More on Gillibrand dodging debate with her opponent – and the NXIVM nexus

Kirsten Gillibrand, a woman you can believe.

Maybe she doesn’t have something to hide.

But Kirsten Gillibrand, the US Senator from New York, canceled Sunday night’s debate against her opponent, Chele Farley. The debate was to be held at Skidmore College and broadcast on Spectrum NY1.

Gillibrand canceled after 6 pm on Friday, 48 hours before the only planned debate between the candidates.  She released a statement claiming the reason she would not debate was there was an ongoing labor dispute at Spectrum that would require her to cross a “de facto picket line.”

Gillibrand was able to cross that same “de facto picket line” earlier this year when she appeared on Spectrum News programs. She was interviewed about gun control legislation. On March 11, 2018, she crossed the de facto picket line when she appeared on a show to talk about the women’s movement.

Gillibrand previously rejected a debate offer from News12 Long Island set for October 18, 2018, then rescheduled for November 1, 2018. She was campaigning in New Hampshire on October 18, 2018.

A Siena College poll in June showed that 61 percent of likely voters in the state would cast a ballot for Gillibrand versus 28 percent for Farley.

Asked if she was planning to run for president in 2020, Gillibrand said earlier this year, “I want to be a New York State senator. …  And I’m 100 percent focused on serving New Yorkers….  I ruled out anything that’s not focused on ’18. So I’m just literally focused on getting reelected and being able to keep serving in the U.S. Senate.”

During this election season, Gillibrand has spent only one day in New York in October, while making five stops on the Presidential campaign trail in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Tennessee before capping off a visit to the home of the first Presidential Primary, New Hampshire.

Over the years, Gillibrand has shifted positions, a topic which might have come up in the debate.

When she was running for the U.S. House of Representatives in rural upstate New York, Gillibrand was a staunch supporter of gun rights, earning an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association.

When she ran for Senate in liberal New York State, she changed positions to one decidedly anti- Second Amendment. Her grade from the NRA dropped from an “A” to an “F.”

As a congresswoman from 2007 to 2009, in her rural conservative district, Gillibrand opposed amnesty for immigrants living in the country illegally and opposed former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s plan to distribute driver’s licenses to such residents.

As a congresswoman, who represented a Republican district, she supported the Secure America through Verification and Enforcement, or SAVE Act, which called for beefing up U.S. Border Patrol resources.

As a Senator for liberal New York,  she hired “a public-affairs consulting company with ties to the Hispanic community” and pledged her support for the DREAM Act.

She became the first senator to call for abolishment of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, calling the agency a “deportation force.”

When she was representing a conservative congressional district, Gillibrand opposed gay marriage, favoring repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and opposed legislation to grant same-sex partners of U.S. citizens and permanent residents the same immigration benefits of married couples.

She had the lowest rating of all of New York’s Democratic representatives from the LGBT advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign.

In 2017, Gillibrand introduced Legislation To End Discrimination Against Potential LGBT Adoptive and Foster Parents Based on Their Sexual Orientation.  In 2018, HRC invited Gillibrand to speak at their 2018 HRC Greater New York Gala and endorsed her for reelection.

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For more than 20 years, Gillibrand took the Clintons’ endorsements, money, and was appointed with Bill and Hillary’s help to her seat in the US.  Hillary was a mentor to Gillibrand and wrote the foreword in Gillibrand’s 2014 memoir, “Off the Sidelines.” Bill Clinton campaigned for Gillibrand in her successful 2006 bid for Congress.

Gillibrand told The New York Times last November that she believed it would have been “the appropriate response” for Clinton to resign the presidency after his affair with Monica Lewinsky came to light.

When she was new to the Senate, contributions she received from the political action committees of the Financial Services Roundtable, the National Venture Capital Association, Oppenheimer Funds, Citibank, and C.V. Starr, a financial firm run by former AIG chairman Maurice Greenberg were the largest of any Senator.

Trump described Gillibrand as “someone who would come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them).”

Gillibrand announced in February she would no longer accept campaign donations from corporate political action committees, joining leftist Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

In June, Gillibrand shared a stage with Sanders and Warren at a summit in Washington, D.C., where organizers said they sought to collectively pull the Democratic Party to the left.

Gillibrand now supports a financial transaction tax, or levy on the sale of stocks, bonds, and other investments.

The National Taxpayers Union gave her a grade of F in 2016, and her score of 19 out of 100 was two points lower than Chuck Schumer. Citizens Against Government Waste rated her “hostile,” awarding her only 6 points out of 100.

Before she got into politics, Gillibrand was a lawyer at Manhattan’s Davis Polk, where she defended one of the leading cancer producing companies in the world, Philip Morris – as it defended itself against allegations by the Justice Department that it had lied on the stand about the perils of smoking.  Gillibrand spent significant time interviewing top laboratory scientists in Germany to try to prove that the dangers of smoking were exaggerated and Philip Morris didn’t lie.

She then worked with Phillip Morris developing key strategies [how to lie] during the Justice Department investigation into whether industry executives had perjured themselves before Congress by swearing they didn’t believe smoking was addictive or there was a link between cigarettes and cancer.

Gillibrand helped craft a momentous victory for the tobacco industry – getting them out of a jam and allowing them essentially to stay in business.

After she changed firms, she represented Philip Morris’s parent company, the Altria Group, assisting them with securities and antitrust issues in order that they might be able to continue to fund the necessary promotional campaign to hook teenagers around the world into the lifetime habit of smoking.

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Gillibrand’s client


After becoming a politician, Gillibrand downplayed her role as a lawyer for the tobacco industry saying she was a junior associate at the time and didn’t have much involvement or role in the tobacco’s defense.  Yet, she was in charge of a team of lawyers defending the tobacco giants.

The New York Times scheduled an interview with Gillibrand to talk about her role with big tobacco, but, like she did with her debate, she canceled the interview at the last moment.

Gillibrand accepted nearly $20,000 in campaign donations from the tobacco industry in her congressional campaign.

After she left Davis Polk, she joined the law firm of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, headed by famed attorney David Boies, who represented Harvey Weinstein for years.  She worked for the firm for six years prior to her election as a US congresswomen.

While she worked for the firm, three attendees reportedly recalled going on the law firm’s weekend retreat in Jamaica, where attorneys were greeted at an evening reception by a woman splayed out on a buffet table with her body covered in chocolate.

After she became an elected official, Boies became Gillibrand’s single largest campaign donor throughout her political career.  She also received substantial donations from Weinstein himself.

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Gillibrand with her client and friend Harvey Weinstein.

Boies helped Weinstein settle a sexual harassment claim and reportedly signed a contract with a private investigation company, Black Cube, that engaged in efforts to foil the New York Times investigation into the accusations against Weinstein.

After stories on Weinstein came out, Gillibrand joined the #MeToo movement calling herself the #MeTooSenator and continued to accept financial support from Boies’ firm.

In addition to defending her stellar record, Gillibrand might be concerned about her connection to NXIVM, the sex slaver cult that brands women, coming up in the debate.

She has received contributions from NIXVM leader, Clare Bronfman.

To hear Gillibrand tell it, she knows nothing of NXIVM. After the shocking news about NXIVM, which operated for 20 years in Gillibrand’s hometown Albany, exploded in the national media in October 2017, Richard Johnson for Page Six, asked Gillibrand if she knew anything about NXIVM.

Gillibrand, through a spokesman, answered she “…never heard of this group until she recently read about them in the newspaper.”

Some wondered if she is lying.

Doug Rutnik with daughter, Kirsten Gillibrand. “She never heard of NXIVM.”


Her father, attorney and lobbyist Doug Rutnik worked for NXIVM about a dozen years ago. He was hired as a consultant for $25,000 a month. At the time, NXIVM leader Keith Raniere, now in federal custody on sex trafficking charges, was interested in securing indictments against his former girlfriend, Toni Natalie, and cult de-programmer, Rick Ross.

Rutnik was unable to procure the indictments, largely because they had committed no crimes.

Rutnik introduced his younger cousin, Gwen Belcourt, an attorney, to the cult.  Gwenn was soon targeted by Raniere for inclusion in the high rank of the secretive cult. Shortly after securing Gwen, Raniere fired Rutnik and asked for the $100,000 in fees he had paid him returned. Rutnik refused. Raniere’s top lieutenant, Nancy Salzman then claimed Rutnik sexually harassed her. NXIVM sued, threatening to expose the scandal in court filings.  Rutnik paid NXIVM $100,000 in an out-of-court settlement.

See entire Rutnik settlement agreement with NXIVM.

Meantime, Rutnik’s cousin, Gwen was getting deeply involved in NXIVM. Rutnik, determined to rescue her, asked her to marry him on condition she’d leave the cult. She agreed. They wed, and Gwen became Gillibrand’s stepmother.

In November 2017, Gillibrand said she never heard of NXIVM.

During her 11-year legislative career, Gillibrand has introduced more than 300 bills but gotten none passed although some of her proposals have been included in larger bills sponsored by other elected officials.

Gillibrand has never lost an election.

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  • All the former ‘moderate libs’ trying to move left of the new, leftist nutbags rising in the former dem party. They are so stupid and will all go off cliff together. Their developing platform? Vote for me on these issues:
    -open borders
    -free healthcare and education for all
    -amnesty for all illegal aliens
    -we will raise your taxes
    -we have great leaders – Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi and Bernie Sanders
    -outlaw free speech that does not agree with our party
    -jail anyone who denies climate change
    -remove all old white men from power anywhere in the former USA
    Etc, etc, etc.

    • Even these rabid liberal democrats have to see the hypocrisy, or is the bottom line the bribes. To hell with the damage we are leaving behind for the future generations as long as we get rich today. That Hillary could even pull 1 vote in 2020 should shock us . But it doesn’t, they refuse to charge her for the illegal things she’s done and Kirsten is following right in her footsteps. We cannot let these people into the white house. Despite my feelings about democrats I have friends and family that call themselves dems or liberals. Never both. Yet when we do have conversations they never seem to know the whole story. Women tend to side with women right or wrong . Blacks tend to side with blacks right or wrong. People are making today’s decisions based on past wrongs. This is not equality it’s more like revenge. So now colder white makes are the target. It’s time to stop and create a world where all are equal and we face the crisis heading our way. Allow Trump to complete his time in office with the respect due an American president. As we showed Obama the respect he didn’t deserve.

      • “Women tend to side with women right or wrong . Blacks tend to side with blacks right or wrong. People are making today’s decisions based on past wrongs.”

        This is the whole point of Identity Politics.

        People are judged by their ethnic group or gender or sexual orientation.
        People are no longer just simple Americans.

        Democrats are determined to divide Americans from each other.

    • Tennyson
      I like the part about removing “old guys” from power.. Us women would prefer young, hot guys, (like Trudeau) only. Yep….
      And of course climate change is a farce! Trump told us so, and he knows so much more than all these scientists. His uncle used to be a professor, you know? And Trump is a self-proclaimed stable genius with a BIG brain.

      (Hopefully his brain size compensates for the areas where he’s reported to be less than big.)

      • “Hopefully his brain size compensates for the areas where he’s reported to be less than big”

        Do you like big dicks?

        • It seems as though most of the posters here do, since they all love the big dick that’s currently in the WH. Is that the type of big dick you were talking about, Anonymous?

      • Yep lil justy is sooo hot. Trump has already caged the moron. He came running at the last minute on bowed knee to a real leader to be part of the US-Mexico agreement. Global warming…..only from hot air wind bags like you. Another leftist lie to transfer wealth. Hey what the hell glad you responded, shows both your stupidity and shallowness in one post.

      • Aww little Justy is soooo hot. Good post flowerpot, shows both you shallowness and complete and utter stupidity. Trump owns little Justy and showed him what a real leader does. Poor Justy had to come crawling and begging at the last minute to be part of the US-Mexico agreement.

      • Awww lil justy is sooo hot. Great post by flowerpot. Shows both her shallowness and abject stupidity. Fact is Trump owns little justy. President Trump showed what a real leader is as lil justy came crawling at the last minute to be part of the US=Mexico agreement.

        • And you show your complete inability to understand sarcasm.
          I shouldn’t be surprised about that, since you’re obviously a Trumper.

          How about hypocrisy? Do you understand that word? Cuz here you are, agreeing with Professor tRUMP that climate change is a farce, (even though thousands and thousands of real scientist have proof that it’s real) and yet you call me stupid.

          You better put on your thinking cap, Tenny, and figure this one out.

    • I’d like to see them all head down to the border with a welcoming party for the caravan heading our way. Maybe they have room to house a few illegals in their own homes behind their gates while the rest of us lock up our homes, load our guns to prepare to protect our families.

  • Mental midget is an understatement. I can’t believe this woman is a politician in this country. Maybe in some other communist socialist country, but not this country. Democrats should be ashamed of this but there not. I’m calling for an investigation of Diana Feinstein over his whole thing and her Chinese spy gate chauffeur and her husband’s business ties with China. And than I’m calling for an FBI investigation into Democrat DNC 2 chair Keith ELLISON x girlfriend proven with 2017 doctors reports of sexual and mental and physical abuse. And also Democrat Senator Cory Booker claim he GROPED girls in a published paper. And than I’m calling for All of Bill Clinton’s accusers claims of sexual abuse including substantiated rape claims and How Hillary Clinton smeared these woman and no Democrat would even look at the women’s claims. DEMOCRAT HYPOCRISY AT ITS FINEST

    • Yet Hillary has the hypocrisy to complain about Trump. Entire Clinton family is sick. I hope some of those she made failed promises to by losing the election would just eliminate her before she attempts to run again.

  • this bimbo and her buddies (including Clintons and Weinerstain) are the reason why this is an important midterm- and it is critical that there is a shakeup in the Justice Department- fire all the FBI and Justice dept hacks that were established by Obama = order the agents and attorneys to make the vote fair and legal – clean up the entitlements and voter rolls- run some conservative locals in all the democrat districts that are currently represented by dems for life that are allowed to run unopposed in the inner cities like LA and Chicago and New York- knock em out with corruption stings and arrest all the double-dippers that are collecting multiple benefits under multiple identities (these are likely the same people who are voting multiple times in multiple precincts) Put the ripoff artists and their criminal constituents in jail, clean up the SS disability rolls and take good care of those that are truly poor with larger benefits. Encourage the family unit and employment=discourage crime and idleness. Go into the public school systems and save the kids from these beasts as well- incentivize the kids and parents take some responsibility for running and maintaining the schools and raise pay for teachers while trimming the administrative staff and imprisoning the admins and local politicians that are ripping off money from the school systems as well. The textbooks scam has to end and the curriculum is dismal-stop letting the democrats teach the kids worthless propaganda and glorifying mass murderers like Che and Fidel. We are the richest country in the world but still tolerate 3rd world corruption and allow out of control adults to act like children that can just trow a tantrum every time they don’t get their way

  • Gillibland needs help from finestain’s mortician to put some color in the face of what looks like a walking corpse

  • Gillibrand has been an equivocating phony from her early days–no commitment, no core values, purely poll driven. What has changed her mind about ICE?–before and after polling–

    Kirsten Gillibrand……60%. Chele Farley….24%. March Siena Poll
    Kirsten Gillibrand……51%. Chele Farley….36%. Aug. 30 Liberty Research

    When the incumbent polls below 50%, they will likely be defeated. This was an unforced error because she was unopposed in the primary. She is not only a phony; she is an empty headed fool.

  • Not many, if any of ya’ll readers even noticed the transom that, upon entering NXIVM HQ, you passed through in search of something more meaningful.

  • Most of the posters commenting here have never tried to purchase or rent an office in the Colonie area. Let’s face it, most readers and posters are followers.

    But if you knew the procedures to rent or purchase in Colonie, you’d ask yourself who knew in the town that these people were a bunch of scary lowlifes.

  • Great job Frank you uncovered a lot the rest of us missed. She’s a mini me for Hillary Clinton. This is a dangerous woman to have in New York politics. She doesn’t seem to even feel the need to cover up her constant flipping on some of the most important issues of our times.

  • I first heard of Kristen Gillibrand when she replaced Hillary Clinton who had just been appointed Secretary of State.
    From the start Gillibrand was called a servant of Wall Street.
    It might be more accurate to say that Gillibrand is a creature of Wall Street.

    Like a typical politician she swings in the breeze like a wind sock.
    Like the typical Democrat she has a flexible morality when it comes to issues of sex and sexual orientation.
    They condemn sexual harassment but support Bill Clinton a man who has been credibly accused of rape.
    Until Harvey Weinstein was exposed the DC politicians and the Hollywood moguls were happy to break bread with him. And Gillibrand represented Harvey in legal matters.

    It;s odd that Gillibrand’s step mother had been a high ranking member of the NXIVM cult but Senator Gillibrand had never heard of it.

    And the financial support Gillibrand received from the indicted Cruella Bronfman is very problematic.

    This quote bothered me.
    “Gillibrand spent significant time interviewing top laboratory scientists in Germany to try to prove that the dangers of smoking were exaggerated and Philip Morris didn’t lie.”

    The initial research tying cigarette smoking to cancer came from Germany in the 1920s and 1930s.

    And this quote about Gillibrand’s relationship to Harvey Weinsterin raises questions.
    David Boies (Gillibrand;s boss at the law firm) helped Weinstein settle a sexual harassment claim and reportedly signed a contract with a private investigation company, Black Cube, that engaged in efforts to foil the New York Times investigation into the accusations against Weinstein.

    Black Cube is an Israeli based investigation firm with close ties to Israeli intelligence.
    Of course the Bronfman sisters’ father was a very influential person in the world Jewish community with many ties to Israel.

    Some people suggest the Bronfman sisters were spying on their father because of his close ties to Hillary Clinton.

    Others suggest that NXIVM’s sex slave cult was the making of a “brownstone operation” where prostitutes would be used to gather intelligence or commit blackmail against foreign and domestic government officials.

  • This is one of the best pieces of investigative journalism I’ve read in s long time.

    Gillibrand sharked for Philippe Morris and Harvey Weinstein but had her head buried so deep in the sand she “never heard of NXIVM” — the sadistic terrorists thriving in her own district — even after NXIVM sued her own Father?

    Explains A LOT about why Nx was never stopped and WHO this witch is.

    I shudder for the citizens of NY if she’s re-elected.

About the Author

Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

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.” In addition, he was credited in the Starz docuseries 'Seduced' for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premieres on May 22, 2022.

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