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Trump Decimates National Monuments PDF Print E-mail
Written by League of Conservation Voters, Ryan Billingham   
Monday, 04 December 2017 17:03

utah-mountainsThe largest elimination of protected areas in U.S. history will not stop there.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 December 2017 18:00
Does Rep. Gallagher still stand by Flynn? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Melanie Conklin   
Friday, 01 December 2017 20:24

micheal-flynn-speaksWisconsin deserves transparency on Gallagher's relationship with former National Security Advisor Flynn.

MADISON - In the wake of President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleading guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation today, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin renews the calls for Rep. Mike Gallagher to finally denounce Flynn’s support and condemn his criminal behavior.

mike-gallagherGallagher’s constituents deserve to know the details behind his involvement with Flynn, including a high-priced fundraiser where his supporters paid $5,400 a piece to join a “Homeland Security & Anti-Terrorism Round Table discussion with the General [Flynn]” or get a “photo opp” with him for $2,700. Flynn came to Wisconsin to headline a Gallagher fundraiser hosted by the Republican Party of Waukesha County on June 1, 2016.

Even before today’s bombshell news, it was disconcerting that Gallagher enthusiastically welcomed support from Flynn, a man who regularly spread fake news, shared anti-Semitic and Islamophobic media postings and was forced out of the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) for erratic and untruthful behavior.

Since Flynn’s forced resignation as National Security Advisor, Gallagher has refused to disavow Flynn, despite the fact that Flynn was secretly lobbying for the Turkish government, lied to the vice president and was vulnerable to blackmail as a result.

Now that Flynn has pleaded guilty to the extremely serious offense of making false statements to the FBI, Gallagher should do the right thing and disavow Flynn’s support as well as disclose the details of all political advocacy and communications he and his campaign had with Flynn.

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 December 2017 10:46
Did Sen. Ron Johnson cut a Tax Bill deal that will enrich him personally? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Melanie Conklin   
Friday, 01 December 2017 19:17

ron-johnsonJohnson a 'yes' now on the tax bill after a high-profile battle that benefits his business.

MADISON -- After much political theater and talk about the federal deficit, Sen. Ron Johnson has announced that he is a ‘yes’ vote on the latest version of the Senate tax bill after a deduction for pass-through businesses like his own was increased. Stories leaked by Republicans about Johnson’s negotiations with Trump show businesses like his own trumped any concern he reportedly had on the deficit.

He confirmed to reporters that raising the pass-through deduction to 23% was what secured his support for the bill. This move will reportedly add another $60 billion to the cost of the tax package. His Senate office also confirms he retains an ownership stake in Pacur.

“The people of Wisconsin deserve to receive full disclosure from Sen. Johnson on how his changes to the tax bill will benefit him personally,” said Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair Martha Laning. “Sen. Johnson should not join the president in obfuscating what could be his own personal gain on this tax bill that hurts real people to further enrich the 1%.”

Johnson also negotiated a future role at the negotiating table to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the bill, where he can again protect his own self interests, so being open with the people of Wisconsin is even more important.

A report in the Washington Post that deserves heightened Wisconsin attention given Johnson’s role in the tax bill, cited these details from Johnson’s own financial disclosures:

  • Johnson is invested in four limited liability corporations that earned anywhere between $250,000 and $2 million in pass-through income in 2016

  • Johnson and his wife own 100% of a piece of commercial real estate that is worth anywhere between $5 million and $25 million and leased to Pacur

  • Johnson owns 5% of Pacur LLC, worth between $1 million and $5 million

Pass-through entities are not small businesses as Johnson describes. While some pass-through entities include small businesses, 70% of pass-through income goes to the top 1% of American earners.

“We know Johnson did not fight to change this bill because it leaves millions of lower and middle-income families without health care and paying more in taxes,” said Laning. “It appears he may have done this for his own personal gain, which is not how Wisconsin deserves to be represented. He must disclose immediately the impact his changes will have on his own fortune.”

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