Kirsten Gillibrand, a woman you can believe.

Did Sen. Gillibrand lie about knowledge of NXIVM and her father’s former role in sex cult?

Artvoice [a publication I own] published the following story today:

Yesterday, a formidable opponent to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand emerged officially to oppose her.

Chele Farley

Chele Farley was nominated to be the Republican candidate to run against Gillibrand, a tax and spend liberal who loudly advocates for women’s rights.


Kirsten Gillibrand has demonstrated time and again she is capable of doing the easy part – the talking. When it comes to action, she is less capable

Manhattan Republican Chairman Andrea Catsimatidis criticized Gillibrand saying “She has built her career through political convenience at the expense of New Yorkers.”

Part of that convenience is that Gillibrand is the daughter of Albany political fixer Doug Rutnik.

Papa Rutnik once worked for NXIVM — a secretive group headquartered in Albany —led by pedophile and sex abuser Keith Raniere.

Raniere made headlines recently after Artvoice [and Frank Report]  broke the story of his cattle branding women on their pubic region as his slaves.

The story was followed up in the New York Times and other media outlets worldwide.

When asked by the New York Post, if she cared to comment on her dad’s former affiliation with Raniere and the latter’s practice of branding women on their pubic area with a hot iron cattle brand to mark them as slaves, Gillibrand declined comment.

A spokesman for the senator may have lied for Gillibrand, telling the Post, “Sen. Gillibrand had never heard of this group [NXIVM] until she recently read about them in the newspaper.”

This does strain the boundaries of reasonable credulity. Gillibrand’s hometown is Albany and everybody [and I mean everybody] in Albany knows about their local sex cult – NXIVM. It has been featured in scores of front page stories by the local newspaper, the Albany Times Union.


Is it true that Kirsten Gillibrand never heard of NXIVM?


If Gillibrand can read, she could not have missed the stories starting in 2003 and continuing to the present.

She would have had to have lived under a rock not to have heard of NXIVM — even if her father never worked for them!

Her father not only worked for NXIVM, but wound up being sued by them. He paid a $100,000 settlement to the sex abusing cult after a group of NXIVM women alleged Rutnik sexually harassed one of the NXIVM women – Nancy Salzman.

In addition, NXIVM’s biggest financial supporter, Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman, contributed $2,400 to Gillibrand’s 2010 special-election campaign, records show.

While declining to criticize the branders and abusers of women in her hometown Albany, Gillibrand was quick to go after her former friend and supporter Bill Clinton this year for his past abuses of women.

“Sen. Gillibrand went after Bill Clinton for something that happened decades ago, but she’s done nothing about the women who are being branded and tortured right now, and right in her hometown,” Frank Parlato, a NXIVM whistle blower, and publisher of Artvoice, told the New York Post.



Doug Rutnik with daughter Kirsten Gillibrand.  She claimed she never heard of NXIVM. Her father has however.

Artvloice has written several stories about the relationship Gillibrand’s father had with the sex and female abusive cult


About the author

Frank Parlato

Frank Report’s founder and lead writer Frank Parlato is one of the internet’s most acclaimed investigative journalists. His writing and investigations have helped expose major criminal organizations and scandals.

Frank’s work has been cited in major publications all over the world, including The New York Times, New York Post, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CNN, Rolling Stone, and more.

He is also the publisher and editor-in-chief of Artvoice, The Niagara Falls Reporter, Front Page and the South Buffalo News.


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  • The Opinion writer claims the NXIVM/Senator non-story is due to a double-standard for women and/or revenge for her ouster of Al Franken.
    Maybe true…but the article makes no mention that what she actually is being blamed for is DENYING she knew nothing of her father working briefly for NXIVM then being sued by it, and also DENYING any knowledge that the sex cult operated in her own backyard for years.
    Pretty weak defense if you ignore the actual issues….

  • LOL. There’s no way Sen Gillibrand didn’t know about NXIVM. I’m nowhere close to Albany and I knew of them through a tenuous connection via person who was formerly in this cult. Yet a spokesperson for Sen Gillibrand wants us to believe that she knew nothing about a group that has 1) not only has been labelled for over a decade as a “cult” by several media sources in and around her hometown and also by cult experts like Rick Ross, but also 2) sued her own father for sexual harassment who settled for $100K which is not chump change for anyone except the one percent? Don’t insult my intelligence.

    Just another lie that these self-serving political hack jobs do to serve themselves. Why do you think people like VanDouche get away for so long with what they do?

  • It is simply not believable that Gillibrand wouldn’t have known anything about her father’s involvement with NXIVM. But it’s even more interesting that she herself has done absolutely nothing to see that this women-exploiting cult is brought to justice. So much for her wanting to be taken as a serious candidate for president or vice-president in 2020. If she can’t (or won’t) do anything to stop the Raniere/Bronfman crime syndicate, then she doesn’t even deserve to be a U.S. Senator.

About Frank Parlato

About Frank Parlato

Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in major publications all over the world, including The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CNN, Fox News, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, and more.

Frank Parlato was the lead investigator and coordinating producer of Investigation Discovery's 2 hour blockbuster special 'The Lost Women of NXIVM.'

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