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Kanye West Publicist Pressed Georgia Election Worker To Confess To Bogus Fraud Charges
Kanye West Publicist Pressed Georgia Election Worker To Confess To Bogus Fraud Charges

Kanye West turned heads last year when he announced his independent — and notably ill-fated — run for president. However, new reports indicate that his run for the White House really wasn't genuine at all.

Rather, it was a pseudo campaign run by Republican operatives "including advisers to the GOP elite and a managing partner at one of the top conservative political firms in the country," according to a new report published by The Daily Beast. The Grammy Award-winning rapper's presidential campaign is said to have been put in place solely for the purpose of siphoning votes from then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. To make matters worse, there is speculation that West's presidential campaign may have violated multiple federal election laws. Per The Beast:

"The Kanye 2020 campaign committee did not even report paying some of these advisers, and used an odd abbreviation for another—moves which campaign finance experts say appear designed to mask the association between known GOP operatives and the campaign, and could constitute a violation of federal laws."

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) also reviewed hundreds of FEC filing documents for West's campaign. Jordan Libowitz, the government watchdog's communications director, has described the campaign's bookkeeping as "a disaster" even with "expert guidance" it reportedly received from Holtzman Vogel, a well-known law firm representing a number of major Republican figures.

“This was absolutely amateur hour. And his campaign paid a lot of money for those results,” Libowitz said.

Watchdogs have also indicated that there is reason to believe that West's campaign was strategically planned.

Libowitz continued, “It’s very clear that the whole point behind Kanye’s campaign was to try to re-elect Donald Trump. Whether that was a goal of Kanye is another issue. But he was clearly seen as a way to steal potential votes from Biden.

”He added, “It’s pretty clear Kanye was a GOP plant, whether he knew it or not.”

Article reprinted with permission from Alternet

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The swimming pools at Trump’s Florida properties have been shut down 10 times in the past 12 months after failing inspections by the state department of health.

Inspectors found a variety of problems with Trump’s pools, including improper pH levels, issues with “disinfection feeders” that regulate chlorine levels, as well as faulty safety features like handrails and ladders.

The wrong levels of pH and chlorine can lead to dangerous conditions that cause the spread of skin, ear, eye and gastrointestinal diseases.

“Swimming pools at Trump resort properties in Florida are cited for poor water quality and other health and safety violations far more frequently by the state’s Department of Health than pools at comparable luxury properties,” Quartz reported on Monday.

The cold hard facts are in stark contrast to the sunny picture of his real estate holdings that Trump has often touted over the years.

Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s crown jewel that he has described as “the Southern White House” leads the parade of filth, with 5 pool closings and 6 “unsatisfactory” ratings.

It is closely followed by Trump International Beach Resort, which had 2 pool closings and 6 ratings of “unsatisfactory.” Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida, rounds out the top of the dirty list, with 4 violations.

Because Trump refuses to divest from his private holdings, he continues to personally earn money from patrons who swim in his sub-par pools.

Despite his use of the presidency to advertise these properties and the resulting money that comes in (raising considerable ethics issues), Trump’s properties can’t seem to stay clean.

Last year, state health inspectors in Florida found multiple violations of the health code in Mar-a-Lago’s kitchens.

The violations reflect the corporate culture Trump cultivated for years that cuts corners and presents a phony image of opulence and quality to personally enrich him.

It is much like the culture of his presidency.

Published with permission of The American Independent.

IMAGE: Aerial view of swimming pools at Trump International Beach Resort in Miami, Florida.