Why Did NXIVM and the Bronfman Sisters Get Treated More Deferentially Than President Trump and His Family?

Clare Bronfman [left] with her sister Sara Bronfman-Igtet.

News out of Albany today is that the New York State Department of Taxation & Finance is investigating whether The Trump Foundation violated state tax laws. If that’s found to be the case, the findings could be presented to a grand jury as part of a criminal proceeding against the foundation and its operators.

The Trump Foundation is also under attack by New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood, who filed a lawsuit against the organization last month claiming the foundation violated campaign finance laws, illegally coordinated activities with the Trump presidential campaign, and engaged in a variety of self-dealing activities. In conjunction with that lawsuit, the AG is seeking to dissolve the Trump Foundation, recover millions of dollars in restitution, and bar President Trump and three of his children from serving in leadership positions of any nonprofit entity in New York State.

I don’t know anything about the facts that led the AG to file the lawsuit against the Trump Foundation – or the facts that led to the newly-announced investigation of that foundation by Taxation & Finance. I do know that both those state agencies previously declined to undertake an investigation of NXIVM/ESP and the numerous foundations operated by Clare Bronfman and Sara Bronfman-Igtet.

Several years ago, Joe O’Hara met for hours with high-ranking members of the Department of Taxation & Finance – and turned over a trove of records that documented some of the illegal financial activities that were being undertaken at that time by NXIVM/ESP and its various spin-off companies (At that time, Joe estimated that NXIVM/ESP and the Bronfmans owed at least $20 million in unpaid taxes). Following the meeting, he sent additional documentation and materials to the Taxation & Finance officials – and offered to meet with them again to answer any questions. The response from Taxation & Finance: NOTHING. No return phone call, no follow-up meeting, etc. NOTHING.

Similarly, Joe and Toni Natalie tried several years ago to get the Office of the New York State Attorney General to undertake an investigation of NXIVM/ESP and the Bronfmans (Andrew Cuomo was AG at the time). Two Assistant AGs were assigned to work with them – well, at least to start to work with them.

After several conference calls, the two Assistant AGs asked if Joe and Toni had any proof to back-up their claims about the financial crimes they alleged were being committed by NXIVM/ESP and the Bronfmans. When they sent the first batch of materials – which included specific details about all the companies that were being used to launder money coming from Mexico – Joe and Toni got back an email response from the two Assistant AGs saying: “Please don‘t send us any more material”. After that, NOTHING. No return calls, no response to emails, etc. NOTHING.

It’s interesting to see the Department of Taxation & Finance and the NYS Attorney General take an aggressive role in investigating The Trump Foundation. Yet I wonder why they were reluctant to undertake an investigation of NXIVM/ESP and the Bronfmans. Had they done so, perhaps thousands of people would not have been conned out of their hard-earned money, NXIVM/ESP and the Bronfmans may not have been able to launder millions of dollars from Mexico, and perhaps no women would have been branded with Keith Raniere’s initials.

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  • Jimbo – you make a very thoughtful point and I suppose I gravitate towards that thinking a bit more than the political conspiracy theories.

    That being said, Aunty – I’ve never really explored the more provocative and not-without-merit points of the far left or the far right for that matter. You definitely may know something I don’t. I tend to think that we do shitty things to ourselves and each other for much more complicated reasons that may start with an ideology that fits and feels good but ends up becoming twisted and messy. And when I say ideology – that could be political or religious.

    You all are pretty hard on each other for your differing views, even though there has been some really intelligent and profound points from all sides.

    Scott – it looks like your reputation on the interwebs may of followed you here but I don’t disagree you might be on to something with this Amway thing. Nor do I disagree that there are some parallels here that makes this forum a good sounding board for you.

    Shadowstate – from a way outsider who has only been reading your comments for the last couple of months – you don’t really seem as “obsessed” with Allie Mack as you get accused of so often. To me she’s just the only one thus far that had been indicted, was #1 slave and how she got there considering her background – quite frankly (no pun intended) IS fascinating. That’s why the media find her so newsworthy.

    Flowers – I don’t think you’re Allie Mack’s mom. You are just giving a contrary perspective that is a little more fair to where her head might of been at. It’s usually a POV we haven’t thought of before.

    You guys are all going to likely tear me apart (or continue to go at each other) but I think there is merit in all your comments. Maybe not so much the nasty mean stuff though.

    • “I gravitate towards that thinking a bit more than the political conspiracy theories.”

      Sorry junior, you need to do a better job of thinking.

      From 2001 to 2005 there was an ongoing investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

      A Grand Jury had been empaneled.

      Governments from around the world had donated to the “Charity”.

      Yet, from 2001 to 2003 none of those “Donations” to the Clinton Foundation were declared.

      Hmm, now you would think that an honest investigator would be able to figure this out.

      Guess who took over this investigation in 2002?

      None other than James Comey.

      Now, that’s interesting, isn’t it?

      Guess who was transferred in to the Internal Revenue Service to run the Tax Exemption Branch of the IRS? Lois Lerner…

      Now, that’s interesting, isn’t it?

      Guess who ran the Tax Division inside the Department of Injustice from 2001 to 2005?

      None other than the Assistant Attorney General of the United States, Rod Rosenstein.

      Guess who was the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during this timeframe???
      Robert Mueller.

      What do all four casting characters have in common?

      They all were briefed and/or were front line investigators into the Clinton Foundation Investigation.

      Let’s fast forward to 2009, shall we?

      James Comey leaves the Justice Department to go and cash-in at Lockheed Martin.

      Hillary Clinton is running the State Department, on her own personal email server by the way.

      The Uranium One “issue” comes to the attention of the Hildabeast.

      Like all good public servants do, you know looking out for America’s best interest, she decides to support the decision and approve the sale of 20% of US Uranium to” no other than?

      However, prior to the sales approval, no other than Arkansas Bill goes to Moscow, gets paid 500K for a one hour speech then meets with Vladimir Putin at his home for a few hours.

      Well, not so fast, the FBI had a mole inside the money laundering and bribery scheme.

      Guess who was the FBI Director during this timeframe?

      Yep, Robert Mueller.

      He even delivered a Uranium Sample to Moscow in 2009.

      Guess who was handling that case within the Justice Department out of the US Attorney’s Office in Maryland.

      No other than, Rod Rosenstein.

      Guess what happened to the informant?

      The Department of Justice placed a GAG order on him and threatened to lock him up if he spoke out about it.

      How does 20% of the most strategic asset of the United States of America end up in Russian hands when the FBI has an informant, a mole providing inside information to the FBI on the criminal enterprise?

      ~145 million dollars in “donations” made their way into the Clinton Foundation from entities directly connected to the Uranium One deal.

      Guess who was still at the Internal Revenue Service working the Charitable Division?

      No other than, Lois Lerner.

      Ok, that’s all just another series of coincidences, nothing to see here, right?

      Let’s fast forward to 2015.

      Due to a series of tragic events in Benghazi and after the 9 “investigations” the House, Senate and at State Department, Trey Gowdy who was running the 10th investigation as Chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi discovers that the Hildabeast ran the State Department on a unclassified, unauthorized, outlaw personal email server.

      He also discovered that none of those emails had been turned over when she departed her “Public Service” as Secretary of State which was required by law.

      He also discovered that there was Top Secret information contained within her personally archived email.

      I will spare you the State Departments cover up, the nostrums they floated, the delay tactics that were employed and the outright lies that were spewed forth from the necks of the Kerry State Department, we shall leave it with this…… they did everything humanly possible to cover for the Hildabeast.

      Now this is amazing, guess who became FBI Director in 2013?

      Guess who secured 17 no bid contracts for his employer with the State Department and was rewarded with a six million dollar thank you present when he departed his employer.

      No other than James Comey.

      Now he is the FBI Director in charge of the “Clinton Email Investigation” after of course his FBI Investigates the Lois Lerner “Matter” at the Internal Revenue Service and exonerates her.

      Can you guess what happened next?

      In April 2016, James Comey drafts an exoneration letter of Hillary Rodham Clinton, meanwhile the DOJ is handing out immunity deals like candy.

      They didn’t even convene a Grand Jury.

      Like a lightning bolt of statistical impossibility, like a miracle from God himself, like the true “Gangsta” Homey is, James steps out into the cameras of an awaiting press conference on July the 8th of 2016, and exonerates the Hildabeast from any wrongdoing.

      Can you see the pattern?

      I could go on, Rosenstein becomes Asst. Attorney General, Comey gets fired based upon a letter by Rosenstein, Comey leaks government information to the press, Mueller is assigned to the Russian Investigation sham by Rosenstein to provide cover for decades of malfeasance within the FBI and DOJ and the story continues.

      FISA Abuse, political espionage….. pick a crime, any crime, chances are…… this group and a few others did it.

      All the same players.

      All compromised and conflicted.

      All working fervently to NOT go to jail themselves.

      All connected in one way or another to the Clinton’s.

      How many lives have these two destroyed?

      It cannot be numbered.

      As of this writing, the Clinton Foundation, in its 20+ years of operation of being the largest International Charity Fraud in the history of mankind, has never been audited by the Internal Revenue Service.

    • you don’t really seem as “obsessed” with Allie Mack as you get accused of so often

      Thank you for recognizing reality.

      If I do mention Mack a lot it is because she is indicted and there are very clear charges against her.
      I hesitate to talk about other NXIVM members because there have been no concrete allegations against them.
      It is somewhat unfair to speculate what the other NXIVM people have done.

      As the US government drops new charges on NXIVM it will be more clear what their members have done and I will shift more focus on them.

      As for Raniere he is toast. A Dead Man Walking.
      The US government wants his hide and he will not be able to plea bargain his way out.

    • Your comment was very well measured and almost what I am trying to get at. I just think pulling heads together and realizing that there is a place at the table for all of us is good idea. That’s what I have tried to say but more clumsy than you have. Thanks. I think if we value different ways of looking at it more likely to find the truth
      I am done addressing the disorder by all the fighting and just focusing on the article. Sober and calm heads prevail.
      Sadly every time I address the infighting it distracts from the discussion. So about that matter I have said all that I can say about it.
      Your right if all the people you brought up and beyond work together we can learn and figure out more.
      Plus I really would like to see more of the old posters who have been in this from the start.
      Thanks for a calm and sober assement. Your right.

  • Is there any possible way that we can talk about the horrors of NXIVM without making it a left or right thing? Does it really need to be politicized? Humans do bad things – regardless of who you vote for. Some are narcissists, some are sadists, some are weak and in a vulnerable place in their lives and can be easily sucked into the easy “fix” to heal their pain. I don’t understand why this awful situation needs to be judged by a political affiliation.

    • @ Gobsmacked:

      Like it or not, the story absolutely IS political…and having an understanding of the political views of NXIVM’S leadership is critical to understanding certain aspects of the situation. For example, why prosecutors were running interference for the cult years ago, when the evidence was already stacking up…”We can’t prosecute one of our own”…

      It also points towards how deeply the rabbit hole goes.

      It’s all about power…”collateral ensures loyalty and obedience”, and it would not at all surprise me to learn that a lot of very well-known political figures get implicated, in addition to Salinas.

      I’d be willing to bet the Clintons are tied into it, at some level.

      • Correct. The longer things go on the more we learn about “political Conspiracies” Funny how we learn how much these “political conspiracies ” are proven correct when corrupt people are exposed. For years the blind thought NXIVM was a conspiracy ….wow just like the cult wanted them to believe. Now we find out who the evil rotten conspirators are and the international scope involved.

    • We could talk about how human frailty makes people susceptible to cults. We could talk about why it is so difficult for people to escape cults. We could talk about the social forces that transform social conformity into cognitive slavery. If you read cult researchers, social psychology and cultural anthropology (for the the esoteric nature of cults from the new age to the religious) take up considerable space. However, most stories have heroes and villains and it’s much easier to associated our own meta-stories with whatever smaller stories captivates our attention at the most. So people want to make it political in order to make it simple and find some rabbit whole, conspiracy, or typical cast of useful idiots rather than wallow in many conflicting stories. If comments devolve into name calling and labeling, you pretty much know that most conversations will be incredibly limited.

    • The stupid American politics permeate everything.

      It’s why outside the US many people say that Americans are smart enough to ask questions, and dumb enough to believe the answers.

  • I guess the corrupt democrat scum in New York would rather not investigate real corruption

    the Clinton crime sydicate

    The Clinton Foundation goes WAY BEYOND the Foundation. They have multiple foundations and shell companies. This is for all the diggers out there…
    2) I have been compiling this info for awhile, while working on other projects, so I’m giving you all the names and basic info. Dig Deep, for this is the biggest charity fraud in the history of mankind. Away we go… #LockThemUp #LockHerUp
    3) This list contains everything from registered foundations to initiatives to shell companies, and partner companies with Frank Giustra. They hide some of their initiatives under their foundations, whereas others are actually registered. #ClintonCrimeFamily
    4) I have been gradually extracting this info over time, primarily from their tax returns and some from their websites.
    5) I am not dropping screenshots of registrations and tax forms, but these are easy for you to dig up. I’m just laying out the most basic info and names for you to track. Some may have dissolved by now. THE LIST:
    #LockHerUp #LockThemUp
    A) Clinton Bush Haiti Fund registered 1/28/10 and dissolved 12/27/12
    B) Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI)
    C) Clinton Development Initiative (CDI)
    #ClintonFoundation #ClintonCrimeFamily
    D) Clinton Family Foundation: in NY registered in 2001
    E) Clinton Foundation: in AR registered 1998
    F) Clinton Foundation: in Hong Kong registered 2014
    #ClintonFoundation #ClintonCrimeFamily
    G) Clinton Foundation: in Haiti
    H) Clinton Foundation: registered to this address in Sweden: Birger Jarlsgatan 55, Stockholm, SW 11145
    I) Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative (CFHAI): bogus co. run under CF
    J) Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP): in Canada (Frank Giustra) many connections here.
    K) Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative (CGSGI)
    L) Clinton Global Citizens Award (CGCA)
    #LockThemUp #ClintonCartel
    M) Clinton Global Initiative (CGI): in AR registered 2005
    N) Clinton Global Initiative Asia (CFIA)
    O) Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU)
    P) Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI): total fuckery on back-dating this one, but claim to be around since 2002. Registration in MA not until 2009
    Q) Clinton Health Matter Initiative (CHMI)
    R) Clinton Hunter Development Initiative (CSBI)
    S) Clinton Institute (CI)
    T) Clinton Small Business Initiative (CSBI)
    U) Ciudad Verde Amarilo Triada Frailejon III: in Bogota
    #ClintonFoundation #ClintonCrimeFamily
    V) Forty Two (FT)
    W) No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project
    X) The Alliance for a Healthier Generation (Alliance): started by the CF and American Heart Assoc.
    #ClintonCartel #LockThemUp
    Y) The Clinton Initiatives (TCI)
    Z) The Clinton Museum Store (TCMS)
    AA) William J. Clinton Foundation (Kenya) Charity Trust: in Nairobi
    #ClintonCrimes #LockHerUp
    BB) William J. Clinton Foundation UK: in London – dissolved on 10/10/17
    CC) William J. Clinton Foundation (WJCF)
    DD) William J. Clinton Presidential Center (CPC)
    EE) WJC Investments (William Jefferson Clinton, for profit)
    FF) WJC LLC (William Jefferson Clinton, for profit)
    GG) Too Small to Fail
    #LockThemUp #LockHerUp #ClintonCrimes
    HH) Onward Together: Hillary’s most recent scandal
    II) Haiti Development Fund LLC: in NY (50% ownership)
    JJ) Acceso Fund LLC: in NY (50% ownership)
    #ClintonCartel #FrankGiustra
    KK) Acceso Ofertal Local: in Colombia (fruit/veg supply)
    LL) Acacia Development CO: in NY (investment)
    MM) Acceso Worldwide Fund Inc.: in NY (investment)
    #ClintonCrimeFamily #LockThemUp
    NN) Fondo Acceso Sas: in Colombia – subsidiary of Acceso Fund LLC
    OO) Acceso Cashew Enterprise Ltd: in Maharashtra IN (cashew co)
    PP) Tukula Farmin Company Ltd: operates in in Kasungu Malawi and Mchinji
    QQ) Moyo Nuts and Seeds Ltd: in Limbe MI
    RR) Moyo Development Company: in Africa
    SS) Acceso Peanut Enterprise Corp: in Haiti (false address and doesn’t exist)
    #ClintonCartel #Haiti #FrankGiustra
    TT) Acceso Boyaca SA: in Colombia (50% ownership)
    UU) Chakipi Acceso SA: in Lima PE (50% ownership)
    VV) Ruaha Development Co Ltd: in Upanga Tanzania

    Side Note: the Obamas just spent 8 days in Tanzania last week.🤔
    22) And there you have it folks. Went through the alphabet twice! Note that the companies they own jointly are more than likely with Frank Giustra. These people shuffle money every which way they can to maintain power and control over many countries. #ClintonCartel
    23) Supposedly the @fbi have been investigating the #ClintonFoundation in 4-5 states for several months now. One would assume they have this complete list. One can also see how much time would be involved in following the money.

  • Stop crying you Libtard Snowflake.

    Go back to your Commieland County.

    If you don’t shut up, I’m going to post my 30lb Freedom scrotum on your face.

    Boo who. Can’t stand the heat? Get off my board.

  • Of course there’s preferential treatment…NY is a Libtard stronghold, second only behind Commiefornia, in terms of hypocrite politicians, and “Left-opian” voters.

    They wouldn’t go after a major political donor family like the scummy Bronfmans, unless they absolutely had to.

    On the other hand, these same Leftards can’t get enough enjoyment out of hating on President Trump and his family, so the point of going after him for NY taxes isn’t because there are any improprieties…it’s just a nuisance designed to cost him money.

    The Libtards really have shown themselves to be sore losers, and generally pathetic human beings.

    • Do you even have any bloody idea about her tweet? It’s about Michael McFaul who happens to be fellow at the Hoover Institution, conservative think tank and was American ambassador to Russia. Just read about Putin’s Russia in Masha Gessen’s work to take into how a true state-run mafia works. The other fellow with whom Putin wants to speak, Bill Browder, is an American investor instrumental in passing the Magnitsky Act, sanctions barring specific Russian actors from entering the United States. This act was overwhemlingly passed thanks to support from Senators John McCain and Ben Cardin and over opposition from the Obama administration which still clung to the notion that relations with Russia could be “reset.”

      There are so many things you can throw at Hillary Clinton, but her support for Michael McFaul’s service to this country isn’t one of them. The Senate just unanimously passed a resolution reflecting this same sentiment.

      • Hey Dumbo the people you mentioned are as corrupt as they come. Clinton crying over a corrupt Ambassador is rich. Crawl back into your hole

      • Don’t get in over your head little jimmy-o

        Bill Browder, Hermitage capital, RSM and Loop Capital United States of America v. Prevezon Holdings Ltd. et al, 1:13-cv-06326, No. 576-21 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 3, 2017)

        John E. Rollins, Director in the Financial Investigations and Dispute Advisory practice at McGladrey LLP

        I was asked by the SDNY to perform an analysis of certain financial transactions that occurred subsequent to the disbursement of approximately RUB 5.4 billion, or approximately USD 230 million, in aggregate, in late December 2007 from the Federal Treasury of the Government of the Russian Federation (the “Russian Treasury”) to accounts in the name of three former portfolio companies of the Hermitage Fund, an investment fund created in 1996 by Hermitage Capital Management.

        Prevezon Holdings, Ltd. (“Prevezon”);

        Arivust Holdings, Ltd. (“Arivust”); and

        Aikate Properties Inc. (“Aikate”)

        I joined McGladrey in 2011 at which point the consulting practice was a subsidiary of H&R Block and operated as RSM McGladrey, Inc. At the end of 2011, the partners of McGladrey & Pullen, LLP acquired the consulting practice from H&R Block and in 2012 renamed the combined firm McGladrey LLP.

        Based on my analysis of the record in this matter and my experience in conducting and in leading financial investigations, I have formed the following opinions:

        Approximately USD 1.97 million in proceeds from the Russian tax refunds is traceable from the Russian Treasury through the global financial system and into a bank account associated with Prevezon (account #CH780023023046738160 held at UBS Switzerland).

        Approximately EUR 7.10 million in proceeds from the Russian tax refunds is traceable from the Russian Treasury through the global financial system and to Arivust.

        Approximately USD 650 thousand plus EUR 750 thousand in proceeds from the Russian tax refunds is traceable from the Russian Treasury through the global financial system and to Aikate.

        Multiple corroborative sources exist for 160 out of 214 Flow of Funds transactions involved in the movement of funds through the global financial system and into a bank account associated with Prevezon and to Arivust and Aikate.

        The total amount of traceable funds into a bank account associated with Prevezon is unaffected by the exclusion of transactions with only one source (i.e., transactions lacking a second source to corroborate). https://www.sec.gov/cgi-bin/browse-edgar?CIK=0001038016&action=getcompany If you go through these focus reports you’ll see that RSM/McGladrey are independent accounting firms used by Loop Capital.

        If im interpreting this correctly, it looks like Hermitage (Bill Browder) was funneling cash from the Russian Treasury into Russian and US firms with Swiss bank accounts (no shit). RSM look to be the good guys in this scenario, which I have seen other sauces of them being the good guys, such as getting out Iranian business in 2013. See below.


        Im starting to think RSM has dirt on Loop Capital and now Bill Browder

    • Ben’s results from the poly


      And stop USING MY HANDLE! You think your a hot shit Libtard snowflake? I eat hot shit for breakfast and poop ice cream!

      Top that you Left Wing Loonie!

  • I do so love that picture of the Bronfman girls wearing the world’s two most expensive scarves.

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His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” He also appeared in "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM, and was credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

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