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Thank These Lawyers for Suing Trump

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2017.

Numerous ethics experts and lawyers warned that Donald Trump’s business entanglements would place him in violation of the Constitution the instant that he took office as president.

On Monday, January 23, the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) brought suit against the newly sworn-in president. Please send thank-you postcards to the team that is pursuing the case.

The New York Times story on the suit is below, and the addresses are below the link. Note this intriguing paragraph, which appears deep in the article:

“Mr. Eisen said the legal team intended to use the lawsuit to try to get a copy of Mr. Trump’s federal tax returns, which are needed to properly assess what income or other payments or loans Mr. Trump has received from foreign governments.”

So, this lawsuit might achieve another worthy goal, too–forcing Trump to release his tax returns, which his senior advisor Kellyanne Conway recently said he would not do, despite the fact that almost 600,000 people have signed a whitehouse.gov petition asking him to do so. (If you want to sign the petition, which closes on Feb 19, go here: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/immediately-release-donald-trumps-full-tax-returns-all-information-needed-verify-emoluments-clause-compliance)

 

Please send thank-you postcards to:

 

Erwin Chemerinsky

Norman Eisen

Deepak Gupta

Richard W. Painter

Zephyr Teachout

Laurence H. Tribe

c/o Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)

455 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Sixth Floor

Washington, DC 20001

 

 

 

 

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Thank the Charities That Cancelled Their 2017-2018 Fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago

This OTYCD entry originally posted in August 2017.

Thank the many charities that have cancelled the fundraisers and galas that they had planned at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida, property.

Palm Beach’s season lasts from Thanksgiving to about, oh, Easter, and the cycle of gala fundraisers are the closest thing that it has to a local industry. Palm Beach is a tiny island with few venues that are both big and opulent enough to pass muster as sites for these fundraisers. (Decamping to West Palm Beach is simply Not Done.)

Mar-a-Lago was one of those favored big and opulent venues, until it wasn’t. A few charities had decided not to re-up their contracts with the club following Trump’s election. But in the wake of his Charlottesville comments, which offered aid and comfort to neo-Nazis, several organizations dropped Trump like the radioactive waste he is.

As of August 19, at least nine of the many charities and non-profits that booked big-deal luncheons, galas, and other fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago for the 2017-2018 season had cancelled.

You should consider thanking all of these charities and supporting them with your dollars. Pulling out of Mar-a-Lago will enrage Trump, will deny him the social status that comes with hosting these events, and will take millions out of Trump’s pockets.

It will also cause hardship for the charities, all of which will have a tough time finding other places to hold their events on Palm Beach. (It’s not unlike cancelling a huge, super-fancy wedding. Even six months out from the dates you’ve picked, every place you’d want to move to is going to be booked.) They, themselves, could take in less money from donations than they had expected and could suffer hits to their budgets because of their choice to break with Mar-a-Lago.

Read about the tally of cancelling charities (David Fahrenthold at the Washington Post has done a great job on tracking this story):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trumps-mar-a-lago-club-loses-its-ninth-big-charity-event-this-week/2017/08/19/8bc21aa2-8513-11e7-ab27-1a21a8e006ab_story.html?utm_term=.f65886198686

http://abcnews.go.com/amp/Politics/charities-profits-pull-events-mar-lago-amid-charlottesville/story?id=49299391

 

Send thank-you postcards to the following. Donation links are included for each charity or foundation that provided them on their webpages.

We will update this page accordingly if and when more charities cancel events at Mar-a-Lago.

Also, a note. Some of these charities hold non-progressive policies or have done dubious things in the past. We at OTYCD don’t require you to make a donation (and we’d never require donations, anytime, ever, just suggest them) but we are asking you to thank these entities for doing the right thing here.

 

The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach

311 Peruvian Avenue

Palm Beach, FL, 33480

 

The Susan G. Komen foundation

5005 LBJ Freeway

Suite 250

Dallas, TX, 75244

Donate: https://secure.info-komen.org/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app354b?df_id=19029&mfc_pref=T&19029.donation=form1&s_src=NavigationHeaderDonateCTA&utm_source=OnpageDonateCTAs&utm_medium=NavigationHeader&utm_campaign=NavigationHeaderDonateCTA&_ga=2.172667680.265776987.1503250752-1582304290.1503250752&NONCE_TOKEN=29D80478D64DF5A9E594D0E00DC52F69

 

The Salvation Army (National Headquarters)

615 Slaters Lane

P. O. Box 269

Alexandria VA 22313

Donate (button is at the upper right): http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/contact

 

American Red Cross National Headquarters

431 18th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20006

Donate: https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation

 

The Cleveland Clinic (Administrative Campus)

3050 Science Park Dr.

Beachwood OH 44122

Donate: https://secure3.convio.net/ccf/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app326b?idb=1609425015&DONATION_LEVEL_ID_SELECTED=1&df_id=5142&mfc_pref=T&5142.donation=form1&NONCE_TOKEN=9BBAC48F420B351321DD173BC0F13DEC&idb=0

 

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

450 Brookline Ave.

Boston MA 02215

Donate (this is The Jimmy Fund): https://www.kintera.org/site/c.fkIVJ8NTKnL6G/b.9517291/k.1D5C/_Gift_Form/apps/ka/sd/donorcustom.asp?track=RTJFH081517B&msource=RTJFH081517B

 

The American Friends of Magen David Adom (National Headquarters)

352 Seventh Avenue, Suite 400

New York, NY 10001

Donate: https://afmda.org/donate/

 

The American Cancer Society (National Headquarters)

250 Williams Street NW

Atlanta GA 30303

Donate: https://donate3.cancer.org/?lang=en

 

Leaders in Furthering Education (LIFE)

1720 S. Ocean Blvd.

Manalapan FL 33462

 

Big Dog Ranch Rescue

14444 Okeechobee Blvd.

Loxahatchee, FL 33470

Donate: http://www.bdrr.org/donate

 

The Autism Project of Palm Beach County

1310 N. Congress

Suite 100 West

Palm Beach, FL 33409

Donate: https://appbcdonate.maxgiving.com/pay/step_1

 

The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation

875 N. Michigan Avenue

Suite 3100

Chicago IL 60611

 

The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society

1301 Summit Boulevard

West Palm Beach, Florida 33405

Donate: http://www.palmbeachzoo.org/my-zoo

 

MorseLife

Marilyn & Stanley M. Katz Seniors Campus

4847 Fred Gladstone Drive

West Palm Beach, FL 33417

Donate: https://morselifefoundation.org/ways-to-give

 

 

 

 

 

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Shame, or Thank, Your House Rep Over Their Vote on Whether to Release Trump’s Taxes

Call your house representative and shame or thank them over how they voted on the February 28 resolution to release Trump’s tax returns. 

More than a million people signed a WhiteHouse.gov petition demanding that Trump release his tax returns. He promised to do so on the campaign trail and refused after he was ensconced in office.

On February 28, New Jersey House Rep Bill Pascrell, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, forced a floor vote on the issue of examining Trump’s tax returns and releasing them to the full Congress. He made the move after the Republican committee chair declined his request.

The vote split along party lines. A total of 229 Republicans voted it down (Walter Johnson of North Carolina and Mark Sanford of South Carolina simply voted ‘present’; six others did not vote), while 185 Democrats voted yes (an additional eight did not vote).

Below is a link to the full results of the vote. Please find your house rep on this list and call that person and make your voice heard.

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll101.xml

Be warned that for most of those listed, only a last name is given. The Republicans are in roman type, and the Democrats are in italics.

Sample script for house reps who voted to release Trump’s tax returns: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code), and I wanted to thank House Rep (Lastname) for his/her vote on February 28 in favor of releasing Donald Trump’s tax returns to the full Congress. I feel it is important that Trump be held to account and made to obey the rules that every other presidential candidate since Nixon has done voluntarily. Seeing his tax returns will be key to clearing up the Russia mess, too. Thank you for doing the right thing. I will remember your vote when you run for re-election in 2018, and I will reward you for it.”

Sample script for house reps who voted against releasing Trump’s tax returns: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code), and I wanted to tell House Rep (Lastname) how angry I am with his/her vote on February 28 against releasing Donald Trump’s tax returns to the full Congress. Every presidential candidate since Nixon has released their tax returns voluntarily. Trump should be made to obey the same rules that they honored without having to be prodded or forced. In addition, Trump’s tax returns likely contain information that could answer explain the nature and the extent of his ties to Russia. It is long since time to rip this Band-Aid off. I will remember your vote when you run for re-election in 2018. Know that because you voted against releasing Trump’s tax returns, I will work to elect your opponent, and I will encourage my fellow constituents to do so as well. The only way I will reconsider is if you reverse your decision if releasing the tax returns comes up for a vote again.”

 

 

 

Thank You Actions

Thank-you Thursday: Chuck Schumer, George W. Bush, Dick Durbin

 

Here’s a running tally of people, companies, and others to thank for pushing back against Trump. The most recent thank-you actions are at the top.

 

Thank Illinois Senator Dick Durbin for calling for a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump administration’s ties to Russia. In particular, he said he felt that the ongoing probe run by the Senate Intelligence Committee isn’t enough–that we need someone who’s explicitly independent to look into this mess. He suggested that someone such as Colin Powell, who served as secretary of state under George W. Bush, or the retired Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor would have the stature and reputation to lead such a commission.

Send Durbin a thank-you postcard here (please include your full return address):

 

Senator Dick Durbin

230 S. Dearborn St, Suite 3892

Chicago, IL, 60604

If you live in Illinois, you can call and thank him: 312.353.4952

 

Read a Bloomberg story about Durbin’s statements:

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-02-27/durbin-wants-independent-russia-probes-as-trump-rejects-them

 

Thank former president George W. Bush for pushing back against Trump in public, on television. During an appearance on the Today Show, he defended the role of a free press, defended religious freedom, endorsed the notion of investigating Trump’s Russia ties (but stopped short of supporting the appointment of a special prosecutor), and refused to endorse Trump’s travel ban executive order.

It’s awkward for an ex-president to criticize the sitting president. It’s extra-awkward when both are Republicans. It’s also notable because Bush has said little on record about politics since leaving office in 2004, and he made his critical remarks on television, the only medium Trump seems to care about. Please thank Bush for speaking up.

 

Send a thank-you postcard to (and include your full return address please):

George W. Bush Presidential Center

2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75205

 

Read a story on Bush’s Today Show remarks here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/02/27/george-w-bush-critiques-trump-on-travel-ban-free-press/?utm_term=.2d353fc0da8f

 

 

Thank Democratic New York Senator Chuck Schumer for calling for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from Russia-related investigations of Trump.

Back on February 21, the Washington Post published an op-ed from Schumer in which he asked Sessions to disengage from any investigation into the actions of national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Sessions has since finally said he is open to recusing himself from DOJ investigations of Russia “if necessary,” but only after a few weeks of pressure that primarily came from Democrats.

 

Send a thank-you postcard to Chuck Schumer (make sure to include your full return address, even though it’s a postcard):

Leo O’Brien Building, Room 420

Albany, NY 12207

If you live in New York state, call him to say thanks: 518.431.4070

 

Read Schumer’s Washington Post op-ed asking for Sessions to recuse himself:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/chuck-schumer-jeff-sessions-must-recuse-himself-from-the-flynn-investigation/2017/02/21/ddecef5c-f556-11e6-8d72-263470bf0401_story.html?utm_term=.81c55fcd55fe

 

This is the same Bloomberg story cited above, but it includes an aside that quotes Sessions saying he will recuse himself from Russia-related investigations “if necessary”:

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-02-27/durbin-wants-independent-russia-probes-as-trump-rejects-them

 

Thank Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Democratic Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico for calling out the president for his exceptionally public mishandling of sensitive information, and for demanding that their Republican counterparts do something about it.

The senators’ joint statement, released on February 13, read in part:

“During the campaign, we listened to month upon month of Donald Trump complaining about the handling of important national security information.  We’ve had years of inconclusive investigations by House Republicans over emails and classified documents.  Now we have unknown and unvetted Mar-a-Lago members looking over the President’s shoulder as he conducts our foreign policy.

“This is America’s foreign policy, not this week’s episode of Saturday Night Live.  We urge our Republican colleagues to start taking this Administration’s rash and unprofessional conduct seriously before there are consequences we all regret.”

Contact information for Sheldon Whitehouse:

170 Westminster St., Ste. 200

Providence, R.I. 02903

401.453.5294 (Constituents only, please)

Contact information for Tom Udall:

400 Gold Ave., SW, Suite 300

Albuquerque, NM 87102

505.346.6791 (Constituents only, please)

See the joint statement from Whitehouse and Udall here:

https://www.whitehouse.senate.gov/news/release/whitehouse-and-udall-call-on-republicans-to-end-trumps-rash-behavior-at-mar-a-lago

Thank New York House Representative Jerrold Nadler for filing a resolution of inquiry against Donald Trump. Nadler sits on the House Judiciary Committee, which is the body that handles such requests. A resolution of inquiry is an early step on the road to impeachment.

Nadler’s resolution includes this statement (care of Countable.us):

“Donald Trump has refused to step away from his business interests in any meaningful way. His foreign entanglements are likely unconstitutional, he has repeatedly refused to disclose his financial assets, and he is clouded by the specter of Russian intervention in the election and his Administration.”

Nadler’s contact information:

6605 Fort Hamilton Parkway

Brooklyn, NY 11219

718.373.3198 (Constituents only, please)

See the countable.us item on Nadler’s action:

https://www.countable.us/articles/237-preliminary-impeachment-inquiry-filed-president-trump

Thank Utah House Representative Jason Chaffetz and Maryland House Representative Elijah Cummings for asking the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) to discipline Kellyanne Conway for asking citizens to purchase Ivanka Trump products. 

Chaffetz is the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee; Cummings is his Democratic counterpart. It is extra-important to thank Chaffetz for making this move because he has shown reluctance to go after Trump’s conflicts, despite having vigorously pursued investigations into Hillary Clinton. But you should send thank-yous to both.

Contact information:

Jason Chaffetz

51 S University Ave.

Suite 318

Provo UT 84601

801.851.2500 (Constituents only, please)

Elijah Cummings

754 Frederick Road

Catonsville MD 21228

410.685.9199 (Constituents only, please)

Read this Vox story about Conway’s ethical error:

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/2/9/14569590/kellyanne-conway-ivanka-trump-chaffetz

See the bipartisan letter to the OGE:

https://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Letter-to-OGE-re-Conway-Endorsement-FINAL.pdf

Thank Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and Maine Senator Susan Collins for voting against Betsy DeVos to head the Department of Education.

Democrats fought hard against DeVos’s confirmation; all 48 voted against her. Remarkably, two Republicans joined them. Collins and Murkowski voted no because their constituents called and emailed and asked them to do so.

Unquestionably, they came under a lot of pressure from Mitch McConnell and their party colleagues to vote yes. But they listened to the people who voted for them, and they put them first.

Please thank both of them for their bravery.

Lisa Murkowski

Federal Building

101 12th Avenue, Suite 329

Fairbanks, AK 99701

907.456.0233 (Constituents only, please)

Susan Collins

68 Sewall Street, Room 507

Augusta, ME 04330

207.622.8414 (Constituents only, please)

Thank You Actions

Thank-you Thursday: Jerrold Nadler, Jason Chaffetz, Elijah Cummings, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins

 

Here’s a running tally of people, companies, and others to thank for pushing back against Trump. The most recent thank-you actions are at the top.

Thank Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Democratic Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico for calling out the president for his exceptionally public mishandling of sensitive information, and for demanding that their Republican counterparts do something about it.

The senators’ joint statement, released on February 13, read in part:

“During the campaign, we listened to month upon month of Donald Trump complaining about the handling of important national security information.  We’ve had years of inconclusive investigations by House Republicans over emails and classified documents.  Now we have unknown and unvetted Mar-a-Lago members looking over the President’s shoulder as he conducts our foreign policy.

“This is America’s foreign policy, not this week’s episode of Saturday Night Live.  We urge our Republican colleagues to start taking this Administration’s rash and unprofessional conduct seriously before there are consequences we all regret.”

 

Contact information for Sheldon Whitehouse:

170 Westminster St., Ste. 200

Providence, R.I. 02903

401.453.5294 (Constituents only, please)

 

Contact information for Tom Udall:

400 Gold Ave., SW, Suite 300

Albuquerque, NM 87102

505.346.6791 (Constituents only, please)

 

See the joint statement from Whitehouse and Udall here:

https://www.whitehouse.senate.gov/news/release/whitehouse-and-udall-call-on-republicans-to-end-trumps-rash-behavior-at-mar-a-lago

 

 

Thank New York House Representative Jerrold Nadler for filing a resolution of inquiry against Donald Trump. Nadler sits on the House Judiciary Committee, which is the body that handles such requests. A resolution of inquiry is an early step on the road to impeachment.

Nadler’s resolution includes this statement (care of Countable.us):

“Donald Trump has refused to step away from his business interests in any meaningful way. His foreign entanglements are likely unconstitutional, he has repeatedly refused to disclose his financial assets, and he is clouded by the specter of Russian intervention in the election and his Administration.”

 

Nadler’s contact information:

6605 Fort Hamilton Parkway

Brooklyn, NY 11219

718.373.3198 (Constituents only, please)

 

See the countable.us item on Nadler’s action:

https://www.countable.us/articles/237-preliminary-impeachment-inquiry-filed-president-trump

 

Thank Utah House Representative Jason Chaffetz and Maryland House Representative Elijah Cummings for asking the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) to discipline Kellyanne Conway for asking citizens to purchase Ivanka Trump products.

Chaffetz is the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee; Cummings is his Democratic counterpart. It is extra-important to thank Chaffetz for making this move because he has shown reluctance to go after Trump’s conflicts, despite having vigorously pursued investigations into Hillary Clinton. But you should send thank-yous to both.

 

Contact information:

 

Jason Chaffetz

51 S University Ave.

Suite 318

Provo UT 84601

801.851.2500 (Constituents only, please)

 

Elijah Cummings

754 Frederick Road

Catonsville MD 21228

410.685.9199 (Constituents only, please)

 

 

Read this Vox story about Conway’s ethical error:

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/2/9/14569590/kellyanne-conway-ivanka-trump-chaffetz

 

See the bipartisan letter to the OGE:

https://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Letter-to-OGE-re-Conway-Endorsement-FINAL.pdf

 

Thank Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and Maine Senator Susan Collins for voting against Betsy DeVos to head the Department of Education.

Democrats fought hard against DeVos’s confirmation; all 48 voted against her. Remarkably, two Republicans joined them. Collins and Murkowski voted no because their constituents called and emailed and asked them to do so.

Unquestionably, they came under a lot of pressure from Mitch McConnell and their party colleagues to vote yes. But they listened to the people who voted for them, and they put them first.

Please thank both of them for their bravery.

 

Lisa Murkowski

Federal Building

101 12th Avenue, Suite 329

Fairbanks, AK 99701

907.456.0233 (Constituents only, please)

 

Susan Collins

68 Sewall Street, Room 507

Augusta, ME 04330

207.622.8414 (Constituents only, please)

 

 

 

 

 

Thank You Actions

Thank House Rep. John Lewis and Senator Cory Booker

Thank members of Congress John Lewis and Cory Booker for speaking out against Trump and his cabinet nominees.

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker testified against against Jeff Sessions, nominee for the United States Attorney General, during his Judiciary Committee hearings earlier this week. This was an especially brave act. It might be the only time that a sitting U.S. senator has testified against another sitting U.S. senator.

John Lewis, a civil rights hero who stands for Georgia’s Fifth District in the House of Representatives, also testified powerfully against Sessions at the Judiciary Committee hearings. Text for his remarks and a tape of Booker’s speech is below.

Side note: Know also that Lewis is under fire for saying on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd why he won’t be attending the upcoming presidential inauguration–the first he’s skipped since becoming a Congressman: “I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president. I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected, and they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton… I think there was a conspiracy on the part of the Russians and others to help him get elected. That’s not right. That’s not fair. That’s not the open democratic process.” A clip of the appearance, in which Lewis speaks this quote, is below; the full interview airs on the morning of Sunday January 15.

Lewis has received a lot of support on social media, but he’s also getting flak from Trump and his nastier minions. (You read that right–Trump wasn’t smart enough to avoid attacking John Lewis on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.)

If either man is one of your members of Congress, call their offices on Tuesday to thank them. If they are not, send a thank-you postcard to these addresses (And if you’re upset about Booker’s vote against importing pharmaceutical drugs from Canada, send a second finger-wagging postcard–best to have one message per card) :

 

Senator Cory Booker

One Gateway Center

23rd Floor

Newark, NJ 07012

 

House Representative John Lewis

100 Peachtree St NW

Suite 1920

Atlanta, GA 30303

 

You can also tweet your thanks to Booker:

@CoryBooker

 

And you can tweet Lewis or leave a message on his Facebook page:

@repjohnlewis

https://www.facebook.com/RepJohnLewis

 

See Cory Booker’s testimony against Jeff Sessions:

http://www.businessinsider.com/cory-booker-jeff-sessions-2017-1

 

Read John Lewis’s testimony against Jeff Sessions:

http://johnlewis.house.gov/sites/johnlewis.house.gov/files/Testimony%20of%20Congressman%20John%20Lewis%2011%20January%202017.pdf

 

See a clip from Lewis’s appearance on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd (the full interview airs on Sunday January 15):

John Lewis: Donald Trump not ‘a legitimate president’

 

More on Lewis’s statement and Trump’s response on Twitter:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/01/13/john-lewis-doesnt-think-donald-trump-is-a-legitimate-president/?utm_term=.511250568742

 

And here’s a nymag.com piece on the vote that Booker and 12 other Democrats took against the Sanders-Klobuchar amendment on importing prescription drugs. Twelve Republicans voted in favor. This occurred during the early-morning January 12 “vote-a-rama”.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/why-cory-bookers-getting-progressive-heat-on-drug-vote.html