President Trump Inc.: 49 Businesses Launched Since Announcing for Office, but wait there’s more…
Posted: 05 September 2017 06:27 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Un f’n believable,

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Public Citizen Releases Report and Interactive Dataset on the President’s Business Empire, Highlighting For-Profit Presidency, Conflicts of Interest

Sept. 5, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump formed at least 49 business entities since announcing his candidacy – some even after winning in November and taking office in January – highlighting the ongoing conflicts of interest that plague his presidency, a new Public Citizen report (PDF) on Trump’s financial disclosures shows.

The data, which also documents Trump’s stake in more than 500 businesses, underscores the urgent need for the president to disclose his tax returns so Americans can determine the extent of his business holdings and how they may be affecting his policy decisions, Public Citizen maintains.

The report, “President Trump Inc.,” is part of a new Public Citizen project featuring an interactive data map, an animated video and a downloadable dataset that inventories what can be gleaned from Trump’s federal financial disclosure forms, and Delaware and New York business filings.

The interactive data map shows all of the businesses Trump has disclosed on his federal financial disclosure forms. It also offers all of the data Trump has disclosed relating to each business, such as its reported underlying assets and income, liabilities and place of business. Public Citizen has supplemented the data by determining the jurisdiction in which most of the businesses are registered, their registered agents and dates of formation. The data map also provides lines of connection between the businesses, offering users the ability to trace the ownership connections of the hundreds of entities.

Although just prior to being inaugurated as president, Trump announced plans to “separate” himself from his business empire, he still maintains ownership in his corporations and merely reshuffled his businesses into holding companies that are held by a trust that is controlled by Trump himself.

“Our current president has two jobs: leader of the free world and owner of hundreds of business entities worldwide. That combination is toxic for democracy,” said Michael Tanglis, senior researcher for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division and coordinator of the project. “The financial disclosure forms provide a road map for anyone – wealthy individuals or corporations, foreign or domestic, friend or foe – to buy favor with the president of the United States.”

Among Public Citizen’s findings:

Trump has created at least 49 business entities since he announced his bid for the Republican nomination on June 16, 2015. Roughly half of the entities were related to projects in foreign countries, including Argentina, India, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.

Seven days after he announced his candidacy for president, Trump formed more businesses than he had on any previous day. The businesses were related to projects in Indonesia. Months later, Trump brought Indonesian politicians out on the campaign trail with him, one of whom was later forced out of office amid corruption allegations.

The typical ownership structure of Trump’s businesses is like a Russian nesting doll, with businesses contained within businesses. Adding to the complexity, multiple nested entities contain parts of each other.

The federal financial disclosure form questions on income and liabilities leave gaping holes. For instance, “over $50 million” is the largest category that can be reported for debts, and Trump listed it in five instances on his most recent filing. Because there is no limit to this category, Trump’s disclosures provide no reassurance that he is not suffering from debilitating debts.

The financial disclosure form is ambiguous on whether reports on income should reflect the total revenue for businesses in a given year or the net earnings after expenses have been paid. Trump appears to have chosen to report gross revenue, which would offer no insight into his actual earnings. This raises the prospect that Trump’s businesses may be experiencing significant net losses in years in which he reported hundreds of millions of dollars of income.

“Without access to Trump’s taxes, we will never understand what Trump’s true income is, why he has structured his businesses as he has or how he might benefit from policies and decisions he makes as president,” Tanglis said.

Added Lisa Gilbert, Public Citizen’s vice president of legislative affairs, “Trump has made a mockery of the public trust by maintaining ownership of his businesses after entering the White House. The information in this report should provide a clarion call to Congress to require him to disclose his taxes and to establish prohibitions on Trump using his office to enrich himself.”

Read the report (PDF)
http://qz.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?key=-1&url_num=6&url=https://www.citizen.org/system/files/case_documents/president_trump_inc.pdf.

The fire hose seems to be gaining pressure rather diminishing.

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Posted: 07 September 2017 09:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Trump is like a serial killer daring the cops to catch him before he kills again, they’ll get him at some point.

Or the US has come to mean nothing… at which point it’s time to fall back on the Declaration of Independence.

http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

The consent of the governed is clearly lacking in the US, Trump is just the shit stained tip of the corrupt iceberg that produced him.

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