Senate Dems Request IG Inspection re: Emolument Clause Violation

U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CN), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) called on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General John Roth to conduct an investigation into whether President Trump has violated the Domestic Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution by using DHS funds for security when he and his family’s travel also potentially enriches his private business holdings. As the senators noted, President Trump has refused to establish a blind trust for his vast business assets, raising significant potential for conflicts of interest and risking the perception that he is using the presidency for his family’s private gain.

For example, when the President visits his private club, Mar-a-Lago, which is still operating as a business, he brings with him staff, Secret Service, and military aides. If DHS is using its resources to pay Mar-a-Lago for rooms or other expenses, such an arrangement allows the president to personally profit off of every vacation he takes to his properties. A similar problem arises when Secret Service accompanies the Trump children on Trump Organization business trips, and potentially when it provides security for Trump Tower in New York City. The senators highlighted that any payment for goods or services from the federal government to the Trump Organization amounts to a violation of the Domestic Emoluments Clause.

Distinct from the Foreign Emoluments Clause, the Domestic Emoluments Clause is contained in Article II, Section 1 of the United States Constitution, which reads “The President shall, at stated Times, receive for his Services, a Compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the Period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that Period any other Emolument from the United States, or any of them.”

Emolument has been interpreted to mean any profit from taxpayer resources.

The Mar-a-Lago controversy is just one of the many examples of ways that the president may be directing federal resources to benefit his and his families interests, the senators stated.

The senators wrote, “as you know, President Trump has not maintained this tradition of transparency and accountability. Instead, he placed his vast business holdings in a fully revocable trust that is overseen by Donald Trump, Jr. and one of President Trump’s longtime business associates, Allen Weisselberg. President Trump’s two adult sons manage the Trump Organization businesses, but the President is the trust’s named beneficiary and maintains the control to revoke the trust or change the management at any time.”

“This arrangement raises significant potential for conflicts of interest and risks the perception that President Trump is exploiting his public office for his family’s private gain,” the senators continued.

The president’s vacations to “Mar-a-Lago highlight the significant potential conflicts of interest that exist due to the President’s refusal to divest his assets and place them in a blind trust. The Secret Service expenses potentially incurred to stay at Mar-a-Lago are just one example of the numerous likely conflicts that will arise that involve using Department of Homeland Security (DHS) resources in a way that privately benefits the President and his family. We believe your office must conduct a thorough investigation into these issues and continuously monitor the potential for conflicts and violations of the Domestic Emoluments Clause of the Constitution during President Trump’s term,” the senators added.

Here’s the full text of the letter:

Hearing on AB159 Prohibiting Hydraulic Fracturing Statewide – HumboldtDems

Assembly Bill 159 will be heard by the Assembly Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining committee Tuesday February 21st at 1:30pm.

Here is a digest of the bill:

Section 1 of this bill prohibits any person from engaging in hydraulic fracturing in this State, and section 5 of this bill repeals provisions relating to the hydraulic fracturing program. Sections 2 and 3 of this bill make conforming changes. Section 4 of this bill provides that any permit issued by the Division of Minerals before the effective date of this bill, authorizing a person to drill and operate an oil or gas well that is or is intended to be hydraulically fractured, expires on that date.

Read the full article at: Hearing on AB159 Prohibiting Hydraulic Fracturing Statewide – HumboldtDems

2017 NSDP Officer Candidates

Candidate filing for officer elections including Chair, First Vice-Chair, Second Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer is now closed. The deadline for filing was 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Here the slate of candidates in the running:

vote23.jpgChair

  • Matthew Buehler
  • Owen Carver
  • Kimi Cole
  • Erin Bilbray-Kohn
  • William McCurdy

First Vice-Chair

  • Jeffry Collins
  • Michael Mares
  • Andrew Martin
  • Marty McGarry
  • Leslie Sexton

Second Vice-Chair

  • Marco Henry
  • Sam Lieberman
  • Adam Shepherd

Secretary

  • Tacy Geesaman
  • Marla Turner

Treasurer

  • Jan Churchill
  • Kristal Glass
  • Patrick Patin

Nomination forms may be found on our website under the “State Central Committee” tab. Elections will be held at the central committee meeting on March 4, 2017 in Las Vegas. Current central committee members in good standing are eligible to vote

Emerge Nevada Announces Next Class of Aspiring Women Political Leaders

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Photo Credit: Carissa Snedeker

Emerge Nevada, the state’s premier organization for recruiting and training Democratic women to run for political office, announced today that it has selected its 2017 class. This year’s group of future women political leaders was limited to women who intend to run for office within the next three years. Many have never been involved in grassroots politics before, which is owed to new and historic interest after the 2016 election. The women hail from both the north and southern parts of Nevada, come from diverse backgrounds, spanning the spectrum of races, sexual orientation, socioeconomic levels and professional experiences.

“Emerge Nevada is thrilled to welcome our class of 2017,” said Marla Turner, President of Emerge Nevada. “Our organization selected exceptional applicants, who will seize on political opportunities once they are given the tools necessary to run an effective campaign. Given the results of the November election and the need for Democrats to regain power they’ve lost over the last few cycles, these women’s voices are needed in our government now more than ever.”

Emerge Nevada’s training program offers Democratic women who want to run for public office a unique opportunity. Women who are accepted receive 90 hours of in-depth education over six months that inspires them to run for office and gives them the tools to win. The program’s trainers are comprised of an elite team of campaign consultants, advisors and staff from all over the country, who have been involved in some of the most successful campaigns and initiatives seen in recent election cycles.

Participants learn from these experts and develop practical knowledge in areas such as public speaking, fundraising, campaign strategy, voter contact, media and messaging and others. Candidates also meet an array of dynamic women who hold elected and appointed office and become a part of a supportive network, which includes a national association of Emerge alumnae, the Emerge board and advisory council members.

“I’m excited to be a part of Emerge Nevada’s 2017 class and am looking forward to learning how I can use my skills and experience to chart a path to a successful career in politics,” said Alison Brasier. “While Nevada is doing better than most states, our government in general doesn’t have nearly enough women serving in it. I hope my classmates and I will go on to become Nevada’s next generation of female political leaders.”

Emerge Nevada has a proven track record for getting Democratic women elected. Since the organization launched in 2007, the program has equipped more than 150 women with the skills needed to bring change to their communities. More than 65% of the alumnae have gone on to run for political office or been appointed to local boards or commissions, and of those who have gone on to run for an elected position, 89% have won. Emerge Nevada’s commitment to diversity also means that the women selected for the program come from a multitude of different backgrounds and all walks of life.

“The results of the 2016 election were certainly a wakeup call for me,” said Tacy Geesaman. “The morning after, I decided that I wasn’t going to wait for other people to make my community, state and country a better place. It was time for me to step up myself.”

Criteria for selection into the class included, evidence of political leadership experience or potential; meaningful involvement in workplace or community; interest in pursuing political office; demonstrated ability to bring together disparate groups to achieve a goal; ability and desire to build effective networks; ability to articulate a personal political vision; demonstrated ability to inspire others; and commitment to full participation and attendance requirements of the trainings. Applicants had to be registered Democrats. Women of all ages, races, nationalities, marital status, religious affiliations, sexual orientations and physical abilities were encouraged to apply.

The 2017 Emerge Nevada Class:

  • Nancy Ayala
  • Shea Backus
  • Angela Best
  • Alison Brasier
  • Catherine Byrne
  • Kasina Douglass Boone
  • Asbury Edens
  • Tacy Geesaman
  • Anat Levy
  • Patrina McKinney
  • Erica Mosca
  • Sheila Peuchaud