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-Land of the Free
Trump PAC Raises Record-Breaking $82 million
[Post Millennial] Trump's Political Action Committees (PACs) have raised an incredible $82M in the first half of the year 2021. This puts his total political war chest at just over $102M, which is a new record.

Trump in Mar. 2021 had previously reached out to his supporters, telling them "no more money for RINOs", and it appears they have taken his suggestion to donate directly to his PACs to heart.

According to Axios, the money came from an even more impressive 3.2M individual contributions made during the period from Jan. 1 and Jun. 30 2021. This works out to an average contribution of just over $25.

Trump's major PACs are "Save America" and "Make America Great Again", along with that used to be his campaign fund, which was legally made into a PAC.

Perhaps even more astonishing is the fact that Trump raised all this money while being shut out of major social media. Twitter famously even banned an account that was not his for merely quoting him.
Posted by: Bobby || 08/02/2021 13:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [83 views] Top|| File under:

#1  82 million gave $1.00?
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/02/2021 14:10 Comments || Top||

Government Corruption
Agency: Trump is due $1M tax refund for Chicago skyscraper
[AlAhram] An Illinois tax agency has ruled that former President Donald Trump
...His ancestors didn't own any slaves...
is due a $1 million refund on the 2011 tax bill for his downtown reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown
...home of Al Capone, the Chicago Black Sox, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel...
skyscraper, but local officials are trying to block the refund.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that at issue is the Cook County Board of Review's estimation of the value of the the Trump International Hotel & Tower's rooms and retail space. In June, the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board voted 5-0 to reduce the assessment on the building's commercial property.

The vote means that Trump is owed $1.03 million, money that would come out of the property taxes due the city of Chicago, the Chicago Public Schools and several other government agencies. The Cook County State's Attorney is disputing the refund and has filed a lawsuit with the Illinois Appellate Court in the hopes of blocking it.

The dispute is the latest chapter in a long-running legal battle over Trump's tax bills that started more than 12 years ago and has led to more than $14 million in tax breaks for Trump. It also involves not only a former president who is at the middle of a host of legal battles but a Chicago alderman whose own legal troubles had been making headlines in Chicago for months.

Alderman Edward M. Burke, whose former law firm, Klafter & Burke, won the tax breaks for Trump, has been indicted on federal charges that he blocked businesses from getting city permits unless they hired the firm. He has pleaded not guilty
"Wudn't me."
and is awaiting trial.

The dispute over the tax bills on the high-rise building has it's own long history. Originally, the state agency rejected Trump's argument that the vacant stores had no value because he could not find any tenants to lease them. But a staff member later wrote a report that Trump was entitled to the refund.

The agency delayed acting on the case until Trump was out of office and in June voted to reduce the assessment on the building's commercial property.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [195 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oh noes! OrangeMan winning! Heh heh, I can hear the heads exploding all the way over here.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/02/2021 2:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Good luck getting the money out of Illinois and Chicago.
Posted by: ed in texas || 08/02/2021 10:39 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Ocasio-Cortez: Democrats can't blame Republicans for end of eviction moratorium
Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...though she'll try and ass@*#% media will assit this dingbat.
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 08/02/2021 0:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Ocasio-Cortez: Democrats can't blame Republicans for end of eviction moratorium

But will, nevertheless.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/02/2021 1:17 Comments || Top||

#3  The taking by the government without just compensation. Little ditz can't read the document she swore to cause to her and her kind, its an obstruction to power (as it was designed to be).
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/02/2021 8:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Evictions expected to spike as federal moratorium ends
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/02/2021 8:50 Comments || Top||

#5  The MSM is about to spew forth a thousand stories about tiny tots being forced out into driving snowstorms while being pursued by carloads of white supremacists. This is red meat for AOC, who sees Pelosi rather than the Republicans as the Main Enemy.
Posted by: Matt || 08/02/2021 11:24 Comments || Top||

#6  Evictions are only part of it. A friend who is renting a two bedroom townhouse, in a pleasant but not exclusive neighbourhood, was informed last month that her rent was being increased $700/month. She’s been looking around, but says there are very few apartments available to rent in the area, and all are similarly priced.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2021 12:00 Comments || Top||

#7  It's just a shame the economic mayhem can't be targeted only at the people who voted for it.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/02/2021 12:56 Comments || Top||

#8  Ask the landlords, the ones who actually have 'skin' in this, how they're doing during the moratorium.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 08/02/2021 13:27 Comments || Top||

#9  ...don't recall the local governments suspending property taxes while the landlord has no income from the property.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/02/2021 13:45 Comments || Top||

#10  About 40 years ago, we moved to a new house, but couldn't sell our old town house right away. We rented it out for about 3 years to a succession of tenants, each one worse than the previous one. When we finally formally evicted the last tenant, the sheriff's deputy who accompanied me said he was considering buying a rental property and would I recommend it. I told him that I would burn the place to the ground rather than rent again.
In New York at the time, it was very difficult to actually evict someone, even if they didn't pay rent. Of course, I still had to pay taxes and other fees even if the tenant didn't pay rent.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 08/02/2021 14:47 Comments || Top||

#11  I saw plenty of evictions around me during the whole pandemic.
Posted by: Chris || 08/02/2021 16:43 Comments || Top||

Anti-socialist Eric Adams faces new foe in mayoral election
[NYPOST] Mayoral candidate Eric Adams
...retired New York City police captain, member of the New York State Senate, first Black Brooklyn borough president, law and order Dem after a brief fling with the Publicans. The New York Times isn't fond of him, suspecting he may not actually be black...
— who says he’s running against the far-left socialist "movement" led by Rep. Alexandria Boom Boom Ocasio-Cortez
Dem Congressgirl from da Bronx in Noo Yawk and leader of the Mean Girl Caucus in Congress. One of the Great Minds of the 21st Century, she is known as much for her innaleck as for her dance moves. She is all in favor of socialism, even though she's fuzzy on the details. She was the inventor of the Green New Deal, though she doesn't talk about it much anymore...
in New York — will actually face off against a socialist foe in the general election.Queens public-school teacher Cathy Rojas, a daughter of Colombian immigrants colonists, has now officially qualified to run for mayor under the far-left "Party for Socialism and Liberation" banner.

Rojas gathered more than 3,750 valid signatures through independent petitioning to run in Nov. 2’s general election, said a Board of Election rep.

As The Post previously exclusively reported, Adams — the city’s all-but-certain next mayor — told donors at a Queens fundraiser last week, "I’m no longer running against candidates.

"I’m running against a movement. All across the country, the DSA [Democratic Socialists of America] socialists are mobilizing to stop Eric Adams.

"They realize that if I’m successful, we’re going to start the process of regaining control of our cities," Adams said, according to a video of his speech.

The remarks sparked cheers and applause from attendees, mostly pro-capitalist business leaders, real-estate types and other Adams supporters.

Rojas linked to The Post story on Adams’ remarks on her Twitter feed, adding in a statement, "That’s right, @ericadamsfornyc. The socialist movement is bigger than 1 candidate. The majority of youth agree w/ socialism & that’s what establishment politicians are afraid of."

Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [129 views] Top|| File under:

Real-estate honchos dump big bucks into Gov. Cuomo's re-election bid
[NYPOST] Deep-pocketed donors with ties to New York’s real-estate industry are still putting their money behind embattled three-term Gov. Andrew Sonny Cuomo
...Dem dynastic governor of Noo Yawk, the son and heir of the late Mario Cuoma and formerly married to a Kennedy. Acclaimed for his leadership during the COVID epidemic, he managed the nation's highest corpse count while successfully hiding the returns and writing a book praising himself. Among the nation's horniest politicians, he has about a dozen allegations of sexual harrassment and groping against him. Noo Yawk's politix being what they are, he is still hanging tough, waiting to ride it out....
, campaign records reveal.

Developers, landlords, building lenders and other industry associates pumped nearly $500,000 into Cuomo’s re-election coffers over the past six months.

That’s more than 20 percent of the $2.3 million raised by Cuomo for the first half of 2021.

Many of the contributions poured in right before the campaign fundraising deadline.

Housing activists blasted the donations, noting that an important state law expires next June 15 that gives luxury developers’ projects generous tax abatements for charging non-market or "affordable" rents for up to 30 percent of their new apartments.

Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That’s more than 20 percent of the $2.3 million raised by Cuomo for the first half of 2021

I'm curious about the other 80% - any yuan?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/02/2021 2:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Proof of how distorted New York's real estate market is. When people who make their livings off the trade in properties lose track of who is helping or hurting property rights, you got a big problem...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/02/2021 9:01 Comments || Top||

#3  New York, like California has many people fleeing from these states. So NY real-estate may be throwing good money after bad money.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/02/2021 11:21 Comments || Top||

#4  Buying better terms on any prospective "CoVid Bail-Out" Program?
Posted by: magpie || 08/02/2021 15:33 Comments || Top||

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Mon 2021-08-02
  15 Niger troops killed in ambush, subsequent blast
Sun 2021-08-01
  Bus with soccer players blown up in Somalia as key election starts
Sat 2021-07-31
  Tanker managed by Israeli firm attacked off Oman, killing two
Fri 2021-07-30
  Secret files show Iranian plans to sink ships using cyberattacks
Thu 2021-07-29
  3 Tunisian parties, including Ennahda, face legal probe
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Wed 2021-07-28
  Libya militia leader Mohammed al-Kani diagnosed with rigor mortis
Tue 2021-07-27
  'Death to the dictator!': Anti-government protests reach Tehran
Mon 2021-07-26
  Tunisian army deployed in the capital
Sun 2021-07-25
  US military targets Al-shabaab again in Somalia
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Sat 2021-07-24
  Nigeria jails 10 pirates over ship hijacking
Fri 2021-07-23
  Taliban claim control of some 90% of Afghanistan's border areas
Thu 2021-07-22
  Nigeria: 100 kidnapped villagers released by bandits
Wed 2021-07-21
  30 Civilians Killed And More Than 50 Others Wounded In Sadr City Explosion
Tue 2021-07-20
  Ghani Visits Herat to Review Security Situation
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