After Pay To Play Accusations Christie Administration Sells Stake In Venture Firm

By: Tuesday September 16, 2014 1:22 pm

The New Jersey Pension Fund has now sold a stake in a venture capital firm tied to one of Governor Christie’s campaign contributors according to The Bergen Record. The investment by the NJ Pension Fund in General Catalyst Partners became a scandal when it was revealed that one of the beneficiaries of that investment, Charles Baker, had contributed to Governor Chris Christie’s reelection campaign, arguably in violation of New Jersey’s pay to play law.

 

Apparently, you can never dig deeply enough

By: Monday September 8, 2014 1:30 am

ortunately for FIFA it has no conscience…and a penchant for ironic comedy.

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell & Wife Convicted on Public Corruption Charges

By: Friday September 5, 2014 9:49 am

Once considered a presidential contender and future leader of the Republican Party, former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell was found guilty Thursday on 11 counts of public corruption. Both McDonnell and his wife Maureen were convicted of selling access to the office of the governor in exchange for gifts and money. Maureen McDonnell was only convicted on eight counts.

Late Night: Defective X-Ray Pornscanners. You Can See Sideboobs But Not Sidearms

By: Wednesday August 20, 2014 8:00 pm

Wired has a story today about a team of security researchers demonstrated how people can slip weapons and explosives past TSA’s Rapiscan full-body X-ray scanners.

The article talks about blogger Jonathan Corbett who published a YouTube video two years ago showing some of these same failings which the TSA pooh-poohed. Now these researchers from the University of California at San Diego, the University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins are showing the same things and more.

Late Night: Man vs. Machine

By: Thursday August 14, 2014 8:00 pm

When I was in college, I took a two part class called War in the Modern World, as a conscious departure from the social history that was my focus of study. The experience was eye-opening, and continues to be.

By “modern,” it referred to the period from the US Civil War to the present (the early 1980′s), based on the fact that the Civil War was won by pure industrial might, and the victor was the belligerent that could out-produce the other and hurl the most materiel and men onto the pile.

Governor Cuomo Receives Warning From US Attorney About Obstructing Justice and Witness Tampering

By: Friday August 1, 2014 10:50 am

On the heels of reports that New York Governor Cuomo’s staff interfered with investigations into corruption involving firms connected to the governor, the US Attorney for New York, Preet Bharara, has warned Cuomo and staff about obstructing justice and witness tampering.

Governor Cuomo’s staff have reportedly already told a New York state commission investigating corruption, the Moreland Commission, to pull back subpoenas from political consulting firms that work with Governor Cuomo’s re-election campaign. This despite Governor Cuomo himself establishing the commission to respond to a wave of corruption plaguing New York state government.

FISA Court Judges Signing Off on NSA Surveillance Programs Invest in Verizon Stock

By: Monday July 28, 2014 12:12 pm

The secretive court that rules on the legality of NSA domestic surveillance programs has members holding stakes in the telecommunications companies affected by the court’s decisions. This conflict of interest poses a serious risk to the actual and perceived impartiality of the shadowy court.

Cuomo Administration Interfered With Ethics Investigation

By: Thursday July 24, 2014 10:06 am

How is that Working Families Party endorsement looking now? Members of the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reportedly interfered with investigators trying to get to the bottom of political corruption in New York State.

Ernst & Young Pays $4 Million to SEC for Illegally Lobbying Congress

By: Thursday July 17, 2014 1:28 pm

Ernst & Young, one the largest and most prestigious accounting firms in the country, has agreed to pay the SEC $4 million to settle charges of illegally lobbying Congress. Though in the institutional role of independent auditor, Ernst & Young employees lobbied congressional staff on behalf of two of their clients providing “prohibited legislative advisory services.”

Senator Cory Booker Caught Up In Newark Watershed Scandal

By: Wednesday July 16, 2014 2:15 pm

Though other scandals may be more prominent in New Jersey at present, the investigation into the corrupt practices of the Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corporation (NWCDC) is slowly but surely making progress with Senator Cory Booker coming under scrutiny. The NWCDC was charged with managing Newark’s water and was paid by the City of Newark $10 million a year to ensure the city had access to potable water.

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