Trump’s Budget Director Pick Can’t Manage A Household Budget

Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s pick to lead Office of Management and Budget, neglected “to pay more than $15,000 in payroll taxes for a household employee,” according to a New York Times report on Mulvaney’s disclosure of the discrepancy to the Senate Budget Committee.

The revelation stains Trump’s already ethically-marred transition just days before his inauguration, and it adds Mulvaney to a growing list of Trump Administration figures (and nominees) including Trump, himself, and Betsy DeVos, who have shady tax records, disclosure errors, or simply a refusal to release their tax returns.

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah issued the following statement on Mulvaney’s tax discrepancy:

“Trump’s pick for Budget director either purposefully avoided paying taxes he owed for a household employee, or he can’t be trusted to manage his own household budget. I don’t know which is worse, but both are disqualifying. Senators of both parties should call on Mulvaney to remove his name from […]

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Senate Holds Hearing On Russia Hacks As Trump Defends Putin (Bring The Mother Russia Trumpus)

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler issued the following statement on the Senate Armed Services hearing on the Russian hacks:

“Donald Trump’s relentless support for and defense of Vladimir Putin and Russia’s work to hijack America’s democratic process is dangerous for America and very clearly aimed at protecting Trump’s own self-interest.

“Whether Trump’s pandering to Putin is a result of Trump’s potential ties to Russian investors, impending business deals, or simply gratitude for Russia’s hacking on his behalf  — it’s clear that Trump for some reason feels beholden to Putin. It’s a disgrace that Republicans are capitulating to Trump and standing by Trump’s attacks on the U.S. intelligence community and defense of Putin.”

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It’s no surprise Donald Trump is on a daily basis siding with Vladimir Putin over the U.S. intelligence community. Trump praised Putin throughout the presidential primary and general election. And his Putin admiration stretches back even further: remember when […]

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23 GOP Members Sign Secret Republican Pledge, Give Legislative Plan To DC Insiders

Twenty-three Republican House members have come under fire for signing a secret contract to participate in the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Patriot Program. Patriot Program participants must agree to thirteen requirements including handing over their legislative plan to Washington insiders, according to the Washington Post. The contract leaves voters questioning: where do these representatives’ loyalties really lie?

Take a look at some of the negative coverage in their districts:

Rep. Mike Coffman, CO-06

Colorado Statesman: Carroll blasts Coffman over contract signed with GOP campaign committee

Rep. Bruce Poliquin, ME-02

Maine Public Broadcasting: Bruce Poliquin’s Secret Agreement Causes Stir

Portland Press Herald: Poliquin’s office, national Republican group deny reports of improper campaign coordination

Portland Press Herald: Maine’s Rep. Bruce Poliquin signs deal with Republican group for campaign funding

Rep. Mike Bishop, MI-08

Detroit News: Driskell goes on attack

Rep. Elise Stefanik, NY-21

Watertown Daily Times: For support, Republican Party requires representatives’ agendas

Syracuse Post-Standard: Syracuse […]

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Jeb’s searchable tax returns

In his enduring commitment to “transparency,” Jeb Bush made sure that the incomplete tax returns he posted to his website were unsearchable and difficult to download. So we fixed it for you.

Click here to access American Bridge’s full text searchable and downloadable copy of Jeb’s incomplete tax returns.

The initial reviews show Jeb’s hollow promises on transparency:

Tampa Bay Times: “Bush’s transparency has limits. He would not commit to releasing more details about some of his consulting clients or several limited liability corporations he had created but has since resigned from.”

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10 More Years of Jeb Bush’s Tax Returns

American Bridge is continuing its steady drip of Jeb Bush’s tax returns ahead of his holiday week news dump. He’s claiming transparency while burying the real news of what’s not in the returns.

The following years are now available for download:

To download the file, please click here.

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MEMO/VIDEO: Bully Seeking Pulpit

Chris Christie enters the race as a brazen, outspoken bully hoping to use the 2016 pulpit to pull his GOP opponents like Jeb Bush further to the extreme right. With nine credit downgrades and a 30 percent approval rating under his belt, Christie has made the calculation that his charming personality alone won’t do the trick in the wake of Bridgegate.

American Bridge is also releasing a new video that shows Christie is now aligning himself with the extreme wing of his party in an attempt to gain traction.

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Bush didn’t pay federal taxes for at least three years, what else is he hiding?

We’ve seen this movie before:  a Jeb Bush news dump headed into a holiday so he can claim transparency while keeping the big news safely buried.  Here’s a start:  Jeb! paid zero federal income tax in at least three years.

American Bridge is giving you a sneak peek at four of Bush’s returns already, and has made them available at the following links:

Additionally, here’s what you can expect Jeb! to not disclose headed into a holiday weekend...

VIDEO: Jeb Bush E-mail Hypocrisy Continues

Jeb Bush’s e-mail problems continue to unravel. The Associated Press reports that Bush received government-related e-mails on a second previously unreported e-mail address. Bush’s criticism of others despite his troubling e-mail problems is shamelessly hypocritical.

See what folks are saying about Bush’s serious e-mail troubles:

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AP Uncovers More Hypocrisy From Jeb Bush

SHOT:

Bush Emails Website: “I Am Posting The Emails Of My Governorship Here… But They’re All Here So You Can Read Them” I am posting the emails of my governorship here. Some are funny; some are serious; some I wrote in frustration. But they’re all here so you can read them and make up your own mind.” [JebBushEmails.com, accessed 3/17/15]

CHASER:

As Florida governor, Jeb Bush used another, previously unreported email address, records show – the newest wrinkle in an evolving debate over public officials’ use of private email accounts.

Those emails also include references to another email address, jeb@gencom.net. Bush said through a spokeswoman that he was unaware of the account, although records showed that people wrote to him there more than 400 times between 1999 and 2004.

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EXPOSED: GOP’s Dazzling Display of Hypocrisy

Republicans have been quick to point the finger after the recent e-mail controversy. But attempts to score quick political points has only invited scrutiny into their questionable e-mail practices. They should look in the mirror before reciting their talking points.

Check out these articles calling out the GOP for their humiliating hypocrisy.

MSNBC: Jeb Bush owns his own email server

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush owns the server that runs jeb@jeb.org, the personal email account he used as governor to conduct official, political and personal business.

Asked who controls the server that operates that email address, Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell responded: “He owns it.”

The server was housed in a state-owned office building during the years that Bush served as governor, from 1999 until early 2007. A Bush source familiar with the situation said there were “digital security” measures in place to protect Bush’s emails, but declined to elaborate on how the server and its data were physically and digitally kept from harm.

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