WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other top Democrats leading the charge on the United Airlines passenger-removal scandal have accepted campaign donations from United Airlines’ political PAC.
The airline has a prominent lobbying operation in Washington. Past Schumer and Democratic initiatives to reform air travel were quickly shot down after the corporation got its lobbying muscle involved. The airline’s relationship with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle — including Democrats leading the charge to wrist-slap the airline — could crash the public’s chance to get any real concessions out of the embattled company.
United Airlines is under fire after video of police officers forcibly removing a man from his seat — due to alleged overbooking — went viral, with the money shot of the man’s bloodied face played endlessly on cable news and late-night TV. Washington is pretending to be very concerned about it.
Senator Schumer and fellow Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin, Brian Schatz, and Maggie Hassan took the lead in writing a letter to United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz expressing concern. The letter was signed by various other Democratic senators including Bob Menendez. But the letter failed to make some important disclosures.
The United Airlines Political Action Committee has doled out money to politicians on both sides of the aisle, including former Republican House Speaker John Boehner, current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and former President Barack Obama, who took from the Chicago-based PAC in his first Senate run in 2004.
Schumer took $3,000 from the United Airlines PAC during the 2010 campaign cycle. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) also took $10,000 from the airline’s PAC that election year, during a period in which the DSCC was chaired by Menendez, who took over from Schumer in 2009.
But Durbin is the biggest hypocrite of the bunch. The Illinois Democrat has raked in campaign cash from the airline’s PAC in election cycles dating back to at least 1998. He took $4,000 in 2000, $5,500 in 2002, $5,000 in 2006, $5,000 in 2008, $3,000 in 2012, and $2,000 in 2014.
Durbin even gave a quote in 2002, when United was dealing with bankruptcy, calling it a “terrible tragedy” and adding, “I regret that the federal government, specifically the ATSB, refused to play a more constructive role in stabilizing United — the nation’s second largest airline — and protecting its nearly 80,000 jobs.”
At least Patty Murray, who took $8,000 from the PAC in 2010, and Cory Booker, who took $10,000 in 2014, did not join her fellow Democrats in signing the letter.
In order to get real airline reform, it seems like some lobbyists are going to have to be “re-accommodated” out of the Capitol building.
RINO Maria Salazar Challenges Former Trump Advisor Steven Miller on America First Immigration Policy
This freshman is a dangerous RINO.
Rep. Maria Salazar (R-FL) has barely been in the federal swamp for a month, and she is already working to undermine former president Donald Trump’s “America First” immigration agenda.
Salazar, who was a journalist with the fake news media before running for Congress, took aim at former Trump advisor Stephen Miller, who was credited as the force behind President Trump’s strongest immigration policies. She slammed Miller on a call with her House colleagues to ingratiate herself with the globalists and secure those fat Chamber of Koch checks.
Politico broke the news about the heated exchange between Salazar and Miller, which apparently continued in private as well:
Sources say Salazar pushed for immigration policies that would broaden GOP tent (they are a big tent party) while challenging Miller on how Rs can attract Hispanic and Latino voters given the ultra-conservative policies he is advocating.
— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) February 24, 2021
Salazar is repeating her corporate-sponsored talking points, but President Trump proved her conventional wisdom wrong in 2020. Trump brought in Hispanics to the Republican Party unlike any political figure before him by standing for the rule of law against marauding Black Lives Matter terrorists and other left-wing thugs at war with civilization.
Big League Politics has reported on Hispanics supporting Trump because they understand the crime and degeneracy that illegal immigration brings to America:
The media constantly fear-mongered about president Donald Trump’s immigration policies ever since he declared his run for office and continued to do so well into his presidency.
The conventional wisdom was that these measures would repel Hispanics across the nation and turn them into a monolithic vote for the Democrat Party.
That did not turn out to be the case in 2020. Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner wrote that Trump’s immigration hawk policies “won broad bipartisan and Hispanic support in the election and even turned several border towns red for the first time in years.”
Per two reviews, a majority of Hispanics and Democrats were in favor of the Trump administration’s efforts to limit immigration during the Wuhan virus pandemic. Similarly, voters in southern border counties reacted negatively to the radical Left’s attacks levied against U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform conducted a voter exit survey, where it found that 78 percent of those surveyed believe immigration was an “important” issue for them and played a huge role in who they ended up pulling the lever for. 80 percent supported Trump’s border closure to prevent the Wuhan virus from spreading.
Similarly, Zogby Analytics released a survey showing that 60 percent of Hispanics and 54 percent of Democrats support Trump’s immigration reductions to protect American jobs. Zogby also found similar views among those surveyed about the cuts being good to “maintain our nation’s population.”
FAIR President Dan Stein believes that the election results serve as a warning to Joe Biden and his desire to open up the borders and pass an amnesty bill for the millions of illegal aliens residing in the U.S.
“The election results clearly do not indicate that President-elect Biden has a mandate to institute radical immigration policies being promoted by his party’s far-left wing that include erasing borders and flooding the country with millions of new legal and illegal immigrants,” Stein declared. The FAIR president cited a 76 percent supermajority of those surveyed who are in favor of immigration restriction.
By standing against immigration patriotism and the MAGA agenda, Salazar has exposed herself as a RINO. She will be promoted by the GOP establishment along other frauds like Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) as they attempt to nullify President Trump’s legacy.
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