Real estate trade groups reconsider donations after Capitol unrest

first_imgTags Donald TrumpReal Estate and Politics Email Address* Message* With $16.3 million in total contributions, the real estate industry constituted the third largest category of donors to Electoral College objectors, after “retired” and “Republican/conservative,” according to the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics.But trade groups’ donations to sedition caucus members should be understood in the context of their total donations to candidates across the political spectrum. Six of those groups donated evenly to both Democratic and Republican candidates, with neither party receiving more than 60 percent of their total donations to federal candidates.More partisan-leaning groups include the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, whose contributions were almost 80 percent Democratic. The National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of Convenience Stores and the American Resort Development Association, meanwhile, contributed mainly to Republican candidates.Among the lawmakers who objected to the Electoral College results, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California was the top recipient of real estate PAC donations, receiving funds from nine of the 10 trade groups. House Small Business Committee ranking member Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana also received more than $100,000 each from those groups.McCarthy and Scalise are “members of Republican leadership who bring in big money from nearly every business PAC,” the Center for Responsive Politics notes in its own analysis of the data. McCarthy has condemned last week’s violence and said that President Donald Trump “bears responsibility” for it, but did not vote to impeach. Scalise has called the Capitol attack “domestic terrorism,” but also opposed a second impeachment.Meanwhile, Missouri senator Josh Hawley — the first senator to object to the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory — did not receive contributions above $10,000 from any of the above trade groups, although he did receive $1,000 from NAR. Texas senator Ted Cruz received just one $10,000 donation from the American Hotel & Lodging Association, and $1,000 from NAR.Contact Kevin Sun Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink House republicans Kevin McCarthy, Blaine Luetkemeyer and Steve Scalise have all received more than $100,000 from real estate PAC donations. (Getty) Last week’s violence at the U.S. Capitol Building has led many banks and corporations to rethink their approach to political donations. Now, some real estate groups are following suit.Using data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, an analysis by The Real Deal found that 10 major real estate-related trade groups had contributed in the 2020 election cycle to members of the so-called “sedition caucus” — the 147 Republican lawmakers who objected to Electoral College results in the presidential election.As previously reported, the National Association of Realtors was among the largest such donors, contributing $1.27 million. Counting only donations of $10,000 or more, NAR’s political action committee donated $834,000 to 56 Electoral College objectors. Nine other real estate groups donated at least $100,000 each, as the below table shows.NAR did not announce any changes to its stance on political contributions, noting in a statement that “decisions regarding our involvement in the 2022 federal elections will be made by following the same procedures and considering a multitude of factors impacting our nation and its real estate sector.”Other groups have signaled that they would reconsider their approach.“As a result of these recent events… Nareit’s political action committee, REITPAC, will immediately suspend political contributions to all members of Congress who voted to deny certification of electoral votes cast by the Electoral College,” the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts said in a statement, which also condemned the “misguided and misdirected invasion” of the U.S. Capitol by a “violent mob of insurrectionists”The National Multifamily Housing Council, meanwhile, said that it has paused all PAC disbursements, not only those connected with legislators who objected to the electoral votes. “We will undertake a thorough review of our strategy for the 117th Congress,” the group said in a statement.The Mortgage Bankers Association has taken a similar approach. “MBA has decided to pause disbursements from its political action committee, MORPAC, and will undertake a careful review with our member leadership of our giving strategies for the 117th Congress,” it said.The National Apartment Association has not made sweeping changes to its political contribution policy, but did note that it was “shocked and intensely saddened” by last week’s events. “While sound housing policy remains our primary rationale for support, we will continue to evaluate each contribution on a case-by-case basis,” the group said in a statement.A spokesperson for the National Association of Home Builders said that the organization’s PAC committee had not yet met to discuss this issue. The four other trade groups did not respond to requests for comment.Read moreNational Association of Realtors among biggest donors to “sedition caucus”Banks join Marriott in halting political contributions after Capitol riotReal estate industry denounces “insurrection” in DC Full Name*last_img read more

USU Football Addresses Media Prior To Friday’s Game At Wake Forest

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Monday, Utah State football head coach Gary Andersen, junior quarterback Jordan Love and senior defensive tackle Devon Anderson addressed the media ahead of this Friday’s season opener at Wake Forest.Andersen called fall camp “a positive” and cited the bonding that occurred on his team because of it.He called the Demon Deacons “an explosive offense” and called their redshirt junior quarterback, Jamie Newman, “a talented quarterback.”Concerning senior defensive back DJ Williams’ move from nickel to corner, he cited the fact that Wake Forest often plays with three to four receivers, so he wants to give as many Aggies cornerbacks reps as is possible.Andersen also said wide receiver was the toughest position to determine starters for in fall camp. He also wants to wear out opponents with the Aggies’ no-huddle offense he plans to employ throughout the season.He also spoke highly of Demon Deacons senior defensive back Essang Bassey, saying he has “great reactive skills” and likely has a long career ahead of him beyond college football.Love called fall camp “a really good camp” and said the last Wake Forest game, a 46-10 Aggies loss at Winston-Salem, N.C. in 2017, was a tough experience for him.Love also confirmed he still gets butterflies before games because of how the excitement builds up for him.Anderson said it was difficult learning a new defense, but said that scheme-wise it is a better defense for the Aggies to play.Anderson said he respects Newman’s size (as he is 6-4 and 230 pounds) and lauded him for not being “scared of contact.”In closing, Anderson said it is unreal to think of himself as a senior and the Baltimore native appreciates the opportunities Utah State has afforded him Tags: Devon Anderson/Essang Bassey/Gary Andersen/Jamie Newman/Jordan Love/USU Football/Wake Forest Demon Deacons August 26, 2019 /Sports News – Local USU Football Addresses Media Prior To Friday’s Game At Wake Forest Brad Jameslast_img read more

Abidal returns to Monaco

first_imgFormer France defender Eric Abidal has rejoined big-spending Monaco on a one-year deal after his contract ended at Barcelona.Monaco said on their website ( that the 33-year-old left back, who began his professional career with them in 2000, was returning after 13 years with Lille, Olympique Lyon and Barcelona.Abidal said an emotional farewell to Barcelona last month after the Spanish club decided not to renew his contract.The defender, who won 61 caps for his country and played in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, had fought his way back into the squad after having a liver transplant last year.Monaco are bankrolled by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev and have been active in the transfer market since winning promotion to Ligue 1 at the end of last season.Their signings include Colombian striker Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid for a transfer fee that media reports said was in excess of 50 million euros ($64.17 million).last_img read more


first_imgThe announcement by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney of a €241 million development programme for the seafood sector up to 2020 is a major boost for Donegal, said Deputy Dinny McGinley.Dinny McGinleyThe investment package will provide capital to assist seafood enterprises to grow their production and add value to seafood exports.“I believe that the seafood industry has a massive contribution to make to Ireland’s economic revival, especially in coastal and peripheral areas. This investment will help our seafood sector to realise its potential. “Our seafood is sourced from the wild Atlantic, it is reckoned to be the best in Europe, if not in the world. While our seafood industry makes a significant economic contribution, there is still significant scope to expand it further.“Minister Coveney has said the seafood sector is worth around €850 million annually to the economy, with the potential to grow to €1 billion by 2020. This is hugely exciting.”He added that the progress made in the agriculture sector should serve as an example for our seafood sector.“Irish beef has been marketed successfully as a high end product. The branding of Irish beef coupled with high quality and safety standards has been instructive in Ireland becoming the only European country whose beef is imported in the American and Chinese markets. “There is no reason why our fish product should not enjoy the same status as our premium beef. If we succeed in having our fish packaged, processed here and sold throughout the world as a premium product, it could make a huge economic and employment contribution to our coastal areas”SEAFOOD PACKAGE IS MAJOR BOOST TO DONEGAL – McGINLEY was last modified: March 28th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Dinny McGinleydonegalseafoodlast_img read more

Round-up: Easter retires, QPR move for striker, Cousins boost, Williams loan

first_imgHarlequins veteran Nick Easter has announced he is retiring from playing.The 37-year-old former Quins and England captain, who was appointed as the club’s defence coach in April, will now take on that role full time.Easter is Harlequins’ most-capped player, making 281 appearances and scoring 54 tries in the 12 years since he joined from Orrell.Meanwhile, QPR have offered Kaiserslautern around £1m for Jon Dadi Bodvarsson. West London Sport recently revealed that Rangers had targeted the Iceland forward.Bodvarsson could be set to compete for a place with Conor Washington, who has been urged by boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink not lose heart as he waits for his first QPR goal.Washington has yet to score since joining the R’s in JanuaryRangers face Watford in a friendly on Saturday at Loftus Road, where summer signing Jordan Cousins is expected to feature after recovering from a groin injury.Fulham youngster George Williams has returned to his former club MK Dons on a season-long loan.Middlesex paceman James Fuller will be out for at least three weeks with the side strain picked up in Tuesday’s Royal London One-Day Cup game against Somerset.And Ickenham’s Jordanne Whiley has reached the final of the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships, while Eastcote’s Andy Lapthorne reached the quad doubles final with his partner Jamie Burdekin.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Exceptional Preservation: Can It Last Hundreds of Millions of Years?

first_imgWhat can happen in 460 million years?  A lot, according to the standard geological timescale.  In this diagram of geological and biological evolution, accepted by nearly all geologists, all the continents came together 260 million years ago, broke up 200 million years ago, and broke into our familiar continents 100 million years ago (mya).  In the geological time chart, it only took 40 million years for most of our modern mammals and birds to evolve, and seven million for apes to appear and turn into philosophers.    The Earth has been a dynamic place for eons, they say.  Would delicate features of land and animal remains, estimated at nearly 500 million years old, be expected to survive global rearrangements, including planetary extinction episodes at 65 million and 251 million years ago?  If we can believe the geologists, they did.  Consider three exceptional cases of preservation reported this month in Geology, the journal of the Geological Society of America.Pristine plateau (Jurassic, 150 mya):  Jolivet et al examined the Mongolian summits, “An uplifted, flat, old but still preserved erosion surface” and described it in Geology.1  They dated the large peneplain, uplifted 4000 m, as having formed in Jurassic times – yet no erosion was evident till recently.  “Their preservation for ~150 m.y. implies that no further tectonic movements occurred before the onset of the last deformation episode, 5 +- 3 m.y. ago,” they claimed.  “It also suggests that very low erosion rates were maintained by a dry climate over millions of years.”  For that story to be credible, this one spot escaped continental movements, ice ages, tropical periods and floods for all the time since the age of dinosaurs.  The rest of the world may have been rockin’ and rollin’ but “This [preservation] was mainly achieved by the combination of a generally dry climate and a protracted period of tectonic quiescence that lasted at least 150 m.y.”Canadian soft-bodied fossils (Silurian, 425 mya):  A team from the Royal University of Ontario reported “exceptionally preserved soft-bodied biotas” of Silurian age in the same issue of Geology.2   An example of lagerstatten, or sedimentary deposits that exhibit extraordinary fossil richness or completeness (see ICR article by Bill Hoesch, Aug 2007), these deposits provide some of the best examples of intact Silurian biota ever found.  They described three sites on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada.  Here, “Soft tissues are preserved as calcium phosphate and carbon films, the latter possibly stabilized by early diagenetic sulfurization,” they reported.  “It is significant that the biotas also include a decalcified, autochthonous shelly marine fauna, and trace fossils.”  The deposits contained “taxonomically and taphonomically diverse biotas including articulated conodont skeletons and heterostracan fish, annelids and arthropods with soft body parts, and a diverse marine flora.”  Soft tissues normally disarticulate and decay, but these three sites were so fine, they even contained the intact eyes of conodont snails.Manitoba jellyfish (Ordovician, 460 mya):  In the same issue of Geology,3 paleontologists from the Manitoba Museum described exceptionally preserved soft-bodied fossils, including “eurypterids, xiphosurids, and large problematic tubes.”  One of the sites included the best fossilized jellyfish ever seen.  “Ordovician soft-bodied fossils are remarkably rare globally,” the authors said, and one would see why: jellyfish normally decay quickly on shorelines such as this one.  “Fossils and rocks at both sites indicate rapid burial under anoxic and/or hypersaline conditions,” they concluded.The authors of the last two articles mentioned other places in the world where similar lagerstatten are known.  Somehow, according to their thinking, these locales enjoyed peace and quiet for hundreds of millions of years while the rest of the world took a wild ride of bumping continents, glaciations, extinctions from meteor impacts and many other global catastrophes.1.  Jolivet et al, “Mongolian summits: An uplifted, flat, old but still preserved erosion surface,” Geology, Volume 35, Issue 10 (October 2007), pp. 871�874.2.  von Bitter, Purnell, Tetrault and Stott, “Eramosa Lagerst�tte—Exceptionally preserved soft-bodied biotas with shallow-marine shelly and bioturbating organisms (Silurian, Ontario, Canada),” Geology, Volume 35, Issue 10 (October 2007), pp. 879�882.3.  Young et al, “Exceptionally preserved Late Ordovician biotas from Manitoba, Canada,” Geology, Volume 35, Issue 10 (October 2007), pp. 883�886.Try to think independently and critically.  If you found these things, without the brainwashing of years of school telling you about millions and millions of years, what would you conclude?  The chart on Wikipedia is colorful, detailed and authoritative-sounding.  Do you sense a disconnect from reality?  Let the evidence speak afresh, uncluttered by human schemes devised by 18th and 19th century storytellers.    Geology has already undergone substantial revolutions.  The geology of the 18th century (neptunism, volcanism) was unrecognizable to the 19th century, and 20th century geology was metamorphosed from its predecessors beyond recognition.  Almost everything believed about the Earth in 1901 is now discredited.  Another revolution would be merely traditional.    What if we wiped our minds clear of the cobwebs of Lyell and Darwin, and just looked at what we find without predispositions of gradualism over eons?  Would preserved soft parts from snail eyes, jellyfish and dinosaur blood vessels (06/03/2005) lead you toward a theory resembling anything like the accepted geological column?    It’s hard to think outside the box.  Geologists would surely balk at trashing their chart and starting over.  Why, what a waste to discard all that work!  Sorry, this is science; it is supposed to be an open-ended search for the truth whichever way the evidence leads.  There are no sacred cows in science.  Hamburger, anyone?(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

29 Million Searches Per Minute: Global Search Engine Market Grew 46% in 2009

first_imgAccording to comScore, Internet users in the U.S. conducted the highest number of searches on the top 10 search engines in 2009. U.S. Internet users over 15 conducted over 22 billion searches last year, followed by China (13 billion) and Japan (9 billion).Just yesterday, we reported that traffic analyst firm Hitwise’s latest data shows that the traffic to social networks in Australia is getting to the point where it will soon surpass traffic to search engines. Judging from these numbers, even if social networks pass search in terms of traffic at some point, search still has a lot of headroom to grow and will continue to do so in the near future. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#search#web frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market According to the latest data from comScore, Internet users over the age of 15 conducted over 29 million searches per minute in 2009. Overall, the global search market grew 46% in 2009. Unsurprisingly, Google continues to have a commanding lead in this market. Worldwide, Google accounted for 66% of all searches conducted in 2009 by Internet users over 15. Microsoft’s search properties, including Bing, commanded only about 3% of the total market, but Microsoft also saw the greatest gain (70%) among the top 5 search properties. In total, comScore estimates that Internet users now conduct close to 131 billion searches per year.Russian search engine Yandex was the fastest growing property among the top 10 search engine. Yandex registered a 90% gain in 2009. Except for, every one of the top 10 search engines in comScore’s index registered a growth in the total number of searches conducted on their sites. Worldwide, Internet users conducted over 131 billion searches in 2009. Every day, people over 15 around the world conducted about 3.6 billion searches. That’s almost 25 million searches conducted per minute.last_img read more

10 months agoToshack urges Arsenal midfielder Ramsey to learn Italian ahead of Juventus move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Toshack urges Arsenal midfielder Ramsey to learn Italian ahead of Juventus moveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Wales coach John Toshack says Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey must quickly learn Italian to make the most of his move to Juventus.Ramsey is now on the brink of signing for Juve.Toshack says, “I would recommend to everyone, football players or not, to go abroad,” assured Toshack. “I’ve made it a point of my management career to go out and get to know new cultures. I can assure you that for British players, it’s not easy to move abroad.“It’s crucial that Aaron doesn’t make the same mistake that Bale did at Madrid. He needs to learn the local language straight away. That might also be why it’s best he join Juve in the summer and not in January.“In any case, this makes the Welsh very proud to see Ramsey join the same club where the great John Charles played. Charles was there on the day of my debut, as I was only a kid and he was teaching me how to head the ball. He’d tell me marvellous stories about him, Omar Sivori and the wise Giampiero Boniperti.“Once, when I was playing for Liverpool, he told me: ‘You and Kevin Keegan are good, but me and Omar were better…’ I consider Charles the greatest of all time. Yes, greater than CR7.” last_img read more

MikmaqBasque conference joins two communities from opposite sides of the Atlantic

first_imgAngel MooreAPTN NewsTwo Indigenous communities on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean have more in common than you might think.Cape Breton University hosted a Basque-Mi’kmaq cultural exchange conference.More than 40 researchers and scientists visited Eskasoni First Nation to learn about the connections between the Mi’kmaq and Basque [email protected]@angelharksenlast_img

Province releases final report on observance of daylight saving time

first_imgDuring the survey, it was found that more than 50 percent responded that it was “important” or “very important” for B.C. to be aligned with neighbouring jurisdictions in its time observance practices.To view the full final report on the daylight saving time public consultation, you can visit the Province’s website. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of British Columbia has released its report on the observance of daylight saving time.According to the Government, more than 93 percent of the record 223,273 British Columbians who completed the Province’s survey on time observance have indicated they would prefer a move to permanent daylight saving time.The Government says the desire for a move to permanent DST was consistent throughout the province, with more than 90 percent of respondents in each region indicating their support.last_img read more