Kenneth P. Vogel

Kenneth P. Vogel


@nytimes. @GlensGardenMkt. philly sports. Big Money: $2.5B, 1 Suspicious Vehicle & a Pimp: https://t.co/hLkpfYc7Bq

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The Hub Project & its parent funds are key cogs in a massive “dark money” network that evokes the one built by the KOCH BROTHERS, which Democrats condemned as a threat to democracy. But Dems have mostly been silent or laudatory of the spending by HANSJÖRG WYSS & The Hub Project.

NEW: HANSJÖRG WYSS, whose bid for @tronc  has earned him praise as a savior of nonpartisan journalism, quietly created a sophisticated but opaque operation, THE HUB PROJECT, in 2015 that spends millions attacking Republicans & boosting Democratic causes.

Likewise Democrats & some journalists condemned the potential purchase of TRIBUNE PUBLISHING by the KOCH BROS in 2013: But the bid for by 2 liberal mega-don @troncors , HANSJÖRG WYSS, & STEWART BAINUM, hasn't generated backlash.

THE COVID SWAMP: ➡️$36B was awarded in federal contracts to 6,300 companies to combat the pandemic. ➡️$19.4B of that went to just 400 companies that lobbied the federal government.

When I broke the story on KILIMNIK's ties to Russian intelligence & MANAFORT in August 2016, some Russia "experts" dismissed it as unfounded speculation. Now they're touting it as the key TRUMP-Russia link, & dismissing me as a Russian asset. Good times!

THE SWAMP LIVES ON: In the 1st months of TRUMP's presidency, JEFF RICCHETTI was paid $270k by 6 lobbying clients. In the 1st months of BIDEN's presidency, Ricchetti was paid $820k by 13 lobbying clients. * Ricchetti's brother is a top Biden WH aide.

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BIDEN prepares to do something no other president has done: declare the Ottoman Empire’s killing of an estimated 1.5M Armenians a genocide. *OBAMA backed away from a campaign promise to do so. **REAGAN came closest in a passing reference in a statement.

NEW: MYANMAR’s brutal military junta is funded by $ from a gas operation. There are mounting calls on BIDEN to sanction the operation. But @Chevron is quietly lobbying against the sanctions. * Chevron reaps $100M-$150M/yr from its stake in the operation

THE REVOLVING DOOR KEEPS SPINNING: Last month, CRAIG HALL left the @StateDept  as a high-ranking career official covering Asia, & joined @Chevron  as a lobbyist covering Asia. He's now lobbying ex-colleagues against MYANMAR sanctions that could hurt CHEVRON

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NEW: The BIDENS are entangled in a Ukrainian corruption scandal: pushed Ukraine to fire a prosecutor seen as corrupt. BUT the prosecutor had opened a case into a company that was paying HUNTER BIDEN. The Bidens say they never discussed it.

Trump remembers details of cake he was eating while launching missiles, but not which country he was attacking.

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FLASHBACK: in Dec. says Trump WH won't ban specific media outlets. "That's what makes a democracy a democracy vs a dictatorship"

INTERESTING TIMING: A member of the Saudi Royal Air Force who was one of the 15 Saudis allegedly involved in the killing of JAMAL KHASHOGGI has died in a car accident in Riyadh, according to a Turkish media report.

Hey, it’s Jared. I’m outside. Can someone let me in? ... Jared KUSHNER, the president’s son-in-law ... I’m here for the NAFTA negotiations ... Can someone unlock the door? ... There are reporters out here asking me about the op-ed, & it’s getting awkward.

PROJECTED: On the New York State Supreme Court Building in Lower Manhattan on Friday night/Saturday morning by .

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VOICEMAIL FROM A FAN: “You’re the problem. You are the enemy of the people. And although the pen might be mightier than the sword, the pen is not mightier than the AK-47.”

Unless JANET YELLEN receives a written waiver, she will be barred by her ethics agreement from participating in any matter involving CITADEL, which makes millions in fees from ROBINHOOD, until Oct. 2021 (or 1 year after her last paid speech to Citadel).

NEW: The TRUMP admin. claimed it forced painful concessions from OLEG DERIPASKA to lift sanctions on his companies. But a confidential document shows he & his allies will retain majority ownership, & he will settle huge debts likely at favorable rates.

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