The one who sows to please his sinful nature, will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
What you are is God’s gift to you. What you become is your gift to God.
John 3:16-18. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened.”
Psalm 134:4. “I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.”
Romans 12:2. “Do not conform yourselves to the standards of the world.”
Matthew 5:28. “But I tell you that anyone that looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
1 John 3:1 “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God.”
Romans 5:7-8. “Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this; while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 8:28. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those that love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
1 Corinthians 3:16 “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you.”
A number of top Democratic lobbyist bundlers, who together pulled in millions of dollars for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and donated generously to Democratic leaders, personally represent or work at firms that have represented Russian interests in recent years, according to a review of foreign agent registration filings.
Several powerful lobbyists who have pushed millions of dollars into Democratic coffers have ties to foreign banks and governments.
Emanuel “Mike” Manatos, the senior vice president of Manatos & Manatos, a D.C.-based government relations firm, bundled tens of thousands for Clinton’s campaign.
“Mike Manatos has orchestrated efforts that set numerous records in the policymaking process of the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and the Executive Branch as he moved clients’ issues forward,” the company’s website states. “This record of success for clients’ issues has attracted some of the world’s and America’s leading individuals and organizations to ask Manatos & Manatos to oversee the handling of their issues in Washington, D.C.”
One of those clients was the VTB Group, a Russian financial group that includes the VTB Bank—a large financial institution that is majority-owned by the Russian government.
The Foreign Agents Registration Act requires individuals who act as agents for foreign principals “in a political or quasi-political capacity” to provide periodic updates to the Justice Department on the work and services they perform. Foreign agents must submit receipts and disbursements in relation to the work they perform for foreign entities.
Manatos filed paperwork on May 11, 2016 to work on behalf of the VTB Group, a “global provider of financial services, comprised of over 20 financial institutions and financial companies operating across all key areas of the financial markets,” the registration reads.
The Russian government is the majority shareholder of the VTB Group, controlling 60.9 percent of voting shares. The group received a $2.6 billion bailout from the Russian government in 2014-15, the registration notes.
Manatos was tapped by the group to lobby Congress and the Obama administration on sanctions imposed on Russian-affiliated banks.
According to a “privileged and confidential” document attached to the registration, the firm receives $17,500 per month and a $35,000 security retainer fee for its services.
Manatos bundled more than $40,000 in lobbyist contributions for Clinton’s campaign. He and brother Andy Manatos, the second partner at the firm, have donated tens of thousands to Democratic politicians, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.
Tony Podesta, owner of the powerful D.C.-based Podesta Group lobbying shop, works on behalf of Sberbank CIB USA, Inc., a subsidiary of Russia’s largest bank that is majority-owned by the government. Tony is the brother of John Podesta, the former chairman of Clinton’s campaign.
A lobbying report filed with Congress showed that Sberbank paid Podesta $20,000 in the first quarter of 2016 to “clarify the scope of sanctions imposed by Executive Order 13660,” signed by President Obama in March 2014 to block “property of certain persons contributing to the situation in Ukraine.” Podesta also was hired to explore possible sanctions relief.
The Security Services of Ukraine accused Sberbank of transferring funds to pro-Russia “terrorists” fighting for Soviet occupation in April 2014, a charge the bank denied.
Podesta was paid $170,000 by Sberbank for his services throughout 2016, disclosure forms show. Podesta bundled at least $260,000 for Clinton’s campaign and has given hundreds of thousands more to prominent Democratic lawmakers, PACs, and committees.
Capitol Counsel, another D.C.-based lobbying firm, submitted a proposal to the Russian Direct Investment Fund, a $10 billion fund established by the Russian government, on Sep. 12, 2014 to represent the group in the United States. The letter was addressed to Kirill Dmitriev, the investment fund’s chief executive officer.
“RDIF acts as co-investor or partner, always as a minority stakeholder, with leading international businesses and sovereign wealth funds. Co-investors perform joint due diligence with RDIF in evaluating opportunities and make independent investment decisions,” the proposal states. “Recent press articles have significantly misstated the role and function of RDIF. To help address this concern, Capitol Counsel proposes to assist RDIF in correcting the press reports by working with US investors and the international investment community to educate the Administration and major policy makers as to the role of RDIF and its relationship with US business and investors.”
Capitol Counsel proposed a monthly retainer of $45,000 for a minimum of two months as compensation.
The lobbying group submitted paperwork to FARA on October 31, 2014 to represent the Russian Direct Investment Fund. The group would “educate and explain to U.S. Department of Treasury and U.S. policy-makers RDIF’s role and relationship with the United States partners and investors” and have communication with Treasury officials, policy-makers on Capitol Hill, and with Senate and House Committees of jurisdiction to “gather information regarding U.S. sanctions on Russian entities.”
David Jones and Richard Sullivan, partners at Capitol Counsel, bundled more than $1.3 million for Clinton’s campaign. The partners have donated generously to liberal politicians and groups.
None of the lobbyists in this story returned requests for comment by press time.
One of the major players in the Democrat Party calling for the impeachment of the President is herself financially tied to Russia.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., is one of the Democrats’ most outspoken talking heads, frequently calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment and citing his alleged “collusion with Russia.” However, her bombastic speeches and calls to action have often been found baseless. In fact, a recently uncovered Russian connection was linked directly to Waters herself.
Got News uncovered a 2015 disclosure statement from Waters which “details her family’s investments in BlackRock’s Russia-connected Global Allocation and Balanced funds.”
This is intriguing considering that as of late, Waters has used her 15 minutes of fame to bash Trump and even went as far as to tweet “Follow the Money,” in order to further her claim of collusion with Russia and Trump campaign officials.
Well, some internet sleuths did follow the money — but it didn’t lead to Trump, it led right back to Waters.
According to RedFlag News, Waters “held $200,000 in Russia-linked retirement accounts.”
In addition to the insane amount of money that Waters had tied up in these Russian accounts, Water’s BlackRock fund revealed another surprising twist.
“A Sept. 2015 BlackRock Balanced SEC filing reveals her fund’s nearly $2.8 million in obligations to the Russian Federation,” Right Side News reported on the story.
So who is the one really tied up with Russia? Waters’ own statement shows a personal financial connection to the Kremlin to the tune of $200,000, while her fund has millions of dollars worth of obligations to the Russian Federation.
All of this talk and hysteria (and hypocrisy) over supposed Russian interference in our most recent election is just a little hypocritical. Don’t ya think?
And let’s not forget about Maxine Waters, Congresswoman from California. California Congresswoman Maxine Waters has become the leading figure behind the “Impeach Trump” movement over his alleged connections to Russia. But as Rep. Waters makes unproven allegations of Russian influence on American politics, shouldn’t she first look in the mirror and her own “Russian” connections?
This comes in the form of her relationship with the pro-Russian, anti-American communist group known as the Workers World Party.
The Workers World Party is reportedly a militant left-wing group that sympathizes with many enemies of the U.S., including North Korea, Iran, and Cuba.
And here’s an example of meddling in an ally’s election:
So, if tomatoes are a fruit, wouldn’t that make ketchup (catsup) a smoothie?