In part two of our three-part series about 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s criminal history, we now look at his ethics file, which contains some definite red flags for voters, according to research by Big League Politics.
O’Rourke’s father-in-law, William Sanders, is one of the lead architects for the Paso Del Norte Group, a private consortium that is based in El Paso, but also does business in the drug cartel-saturated Ciudad Juarez region of Mexico.
The family refuses to make relevant documents public and keeps all business records sealed. The group is known to participate in heavily influential ways in the restructuring plans of El Paso. Beto is repeatedly accused, but denies, allegations conflict of interest pertaining to Paso Del Norte.
In 2006, a voter filed a complaint, for example, naming then-El Paso City Councilman Beto O’Rourke and his family for potential conflicts of interest with redevelopment plans, also citing abuses of eminent domain powers:
O’Rourke had initially agreed and supported the plan for redevelopment of the area, but voters threatened a recall election, and he “abstained” from the vote, avoiding any serious consequences.
One major problem with the plan arose from possible displacement of the persons in the area.
IRS Convicts O’Rourke’s Family Business For Tax Fraud, Laundering
Beto O’Rourke’s mother, Melissa, ran a furniture store based in El Paso called Charlotte’s Inc. that was busted by the IRS for processing large cash payments and then reporting it inaccurately in order to avoid paying taxes on the suspicious cash.
The company pled guilty to accusations that it had restructured transactions in order to present relatively large cash payments as having been made in installments of less than $10,000. Anti-money laundering provisions of U.S. law require that a business reveal the identity of any individual who makes a cash payment above that threshold.
Charlotte and its employees illegally restructured $630,000 in payments, all from one customer, between May 2005 and October 2006. The identity of that customer is not known. U.S. District Court judge Kathleen Cardone gave a sentence of five years’ probation and a $500,000 fine, with $250,000 suspended.
The article also referenced the following details from court proceedings and documents:
Charlotte’s, Inc., represented by its owner Melissa O’Rourke, pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to a one count Information charging the company with structuring transactions involving more than $630,000 in order to evade financial reporting requirements…
O’Rourke admitted that on 15 different occasions from May 2005-Oct. 2006 one or more of the company’s employees separated cash transactions for merchandise with each transaction ranging from $22,000 to $50,000. Each transaction was separated into multiple receipts.
No receipt amounted to more than $10,000 so that IRS reporting requirements could be avoided.
Details about a potential money-laundering operation, or where the unreported money went were never referenced, and the business shuttered in August of 2017.
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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