Hillary Clinton to Offer Remarks This Morning in New York City

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Hillary Clinton will deliver remarks to staff and supporters at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, November 9 at the New Yorker Hotel, Grand Ballroom – 481 8th Ave NY NY 10001

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HFA Supports Bipartisan Efforts to Extend Voting Hours in Durham County

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Hillary for America Campaign Manager Robby Mook released the following statement in support of bipartisan efforts to extend voting hours in Durham County, NC:

“The Durham County Board of Elections — made up of two Republicans and one Democrat — has agreed that voting hours must be extended due to technical problems that occurred earlier today. We are urging the North Carolina Board of Elections to heed this bipartisan call and approve this urgent measure so that every voter can have their voice heard. Especially in light of the fact that Durham County had limited early voting sites, we have to ensure that voters have equal access to the ballot box.”

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Long Lines Of Voters Are Reported… At Susan B. Anthony’s Grave

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

Hundreds Gather To Honor Suffragist Movement, Celebrate That Women Across The Country Are Voting Today For A Woman To Be President

Voting takes less time than ever, but there’s one place voters are guaranteed to wait in long lines: the grave of women’s suffragist leader Susan B. Anthony. Hundreds have visited the cemetery, which is holding extended hours tonight, to honor the movement to ensure half the population has the right to vote and celebrate that women across the country are voting today for a woman to be president.

ABC News: Voters Travel Near and Far to Pay Homage to Feminist Icon on Election Day: “One hundred and forty-four years ago, a woman named Susan B. Anthony was arrested for voting in a presidential election.  Today, millions of women will cast their vote for Hillary Clinton — the first female presidential nominee for a major political party.”

USA Today: People are covering Susan B. Anthony’s grave stone with ‘I Voted’ stickers:  “Many people smiled and laughed in delight at the occasion.  Others wept.  ‘I never cried when I filled out my ballot before. But I realized my daughters — and I have three of them — have the right to vote for a woman. It made my cry,’ said Jodi Atkin of Irondequoit, who trekked to the grave site with daughter Jessie. Both were clad in white, which many women chose to wear on Tuesday to honor those who, like Anthony, helped secure their right to vote.”

CNN: Hundreds flock to Susan B. Anthony’s grave on Election Day: “Brynn Hunt, a Rochester resident and first-time voter, was one of many to visit the site Tuesday morning.  ‘I voted today because of women like her,’ she said. Hunt said she wore white in honor of women’s suffrage.  Early Tuesday, hundreds of people began to form to thank Anthony for her efforts.”

People Magazine: Hundreds Line Up at Susan B. Anthony’s Gravesite to Honor Women’s Rights Activist with ‘I Voted’ Stickers: “In October, a slew of Trump’s supporters called for repealing women’s suffrage, using the Twitter hashtag #RepealThe19th after a poll of only male U.S. voters showed Trump winning the election by a landslide.”

CBS News: Steady crowds at Susan B. Anthony grave on Election Day: “A steady stream of people are arriving at Rochester’s Mount Hope cemetery, decorating Anthony’s grave with ‘I Voted’ stickers and American flags. Some are leaving yellow roses, which was a symbol of the women’s suffrage movement.”

New York Times: Voters Gather at Susan B. Anthony’s Grave in Rochester: “The line to the grave site grew throughout the day. By noon it had snaked and doubled back on itself through the orange and gold trees. The color of the leaves was reflected in the yellow flowers many carried or wore pinned to pantsuit lapels — the bright roses the suffragists took to symbolize their cause, which began in the 1840s and continued for 80 years. A woman moved among the stones with a hand drum looking to form a drum circle. Others knelt with their children and whispered about who Anthony was and who Hillary Clinton is.”

Washington Post: Susan B. Anthony died without the right to vote. Now people are covering her tombstone in ‘I voted’ stickers. “Some 90 years later, the pilgrimage to Anthony’s gravestone on Election Day began, possibly as recently as 2014, according to the Smithsonian magazine. The idea struck a chord with voters as far away as Maryland.”

VOX: Susan B. Anthony’s grave is covered in “I Voted” stickers in honor of Hillary Clinton:  “And now, the first woman to win a major party nomination is running to succeed the first black president. It’s hard not to be a little in awe of that — to marvel at what Anthony and others like her helped accomplish.”

Sarah Maslin Nir: The scene at Susan B. Anthony’s grave. And it’s a scene. (video)

Katie Marino: After voting my mom & I visited Susan B. Anthony’s grave with hundreds of other people. Thank you, women’s voices are heard now. #IVoted

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Tricia Fitzmaurice: A fitting tribute at Susan B. Anthony’s grave in Rochester today.  We all owe her a thank you. #HistoryIsHappening #SenecaFallsSuffragists

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Brynn Hunt: “I voted today because of women like her.” Today I voted in my first primary election, visited Susan B. Anthony’s grave, and wear white to honor women’s suffrage. We have come a long way since the 19th amendment was passed, but we still have a long way to go. I’m proud to say #imwithher

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MaxbGenius: “Oh, if I could but live another century and see the fruition of all the work for women! There is so much yet to be done.” – Susan B. Anthony #vote #suffrage #equality #rochester

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Jes Karakashian: This wraps around twice. I’ve never seen anything like this before in my life. #imwithher

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Folks Across The Country Are Sharing Their Stories Of Quick and Easy Voting

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The polls have only been open for a few hours and we expect millions more Americans to vote before the day is over. The good news is, with more polling locations and longer hours in many states, it’s never been easier to vote. Folks across the country are sharing their experiences, saying that voting was “quick,” “easy” and “made me feel great!”

In OHIO…

Katie (OH): Voting in Columbus, Ohio was hopping! 40-ish people in line (usually only a few). Lots of machines, moved fast. Many Millenials and women.

Adam Jardy (OH): Area Man Slightly Disappointed In Quick, Uneventful Voting Experience

Michelle Daniels (OH): I voted early, no line & no waiting! HaHaHa!Ohio Please go vote today! #ElectionDay

In VIRGINIA…

Jane Jensen (VA): Voting in #arlingtonva #arlington #election2016 #Imwithher #pantsuitnation Lines are short and fast moving #cometogether2017

Lauren Keim (VA): Parking lot full at @VirginiaMOCA but short & quick line inside for voting!

Lindsay Torrico (VA):  Voting was so easy today—took almost no time & made me feel great! Confirm your polling location at http://IWillVote.com/locate #VAisforVoters

In NORTH CAROLINA…

Kristin Ketchell (NC): About 1/4 of the way through this line. Seems to be moving so far. Got my @Starbucks coffee. Is there anything more American? #NCVotes

Michael Bayer (NC): Not the biggest sticker but proof that I voted! Very smooth process in downtown #Raleigh #NorthCarolina #Election2016 #ElectionDay

In PENNSYLVANIA…

Brendon Shank (PA): Voting line is a block long in #SouthPhilly but moving fast. #Election2016

Ashley Carelock (PA): Walked across the street to vote and saw a massive line, only to find that our ward/division line is tiny. We’re 3rd in line. Time to #vote!

Will Crosswell (PA): Taken around 7:40 AM. Line was out the door but moving quickly. #Election2016  #ElectionDay  #Vote

In FLORIDA…

Heather Donnelly (FL): First time voting not by mail and it was FAST! No lines at my precinct GO VOTE! 🇺🇸 #Election2016 #Vote

Raijini Vaidyanathan (FL): No crowds here at #Miami polling station, as voting begins. Anna just voted, says most people people she knows early voted. #election2016

Brian London (FL): Voted and back in bed at 7:19

In UTAH…

Kyle Ashby (UT): Dropbox voting in rural #Utah is fast and convenient. #Election2016 #MyVote2016 #ElectionDay #IVOTED @standardex

In MAINE…

Rachael Cardella (ME): Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make voting this morning an easy & efficient process.Vote. Vote. Vote.

In NEW HAMPSHIRE…

Maya Dominguez (NH): @PetesWire line at Ledge Elementary is super short! Get out and #vote #nhvotes #nhpolitics #noline

In MICHIGAN…

Brian Peters (MI): Voter 293 in Ann Arbor’s 1-5 @ ~9:30AM. No line, however there was a significant line for the 1-6. The younger vote is out! #electionday

In NEW YORK…

Mackenzie Cole: Poughkeepsie voters – voting was super fast and there were smiles all around even despite the fact that it was like 6 AM!!!

In ARIZONA…

Courtney Griffin (AZ): Polling places are now open in #Arizona! Let’s get this party started #Election2016 #govote #battlegroundstate lines moving quickly

In COLORADO…

Leslie Herod (CO): There is a steady stream of enthusiastic voters dropping off their ballots Hiawatha. Women voting together with their daughters. #hillorado

In ARIZONA:

Cynthia Washington (AZ): No line at St Joseph’s Catholic Parish. People are coming in and out, no problem #tucson #Election2016

Brett Kurland (AZ): In and out in less than 20 minutes at 7:45 AM, no line when I left.#Election2016 #Phoenix #Arizona #vote

In FLORIDA:

Mark Watson (FL): THE LINE AT JSU TO VOTE IS LITERALLY 5MIN LONG! NO EXCUSE….. GO VOTE #JSU

Kathryn Bursch (FL): A steady stream of people, but no long line at Sunken Gardens. Please vote everyone!

Chris Armstrong (FL): Thanks to those who early voted. You saved me from having to wait in line at my precinct this morning to vote.  #Election2016

In MASSACHUSETTS:

Kristin Toussaint (MA): Line at this Brighton polling place moving so quick! Hearing lots of good things about how orderly the voting is #Election2016

In MICHIGAN:

Alicia Smith (MI): Yes, I voted! But I’m really smiling because there was NO line at 12:10pm!!!  #howisthatpossible #lunchtimeluck #notcomplaining #7Votes

In MINNESOTA:

Laura (MN): One thing I love about MN is how easy it is to vote here. I was in and out in about 5 mins. #ElectionDay  @MNSteveSimon @electionland

In NEW HAMPSHIRE:

Carrie C. Mulligan (NH): Voted! Kudos to the Town of Canaan, #NH for a smooth & speedy vote at 10:30am! #ElectionDay

Elizabeth Benton (NH): I’m shocked: no lines, no waiting in New Hampshire! Make the time.#election2016#vote http://ift.tt/2eiEF54

In NEVADA:

Jonae (NV): Quick and easy. Place was full but no line. Go vote.

Seth A. Richardson (NV): Short line here at the Reno Downtown Library. Polls open in 5 minutes.

In NEW YORK:

KeKe Simot (NY): I voted! It was fast and it was easy. It felt empowering! Now it’s your turn! Go VOTE you have until 9pm!

In NORTH CAROLINA:

MoRA Charlotte (NC): No line at Garr Church and other MoRA voting locations. Vote NOW and avoid long lines.

Ronnie Duncan (NC): I want to thank all of you who stood in long lines to vote early for making it easy for me to walk straight in today and vote. Zero line. 🙂

In OHIO:

Michael Principato (OH): Voted no lines in Mason Ohio @Local12 #ElectionDay #ImVotingBecause

Faith (OH): It didn’t take as long as I thought it would. Glad the lines moved fast. #voted#ImWithHer

Chris Keeney (OH): Cleveland residents are turning out to vote by any means necessary.@clevelanddotcom @CNN @wkyc @jonfavs @dan (click for tractor video!!)

In PENNSYLVANIA:

Priha Joshi (PA): Armed w grey-eyed Athena, I voted. Gorgeous Philly day. 5 min line. LET’S VOTE, Philly! #ImWithHer #@Westphillylocal @votephilly

… and all across the country, voting is easy. Voters should visit iwillvote.com or Text WHERE  to 4-7-2-4-6 to find their nearest polling location to get out and vote today.

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Clinton Releases Final TV Ad of the Campaign

Hillary Clinton will deliver a special 2-minute national closing message tonight in a television ad that lays out the choice in this election and the type of president she wants to be for the entire country. The 2-minute closing message ad is airing to an estimated 20 million people Monday night during the shows with the largest audience available – the Voice (NBC) and Kevin Can Wait (CBS).

In the personal and positive closing message, Clinton makes the case that people are rejecting a campaign “defined by fear and division” and choosing one that is “hopeful and inclusive.” She also lays out a hopeful future for our country saying she’s “convinced our best days are still ahead of us, if we reach for them together” and pledged to “be a President for all Americans.  Not just those who support me in this election — for everyone.” And, she makes clear her mission as President will be “To give our kids – and every American — the chance to live up to their God-given potential.”

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HFA Releases Mini-Documentary

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On Saturday, Hillary for America released a mini-documentary titled “The Story of Us.” The eight minute video chronicles Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the presidency, a story that began on April 12, 2015. As Americans vote and got to the polls on Tuesday, the documentary is a great look back at the last year and a half. Watch the documentary below.

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The Choice Is Clear: Hillary’s Vision for An America That Is Hopeful and Inclusive

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On Thursday in North Carolina, Hillary Clinton continued to make her closing argument for the presidency, outlining her record of championing the interests of people of color throughout her career–in contrast with Donald Trump’s history of racial discrimination and divisive rhetoric. Throughout her professional life and candidacy, Hillary has pledged to take on social injustice, including systemic racism and sexism. If elected president, Hillary has vowed to pass end-to-end criminal justice reform and implement common sense gun reform, priorities of great concern to communities of color.

Trump, on the other hand, has throughout his life and this campaign repeatedly instilled division and hate–from championing the racist birther movement and courting conspiracy theorists, to calling for a deportation force for immigrant families and banning Muslims.

Long before Trump ran for president, he was sued by the Department of Justice for racial discrimination at his family’s housing developments in Brooklyn and Queens–in addition to discrimination at properties in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Norfolk, Virginia. Federal investigators were told that Trump employees would mark applications of prospective renters with “C” for “colored” and refused to rent to African Americans. At her event in Winterville today, Mae Brown Wiggins, a registered nurse who was turned away from an apartment Trump managed because of her skin color, introduced Hillary, describing the impact Trump’s actions had on her life.

Years later, in the 1980’s, Trump took out full-page ads in four newspapers calling for the death penalty for a group of black and Latino teenagers who were wrongly convicted of a crime, some as young as 14 years old. Just recently, Trump doubled down on his view that the five men, who were exonerated based on DNA evidence, are still guilty and should go to jail. Trump’s refusal to accept the evidence and admit he was wrong about the Central Park 5 is deeply disturbing, and continues to exacerbate deep and painful wounds borne by the men and their families.

The choice is clear. Americans deserve a president who believes Americans are stronger together, not one whose dark and divisive vision is fundamentally at odds with who we are as Americans.

As the presidential election draws to a close, here’s a recap of Trump’s pattern of discrimination and divisiveness:

A History of Housing Discrimination

  • Trump was twice sued by the Department of Justice for discrimination in housing.
  • Despite Trump’s claim that many companies were sued for discrimination when he was, the truth is that Fred and Donald Trump’s violation of the law was so egregious that the case made against them was “one of the strongest
  • At the first presidential debate, Trump admitted he was sued for housing discrimination saying, “we settled… it was very easy.”
  • Trump’s real estate company had a disturbing practice of marking applications from black families with the letter “‘C’, for ‘Colored.
  • A Trump building manager had the rental application of a black woman and was instructed to “‘Take the application and put it in a drawer and leave it there,’ Mr. Leibowitz, now 88, recalled in an interview.”
  • The N-word was used Trump offices and Donald was reportedly was in the room when it happened.
  • Black families made up a tiny percentage of renters in Trump-owned buildings.

Trump vs. Central Park 5

  • Trump paid for a racially provocative ad calling on New York lawmakers to reinstate the death penalty for five teenage Latino and African American men who were wrongfully accused of raping a woman.
  • Trump refused to acknowledge the innocence of The Central Park 5 even after their 2014 exoneration.

The Birtherism Conspiracy Theory

  • Trump led the birther movement in an attempt to delegitimize America’s first black president
  • Trump continued pushing his birtherism theory to delegitimize President Barack Obama every Trump’s conspiracy theory: President Obama is a Muslim and rendered ineligible for the presidency because he was born in Kenya.
  • When asked what he would say to people of color who were hurt by his remarks Trump repeatedly said, “I say nothing.

Trump’s Hateful Rhetoric

  • Trump has failed to appropriately disavow racists and white supremacists like David Duke supporting his campaign.
  • Trump said African Americans have “nothing to lose” by voting for him because: “You’re living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs.”
  • Trump continues to ignore history and disparage black Americans, saying the African American community is in the worst shape “ever, ever, ever” and African Americans in cities are “living in hell” and living in “war zones.”
  • Trump retweeted “racially loaded” and “wildly inaccurate” statistics claiming Blacks were responsible for 81 percent of White homicides.

Hateful Movements

  • Trump’s campaign shared an anti-Semitic image on his twitter that first appeared on white supremacist websites.
  • Trump has received an outpouring of support from hate movements like the alt-right.
  • White Supremacists used Trump’s candidacy as a recruiting tool.
  • White Supremacists and Klan members supported Trump, comparing his views to their views.
  • David Duke said Trump has “Made it OK to talk about these incredible concerns of European Americans today, because I think European Americans know they are the only group that can’t defend their own essential interests and their point of view.
  • “Virginia KKK Leader Endorses Trump: ‘What He Believes In, We Believe In.’”
  • Trump on being supported by White Supremacists: “A lot of people like me.”

More Discrimination in Trump Organization

  • Trump Plaza was fined $200,000 for shuffling Black and female dealers away from a high-rollers table to accommodate the preferences of patron and “reputed mob figure” Robert LiButti.
  • Trump Marina was fined for requesting non-Black driver.
  • When Trump came to his casino, Black people were allegedly ordered off the floor, according to a former employee in a report by The New Yorker.

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Trump’s Tax Troubles

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In just the few days since the New York Times published its latest groundbreaking report, Donald Trump has faced ongoing fallout from his “legally dubious” tax avoidance that even his own lawyers thought wouldn’t hold up to IRS scrutiny – as well as new reporting on his various efforts  to avoid paying millions in taxes. The ongoing reporting underscores the urgency of Trump releasing his tax returns before Election Day. While his campaign has objected to these stories, they refuse to release his tax returns – including just-filed returns that would not be under audit – to provide evidence of any untruths.

His behavior also raises important questions, including one that was posited by the New York Times Editorial Board: “Why would a man who has spent most of his professional life avoiding the shared responsibility of taxes all of a sudden care about helping others, especially those less fortunate?”

NEW Reporting

New York Times: Donald Trump Used Legally Dubious Method to Avoid Paying Taxes: “Tax experts who reviewed the newly obtained documents for The New York Times said Mr. Trump’s tax avoidance maneuver, conjured from ambiguous provisions of highly technical tax court rulings, clearly pushed the edge of the envelope of what tax laws permitted at the time. ‘Whatever loophole existed was not ‘exploited’ here, but stretched beyond any recognition,’ said Steven M. Rosenthal, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center who helped draft tax legislation in the early 1990s.”

Wall Street Journal: Income Taxes Aside: Donald Trump’s Other Tax-Avoidance Moves: “The Journal has found several additional examples of state and local tax issues for Mr. Trump and his companies that are little known or not previously reported on.”

  1. “A vendor said in a legal deposition in 2008 that Mr. Trump refused to pay $48,000 in sales taxes on draperies for a Las Vegas property.”
  1. “At least five federal, state and local tax collection agencies took out at least 26 liens on Mr. Trump’s businesses and him personally since the late 1990s due to claims that Mr. Trump or his businesses didn’t pay sales taxes, withholding taxes, or other corporate taxes.”
  1. “The biggest amount in liens and warrants, totaling about $11.8 million, were for corporate taxes imposed on his Indiana casino business in the early 2000s.”

Washington Post: This is the portrait of Donald Trump that his charity bought for $20,000: “Tax experts say that if Trump hung the painting at one of his homes or businesses, he may have violated laws against “self-dealing.” Those laws prohibit charity leaders from using money from their nonprofits to buy things for themselves, or for their businesses. In recent weeks, The Washington Post has reported other instances in which Trump may have violated those rules.”

Additional Fall-Out

New York Times Editorial Board: Avoiding Taxes, Trump-Style: “Indeed, even as Mr. Trump’s lawyers were advising him against this approach, one tax expert wrote that trying to find legal support for it was like trying to find evidence for ‘the existence of the Loch Ness monster.’”

Washington Post: A big, dirty secret from Donald Trump’s tax returns has been exposed: “Experts had missed Trump’s maneuver, Kleinbard said, because they did not think that it would have been allowed at the time… ‘The real surprise here is that he apparently got away with it’ … Kleinbard said that he would have enjoyed bringing Trump to court on behalf of the authorities in order to force him to pay up. ‘I would have been certain that I would have won.'”

Vox: Two experts say Donald Trump should be investigated for criminal tax evasion: “Various aspects of this almost certainly violate the laws governing charities (he’s already been sanctioned by the state of New York), but several experts are also raising the question of whether Trump is guilty of criminal tax evasion… But both Philip Hackney, a former IRS attorney now working as a professor of tax law, and Adam Chodorow, a tax law professor at Arizona State University, have written that the elements exist to at least begin an investigation.”

New York Times: How Donald Trump Avoided Paying Taxes Using Other People’s Money: “The story of how Mr. Trump sidestepped a potentially ruinous tax bill emerged from documents recently discovered by The Times during a search of casino bankruptcy filings. Mr. Trump structured his companies to allow him to have lucrative personal tax advantages, while limiting his personal liability should business go bad.”

Vanity Fair: How Donald Trump Used Other People’s Money to Avoid Paying Taxes: “Donald Trump is both unapologetic about using “other people’s money” whenever possible, and proud of the way he allegedly avoided paying income tax for years by writing off nearly a billion dollars in losses, as The New York Times first reported last month. Now, a new trove of documents obtained by the Times reveals how Trump combined both of those things to wipe out his liabilities, using investors’ money to avoid reporting hundreds of millions of dollars in taxable income in the form of canceled debt on his floundering casino empire—a maneuver that even his own lawyers warned would likely get him in trouble with the I.R.S.”

Mother Jones: NYT: We’ve Figured Out How Trump Gamed the Tax System: “If I’m reading this right, the basic story is that Trump gave his banks “New Bonds” in place of their old bonds and classified the new bonds as equity shares in the casino partnership. Trump then valued the equity as equal to the old debt, thus showing no net loan forgiveness and therefore no COD income. This despite the fact that, in reality, the equity was close to worthless.”

Vox: Donald Trump used a dubious loophole to make millions in taxable income disappear: “He has previously boasted publicly of his extensive and detailed knowledge of the tax code, which seems like a good prima facie reason to at least look into it a little. And the New York Times’s latest revelations show a man who was deliberately and knowingly aggressive in his tax strategies in other realms of his personal finances, intentionally pushing forward with a strategy his lawyers said would likely be disallowed.”

MSNBC: Trump stretched tax loopholes ‘beyond any recognition’: “The fact that Donald Trump didn’t pay federal income taxes for many years is not in dispute – because the Republican presidential candidate admitted it during a nationally televised debate. There is some question, however, about whether or not Trump’s exploitation of tax loopholes was entirely legal…. Don’t try this at home. Trump has tried to get away with tax maneuvers the typical American should not attempt.”

Los Angeles Times: Clinton renews calls for Trump to release tax returns following report he skirted laws: “Trump’s attorneys advised him at the time that if he were audited, the Internal Revenue Service would not look favorably upon the tactic, according to the report. For months now, Trump has eschewed releasing his tax returns, claiming he was under audit by the IRS. However, even while being audited, Trump could still release his returns, experts have said.”

Slate: We Now Have an Even Clearer Picture of How Brazenly Trump Tried to Avoid Paying Taxes: “Now, thanks to the latest investigation of Trump’s taxes by the New York Times, our portrait of Trump as a taxpayer is a little bit clearer: He isn’t just a businessman who’s so brilliant he managed to lose, either outright or on paper, close to $1 billion. He’s also one who tried to push the law to its limits—and perhaps past them—to avoid paying the tax man.”

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Avoiding Taxes, Trump-Style

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Editorial Board

November 1, 2016

Donald Trump’s claim that he was smart for figuring out how not to pay federal income taxes was obnoxious when he said it, at least for the millions of Americans who pay their fair share. Now we learn that he was able to avoid some of those taxes decades ago with a tactic that is illegal now and was highly dubious even then.

In the 1990s, with his Atlantic City casinos and other businesses tottering on the verge of collapse, Mr. Trump negotiated a deal under which his creditors — investors and banks — would forgive part of the debt in exchange for equity in partnerships he controlled. Without such swaps, Mr. Trump would have had to report the forgiven debt as income, offsetting a big portion of the $916 million loss he claimed on his tax return in 1995. That loss allowed him to avoid paying taxes for up to 18 years.

It is impossible to know whether the Internal Revenue Service challenged Mr. Trump’s use of the swaps because, unlike every major party presidential nominee for nearly 40 years, he refuses to release his tax returns. But as The Times reported on Monday, the maneuver was so suspect that his lawyers advised against it.

And it’s clear that even then tax officials and federal lawmakers were hoping to end the practice because it allowed businesses and rich individuals to avoid taxes by swapping forgiven debt with equity that was worth little or nothing. Indeed, even as Mr. Trump’s lawyers were advising him against this approach, one tax expert wrote that trying to find legal support for it was like trying to find evidence for “the existence of the Loch Ness monster.”

Congress barred such swaps by corporations in 1993, and by partnerships, the business structure Mr. Trump uses, in 2004.

As is its habit, Mr. Trump’s campaign chose to regard these latest revelations as yet another display of his genius. But like any other effort to game the tax system, his tactics imposed real costs by shifting the burden to taxpayers who have no recourse to such strategies and must pay full freight, including people whose taxes are withheld and cannot shelter their income even if they want to.

It has become ever more difficult for the I.R.S. to police the kind of tax avoidance Mr. Trump has engaged in. The Republican-controlled Congress cut the I.R.S.’s budget by about $500 million in 2015, and last year the agency audited just 0.8 percent of individual taxpayers, down from 1.1 percent in 2010. Its enforcement staff has shrunk by 23 percent since 2010, to 39,000 people, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

The latest disclosures about Mr. Trump’s taxes also further undercut the argument that he is uniquely qualified to fix what he has called a rigged system. Why would a man who has spent most of his professional life avoiding the shared responsibility of taxes all of a sudden care about helping others, especially those less fortunate? The truth is, of course, that he has no intention of doing so; according to a recent analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, Mr. Trump’s tax proposals would confer by far the greatest advantages on the wealthiest Americans.

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Statement on Trump’s Foreign Business Entanglements

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In response to new reporting from the Wall Street Journal on Donald Trump’s dangerous and unprecedented foreign business entanglements, Hillary for America deputy communications director Christina Reynolds issued the following statement:

“Donald Trump has business all around the world, and while he has failed to disclose full details of his business record, what we know is truly disturbing. The idea of a President Trump trying to negotiate with foreign leaders while having his business at stake is simply unacceptable and raises real questions about how he would handle matters of national security. This is just one more reason why he cannot be president.”

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KEY POINT: “Those whom Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump have worked with abroad include: the family of a developer in India who is a ruling-party politician, an Azerbaijani government minister’s son and a media company that became the Turkish president’s outlet of choice during the July 15 coup attempt.

No recent president has had a portfolio of international business interests as extensive as Mr. Trump’s—or as great a level of business engagement on his behalf by offspring, who have also played a role in his campaign.”

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News Source: The Wall Street Journal

The Choice is Clear: Hillary Will Fight For Women While Trump Belittles and Bullies Them

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Hillary Clinton has been breaking new  ground and fighting for women her entire career. Before she made history becoming the first female nominee of a major party for president, Hillary led the U.S delegation to the U.N Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, where she proclaimed that “women’s rights are human rights.” As a senator from New York, she championed the Paycheck Fairness Act to help close the pay gap between women and men.

As President, Hillary will build on her record of fighting for women because although there has been tremendous strides when it comes to expanding opportunities for women there’s still much more work to be done. Donald Trump, however, has a very different record — he has spent his life, and this campaign, demeaning women.

Throughout this campaign, we’ve seen many examples of Trump’s alarming words and deeds towards women like his revolting comments on a bus caught on tape, his repeated behavior insulting and degrading women who stood up to him, his bragging about walking in on nude pageant contestants, some of whom were apparently under aged, his jokes objectifying women, and more.

It’s clear Trump’s dangerous proposals would take us backwards.  Over the course of the campaign, we’ve watched Trump dismiss women in the workplace and say that women who choose to have abortions should be “punished.”

Trump’s policies on women and dangerous rhetoric  have demonstrated he is unfit to be President of the United States. With one week left of the presidential campaign, here is a recap of  Trump’s history of belittling and bullying women:

MISOGYNISTIC AND OFFENSIVE RHETORIC

Trump has talked disparagingly about women — calling them pigs and rating their bodies on a 1 to 10 scale.  From his revolting nicknames to his lewd comments, Trump’s rhetoric about women is inexcusable.

  • Trump: referred to a pageant contestant as “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping,” and then doubled down years later saying “she gained a massive amount of weight.”
  • Trump on Carly Fiorina: “Look at that face! … Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!”
  • Trump: “A person who is flat-chested is very hard to be a 10,” he told Howard Stern.
  • Trump: “But whenever she sees me, she kisses my ass. She’s disgusting.”
  • Trump: “There’s a lot of women out there that demand that the husband act like the wife.”
  • Trump: “And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”
  • Trump: “[I]t doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass
  • Trump: It is “rare” that women are both “very beautiful” and have high IQs
  • Trump: “Did you see that woman? She had an amazing body, but a schoolmarm’s face”
  • Trump on women:  “You have to treat ‘em like shit.’”
  • Trump on Hillary Clinton: “Do you think she looks presidential? I don’t think so”

WRONG ON WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE

Donald Trump has a long history of demeaning women in the workplace and has said that “putting a wife to work is a very dangerous thing” – so it’s no surprise that he has a bad record when it comes to hiring women and supporting equal pay.

  • Trump’s campaign staff was 75 percent men.
  • Trump’s campaign paid women less than men.
  • When Trump was asked why his campaign paid women less than men, he replied that in his business salaries were based on “talent.”
  • Trump’s public companies have had very few women in senior roles: only 6 of 59 of Trump’s casino executives were women.
  • Trump to a young women asking about equal pay: “You’re going to make the same if you do as good a job”
  • Trump on what employing mothers can mean for a business: “She’s not giving one hundred percent, she’s giving me eighty-four percent”
  • Trump said pregnancy was an “inconvenience” for employers
  • Trump called a working mother “disgusting” for requesting a break to go pump breast milk
  • Trump claimed to offer childcare for his employees, but it was actually a program for resort guests

WRONG ON REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM

Donald Trump opposes basic reproductive rights and even said he believes women should be subject to “punishment” for having an abortion.

  • Trump on whether women should be punished for having abortions: “There has to be some form of punishment”
  • Trump would appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade “automatically” if he’s elected
  • Trump called for shutting down the government to defund Planned Parenthood
  • Trump called requiring contraceptive coverage in the Affordable Care Act “very bad.”

MINIMIZING PROBLEM OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Trump’s preferred way of talking about women appears to extend into the Trump Organization as well, spurring a raft of discrimination and harassment lawsuits against Trump and his companies.

  • At least 20 lawsuits accused Trump and his companies of discriminating against women, ignoring sexual harassment or participating in harassment
  • Two former Trump employees allege they were fired after complaining about harassment at work
  • One former Trump employee says she was fired for complainingabout discrimination after she became pregnant
  • Trump suggested women who were sexually harassed should find another job
  • On sexual assault in the military, Trump said “what did these geniuses expect when they put men and women together”

UNDER FIRE FOR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

Trump has bragged about sexually assaulting women and suggests that his determination of whether or not a woman is worth assaulting is based on their attractiveness.

  • Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women
  • Trump claimed to be the victim but multiple women say Trump’s words match his behavior
  • Twelve women have publicly accused Trump of sexual assault
  • Trump said the sexual assault described on tape was just “locker room talk
  • Trump lashed out at women accusing him of sexual assault and said his accusers were not attractive enough to assault
  • Trump said his accusers were “sick” and coming forward for fame or money
  • Trump promised to sue his accusers

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