GoFundMe Cancels Bakery’s Funding Page

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The Klein family

Sweet Cakes By Melissa, the bakery being sued by a lesbian couple who were denied a wedding a cake, has had their gofundme page shut down. The page was started to raise funds to cover the $135,000 that was awarded to the lesbians by an “administrative law judge”. Late Friday night, gofundme shut down the page after $109,000 was raised.

From GoLocalPDX:

Lisa Watson, of Cupcake Jones, started her own campaign to contact GoFundMe and report the campaign as being in violation of their terms of service. Watson’s own post on Facebook stated, “this business has been found GUILTY OF DISCRIMINATION and is being allowed to fundraise to pay their penalty. The gofundme terms of service address hate speech, bigotry, criminal activity, and sexism among other things in their campaign…The amount of money they have raised in a matter of a few hours by thousands of anonymous cowards is disgusting.”

Late on Friday GoFundMe stopped the Sweet Cakes campaign. Via GoFundMe: “After careful review by our team, we have found the “Support Sweet Cakes By Melissa” campaign to be in violation of our Terms and Conditions. The money raised thus far will still be made available for withdrawal. While a different campaign was recently permitted for a pizzeria in Indiana, no laws were violated and the campaign remained live. However, the subjects of the “Support Sweet Cakes By Melissa” campaign have been formally charged by local authorities and found to be in violation of Oregon state law concerning discriminatory acts. Accordingly, the campaign has been disabled.”

UPDATE: The family has set up a new crowd funding page, http://www.samaritanspurse.org/article/christian-couple-faces-135000-fine/.

Bakery Ordered To Pay $135,000 To Lesbian Couple

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The trials and tribulations for Sweet Cakes By Melissa continue. You may recall that this is the Oregon bakery that refused to bake a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding. Since then, they’ve been on the receiving end of protests, hit piece articles, and a lawsuit.

The Klein family

The Klein family

The Oregonian reports:

The lesbian couple turned away by a Gresham bakery that refused to make them a wedding cake for religious reasons should receive $135,000 in damages for their emotional suffering, a state hearings officer says.

Rachel Bowman-Cryer should collect $75,000 and her wife, Laurel Bowman-Cryer, $60,000 from the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, an administrative law judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries said in a proposed order released Friday, April 24.

“This is a proposed order and we view this matter as continuing to be active litigation,” Paul Thompson, a lawyer for the Bowman-Cryers, said.

Anna Harmon, one of three attorneys representing Aaron and Melissa Klein, said, “It’s a shocking result and it shows the state’s relentless campaign to punish Oregonians who live and work according to their faith.”

“The important thing to realize is this,” she added, “This is real money that Aaron and Melissa are going to have to pay that otherwise would be used to pay their mortgage and feed their kids.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Klein family at http://www.gofundme.com/su4cxqe6 .

You can reach “Administrative Law Judge” Alan McCullough at (541) 686-7510.

Socialist Poster Child Dodges Payroll Taxes, Stiffs Staffers

kshamastrikepoverty-e1384835232138Kshama Sawant ran on the “Socialist Alternative” party ticket, and won her Seattle city council seat in 2013 by campaigning on wage fairness.

However, like all good Marxists who eventually take power, Sawant has spun a hypocritical 180 when it comes to her own finances.

From Shift WA:

“It turns out Sawant is spending a sizable portion of her campaign funds on five different campaign consultants, as she tries to win her re-election campaign for city council. She’s spent just over $12,000 for the consultants so far and that’s in stark contrast to her colleagues. Jean Godden has spent about $6,000. Council member Tim Burgess spent just over $2,000 on consultants; Mike O’Brien has spent nothing.

“And it’s the $12,000 Sawant is spending that has some folks wondering if she’s a hypocrite — because she’s not paying these consultants as employees, she’s paying them as contractors.

“So what’s that mean? Why is that a big deal? According to Josh Feit at PubliCola, there’s no sign of payroll taxes (such as unemployment insurance or social security payments).’ And he writes, ‘Sawant has been skirting the rules by not paying into the public workers’ safety net.’”

The far-left—including Sawant and her supporters—has long decried this method of payment as a means for “evil big businesses” to “circumvent minimum wage, overtime and anti-discrimination laws.” So why, asks KIRO Radio’s Jason Rantz, “is it OK that Sawant is doing it? How isn’t this hypocritical?”

Democrat State Auditor Indicted On Tax Fraud

troy_kelley_2Troy X. Kelley, Washington state Auditor, has been indicted on 10 counts of tax fraud, and is being prosecuted by the United States Department Of Justice.

From a press release put out by the DOJ:

A U.S. Grand Jury in Seattle has returned a ten count indictment against TROY X. KELLEY, 50, of Tacoma for his scheme to keep stolen money and hide it from both the IRS and those due a refund related to their purchase of a home or refinance of a home mortgage, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.  KELLEY currently serves as the elected Washington State Auditor.  The majority of the criminal conduct detailed in the indictment spans years prior to KELLEY’s election to statewide office.  However, some of the criminal conduct detailed in the indictment occurred following his election.

According to the indictment, between 2003 and 2008, KELLEY operated a business that was paid by real estate title companies to track documents related to real estate sales and refinancings.  KELLEY had agreements with those companies for the fees he could charge in connection with the document-tracking work.  While the title companies withheld $100-$150 on each loan to pay the fee, the bulk of the money was to be returned to the borrower with KELLEY’s company being paid $15- $20 per transaction.  However, the indictment alleges, in most cases, KELLEY kept the entire amount withheld on each loan resulting in more than $2 million in stolen money.  This conduct is the basis for count one of the indictment:  Possession and concealment of stolen property.  When the amount withheld by title companies became the subject of civil litigation, the indictment alleges KELLEY obstructed the litigation, repeatedly lying in a declaration and in depositions while under oath.  For this conduct KELLEY is charged with four counts of false declarations and one count of attempted obstruction of a civil lawsuit.  Further, the indictment alleges KELLEY failed to pay federal taxes and obstructed the IRS in its efforts to collect taxes from him.  He is charged with corrupt interference with Internal Revenue laws and two counts of filing false income tax returns.  Finally, KELLEY is charged with making false statements to Internal Revenue Service agents who questioned him about his scheme in April 2013.

Kelley is a member of the Democrat party, and was elected as state Auditor in 2012. Prior to that, he served as a state representative for 6 years. In addition to be the Auditor for the state, he also holds the rank of Lt. Colonel JAG officer with the state National Guard.

“My Rights Are NOT To Be Questioned!” Cuban Refugee To Gun Grabbers

Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 5.39.29 PMThe gun grabbers in Oregon are back at it. While the big bills are yet to be introduced, one of the bills that was heard on February 26th was SB385, which would ban guns in “municipal courthouses.”

On hand to testify against yet another death-by-1000-papercuts bill was Oregon’s freedom defending celebrity and Cuban communism escapee Manny Martinez, who burst onto the scene 2 years ago with his blistering testimony at another hearing.

State Senator Floyd Prozanski, ardent enemy of 2nd Amendment rights, continually interrupts Mr. Martinez, to the point where Martinez is wondering if he should just leave.

 

Convicted Teachers Receiving Millions In Pensions

Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 2.46.15 AMA new study from the Freedom Foundation in Washington state has uncovered several former teachers who have had their teaching licenses revoked due to things such as child molestation and other sexual abuses are still receiving their pensions.

A total of 22 teachers have hauled in over $5.1 Million in “retirement” during and after their time behind bars.

Republican state Senator Barbara Bailey wants to change that, but Washington Teachers Association representative Kit Raney says she “Would fight it.”

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Kit Raney, defending sexual predators

Full story at King 5.

(H/T Anne Marie Gurney at Freedom Foundation)

Is Oregon’s Ex Guv Dumping Evidence?

02292012landfill264_t670The saga of John Kitzhaber takes another strange twist. With the IRS now joining the FBI in the investigation into the corruption of Oregon’s ex governor, Kitzhaber was seen dumping documents. Literally. At a dump, FOUR HOURS away from where he lives.

The Oregonian reports:

“The former governor and Hayes showed up at the Knott Landfill southeast of Bend in a pickup and an SUV about 2 p.m. last Friday and spent a few minutes dumping trash, according to Timm Schimke, the director of the Deschutes County Solid Waste Department.

As it happened, there was a glitch processing the credit card that the former first couple offered for payment — one that locked up the entire system and required a supervisor to reset.

At that point, workers recognized who they were dealing with and apparently decided the dumping might be of interest to law enforcement. Kitzhaber and Hayes are targets of a federal investigation.”

Deschutes County Sheriff deputies arrived on scene and began sifting through and collecting what had been dumped. Too bad it was after Kitzhaber and his shack up honey, Cylvia Hayes, had left the scene.

Bend, OR is 180 miles away from where Kitzhaber lives, which is Beaverton, OR, a suburb of Portland. It is a 4 hour drive over several mountain passes.

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“It’s All About The Money” – O’Keefe Punks Al Sharpton

Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 10.27.23 PMUndercover video investigator James O’Keefe, and his organization Project Veritas, have emerged with a new video, this time focusing on those who have associated with Al Sharpton and his National Action Network (NAN).

“It’s all about the money” says Bishop Calvin Scott, of the Believers Temple in Ferguson, MO. “He incites people for the wrong reason.” Another Sharpton associate, Jean Petrus, a donor to the Trayvon Martin Foundation, says Sharpton “Knows how to make money and get money. They’re shakedown guys to me. Let’s call it what it is.”

Other people involved in the remembrance of Trayvon also distance themselves from Sharpton, including Travon’s father, Tracy Martin. They recently purged all Sharpton imagery from the foundation’s website.

Erica Garner, daughter of Eric Garner, claims that one of the Sharpton’s organizers, Cynthia Davis, attacked her for not including the NAN logo on a series of flyers involving Eric Garner. “Instead of me, he wants his face in front of it. Al Sharpton paid for the funeral. She’s trying to make me feel like I owe them.” One of Erica Garner’s friends says “They [NAN] need them [Garner family] in a way to fund raise.”

“He’s like this” says Erica Garner, as she rubs her fingers together to indicate money.

Other community and church members in Ferguson, MO, back up the assertion that Sharpton was all about the money, and other than give a couple of speeches, couldn’t really name anything positive that he had done for their community.

Oregon Governor’s First Act Is To Investigate Whistle Blowers

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Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. After taking the oath of office last week to replace resigning John Kitzhaber, former Secretary Of State/now-Governor Kate Brown has launched investigations into the whistleblowers who exposed some of the corruption during the Kitzhaber reign.

From the Oregonian:

“A top official in Gov. Kate Brown’s administration has launched a criminal investigation searching for the person who leaked former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s personal emails.
 
Meanwhile, two high-ranking state managers were placed on administrative leave on Friday pending a personnel investigation that is separate from the criminal one. One, Michael Rodgers, is the same manager who blocked a well-publicized effort by Kitzhaber’s staff to delete copies of his personal emails stored in state archives.”

“Among the emails was an exchange between Kitzhaber and his ethics lawyer, Stephen Janik, that confirmed the ex-governor’s involvement in a strategy to blunt an ethics review of [Cylvia] Hayes’ conduct. The Oregonian/OregonLive earlier reported on that strategy, citing filings made with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission.”

“James Moore, a politics professor at Pacific University, said the leaker may have been a whistleblower whose primary motivation was to avoid improper destruction of public records. He called a criminal investigation “overkill” and said it conflicted with Brown’s public statements embracing transparency.”

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FBI Investigating Oregon Gov Kitzhaber’s Shack-Up Honey

dt.common.streams.StreamServer.clsGovernor John Kitzhaber’s now-fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, is under investigation by the FBI for the kickbacks she’s received over the years, and the collusion between herself and the Governor’s office.

As reported in October by Nigel Jaques of the alternative paper Willamette Week, Ms. Hayes and Governor Kitzhaber have been engaging in unethical behaviors by blurring the line between their person lives and involving Hayes as an official advisor, using state resources for her own personal activities, and her consulting firm being awarded contracts.

The pair have lawyered up, while at the same time claiming they don’t know what’s going on.

This follows a separate FBI investigation from earlier in 2014, in which the Cover Oregon healthcare plan was accused of phonying documents in order to receive more federal funding.