How Obama's DOJ used corrupt activities to fund leftist groups
Washington Free Beacon:
Former President Obama's Department of Justice sought to route settlement money to organizations of their "choosing" while seeking to exclude conservative groups, documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show.The Obama DOJ turned into a RICO organization that used government power to shakedown businesses to fund left-wing groups. This is corruption on a grand scale. If this is not already illegal, Congress should pass a law making it illegal so that if Democrats ever win another election they will be blocked from this type of corrupt activity.
The practice in question began in August 2014 when the Justice Department entered into a $17-billion settlement with Bank of America for selling residential mortgage-backed securities leading up to the 2008 financial collapse. Similar arrangements were made with J.P Morgan Chase and Citigroup that brought the total amount to $36.65 billion.
The DOJ settlement program has come under fire by a number of critics who refer to it as a "slush fund" that allows money to be funneled to third-party activist groups.
In some cases during settlement, the companies agreed to pay financial penalties that consisted of "donations" to nonprofits instead of giving the money directly to the Treasury. The Bank of America and Citigroup settlement included a provision that required $150 million in donations to groups that help people who have been harmed by corporate actions, with the donations counting for twice as much as money that is paid towards the settlement total.
Approved nonprofits included groups such as UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza), NeighborWorks America, and the National Urban League, which gives grants to left-leaning community organizing groups.
The documents obtained by the Free Beacon show that individuals in the Justice Department sought to route money to allied groups while excluding conservative groups.
"I'm sorry to be a pest. We keep tinkering with the settlement agreement and I want to make sure we are doing it right," Elizabeth Taylor, then the principal deputy associate attorney general, wrote in a November 6, 2013 email. "Can you explain to Tony the best way to allocate some money to an organization of our choosing?" she later added, referring to Associate Attorney General Tony West. (Emails are below)