Democratic Senate candidate – a ‘minister’ – charged with four felonies for embezzlement and fraud

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MILWAUKEE, WI – A member of the Milwaukee City Council who is also running as a Democratic candidate for the Senate was charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor earlier in September related to embezzlement and fraud regarding campaign finances.

The charges could see the Senate candidate sentenced to over 10 years in prison and thousands in fines, if convicted.

On September 7th, 41-year-old Chantia Lewis, who is not only a Senate candidate and Milwaukee City Council member – but also a minister, was charged with misconduct in office, intentionally filing a false campaign report, embezzlement of more than $10,000, intentionally making an unlawful distribution from her campaign finance account, and misdemeanor fraud.

Lewis, who was elected to the Milwaukee City Council back in 2016, announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate this past July – however, no spokesperson or Lewis herself have commented on whether these charges will impact her decision to run for Senate moving forward.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Lewis, it’s alleged that she falsely filed campaign finance reports regarding her campaigns for the Milwaukee City Council. Lewis allegedly would deposit campaign funds into her personal bank accounts and use said funds for various personal expenses.

Lewis also allegedly falsely represented to the City of Milwaukee that she was owed travel reimbursement while conducting business related to her role on the council, however, Lewis allegedly paid for those expenses out of her campaign account.

The city council member also allegedly structured a campaign contribution system so as to avoid campaign contribution limits, according to the criminal complaint. Overall, the criminal complaints claims that Lewis defrauded both the city and her campaign for at least $21,666.

Emil Ovbiagele, an attorney representing Lewis, claims that she did nothing illegal and that these discrepancies regarding spending and campaign finances are mere “accounting errors.”

A statement released by Lewis also addressed the charges, noting the following: 

“As a first-time candidate in 2016, and like many first-time grassroots candidates, I self-funded much of my campaign. My campaign was run by my family and a team of amazing supporters.”

“We did our very best to run a positive and compliant campaign. I am confident, that once this is over, I will be absolved.”

Three of the felony charges, which are the misconduct, false campaign report, and unlawful distribution of campaign funds, each carry a 3-and-a-half prison sentence if convicted as well as up to a $10,000 fine. As for the embezzlement charge, Lewis could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $25,000 if convicted.

The misdemeanor fraud charge only carries up to 9 months in jail, but also comes with a hefty fine of up to $10,000.

Lewis is scheduled to appear in court on September 29th.

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Public corruption investigation: FBI raids Democrat-run Detroit City Hall, homes of city council members

(Originally published August 29th, 2021)

DETROIT, MI – An investigation into alleged corruption within Detroit’s local government has resulted in raids on City Hall and the homes of two City Council members.

These raids come roughly one month after City Council member Andre Spivey was federally charged with conspiracy to commit bribery.

On August 25th, FBI agents were seen leaving City Hall following a raid, with agents seen carrying numerous boxes out of the building and loading them up into SUVs.

While this was ongoing, numerous other FBI agents searched the homes of Councilman Scott Benson and Councilwoman Janeé Ayers.

The FBI also reportedly searched the home of Councilman Benson’s chief of staff, Carol Banks, the same day.

While FBI officials are currently remaining tight-lipped about the specifics of what these searches were in pursuit of, or what was recovered from the homes and City Hall during the raids, FBI Special Agent Tim Waters confirmed they’re all linked to an ongoing public corruption investigation:

“Why are we doing this? Why are we doing these search warrants? The citizens of Detroit have a right to a city government that is free of corruption.”

Currently, no one has been charged with any crimes stemming from the search warrants executed.

Councilwoman Raquel Castañeda-López commented on the conducted search warrants, saying she finds the situation “devastating” when confronting the possibility that some of her fellow council members may be corrupt:

“As council members, we took an oath to lead with integrity and defend the rights of every Detroiter, to protect the public’s trust.

And while these recent events are devastating, I still believe in our democracy. I still believe in the power of the people and in the people to guide us forward.”

Both of the council members that were subjected to the search warrants on August 25th, Ayers and Benson, are also up for reelection this coming November.

Former Detroit City Council member Sheila Cockrel has concerns about this investigation being launched so close to an election, in the event they turn out to render nothing criminal:

“One of the things that I’m a little surprised about is why this would be happening in the middle of an election cycle? My sense in the past was there was concern that any investigation of public actions would have impacts on outcomes of elections. What happens if this all turns out not to be about anything?”

Former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade noted that there’s a sort of “unwritten rule” that the Department of Justice doesn’t launch these sorts of publicly visible “enforcement actions” so close to an election due to the propensity of impacting an election outcome – unless there’s something dire needing to be addressed:

“For that reason, there is an unwritten rule the DOJ should refrain from taking enforcement actions against candidates 60 days before an election, unless necessary for public safety or other operational reason.”

What is tough to ignore in all this is that these FBI raids come roughly one month after Councilman Spivey was federally indicted for conspiracy to commit bribery and allegedly accepted $1,000 from an undercover agent.

Councilman Spivey allegedly received the $1,000 bribe from an undercover agent back on October 26th, 2018.

The indictment also alleges that Councilman Spivey and another person named in the indictment as “public official A” accepted over $35,000 between 2016 and 2020 to influence votes “concerning an industry under review by the council.”

Back in May, former Councilman Gabe Leland pleaded to a state-level case of misconduct in office for accepting an illegal $7,500 cash campaign contribution. He was sentenced to two-and-a-half years’ probation in June.

Leland was also federally indicted back in 2018 on corruption charges alleging that he accepted $15,000 in bribes and free auto body work from a local business owner in exchange for Leland to help influence the stalling of the city selling some property the business owner believed belonged to him.

The federal charges were dropped as part of the state-level plea bargain he accepted in May.

Councilman Spivey is currently out on bond for the federal case he’s facing after posting a $10,000 bond. If convicted, Councilman Spivey could face up to five years in federal prison and up to $250,000 in fines.

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Report: Washington city council candidate linked to violent, anti-police Antifa extremist

(Originally published July 31st, 2021)

The following article contains content which is the opinion of the author.

OLYMPIA, WA- In an exclusive obtained by The Post Millennial, a city council candidate in the capital city of Olympia, Washington, Taluana Reed, is a business associate of a known Antifa extremist named Miguel Louis Lofland.

The outlet notes that Lofland is responsible for organizing violent anti-police protests, and runs his own newspaper called the Antifa News Network. This paper is used to advocate for violence against people whom he considers opposed to the radical anarchist movement.

Journalist Andy Ngo, who had actively reported on the organization and who has been a frequent target of harassment and assault by members of the group, noted that Lofland was at the antifa Portland May Day riot in downtown Portland. He was also arrested recently at another antifa riot in Olympia, where he formulated a story about being tackled by police.

Lofland holds an “Antifa News Network” press pass—probably as valid as Monopoly money—has provided Reed with campaign interview as well as footage of anti-police protests that she organizes in Olympia. Lofland is also her personal videographer, although it’s unknown if Lofland has in fact been compensated for the work.

Lofland interviewed Reed on May for the far-left Cooper Point Journal. During the interview, the two discussed the city council campaign, and how she got her start in public rabble-rousing.

According to Lofland’s social media accounts, he has filmed a number of Reed’s events throughout the past five months.

At a recent campaign event at the Washington State Capitol, Lofland introduced Reed, who being the apparent “classy” person she is started off by saying “Fuck the police,” then called on individuals to “tear everything up in this fucking city, until they do what we want them to do!”

Class act, obviously. Certainly a level-headed, clear thinker who shouldn’t be running a lemonade stand, let alone be a city council member.

Lofland has a long history of organizing violent protests in the capital city, and regularly calls on others to engage in political violence. No stranger to getting himself arrested, Lofland also engages in violence precipitating those arrests.

This past May, Lofland organized a group of Antifa thugs to intimidate police officers and their families who were attending a law enforcement appreciation dinner in Bellevue, Washington. The group was unsuccessful in disrupting the event due to the significant number of law enforcement officers present. Wonder if this is the “white rage” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley was referring to a couple weeks back. Probably not.

Lofland, who clearly has anger issues, threatened an independent journalist outside the dinner, saying, “You’re sad because you lost on J. 6. Your people lost and my people are winning, and we’re going to continue killing you.” J.6 refers to the incident at the US Capitol on January 6.

Lofland and his gang of miscreant thugs also like to attack college students, but of course only as a group. In March, they targeted young conservatives affiliated with Turning Point USA who were rallying for Second Amendment rights at the Washington State Capitol.

Lofland printed flyers and placed them around Olympia to have people show up and protest against the student-led event. Lofland and a group of Antifa losers, dressed in their Hitler youth regalia in black, also hiding their faces assaulted three young students at the event.

 A group of Antifa losers showed up on July 25 at a rally being held in New York City to raise awareness about those who are still being held in Washington, DC gulags relative to the January 6 Capitol siege. According to Gateway PunditCitizens Against Political Persecution held the rally

Just after the rally started, a mob of deranged Antifa lunatics showed up and gathered in a nearby park. They then marched over to where the event was being held, holding signs that said, “we will replace you” and “Fuck justice, we want revenge.”

They then started throwing eggs at the rally goers and started yelling their brainless platitudes.

The gang also harassed people as they tried to go through the park to access the event, while two women wearing gear in support of former President Trump continued on, unafraid.

In typical Antifa fashion (they really need a new name because these clowns are anything but “anti-Fascist”) they then started harassing and threatening journalists recording the event, assaulting one. A NYPD officer separated them and advised the man filming to accommodate the mob by going the other way.

Apparently, there were also members of the ACLU (another group that should consider a name change) called “protest monitors,” whose job it was to “alert” the Antifa thugs about who was filming the fracas, sending them to try to put a stop to it.

The unhinged lunatics also clashed with NYPD officers, with one of the loons saying that he wouldn’t allow “another one of these rallies [in] peace,” while telling the officer he would ‘hang a proud boy and do it in front of” him.

Antifa, defined by our clueless “president” as “just an idea” have grown even more emboldened since Biden took office, as the administration has signaled that they are only concerned with so-called “white supremacy” as a threat to the country. Antifa and Black Lives Matter extremists? If they get arrested, they usually have their cases dismissed.

Trespass at the Capitol on January 6? Six months of solitary confinement in a DC gulag.

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