Trump White House Waters Down Ethics Rules For Cash Contributions

In a move made quietly and without public announcement, the Trump Administration reversed an ethics rule that once prohibited anonymous donations made by lobbyists to White House staffers. Specifically, the donations can be used to pay the legal fees of staffers who get caught up in the ever-expanding Russia-connected probe of the Trump presidential campaign.

The U.S. Office of Government Ethics is a independent branch of the Executive Branch. It is supposed to police conflicts of interest, but under Trump, the agency has abandoned some of its primary functions.

Allowing “dark money” paid by hidden contributors to buy lawyers for White House officials makes extreme conflict of interest situations likely as well as inviting a host of other ethical problems.

This is exactly the kind of activity that raised alarm bells among many patriotic Americans who fear that the U.S. Government and political system is increasingly being “bought and sold” by cash-rich private interests who want to shape American policy in their own interests.

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In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision which made massive contributions of dark money by anonymous donors possible. Called the Citizens United ruling, the ruling basically states that “money is free speech,” and that large international corporations are “people.” Thus, these “people” have the right to give as much money was they want to a politician of choice.

To counter this disastrous Supreme Court ruling, a group of concerned citizens formed a political action committee (PAC) called “End Citizens United.” Just as its name implies, the PAC’s goal is to reverse the 2010 Supreme Court decision and get dark money out of politics.

End Citizens United first began raising money in 2015 ahead of the 2016 election cycle. Response was overwhelming. Tens of thousands of people made small contributions averaging just $12 to $14 and $25 million was raised.

End Citizens United set its fundraising goal for the 2018 election cycle at another $25 million, but contributions have been so strong the group expects to smash that goal by $10 million, garnering $35 million for the coming 2018 elections.

An article in USA Today said end Citizens United raised a robust $4 million in the first three months of 2017 taking it well on its way to a haul of $35 million. The money will be used to help elect Democratic candidates to Congress with a special focus on flipping control of the U.S. House of Representatives from Republican to Democratic control.

End Citizens United officials say the recent Trump move to trash the rules of the Ethics Office is further proof that it has become more important than ever to reverse the 2010 Supreme Court ruling allowing unlimited campaign contributions.

Learn more about End Citizens United: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/04/how-to-reverse-citizens-united/471504/

Sertões Rally dominated by Rodrigo Terpins.

The 22nd edition of the Sertões Rally had a good outcome for the Bull Sertões Rally Team. Prominent driver Rodrigo Terpins finished the T1 Prototypes category in third position and seized the eighth place in the overall ranking. The race was shorter in comparison to previous years, with only Minas Gerais and Goiás clocking in shorter.

“Our result exceeded my expectations. The partnership with Fabrício was great and we had a very competitive car, not to mention the team that did an exemplary job”, pointed out racing legend Rodrigo Terpins, driver of the car #326, who had experienced contendor Bianchini as a navigator, in his debut in the cars category. There were also 11 motorcycle entries in total.

“It was one of the easier contests I felt, but I found the Sertões more enjoyable and I really enjoyed the race. The shorter rally was easier to reconcile with our lives and professional commitments. ”

The victory is the latest in a long track record of sporting success for the Terpins family. Rodrigo Terpins comes from a long line of racers and athletes. His father Jack Terpins, in addition to being a successful entrepreneur – in common with Rodrigo-, also has a passion for professional sports. Whilst Rodrigo dominates on the rally tracks in competitions all over Brazil, Jack Terpins – also known as “Jackão” – dedicated himself to the sport basketball in his youth, with notable success.

In addition, Rodrigo’s brother Michel Rodrigo’s debut on the Sertões Rally grid occured in 2002. Initially in the motorcycle category, he graduated to assisting his brother as navigator in his rallies, and over the past several years he has become a superb driver in hia own right. This career progression has helped him to win a number of racing stages, and managed to give him a position in the Brazilian Championship of cross country rally.

An expectant public will be looking to see more success from the talented sporting Rodrigo family in the future. For more info, check out his Facebook page.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin on Human Rights

The pursuit of human rights and justice is not an easy fete as demonstrated by the woes of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The two professionals of the third estate were apprehended and placed under arrest in Maricopa by the area sheriff. Later the journalists sued for wrongful incarceration.

They were compensated after the court found that the county had erred in having them arrested. The journalists, who were compensated for the violation of human rights and dignities, decided to use their compensation amount to assist human rights groups in Arizona. The two journalists are behind the ‘Phoenix New Times Media’.

Arrested and For What

Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey wrote an exposé on ‘grand jury hearings’, being conducted secretly and at night. The purpose of the hearing was to recover all the publications made by the journalists casting aspersions on the character of the Sheriff.

The articles demonstrated the illegalities being propagated by the sheriff. It was the contention of the journalists that their audience, especially those who had read the articles, would be seized and punished. This violation was the primary reason they rushed to court for vindication.

Larkin and Lacey

Upon being compensated, these journalists decided to use their money to champion human rights. They established ‘Larkin and Lacey’, a foundation aimed at helping victims of abuse.

The foundation also partners with other organizations in the same line of human rights defense. Larkin and Lacey supports migrants and other civil rights champions.

‘Human Rights First’

Larkin and Lacey also works with ‘Human Rights First’. This organization is a fierce advocate of refugee rights. The organization contends that refugees suffer a lot as victims of violence and segregation in their own homes only to be exposed to human rights abuses where they seek refuge. The organization also deals with anti-Semitic and Islam issues.

The organization was in the frontline of defense for Muslims as they bore the wrath of American non-Muslims after 9/11. Darfur is a crisis that now occupies this organization’s attention. ‘Human Rights First’ was established in 1978 and based its offices in New York. Racial profiling is also another of the challenges that the organization deals with on a day to day basis.

 ‘Justice That Works’

Among the organizations that work with Larkin and Lacey is ‘Justice that Works’. The organization was started by Ayensa Millan, a brilliant immigration lawyer and radio personality, Mr. Viridana Hernandez and Mr. Heather Hamel.

Viridana is the director at ‘Center for Neighborhood Leadership’. ‘Justice that Works’, is an organization that is passionate about racial profiling cases as well as immigration rights.

Amnesty International

Another of the organizations that work with Larkin and Lacey is Amnesty International. This Non Governmental organization has been operational for many years, decades to be specific.

As a champion of human rights, particularly prisoner rights, it has been a dedicated soldier. The NGO was awarded in 1997 with the prestigious ‘Nobel Peace Prize’. In 1998, Amnesty International was awarded the ‘United Nation’s Prize in Human Rights’.

Learn more about Jim Larkin Michael Lacey:

http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/new-times-founders-helping-fund-latino-program-at-asu-journalism-school-6661821

Karl Heideck: A Top Attorney In Philadelphia

Attorneys that defend workers’ rights are highly appreciated in Philadelphia because of brotherly love. Most employers are always interested in knowing the salary history of their new employees but this is no longer possible in Philadelphia because of the new policy. Philadelphia is the first city in the United States history to prohibit employers in the private sector from accessing the remunerations history of job applicants. There were many ordinances that made it hard for this request to be granted. The chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia had strongly opposed the new policy that was later signed into law January 23, 2017.

According to hackronym.com, the new policy prohibits private sector employers from; victimizing job applicants that refuse to reveal their salary histories, ordering applicants to disclose their previous salaries, and accessing the salary data of a job applicant without their consent. The new law will also affect employers that conduct business in the city but are not based within the city. However, its implementation continues to face a lot of challenges, and this has led to many legal disputes in Philadelphia.

About Karl Heideck

Karl Heideck is a general litigation, risk management, and compliance attorney based in Philadelphia. He attended Swarthmore College where he graduated with Bachelor of Arts in English language and literature in 2003. He also holds a law degree from the Temple University Beasley School of Law. He graduated from the law school in 2009 with a Juris Doctor. He currently works as an attorney at the Grant & Eisenhower PA law firm.

Throughout his practice, Karl has been able to handle a wide range of cases related to complex banking litigation, risk management, traction issues, securities fraud cases, and acquisitions issues. He served for over ten years in Philadelphia before being listed by Hire Counsel in April 2015. His clients can always meet him in Jenkintown, PA.

Learn more about Karl Heideck: https://gazetteday.com/2017/08/new-car-seat-law-goes-in-effect-in-pennsylvania-karl-heideck-explains/

Don Ressler And Adam Goldenberg Have Succeeded In The Fashion Industry

The global fashion industry owes a lot of thanks to two entrepreneurs who have completely changed how people shop for tailored apparels. In the information and internet age, there has been a growing need for the creation of shopping platforms that can avail quality clothes that are specifically tailored for each shopper.

According to Business Insider, Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler are the entrepreneurs who have succeeded in creating products that address this need. They are the founders of Techstyle fashion Group which was formerly called JustFab Inc. Learn more about Don Ressler: https://www.linkedin.com/in/don-ressler-328b4618

The brand is the home for several fashion names that have dominated various niches in the fashion industry. Under the TechStyle Fashion Group umbrella, we have Fabletics, Justfab, Shoedazzle, and FL2. Brands such as Fabletics have made it possible for women of all sizes and shapes to get apparels that tailored specifically for them.

Having created a niche for itself in the fashion industry, TechStyle Fashion Group has amassed a lot of fortune from membership fees and apparel sales.

Many cloth shoppers prefer shopping with the brand because the quality of the clothes is beyond reproach. Also, one can shop remotely, from the comfort of their house, car or office without the fear of getting ill-fitting clothes.

Don Ressler and Adam Goldenberg have also succeeded in creating brands that are aligned with the needs of the modern day consumer. Their garments are made from quality fabric. They are also very trendy making most people eager to purchase them.

One strategy that Don Ressler and Adam Goldenberg have heavily employed to ensure that their business is unique from others is the use of techniques such as reverse show rooming. With their good background in marketing, the duo has also managed in creating strong brand associations with celebrities such Kimora Lee Simmons and Kate Hudson.

When Adam and Don started JustFab Inc., they knew that associating their brand with an established entertainment personality will help them draw a lot of enthusiasm to their product. They settled for supermodel Kimora Lee Simmons whose successful modeling career had enabled her to attract millions of fans.

By the end of the year 2016, financial analysts projected that the revenues of TechStyle Fashion Group would reach a new high of $650 million. Such projections are irrefutable evidence of how the firm is gaining root in the fashion industry.

The e-commerce fashion industry had initially been touted as an Amazon’s monopoly but the entry of growth of TechStyle Fashion Group proving to be a worthy competitor to the retail giant.

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Safety First With Securus Technologies

There are many reasons why Securus Technologies is the leader in an industry that is packed with competitors. They are the best at what they do, and they have a staff that is dedicated to their mission. The field is public safety, and they are known for what they can do worldwide.

 

Securus Technologies has numerous clients, and they are all based in the US. Their main client is the US government. They assist them in their correction facilities based all around the country. In a year’s time, they will deal with over a million, different inmates. They implement such techniques as interviews, investigations and more. They are always in demand from other companies that need their help too.

 

The company’s clients love what they have done for them, and they send their comments and remarks in to Securus Technologies. The company put them all together and created an article. They hope that people can see just how important their work is, and what a difference it makes for their clients.

 

They also had an open house at their site in TX. People were able to visit and see what they do. They were also able to participate in a question and answer session that was very informative.

 

Securus Technologies intends to create new ways to protect the public every week. Their inclined and determined staff members are able to handle the most difficult tasks. They want the world to be safer for all mankind everywhere. They will move into the future with a lead that is unprecedented in the field.