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Ruh roh: SF public works director arrested by FBI; charged with public corruption

Mohammed Nuru in some deep doo-doo

SF Gate reports that San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru and a local restaurateur were arrested and charged with public corruption by the FBI.

The criminal complaint charges them with wire fraud in connection with an alleged scheme to attempt to bribe a San Francisco Airport Commissioner, United States Attorney David Anderson announced at a press conference.

Excerpts from their report:

The complaint describes a web of corruption involving bribery, kickbacks, and side deals by one of San Francisco’s highest-ranking city employees,” Anderson said in a statement. “The public is entitled to honest work from public officials, free from manipulation for the official’s own personal benefit and profit.”

The defendants both appeared in federal court today and were arraigned and released, each on a $2 million bond. If convicted, they face a maximum statutory sentence of 20 years in prison.

Nuru was initially arrested on this charge on Jan. 21, and said he would cooperate with FBI officials and agreed to not tamper with or disclose the investigation. He was arrested again yesterday for violating those terms.

The main scheme described by the FBI involves the attempted alleged bribery of an unnamed SFO commissioner in exchange for a restaurant contract at the airport. According to the complaint, Nuru and Bovis (the restauranteur also arrested) schemed to give the unnamed commissioner $5,000 and free travel so that she would vote to approve a contract for Bovis’ restaurant Spinnerie. The complaint records multiple conversations between Bovis and an undercover FBI employee who was posing as a friend of a lender. The criminal complaint against Nuru states the unnamed commissioner declined the money, and the contract was never awarded to Bovis.

Anderson outlined four other alleged schemes included in the complaint as examples of the Nuru’s corrupt intentions: First, the complaint alleged Nuru benefited from a Chinese billionaire developing a multi-use project in the city, accepting gifts such as free travel and a bottle of wine valued at over $2,000. He did not report any of the gifts as public officials are required to do.

Second, the FBI alleges Nuru used his position as chair of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority to attempt to secure a desirable restaurant space for Bovis in the Transbay Transit Center. In addition, the complaint alleges Nuru provided Bovis with inside information to give him an unfair advantage in winning contracts for city public restroom projects, including portable bathroom trailers and small container-like housing units for use by the homeless.

Finally, the complaint claims Nuru used a company, which has been awarded city contracts, to work on his Colusa County vacation home at a discounted rate. The complaint also alleges the contractor delivered a John Deere tractor to the home in Stonyford and planned to provide Nuru with training on the machine.”

Nuru was placed on administrative leave effective Monday evening.

Read the whole story here.

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94 of 100 Senators Bribed to Support Food Nazi Bill


In his letter of 1785 to George Whatley, Founding Father Benjamin Franklin wrote about The People’s elected representatives:

“They are of the people, and return again to mix with the people, having no more durable preeminence than the different grains of sand in an hourglass. Such an assembly cannot easily become dangerous to liberty. They are the servants of the people, sent together to do the people’s business, and promote the public welfare; their powers must be sufficient, or their duties cannot be performed. They have no profitable appointments, but a mere payment of daily wages, such as are scarcely equivalent to their expences; so that, having no chance for great places, and enormous salaries or pensions, as in some countries, there is no triguing or bribing for elections.”

How far we’ve fallen from Ben Franklin’s enjoinment!
Today, our elected representatives in Congress are regularly plied with bribes called “campaign donations.” If you think senators and representatives are not persuaded by those “campaign donations,” then you must think they are a species apart and not made of the same human nature as you and I.
Below is a list of Senators who were paid off to support S. 510, the so-called “FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act” that will create 17,000 food bureaucrats and threaten America’s small farms and even home gardeners. I’ve colored in red bribes of especially large sums.
Name of Senator (Party & State): Bribe For or Bribe Against S.510

  1. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii): Bribe For: $27,690; Against: $700
  2. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee): Bribe For: $190,421; Against: $4,850
  3. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming): Bribe For: $31,350; Against: $27,500
  4. Max Baucus (D-Montana): Bribe for: $123,803; Against: $55,980
  5. Evan Bayh (D-Indiana): Bribe For: $45,200; Against: 8,250
  6. Mark Begich (D-Alaska): Bribe For: $23,050; Against: $2,000
  7. Michael Bennet (D-Colorado): Bribe For: $38,509; Against: $22,050
  8. Robert Bennett (R-Utah): Bribe For: $105,530; Against: $10,000
  9. Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico): Bribe For: $31,498; Against: $8,450
  10. Christopher Bond (R-Missouri): Bribe For: $49,550; Against: $5,200
  11. Barbara Boxer (D-California): Bribe For: $120,000; Against: $13,650
  12. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio): Bribe For: $57,800; Against: $6,600
  13. Samuel Brownback (R-Kansas): Bribe For: $20,950; Against: $13,500
  14. Jim Bunning (R-Kentucky): Bribe For: $20,700; Against: $2,000
  15. Richard Burr (R-North Carolina): Bribe For: $328,086; Against: $32,292
  16. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington): Bribe For: $93,541; Against: $2,750
  17. Benjamin Cardin (D-Maryland): Bribe For: $72,200; Against: $0
  18. Thomas Carper (D-Delaware): Bribe For: $83,150; Against: $0
  19. Robert Casey (D-Pennsylvania): Bribe For: $80,576; Against: $4,600
  20. Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia): Bribe For: $557,694; Against: $108,041
  21. Thomas Coburn (R-Oklahoma): Bribe For: $64,400; Against: $14,200
  22. Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi): Bribe For: $50,144; Against: $22,000
  23. Susan Collins (R-Maine): Bribe For: $157,438; Against: $7,800
  24. Kent Conrad (D-North Dakota): Bribe For: $41,650; Against: $29,612
  25. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee): Bribe For: $298,639; Against: $8,850
  26. John Cornyn (R-Texas): Bribe For: $286,648; Against: $254,730
  27. Michael Crapo (R-Idaho): Bribe For: $64,199; Against: $14,350
  28. Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina): Bribe For: $149,935; Against: $5,000
  29. Christopher Dodd (D-Connecticut): Bribe For: $36,400; Against: $4,500
  30. Byron Dorgan (D-NDakota): Bribe For: $28,200; Against: $6,000
  31. Richard Durbin (D-Illinois): Bribe For: $151,050; Against: $19,000
  32. John Ensign (R-Nevada): Bribe For: $76,297; Against: $10,500
  33. Michael Enzi (R-Wyoming): Bribe For: $87,394; Against: $21,450
  34. Russell Feingold (D-Wisconsin): Bribe For: $53,854; Against: $2,200
  35. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif): Bribe For: $168,189; Against: 25,314
  36. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York): Bribe For: $98,210; Against: $10,650
  37. Lindsey Graham (R-So Carolina): Bribe For: $101,272; Against: $5,700
  38. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa): Bribe For: $112,150; Against: $25,500
  39. Judd Gregg (R-New Hampshire): Bribe For: $26,000; Against: $0
  40. Kay Hagan (D-NCarolina): Bribe For: $36,250; Against: $3,500
  41. Thomas Harkin (D-Iowa): Bribe For: $138,135; Against: $40,600
  42. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah): Bribe For: $102,215; Against: $11,600
  43. Kay Hutchison (R-Texas): Bribe For: $127,811; Against: $103,386
  44. James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma): Bribe For: $66,744; Against: $36,430
  45. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii): Bribe For: $26,350; Against: $11,200
  46. John Isakson (R-Georgia): Bribe For: $280,995; Against: $10,100
  47. Mike Johanns (R-Nebraska): Bribe For: $159,259; Against: $59,785
  48. Tim Johnson (D-SDakota): Bribe For: $26,850; Against: $15,000
  49.  John Kerry (D-Massachusetts): Bribe For: $14,406; Against: $250
  50. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota): Bribe For: $149,778; Against: $16,250
  51. Herbert Kohl (D-Wisconsin): Bribe For: $300; Against: $0
  52. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona): Bribe For: $363,660; Against: $58,906
  53. Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana): Bribe For: $73,622; Against: $2,250
  54. Frank Lautenberg (D-New Jersey): Bribe For: $37,883; Against: $3,550
  55. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont): Bribe For: $13,800; Against: $2,750
  56. Carl Levin (D-Michigan): Bribe For: $49,900; Against: $2,000
  57. Joseph Lieberman (I-Connecticut): Bribe For: $121,075; Against: $0
  58. Blanche Lincoln (D-Arkansas): Bribe For: $347,526; Against: $125,297
  59. Richard Lugar (R-Indiana): Bribe For: $153,579; Against: $21,000
  60. John McCain (R-Arizona): Bribe For: $118,070; Against: $21,525
  61. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri): Bribe For: $48,950; Against: $7,650
  62. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky): Bribe For: $439,593; Against: $42,244
  63. Robert Menéndez (D-New Jersey): Bribe For: $183,850; Against: $250
  64. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon): Bribe For: $27,350; Against; $3,300
  65. Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland): Bribe For: $52,165; Against: $1,000
  66. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska): Bribe For: $164,713; Against: $5,800
  67. Patty Murray (D-Washington): Bribe For: $136,500; Against: $3,150
  68. Ben Nelson (D -Nebraska): Bribe For: $254,906; Against: $44,950
  69. Bill Nelson (D-Florida): Bribe For: $205,471; Against: $35,748
  70. Mark Pryor (D-Arkansas): Bribe For: $115,550; Against: $16,565
  71. John Reed (D-Rhode Is.): Bribe For: $29,350; Against: $0
  72. Harry Reid (D-Nevada): Bribe For: $133,985; Against: $10,000
  73. James Risch (R-Idaho): Bribe For: $56,750; Against; $36,050
  74. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas): Bribe For: $167,294; Against: $65,186
  75. John Rockefeller (D-West Virgina): Bribe For: $21,250; Against: $1,000
  76. Bernard Sanders (I-Vermont): Bribe For: $7,800; Against: $4,200
  77. Charles Schumer (D-New York): Bribe For: $175,185; Against: $14,200
  78. Jefferson Sessions (R-Alabama): Bribe For: $65,303; Against: $16,800
  79. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NHampshire): Bribe For: $17,090; Against: $7,300
  80. Richard Shelby (R-Alabama): Bribe For: $73,616; Against: $10,000
  81. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine): Bribe For: $78,136; Against: $2,000
  82. Arlen Specter (D-Pennsylvania): Bribe For: $209,124; Against: $9,400
  83. Debbie Ann Stabenow (D-Mich): Bribe For: $84,941; Against: $14,482
  84. Jon Tester (D-Montana): Bribe For: $21,250; Against: $61,550
  85. John Thune (R-South Dakota): Bribe For: $218,900; Against: $55,625
  86. Mark Udall (D-Colorado): Bribe For: $34,435; Against: $45,050
  87. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico): Bribe For: $27,102; Against: $51,900
  88. David Vitter (R-Louisiana): Bribe For: $188,225; Against: $8,500
  89. George Voinovich (R-Ohio): Bribe For: $103,850; Against: $185
  90. Mark Warner (D-Virginia): Bribe For: $116,450; Against: $8,600
  91. Jim Webb (D-Virginia): Bribe For: $25,300; Against: $7,700
  92. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Is.): Bribe For: $27,025; Against: $1,500
  93. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi): Bribe For: $147,650; Against: $16,250
  94. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon): Bribe For: $58,700; Against: $4,900

Here’s a list of the Special Interest Groups that support S.510 and how much they donated to bribed the senators:

  • Restaurants & drinking establishments $3,217,767
  • Food and kindred products manufacturing $1,753,503
  • Milk & dairy producers $1,717,687
  • Food stores $1,473,532
  • Beverages (non-alcoholic) $744,551
  • Vegetables, fruits and tree nut $709,238
  • American Veterinarian Medical Association $551,750
  • Beverage bottling & distribution $289,725
  • Food wholesalers $284,900
  • Food & Beverage Products and Services $281,137
  • Fishing $277,984
  • Chambers of commerce $219,234
  • Manufacturing $207,740
  • Food catering & food services $171,835
  • Confectionery processors & manufacturers $96,438
  • Consumer groups $6,100
  • Farm bureaus $0

[Source: Liberty News]
H/t beloved fellow Joseph Fasciani and UrbanSurvival.
~Eowyn

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