Ray Nagin, the former two-term mayor of New Orleans indicted after he left office, was convicted Wednesday of 20 federal corruption charges for illegal dealings with city vendors, dating back to 2004. A jury delivered its verdict just before 1 p.m., after six hours of deliberations that followed a nine-day trial.
Nagin, 57, joins a list of Louisiana elected officials convicted of misdeeds while in office, but he is New Orleans’ first mayor to be convicted of public corruption. Under federal sentencing guidelines, he could face a 20-year prison term, possibly more, lawyers have said
Ray Nagin came into the mayor’s office in New Orleans as an avowed scourge of corruption and led the city through the worst disaster of its modern history.
He left a federal courthouse a convict Wednesday, after a jury found him guilty of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and other favors from businessmen looking for a break from his administration. Of the 21 counts against him, he was convicted of 20.
“He got a lot of media attention as being a reformer, a non-politician, first run for office — a businessman who was going to come in and get it right,” said Pat Fanning, a veteran New Orleans lawyer and no fan of the former two-term mayor.
After Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city in 2005, the onetime cable television executive would reassure people queasy about sending taxpayer money to a state with an epic history of corruption by telling them, “Google me. You’re not going to find any of that in my record,” Fanning said, quoting Nagin. “Well, Google him now.”
Nagin, who left office in 2010, had little to say as he left the courthouse Wednesday afternoon, telling reporters only, “I maintain my innocence.” A small knot of supporters yelled, “Keep your head up” and “He’s just a patsy,” CNN affiliate WDSU reported.
To the juror who wished that Nagin’s defense team had provided more evidence during the ex-New Orleans’ Mayor’s trial … the answer is, because they couldn’t.
A juror wished Ray Nagin’s defense attorney put on more evidence to help his client in the federal corruption case that ended with convictions on 20 counts that could send the former New Orleans mayor to prison for 20 years, possibly more.
Speaking outside the federal courthouse after the verdict was read, Lisa Hamaker, a juror from St. Tammany Parish who described herself as a “stay-at-home-mom,” said she wished defense attorney Robert Jenkins put on more evidence. Much of the prosecution’s case went unchallenged, she said
The Gateway Pundit has a list of the 20 charges that Nagin was found guilty.
Count 1: Conspiracy – Guilty
The charge: Creating, through a variety of bribes and kickbacks, “a scheme and artifice to defraud” the residents of New Orleans of his honest services as a public official. Many of the individual elements of this scheme make up the other 20 crimes with which Nagin was charged.
Maximum prison term: 5 years
Count 2: Bribery – Guilty
The charge: Accepting $60,000 from the three principals of Three Fold Consulting, an engineering firm, in exchange for special treatment.
Maximum prison term: 10 years
Count 3: Bribery – Guilty
The charge: Accepting a $2,500 bribe from Rodney Williams, a principal in Three Fold Consulting, in exchange for favorable treatment.
Maximum prison term: 10 years
Count 4: Bribery – Guilty
The charge: Accepting a shipment of granite from Frank Fradella’s company, Home Solutions, in exchange for favorable treatment.
Maximum prison term: 10 years
Barack Obama Campaign Bundler Noah Bryson Mamet Nominated as Ambassador to Argentina Even Though Has Never Been to the Country
What a joke, Don’t Cry for Me Argentina … Obama Style. What else would you expect from a community organizer and a “Campaigner in Chief”?
Remember when Barack Obama campaigned that he was going to change the way things were done inside the Belt Way? Well you can forget that as Barack Obama is rewarding one of his campaign blunders with an ambassadorship to Argentina. Noah Bryson Mamet bundled more than $500,000 for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign and is now being rewarded for his fundraising. There is just one problem, the man who is supposed to represent the United states in Argentina has never been to the country. UNBELIEVABLE. One would think, as echoed at Slate, with the current state of affairs in Argentina, “delicate times, probably opportune times for a diplomat with years logged in South America”.
The Buenos Aires Herald reports, Mamet, who would be replacing Vilma Martínez after her term ended on July 4, is a veteran Democratic fund-raiser and consultant who has no evident experience with Latin American issues.
Sen. Marco Rubio shows his disbelief that the nominee for Ambassador to Argentina has never been there
Presidents often award diplomatic posts to campaign donors and fundraisers, but Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., suspects that Obama’s choice of ambassador to Argentina — a man who bundled more than $500,000 for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, but who has never been to the country — is in over his head.
“Have you been to Argentina?” Rubio asked Noah Mamet during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Thursday.
“I haven’t had the opportunity yet to be there,” Mamet replied. “I’ve traveled pretty extensively around the world, but I haven’t yet had a chance [to visit Argentina].”
Rubio implied that Argentina is too important a country to be entrusted to a campaign donor rather than a professional, as is the case with some other diplomatic posts. “I don’t view this appointment as one — I think this is a very significant post,” he said.
UPDATE I: This nomination by Barack Obama gets worse, if possible. In the VIDEO below the US State Department spokesperson does not even know if the nominee for the position to be an Ambassador in a Latin American country speaks Spanish. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! How could you not know this? Is it any wonder how the Hillary Clinton lead State Department botched Benghazi?
“I don’t have his personal biography in front of me.”
This presidency cannot end soon enough!
Hmm, Michelle Obama’s Princeton Classmate Toni Townes-Whitley is Executive at CGI Federal That Won a “No Bid” Contract that Built Failed Obamacare Website, Healthcare.gov
ARE YOU KIDDING ME: More Obama lack of transparency and in this case an outright conflict of interest, cronyism and quid pro quo, oh but its just a coincidence …
Hmm, everybody was wondering how a Canadian based company, CGI Federal, and not a US based one received the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare website,Hhealthcare.gov. So how did CGI, the company behind ObamaCare site, with such a checkered past of failure and not meeting project goal expectations get this contract? As The Daily Caller reports, maybe CGI got the “no bid” contract because Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate, Toni Townes-Whitley, is a top executive at the company that earned the contract to build the failed Obamacare website. Also, George Schindler, the president of the Canadian-based CGI Group, CGI Federal’s parent company, became an Obama 2012 campaign donor after his company gained the Obamacare website contract. Yup. no quid pro quo or cronyism here, EH?
First Lady Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the contract to build the failed Obamacare website.
Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company.
Townes-Whitley and her Princeton classmate Michelle Obama are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.
Toni Townes ’85 is a onetime policy analyst with the General Accounting Office and previously served in the Peace Corps in Gabon, West Africa. Her decision to return to work, as an African-American woman, after six years of raising kids was applauded by a Princeton alumni publication in 1998
George Schindler, the president for U.S. and Canada of the Canadian-based CGI Group, CGI Federal’s parent company, became an Obama 2012 campaign donor after his company gained the Obamacare website contract.
Conservatives for Palin might have stated it best, “I know what you’re thinking. But c’mon, I’m sure the no-bid contract was just a coincidence. No cronyism there. After all, CGI did such a competent job constructing Healthcare.gov with the taxpayer’s $678 million that there was clearly no reason to have anyone else bid on the contract. Oh wait…”. Amen brother!
Senator Ted Cruz Rips Senate Debt Agreement That Ignores Obamacare … Once Again The Washington Establishment is Refusing to Listen to the American People”
And the real losers of the Senate debt agreement are the American People …
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks the truth in a press conference yesterday following the announcement that Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had struck a deal to open the partially closed government and extend the debt limit. Cruz blasted the agreement for its lack of protecting the people, jobs and America against the train-wreck known as Obamacare.
Cruz blasted the Washington, DC status quo and establishment for continuing down the same path that got us to a $17 trillion debt. Maybe it truly is time for a Third Party because the GOP and Democrats do not seem to be the answer for America.
Kentucky Kickback … Senate McConnell-Reid Deal Includes $2 Billion Earmark for Kentucky Dam Project … Make that $3 Billion
UNBELIEVABLE … AND WE THE PEOPLE WONDER WHY WE HAVE A $17 TRILLION DEBT WHEN WE HAVE GOP ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICANS LIKE THIS …
So as the MSM is telling you who are the “winners” and “losers” of the government shutdown ending, add Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to the list of greedy winners. Why you ask? As reported at WFPL News, the deal between Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) included a $2 billion, oops sorry … $3 billion earmark for a Kentucky
damn dam project. And you wonder why McConnell pushed this bill in the Senate?
But it’s only $2 billion, oh I misspoke, I meant $3 trillion
A proposal to end the government shutdown and avoid default orchestrated by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Harry Reid includes a nearly $3 billion earmark for a Kentucky project.
Language in a draft of the McConnell-Reid deal (see page 13, section 123) provided to WFPL News shows a provision that increases funding for the massive Olmsted Dam Lock in Paducah, Ky., from $775 million to nearly $2.9 billion.
The dam is considered an important project for the state and region in regards to water traffic along the Ohio River.
We wonder why “establishment” republicans hate the Tea Party and those elected to office to reduce spending and the debt? The GOP power elite is just as bad as the Democrats and Barack Obama. They are just as respinsible for a bloated $17 trillion debt and seem to care little about reducing it. I could not agree more with The Gateway Pundit when Jim says, “This looks really bad, Mitch — Really, really bad.”
So we have a federal debt about to go over $17 trillion, the debt limit has just been raised, government spending is continuing to be out of control and unsustainable and we have establishment Republicans like Mitch McConnell getting theirs and making matters worse. Yet some how it is fiscal minded Conservatives like Sens.Ted Cruz (R-TX)Rand Paul, Rand Paul (R-KY) and Mike Lee (R-UT) who are called crazy, dangerous extremists. God help this country. However, as the Lonely Conservative correctly states, the real “losers” in this are the American People!
This is exactly the reason why “establishment” Republicans who have forgotten what it means to be a Republican need to be primary challenged.
Did Mitch McConnell not learn from what happened to Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) and the Corn Husker Kickback?
Posted October 17, 2013 by Scared Monkeys
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Good Riddance …
First the Hollywood Reporter reported that CNN Films would not continue with its upcoming documentary on Hillary Clinton after Academy Award-winning director Charles H. Ferguson chose not to move forward with the project. It would appear that no one was interested in helping make the film, Republicans or Democrats. What, no Hillary infomercial before the election? I guess the media is going to have to find other ways to aid Hillary in 2016.
Can’t you all see the uncanny resemblance between Hillary Clinton and Diane Lane?
Ferguson said he struggled to find sources and interview subjects for the project, as both supporters and opponents of Clinton were unwilling to cooperate, he wrote in a Huffington Post column.
“When I approached people for interviews, I discovered that nobody, and I mean nobody, was interested in helping me make this film. Not Democrats, not Republicans — and certainly nobody who works with the Clintons, wants access to the Clintons, or dreams of a position in a Hillary Clinton administration. Not even journalists who want access, which can easily be taken away,” Ferguson wrote. “I even sensed potential difficulty in licensing archival footage from [Pat Robertson's] CBN and from Fox. After approaching well over a hundred people, only two persons who had ever dealt with Mrs. Clinton would agree to an on-camera interview, and I suspected that even they would back out.”
Ferguson said he became aware, through his work on the film, that both the Republican and Democratic parties didn’t want the film made.
But wait, there is more … Now the Hollywood Reporter is stating that NBC has pulled the plug on the Hillary Clinton miniseries. After NBC and CNN announced in July that they were planning on developing a mini-series and movie on Hillary Clinton, the Republican National Committee promised a backlash and voted to boycott NBC and CNN during the presidential primaries in 2016 if the networks refused to cancel the projects.
NBC has scrapped its controversial Hillary Clinton miniseries project. Hmm, what a coincidence, both movie projects are scraped on the same day.
“After reviewing and prioritizing our slate of movie/miniseries development, we’ve decided that we will no longer continue developing the Hillary Clinton miniseries,” the network said in a statement Monday.
Sources told THR that NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke was not pressuring Greenblatt to drop the mini, but many within the company believed the project would never happen. Fox Television Studios declined to produce the mini, ostensibly for financial and not political reasons. Other studios passed on the project, including NBCUniversal’s own Universal Television. An NBCU source told THR that Burke was aware of the project before Greenblatt announced it, but sources with ties to the network believe Greenblatt did not seek Burke’s blessing or flag the deal before announcing it.
Could not have said it any better than Hot Air does.
The funniest part of CNN and NBC bailing out of these Hillary infomercials is that the RNC is trying to take credit for it. If you read Ed’s post this morning, you know the real reason — Clintonworld froze out the documentary director because they’re fanatic about controlling Hillary’s image, especially before another presidential run. In fact, rumors started swirling weeks ago about NBC possibly canceling the miniseries for that same reason, because they feared reprisals from Bill and Hillary if they went forward which could be “unhelpful” to their corporate interests if she ended up winning in 2016.
Barack Obama’s Treasury Dept. Approved Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Trip to Cuba … Claims their Wedding Anniversary Vacation Was an Educational Exchange Trip
More transparency from the 1% President …
Barack Obama’s the 1% President’s Treasury Department approved Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s vacation to Cuba. Of course they did. It was educational of course. Of course it was. According to Reuters, a New York-based nonprofit, Academic Arrangements Abroad, organized the trip. , Reuters said. Beyoncé and Jay-Z went on their fifth wedding anniversary, and visited a dance group, a children’s theater company and an arts institute. I guess if Obama feels he can’t vacation in Cuba, he will send his peeps instead. No quid pro quo or cronyism here, its not like Beyoncé and Jay-Z have not done fund raisers for Obama. Oh wait, they have. What a joke, if you filed such a trip like this on your tax returns as a business trip, you would be getting a call from the IRS.
The late John Belushi provides his opinion on Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s approval for their anniversary tip to Cuba under the guise it was educational exchange
Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s recent controversial trip to Cuba was approved by the Treasury Department in advance of their travel, new documents show.
According to a letter obtained by CNN Tuesday, the Treasury Department wrote to two members of Congress who called for an investigation of the trip and explained the type of travel license obtained by the superstar couple.
“It is our understanding that the travelers in question traveled to Cuba pursuant to an educational exchange trip organized by a group authorized by OFAC [the Office of Foreign Assets Control] to sponsor and organize programs to promote people-to-people contact in Cuba,” the letter read.
It is obvious that Barack Obama just does not care and he makes no secret about it. Its good to be King Obama and even better to be one of his homies. If you are in with Obama, you don’t just get to stay in the Lincoln bedroom, provided tax payers money for failed green energy businesses or allwed in the White House to party while “We the People” are no allowed tours … you get to go to Cuba for your wedding anniversary under the guise of an educational exchange trip.
Republican Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida took issue with the trip, and over the weekend asked the U.S. Treasury to investigate.
After receiving the Treasury’s response Tuesday, Ros-Lehtinen was not satisfied.
“If the tourist activities undertaken by Beyoncé and Jay-Z in Cuba are classified as an educational exchange trip, then it is clear that the Obama Administration is not serious about denying the Castro regime an economic lifeline that US tourism will extend to it,” she said in a statement.
“That was a wedding anniversary vacation that was not even disguised as a cultural program. As more human rights activists engage in hunger strikes, I don’t think they will see any evidence of how this scam endeavor will help them become independent of the regime.”
Posted April 10, 2013 by Scared Monkeys
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The United States Cancels Part of Missile Defense That Russia Opposed … It’s Just Barack Obama Being More Flexible
Comrade Obama keeps his word to Moscow …
Huh, remember when President Barack Obama was caught on an open mic telling Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that he would have “more flexibility” to deal with Russia on issues like missile defense after he was reelected? Guess what America, that time is now. As reported at the NY Times, the United States [Obama] has canceled the final phase of a Europe-based missile defense system that was fiercely opposed by Russia. As Just One Minute correctly states, “the election and the North Korean missile tests give Obama the excuse to do what he wanted to do anyway.” Just how weak and clueless is Obama as a Commander in Chief?
The United States has effectively canceled the final phase of a Europe-based missile defense system that was fiercely opposed by Russia and cited repeatedly by the Kremlin as a major obstacle to cooperation on nuclear arms reductions and other issues.
Russian officials here have so far declined to comment on the announcement, which was made in Washington on Friday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel as part of a plan to deploy additional ballistic missile interceptors to counter North Korea. The cancellation of some European-based defenses will allow resources to be shifted to protect against North Korea.
If Obama had been in Office during the 1980′s, the Soviet Union would never have collapsed and the Iron Curtain would still be standing.
Will Susan Rice be Obama’s New National Security Adviser after Failed Sec. of State Bid … What About Benghazi?
Just curious … what had changed for UN Ambassador Susan Rice and Benghazigate?
UN Ambassador Susan Rice appears to be Barack Obama’s front runner to be his new National Security Advisor. Yes, the same Susan Rice who went on the five Sunday talk shows and lied for the Administration that the attacks in Benghazi, Libya were a reaction to a video tape and not terrorism. Rice had to withdraw her name from being Secretary of State as the heat became too much of a political liability. She stated that she did not want to be a distraction to Barack Obama’s second term and agenda. She thought that her nomination would be politicized and prolonged. After having met with GOP Senators Ayotte, McCain and Graham regarding her misleading statements on Benghazi, they were more troubled after their meeting with Rice than before. So what is going to be the difference this time? She still has to answer questions on Benghazi. So how does Rice get rewarded for misrepresenting the facts on Benghazi that saw the death of four Americans, including Ambassador Stevens?
Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who lost out in a bruising bid for the job of secretary of state, may have the last laugh.
Rice has emerged as far and away the front-runner to succeed Thomas E. Donilon as President Obama’s national security adviser later this year, according to an administration official familiar with the president’s thinking. The job would place her at the nexus of foreign-policy decision making and allow her to rival the influence of Secretary of State John F. Kerry in shaping the president’s foreign policy.
The appointment would mark a dramatic twist of fortune for Rice, whose prospects to become the country’s top diplomat fizzled last year after a round of television appearances in which she provided what turned out to be a flawed account of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
It would appear good soldiers who lie and misrepresent the facts for Obama and then fall on their sword are rewarded by President Barack Obama.
Quid Pro Quo … Detroit City Council Woman JoAnn Watson Tells Obama, We Voted for you, Now Bail us Out with Government Bacon
Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You“. Ask what you can do for your country.
Ask not what you can do for your country, but what you can take from your country. Welcome to the Obama “Quid pro quo” BACON BAILOUT.
The Left demands government pork for votes … Detroit Council woman Joann Watson wants some “bacon” from Barack Obama after blacks voted for him. Elections do have consequences and now it appears time for Obama to payback for all of his class warfare political rhetoric. Watson literally said its time for some “quid pro quo”. Since blacks in Detroit, Michigan overwhelmingly voted for Obama, they deserve a bailout. Thus, as stated at Michelle Malkin, a city that has been consistently mismanaged and run into the ground now expects and demands a bailout. It is the same old story as usual. Provide no fiscal responsibility and expect that some one else will bail you out. All that is accomplished is the same vicious, idiotic cycle continues. Look for Illinois and California to be asking Obama to bail out their failed states as well. It is obvious that people voted for Obama for what he could take from others to give to them.
Our people voted for Obama and now we expect pork from him. How morally bankrupt has this country become?
The city of Detroit faces a major financial crisis and one member of city council thinks President Barack Obama should step in and help.
City Council member JoAnn Watson said Tuesday the citizens support of Obama in last month’s election was enough reason for the president to bailout the struggling the city. (Click the video player to listen)
“Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president and there ought to be a quid pro quo and you ought to exercise leadership on that,” said Watson. “Of course, not just that, but why not?”
As Weasel Zippers opines, Bacon is defined as Obamaphones, EBT cards, food stamps, “stimulus” money.