EUREKA – Finally Found The Donohue TPP Trade Leverage Over The White House…

In the grand scheme of all things current this might seem a little insignificant.  But for those who are intent on knowing the “why” behind the activity from DC it is a Biden-esque deal.

For months I have been trying to identify “the play”, “the juice”, that Tom Donohue held over President Obama and the White House regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

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What play could Tom Donohue possibly hold that was so significant it would force Obama to defy his left-wing base and support a trade deal that only benefits Donohue and the Wall Street interests he represents.

The Mitch McConnell support was a no-brainer, the GOPe machine is in the back pocket of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Tom Donohue, and has been for a long time.

The TPP trade deal was, and is, antithetical to U.S. main street business interests – but I couldn’t figure out why President Obama was willing to buck Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and the like-minded anti-Wall Street ideologues.

The reason for McConnell’s maneuver with the TPPA, which removed the higher threshold for trade ratification in the Senate and lowered it to a simple majority, was transparent.

a17b2-hip-replacement-recall-briberyThe extreme Harry Reid-like approach was purchased by the CoC lobbying arm.  That part was easy to see especially within the various campaign PAC’s of the new Majority Leader. [$45.4 Million Reasons]

But for the life of me I couldn’t identify the leverage of the CoC over the White House.

Now I’ve finally figured that out.

The “play” held by Donohue, which he recently just leveraged, goes back to a 2012 NLRB decision by Obama and a legal case the White House lost in June of 2014 (just prior to the mid-terms) in the Supreme Court.

In a rebuke to President Barack Obama, the Supreme Court struck down three of his recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board as unconstitutional.

The decision Thursday gives the Senate broad power to thwart future recess appointments, but did not go as far as some conservatives hoped to undercut the president’s ability to fill vacant executive branch posts and judicial slots.

The court ruled 9-0 that Obama’s appointments were unconstitutional because the Senate was not truly in recess when he made them during a three-day break in pro forma meetings of the legislative body.

[…] The case before the court was brought by a Pepsi bottler in Washington state, Noel Canning, and addressed the constitutionality of Obama’s decision to bypass the Senate by making politically sensitive recess appointments of three individuals to the NLRB and another to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The appointments came during a period when the Senate claimed to be in session, even though it was on a 20-day break in most of its substantive business. The chamber was gaveled in briefly every three days, apparently in an attempt to stymie recess appointments, and a Senate resolution said no business was to be conducted.

But the ruling’s impact now and in the near future could be less sweeping than when the current legal fight was set in motion two years ago. That’s because last November [2013], Senate Democrats exercised the so-called nuclear option — doing away with the Republican minority’s power to use the filibuster to block action on most nominees with fewer than 60 votes.

That move broke a logjam on judicial and executive nominations, allowing Obama to win confirmation of a slew of a nominees who had the support of nearly all Democrats but lacked Republican backing.

The Supreme Court’s decision to rein in the recess appointment power could become more significant if Democrats lose control of the Senate in this fall’s elections [2014]. That would restore Republicans’ ability to block confirmation of Obama nominees — something Obama could have countered with a more vigorous use of recess appointments, as it was widely interpreted before the new court decision.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and 44 other Senate Republicans filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the justices to declare Obama’s appointments unconstitutional. Senate Democrats took no official position in the case, though Democratic Senate leaders have often approved actions to thwart recess appointments, such as arranging the pro forma sessions which Obama maintained were inadequate to demonstrate that the legislative body was open for business.  (read more)

You will note, you never heard any follow-up about after the devastating White House defeat.   Complete Crickets, despite two entire years worth of NLRB decisions being immediately vacated by the Supreme Court Ruling in the summer of ’14.

Literally hundreds of business cases within the vacated rulings had the potential to be re-heard, and re-litigated, depending on the voracity of the business interest impacted by the now vacated NLRB decisions.  Two years worth of cases piled back on top of an existing pile of current litigation.

That’s some major juice!

Now it finally all makes perfect sense.

Read this 2014 Article and pay attention to the last paragraph.

“Today’s decision is a victory for the rule of law,” said Thomas J. Donahue, U.S. Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive. “The president’s unprecedented recess appointments left the NLRB in legal limbo, causing major uncertainty for both employers and employees alike.” (link)

Donohue gained and held the quid-pro-quo card.

Meaning: [pre-election 2014]: If Republicans win control of the Senate give me the ability to work the TPP deal, AND support it despite Warren/Sanders et al, and all of those two years of vacated cases can be retained ‘as is’.

Ergo the White House avoids the public embarrassment evident in the continual re-litigation (the unconstitutional rulings ignored), and the NLRB mired from the backlog therein.

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♦ Tom Donohue (U.S. CoC) Spent $18 Million on Lobbying between April and June 2015

♦ Mitch McConnell used Senate rule changes to facilitate the deal 2015

♦ The U.S. Chamber of Commerce led TPP Negotiations just ended in Hawaii. Last week:

[…]  The more the TPP is delayed, the more this debate overlaps with the U.S. presidential election season and puts the trade agreement in the blinding spotlight. By the time any vote can happen on the agreement we’ll have the text to read and analyze, so we’ll be able to make our lawmakers answer to specific issues in the TPP and force them to take accountability for everything that has been negotiated in secret in the meantime.

[…]  There’s no way of knowing what’s in store for the TPP now, but the deal is only growing more controversial. People are realizing how it is wrong for our governments to be deciding so many regulatory issues behind closed doors, and trading away public interest policies in the name of lowering tariffs and enabling market access for various commodities. This is not how digital policy should be decided, nor any kind of domestic regulation that affects people’s lives. Our rights online and over our digital devices should not be sacrificed in the crossfire of this special interest horse trading. As long as rules for the online and digital environment are in the deal, and as long as there is still a real threat that it will pass, we need to keep raising awareness about this toxic deal and fight back.  (link)


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63 Responses to EUREKA – Finally Found The Donohue TPP Trade Leverage Over The White House…

  1. I’ve always believed that the Republicans promised to support an amnesty for illegals in return for Obama pushing “Free” Trade.

    Liked by 2 people

    • John Galt says:

      I think it might just be the usual greed. It will be interesting who pays Obozo for speeches and makes large donations to the Obozo Foundation after he leaves office.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Danny Miller says:

    this is unreadable due to the ads, please fix


    • Polish Rifle says:

      I only see one ad under “Truth Has No Agenda”. I can read everything just fine. Thank you, SD.


    • Suzanne says:

      try downloading Adblock, I have it and it works wonderfully

      Liked by 6 people

      • I use it too, but there’s one HUGE problem which I noticed after installing it:

        Whenever I have adbloc “enabled” for this site, any comments that contains a “Tweet” come out entirely blank. Which is unfortunate,because many of SD’s comments are re-posting of tweets. AND, tweets that are embedding in the parent posts are also omitted, sometimes fracturing the whole thought process.

        The “Culprit” seems to be the “Ad Videos” that “Auto-Launch” when the page loads. Once they begin to play, the scroll buttons no longer work and the page automatically “re-centers” itself so that the video ad is “Centered” in the screen. THAT is a total PITA, because it makes viewing the rest of the original post, (and any of the thread below it) virtually impossible.

        Sure, you can enable Ad Bloc to get the page to scroll, and read (SOME of) the comment thread, or rest of the Post (Sans Tweets) and then DISABLE AdBloc to (hopefully) find out what you have missed, but then the “re-centering” starts again and the whole thing becomes un-navigable.

        IMO, the REAL solution would be for the TH to remove the ads that have auto-launching videos.

        Unless, of course, someone knows a better way around this garbage.


        • Sharon says:

          IMO, the REAL solution would be for the TH to remove the ads that have auto-launching videos.

          The Treehouse does NOT have any control over the ads.

          We do not have the ability to “remove the ads” – any of them.

          I have AdBlock installed and have had for a long time, courtesy of Stella’s suggestion many months back. I do not have any of the problems you and others describe. Posts including Sundance’s tweets are presented intact and there is no problem with either display or reading. I do not see any ads. All posts display normally and are readable in every way.

          Liked by 1 person

        • Lenfb says:

          Are you using Ghostery also?
          Regardless, you can always configure either of them not to work while viewing this site.

          Liked by 2 people

        • dizzymissl says:

          Adblock has a very responsive forum:


        • triper57 says:

          I run Ghostery on FireFox and see no adds. Have no problems.


        • pluffmudgirl says:

          I have been using a free HTML5 blocker that stops autoplay since Christmas. I found it on a “tech” website discussing problems with autoplay videos embedded within news articles. Why would someone want to listen to the lefty’s blather when you can quickly scan for relevance. It solved my autoplay issue.

          I also run adblocker plus. I am able to view tweets (don’t have a twitter account). I primarily use Chrome and sometimes Edge. I don’t like edge because it doesn’t allow the add blocker.


    • Mscynlynn says:

      I see zero ads! You might have some type of virus that puts ads everywhere. Also, check your security set up.


      • keebler AC says:

        Yes, I run Pale Moon with no problem. The issue many here are having with other ads and videos popping up is virus-related and not due to the blog. People have to run Ad Aware, Malware Bytes or some other software to get rid of the virus. I don’t believe these ads are inherently linked to CTH.


    • ImpeachEmAll says:

      Try disabling Flash.


    • jetstream says:

      Try an add-on to your browser such as a scripting blocker (like NoScript for Firefox) that allows you to selectively block scripting elements individually. I also understand that ActiveX filtering could be the problem. Change the setting by opening: Internet Properties—Security—Custom—ActiveX Filtering.


  3. doodahdaze says:

    The biggest fear the crooks have is this. A Trump AG and honest grand juries going after the criminals in both parties.

    Liked by 3 people

  4. ZurichMike says:

    After reading this, I feel like I have to take a shower. The sleaze from DC is dumbfounding. Well done (again), Sundance!

    Liked by 5 people

    • doodahdaze says:

      Caught by SD again. Peak Corruption and total sell out of the people by the GOP. I am not even adding the e. The GOP itself has sold us down the river. Stick them with a fork.

      Liked by 2 people

      • smiley says:

        bi-partisan crony capitalism.
        just b/c they call it “free” trade doesn’t mean it is free trade.
        everything is “free” for the globalists’ partners.
        but not for America.


      • Obomination says:

        Exactly, the GOPe is the GOP.


        • fred says:

          Do you still call yourself a Republican. I sure don’t …with Mitch and Boehner and Reince and Rove and Mccain I can’t possibly defend this crew or their policies to my friends. It’s a loser. I left and not looking back. I mean There is no way there is an R next to my name anywhere. They have fallen to lows I’ve rarely seen.


    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      ZM, the criminals in DC, would flee US jurisdiction three minutes before Trump was sworn in. U.S. Marshals would be on the manhunt for decades. You might have some new “neighbors” January 2017.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. SouthCentralPA says:

    I say this with love and respect, but some of this stuff with the CoC is starting to sound a little Lyndon LaRouche-y, with Donohue taking the role of the Queen of England. I think the lack of coverage on the NRLB is simply that it’s embarrassing to Stampy-foot (so the “Victorian gentlemen” in the press avert their eyes).

    Why the PTT? Well, obviously he’s bucking the Sanders and Warrens of the world now because he’ll never admit he was wrong (and he probably never dreamed the day would come when the Donk base would dare cross him and risk being called “raaaaacist”) . His original motivation? Probably some combination of trying to draw as much as he can “into the State” (corporatism (if he can get as many industries as he can into a de facto cartel (and the big companies can live with being a cartel, at the expense of Main Street), it’s easier to piggyback government control)) and there’s probably a lot of things in there that erode our sovereignty, which he’s all for.

    (Just how much would the incumbent President like to be OO-go Chavez, if he could … ?)

    clink clink my two cents’ worth…

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  6. manickernel says:

    Thank you for this article SD. Brings a whole new understanding to “working across the aisles. “

    Liked by 1 person

  7. rashamon says:

    Part of the support for Scott Walker’s fight to free Wisconsin from the progressives was a parallel battle with the NLRB, also noted around Boeing’s move to the East coast. The U.S. of A. lost thousands of jobs because the union bosses didn’t foresee the globalization confronting our markets. $45/ hour does not translate into $45/month for product. No party, no board room, no good-old-boyz network is going to make this work.

    Blame it on the Koch brothers? Blame it on big banking, venture capitalists, the puppeteers who move the markets. We are living in a huge bubble where China is rewarded for keeping three sets of books and Greece/Puerto Rico are but toddlers given “thank you for competing” medals for existing in our messed up marketplace.

    That’s what happens when our young graduate with college degrees based off reality TV vs. studying James Goldsmith and Milton Friedman and — yes — Aristotle and Karl Marx. Know the options and, especially, the enemy. Yikes! Know something.

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  8. TwoLaine says:

    I think the title should read “The Selling of America”. 😦

    “We don’t make good deals anymore.”

    Donald Trump

    Liked by 2 people

  9. czarowniczy says:

    Great catch – the fear of relitigation has been a major factor in many decisions at all government levels. There have been a number of deals truck in the criminal world, especially in our area, after crooked DAs and judges have been caught with hands up to the shoulders in the public cookie jar but this is a rarity in the legislative area.
    I’d like to know (not enough to really check) what the status of those appointed/anointed/hired by these deposed appointees is. As I’ve said before, much of the real damage done by the likes of Carter, Clinton and Obama is done by the hi-level civil service appointees (I’m not ignoring the lower level ones ) whom they hire or influence the hiring/promotions of. These presidential mold spores stay on and continue to taint the process long after their presidential chain that planted them has moved on. I’m betting that if these deposed POtuS promotions managed to insinuate 5th columnists into the system they’ll remain as they were injected while their sugar-daddy was legal.
    Again, great job ferreting out the basis, but I’m also wondering of the POtuS managed to get something out of this for himself that won’t surface until after he’s out of public housing?


    • TwoLaine says:

      My comments re Donald Trump running for President & wanting to nominate me for the Secretary of Treasury
      June 19, 2015
      by Carl Icahn

      “I was extremely surprised to learn that Donald was running for President and even more surprised that he stated he would make me Secretary of Treasury. I am flattered but do not get up early enough in the morning to accept this opportunity.”


      August 7, 2015 7:09 pm

      1/3 After last night’s debate I decided to accept @realDonaldTrump offer for Secretary of Treasury.
      2/3 Seriously, the methods of electing our corporate and political leaders have become completely dysfunctional.
      3/3 In both areas, we are in dire need of a breath of fresh air.


  10. CrankyinAZ says:

    Good Grief…. I need a scuba suit just to read this stuff any more. The slime and muck, the absolute filth the ruling class IS. Just mind boggling.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. mcfyre2012 says:

    I can’t look at Donohue without being reminded of Judge Smail from “Caddyshack” (or Ted Baxter).

    Liked by 2 people

  12. Danny Miller says:

    thanks for the tip about adblock plus


  13. ThankYou,Treepers says:

    Donohue is despicable, a weakling only weaklings as those listed in these accounts would accommodate.

    But wouldn’t he have to at least appear to have control over every losing party to the tainted NLRB cases in order to be able to make a credible offer to forego further litigation of those cases?


  14. Just me says:

    Off topic, but Treepers are smart. James O’Keefe just Tweeted this “Tomorrow We’re releasing a new video exposing a federal govt agency violating constitutional rights. And they bring up @realDonaldTrump
    3:25pm – 11 Aug 15”

    What the heck is he talking about? Who is he supporting?


  15. Rebel Mope says:

    I suspect this fits into the picture here somewhere, but it looks like a dot that hasn’t been connected. Maybe someone could elucidate it for me.

    “More than one year after the National Labor Relations Board’s 13th Region ruled that college athletes are employees and thus may unionize, Northwestern University’s appeal of the regional board decision remains unresolved. Although the full National Labor Relations Board has decided numerous more recent disputes, there is still no word on when a decision can be expected in this very important case.”


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