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Hillary Clinton Faces Scrutiny For Use Of Private Jets

 

 

 

” Hillary Clinton took more than 200 privately chartered flights at taxpayer expense during her eight years in the U.S. Senate, sometimes using the jets of corporations and major campaign donors as she racked up $225,756 in flight costs.

  Clinton, 67, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, reported the travel in official filings with the Senate. The records were provided to Bloomberg News by a Republican operative.

  Some of the companies whose planes she used included Coca-Cola Co., Citigroup Inc. and Saban Capital Group Inc.

  While the flights fell within congressional rules and were not out of the ordinary for senators at the time, they could play into the emerging Republican line of attack that Clinton’s wealth and years in government office have left her out of touch with the voters she’ll court on the campaign trail. 

  Republican Mitt Romney, who is considering another bid for president, took a swipe at Clinton’s suggestion to voters that “corporations and businesses” don’t create jobs when he spoke in Starkville, Mississippi, last night.”

 

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Big Green Radicals Takes DiCaprio To Task For His Environmental Hypocrisy

 

 

 

 

” Leonardo Dicaprio is a self-proclaimed environmentalist. He is an NRDC board member and has lent his name – and his voice – to numerous environmental causes over the years. But you wouldn’t know it by the way he accumulates property. He has bought three properties since February: a $10 million apartment in New York’s Greenwich Village, an $8 million apartment adjacent to his existing $4 million one in the city’s Battery Park, and a $5.2 million, six-bedroom, 1.34 acre mansion in Palm Springs. He also owns a large waterfront home in Malibu.

  Such excess has a majorly negative impact on the environment. According to the World Economic Forum, buildings contribute around 40 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, consume huge amounts of natural resources, and are major solid waste and water pollution generators. Leo could live up to his and his organization’s high environmental standards for the rest of us if he were to simply cut down his property ownership. This would be a far easier lifestyle change than the ones he and his organization advocate for ordinary folks. For example, the NRDC calls for the country to move on from energy produced from coal and natural gas, despite the fact that this would cause electricity bills for everyday Americans to skyrocket. But apparently what’s good for the rest of us isn’t good enough for Leo himself.

  Environmentally burdensome property ownership is simply the latest example in a long line of environmental hypocrisy from Leo, who recently said that he’d like to take some time off from acting to “fly around the world doing good for the environment.” It is also just the latest example of hypocrisy from NRDC board members like Laurie David and Robert Redford, who demand clean energy for us, but like conventional energy for themselves. Redford owns three housesdrives SUVs, and regularly flies in private jets. But, unlike Leo, at least Redford has admitted to his hypocrisy. Leo remains walled in his glass houses.”

 

 

Go to Big Green Radicals for much more on the hypocrisy of the environmental alarmist industry .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOP: MENENDEZ SPENDING 87% OF WEALTH TO PAY FOR FLIGHTS RAISES QUESTIONS

 

Casa de Campo: A gated paradise: An inside look at the exclusive Dominican resort where the rich and famous vacation — and where Sen. Robert Menendez was occasionally a guest.

 

Who paid for the lodging ? This looks even more expensive than the private flights .

 

” On Tuesday, the National Journal reported that Menendez spent up to 87 percent of his entire wealth to pay back campaign donor Dr. Salomon Melgen for two 2010 flights to the Dominican Republic. Menenedez has admitted to three such flights aboard Melgen’s jet and claims all three occurred in 2010.

“When Robert Menendez arrived in the U.S. Senate in 2006, he was a relative pauper in a chamber often called a millionaires’ club,” National Journal’s Shane Goldmacher reported.

The New Jersey Democrat ranked 97th out of 100 senators in terms of his personal wealth, according to financial records filed that year and compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. So Menendez’s decision last month to use his personal funds to reimburse a prominent political contributor $58,500 for two flights to the Dominican Republic came at a major cost. The repayment amounts to between 32 percent and 87 percent of the assets Menendez reported holding in bank accounts and stock, according to his latest financial-disclosure form, which was filed last year.

Menendez did not pay Melgen back for the flights until early 2013, after investigative reports incited public scrutiny. Menendez paid Melgen $58,500 in early January for two of the flights. The third was paid for by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which Menendez chaired back in 2010.”

 

There would seem to be lots of questions regarding Mr Menendez’ finances .