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Tue Jan 29, 2019, 09:09 PM

Biggest donor for Mitch McConnell: Russian oligarch that the GOP just lifted sanctions on.

https://medium.com/@TheDemCoalition/mitch-mcconnells-ties-to-russian-oil-money-db56f16a4824

The Democratic Coalition’s ongoing investigation just uncovered the following evidence linking GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to Russian oil money, some of which we first revealed in February 2017.

McConnell recently voted to drop sanctions against Russian aluminum company RusAl which is still owned by one of Vladimir Putin’s sanctioned oligarchs, Oleg Deripaska. His action directly benefits one of the GOP leader’s major donors, whose fortune comes from Russian oil.

The Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC run by Sen. McConnell’s former Chief of Staff, received a total of $3,500,000 ($2,500,000 in 2016 and $1,000,000 in 2017) via Access Industries and a subsidiary. Len Blavatnik is a Russian oligarch with US and UK citizenship who owns Access Industries and donated to Sen. McConnell’s 2016 Senate campaign vehicles.

Blavatnik’s Access Industries made many of its billions from Putin’s decisions about its Russian oil partnership. He is also a long-term business partner of Kremlin-linked Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska at RuSal, in which he is a major investor, as well as Viktor Vekselberg, who is entangled with Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen through his U.S. family office Columbus Nova.

Last week, Sen. McConnell led 42 Republicans in voting against a resolution to maintain sanctions on Blavatnik’s business partner Deripaska.

The Trump Administration formally dropped sanctions on the night of January 27th, 2019, which were imposed against Deripaska, Blavatnik’s long time business partner, for his high-level role in Russia’s election attack against the United States in 2016. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is also a longtime business partner of Blavatnik.

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Reply Biggest donor for Mitch McConnell: Russian oligarch that the GOP just lifted sanctions on. (Original post)
CousinIT Jan 2019 OP
guillaumeb Jan 2019 #1
Wounded Bear Jan 2019 #17
guillaumeb Jan 2019 #52
ck4829 Jan 2019 #46
Hermit-The-Prog Jan 2019 #2
orleans Jan 2019 #30
TheFarseer Jan 2019 #3
ProudMNDemocrat Jan 2019 #4
smirkymonkey Jan 2019 #5
kimbutgar Jan 2019 #6
Squinch Jan 2019 #7
triron Jan 2019 #21
wishstar Jan 2019 #42
C_U_L8R Jan 2019 #8
Dan Jan 2019 #9
mitch96 Jan 2019 #10
keithbvadu2 Jan 2019 #12
AlexSFCA Jan 2019 #33
PeeJ52 Jan 2019 #11
triron Jan 2019 #23
mitch96 Jan 2019 #51
oasis Jan 2019 #13
BigmanPigman Jan 2019 #14
FailureToCommunicate Jan 2019 #15
BigmanPigman Jan 2019 #20
bdamomma Jan 2019 #26
BigmanPigman Jan 2019 #28
calimary Jan 2019 #37
dalton99a Jan 2019 #16
yardwork Jan 2019 #18
watoos Jan 2019 #22
Andy823 Jan 2019 #25
ck4829 Jan 2019 #47
Wounded Bear Jan 2019 #19
Fuzzpope Jan 2019 #24
burrowowl Jan 2019 #27
yonder Jan 2019 #29
volstork Jan 2019 #31
JDC Jan 2019 #32
SkyDaddy7 Jan 2019 #38
SkyDaddy7 Jan 2019 #39
JDC Jan 2019 #44
calimary Jan 2019 #34
calimary Jan 2019 #36
Hermit-The-Prog Jan 2019 #41
Doodley Jan 2019 #35
Amaryllis Jan 2019 #40
Achilleaze Jan 2019 #43
ck4829 Jan 2019 #45
UCmeNdc Jan 2019 #48
McCamy Taylor Jan 2019 #49
bluestarone Jan 2019 #50
bdamomma Jan 2019 #53

Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 09:11 PM

1. Coincidence?

The only possible explanation.

Except for outright bribery.

Thank you Roberts' SCOTUS, for the Citizens United decision.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 11:23 PM

17. Rule 39: "There is no such thing as coincidence."

Gibbs' rules.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #17)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 08:22 PM

52. Rule 40: And if you think that there is,

refer back to Rule 39.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 08:10 AM

46. Nope

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 11:48 PM

30. thank you! n/t

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 09:14 PM

3. Omg

Need to scream this from the rooftops!

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 09:15 PM

4. Did not Barack Obama warn us at a STOU address of foreign money in elections??????


Since Citizen's United, and Samuel Alito shook his head and mouthed the words..."Not True."?

Looks like Obama was right afterall.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 09:24 PM

5. K&R

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 09:28 PM

6. This should be run as a commercial and in the news in all of Kentucky's media

Turtle is a Russian agent protecting Russia’s interests over The us and Kentucky’s. He needs to be sent packing in November 2020.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 09:31 PM

7. How is this not the biggest headline of the day in all the newspapers?

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Response to Squinch (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 11:29 PM

21. Needs to be corroboration.

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Response to triron (Reply #21)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 05:16 AM

42. New York Times article already provided these details:

Per New York Times:https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/29/us/politics/steven-mnuchin-russia-sanctions.html

"He did not donate to Mr. Trump’s campaign or the “super PACs” that supported it, but family members gave $243,000 to the Republican National Committee during the campaign. And two of Mr. Blavatnik’s companies, including his main United States-based company, Access Industries, donated $2.5 million to the super PAC supporting Republican Senate candidates in 2016, plus another $1 million in 2017, according to Federal Election Commission records.

After Election Day, Access Industries donated $1 million to Mr. Trump’s inaugural committee, and Mr. Blavatnik attended inaugural events.

The questions from Democrats about a possible conflict of interest stem from an acquisition, announced in April 2017, by an arm of Access Industries, of a stake in a movie production company called RatPac Entertainment. The deal gave Access “a piece of” a joint film deal venture that RatPac had formed in 2013 with one of Mr. Mnuchin’s companies, Dune Entertainment, to finance Warner Bros. films, according to an article by the Hollywood Reporter posted on Access’s website."

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 09:34 PM

8. Corruption stinks.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 09:49 PM

9. Well, I always wonder

if Mitch was part of the Russian government, what would Putin do?

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 10:01 PM

10. The Russians have been trying to get into our politics since the '50's

Asking congress and senators if they need "help" with their elections...
Now a days if 1/2 your time in Washington is sitting on the phone trying to get money for re election, getting a bucket load of money from "other sources" is a real help. Fuck it if it's Russian money..right? These guys who take russian money and turn their backs on this country should be put up against the wall....
m

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Response to mitch96 (Reply #10)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 11:03 PM

12. "These guys who take russian money" - - - NRA

"These guys who take russian money" - - - NRA

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Response to mitch96 (Reply #10)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 11:59 PM

33. and they only succeeded after citizens united

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 11:02 PM

11. Blavatnick was just named on Rachel as a buddy of Mnuchen... Back in the USSR...

 

We've been taken over from within for a while, I guess...

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Response to PeeJ52 (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 11:31 PM

23. Defeated without a bullet being fired or a bomb dropped. Yet the American sheeple sleep on.

This is why democracies have failed.

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Response to PeeJ52 (Reply #11)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 11:12 AM

51. "We've been taken over from within"

Khrushchev said that very thing...
Nikita Khrushchev's chilling prediction in 1956: 'We will take America ... We do not have to invade the U.S. We will destroy you from within.
spooky shit..
m

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 11:04 PM

13. K and R expose!

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #14)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 11:22 PM

15. Thank you for tracking these down.

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #15)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 11:25 PM

20. No problem. I am livid over this!

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #20)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 11:34 PM

26. McConnell

Guilty as crap. Karma baby. We all knew he was way over his head, he's going to drown another one bites the dust.

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Response to bdamomma (Reply #26)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 11:40 PM

28. Don't forget his sweet wifey's dirty deals too.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #14)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 12:18 AM

37. And they're three of the biggest takers of money from Deripaska's pal, Leonard Blavatnik.

The other two big ones are at the state level (Kasich in Ohio and Walker in Wisconsin), and one's dead (John McCain).

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 11:22 PM

16. Kick

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 11:23 PM

18. This has to be illegal.

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Response to yardwork (Reply #18)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 11:31 PM

22. Isn't the problem with this Russian,

 

is that he has dual citizenship which makes his donations legal?

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Response to yardwork (Reply #18)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 11:32 PM

25. Probably is

The problem is who do you get to investigate it. Republicans in the Senate? The justice department? Maybe the house Democrats, but what do they do after they investigate?

I honestly don't know how these republican "criminals" get prosecuted as long as trump is in the WH.

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Response to yardwork (Reply #18)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 08:11 AM

47. Indeed

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 11:24 PM

19. K & R...for visibility...nt

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 11:36 PM

27. May all the traitors fall soon!

and he is up to his nose through his wife in China interests as well.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 11:47 PM

29. Freedom. They love shouting that. FREEDOM. American Way, Liberty, Patriotism.

Those words sound good, right?

Unfortunately, they generally mean something different to Mitch and his ilk, and their applications are a bit different depending on where one finds oneself in the American caste system.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 11:54 PM

31. TRAITOR.

Nothing but a fucking traitor.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 11:56 PM

32. It's just free speech ladies and gentlemen. No influence peddling to see here

Move along.....


Edit to add a question:

Which 2020 candidate supports getting money out of politics as a serious campaign position?

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Response to JDC (Reply #32)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 01:26 AM

38. Very Good Question!!!

…I remember back in 2015 as the things were beginning to heat up within the Democratic Party & one basically had to make a choice “Clinton or Sanders”! Despite the fact neither one was being honest with the American people ESPECIALLY the Democratic base!! People do like to be lied to.

However, there was this Harvard Law Professor named Lawrence Lessig who at first was trying to work with the Sanders campaign to get them to center their entire campaign around campaign finance reform, expand voting access, reform (re)districting laws/guidelines, etc. IF ELECTED, nothing gets done until these reforms are implemented!

...It became obvious Bernie Sanders wasn’t at all interested in making such reforms be the core to his campaign should he end up getting elected he would have a MEGA-MANDATE from the voters to kick Congress in the ASS! Understanding the Sanders Campaign would rather continue to sale high grade BS to folks for votes Bernie knows NEVER have a chance of ever becoming a reality...Lawrence Lessig tried to start his own campaign. Unlike Bernie, who simply lost to Hillary he was not cheated, Lawrence Lessig was SCREWED HARD! They changed the rules on the fly to prevent Lawrence Lessig from participating in the debates with Hillary & Bernie!! Sucked.

We’re about to do it all over again, watch!!! …There will NEVER EVER BE REAL CHANGE in America until these multi billion dollar elections are gone, voting is easy & lobbyist don’t have the power to force my Congressional Representatives to ignore me!

From Lawrence Lessig Campaign in 2015:
“Citizen Equality Act”
The act was the centerpiece of Lessig's campaign platform, encompassing his plans for campaign finance reform, expansion of voting access, and revised districting laws. Lessig had stated that if elected, he would make these reforms the first priority of his presidency.

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Response to JDC (Reply #32)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 01:34 AM

39. If you're interested...

This is a fairly recent article by Lawrence Lessig in The Guardian just after the 2018 Midterms.


[link:https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/11/beto-orourke-billie-sutton-democrat-strategy-midterms|

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 12:09 AM

34. YES! GOOD to see this coming out in other places now!

From January 11th -

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100211657130

SPREAD it, guys! SPREAD IT AROUND!

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Response to calimary (Reply #34)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 12:17 AM

36. Btw - they were talking about Mnuchin attending a party on Deripaska's yacht,

Mnuchin insists it was only ONE such party ... Remember the last time we heard about this?

Rachel Maddow did quite a piece on it, over a couple of days, following this pretty young model who said she had tapes of meetings between I believe Deripaska or Len Blavatnik - ON a yacht, with what she thought were Americans because they spoke fluent English.

She was taken into custody at an airport by a bunch of Russian security guys, physically pushed onto a wheelchair and bound, and taken away. Then the next time we saw her she was apologizing to Deripaska for saying anything bad about him and swore she would never say a word again.

Do you suppose Mnuchin was on that yacht meeting with those skeevy dudes when that young woman was present?

Was it THAT yacht? And THAT bunch of dirty guys?

Deripaska's pal, Blavatnik being the guy who's invested A TON of bucks on Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Scott Walker, AND the most money by far - on Mitch McConnell?

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Response to calimary (Reply #36)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 02:47 AM

41. Russiapublicans whored themselves out willingly

We need campaign finance laws to close the loophole of Citizens United.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 12:13 AM

35. America has been sold, sold by traitors who would sell their own country and their own grandmothers

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 02:11 AM

40. Keep waiting for Rachel to get on this. Just sent it to her. Maybe if enough of us send it to her...

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 06:09 AM

43. What does it profit a republican to sell-out his soul & his country?

Money, I suppose. But history will mark the republicans forever as traitors to America.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 08:10 AM

45. K&R

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 09:14 AM

48. K&R

What happened between the GOP leadership and the Russian Spy master at the 2016 GOP convention? Mmmmmmmm?

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 09:23 AM

49. Russian mobsters have protected "free speech" thanks to the SCOTUS

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 10:33 AM

50. I feel this plan has been in the works for YEARS!!! (RUSSIA owns RETHUGS)

They really had there bases covered! Mueller has LOTS of uncovering to do! Gonna be a MESS for awhile, BUT gotta have faith in Mueller, especially now that WE control the HOUSE! Thank God for that.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 11:39 AM

53. K&R

nt

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