Category Archives: Corruption

The Curious Case of Mr. Broidy

Trump just seems to attract supporters who have had legal or ethical issues.  An example would be Elliott Broidy, a businessman who supported Trump in the election and then used that connection to further his own business pursuits.

The New York Times has a long and illuminating article on his activities and is well worth the read.  As an example here’s one paragraph:

“The documents reveal that Mr. Broidy, a vice chairman of the finance committee for Mr. Trump’s inauguration, arranged invitations to parties celebrating the event for foreign leaders with whom Circinus [Broidy’s company] worked to sign contracts that could have been worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Mr. Broidy in some cases presented the invitations in a manner that suggested they were linked to their countries’ willingness to do business with Circinus.”

Given how blatant these activities  it seems that Broidy thought that this was going to be acceptable procedure under the Trump administration.  Why would he think that?

Ben Carson’s $31,000 Table

It seems the sense of entitlement in this government extends beyond Trump himself.  Ben Carson, HUD secretary, spent $31,000 on a dinner table for his office.  In what surely is a coincidence the supplier is from Carson’s hometown of Baltimore.  He’s claiming his wife chose it, but his various explanations seem to indicate his involvement was substantial.

All of this against the backdrop of an agency that provides housing for poor people that is having its budget cut.