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At long last! Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced an end to the Department of Justice sweetheart deal that has funneled hundreds of millions of extortion dollars to left-wing activists. On June 5, Sessions issued a memorandum to all U.S. Attorney offices and all components the Department of Justice (DOJ) prohibiting payouts to third parties in settlements reached by the Justice Department.
The new order is aimed at curtailing a massive political extortion racket that has allowed activist attorneys and their left-wing client organizations to rake in millions of federal tax dollars, as well as shake down American corporations for billions of dollars to fund their Marxist agendas. The practice has been going on for decades but was boosted to stratospheric heights during the Obama administration, with radical “community organizers” from groups such as La Raza, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA), Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE), NeighborWorks (NW), the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), and the National Urban League (NUL) — and many more — receiving billions of dollars extorted from corporations that the radical grievance lobbies accuse of racism, sexism, and discrimination. Teaming up with the federal Department of Justice and the liberal-left Big Media, they have cowed corporations into coughing up huge “social justice” payoffs to radicals claiming to represent the allegedly aggrieved ethnic or social group “victims.”
“Our Department is privileged to represent the United States and its citizens in courts across our country,” Attorney General Sessions said in his June 5 memo to DOJ subordinates. “We take this responsibility seriously,” the memo continues. “In the course of this representation, there may come a time when it is in the best interests of the United States to settle a lawsuit or end a criminal prosecution. Settlements, including civil settlement agreements, deferred prosecution agreements, non-prosecution agreements, and plea agreements, are a useful tool for Department attorneys to achieve the ends of justice at a reasonable cost to the taxpayer. The goals of any settlement are, first and foremost, to compensate victims, redress harm, or punish and deter unlawful conduct.”
“It has come to my attention,” Sessions noted, “that certain previous settlement agreements involving the Department included payments to various non-governmental, third-party organizations as a condition of settlement with the United States. These third-party organizations were neither victims nor parties to the lawsuits.”
The DOJ memo then made clear that this practice of subsidizing the political activity of radical partisans will cease, concluding with these words:
Under the Obama administration, the press release noted, “the Department repeatedly required settling parties to pay settlement funds to third party community organizations that were not directly involved in the litigation or harmed by the defendant’s conduct. Pursuant to the Attorney General’s memorandum, this practice will immediately stop.”
Long Overdue Reform
The Trump administration’s move to end the DOJ funding mechanism for subversives is a welcome effort, but just a start; it does not affect the direct taxpayer funding of radicals through numerous grants from the Departments of Energy (DOE), Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Education (DOEd), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Public Broadcasting System (PBS), and many other federal conduits.
However, stanching the flow of payoffs from extortionate lawsuits will put a significant dent in the political war chests of the professional agitators. In addition, it gives hope that the new administration will go even further and eliminate the ongoing practice of many federal agencies and departments of funding radical immigration, environmental, racial, education, labor, voter registration, and LGBT groups. Doing so would go a long way toward eliminating the organized antics of disruptive demonstrators and violent rioters that are wreaking havoc in our cities and destroying public comity. Going further, investigations (by Congress, DOJ, FBI, IRS) and prosecution of illegal funding of political activists and rioters by tax exempt foundations — such as the Soros, Rockefeller, Ford, Tides foundations — would drastically curtail the orchestrated chaos that is ravaging our land.
As mentioned above, the federally subsidized revolution has been going on for decades. The campus occupations, violent “peace” demonstrations, and racial riots of the 1960s and '70s were largely underwritten by taxpayer boodle ladled out by federal agencies, particularly the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), one of the many “poverty” programs of President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society.”
The late, great Howard Phillips, founder of the Conservative Caucus, accepted appointment as director of the OEO in the new Nixon administration in 1973, with the commitment to implement Nixon’s pledge of defunding the subversive agency. A widely mouthed slogan of Republicans and conservatives of the era was, “The OEO has got to go!” When Nixon flip-flopped on the issue and continued OEO funding of radical schemes, Phillips resigned, and continued as a private citizen (mostly through Conservative Caucus) to campaign for eliminating federal funding of leftist causes.
Here is an excerpt from an interview in which Phillips describes his horror at personally witnessing the kinds of communist revolutionaries American tax dollars were lavishly supporting through the OEO:
Last year the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) conducted an in-depth investigation of the DOJ’s funding of “community organizers” through its lawsuit settlement process. The GAI report, titled “Follow the Money: How the Department of Justice Funds Progressive Activists,” details the extensive bankrolling of leftist organizations by the Obama DOJ under Attorney Generals Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch. Among the many alarming findings of GAI’s examination of the DOJ-activist axis were:
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