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Swalwell bill aims to prevent U.S. president, family from profiting off foreign powers

Proposal would criminalize unauthorized benefits, expand rules to also include companies controlled by president or VP

The Tri-Valley's U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), one of Congress's more vocal critics of President Donald Trump and many of the administration's international policies, has introduced a new bill to toughen federal regulations that aim to curb any U.S. president or vice president from receiving financial benefits from foreign powers.

The proposed legislation would expand upon existing laws imposing civil penalties for presidents and vice presidents receiving unauthorized foreign gifts by also making offenses subject to criminal penalties, broadening the gift definition to "anything of value" and extending the rules to apply to those officials' immediate families and companies they control.

Swalwell, whose district includes Pleasanton, said his goal with the bill is to prevent foreign states from exerting improper influence over decisions made by America's highest elected officials.

"It's long past time that Congress takes a meaningful stand against any effort to buy and sell our White House," Swalwell said in a statement. "America's Presidents and Vice Presidents must not enrich themselves from foreign sources -- they should hold themselves to a higher standard, and if they won't, it's our job to do it for them."

Dubbed the "Prevent Corrupting Foreign Influence Act," House Resolution 6466 was introduced in Congress on Monday and has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for review and consideration.

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Swalwell, who has zeroed in on Trump's international agenda and interactions with foreign powers almost since the president's election, said his bill was inspired by Trump companies' reported connections to Russian and Chinese governments and some of the president's policy decisions.

The third-term congressman argues Trump should do more to isolate himself from his business interests while in office, as predecessors Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush did by utilizing blind trusts. (Swalwell contends Barack Obama didn't use blind trusts because he didn't hold business interests or personal assets that could present conflicts of interest.)

"Unlike other Presidents, Donald Trump has failed to distance himself from his private business interests while serving our nation, and so he and his family are getting richer from Trump companies that receive money and benefits from foreign powers," Swalwell said.

"Americans deserve to know that their President is working for them and only them, not having his own wallet fattened by foreign interests," added Swalwell, who continues to appear in a variety of national media to express his concerns about the Trump administration and congressional Republicans' priorities -- a media profile that has garnered both positive and negative reviews within his district.

HR 6466 aims to expand upon current law pertaining to emoluments, or gifts from foreign governments, which elected officials are prohibited from obtaining under the Constitution except when allowed by Congress.

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Current regulations implement the ban, provide reporting for gifts that are allowed and authorize for civil penalties for violations, Swalwell noted.

The new bill would broaden the scope to prohibit not just gifts, but "anything of value" given by foreign powers. The phrase is not further defined in the legislation.

Secondly, Swalwell's proposal would expand the rules to prohibit financial benefits from any company that is more than 50% controlled by a foreign government, and it would extend the list of banned recipients to include a president's or vice president's immediate family members -- spouse, children, siblings, parents and parents-in-law -- as well as companies they have a controlling interest in.

The proposed legislation would make violators subject to criminal fine and possible imprisonment for up to five years.

Exceptions to the no-foreign-influence rules would include investments by a foreign state or its controlled company into a mutual fund or in an asset held in a blind trust of those on the prohibited recipient list.

Swalwell said he was inspired to craft the bill because of Trump companies' history of Russian investments and business connections, as well as a $500 million loan from Metallurgical Corporation of China to an Indonesian development project in which the Trump organization is involved happening around the same time the president eased sanctions on Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE.

The legislation would not criminalize past financial deals, but it would look to curtail continued or future business relationships.

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Swalwell bill aims to prevent U.S. president, family from profiting off foreign powers

Proposal would criminalize unauthorized benefits, expand rules to also include companies controlled by president or VP

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The Tri-Valley's U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), one of Congress's more vocal critics of President Donald Trump and many of the administration's international policies, has introduced a new bill to toughen federal regulations that aim to curb any U.S. president or vice president from receiving financial benefits from foreign powers.

The proposed legislation would expand upon existing laws imposing civil penalties for presidents and vice presidents receiving unauthorized foreign gifts by also making offenses subject to criminal penalties, broadening the gift definition to "anything of value" and extending the rules to apply to those officials' immediate families and companies they control.

Swalwell, whose district includes Pleasanton, said his goal with the bill is to prevent foreign states from exerting improper influence over decisions made by America's highest elected officials.

"It's long past time that Congress takes a meaningful stand against any effort to buy and sell our White House," Swalwell said in a statement. "America's Presidents and Vice Presidents must not enrich themselves from foreign sources -- they should hold themselves to a higher standard, and if they won't, it's our job to do it for them."

Dubbed the "Prevent Corrupting Foreign Influence Act," House Resolution 6466 was introduced in Congress on Monday and has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for review and consideration.

Swalwell, who has zeroed in on Trump's international agenda and interactions with foreign powers almost since the president's election, said his bill was inspired by Trump companies' reported connections to Russian and Chinese governments and some of the president's policy decisions.

The third-term congressman argues Trump should do more to isolate himself from his business interests while in office, as predecessors Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush did by utilizing blind trusts. (Swalwell contends Barack Obama didn't use blind trusts because he didn't hold business interests or personal assets that could present conflicts of interest.)

"Unlike other Presidents, Donald Trump has failed to distance himself from his private business interests while serving our nation, and so he and his family are getting richer from Trump companies that receive money and benefits from foreign powers," Swalwell said.

"Americans deserve to know that their President is working for them and only them, not having his own wallet fattened by foreign interests," added Swalwell, who continues to appear in a variety of national media to express his concerns about the Trump administration and congressional Republicans' priorities -- a media profile that has garnered both positive and negative reviews within his district.

HR 6466 aims to expand upon current law pertaining to emoluments, or gifts from foreign governments, which elected officials are prohibited from obtaining under the Constitution except when allowed by Congress.

Current regulations implement the ban, provide reporting for gifts that are allowed and authorize for civil penalties for violations, Swalwell noted.

The new bill would broaden the scope to prohibit not just gifts, but "anything of value" given by foreign powers. The phrase is not further defined in the legislation.

Secondly, Swalwell's proposal would expand the rules to prohibit financial benefits from any company that is more than 50% controlled by a foreign government, and it would extend the list of banned recipients to include a president's or vice president's immediate family members -- spouse, children, siblings, parents and parents-in-law -- as well as companies they have a controlling interest in.

The proposed legislation would make violators subject to criminal fine and possible imprisonment for up to five years.

Exceptions to the no-foreign-influence rules would include investments by a foreign state or its controlled company into a mutual fund or in an asset held in a blind trust of those on the prohibited recipient list.

Swalwell said he was inspired to craft the bill because of Trump companies' history of Russian investments and business connections, as well as a $500 million loan from Metallurgical Corporation of China to an Indonesian development project in which the Trump organization is involved happening around the same time the president eased sanctions on Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE.

The legislation would not criminalize past financial deals, but it would look to curtail continued or future business relationships.

Comments

Ptown Dad
Amador Estates
on Jul 24, 2018 at 2:13 pm
Ptown Dad, Amador Estates
on Jul 24, 2018 at 2:13 pm

Please can Swalwell work on fixing Social Security? It's a huge problem that won't go away until someone in Congress steps up as a leader to address the elephant in the room for all Americans.


Mitch
another community
on Jul 24, 2018 at 2:43 pm
Mitch, another community
on Jul 24, 2018 at 2:43 pm

Just one more bill proposed by Swalwell, which will be quickly cast aside. It might get him on TV, though.


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 24, 2018 at 7:44 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 24, 2018 at 7:44 pm

Swalwell should concentrate his energies towards all of those corporations that are violating the National Do Not Call Registry.

This law breaking multi-Billion dollar industry have informed Eric Swalwell and his house colleagues, "catch us if you can".

Swalwell, this is where you should be front and center. Enforcing the law.

Shake off your Pelosi obsession of chore boy for her!
Pelosi will be a footnote in history following the midterms.



James
Val Vista
on Jul 24, 2018 at 8:39 pm
James, Val Vista
on Jul 24, 2018 at 8:39 pm

How about working for us...the people, both Democrats and Republicans. Lately you have been getting a lot of air time attacking the President but that isn"t helping the people of your district


Pleasanton Parent
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 24, 2018 at 9:04 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 24, 2018 at 9:04 pm

How about a bill that taxes campaign packs, superpacks, etc equally for every tax that gets put on individuals and no payment for failing to balance a budget.

This guy is a joke, he owes trump a thank you letter for allowing him to build a career on delivering nothing against the fear of trump in office.


Pleasanton Parent
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 24, 2018 at 9:14 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 24, 2018 at 9:14 pm

Actually, expand this. Apply it to all public figures, make it applicable to ex presidents and vps as well and include charities and non profits.


Doug
Birdland
on Jul 25, 2018 at 7:00 am
Doug, Birdland
on Jul 25, 2018 at 7:00 am

Uh, oh. Trump is now blasting his own former attorney Cohen. This is the same Trump who once challenged his own Secretary of State to an IQ contest. Seriously, is this guy capable of getting along with anyone in the world??? I mean except for Vladimir Putin, of course.


Roy
Livermore
on Jul 25, 2018 at 9:36 am
Roy, Livermore
on Jul 25, 2018 at 9:36 am

I think if Mr. Swallwell is serious, and I have a herd time taking anything he suggest seriously, he should include all members of congress in this. Lets not just report foreign investment but all gifts or services of value. The next time a lobbiest takes you to lunch or spends time with you or a member of your staff I would like to see that as public record. Political lobbies with influence in congress is out of hand. So lets make Mr. Swallwell and his cohorts report every dinner, fountain pen and fact finding trip just as he suggest. Lets also have this report posted on line so everyone can read it.


Here is another idea for the integrity minded Swallwell. Require members of congress to post all campaign promises on line and to update that list weekly with which have been accomplished. We may then end the pie in the sky promises on election day, or at least have a real measuring tool at the next election.


Anon
Downtown
on Jul 25, 2018 at 10:20 am
Anon, Downtown
on Jul 25, 2018 at 10:20 am

And how many billions did the Clintons take in from foreign powers? Get real Mr Swalwell and focus your efforts on helping your constituents instead of furthering your political ambitions.


D
Registered user
Foothill High School
on Jul 25, 2018 at 10:44 am
D, Foothill High School
Registered user
on Jul 25, 2018 at 10:44 am

Mr. Swalwell,
Trump Derangement Syndrome is going to be your downfall. You have put yourself in the same class as Maxine Waters. PLEASE focus on something that will impact your constituents for the better. (Read the comments to this article for some ideas.)


Patriot
Birdland
on Jul 25, 2018 at 11:01 am
Patriot, Birdland
on Jul 25, 2018 at 11:01 am

Amazing to see all those trump supporters out there! Just go to DC and stay at his new hotel! Easy to see he’s violating the emoluments clause! Keep up the good work Congressman, glad someone cares!


Scott Walsh
Amador Estates
on Jul 25, 2018 at 11:02 am
Scott Walsh, Amador Estates
on Jul 25, 2018 at 11:02 am

How about just representing your District? Stop being a Big Shot and address the issues HERE. WE do not need you on the "Big Mouth" Train. Speaking of Trains, how about stopping this Feinstein Bullet Train?


dknute
Registered user
Golden Eagle
on Jul 25, 2018 at 11:05 am
dknute, Golden Eagle
Registered user
on Jul 25, 2018 at 11:05 am

All of this nonsense can be corrected in November. Don’t vote for Swallwell!!


Doug
Birdland
on Jul 25, 2018 at 11:24 am
Doug, Birdland
on Jul 25, 2018 at 11:24 am

Why do Trump supporters think that the natural interpretation of the term "Trump Derangement Syndrome" is something other than symptoms that Trump is deranged? Serious question.


Chris B
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 25, 2018 at 12:20 pm
Chris B, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 25, 2018 at 12:20 pm

Eric, please do your job and quit trying to go to battle with our President. It only harms our country. Don't be jealous. He is doing great things for us and the world.


jp
Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 25, 2018 at 12:40 pm
jp, Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 25, 2018 at 12:40 pm

Great thanks to Mr. Swallwell for his care for the rule of law and our country.


Ron
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 25, 2018 at 12:50 pm
Ron, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 25, 2018 at 12:50 pm

It is really to bad that you suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome. Vote to replace
Swalwell with RUDY PETERS (a true Patriot) in November.


regret
Donlon Elementary School
on Jul 25, 2018 at 1:42 pm
regret, Donlon Elementary School
on Jul 25, 2018 at 1:42 pm

sorry to say i voted for him
won’t repeat that mistake


Carol L
Mohr Elementary School
on Jul 25, 2018 at 2:12 pm
Carol L, Mohr Elementary School
on Jul 25, 2018 at 2:12 pm

I am embarrassed to think Stalwell represents my district. I think he just likes to hear himself talk but says nothing of importance.


Jake Waters
Registered user
Birdland
on Jul 25, 2018 at 2:36 pm
Jake Waters, Birdland
Registered user
on Jul 25, 2018 at 2:36 pm

Really? This is what you want to pedal Eric? With all the issues in California, this is THE most important issue on the table? Eric, you really are clueless. This loss of the Presidency has cause brain damage within you. You would be better off going back and pushing the false narrative surrounding Russian collusion.


Ty
Dublin
on Jul 25, 2018 at 3:03 pm
Ty, Dublin
on Jul 25, 2018 at 3:03 pm

Vote Rudy Peters for Congress. Swalwell needs to go. If Swalwell thought this stupid bill was so important, why didn't he come up with it when Obama was in office ??


Disk Man
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 25, 2018 at 3:32 pm
Disk Man, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 25, 2018 at 3:32 pm

This would be laughable if it weren't so pathetic. Swalwell is turning out to be an even bigger political hack than Fortney Stark, and is living up to his reputation as Pelosi's lap dog. One notices that he didn't introduce this legislation when Obama and the Clintons were profiting mightily from their positions. Hillary Clinton sold a quarter of our uranium to (drum roll here) the Russians, in return for hundreds of millions of dollars into the (another drum roll here) the Clinton Foundation. Also, former President Bill Clinton has raked in tens of millions, perhaps hundreds of millions, of dollars in "speaking fees" from foreign countries. One also notices he didn't introduce this legislation after Obama was caught in a open microphone to Putin "Just be patient, I'll have more flexibility after the election." If Swalwell really wanted to make a difference he would introduce some Drain The Swamp legislation to wean Congress members off bribes (er, political contributions) from lobbyists; and to bar Congress members from making millions as lobbyists when they leave Congress.


steve
Country Fair
on Jul 25, 2018 at 3:49 pm
steve, Country Fair
on Jul 25, 2018 at 3:49 pm

Someone really needs to run against this guy who claims he is a moderate but we all know he is Nancy's lap do'er. I guess he has learned something going to Washington --how the Clinton's make their millions.........we need to remember in November and vote him out!


Dwahl
San Ramon
on Jul 25, 2018 at 4:41 pm
Dwahl, San Ramon
on Jul 25, 2018 at 4:41 pm

Vote " on House Resolution 6466 congressman or just drop this farce. Stop wasting the taxpayers time and money with your constant grandstanding and whining on goofy issues. Geez can't you just grow up and get on with the peoples real work like immigration reform, elimination of the sanctuary state in Calif, goofy regulation elimination, job creation, reducing spending and taxes, etc.


Doug
Birdland
on Jul 25, 2018 at 4:48 pm
Doug, Birdland
on Jul 25, 2018 at 4:48 pm

"Hillary Clinton sold a quarter of our uranium to (drum roll here) the Russians...."

Um, no. The US mine in question merged with a Canadian firm that was later bought by a Russian company with a 51% stake. Hillary did not have veto power over that transaction. She sat on a 9-member committee that approved that transaction, and that 9-member committee was just one of eight other US government committees that also had to (and did) approve the transaction. So in a nutshell, Hillary had about a 1/81 vote over the overall committee approval or disapproval of the transaction. But there's more: Neither Hillary nor the combined weight of all 9 committees had any actual veto power over the transaction. They only provided advice to the President, who was the only person with veto power. Finally, the fact that a US mine which merged with a Canadian firm which was bought by a Russian company doesn't mean that 20% of America's uranium actually went to Russia for the simple reason that no uranium can leave this country without an NRC export license, which the Russian company didn't have and was not going to get.


R
Golden Eagle
on Jul 25, 2018 at 5:06 pm
R, Golden Eagle
on Jul 25, 2018 at 5:06 pm

What a bunch of ignorant constituents! The only way to stop the madness of this president is to hit him in the pocketbook. Eric is doing a great job here and on the Committee on Intelligence. Maybe he can handout some intelligence to the people who are continuing to bring up the Clintons and President Obama. Those days are over. We have a bigger problem today in the White House.


Ridge Runner
Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 25, 2018 at 5:49 pm
Ridge Runner, Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 25, 2018 at 5:49 pm

Hopefully we can get rid of Swalwell at the midterms. Get rid of this Obama era leftover and replace him with someone who will represent the constituents interests, not Pelosi’s.


Jake
Bonde Ranch
on Jul 25, 2018 at 9:35 pm
Jake, Bonde Ranch
on Jul 25, 2018 at 9:35 pm

Swalwell relies solely on speculation. He promises us that there is evidence of collusion (not illegal by the way) but cannot produce it. He wants to put gun owners in jail. He wants our community to be overrun by illegal aliens. Next he will advocate to give voting rights to illegals. He is guilty of what he accuses Trump of- tearing the country apart by setting people against each other. Most people I meet in this area are sensible. Why anyone would vote for Swalwell is a mystery.


Pleasanton Parent
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 26, 2018 at 7:53 am
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 26, 2018 at 7:53 am

R,
I think you're hitting it on the head - this is about a personal vendetta, not about protecting the office. I could support this more if it weren't so tailored and blatantly apparent its specifically designed to target Trump, not the President, not Congress, not the Judicial branch. Just Trump.

To the point above, you want the "people's" support behind this, get complete transparency to political claims and execution against - put it online, Government elected officials metrics - may end up like baseball hitting averages where there is very little execution, but comparatively it is meaningful. Put every campaign dollar next to it with their overall campaign funds.

You want to take away foreign influence through private donations, funding campaigns, side projects/businesses, also fine - but make if for all politicians past, present, and future.

You can not like Trump and you can not like Swalwell - its not a pick a side. Swalwell is wasting his opportunity to represent his district and make meaningful contributions.


BobB
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 26, 2018 at 9:50 am
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Jul 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

Some of the same people posting racist remarks on another thread are here speaking against Swalwell. Interesting.


Robert
Highland Oaks
on Jul 26, 2018 at 9:54 am
Robert, Highland Oaks
on Jul 26, 2018 at 9:54 am

Mr. Swalwell, what is your position on a Secretary of State, Presidential candidate and a family member receiving outrageous amounts of money from foreign powers for giving meaningless out of the country speeches?


SHale99
Registered user
San Ramon
on Jul 26, 2018 at 10:37 am
SHale99, San Ramon
Registered user
on Jul 26, 2018 at 10:37 am

what is funny those who won't vote for Swalwell are a minority. He wins by huge margins, fact.

And he'll win again.

Some on this forum and the other website run by publisher are clearly confused on what Calif is: A clear Blue state. GOP a minority here.

Proud to not belong to EITHER party.


BobB
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 26, 2018 at 10:56 am
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Jul 26, 2018 at 10:56 am

@SHale99,

Exactly. I also share your sentiment about the two parties.


Jake
Bonde Ranch
on Jul 26, 2018 at 12:10 pm
Jake, Bonde Ranch
on Jul 26, 2018 at 12:10 pm

SHale99- so your position is that no one who is not in the majority has a right to state their opinion? Very American of you! Perhaps we should cancel all elections and just allow the state Democrat party to appoint our otherwise elected officials.


SHale99
Registered user
San Ramon
on Jul 26, 2018 at 2:08 pm
SHale99, San Ramon
Registered user
on Jul 26, 2018 at 2:08 pm

Jake: oh, what you blithering about? I merely posted the FACT of the margins that Swalwell won by. Clear majority and he'll win again, but same margins (my guess). Our President is President due to his minority base, so how could I complain, huh?

the publisher here and on danvillesanramon site allows all sides to post, but seems conservatives more likely to find this very very protected sandbox where anonymous readers can post.

And before you blow you load: I'm neither GOP or Dem; or left or right. I'm a reasonable moderate or in Calif election status speak: Decline To State' party.

Calif IS a Blue state by a wide margin. Unsure why GOP have such an issue with that? Kinda means majority have spoken (good or bad).

You want right or far right fringe elected: VOTE!


Pleasanton Parent
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 26, 2018 at 2:14 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 26, 2018 at 2:14 pm

Again, I don't think it holds to be true that anyone not in support of Swalwell is a guaranteed Republican party member.


Mae
Happy Valley
on Jul 26, 2018 at 5:20 pm
Mae, Happy Valley
on Jul 26, 2018 at 5:20 pm

It's time for a change. Let's elect Rudy Peters who works in our community, has children who attend school in this community, and is truly concerned for the lack of focus on real issues by Eric Swalwell.


Doug
Birdland
on Jul 26, 2018 at 5:40 pm
Doug, Birdland
on Jul 26, 2018 at 5:40 pm

Is this forum being flooded by people from the "Elect Rudy Peters" committee?

FYI, in the recent top-two primary, Eric Swalwell got 70.5% of the vote. Rudy Peters got 26.2% of the vote.

Good luck in the election.


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 26, 2018 at 7:01 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 26, 2018 at 7:01 pm

This forum is flooded with registered democrats such as my self!


[email protected]
Registered user
Birdland
on Jul 26, 2018 at 8:43 pm
[email protected], Birdland
Registered user
on Jul 26, 2018 at 8:43 pm

For all you Democrats that are going to continue the wonderful life, well being, and lucrative career of Swalwell, ask yourself: who is benefited? Don’t just vote party lines, vote for the individual that will provide us the best living conditions in the state of California. That’s what is important. Our state of being (California) is falling into disrepair. Does Swalwell have the least bit of interest in solving the issues? Or is it all about power and maintaining one’s lucrative career. You may be a hardcore Democrat, but is Swalwell’s behavior and work benefiting us? After all, we are all Californians, and must decide if we accept the present state of affairs.


Doug
Birdland
on Jul 26, 2018 at 9:41 pm
Doug, Birdland
on Jul 26, 2018 at 9:41 pm

One simple question: Is Rudy Peters a supporter of Donald Trump?


Jake
Bonde Ranch
on Jul 26, 2018 at 9:52 pm
Jake, Bonde Ranch
on Jul 26, 2018 at 9:52 pm

SHale99- me blithering? Hardly. Perhaps you should read your comment again- slowly. Contrary to your assertion, you did not merely point out that Swalwell won by a large margin and predict that he likely would again. You implied that commenters should not criticize Swalwell because he will probably win re-election. Your comment was nonsensical, a non sequitur if you will. In other words, your conclusion does not logically follow from your observation. No politician is immune from criticism simply because he or she will likely prevail in the next election. You might also be surprised to learn that despite the undeniable fact that California leans far to the left 14 members of the California congressional delegation are Republicans. Guess what? Democrats in LA or SF do not vote in the 15th District so their voting preferences are immaterial.

Your assertion that you are a "moderate reasonable” person is belied by your rambling and emotional response.

Finally, I suggest you be more careful with your grammar and spelling. It is pretty pathetic


Doug
Birdland
on Jul 26, 2018 at 10:02 pm
Doug, Birdland
on Jul 26, 2018 at 10:02 pm

ad hominem argument: An argument directed against a person rather than the position they are maintaining.


Tom
Kottinger Ranch
on Jul 26, 2018 at 11:06 pm
Tom, Kottinger Ranch
on Jul 26, 2018 at 11:06 pm

Doug- Your ability to access a dictionary is truly impressive.


BrendanForCongress
Registered user
another community
on Jul 27, 2018 at 7:58 am
BrendanForCongress, another community
Registered user
on Jul 27, 2018 at 7:58 am

I've come to believe that people will hold their sports stars/teams more accountable than their political representatives.

If the Raiders/49ers were winless people would be demanding explanations and personnel changes. I've never heard someone justify a losing seasons by saying, "Well, it's not the teams fault...those other teams were doing everything they could to prevent them from winning. It's no big deal."

Quite the contrary.

As the elected Representative of CA15 Eric should be held accountable for his performance. He's made promises that have not just gone unfulfilled, but from what I can tell the issues have flat out been ignored. Promises like funds for BART that have a real and tangible impact to our district.

Think of Eric as the young hot-shot QB for your favorite team. He's doing commercials, interviews, endorsement deals. He's got the camera time and and the spotlight on him. He's enjoying the attention. However, back on the field the team is going 2-14. Perhaps a bit more time in the weight room and film room would be more appropriate to deliver the expected results.

In 2 out of 3 of his legislative terms he's produced 0 legislation, and the district has been largely overlooked in terms of federal support.

So, if you're a Democrat and you can't pull yourself to root for another team you could at least be open to the thought that there may be another Democrat who will step up more for the district than Eric...


Pleasanton Parent
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 27, 2018 at 7:48 pm
Pleasanton Parent , Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 27, 2018 at 7:48 pm

I'd actually support purposefully not giving Bart more money. Ok +1 for Eric, even if unintended


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 27, 2018 at 8:03 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 27, 2018 at 8:03 pm

If Swalwell was still seated on the Dublin city council.
Dublin would be a sanctuary city.


Robert Adam
Del Prado
on Jul 27, 2018 at 8:49 pm
Robert Adam, Del Prado
on Jul 27, 2018 at 8:49 pm

Republicans are endorsing pedophiles, Nazis, wife beaters, sex offenders, clansmen all over this country. That's right, there's only one party supporting and putting these candidates forward! I see fascism has strong support here in Pleasanton too. Faux, Breitbart, InfoWars and that orange idiot have really brought you boys together and out of your shells. I like that I don't have to guess anymore. Really brave of you guys to use your own names too. Keyboard warriors. Bunch of cowardly punks.


Pleasanton Parent
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 27, 2018 at 10:59 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 27, 2018 at 10:59 pm

Robert,
There are crazies on both side. You can be a democrat and be against a democrat.


Robert Adam
Del Prado
on Jul 28, 2018 at 6:13 am
Robert Adam, Del Prado
on Jul 28, 2018 at 6:13 am

Nope. Wrong. Nice try.


Brian
California Reflections
on Jul 28, 2018 at 7:35 am
Brian, California Reflections
on Jul 28, 2018 at 7:35 am

Remind me again. Exactly what message do the democrats have for the American people besides attacking Trump?


Robert Adam
Del Prado
on Jul 28, 2018 at 7:46 am
Robert Adam, Del Prado
on Jul 28, 2018 at 7:46 am

Look up Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders. Then add restoring the rule of law in our highest office and congress. Bring back respect and dignity.....shall I go on or do I have to give you time to look up what these words mean?


Doug
Birdland
on Jul 28, 2018 at 8:08 am
Doug, Birdland
on Jul 28, 2018 at 8:08 am

“Bring back respect and dignity....”

and sanity and maturity.

(We all know who we’re talking about.)


MichaelB
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 28, 2018 at 8:09 am
MichaelB, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Jul 28, 2018 at 8:09 am

"Look up Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders. Then add restoring the rule of law in our highest office and congress. Bring back respect and dignity.....shall I go on or do I have to give you time to look up what these words mean?"

@Robert Adam

Socialist candidates who don't respect the Constitution/want the government meddling in and running everything - until it's "fair".

Does someone have to explain to you that income/wealth are really not "rights" in our nation, nothing is "free", there is not enough money to pay for they want, and that people are not going to want to work if they know most of their income will be taxed?


Robert Adam
Del Prado
on Jul 28, 2018 at 8:24 am
Robert Adam, Del Prado
on Jul 28, 2018 at 8:24 am

There is plenty of money for all those things. Unfortunately our current administration is CHOOSING to spend it on war machines and making the 1% even richer.
People won't want to work if they know "most of their income will be taxed"? You have income that isn't taxed?? Tell us more...

Hillary sat in front of congress for 11 hours without a lawyer and answered all their questions about Benghazi. Four different investigations by Republicans produced NOTHING. Republicans refuse to answer any questions when called in front of congress and make a mockery of proceedings. Trump and his gang been under investigation by a Republican investigator and so far we have 33 indictments, 5 guilty pleas and his campaign manager is actually sitting in jail right now!!! And you call yourself the party of law and order??? WOW!!! And why aren't there any Democrats doing these investigations? Why is it always a Republican? Because all Republicans would be in prison immediately, that's why. Bunch of frauds!!


MichaelB
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 28, 2018 at 8:28 am
MichaelB, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Jul 28, 2018 at 8:28 am

"Remind me again. Exactly what message do the democrats have for the American people besides attacking Trump?"

Open borders, gun bans for law abiding citizens, abolishing ICE, higher taxes,more regulations on businesses, prohibiting exploration for oil/natural gas, obedience to international bureaucrats for "climate change", allowing illegal immigrants to vote,"free" college, "income equality", etc.

They want more control/power over the citizens - and more of their money.


DKHSK
Registered user
Bridle Creek
on Jul 28, 2018 at 8:31 am
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
Registered user
on Jul 28, 2018 at 8:31 am

Still waiting for ANY Democrat on this thread to give us the specific accomplishments of Swalwell.

Just go to his website, cut and paste, then we can discuss.

Otherwise, you're not serious in your defense of this poor excuse of a "legislator".


Robert Adam
Del Prado
on Jul 28, 2018 at 8:34 am
Robert Adam, Del Prado
on Jul 28, 2018 at 8:34 am

Blah blah blah....just repeat the same ol' tired bs you've been programmed with by your masters. None of that is true and you know it. Let's stay focused of your portion of your income that you're not paying taxes on.


Pete
Downtown
on Jul 28, 2018 at 8:57 am
Pete, Downtown
on Jul 28, 2018 at 8:57 am

Robert,

I think you just made everyone’s point. No ideas or positive platform.


Robert Adam
Del Prado
on Jul 28, 2018 at 9:05 am
Robert Adam, Del Prado
on Jul 28, 2018 at 9:05 am

Read a few comments above Pete. Come on. Keep up!


BobB
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 28, 2018 at 9:21 am
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Jul 28, 2018 at 9:21 am

@DKHSK,

Not a democrat, but I think both Baker and Swalwell did a good job with this:

Web Link


Pleasanton Parent
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 28, 2018 at 9:53 am
Pleasanton Parent , Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 28, 2018 at 9:53 am

I don't agree with everything Baker has done, but she's more focused on issues than swalwell is. I can support her


Dams and Trains
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 28, 2018 at 2:44 pm
Dams and Trains, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 28, 2018 at 2:44 pm

How about a bill to support new water dams in CA, so we have more storage for rain water?

Oh...and can you also help stop the high speed rail fiasco? WAY over budget, and the number of trains they plan to run (over 120 a day!, with a train every 6 minutes during peak AM and PM times) is ridiculous. And of course running them right through the heart of the last remaining marshlands in CA....so poorly designed - the route was done to get a large city - San Jose - on board....but ignores so many 'faults' in the route (pun intended).

While you are a 'federal' representative, you do represent CA. How about doing something BIG to help us with these 2 issues? Probably too busy building name recognition in order to someday run for Feinstein seat, or jump in the Governor's spot when Gavin moves on to greener pastures Federally?


Jake Waters
Birdland
on Jul 28, 2018 at 3:43 pm
Jake Waters, Birdland
on Jul 28, 2018 at 3:43 pm

@Robert Adam

Are you getting your talking points and information from CNN & MSNBC? You do realize those stations no longer prescribe to journalism, they have long since snuggled up to Democratic propaganda. You will probably find that they have ties to Russia, and we know how much you love the Russian thing.


Robert Adam
Del Prado
on Jul 28, 2018 at 3:48 pm
Robert Adam, Del Prado
on Jul 28, 2018 at 3:48 pm

I get my news from Reuters, AP, CBS, Bloomberg and NPR. I choose to get news without commentary. Where do you get your info from?


Robert Adam
Del Prado
on Jul 28, 2018 at 4:30 pm
Robert Adam, Del Prado
on Jul 28, 2018 at 4:30 pm

Why is it taking you more than 30 minutes to answer such a simple question? I answered you in 5 minutes. Never mind. I already know where you get your info from, all of you. Sad.


Doug
Birdland
on Jul 28, 2018 at 5:57 pm
Doug, Birdland
on Jul 28, 2018 at 5:57 pm

@Robert Adam

Answer: Fox News, Breitbart, Newsmax, Alex Jones InfoWars, Donald Trump's Twitter feed.


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 28, 2018 at 7:04 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 28, 2018 at 7:04 pm

I get my news from the Pleasanton Weekly!


Jake Waters
Birdland
on Jul 29, 2018 at 10:13 am
Jake Waters, Birdland
on Jul 29, 2018 at 10:13 am

@Robert Adam

LOL. You must have a dull life if all you do is remain on the Pleasanton Weekly waiting for your validation. My list is long, and I don’t watch much TV or Cable to stay abreast of the issues. I have a number of people that I follow on Twitter which leads me to articles across the globe. I read: American Thinker, The Federalist, Voice of Europe, FrontPageMagazine, The Gate Way Pundit, RealClearInvestigations, Real learPolitics, Geller Report, Tablet Magazine, Jihad Watch, One America News Network, Watts Up, Judical Watch, Jamie Glazov Productions. Depending on the article I may read NYT, Washington Post, Daily Signal. And then their are a number of people that I follow on radio, YouTube, Prager U, and more. Sorry I didn’t get back to you as quickly as you needed, but I do a lot of reading and you are the least of my interests.


Robert Adam
Del Prado
on Jul 29, 2018 at 12:32 pm
Robert Adam, Del Prado
on Jul 29, 2018 at 12:32 pm

A "who's who" of Alt-right. Haha! That's what I thought.
My life has changed direction recently. My daily goal now is to be all the way up in your business. Every time you pop off with some alt-right propaganda I'll be there to knock you down. For years I've ignored the right wing propaganda machine thinking that it was temporary and it will die down soon but I was wrong. You nuts just keep ratcheting up the craziness. Now your time is up! I'll expose you for the frauds that you are at every opportunity. I promise!


MichaelB
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 29, 2018 at 1:32 pm
MichaelB, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Jul 29, 2018 at 1:32 pm

"Blah blah blah....just repeat the same ol' tired bs you've been programmed with by your masters. None of that is true and you know it. Let's stay focused of your portion of your income that you're not paying taxes on."

If you bothered paying attention to what Democrats have said and stop relying on biased mainstream media outlets, maybe you would learn something. Swalwell himself wants an "assault weapons" ban/mandatory "buyback" for legal, law abiding owners.

Now who sounds like they've been "programmed"?


MichaelB
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 29, 2018 at 1:39 pm
MichaelB, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Jul 29, 2018 at 1:39 pm

"There is plenty of money for all those things. Unfortunately our current administration is CHOOSING to spend it on war machines and making the 1% even richer."

From where and whom? What kind of income tax rate are the "rich" going to be subject to?

Sorry to burst your bubble but Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants a "carbon tax" to pay for her wish list of items. That means anyone using any kind of energy source (poor and working class included) are going to be paying more.Turns out things are not going to be "free" after all.


Robert Adam
Del Prado
on Jul 29, 2018 at 1:57 pm
Robert Adam, Del Prado
on Jul 29, 2018 at 1:57 pm

You're right Michael....we, as a country, are not killing enough kids in schools, malls and churches.

To answer your other point, if you truly want to MAGA and go back to the 1950s, the top earners were paying 90%. Before that, they were paying 94%. That is what allowed this country to build the infrastructure that we are still using today. I'm only talking about taxing income now. If you want, we can take it a step further and have a wealth tax too, which is a tax on assets the 1% already own (most of this country and the businesses in it). A factory worker in those days made enough money to be the only bread winner and still be able to afford a house. Now, even with two very good incomes, a whole lot of families can't afford that. And please spare me the bs about "the billionaires will lose their drive to be successful". That's a tired ol' lie too. I've had the privilege of meeting a couple of these folks in my time and I can assure you that they aren't motivated by money. They are driven by accomplishments, results, power, and sometimes fame. Money is very much a secondary issue to them.


MichaelB
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 29, 2018 at 2:12 pm
MichaelB, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Jul 29, 2018 at 2:12 pm

"You're right Michael....we, as a country, are not killing enough kids in schools, malls and churches."

And you're wrong on this issue..again. Violence is a complicated problem in our society and banning/confiscating guns for those NOT involved with this accomplishes nothing - except to make you and Swalwell feel good. Time to get over the "guns cause violence" and "criminals are victims" silliness from the political left. You'll just end up with more lawless activity.

The Parkland school shooting was the result of school officials/law enforcement repeatedly letting Nikolas Cruz go/not criminally charging him - after he was a known threat. The "March for Our Lives" farce tried to blame all of it on the NRA and "assault weapons". Silly.


Robert Adam
Del Prado
on Jul 29, 2018 at 2:45 pm
Robert Adam, Del Prado
on Jul 29, 2018 at 2:45 pm

My view on gun deaths comes from my own life experience. I grew up in a country where nobody except the military had guns. Do you know how many people died because of gun shots each year? ZERO. Year after year it was ZERO! The bs happening in this country is NOT normal. Just continuing like nothing is wrong IS WRONG! How many of your children have to be shot for you to realize there is a problem here? Really, how many? I want a numerical answer. There are so many things that can be done to make guns safer but you and the NRA oppose everything, claiming "slippery slope" bs arguments. We already have the technology to keep guns out of the hands of crooks and to really find out if you are a "good guy with a gun" as you claim. Think of your cell phone. You probably need a 4 digit pin to unlock and use it. Why can't we have that installed on guns? Why do you keep opposing logical steps like that? I think it's because you are not a nice person and go around pissing people off and now you have to look over your shoulder all the time.


Robert Adam
Birdland
on Jul 29, 2018 at 6:01 pm
Robert Adam, Birdland
on Jul 29, 2018 at 6:01 pm

@Robert Adam

I knew that you would critique, judge, and raise your nose at my list of reading materials. That is just a small sample, but that was your intention, because you couldn’t conceive that someone would have that degree of resume to out perform yours. You clearly, based on your response and comments, haven’t a clue to what is going on globally. You liberals, and you have identified yourself clearly as a liberal, are shallow, uninformed, petty, and ignorant to the global realities confronting us today. Your tiny list of reading material clearly is embarrassing. Please don’t waste my time on your pathetic uninformed comments.


Robert Adam
Del Prado
on Jul 29, 2018 at 6:18 pm
Robert Adam, Del Prado
on Jul 29, 2018 at 6:18 pm

@ Jake Waters
First of all, don't use my name in your heading when posting your comments.

Yes, Jake. How can Reuters, Associated Press, the BBC, NPR, etc. can possibly compete with your list? Haha! I actually lived in a different country for 13 years and have friends and business contacts all over the world with whom I talk to every week. How can I possibly know what's going on? My sources are the most centrist that anyone can possibly find. The problem is that your wingnut party has moved so far to the right that the centrist point of view seems liberal to you. You have clan members and Nazis in your party. Wake up man!


DKHSK
Registered user
Bridle Creek
on Jul 30, 2018 at 9:19 am
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
Registered user
on Jul 30, 2018 at 9:19 am

Still waiting for anyone (looking at you Robert Adams) to provide the list of legislative accomplishments of Salwell.

Yeah, we've heard your resume of living in another country and the "centrist" news sources you peruse (snicker)...but lets stay on topic regarding this do-nothing from the democratic party shall we?


Doug
Birdland
on Jul 30, 2018 at 9:42 am
Doug, Birdland
on Jul 30, 2018 at 9:42 am

DKHSK still looking for someone to do his homework for him, as if googling Swalwell’s website is too much work for him.


SHale99
Registered user
San Ramon
on Jul 30, 2018 at 10:05 am
SHale99, San Ramon
Registered user
on Jul 30, 2018 at 10:05 am

Wow, all these diatribes on Swalwell. One only need to check (looking at you Dan) his margins of wins since his first election. And see how his name keeps coming up for 2020 higher office.

Clearly the naysayers here are in a the minority who did NOT vote or didn't vote Swalwell.

Still America: with exception of President, the most votes win. Hope the GOP rally their registered votes to actually VOTE because the DEMS will vote in high numbers. Uh oh.


Juanita G.
Canyon Oaks
on Jul 30, 2018 at 10:15 am
Juanita G., Canyon Oaks
on Jul 30, 2018 at 10:15 am

Bravo sir! Although you're unfortunately a few years late to have halted the Clinton Foundation from receiving untold & unaccounted for BILLIONS of $$ foreign money to influence US policy.

But by all means waste some more of the taxpayers money on this nonsense.


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