The Shadow Rulers of the VA — ProPublica


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How Marvel Entertainment chairman Ike Perlmutter and two other Mar-a-Lago cronies are secretly shaping the Trump administration’s veterans policies.
8 weeks ago by jokela
The head of Marvel entertainment, a Palm Beach doctor and a Baltimore lawyer
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8 weeks ago by patrickmeast
How Marvel Entertainment chairman Ike Perlmutter and two other Mar-a-Lago cronies are secretly shaping the Trump administration’s veterans policies.
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9 weeks ago by Weaverbird
"... Anyone who crosses the Mar-a-Lago Crowd does so at his own risk."
clippings  Veteran+Affairs  corruption  politics  influence  Trump  Mar-a-Lago 
9 weeks ago by mjb
But hundreds of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and interviews with former administration officials tell a different story — of a previously unknown triumvirate that hovered over public servants without any transparency, accountability or oversight. Perlmutter, Moskowitz and Sherman defended their intervention, saying, “These were the types of stories of agency dysfunction and individual suffering that drove us to offer our volunteer experience in the first place — veterans who had been left behind by their government. In an email, the aide noted, “the Secretary is friends with the President of Marvel Comics, Mr. Ike Perlmutter, but he will not be in attendance.” The VA redacted the lawyer’s answer, and the agency’s spokesman would not say whether the ethics official approved Shulkin’s participation in the event. “Utilize outside team (Ike).” Although several factors contributed to Shulkin’s downfall, including the ethics scandal and differences with the White House over legislation on buying private health care, three former officials said it was his friction with the Mar-a-Lago Crowd over the Cerner contract that ultimately did him in. “I am sure that I speak for the group, that both you and Peter astounded all of us on how quickly and accurately you assessed the key problems and more importantly the solutions that will be needed to finally move the VA in the right direction,” Moskowitz told Wilkie in a follow-up email.
9 weeks ago by sechilds
The Trump Administration The 45th President and His Administration Last February, shortly after Peter O’Rourke became chief of staff for the Department of…
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9 weeks ago by alphex
RT : NEW: Who’s in charge at the VA? There are three guys at Mar-a-Lago who you should meet.
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9 weeks ago by dwillis
RT : NEW: Who’s in charge at the VA? There are three guys at Mar-a-Lago who you should meet.
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9 weeks ago by ashaw
“Everyone has to go down and kiss the ring,”
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9 weeks ago by morisy
Last February, shortly after Peter O’Rourke became chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs, he received an email from Bruce Moskowitz with his input on a new mental health initiative for the VA. “Received,” O’Rourke replied. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago by drewcaldwell
The Trump Administration The 45th President and His Administration Last February, shortly after Peter O’Rourke became chief of staff for the Department of…
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10 weeks ago by kohlmannj
Top story: The Shadow Rulers of the VA — ProPublica , see more
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10 weeks ago by LibrariesVal
How Marvel Entertainment chairman Ike Perlmutter and two other Mar-a-Lago cronies are secretly shaping the Trump administration’s veterans policies.
trump  corruption 
10 weeks ago by daniel.zappala
Favorite tweet:

The head of Marvel entertainment, a Palm Beach doctor and a Baltimore lawyer NONE OF WHOM ARE US VETERANS, BUT ALL OF WHOM ARE MAR A LAGO MEMBERS HAVE BEEN BASICALLY RUNNING THE VA FOR A YEAR AND A HALF.https://t.co/n8teH6jfWd

— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) August 8, 2018
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10 weeks ago by chetan
The Trump Administration The 45th President and His Administration Last February, shortly after Peter O’Rourke became chief of staff for the Department of…
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10 weeks ago by yudha87
"The arrangement is without parallel in modern presidential history."
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10 weeks ago by mattgriffin
Favorite tweet: annalecta

Scoop from @ProPublica: Hundreds of FOIA docs reveal 3 Mar-a-Lago members with no official government roles—including secretive Marvel chair Ike Perlmutter—are issuing guidance at to the U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs, which VA employees treat as “orders” https://t.co/JteOpOCkIQ pic.twitter.com/7ZWtBKzGmW

— Anna Massoglia (@annalecta) August 8, 2018

http://twitter.com/annalecta/status/1026993231475748864
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10 weeks ago by tswaterman
RT : Bonfire of the Vanities, folks.... We've got Mar-a-Lago members running the VA!
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10 weeks ago by cmulbrandon
Last February, shortly after Peter O’Rourke became chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs, he received an email from Bruce Moskowitz with his input on a new mental health initiative for the VA. “Received,” O’Rourke replied.
Trump  VA  investigativejournalism 
10 weeks ago by marshallk
tfw you maybe take the wrong lessons from the product that made your fortune
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10 weeks ago by maura
" O’Rourke treated the email as an order, but Moskowitz is not his boss. In fact, he is not even a government official. Moskowitz is a Palm Beach doctor who helps wealthy people obtain high-service “concierge” medical care.

" More to the point, he is one-third of an informal council that is exerting sweeping influence on the VA from Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s private club in Palm Beach, Florida. The troika is led by Ike Perlmutter, the reclusive chairman of Marvel Entertainment, who is a longtime acquaintance of President Trump’s. The third member is a lawyer named Marc Sherman. None of them has ever served in the U.S. military or government.

" Yet from a thousand miles away, they have leaned on VA officials and steered policies affecting millions of Americans. They have remained hidden except to a few VA insiders, who have come to call them “the Mar-a-Lago Crowd.” "
VA  capitalism 
10 weeks ago by kellyramsey