Watchdog Group Files DOJ Complaint Against Hunter Biden, Truman National Security Project, and Penn Biden Center

Promoting Ethics in Public Life

A complaint with the DOJ demands an investigation of Hunter Biden, the Truman National Security Project, and University of Pennsylvania's Penn Biden Center

The evidence uncovered so far is only the tip of the iceberg and more is coming out every day”

— Peter Flaherty

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, November 1, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The National Legal & Policy Center (NLPC), an ethics watchdog group, filed a 12-page complaint with the Department of Justice demanding an investigation of Hunter Biden, the Truman National Security Project, and the University of Pennsylvania and its Penn Biden Center, to determine whether they are in compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act for engaging in political activities on behalf of Burisma and Chinese interests.

NLPC’s complaint draws upon recent press reports that disclose incriminating emails and text messages on Hunter Biden’s laptop computer which is in the hands of the FBI and statements against Hunter and his father by Tony Bobulinski, Hunter’s partner on Burisma, the Ukrainian oil company. Bobulinski was recently interviewed by the FBI in a criminal investigation into activities that most likely involve money laundering, tax evasion, wire fraud, and other crimes, and implicates his uncle James Biden, and his father, Joe Biden.

The complaint cites one such text message on May 1, 2017 by Hunter to Bobulinski regarding their Chinese energy client, CEFC, “We don’t want to have to register as foreign agents. . . which is much more expansive than people who should know choose not to know.” In another email, April 17, 2015 Burisma’s Vadym Pozharski thanks Hunter for arranging a meeting with his father, who was then Vice President.

Hunter served as a board member until 2019 on the liberal Truman National Security Project along with the Sally Painter, COO of Blue Star Strategies, a lobby firm retained by Burisma to promote its interests before the State Department. The Truman Project, which endorsed Kamala Harris in 2016 for her Senate race, failed to note on its 2017 tax filing that Hunter and Painter had a business relationship with each other through Burisma.

Finally, NLPC demands that DOJ investigate the source of over $22 million in anonymous donations from China to the University of Pennsylvania and its Penn Biden Center that may have been earmarked to promote Chinese interests and thus trigger registration as foreign agent.

“The evidence uncovered so far is only the tip of the iceberg and more is coming out every day,” said NLPC Chair, Peter Flaherty. “The Justice Department and the FBI must conduct a prompt investigation of NLPC’s complaint and bring appropriate enforcement actions, whether for FARA violations or other illegal conduct,” said Paul Kamenar, NLPC’s counsel who drafted the complaint.

Founded in 1991, NLPC promotes ethics in public life and government accountability through research, investigation, education and legal action. www.nlpc.org.

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“Latinos Have Power and Most of Us Don’t Know It.” A painting created in 1996 provoking Latinos to unite and vote.

©1996 Latinos Have Power and Most of Us Don’t Know It. Acrylic on Canvas. 48” x 36”. A Verdadism painting by Soraida Martinez provoking Latinos to vote.

Verdadism painting by Soraida Martinez provoking Latinos to vote.

A historically-significant painting created in 1996 by artist, Soraida Martinez, to provoke the Latino community to unite and make change.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, USA, November 1, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Since 1992: Teaching tolerance, empathy and promoting social justice. An award-winning artist, Soraida has been recognized as one of the 15 most prominent Hispanic-Americans shaping the U.S. cultural scene.

According to Soraida, “2020 is the time for Latinos to make social change by voting.” Artist, Soraida has been teaching tolerance and a deeper understanding of the human soul through her Verdadism paintings with written social commentaries. Racism, sexism, stereotyping, and the many social issues that Soraida has been painting and writing about for almost 28 years are once again polarizing American society. Through the art of Verdadism, the artist documents her own life experiences and her personal views on the universal human condition for the purpose of promoting peace, hope and social justice. The art of Verdadism is a form of hard-edge abstraction where every painting is juxtaposed with an accompanying written social commentary based on the artist’s own life experiences. Soraida has created many paintings about the struggles of Latinos in America:

©1996 Latinos Have Power and Most of Us Don’t Know It: “Latinos need to organize and vote in numbers. Many Latinos feel powerless because they have not been able to unite. We need our men and women to work together for positive change. Our greatest concern should be in making sure that our children are educated.”

©1996 The Weeping Puerto Rican Cuatro Player: “We all know that Puerto Rico has an uncertain future. The Weeping Puerto Rican Cuatro Player is weeping because of the uncertainty of the future of the island of Puerto Rico.”

©1997 The Battle of The Rice and Beans: “I am appalled at the times that I hear Latinos speaking about other Latinos and saying that certain Latinos are not as good as other Latinos. Many Latinos buy into the media hype that there are some Latino groups who come from a different country that are better-educated and better role models for America. This to me is another way of bringing bigotry to a segment of the population that is already discriminated against and has enough problems to deal with. Because we speak Spanish and we have a similar culture, Latinos share a very common experience in the United States. We should not divide ourselves with the same stupidity and prejudice that many of us face.”

For a virtual tour of the Verdadism Art Gallery, contact the artist at verdadism@aol.com or call the studio/gallery at 856-346-3131. For more information about Soraida and the art of Verdadism, please visit soraida.com.

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OCM Addresses Beef Checkoff President’s Cowardly Misinformation, Failure to Disclose NCBA’s Partnership with WWF, HSUS

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NCBA president Marty Smith’s attack against OCM board member Marty Irby is disparaging and hypocritical as NCBA has partnered with both the Humane Society of the U.S., ASPCA, and World Wildlife Fund.”

— Mike Eby, executive director of OCM

TAMPA, FLORIDA, USA, November 1, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Today the Organization for Competitive Markets issued the following statement after a series of cattlemen’s meetings held in Florida regarding the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Beef Checkoff Program, a quasi-governmental agency known as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA).

The statement follows a campaign of misinformation by NCBA president Marty Smith who attacked OCM, it’s board members, and cowardly deflected open conversations related to NCBA’s consistent pattern of spending hard-earned farmer dollars to further the monopolization of industrial agriculture and policies that work against the interest of the very cattlemen who’ve funded NCBA for decades.

“OCM stands firmly in support of putting more farmers back on the land, and reigning in the egregious and illegal activities NCBA continues to engage in. NCBA president Marty Smith, was invited to speak with stakeholders in his home state who simply wanted to engage in an open dialogue on how to solve the radical declines of beef prices that have shuttered the industry, and furthered the globalization of industrial agriculture now controlled by a monopoly of four big packers.

“The meetings were not initiated by OCM and came to fruition as a result of Florida cattlemen who requested OCM attempt to bring industry stakeholders together for the betterment of the industry. Smith’s cowardly disparagement campaign, and failure to disclose NCBA’s partnerships with the World Wildlife Fund, Humane Society of the U.S., and the ASPCA, is simply the ‘pot calling the kettle black,’ and Smith should be ashamed of his actions.”

OCM, along with more than 250,000 farmers and ranchers across America, the Heritage Foundation, and others have been pushing for checkoff reform and pushing to advance the Opportunities for Fairness in Farming (OFF) Act, S. 935/H.R. 5563, introduced this Congress by Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in the Senate and Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) in the House. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has cosponsored the bill in the 116 th Congress, as well as Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), and Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO).

“It was disappointing that once again NCBA was not willing to participate in current industry discussions,” said Vaughn Meyer, president of the Organization for Competitive Markets.

“NCBA president Marty Smith’s attack against OCM board member Marty Irby is disparaging and hypocritical as NCBA has partnered with both the Humane Society of the U.S., ASPCA, and World Wildlife Fund,” said Mike Eby, executive director of the Organization for Competitive Markets.

Documentation of NCBA’s partnerships with The HSUS, ASPCA, and WWF can be found here, here, and, here.

The OFF Act has received endorsements from the Journal Times, Muskogee Phoenix, Kenosha News in Wisconsin in 2020 and we’ve also gotten some recent additional press on the bipartisan support in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Daily Caller's 2018 Investigation on the Dairy Checkoff revealed numerous abuses, and the Government Accountability Office's 2017 report clearly reported evidence of the need for checkoff reform.

Further information regarding the corruption of commodity checkoffs and the 10 most egregious abuses of the checkoff programs is below:

1. In 1999, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that USDA had "relinquished too much authority to its primary contractor, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), and has placed the NPPC in a position to exert undue influence over Board budgets and grant proposals."
2. In 2000, the majority of American hog producers passed a referendum to end the pork checkoff, only to have USDA overturn their decision.
3. In 2010, an independent audit of the equivalent of just nine days of beef checkoff program spending found more than $200,000 in improper spending by the primary beef checkoff contractor, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), including the use of checkoff dollars for lobbying and overseas vacations.
4. In 2014, after waiting more than 18 months to receive Freedom of Information Act records from USDA on expenditures of the Beef Checkoff Program, the Organization for Competitive Markets was filed a lawsuit to obtain public records relating to Beef Checkoff audit reports. NCBA has entered the case blocking the release of over 12,000documents. This case has been ongoing for four years.
5. In 2015, documents obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request showed that the American Egg Board illegally used checkoff dollars to attempt to halt sales of an egg-free mayonnaise product.
6. In 2016, it was discovered that the Oklahoma Beef Council lost 2.6 million checkoff dollars to embezzlement by a staff member who wrote 790 fraudulent checks to herself during a 10-year period.
7. In 2017, USDA came under fire for failing for more than four years to publish legally required annual financial reports on the $400 million per year dairy checkoff.
8. In 2018, the Ohio Beef Council illegally used government property to promote a fundraiser for a gubernatorial campaign on behalf of the trade and lobbying group, Ohio Cattlemen's Association. According to the Ohio Cattlemen's Association's brochure, the Ohio Beef Council is also actively engaged in soliciting campaign contributions on behalf of the Ohio Cattlemen's Association's Political Action Committee (PAC) through the state agency's email domain.
9. In 2018, a federal judge ruled that the USDA unlawfully approved spending $60 million of hog farmers; checkoff money on a defunct promotional campaign.
10. According to the NCBAs 2015 IRS Form 990, beef checkoff funds make up approximately 73% of the lobbying group's total annual budget. As much as 72% of the NCBA president's nearly half a million-dollar salary comes from beef checkoff funds. NCBA membership accounts for less than 4% of cattle producers.

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OCM Board Member Marty Irby Sets the Record Straight in Response to NCBA President Marty Smith’s Disparagement Campaign


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Southwest Publisher Offers Flash Sale To Celebrate Centennial & Inspire Women To Vote

In 1918, James Montgomery Flagg created this illustration to inspire households to plant victory gardens.

In 1918, James Montgomery Flagg created this illustration to inspire households to plant victory gardens.

In 1918, Leonebel Jacobs created this illustration to motivate houeholds to preserve the fruits of their labor.

In 1918, Leonebel Jacobs created this illustration to motivate houeholds to preserve the fruits of their labor.

In 1918, Paul Stahr created this illustration to encourage households to conserve food.

In 1918, Paul Stahr created this illustration to encourage households to conserve food.

Popular New Mexico artist and boutique publisher Lori Faye Bock seeks to remind women of the importance of voting in Tuesday's election.

To honor the women who have fought for equality since America's founding …. we can do no less than participate in Tuesday's election and let our voices be heard loud and clear.”

— Lori Faye Bock

ABIQUIÚ, NEW MEXICO, UNITED STATES, November 1, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Over the years, New Mexico artist Lori Faye Bock paintings have been generating a popular following amongst people with companions pets, farm animals and generally with people who just love animals as much as she does. Her collectors are passionate about her paintings because they know how much time and detail she incorporates into each work of art in promoting the humane and kind treatment of all animals.

Residing on a farm with her husband in Los Silvestres, an agricultural community just above the tiny village of Abiquiú along the Chama River since 1990, Bock has interacted on a daily basis more with animals than humans over the years. It shows in her paintings.

Collectors of art themselves, the Bock's started collecting post World War I historic illustrations of famous artists of the day. Creations of three such artists had a similar prominent theme …. patriotism and the self-sufficiency in growing, preserving and not wasting food. The illustrations were created in 1918 as the war was winding down and the pandemic picking up. Each illustration wrapped a woman in the America flag. The Bock's thought this to be ironic since at that time, women in America did not have the right-to-vote in federal elections.

Further research revealed the 19th Amendment was passed in 1919, signed by President Woodrow Wilson and sent on to the 48 states to be ratified. In August 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify after a wavering House Rep. Harold Burn received a note from his mother strongly urging him to vote in support of ratification. He did, and the Tennessee House of Representatives approved the 19th Amendment by a vote of 50 to 49. Signed by the state's governor, the ratification certificate was sent by mail to the U.S. Secretary of State who signed the Proclamation of the Women's Suffrage Amendment on August 26, 1920.

As a small businesswoman boutique publisher, Lori Faye Bock decided to strengthen the resolve of American women to participate in this year's election by reintroducing the promotional campaigns created a century ago which helped to advance the cause of women's suffrage.

"We must never take the right-to-vote for granted," Lori Faye Bock said.. She went on to say, "These historical illustrations and the accompanying story on the greeting cards and prints will be a reminder for all to collect and pass on to future generations of the importance for all women to participate in civic affairs and vote in elections because we really can and do make a difference."

The 12 card portfolios, Abiquú 6 Packs and limited edition prints are an ideal gift for women young and old during the Christmas holiday.

Lori Faye Bock greeting cards are printed in Albuquerque, New Mexico on environmentally-sensible recycled card stock using soy-based inks. The museum quality limited edition prints are printed in Santa Fe, New Mexico on archival Hahnemühle Fine Art paper and permanent pigment inks.

The LoriFayeBock.Press FLASH SALE of 30% OFF storewide is available until November 3rd, 2020 and ends midnight Pacific Time by entering WOMENVOTE in the coupon code at checkout.

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Early Voting Coming to an End in Palm Beach County This Weekend

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Mobile van drop offs also coming to a close this weekend

I want to commend our entire team for helping give Palm Beach County voters a wide range of options to safely and securely cast their ballots”

— Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, November 1, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Early voting will come to a close this Sunday, Nov. 1, marking the end of a two-week early voting period that has been one of the busiest in Palm Beach County history.

There is still plenty of time for voters to cast their ballots at early voting sites, with all sites open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm through the end of this weekend. All early voting sites will close at 7:00 pm on Sunday, and early voting will not be an option on Monday, Nov. 2. In addition, the mobile van drop off sites for those wishing to personally drop off their vote-by-mail ballots will no longer be available after 7:00 pm on Sunday.

“I want to commend our entire team for helping give Palm Beach County voters a wide range of options to safely and securely cast their ballots,” said Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link. “As early voting comes to a close, we will turn our focus to what promises to be a very busy election day.”

Even though early voting will be ending, voters still have options when it comes to casting their ballots. On Monday, Nov. 2 and Tuesday, Nov. 3, the Supervisor of Elections office will have a drive up ballot drop off at the Supervisor of Elections office. Voters who are using the vote-by-mail option but have yet to mail their ballots can drive up and drop off their ballot without getting out of their vehicle. Ballot drop off stations will be staffed with elections team members and ready to collect mail ballots for those wishing to drop them off. See page 2 for locations and details.

In addition to the drive up drop off, all four Elections offices have secure drop boxes for voters to return their mail ballots. The secure drop boxes at the three Supervisor of Elections branch offices will be available through Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 5:00 pm. The 24/7 secure box at the main office only will be open through Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 7:00 pm.

All polling locations will be open on Election Day from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. A complete list of early voting and Election Day polling sites can be found at pbcelections.org

Mail Ballot Drop Off Locations
Monday, November 2nd and Tuesday, November 3rd

MAIN OFFICE
240 South Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL 33415
24/7 Secure Drop box through 7 pm Nov. 3
Monday – Drive Up Ballot Drop Off – 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday – Drive Up Ballot Drop Off – 7:00 am – 6:30 pm

NORTH COUNTY BRANCH OFFICE
Northeast County Courthouse
3188 P.G.A. Blvd.
Rm. #2401
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
24/7 Secure Drop box through 5 pm Nov. 3
Monday – Drive Up Ballot Drop Off – 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday – Drive Up Ballot Drop Off – 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

SOUTH COUNTY BRANCH OFFICE
Southeast PBC Administrative Complex
345 South Congress Avenue
Rm. #103
Delray Beach, FL 33445
24/7 Secure Drop box through 5 pm Nov. 3
Monday – Drive Up Ballot Drop Off – 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday – Drive Up Ballot Drop Off – 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

WEST COUNTY BRANCH OFFICE
West County Office Building
2976 State Road #15
Second Floor
Belle Glade, FL 33430
24/7 Secure Drop box through 5 pm Nov. 3

Judy Lamey
Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections
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