Les Schwab Tire Centers is one of the most iconic Northwest based companies, driven by Les' absolute long term commitment to his employees. Les was kind to me since he worked with my father, who represented one of his major vendors, for more than 40 years. Growing up I probably visited 50 Les Schwab stores … Continue reading Are Les Schwab and Meritage a Good Fit?
On Sunday, the NY Times wrote what is being called a "bombshell" story on President Trump's taxes, after obtaining 20 years of tax returns. Although a good read, it's old news. The bigger story that the Times has finally alluded to is that Trump is indeed on a journey to bankruptcy. Let's examine why. As … Continue reading Donald Trump’s Cradle to Grave Tax Exempt Strategy to Stave off Bankruptcy
Today a fierce battle over the future of technology is being fought over 5G. A battle in which success will be all about gaining investment capital. Pictured below: Attorney General, William Barr, has been aggressively pushing for investments in Nokia and Ericsson. (Evan Vucci / AP Photo) While the United States government is considering expensive … Continue reading Nokia: Winning the 5G Battle Against China. A Powerful Cost Free Step The US Government Can Take Now
The US government is now considering de-listing China based firms for lack of regulatory oversight. These firms range in size from Alibaba to Luckin Coffee. Clearly President Trump and China's Xi are locked in what amounts to a high stakes card game. And no one is acknowledging that Trump has a "Trump card" yet to … Continue reading Are 401K’s Being Looted by a Brilliant China-Based Pyramid Scheme?
By Nigel Jaquiss - November 13, 2019 Emails WW has obtained via a public records request show friction in recent weeks between Rukaiyah Adams, chairwoman of the Oregon Investment Council, and State Treasurer Tobias Read, who acts as the state's banker and is one of five members of the OIC. Pictured is Rukaiyah Adams (Left) and Tobias … Continue reading Willamette Week – Emails Reveal Tensions Between Two Ambitious Players Overseeing Oregon’s $100 Billion Investment Portfolio
By Nick Budnick - October 17, 2019 In 2003, as George W. Bush's White House echoed with talk of an “axis of evil,” Gordon Sondland, the man who is now President Donald Trump’s top diplomatic emissary to the European Union, was bird-hunting in rural Oregon with Ted Kulongoski, the state’s then-governor, the latter’s bodyguards trailing. … Continue reading Fortune – How Gordon Sondland, ‘a Guided Missile for Getting Access,’ Landed in the Middle of Trump’s Ukrainian Mess
See Previous Post on October 6 for Important Background Information. Photos: Neil Goldschmidt and Gordon Sondand, Below Not since Neil Goldschmidt has a public figure in Oregon wielded so much power on the national stage. While Goldschmidt was a masterful politician and literally the political godfather of the Democratic Party in Oregon, he got very … Continue reading Gordan Sondland Scandal Looks Similar To That Of Neil Goldschmidt, With TPG Again Playing a Key Role
While many are focused upon Gordon Sondland purchasing the ambassadorship to the European Union for a bargain price of $1 million, few understand how he became a successful hotel operator. This is a fascinating story, inspired by Fred Trump, President Trump's father. In the commercial real estate world, few names are more highly regarded than … Continue reading Gordon Sondland – How Fred Trump, Not Donald, Seeded his Success
By Luke Harding and Jon Swaine - February 11, 2019 Questions have been raised about the US tax affairs of the wife of Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, after records suggested she may have failed to declare her true income to US regulators and not disclosed foreign bank accounts. Tatiana Navka, a former Olympic ice dancing champion, also … Continue reading The Guardian – Revealed: Wife of Putin’s Spokesman Faces Questions over US Tax Affairs
February 11, 2019 By Luke Harding and Jon Swaine In January the Guardian asked me to review a set of tax facts regarding a prominent couple, not telling me who it was. Later in February I learned that the story involved former Olympic ice dancing champion Tatiana Navka, who is married to Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir … Continue reading The Guardian – Wife of Putin’s spokesman faces questions over US tax affairs