The Obama administration channeled billions of dollars to activist group through the Department of Justice slush fund scheme, discovers a congressional investigation.
“It’s clear partisan politics played a role in the illicit actions that were made,” Republican Representative John Ratcliffe of Texas told Fox News. “The DOJ is the last place this should have occurred.”
It is made clear and discovered by the House Judiciary Committee that there was a secretive process in which were dispersed funds to a web of nonprofit organisations.
“Advocates for big government and progressive power are using the Justice Department to extort money from corporations,” said Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton. “It’s a shakedown. It’s corrupt, pure and simple.”
These non profit organizations are often abused by anyone, this one was abused by guess who- OBAMA of course. And again, of course, the republicans have done everything to push this scheme away.
The law says that when banks are sued for this kind of abuse, they are allowed to settle the cases by donating to third party groups. But the third party cannot be a victim in the money abuse.
To this day, investigations have shown over 3 billion dollars paid for third party non victims. So the banks can give the money to a nonprofit organizations instead of giving it back to the victim of the money abuse.
“The underlying problem with the slush funds is we don’t know exactly where the money is going,” said Ted Frank, director of The Competitive Enterprise Institute Center for Class Action Fairness. “Using enforcement authority to go after corporate defendants, DOJ bureaucrats are taking billions away from taxpayers to fund their pet projects overriding congressional preferences.”
Frank keeps on claiming that the Treasury Department should get the funds. But the Government have found that settlement agreements do not violate Congress’ rights.
Frank disagrees. “This is real abuse of power,” he said.
Funds were found to be funneled to left-leaning organizations such as the National Council of La Raza, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), and the National Urban League.”
A Senate majority staff report released last year from the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs cited the NCRC’s “checkered history” of promoting “illegal immigration and advocating for benefits and driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.”
Legislation to quash the practice faltered last year, but lawmakers are now pushing the effort to end the scheme with companion bills in the House and Senate.
“Democrats thought it was an attack on Obama,” said Republican Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma who has introduced the Stop Settlement Slush Fund Act of 2017. “This is not a Republican or Democrat issue, but one of good government. Actions settled by the federal government should go back to the federal government, back to the taxpayer.”
“Congress must permanently end the abuses Obama’s Justice Department exploited to use settlements to funnel money to their liberal friends,” Goodlatte said.
“Judicial Watch’s Fitton is eager to see the shadow subsidy scheme come to an end. “There is a massive left-wing infrastructure in place trying to protect the monstrous government created by the Obama administration.”