inaugural committee donor Imaad Zuberi, a CA venture capitalist & political fund-raiser
Liberal hero worship misses that it is not just bad people, but a bad system that is breeding collusion between American elites and the world’s kleptocrats.
Wendy SiegelmanThe Trump-Russia story is part of a bigger systemic kleptocracy problem - the US is the world’s top creator of the shell cos used to launder/conceal dark money & Treasury Dept estimates $300 bil is laundered annually in the US - great article by @b_judah
The president steps over bright ethical and moral lines wherever he encounters them. Everyone in America saw it when he fired my boss. But I saw it firsthand time and time again.
Wendy Siegelman“In this moment, I felt the way I’d felt in 1998, in a case involving the Russian Mafia, when I sent a man I’ll call Big Felix in to meet with a Mafia boss named Dimitri Gufield. The same kind of thing was happening here, in the Oval Office.” Andrew McCabe
When the U.S.S.R. collapsed, Washington bet on the global spread of democratic capitalist values—and lost.
Wendy SiegelmanRussian-Style Kleptocracy Is Infiltrating America - 18 yrs before Mueller investigation CIA Moscow station chief Richard Palmer warned Congress Russian elites were plundering $, trying to influence US politics, & the US was an accomplice, by @FranklinFoer