Dershowitz: FBI and DOJ Deep State Attempted a Coup to Oust Trump Using the 25th Amendment
Former FBI Deputy Director, Andrew McCabe, told Scott Pelley on “60 Minutes” that Attorney General Rod Rosenstein proposed invoking the 25th Amendment to oust President Trump in 2017, and that Rosenstein was counting potential supporting votes of cabinet members. Lawyer Alan Dershowitz said that the 25th Amendment is for emergencies when the president is unable to perform his duties, and is not meant to circumvent the impeachment process.
Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz compared attempts to use the
25th Amendment against President Donald Trump to a coup d’etat and said
Thursday the measure is being abused.
the 25th Amendment has nothing to do with special counsel Robert
Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s possible ties to Russia and said
critics of the president are conflating the issues in an attempt to
remove him from office.
“Let’s take the worst case scenario.
Let’s assume the president of the United States was in bed with the
Russians, committed treason, committed obstruction of justice — the 25th
Amendment simply is irrelevant to that. That’s why you have an
impeachment provision,” he said. “The 25th Amendment is about [former
President] Woodrow Wilson having a stroke. It’s about a president being
shot and not being able to perform his office. It’s not about the most
fundamental disagreements. It’s not about impeachable offenses.”
US Company that Smuggled Weapons into Venezuela Is Linked to CIA ‘Black Site’ Renditions
Last week, Venezuelan authorities claimed a US plane smuggled in a small cache of weapons and ammo, and accused the US government for the illicit cargo, and seeking to arm opposition groups to topple the current Maduro-led government. The plane, operated by 21 Air, had begun flying into Columbia and Venezuela daily, starting in January. Two top executives at 21 Air, Adolpho Moreno and Michael Steinke, have “either coincidental or direct ties” to Gemini Air Cargo, a company previously named by Amnesty International as one of the air charter services involved in a CIA rendition program. Critics of America’s involvement in Venezuela have compared the Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980s, when Elliot Abrams, the the newly appointed special envoy overseeing policy toward Venezuela, funneled weapons to the Contras in humanitarian aid shipments.
GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA – Two executives at the company that chartered the U.S. plane that was caught smuggling weapons into Venezuela last week have been tied to an air cargo company that aided the CIA in the rendition of alleged terrorists to “black site” centers for interrogation. The troubling revelation comes as Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has rejected a U.S. “humanitarian aid” convoy over concerns that it could contain weapons meant to arm the country’s U.S.-backed opposition.
Last Tuesday, Venezuelan authorities announced
that 19 rifles, 118 ammo magazines, 90 radios and six iPhones had been
smuggled into the country via a U.S. plane that had originated in Miami.
The authorities blamed the United States government for the illicit
cargo, accusing it of seeking to arm U.S.-funded opposition groups in
the country in order to topple the current Maduro-led government.
A subsequent investigation into the plane responsible for the weapons caché conducted by McClatchyDC
received very little media attention despite the fact that it uncovered
information clearly showing that the plane responsible for the shipment
had been making an unusually high number of trips to Venezuela and
neighboring Colombia over the past few weeks.
Steffan Watkins, an Ottawa-based analyst, told McClatchy in a telephone interview that the plane, which is operated by U.S. air cargo company 21 Air,
had been “flying between Philadelphia and Miami and all over the place,
but all continental U.S.” during all of last year. However, Watkins
noted that “all of a sudden in January, things changed” when the plane
began making trips to Colombia and Venezuela on a daily basis, sometimes
multiple times a day.
According to Watkins’ analysis, this
single plane had conducted 40 round-trip flights from Miami
International Airport to Caracas and Valencia — where the smuggled
weapons had been discovered — in Venezuela, as well as to Bogota and
Medellin in Colombia in just the past month.
Publicly available flight radar information
shows that the plane, although it has not returned to Venezuela since
the discovery of its illicit cargo, has continued to travel to Medellin,
Colombia, as recently as this past Monday.
Multiple CIA ties
In addition to the dramatic and
abrupt change in flight patterns that occurred just weeks before U.S.
Vice President Mike Pence prompted Venezuelan opposition member Juan
Guaidó to declare himself “interim president,” a subsequent McClatchyfollow-up investigation
also uncovered the fact that two top executives at the company that
owns the plane in question had previously worked with a company
connected to controversial CIA “black sites.”
Indeed, the chairman and majority
owner of 21 Air, Adolfo Moreno, and 21 Air’s director of quality
control, Michael Steinke, both have “either coincidental or direct ties”
to Gemini Air Cargo, a company previously named by
Amnesty International as one of the air charter services involved in a
CIA rendition program. In this CIA program, individuals suspected of
terrorism were abducted by the intelligence agency and then taken abroad
to third-country secret “black sites” where torture, officially termed
“enhanced interrogation,” was regularly performed.
Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon, Threatened by National Enquirer with Exposure of Intimate Photos
Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, owner of the Washington Post, and reportedly the richest man in the world, was threatened by the parent company of the National Enquirer that it would publish nude and intimate photos of him and his mistress unless he agreed to remain silent about the Inquirer’s role in squelching adverse stories about President Trump. Bezos responded by posting the threatening email. It is ironic that Bezos, through its selling of private information about Amazon customers and Amazon’s role in creating high-tech surveillance tools, found himself the victim of his own specialty. -GEG
The National Enquirer has engaged in behavior so lowly and
unscrupulous that it created a seemingly impossible storyline: the
world’s richest billionaire and a notorious labor abuser, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, as a sympathetic victim.
On Thursday, Bezos published emails
in which the Enquirer’s parent company explicitly threatened to publish
intimate photographs of Bezos and his mistress, which were apparently
exchanged between the two through their iPhones, unless Bezos agreed to a
series of demands involving silence about the company’s conduct.
In a perfect world, none of the sexually salacious material the
Enquirer was threatening to release would be incriminating or
embarrassing to Bezos: it involves consensual sex between adults that is
the business of nobody other than those involved and their spouses. But
that’s not the world in which we live: few news events generate
moralizing interest like sex scandals, especially among the media.
Democrat Lawmaker Tells Teen Blogger “You’re Right to Be Afraid of Us”
CJ Pearson, a 16-year old black pro-Trump blogger, tweeted that the woman next to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez kept trying to look the other way as Trump gave his State of the Union speech. US Representative, Nydia Velazquez, a Democrat, wrote back, “I’m not “the woman sitting next to her”. “@AOC and I — and millions like us — are the future of this country. And you’re right to be afraid of us.” The Congresswoman now is facing backlash on Twitter for telling a kid that Americans should be afraid of Congress. Pearson, however, got it right when he replied: “Nydia, nothing about you nor [Ocasio-Cortez] scares me. It’s your policies — that jeopardize the stability of our nation and the future of my generation — that scare me,” -GEG
Democratic New York Rep. Nydia Velazquez told pro-Trump teen pundit
CJ Pearson that “you’re right to be afraid of us” Tuesday after he
referred to her as “the woman next to” Democratic New York Rep.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a tweet about the State of the Union
“Hi CJ Pearson, I’m not ‘the woman sitting next to her,’” Velazquez wrote on Twitter Tuesday night. “[Ocasio-Cortez] and I — and millions like us — are the future of this country. And you’re right to be afraid of us. But you should learn my name.”
Pearson, 16, had joked on Twitter that “[Ocasio-Cortez] has been talking this entire speech and the woman next to her keeps trying to look the other way” during the State of the Union address Tuesday night.
Pearson responded to Velazquez’s remarks Wednesday.
“I’m sorry, Congresswoman, but as [President] Donald Trump said — socialism will NOT be the future of this country. And Nydia, nothing about you nor [Ocasio-Cortez] scares me. It’s your policies — that jeopardize the stability of our nation and the future of my generation — that scare me,” he wrote on Twitter.
Others weighed in on the interaction between the congresswoman and the high schooler.
Virginia Politics Is in Chaos as Top-Three Democrat Officeholders Face Scandals Involving Infanticide, Racism and Sexual Assault
Last week, Ralph Northam, the Governor of Virginia, advocated third-trimester abortion and infanticide following birth if a child is deformed. Several days later, he faced another scandal when it was discovered that, when he was in medical school, he posted a photo in the school yearbook of a man in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan robe. Then, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax was accused of sexual assault on a woman in 2004 at the Democrat Convention. The third in line for the governor’s office is Attorney General Mark Herring who admitted that that, when he was an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, he wore brown makeup and a wig to a party to look like a black rapper.
There is strong public and political pressure for these men to resign from their posts because of these disclosures and, if they do, the Republican Speaker of Virginia’s House of Delegates, Kirk Cox, will become acting Governor. [The Democrats are not likely to allow that to happen, so the net effect of all this likely will not involve significant change. But it’s entertaining to see how how many politicians have skeletons in their closets. Some of us even suspect that this is a requirement for being endorsed by a major party because those skeletons can be useful for controlling the office holders.] -GEG
Attorney General Mark Herring, third in the line of succession to Virginia’s governor’s office, announced Wednesday morning that he “wore blackface at a college party” sometime in the mid-1980s, according to Bloomberg News.
top Virginia Democrat — Attorney General Mark Herring — admitted
Wednesday to putting on blackface in the 1980s, when he was a college
student,” the outlet reported. “Herring issued a statement saying he
wore brown makeup and a wig in 1980 to look like a black rapper during a
party as a 19 -year-old undergraduate at the University of Virginia.”
who is in his second term as Attorney General — and was reportedly
planning to run for governor in 2021 — called the incident “ridiculous”
in a statement released to media.
“It sounds ridiculous even now
writing it. But because of our ignorance and glib attitudes – and
because we did not have an appreciation for the experiences and
perspectives of others – we dressed up and put on wigs and brown
makeup,” he said in his statement.
“That conduct clearly shows
that, as a young man, I had a callous and inexcusable lack of awareness
and insensitivity to the pain my behavior could inflict on others,” he
continued. “It was really a minimization of both people of color, and a
minimization of a horrific history I knew well even then.”
New York Times’ Jonathan Martin reported early Wednesday that Herring
had convened a hasty meeting to discuss “an issue” with the state’s
legislative black caucus, leaving reporters to suspect that all three of
Virginia’s top legislators were embroiled in trouble. At the time,
though, neither Herring nor the legislative black caucus was willing to
give details on possible transgressions.
Martin instead tweeted
that VA Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat, “had a private
meeting this morning with the legislative black caucus,” according to a
member of the caucus, Del. Lamont Bigby.
Asked if Herring discussed a photo of his own, Bagby said ‘He’ll talk about it,'” Martin added. “Before he could say more, the House min ldr pulled him into a private room.”
When asked by media to explain what was going on, Bagby said only that, “I imagine we’re not praying enough,” according to The Washington Post. Another legislator added that, “It’s a mess.”
state government has been gripped by scandal since last week, when a
photo surfaced of two individuals at a party in the early to mid-1980s,
one dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan and the other outfitted in
minstrel show-style blackface makeup. The photo appeared on Northam’s
medical school yearbook page, and, initially, Northam took full
responsibility for the picture, though he would not say which of the two
individuals he was.
Germany: Antifa Publishes 2019 Election Strategy to Assassinate Politicians in the AfD Party
Indymedia, a radical leftist German Antifa website, published detailed instructions on how to assassinate anti-immigration AfD politicians. [You have to read these instructions to fully appreciate that they are a manual for murder.] Alice Weidel, a leader in the AfD party, has urged the German government to classify Antifa as a terrorist organization and for the Secret Service to prosecute Antifa for acts of violence. In response, the German government is threatening to come after members of the AfD party. -GEG
Radical German Antifa website Indymedia published detailed
instructions for assassinating specific AfD politicians as part of the
2019 Euro election campaign.
The post was published on Jan. 30 by the Anti-German Antifa Underground (AAU).
“Instructions for Assassinations on AfD Swine during the Election Campaign!
First, obtain two polymer composite firearms in countries with more liberal gun laws (Norway, Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, France, Austria). The (high-power) Glock 20 10mm is ideal. Purchase digital Motorola SRX 2200 walkie-talkies with encryption. Use a Trojan horse getaway vehicle: A van containing a change of clothes and several motorbikes will full tanks of gas.
Reconnoiter AfD campaign events. Choose target at will. The more well-known, the better (Von Storch, Weidel, Gauland, Meuthen). Björn Höcke is a primary high-value target (HVT). Andreas Kalbitz is also a HVT. Lesser-known AfD candidates are suitable as moving targets.
Study the locations, access paths, roads on maps.
Form teams. The A team should consist of two armed operators. White German women are ideal. Bodyguards will pay less attention to women who are pretty, made-up, and well-dressed. Running shoes required.
The B team are spotters to keep an eye on the surroundings. Spotters remain outside the main campaign venue. They transmit only the most vital info via secure walkie-talkies. They are equipped with fireworks to distract bodyguards.
The armed operators maintain a low profile at the event. Scan the venue for target, bodyguards, police. Movements and breathing must be calm, facial expression friendly and relaxed.
The spotters decide via walkie-talkie when to ignite fireworks as distraction. Before the explosion, they should begin leaving the premise in different directions on bicycles at a usual pace of approx. 15 kph. When the distraction occurs, the bodyguards will be focused on the direction of the bangs. At this moment, the operators close in on target. Draw weapons slowly and cross-fire double-tap at the immobilized target’s head. Immediately deposit weapon in coat or jacket pocket and hold on to it. Fire at threats from pocket if necessary.
Quickly make your way out of the frightened crowd to getaway van. Change clothes. Leave weapons behind. Drive van to prearranged location, scatter on motorbikes.
Van driver must clean the inside thoroughly. Get rid of stolen license plates. Destroy discarded clothes completely with burning gasoline. Disassemble weapons, dispose of parts in various locations. Wipe ammo clean and place in empty cigarette package. Throw package in trash.
Thereafter, each team member is on their own. Eat fresh fruit.”
AfD Chair in the German Bundestag Alice Weidel responded to the threat,
“With this outright call to murder, the far-left terror
against the AfD has reached a new level. If they are calling for armed
assassination, it seems all restraint has fallen. I call on the German
government to classify so-called Antifa as a terrorist organization and
close down the Indymedia portal. And I call on the Secret Service to
concentrate on the real threats to democracy in this country instead of
compiling huge, empty dossiers on the democratic opposition.”
The new head of German Secret Service Thomas Haldenwang recently overturned his predecessor Hans-Georg Maassen’s policy against persecuting the AfD (as Gateway Pundit predicted in November.)
Permitting the Killing of Babies after Birth is the New Position on Abortion by Leaders within the Democrat Party
Leaders within the Democrat party are profoundly changing the party’s position on abortion. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that legalizes abortion up to the moment of birth. The law declares that children not yet born are not human. Cuomo, wearing a pink tie as he signed the bill, illuminated the new World Trade Center in pink lights to celebrate passing the bill. He described it as a profound ‘moral’ victory.
In Virginia, Kathy Tran, a Democrat state lawmaker, introduced a bill that allows abortion even as the mother is dilating, which means the birthing process is underway. The Democrat Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam, a pediatric physician, says that the infant would be delivered, kept comfortable and resuscitated, and then a decision would be made between the doctor and the mother. The Governor thereby acknowledged that the bill would allow infanticide after the baby is viable outside of the mother’s body. [This is a moral victory?] -GEG
Pure Hypocrisy! Twitter Bans Users Who Advise Laid Off Journalists To Follow Same Advice Those Journalists Previously Gave to Laid Off Coal Miners
When American blue-collar workers saw their way of life disappear because of technology or outsourcing over the past few years, journalists on the left advised them to ‘learn to code’ to qualify as programmers in the computer industry. That was a short-hand way of saying, “learn new skills and quit complaining.” Last week, when more than 1,000 journalists were laid off by HuffPost, BuzzFeed, and other liberal media organizations, Twitter users began recommending that they take their own advice and “learn to code.” But leftists who still dominate the media industry did not see the humor. Twitter responded by banning users who used this occasion to poke fun at the editorial bias of the media itself. -GEG
California’s New Governor, Gavin Newsom, Moves His Family Away From the City and Avoids Policies He Forces on Others
California’s new Governor, Gavin Newsom, is a wealthy leftist who avoids living under the policies he forces on others. He has shunned the Governor’s mansion, which is walking distance to the state capital in Sacramento, in favor of a $3.7-million home in the suburbs, which requires a 1-hour daily commute with his entourage, thus, increasing his carbon footprint. He has moved to a predominantly white neighborhood, which means his children are deprived of the diversity in Sacramento schools, where children speak 43 languages, and 40% do not speak English at home. -GEG
Another Mole? President Trump’s Nominee for Atty General, William Barr, Is Close Friends with Robert Mueller
President Trump nominated William Barr for the position as attorney general, recently vacated by Jeff Sessions. Barr says he will not hinder or interfere with the Mueller investigation, despite the damage it has done to the President and despite its failure to produce proof of Russian collusion. Barr and Mueller – and their wives – are close friends. Mueller attended the weddings of Barr’s children. -GEG
The incoming chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday that attorney general nominee William Barr has confidence in special counsel Robert Mueller and will let him complete his Russia investigation.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said after meeting with Barr, who led the Justice Department under President George H.W. Bush, that Barr has a “high opinion” of Mueller. Barr was spending most of Wednesday on Capitol Hill, meeting senators on the committee before his confirmation hearing next week.
“He had absolutely no indication he was going to tell Bob Mueller what to do or how to do it,” Graham said.
President Donald Trump pushed out Attorney General Jeff Sessions in November and made Sessions’ chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, the acting attorney general before nominating Barr in December.
Trump’s critics have expressed concern that Barr may try to curtail Mueller’s investigation, which Trump repeatedly has called a “hoax” and a “witch hunt.” Also, Barr wrote an unsolicited memo to the Justice Department last year critiquing Mueller’s investigation into whether the president sought to obstruct justice by firing James Comey as FBI director.
Graham said Barr also told him about his longtime relationship with Mueller. Barr and Mueller worked together when Barr was Bush’s attorney general from 1991 to 1993 and Mueller oversaw the department’s criminal division. Graham said that the two men were “best friends,” that their wives attended Bible study together and that Mueller had attended the weddings of Barr’s children.
“So his opinion of Mr. Mueller is very, very high in terms of ethics and character and professionalism,” Graham said.
Graham listed a number of questions that he had put to Barr: “I asked Mr. Barr directly, ‘Do you think Mr. Mueller is on a witch hunt?’ He said no. ‘Do you think he would be fair to the president and the country as a whole?’ He said yes. ‘And do you see any reason for Mr. Mueller’s investigation to be stopped?’ He said no. ‘Do you see any reason for a termination based on cause?’ He said no. ‘Are you committed to making sure Mr. Mueller can finish his job?’ ‘Yes.’”
Graham said Barr said that if he were attorney general, he would “err on the side of transparency” when he eventually received Mueller’s report.
The senator said Barr also told him that he has a high opinion of Rod Rosenstein, the current deputy attorney general who has so far overseen the Mueller investigation and is expected to leave office if Barr is confirmed.
Parkland School Shooting: Disgraced Deputy, Who Covered for Sheriff’s Son’s Assault, Keeps $100K Pension
Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy, Scot Peterson, is now retired and receiving a full pension of more than $100,000 per year, despite refusing to confront Eric Cruz, accused of shooting and killing 17 people at the the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018. Critics say that Sheriff Israel allowed Peterson to keep his pension as a political favor for protecting Israel’s son from prosecution for a sexual assault crime.
Real Clear Investigations says that a 2014 school incident report shows Sheriff Scott Israel’s son, Brett, was 17 when he participated in a sexual assault against a 14-year old boy at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Instead of referring the assault case for criminal prosecution, Peterson called for the Sheriff’s son merely to be suspended from school for three days. -GEG
Parents of children gunned down in the Parkland school shooting in Florida last year have never understood two actions taken by Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel: his refusal to fire a campus-based deputy who failed to enter the school during the rampage that took 17 lives, and his continued defense of controversial Obama-era school policies that allowed the accused shooter, Nikolas Cruz, to avoid arrest and a police record and thereby purchase the murder weapon.
Some now think they have found the answer in a single incident that occurred in 2014. A police report shows that’s when Israel’s then-17-year-old son, Brett, was accused of participating in a sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The case was investigated by Scot Peterson — the armed deputy who took cover while children and staff were shot last February. Using the Obama-era guidelines, Peterson’s recommendation helped his boss’s son receive just a three-day suspension.
“Everyone in this county is wondering why Peterson was allowed to retire so quickly and take his pension,” said local attorney Alex Arreaza, who represents victims of the school tragedy. “Normally deputies would not be allowed to retire under those circumstances, but in this case, Peterson was allowed to. This report gives a plausible reason,” he said.
According to the four-page report filed by Peterson, the victim, who was a freshman at the time, alleged that Israel, then the school’s starting quarterback, held him down while another senior kicked him, grabbed his genitals and rammed a baseball bat between his buttocks, simulating rape.
People familiar with the case say Peterson could have referred Israel for felony charges, but reduced the crime to “simple battery,” making him eligible for a leniency program requiring no arrest. “The school district’s disciplinary matrix requires no law enforcement action required regarding the incident,” the deputy wrote.
“A child was sexually assaulted and Peterson reduced the charges to fit a matrix and report it as information. This allowed the deputy to put it away and not do anything,” said Arreaza, who is suing both Israel and Peterson on behalf of Anthony Borges, a Stoneman Douglas student who survived the massacre, despite being shot five times.
Arreaza said that the same lax disciplinary culture meant Cruz was never expelled or sent to the juvenile justice system despite committing multiple offenses every year throughout middle and high school. Peterson was warned at least twice of the threat Cruz posed as an active shooter, but failed to investigate the matter. Peterson had an office on the Stoneman Douglas campus, where he’d been posted for nine years.
Though armed with a handgun, Peterson failed to go into the building to confront the shooter when he opened fire last Feb. 14. He took position behind two concrete walls outside the building and never fired a shot, even though the suspect stopped five times to reload. With a single AR-15 semi-automatic rifle reloaded from a vest he wore that held 30-round magazines, Cruz allegedly managed to fire more than 140 rounds inside the building, slaughtering 17, including both students and teachers, and wounding another 17, including Borges.
While Israel publicly criticized Peterson for inaction during the shooting, he didn’t fire his deputy, instead letting him resign and receive a public pension of almost $105,000 a year (not including health-care benefits). The 55-year-old Peterson will collect monthly payments of more than $8,700 for the rest of his life.
Arreaza suspects that Israel protected Peterson because the deputy protected his son from prosecution, adding that Israel tried to keep the four-year-old incident report under tight wraps. After the report was leaked to him, Arreaza said that “a BSO [Broward Sheriff’s Office] attorney called me to try to scare me into not doing anything with it.” RealClearInvestigations has obtained a full, unredacted copy of the report, but is withholding the name of the victim.
Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow died in the shooting, speculated that Peterson’s dispensing of the case provided him with “job security.” Pollack is also suing Peterson, whom he’s slammed as “the coward of Broward.”
New York Legislators’ Charity for Minority Students Spends Funds on Lavish Parties Instead of Scholarships
The New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, managed by state lawmakers, charges up to $50,000 to party with them at events that have included high-profile speakers such as Hillary Clinton and Jesse Jackson. The group has made zero contributions for scholarships over the past two years despite receiving more than $500,000. The group refuses to disclose its 2017 tax filing despite federal laws requiring that it be published. -GEG
A nonprofit run by state lawmakers to raise scholarship money for needy minority students spends most of the cash on its lavish annual soiree — including $6,000 on limos — and gave out no grants the last two years, The Post has learned.
The New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators organizes a “Caucus Weekend” — a series of workshops, concerts and parties — in Albany every February for minority members of the Assembly and the Senate.
The group charges sponsors up to $50,000 for a chance to party with lawmakers at events that have included Grammy Award-winning rappers and high-profile speakers such as Hillary Clinton and Jesse Jackson.
The Presidents Day weekend bash is capped off with a swanky black-tie Scholarship Gala where participants are reminded that they are “changing lives, one scholarship at a time,” according to the group’s Web site and literature.
The Presidents Day weekend bash is capped off with a swanky black-tie Scholarship Gala where participants are reminded that they are “changing lives, one scholarship at a time,” according to the group’s Web site and literature.
But in the last two years there has been no cash for scholarships, according to two sources — a former lawmaker, and a community organizer who has relied on the money for needy students since just after the group was founded in 1985.
Federal tax filings confirm that in the 2015-16 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, 2016, the group gave out no educational grants — despite raking in contributions totaling more than $500,000.
“I don’t know what happened,” said Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, a Westchester Democrat and the longtime treasurer for the group. “I just sign the checks they give me to sign.”
While students went without scholarships, the lawmakers at Caucus Weekend 2016 spent $128,000 on “food service,” $36,500 on music and $56,494 on “equipment rental.”
The group failed to furnish The Post with the subsequent year’s tax filings — October 2016 to September 2017 — despite a federal law requiring it to do so.
The group had its charitable status temporarily revoked in 2011 by the IRS after it failed to file tax returns for three consecutive years, according to federal tax documents.