Girlfriend beating Atty Gen. Schneiderman resigns; now we know why he wouldn’t prosecute Raniere!

Ronan Farrow and Jane Meyer outed the lout in the New Yorkerhttps://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/four-women-accuse-new-yorks-attorney-general-of-physical-abuse

The volcanic temper, the humongous ego, the guy who threatens anyone who dares stand in his way, has been using the color of law and the power of his office to go after his political enemies for years. He was above the law – he didn’t have to play by the rules.  But now, he appears to have gotten his comeuppance..

First a synopsis of the New Yorker story:

New York State’s highest-ranking law-enforcement officer faces accusations of four women who say he was physically violent with them.

Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam were named in The New Yorker story.  \

One night, in the bedroom of his Upper West Side apartment, he backed Manning Barish up to the edge of his bed and “slapped me, open handed and with great force, across the face, landing the blow directly onto my ear … . My ear was ringing. I lost my balance and fell backward onto the bed. I sprang up… he pushed me back down. He then used his body weight to hold me down, and he began to choke me. The choking was very hard….  I was being beaten by a man… I was crying and in shock.”

Schneiderman accused her of scratching him. He told her, “You know, hitting an officer of the law is a felony.”

Manning Barish says her ear bothered her for months. She kept hearing odd gurgling sounds. Once, blood trickled out, reaching her collarbone.

Manning Barish sought medical help and the doctor confirmed to the New Yorker that she removed “dried bloody crust” from Manning Barish’s ear.

Manning Barish said Schneiderman often slapped her across the face. He  “controlled what I ate.” Manning Barish is five feet seven. She lost thirty pounds, falling to 103. She became emaciated; her hair started to fall out. Nevertheless, he squeezed her legs and called them “chubby.”

Manning Barish says Schneiderman would drink two bottles of wine then bring Scotch to the bedroom. He took prescription tranquilizers.

Sometimes in bed, he would be “shaking me and grabbing my face” demanding she repeat “I’m a little whore.” He told her, “If you ever left me, I’d kill you.” “’I am the law’” Manning Barish says Schneiderman told her.

In 2016, he took a female lawyer to a house. They started making out. He told the woman, “Yeah, you act a certain way and look a certain way, but I know that at heart you are a dirty little slut. You want to be my whore.” He became sexually aggressive. He slapped her across the face so hard the blow left a red handprint. She screamed, and started to sob. She told him she wanted to leave.

“You’d really be surprised,” he told her. “A lot of women like it. They don’t always think they like it, but then they do, and they ask for more.”

She demanded to be taken home. They got in his car. It became apparent how intoxicated he was. He drove, weaving along back roads. She was terrified he’d kill her and maybe another driver.

Tanya Selvaratnam met Schneiderman in 2016 and began dating. Schneiderman began physically abusing her in bed.

Selvaratnam says, “It wasn’t consensual. This wasn’t sexual playacting. This was abusive, demeaning, threatening behavior.”

Schneiderman was “obsessed with having a threesome, and said it was my job to find a woman,” she says. “He said he’d have nothing to look forward to if I didn’t, and would hit me until I agreed…. Sometimes, he’d tell me to call him Master, and he’d slap me until I did.” Selvaratnam, born in Sri Lanka, has dark skin. “He started calling me his ‘brown slave’ and demanding that I repeat that I was ‘his property,’” she said.

Schneiderman slapped her across the face, back and forth, with open hand, spat at her and choked her. She often asked him to stop hurting her, and tried to push him away.

“He had said he would have to kill me if we broke up, on multiple occasions. He also told me he could have me followed and could tap my phone,” she said.

Selvaratnam ended the relationship. She suffered from ringing in her ears, and vertigo. After the breakup, she sought medical help from an ear, nose, and throat specialist.

There were other victims. Another former girlfriend, he’d spit on and slap her hard across the ear and face. He choked and spat at her. Schneiderman pushed her to set up a threesome, and belittled her appearance, saying she had fat legs and needed Botox.

The former girlfriend wrote down an account of the abuse, locked the document in a safe-deposit box, and gave keys to two friends in case anything happened to her.

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There is more to this story not yet reported. More women will likely come forward. The man is a bully. He also used his political and legal authority to go after political enemies and cover for those who were his allies.

Kristy Mazurek was a victim of the ruthless former State Assemblyman Dennis “Grab and Go” Gabryszak.  Kristy and five other women – also victims – went to Schneiderman to ask to investigate. Instead, the attorney general covered it up.

“I don’t think it is a coincidence that I and other women who dealt with sexual harassment never got our day in court because Eric Schneiderman protected others like him,” Mazurek said.

In the case of Albany cult leader Keith Raniere, despite multiple complaints by numerous women over the course of years – women who claimed they were abused by Raniere and his sex slaver cult of NXIVM – Schneiderman seems to have, once again, ignored or covered up crimes of the notorious brander and starver of women. One can see why: He liked to beat and starve women himself. Maybe he saw Raniere as a potential partner-in-crime.

Yet Schneiderman was at the forefront of the #metoo movement. Isn’t it always the most sanctimonious of assholes who are the greatest closet offenders?

There are more incidents to relate. How we went after political enemies like Rob Ortt and George Maziarz.

Schneiderman indicted Ortt – but the case  was dismissed post indictment.

He also indicted Maziarz, who had participated in a political coup against him when Schneiderman was a state senator in 2009. At that time, he threatened to destroy Maziarz but was not able to do it politically.  So, when he became attorney general, he used the color of law to indict Maziarz on a raft of bogus felony charges. Maziarz wound up with a misdemeanor election violation and $1,000 fine. But his life and career were nearly destroyed.

Then there is Steve Pigeon who helped engineer the State Senate coup in 2009 when Schneiderman got overthrown as Deputy Speaker of the Senate. Although Schneiderman immediately vowed vengeance, there was nothing he could do until be became Attorney General. Then, using the color of law, he went after Pigeon and indicted him on bogus charges that can never be proven.

But that did not stop him from raiding Pigeon’s house and destroying his reputation and business.

At the time of the senate coup, Schneiderman was seen by three witnesses – all of whom told Artvoice that he – then a state senator – was screaming and threatening Pigeon at the Marriott Hotel in Albany.

He probably would have slapped Pigeon except Pigeon, being a man, might have hit him back.

We will have more on this later. Stay tuned.





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  • […] Frankreport.com berichtet: Im Fall des Kultführers aus Albany, Keith Raniere, scheint Schneiderman, trotz mehrfacher Beschwerden von vielen Frauen im Laufe der Jahre – Frauen, die behaupteten, sie seien von Raniere und seinem Sexsklavenkult NXIVM missbraucht worden – wieder einmal Verbrechen des berüchtigten Misshandlers und Mörders von Frauen ignoriert oder vertuscht zu haben. […]

  • All these ppl need to be imprisoned once and for all along with claire Bronfman..this has been going on to long and Allison Mack deserves the same treatment as reinerre….needs to stop and the ppl need to come forward now…..

  • Its not a surprise at all. What would actually shock me is if someone can show me a cop who DOESNT THINK they are above the law. One who doesn’t abuse their power. No one can. To be a cop is to be the strong arm of the state, which naturally then, makes them the enemy of the people. Its part of the job description. “good” cops are the best at being a lying, manipulative, intimidating, bully ,oppressor. All law ENFORCEMENT officers are hypocrites. some will claim to know good cops but its always themslves , a friend ,or family member they speak of. They dont see how those officers treat the public they DEEM criminals and stop to acost. All cops know the laws don’t apply to them. That makes them the most dangerous criminals in the nation. With the weapons and the system to back them up, corruption is enviable. Absolute Power corrupts absolutely

  • What is it with recent New York politicians and sex scandals?
    Governor Elliott Spitzer resigned in a prostitution scandal.
    Former Congressman Anthony Wiener was convicted of sexting minors.
    Now Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigns after being accused of beating girl friends.

    Has Bill Clinton’s post-Presidential life in New York turned the whole state into a hot bed of perversity?

    Has Bill Clinton rubbed off on New York?

    • On MSNBC today, a reporter (who had previously worked in Albany) commented on this exact point. He said Albany was a cesspool of male chauvinist pigs. I was disappointed when he didn’t mention Rainiere.

      • If it was on MSNBC, just determine the opposite of what was said and that is the truth. Raniere isn’t well known, and more than half of MSNBC are probably NXIVM members.

  • This is the guy who defended the ridiculous ban on Mixed Martial Arts competitions from New York state, at the time the only state to do so, which was eventually reversed with legislation after massive lawsuits. This guy. Whether to satisfy the political constituency who backed him, or because of an urban snobbery that amounts to its own kind of provincialism and bigotry, this violent alcoholic sexual deviant and abuser of women was in court being sued over this ban, while he himself was beating women in a drunken frenzy of perversion, choking women, threatening them, calling them whores, degrading and controlling them–and everyone seemed to know! Trump tweeted in 2013: “A.G. Eric Schneiderman…worse than Spitzer or Weiner.”
    One of the reasons for this ban on MMA was simple: a corrupt union fight going on behind the scenes targeting the owner of one of the casino franchises who also sponsored MMA competitions. They had the nerve to argue that MMA bouts in places like MSG would “have a negative effect on the economics of New York state and local municipalities.” Schneiderman then turned around and presented a blatantly unconstitutional argument against MMA, that it did not fall under the First Amendment because it had no message being conveyed, as if that ever stopped any other bizarre public performance in New York state.
    But wait, what’s this: “Unite Here has pumped tens of thousands of dollars into Schneiderman’s war chest. It donated $55,000 to his 2010 attorney general race, making it his largest labor contributor, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics. The union pumped another $10,000 into Schneiderman’s campaign in July 2012 despite his not being up for reelection until 2014.
    Neither the union nor Schneiderman’s office returned multiple requests for comment.
    The attorney general’s ties to Unite Here run beyond campaign donations. His former Chief of Staff Neal Kwatra served as an activist for the group as well as the state’s Hotel Trades Council for many years before joining Schneiderman’s office. Kwatra left his post in February to pursue a career as a political consultant, though he pledged to “continue to provide strategic advice for Mr. Schneiderman,” according to the New York Times.”
    Schneiderman is SCUM, and everything else he was involved in needs to come out now as well. I hope his victims are lining up right now to come forward and expose this monster down to the last detail. Then he needs to be criminally charged for assault.

    • They are just that freaking ignorant.

      Whether it’s politics or religion, it is unfortunately the former conversations we used to be able to have here are being destroyed by utter morons.

  • Frank…I’m pretty sure that many of these posts are being written by the same troll who is pretending to be multiple people.

    A few hints that give away their identity is their inability to spell common words (such as your vs you’re and there vs. their) and their use of the term “dude”.

    I have “some” experience with these alt-right trolls….Therefore, I’m going to guess these are the same group of trolls who I’ve dealt with before.

  • The anti-Semitism, and American tribal politics, in tne comments is getting out of control.

    No evidence is presented that Schneiderman was influenced by NXIVM.

    • Franks post is not the problem. The problem is that trolls, such as “R. Browning” have taken over the comments section and are using it to.promote their agenda of spreading hate.
      While I support free speech, there is a reason why hate speech laws exist….

        • OK Rob. Bro, let’s play that stupid game -> Every name that ends with “MAN” is jew :
          Adolf Eichmann ……………….. nope !
          Martin Bormann ………………. nope !
          Karl-Gottfried Nordmann ……nope !
          etc.

          Frank please, block that “Robert Browning” guy’s IP now.

        • Who are you replying to with your comment, RB? Since it followed my comment, it appears to be addressed to me.
          You seem to think you are the victim here, psycho, Browning…no one else here is crying victim – just you, dumb ass.

    • It is all connected. Everything in the social realm is connected to the Jew war on white Christians, Christ and Christianity. All three are hated by Jews and the destruction of all three is the Jew goal. Only then will the world be prepared for the Jew messiah, the anti-Christ.

  • Call what ever stupid names you like, but Schneiderman, Mack, Bronfman and a hole host of other big named sex perverts and sodomites are Jews. And invariably there victims are non-Jews. Do Jews prey on non-Jews? It needs to be asked. And it needs to be answered.

        • You really are an idiot, “Robert Browning”….
          How does your hypothesis fit with with abusers,such as Raniere, who are not Jewish? Isn’t KR Italian ?

          • Just because someone disagrees with Browning he assumes they must be Jewish? Lol. You mean you assume everyone who is non-Jewish shares your beliefs??? Thats pretty funny .

            Anyways, I think we can all see your comments are fake, and that you’ve probably been trolling this blog using various identities for a long time.

            Why is trolling such fun for you, RB? Don’t you have other blogs where you can write fake comments? Sure you do….

      • The promise of the Jew religion to the Jew people is the subjugation, the enslavement of the non-Jew for the benefit of the Jews. Jews regard all non-Jew women as whores. Shiksa means whore. Schneiderman would never slap around a Jew woman. Weinstein would never jerkoff on a Jew women and Mack would never brand and pimp out another Jew. Judiasm is a supremacist ideology. Jews hold themselves above all others and feel they can do with us non-Jews as they wish. But you know all of this don’t you you poor poor paranoid schizophrenic Jew, don’t you?

    • Why do you need to ask that question? Because you’re an anti-semite.

      Your namesake is a decent poet. You however, could do with a basic english refresher course, people will assume that spell-check is majorly helping you out with words like ‘invariably’ – if you can’t correctly spell words like ‘whole’ and ‘their’. Mrs. Goldfarb taught me how to spell when I was little and until her death quite recently, she often ‘prayed’ for our entire community at the local synagogue. Hope this helps!

      • Do you know why the Jews killed Christ? Jews had and have certain expectations of their messiah. Jews expected their messiah to enslave their enemies, the non-Jews. Christ preached forgiveness of ones enemies and peace making. That was blasphemy to the Jews so they killed him. Christ was killed by the Jews because he refuse to enslave the world for the benefit of the Jews and for no other reason. And Jews hate him and all Christians to this very day for his refusal to enslave humankind for the benefit of the Jews and to this very day the Jews want all of Christendom dead and destroyed.

        Isn’t that right Jew?? You are the anti-Christ aren’t you Jew?

        • False. The Romans allegedly killed Christ. Sure, some Jews had a hand in it, but some Jews were also faithful supporters and followers of Jesus. The particular Jews that Jesus showed contempt towards were the Pharisees, and his speech about money lending in the temple and them being a den of vipers was directed specifically towards them and not all Jews. After all, the lineage of Jesus was immaculate – he was born of a Jewish mother. This idea that the Jews killed Jesus propagated by some have led to their mass persecution in history by some Christians leading up to the Holocaust. Every action has an opposite reaction, and if some Jews are anti-Christian it is because these feelings of antipathy add up over centuries. This enslavement of people to the Jews is allegedly a command of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion which is a mythical document that has no basis.

          • Please Jew—–Pilate Washes his Hands
            When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but that instead a riot was breaking out, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “You shall bear the responsibility.” All the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” So Pilate released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged and handed Him over to be crucified.…

          • I’m not Jewish. No soul can bear the burden of another. Those who are guilty for the alleged death of Jesus will be the only ones held responsible.

            Also, it’s pretty obvious you’re here only to what’s call “poison the well” of information provided on this site. The same thing applies to this contrived Democrat/Republican feud, Clinton, Hollywood, pedophile ring and all other conspiracy nonsense associated with NXIVM.

            NXIVM was just the idea of a sociopathic conman who wanted to play games, boost his ego, have sex, etc., and fooled two naive rich girls and a whole bunch of other people, charmed and bribed some local authorities and politicians to it, got cocky, and lost.

        • Robert Browning you need to get out more. Is that possible? Or are you being detained at some federal state’s pleasure? If I could convert right now into the most jewish of jewish people,I would. You could call me jewish, any way you like and I would definitely take it as a compliment, yes.

        • Robert I am sorry you got that wrong. I come from a devout Christian back ground. And any real Christian knows that we all killed Christ by our sins. Yes that includes you Robert Browning….
          Jesus came to earth as a man to save our souls. That is Christianity 101.
          Mary was the new eve. She was the ark of the tabernacle to carry Jesus. He suffered for us. Our sins killed Jesus , not the Romans or the Jews. Oh and another thing Jesus warned against people who judge others and act as judge and jury.
          No I will not tolerate anti semitism or racism or misogyny or anti Christian or anti fill in the blank rhetoric.
          Besides your comments are not relievant they are not helpful they are full of misinformation and off subject.
          If you don’t have anything to add to the conversation or anything that has to do with subject at hand,,,,,, go back to Alex Jones or Briebart. Better yet pick up the Bible. And also read early church fathers writings. St Thomas and st Augustine. Among others. Read Josephus also.
          All we ask is you stay on subject.
          By the way Keith Reneire seemed to love Nazis. At least allegedly named people after Nazis. He is not Jewish so your theory holds no merit.

          Stay on subject here. I just wanted to address this I am sorry I am off subject but I can’t sit around reading something like this without making a comment.

    • Antisemite comments in an anti-cult blog ! Nice try motherfucker ! Can you add some racists statements ?

      • How is this for racist Jew?? This is from your Jew holy book, Jew.

        When the LORD your God brings you into the land you are to possess and casts out the many peoples living there, you shall then slaughter them all and utterly destroy them…You shall save nothing alive that breathes…You shall make no agreements with them nor show them any mercy. You shall destroy their altars, break down their images, cut down their groves and burn their graven images with fire. For you are a holy people unto the LORD thy God and He has chosen you to be a special people above all others upon the face of the earth…

        • What the hell are you playing at ? Seriously, dude ! I’m so disappointed ! If you want to know : I’m a non confirmed protestant. But it would had changed nothing if I was a black jew gay female, dude !..
          As you perhaps don’t know what this blog is about : It’s about a destructive cult that is called NXIVM. The present post is about a corrupt AG that helped NXIVM the passive way (maybe the active way, do we know ?)… It’s not about repti-jew-freemason-insectoid conspiracy !!! So, please, stay focused !

        • Wtf is wrong with this guy?? 🤷🏽‍♂️🤷🏽‍♂️ Find a hobby to take out your anger, man…

          Go figure the one time the FrankReport really could use mods is to deal with a raging anti-semite

        • Wow, such uninformed Antisemitism. If you’re going to troll on a site, or blame the Jews, at least know your subject.

          For the rest of you, who doubt the idea that Jews play a large role in many of the problems facing the world, I would encourage you to read the following books (& you too, R. Browning):

          Jews Must Live – by Samuel Roth (a Jew himself)

          The Invention of the Jewish People – by Shlomo Sand (also Jewish, a historian at the Univ. of Tel Aviv; book spent 19 weeks as an International bestseller).

          The Jews and Their Lies – by Martin Luther (founder of the Lutheran Church).

          The Talmud Unmasked – JB Pranaitis (Hebrew Language professor, Lithuanian Catholic Priest).

          The Myth of German Villainy – Benton Bradberry (well-rounded 20th century history book, which talks about the TRUTH behind Communism, which was a Jewish movement, and the mischaracterization of Germany as history’s ultimate villain).

          The World Conquerors – by Louis Marschalko (a Hungarian who had firsthand experience with Jewish Communism, and a well-researched read).

          The Myth of the Six Million – David L. Hoggan (well-researched, and will turn any truly openminded person into a “Holocaust Denier”, which is the ONLY aspect of history where questioning the official narratives is a criminal offense in some countries).

          Finally, to end on a nice note:

          The problems that are “the fault of Jews” do NOT, I repeat, do NOT involve each and every Jew in the world. Your friendly dentist is not part of a global conspiracy to take over the world, and enslave the hated Goyim. Most Jews, are just like anybody else – trying to get through life, without too many problems, and with a little love, happiness, and peace. To categorically believe that EVERY Jew is “secretly plotting, and out to get you” is not only narrowminded, oversimplistic, and plain stupid, it is also simply not true.

          In peaceful regards,

          Anonymous

    • Hey Browning, considering the time you showed up here, I kinda wonder if you’re having a little temper tantrum due to something I said elsewhere…..since that’s typical behavior for you morons! Lol.
      Hmm mm. …am I right RB?

    • Excuse me but the main criminal in this story is called Keith Raniere and he is no jew. Is from Italian ancestry, probably Roman Catholic. So…

  • It almost sounds like Schneiderman took a few courses from Raniere. Threatening women; forcing them to become extremely thin; demanding threesomes; having multiple sexual partners; forcing them to call his “Master”; etc., I think all he missed was the branding.

    • If you believe people like Dr. Hare, sociopaths allegedly make up 2%-5% of the general population. You have to understand, many sociopaths – or people who have sociopathic characteristics – hold top positions in businesses, law, politics, sports, entertainment, etc.

      They don’t have to learn from VanDouche. They are like him.

    • He just hadn’t found anybody willing to escalate to that level, yet. In all fairness, KR had been coercing women into threesomes for years, which was probably why he had to escalate to keep getting thrills. This is also probably why, by the time he was having women branded and torturing them forcing them to have sex with unknown parties while blindfolded and such, he couldn’t get it up anymore.

      It is just like a junky that does so many drugs trying to replicate their first high, but it is impossible.

      • You bring up a very important point, and in doing so, have now pointed directly to the reasons why Raniere and the Bronfmans and the Salzmans escalated to such unthinkably perverse levels in the past few years, with more to come that I predict that will sicken the world soon. (Using the silly latin letters for a heartburn drug, which we all need after reading about these perverts, is certainly easy shorthand, but let’s never fail to remember who was driving this bus).

        Raniere, the Bronfmans and the Salzmans were never called to account for their actions, for a variety of reasons. They knew they didn’t have to be concerned about human experimentation, extortion, and blackmail, the involvement of normal sane non-cult members from the community like Frank, like even Gillibrand’s father who bolted no matter what you think of her, and the host of other criminal actions. That emboldened them, to put it mildly. Psychologically, it enabled them to think they had much much more power than they really did. One can only imagine the private conversations they must have had, reveling in the imaginary power that they thought they had. They must have believed that they were untouchable, because for a time, they were.

        And as you so correctly comment, the behaviour escalated, as it is does with pornography addiction, as it does with drug abuse, with alcohol, with gambling, with greed for money and power, and as it does with deviance. What worked ten years ago no longer gets the job done, ‘kicks just keep getting harder to find’ as the song goes. The synaptic nerve receptors require more and more juice, and greater acts of deviancy in order to fire those receptors. So the actions or substance or power or kink or conquest needs to ramp up too, until the person is what…Dahmer level? What type of medical experiment would be needed down the line to satisfy Clare and Raniere, and the doctors they enlisted to carry out their sick fetishes? What level of obedience would be required from slaves to satisfy the Salzman’s need to control other human beings? Would keeping a woman locked in a room for 18 months been enough punishment down the road, or would physical torture be needed, how about murder? How thin would Raniere’s women need to be–and how young–before they were simply ten year olds? Or was that already happening?

        Had the people entrusted by the public and given taxpayers funds to execute their duties not been negligent monstrous abusers themselves, things would not have reached the point that they did in 2017. Had Schneiderman, who was elected AG in 2010, done his damn job, no one would have been branded and blackmailed and locked in a room for a year and a half.

        I hope that Schneiderman gets sued by his own victims, and by those whom he failed to protect, and I hope it occupies the rest of his natural life. He may have some immunity from prosecution for some aspects of his AG position, but not all, and there are clever attorneys right now looking into how they can ‘make whole’ the people harmed by him, on every level.

  • All FR readers who experience cognitive dissonance when connections are made between NXIVM and the Democratic party, raise your hand. The tribal characteristics and defensive attitude to both ideologies are very similar.

  • Ronan Farrow is the son of Mia Farrow and filmmaker Woody Allen.

    Farrow has backed up his sister’s claims of abuse against Woody Allen.

      • That’s a rumor that has never been verified and only a DNA test will resolve it.
        Needless to say Ronan Farrow and his mother Mia insist that Woody Allen is the father.
        And Ronan Farrow is a serious journalist in his own right.
        His co-writer Jane Mayer is also a good journalist.

        • Do you see ANYTHING in Ronan’s face that reminds you of Woody Allen?
          Sorry, Woody, “That’s Life…that’s what people say…”

  • Schneiderman was “obsessed with having a threesome, and said it was my job to find a woman,” she says.

    Didn’t Raniere have a threesome going with Kreuk and Mack at one time?

    Schneiderman’s case reminds me of former Governor Elliott Spitzer who had to resign because of his bed room activities.

  • Raniere was backing Hillary Clinton and other democrats which is why some media has stopped covering the story.

    • That isn’t really true.

      They donated to both sides of the aisle.

      Whomever’s influence they wanted to buy.

      Big news at the US is just moronic these days. That is why they don’t cover it, and it takes independent journalism to get any decent idea of a story.

      That is actually true everywhere in the world, though. Just blatantly terrible in some countries, like US, Russia, Canada, UK, France.

      • Albany is controlled by democrats. New York is controlled by democrats. The Feds were controlled by democrats…until 2016. 2016 also happens to be when the current investigation was allowed to proceed… must just be a coincidence though.

      • I can’t talk for other countries but France has a very different approach on political group financing. Most of the day to day money is from annual membership and campaign expenses are reimbursed by the state based on the elections results. This is to prevent 2 things; obviously the first one being corruption and the second one allow small groups to have a voice no matter what…

        One more thing, here it’s pretty rare to see someone with a law backgroud going to politics (excepts a few lawyers, but no state attorney or judge to my knowledge). It goes back to the french revolution and “the separation of powers”.

        Not saying the system’s perfect but it was made to avoid corruption and works pretty good on that end. If you allow private citizens or companies to finance politics, you basically just make corruption the norm…

        • Vive la France! and is it true that Philosophy as an academic subject is compulsory in the state school curriculum, to defend the gains of the revolution? Or is that just a figment of my imaginary France whose food, language and culture I love overmuch?

          • Yes, in last year of high school, there is an introduction to Philosophy, most rebel teenagers think it’s useless but it is there to help them think by themselves and to question life as they are entering adulthood (you legally become an adult at 18 here).

            Haha, to be honest, foreigners do often have a romantic view of France that tend to only focus on the positives (food, wine, litterature, fashion,…).
            I would only say no country/system is perfect and we all have room for improvment 😉

        • LOL at France being peddled as the model of political anything. You’re on your 6th republic already.

          • I’m not saying France or any other country should be a model for anything. In a perfect world, we as people, would just look at the world we live in and acknowledge that each system has flaws. I am quite conscient about what should be changed in my country and that other countries do better on those topics.

            My personal opinion on political party funding stands. If you let individuals, companies or lobbys finance them, you make corruption legal. By definition, a lobby doesn’t have any interest in common good, just it’s own.

            You’re totally welcome to think otherwise, we both live in (imperfect) countries with free speech.

          • The original comment was about newspaper medias, and someone with low reading comprehension has tried to make it about corruption in politics.

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