No on Wilbur Ross for Commerce Secretary: Call Senators Feinstein & Harris

Ross’s Forbes profile describes him as a billionaire who made his fortune flipping bankrupt companies and there is concern about his financial ties to Russia.

For Senators Feinstein and Harris – Call today and tomorrow (both): (DC switchboard (202) 224-3121, other #’s below.)

Script: Hi my name is ____, I am a constituent of Sen. [______] and I am calling to urge you to vote “NO” on the confirmation of Wilbur Ross for Commerce Secretary.   I am concerned about Mr. Ross’ record of predatory business tactics which favor the corporation over the worker and his financial and political conflicts of interests. Mr. Ross has a long history of favoring the bottom line over that of the common man in many industries, from coal to banking. In light of current concerns about Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, Ross should not be confirmed as Commerce Secretary until he has addressed issues that surround his financial ties to Russia.  Thank you.

Feinstein Contacts: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430

Harris Contacts: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (916) 448-2787, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884

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Today’s Action Call – Conflicts of Interest: Trump and Russia (Action 4 of 4)

Conflict of interests: But how did we get into this mess in the first place? Trump has entered office without divesting himself in any meaningful way of his worldwide business interests or divulging his tax returns. That he has substantial business ties with Russian investors is well known. From Vox, “His son, Donald Trump Jr. told the global trade publication eTurboNews that Russians were key investors in the Trump Organization’s assets. “And in terms of high-end product influx into the US, Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets; say in Dubai, and certainly with our project in SoHo and anywhere in New York,” Trump Jr. said in the interview. “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.

There’s indeed a lot of money coming for new-builds and resale reflecting a trend in the Russian economy and, of course, the weak dollar versus the ruble.” (More to read here… http://time.com/4433880/donald-trump-ties-to-russia/)

Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Katherine Clark have introduced “The Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017” (S.65 (Senate), HR 371 (House)) which would required all Presidents and Vice-Presidents, including current ones, to divest themselves of all potential financial conflicts of interest, just as other federal officials must. They must also submit their recent tax returns to Congress and to the Office of Government Ethics. This bill has stalled in committee.

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Today’s Action Call – Sanctions: Trump and Russia (Action 3 of 4)

Sanctions: National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was removed over his conversations with Russian officials regarding removing the sanctions against them.  The bipartisan “Russia Sanctions Review Act of 2017” (S.341 (Senate), HR 1059 (House) prevents Trump’s administration from lifting sanctions without providing proof that Russia has stopped supporting acts to undermine the government of Ukraine and has stopped the cyber attacks against the US Government and citizens.
All three of your legislators get called on this.

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Today’s Action Call – Julia Brownley: Trump and Russia (Action 2 of 4)

Special Prosecuter: Even if Sessions bows out gracefully, we can expect the GOP to remain resistant and untrustworthy in investigating one of their own. Therefore, 198 House Democrats and one House Republican are co-sponsoring HR 356, the “Protecting Our Democracy Act” to establish an independent, 12-member commission to fully examine Russian interference in the 2016 election.

You’ll be calling Ms. Brownley on this. Continue reading “Today’s Action Call – Julia Brownley: Trump and Russia (Action 2 of 4)”

Today’s Action Call – Dept. of Justice: Trump and Russia (Action 1 of 4)

Today’s Action Plan – Tonight’s Town Hall, White House Comment Line & The Resistance Calendar

1. Julia Brownley’s ACA Town Hall tonight! Inside or outside, check out the plan on our earlier posts. See here and here.

2. Pull out your phones and put this number on speed dial… (202) 456-1111.

The White House Comment Line is back in business! See this week’s action plan for ideas and scripts for the important issues of the day.

3. Michael Moore has put together an online calendar for all resistance activities everywhere.

https://www.resistancecalendar.org

Everybody, let’s use this. We’ve entered our Town Hall and are monitoring to see how long it takes for posts to be approved.

 

This Week’s Actions: Contact your Members of Congress Regarding…

THIS WEEK’S ACTION ITEMS
TOWN HALL MEETING UPDATES:

Feinstein: She’s speaking at a gathering in San Francisco on the 24th. It is sold out.
Harris: Check back with her website later this week.
Brownley: We’ll be there – and you should be too! Tuesday, February 21, Healthcare Town Hall, Click here for information

(Call them all and tell them that this is important to you and you’re waiting… We called them all and said “What about Ventura County? – We voted for you too!)

FOR CONGRESSWOMAN JULIA BROWNLEY:
((202) 225-5811 DC, (805) 379-1779 Oxnard, (805) 379-1779 T.O.)

A. Trump and Russia: Ask her to confirm support for H.Con.Res.15 – Asserting that Congress should expend the resources necessary to investigate thoroughly the nature and extent of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, including whether there was collusion between persons associated with the Russian government and persons associated with the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump to influence the outcome of the election.

B. Planned Parenthood: Brownley opposes HR 354 – “Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2017”. Call her up and thank her for supporting PP.

C. Say “No” to Steve Bannon being on the Security Council. Brownley is cosponsoring HR 804 “Protect the National Security Council From Political Interference Act of 2017”. Call her up and thank her.

FOR SENATORS FEINSTEIN AND HARRIS:
(DC switchboard (202) 224-3121, other #’s below.)

1. Oppose David Friedman for Ambassador to Israel
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