Special Opinion by Paul Plante
God bless the smarmy little Burbank, California Democrat Adam Schiff, or so say the Democrats, anyway, and hey, people, why not – afterall, along with “Closet Commie” AOC and Nancy Pelosi, who makes her money selling access to our government to the highest bidders, smarmy little Adam is a Democrat FUNDRAISING POWERHOUSE for the Democrats, which is really what it is all about for the Democrats, making money off of “government,” as opposed to actually governing, something they are incapable of doing, as we see from an article from the Center for Responsive Politics entitled “House Democrats broke fundraising records in 2018. They’re on pace to eclipse those numbers” by Karl Evers-Hillstrom on April 17, 2019 where we have as follows:
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) leads the pack with nearly $1.9 million, an unprecedented number for a safe incumbent member.
Schiff, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, has taken advantage of personal attacks from President Donald Trump, spending more than $250,000 on Facebook ads to build a list of small donors, whose contributions made up 52 percent of his fundraising.
And God bless Trump says smarmy little Adam, because without Trump to make personal attacks on, this smarmy little TWERP-O-CRAT would be nothing at all, just another empty-headed empty suit in the CONGRESS of CLOWNS that now controls government in the corrupt ****-hole known as Washington, D.C.
And then we have an article praising little Adam’s fundraising prowess from the Los Angeles Daily News entitled “Adam Schiff’s campaign cashes in on Trump feud with $1.8 million in first quarter – Exposure brings money to Democrat from Burbank.” by Kevin Modesti on April 16, 2019, as follows:
In proof that controversy pays in modern politics, Adam Schiff appears to lead all Democratic members of the House of Representatives in early fundraising for next year’s campaigns for Congress.
Ah, yes, it really is controversy that pays little Adam in the “modern” form of politics the little twerp plays, where the controversy is totally manufactured by Adam from a toxic blend of horse****, pig**** and bull**** from a secret Democrat recipe for garnering the most money possible from nothing more than hot air and a passel of lies, which is the specialty of the house from Celebrity Chef Adam Schiff, which takes us back to the Daily News article as follows:
Schiff, D-Burbank, reported $1,874,781 in total receipts for the first three months of 2019, according to data from the Federal Election Committee.
And it places him slightly ahead of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, the next-best Democratic fundraiser.
Schiff’s impressive fundraising confirms his support among Democrats across the country has only intensified during his ongoing feud with President Trump and other leading Republicans.
As chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Schiff has long alleged collusion between Russia and Trump’s campaign.
Schiff has continued to claim there is a “large body of evidence of illicit contact or collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, as well as the president’s efforts to obstruct the investigation,” as he put it in an op-ed last week in the Los Angeles Daily News.
Schiff’s first-quarter fundraising total was 15 times as big as the sum he reported for the corresponding period in 2017.
And then we have an op-ed from Adam in the Los Angeles Daily News entitled “The president’s actions were not OK. Not by a long shot: Adam Schiff” on April 10, 2019, where we have this message from Adam himself, to wit:
While we await the release of the Mueller report, it is worth examining what we know from the public record already, especially in light of repeated false attacks by conservative commentators against members of congress, like myself, who have raised the alarm about the inherently immoral actions by this president and his campaign, and who insist on accountability.
Ah, yes, people, collusion with the Russians (SHUDDER SHUDDER), the public record and demands for accountability!
So what then, pray tell, are we to make from an RT News article entitled “California among top 10 investors in Russian debt thanks to cops & firefighters” by Max Whittake of Reuters published 12 Oct. 2018, to wit:
It takes more than sanctions to scare California’s police and firefighters from investing in Russia.
The US state is reported to be a top 10 holder of Russia’s state-issued bonds.
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System, or Calpers, had about $460 million invested in Russian OFZ bonds as of the end of June, Bloomberg reports.
Other US investors like BlackRock and Stone Harbor Investment Partners remain among the top 10 holders of Russian bonds, according to the media.
BlackRock is the largest foreign holder of Russian OFZs with $2.53 billion invested.
Analysts have said that huge investments by US pension funds is a sign that they oppose rhetoric from the White House.
Investing in Russian bonds has been lucrative in the last years.
The central bank of Russia is offering a yield from 7 to 9 percent depending on the maturity of the bonds.
Isn’t that blatant colluding here, people – the home state of Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Financial Services Committee, supporting Russia through buying its bonds, rather than investing that money in upgrading its own crumbling infrastructure?
And how about the RT News story “Sanctioned Russian assets attracting investment from biggest US pension funds” by Sergey Pyatakov / Sputnik published 22 Oct. 2018, to wit:
Mounting political tensions between Moscow and Washington along with endless US threats to impose more and more sanctions haven’t prevented America’s biggest pension funds from investing in Russia.
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (Calpers), managing retirement savings of nearly two million Americans, has $1.1 billion dollars invested in Russian assets, including state-issued bonds and shares of companies hit by US sanctions, reports Russian business daily RBK.
Apart from Russia’s state debt, the fund that controls pensions of California’s firefighters and police officers, reportedly holds $872 million in share depositary receipts of Russian firms – $658 billion of which are from companies subject to US sanctions.
Calpers has invested in Russian energy companies Rosneft, Gazprom, Novatek and Surgutneftegas.
The Californian pension fund has added state-lender Sberbank shares, worth $238 million traded in the US, and VTB depositary receipts worth $12.5 million traded in Europe.
Calpers is not the only institution investing in Russia.
The second largest pension fund in the US, California State Teachers’ Retirement System, or Calstrs, held about $9.5 million in Russian bonds and nearly $164 million in Lukoil receipts as of the end of 2017, according to media reports.
Meanwhile, the country’s fourth biggest fund Florida Retirement Systems (FRS) held Russian investments worth $354 million as of June 30 this year.
The holdings reportedly include shares of Novatek, Rosneft, VTB, Sberbank, Gazprom, Gazprom-neft, Lukoil, Surgutneftegas and Transneft.
At the same time, the New York State Common Retirement Fund, the third largest in the country, reportedly has $82.7 million worth of Russian investments in its portfolio – $59.3 million of which are companies on the sanctions list.
Investing in Russian state-issued obligations has been highly profitable over the last decade.
And again, that is not collusion?
Adam Schiff’s home state of California certainly seems to care more for Russia than it does the United States of America, so why is it we hear nothing from Adam about any of that?
And there is this from Russia Business Today in an article entitled “California Pension Fund Invests in Russia’s Sovereign Debt” on October 12, 2018, to wit:
The biggest U.S. pension fund, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), has increased its investments in Russian sovereign debt by 8% over the last year up to $460 million, documents obtained by Bloomberg reveal.
This makes the fund the 10th biggest foreign investor in Russian government bonds among those who disclose such data, the report says.
The increase in investments is happening amid growing tensions between Washington and Moscow and threats of tougher sanctions.
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has presented a bill targeting Russian sovereign debt in August 2018 over Moscow’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential elections.
So, at a time when Schiff and the rabid Democrats were screaming at us about Trump’s supposed dealings with Russia, his home state of California was actively supporting the Russians.