Have Obama and his Chicago "Democramob" violated the Racket Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act?
After posting a blog on Obama's violation of the Federal Wire Act of 1961, it occurred to me that he and his cohort may also be in violation of the RICO Act, so I diligently researched the elements of the RICO Act to determine Obama's culpability:
– Racket Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act
A RICO claim requires proof of four elements:
1) The existence of an enterprise affecting
2) That Defendants were employed by or associated
with the enterprise;
3) That the Defendants participated, directly or
indirectly, in the conduct or affairs of the enterprise; and
4) That the Defendants participated through a
pattern of racketeering activity.
‘Racketeering activity’ is defined as a violation
of certain enumerated statutes – commonly known as ‘predicate
acts’ – in 18 U.S.C. § 1961(1). .
USC § 1961 - Definitions
As used in this
“racketeering activity” means. . .(B) any act which is
indictable under any of the following provisions of title
18, United States Code: . . . section 1084 (relating to the
transmission of gambling information). . . .
18 USC §
1084 - Transmission of wagering information; penalties
(a) Whoever being engaged in the business of betting
or wagering knowingly uses a wire communication facility for the
transmission in interstate or foreign commerce of bets or wagers or
information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers on any
sporting event or contest, or for the transmission of a wire
communication which entitles the recipient to receive money or credit
as a result of bets or wagers, or for information assisting in the
placing of bets or wagers, shall be fined under this title or
imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
Penalties for RICO violations:
In addition to the penalty for violation of 18
USC § 1084, RICO imposes, as a mandatory penalty, a judgment
of forfeiture to the United States government not only of any
proceeds or property derived from the proceeds of the crime, but also
of any interest the defendant holds in the enterprise, or any
property of any kind that provides a source of influence over the
enterprise. The maximum punishment for an individual on a single
RICO charge is imprisonment for twenty years (life if any of the
predicate acts charged, such as murder, would permit such a
punishment), and a fine of $250,000 or twice the proceeds of the
offense. In addition, RICO revived the punishment of forfeiture
of property, which before 1970 had been little used in American
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Now that we know what the law is, let's take a look
at the “enterprise affecting interstate commerce” and determine
whether any “predicate acts” were committed.
The Chicago DemocraMob currently controlling D.C.
certainly qualifies as “an enterprise affecting interstate
commerce” – Obama himself is constantly crossing state lines soliciting
brib. . . er, donations, e.g. the Solyndra executives who “bundled”
hundreds of thousands of dollars and received in return a $535
million dollar federal loan from the DOE, along with the agreement
that the government would subordinate it's interest to the interests
of the investors. Solyndra went bankrupt shortly after receiving the
money and Uncle Sam was left holding the bag.
The most recent “enterprise” that the Obamamob
has undertaken is a violation of 18
USC § 1084, transmitting wagering information by “wire” (e.g by
the internet), the Federal Wire Act of 1961, by soliciting “donations”
over the internet (by email) in return for the chance to win a
(dubious) prize. This is the email “invitation” millions of
lucky Obama supporters recently received:
you ever gotten to do something so cool you’re almost jealous of
Pretty sure this would
August 12th, just three weeks before the Democratic
and 12 weeks before Election Day, President
Obama will have a few
friends over to mark his 51st birthday—in
the backyard of his Chicago home.
And you’re invited.
Make a donation today to be automatically entered for a chance to
be there—flight and hotel paid for. Look, campaigns are hard work,
both for the President and the millions of people like you who are
building it on the ground. When you factor in the ridiculous amounts
of money the Romney campaign and pro-Romney super PACs are raising,
we’re going to have to work even harder to win than we did in 2008.
Let’s have some fun
together before the final push to Election Day."
The Department of
Justice years ago took the position that the Federal Wire Act of 1961
prohibited all sorts of online gambling. As a result, the states felt
that they could not conduct even in-state lottery transactions via
the Internet because of the possibility that transmission over the
Internet during these transactions might cross state lines. The Obama
birthday party email “invitation” is clearly a lottery:
[lot-uh-ree] Show IPA
Elements 2 and 3
are readily satisfied because the whole motley crew currently in the
White House freely, openly and directly participates in the conduct
of the affairs of the Chicago Democramob that has taken over D.C. We
have also established the “predicate act,” the open and willful
violation of the Federal Wire Act of 1961, an act that prevents
states from selling lottery tickets over the internet (see, e.g.
) but which
the Chicago Democramob openly and notoriously violates.
So it is clear,
Obama and his cohort are felons, guilty of violation of the Federal
Wire Act of 1961 as well as violation of the RICO (Racketeer
Influenced Corrupt Organizations) Act -- But don't expect our Department of Justice to move a finger against them!