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2022-07-02 7:08:47 AM  
Hey, it's not like it was his money.
 
2022-07-02 8:13:08 AM  
Trump never gives mony, he pays people off.  Ask Stormy.
 
2022-07-02 8:45:24 AM  
The kicker is, it's probably perfectly legal.
 
2022-07-02 9:21:48 AM  
That will buy a lot of cigarettes in prison.
 
2022-07-02 9:22:54 AM  
A bribe masquerading as a donation. Sounds about Trump.
 
2022-07-02 9:25:08 AM  
That's just the money they can document fully.
 
2022-07-02 9:25:11 AM  
We've been over this.  Yes, it's money laundering.  But since it's above board, and includes an entity that allows for plausible deniability, there is nothing anyone can do about it.

Should there be stricter laws or even rules in place about this sort of thing?  Sure.  But who is going to make the rules?  The people that are currently using the system with such enthusiasm?  Yeah...  Don't hold your breath.
 
2022-07-02 9:32:58 AM  
I passed by starving people today. I can't do much because in borderline starving myself, and that is positively haunting.

And look what these people will drop a mil on like it's nothing.
 
2022-07-02 9:34:00 AM  
"Conservative Partnership Institute" sounds like "Legitimate Italian Businessmen's Club". At least the Jewish mob had "Murder Inc" which was more forthcoming.
 
2022-07-02 9:36:32 AM  
The part that's illegal is fundraising based on the big lie. That's wire fraud.
 
2022-07-02 9:37:38 AM  
Didn't we link to this exact same article last week?
 
2022-07-02 9:39:20 AM  

soopey: Didn't we link to this exact same article last week?


I don't think it even qualifies for the follow up since I didn't see any new info but I might be wrong
 
2022-07-02 9:39:28 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: Trump never gives mony, he pays people off.  Ask Stormy.


That entire thing was for show. Political tabloid journalism Filling the airwaves to hide the truth about what the administration was doing while in the White House
 
2022-07-02 9:44:26 AM  

maybeyoushould: I passed by starving people today. I can't do much because in borderline starving myself, and that is positively haunting.

And look what these people will drop a mil on like it's nothing.


90+% of us are one unfortunate happenstance away from becoming hungry and homeless.

Yeah we can pay the bills and such. But not with much margin. Still donate to the food bank and will buy a sammich in 7-11 for the homeless guy outside. Small things. I don't have 7-figures to toss around. Most of us don't.
 
2022-07-02 9:45:08 AM  

soopey: Didn't we link to this exact same article last week?


Yup. We've already had the outrage and ANGHs over this. Next?
 
2022-07-02 9:51:57 AM  
That would be a bribe.
 
2022-07-02 9:52:06 AM  

maybeyoushould: I passed by starving people today. I can't do much because in borderline starving myself, and that is positively haunting.

And look what these people will drop a mil on like it's nothing.


Can't you just buy more money?
 
2022-07-02 9:53:06 AM  
I am really not happy about how comfortable we've gotten with open bribes.
 
2022-07-02 9:56:58 AM  
Didn't we already know this?
 
2022-07-02 10:03:49 AM  
Money isn't going to launder itself
 
2022-07-02 10:21:08 AM  
You guys this is good news it will trickle down to us!
Yay!
 
2022-07-02 10:22:26 AM  
It really was the perfect storm.  The guy in power was more than willing to take advantage of every little unwritten rule and every vague law that he could to do business like a mob boss.  And if someone gave him any shiat about it he would just fire them via Twitter.

People elected a career grifter as president and are now shocked and surprised that he proceeded to pull one of the biggest grifts in history.
 
2022-07-02 10:35:00 AM  
Please, people! Trump is just a very generous man who cares deeply about humanity and charity. This is a man of tremendous faith, and there is surely nothing underhanded in wanting to keep criminal behavior secret. Nothing but the purest generosity, I assure all of you!
 
2022-07-02 10:35:04 AM  

Tor_Eckman: It really was the perfect storm.  The guy in power was more than willing to take advantage of every little unwritten rule and every vague law that he could to do business like a mob boss.  And if someone gave him any shiat about it he would just fire them via Twitter.

People elected a career grifter as president and are now shocked and surprised that he proceeded to pull one of the biggest grifts in history.


Anyone upset about this is not surprised though.

TFG deplorables will actively cheer - "Hey if it's not against the rules, good for him."
 
2022-07-02 10:35:12 AM  

Tor_Eckman: It really was the perfect storm.  The guy in power was more than willing to take advantage of every little unwritten rule and every vague law that he could to do business like a mob boss.  And if someone gave him any shiat about it he would just fire them via Twitter.

People elected a career grifter as president and are now shocked and surprised that he proceeded to pull one of the biggest grifts in history.


The only (slight) surprise is that so many were ok with it. Him trying it was never in question.
 
2022-07-02 10:39:45 AM  
That's a lot of free speech
 
2022-07-02 10:40:40 AM  
Yes we knew this back in February.
 
2022-07-02 10:42:35 AM  

claytonemery: The kicker is, it's probably perfectly legal.


Doesn't matter if it is.  Doesn't matter if it isn't.  Zero repercussions when TFG does it.
 
2022-07-02 10:47:56 AM  

powhound: maybeyoushould: I passed by starving people today. I can't do much because in borderline starving myself, and that is positively haunting.

And look what these people will drop a mil on like it's nothing.

90+% of us are one unfortunate happenstance away from becoming hungry and homeless.

Yeah we can pay the bills and such. But not with much margin. Still donate to the food bank and will buy a sammich in 7-11 for the homeless guy outside. Small things. I don't have 7-figures to toss around. Most of us don't.



This. If everyone in our households here on Fark suddenly lost their jobs permanently and got hit with unexpected medical expenses, within a few months to a few years, we're either living out of a car or draining retirement savings to nothing fast.

On the other hand, if you could snap your fingers and have every asset these people have magically disappear, they would be millionaires agin within a week because of the good 'ol boy upper class GOP network.
 
2022-07-02 10:52:41 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: claytonemery: The kicker is, it's probably perfectly legal.

Doesn't matter if it is.  Doesn't matter if it isn't.  Zero repercussions when TFG does it.


Conservatives would probably get mad and say mean things. We can't have that. They will quit working on compromising and passing legislation that helps regular people.
 
2022-07-02 10:54:37 AM  

Jake Havechek: That would be a bribe.


To the eyes of an intelligent person, yes, but in the eyes of the law, it was just a simple transaction between 2 political entities not mentioning specifically what the money was for or actually calling it a bribe.
 
2022-07-02 10:56:38 AM  

powhound: maybeyoushould: I passed by starving people today. I can't do much because in borderline starving myself, and that is positively haunting.

And look what these people will drop a mil on like it's nothing.

90+% of us are one unfortunate happenstance away from becoming hungry and homeless.

Yeah we can pay the bills and such. But not with much margin. Still donate to the food bank and will buy a sammich in 7-11 for the homeless guy outside. Small things. I don't have 7-figures to toss around. Most of us don't.


This is why I cooked in a homeless shelter every Sunday morning for many years -- there was little else I could do to help what I considered one of the larger problems society faces.

...and I figgered it was good karma -- because there, but for the grace of God go any one of us.
 
2022-07-02 10:59:00 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: claytonemery: The kicker is, it's probably perfectly legal.

Doesn't matter if it is.  Doesn't matter if it isn't.  Zero repercussions when TFG does it.


He really broke you, didn't he.
 
2022-07-02 11:00:23 AM  
Is this the coverup?
 
2022-07-02 11:00:54 AM  

LL316: Tor_Eckman: It really was the perfect storm.  The guy in power was more than willing to take advantage of every little unwritten rule and every vague law that he could to do business like a mob boss.  And if someone gave him any shiat about it he would just fire them via Twitter.

People elected a career grifter as president and are now shocked and surprised that he proceeded to pull one of the biggest grifts in history.

The only (slight) surprise is that so many were ok with it. Him trying it was never in question.


Hey -- when you offer comfort to the bigoted and the malafflicted, you offer institutional support like federal judges willing to undo the progress that has made America at least a more open and modern democracy than it was before 1965, than you'd be surprised how many Americans are down with that - 71+ million as of the last count.

It's all emotional.
 
2022-07-02 11:11:28 AM  

soopey: Didn't we link to this exact same article last week?


We've known this since at least February, 2022
 
2022-07-02 11:44:13 AM  
The organization may have "partner" in the name, but it is a corporation.  Meadows may be an employee of it but not a partner because it is not a partnership.  They have not posted for public inspection with the IRS their 2020 or 2021 Form 990 return (the latter still likely under extension) so we can't see yet what compensation he's being paid.

While the contribution itself may not be illegal, it does demonstrate consciousness of guilt and will likely be used to in the indictment and trial for obstruction of justice.
 
2022-07-02 12:06:51 PM  
It's not bribery unless it comes with a notarized declaration that the exchange is for illegal purposes.  Without that there's just no way for John Roberts to know if it's a bribe or just pals throwing millions of dollars around like pals do among themselves.  Hell, it could have been money for a friend bet between two buddies... like "Hey, Mark, I bet you a million dollars you can't help me try to steal an election."  And then Mark showed Donnie and did help him!  That's not illegal, that's just guys being guys.
 
2022-07-02 12:09:14 PM  

powhound: maybeyoushould: I passed by starving people today. I can't do much because in borderline starving myself, and that is positively haunting.

And look what these people will drop a mil on like it's nothing.

90+% of us are one unfortunate happenstance away from becoming hungry and homeless.

Yeah we can pay the bills and such. But not with much margin. Still donate to the food bank and will buy a sammich in 7-11 for the homeless guy outside. Small things. I don't have 7-figures to toss around. Most of us don't.


The other day a woman in front of 7-11 asked if I would buy her a blueberry muffin. Sure. I then drove to Jack In The Box and ended buying a guy a jumbo jack. I do this on a semi-regular basis when they ask. Some have asked for money and I offer to buy food. They sometimes refuse so they lose out. I don't want to support any bad habits they may have but I will buy food.
 
2022-07-02 12:11:48 PM  

Tor_Eckman: It really was the perfect storm.  The guy in power was more than willing to take advantage of every little unwritten rule and every vague law that he could to do business like a mob boss.  And if someone gave him any shiat about it he would just fire them via Twitter.

People elected a career grifter as president and are now shocked and surprised that he proceeded to pull one of the biggest grifts in history.


I'm not sure how shocked some of us are. With me it was completely expected. The shock would have been if he didn't.
 
2022-07-02 12:14:21 PM  
And totally a repeat.
 
2022-07-02 12:25:26 PM  

maybeyoushould: I passed by starving people today. I can't do much because in borderline starving myself, and that is positively haunting.

And look what these people will drop a mil on like it's nothing.


Whatever helps you sleep at night, mr. selfishpants.
 
2022-07-02 12:46:05 PM  

durbnpoisn: We've been over this.  Yes, it's money laundering.  But since it's above board, and includes an entity that allows for plausible deniability, there is nothing anyone can do about it.

Should there be stricter laws or even rules in place about this sort of thing?  Sure.  But who is going to make the rules?  The people that are currently using the system with such enthusiasm?  Yeah...  Don't hold your breath.


Perfect.
 
2022-07-02 12:50:12 PM  

RasIanI: powhound: maybeyoushould: I passed by starving people today. I can't do much because in borderline starving myself, and that is positively haunting.

And look what these people will drop a mil on like it's nothing.

90+% of us are one unfortunate happenstance away from becoming hungry and homeless.

Yeah we can pay the bills and such. But not with much margin. Still donate to the food bank and will buy a sammich in 7-11 for the homeless guy outside. Small things. I don't have 7-figures to toss around. Most of us don't.

This is why I cooked in a homeless shelter every Sunday morning for many years -- there was little else I could do to help what I considered one of the larger problems society faces.

...and I figgered it was good karma -- because there, but for the grace of God go any one of us.


Anything you do
Is better than anything you don't do

You think with your heart, and not your head. When more people learn this, there will be less poor people, and the people will be less poor.

On behalf of all human beings, thank you.
 
2022-07-02 1:22:13 PM  

maybeyoushould: I passed by starving people today. I can't do much because in borderline starving myself, and that is positively haunting.

And look what these people will drop a mil on like it's nothing.


You know those Everest climbers that literally can't stop to help someone in need because their survival margin is that slim? I think about that a lot.
 
2022-07-02 1:29:46 PM  
This edition of the American Banana Republic brought to you by the Trump Republican party and the letter C for corruption!
 
2022-07-02 1:30:15 PM  
This. If everyone in our households here on Fark suddenly lost their jobs permanently and got hit with unexpected medical expenses, within a few months to a few years, we're either living out of a car or draining retirement savings to nothing fast.

Talk about being a Cassandra...  I worked at a pharmaceutical plant for a while.  (Pretty cool too, learned how they make drugs, an unbelievably complicated process requiring hundreds of people.)  I interacted with about 100 people.  One was Wendy, young, very nice, very pregnant.  Asking about her, found her husband also worked at the plant.  I said as gently as I could, "Just a warning.  I've worked in industry for 25 years.  You two should not work at the same plant, or even in the same industry.  One of you should quit and go elsewhere."  "Why?  Drugs are recession-proof.  The company's never going away."  I said, "Every industry suffers downturns.  It's inevitable."  Anyway, a year later, the labs suffered a mass infection and had to shut down and clean for two months.  Didn't take, so they had to start over.  And let people go, including Wendy (now with a baby) and her husband.  Sigh...
 
2022-07-02 5:35:17 PM  
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