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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Fifteen members of Congress And Their Families received federal agricultural Welfare in 2012

There are growing calls to reform the taxpayer-funded Corporate Welfare TAKERS

The Independence, Wis., farm, Bachmann Farm Family LP, received nearly $260,000 in federal subsidies between 1995 and 2008. At the time, the farm was owned by Bachmann's father-in-law, Paul Bachmann, who died in May 2009.  Michele Bachmann, her husband, Marcus, and their children are "limited, minority partners" in the farm, according to Bachmann 


Government is Subsidizing the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous


Millions of tax dollars go to millionaires in the form of farm subsidies


Subsidizing Scottie Pippin, Ted Turner, and Jon Bon Jovi?

'From tax write-offs for gambling losses, vacation homes, and luxury yachts to subsidies for their ranches and estates, the government is subsidizing the lifestyles of the rich and famous,' Mr Coburn wrote in the report.'This welfare for the well-off


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subsidies that benefit some lawmakers and wealthy farmers.  

Conflict of interest on food stamp for families:   The less food stamp subsidies received by American families the More law makers plan to take.   Lawmakers gave 15 members of congress and their families-238k farm Welfare subsidies last year 2012, alone. there are some pretty big problems with members of the legislature taking advantage of subsidies and price controls like this. Especially subsidies and price controls that are as grossly inefficient, counterproductive, and anticompetitive as the ones in our agricultural system.




federal farm subsidies are helping feed the nation's obesity 

epidemic.


Wealthy celebrities including Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Quincy Jones and Ted Turner have received federal subsidies, according to “Subsidies of the Rich and Famous,” 

a new report from the office of Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) identified several individuals receiving farm payments “whose professions had nothing to do with farming or agricultur[e],” says the report. 

These individuals include real-estate developer Maurice Wilder, a “part-owner of a professional sports franchise [who] received total of more than $200,000 in farm program payments in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006.”

The report also says millionaires Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and Ted Turner have collected farm subsidies.

These individuals include Scottie Pippen and Ted Turner, respectively. 

Millionaires also receive state tax breaks on farm land. For example, Jon Bon Jovi paid property taxes of only $100 last year on his extensive real estate holdings in New Jersey that he uses to raise bees. 

At the same time, Bruce Springsteen received farm subsidies because he leases his property to an organic farmer,” the report explains.


Marxist 

Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan;Chuck Grassley, his son and grandson, R Iowa;Bachmann, of Minnesota;Rep. Robert Aderholt's (R-Ala.) wife, Caroline Aderhol; Rep. Kristi Noem (R- S.D.);Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calf.);Rep. Frank Lucas' (R-Okla.) ;Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.);Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.); Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.);Rep. John Kline's (R-Minn.);Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas);Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.);Mac Thornberry (R-Texas);Sen. Michael Bennet's (D-Colo.) wife, Susan Daggett; Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)there are some pretty big problems with members of the legislature taking advantage of subsidies and price controls like this. Especially subsidies and price controls that are as grossly inefficient, counterproductive, and anticompetitive as the ones in our agricultural system.Rep. Robert Aderholt's (R-Ala.) wife, Caroline Aderhol is a 6.3 percent owner of McDonald Farms Rep. Kristi Noem (R- S.D.) received $1,400 in direct payments in 2012.  Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calf.) and his wife Jill LaMalfa are each 16.67% partners (combined share totals 33.33%) of DSL Lamalfa Family Partnership, which received $188,570 in direct payments for 2012.Rep. Frank Lucas' (R-Okla.) wife Lynda Lucas received $14,584 in disaster payments in 2012. Her total subsidy payments since 1999 are $40,613.n 2008, Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.) and his wife Terra Valadao had a combined ownership share of 33.4% of Triple V Dairy.  Triple V Dairy received $22,453 in payments in 2012 for direct payments and MILC.Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) and his wife Lynn Fincher are each 50 percent partners in Stephen & Lynn Fincher Farms.  They received a $70,574 direct payment farm subsidy in 2012.Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) is listed in the Farm Subsidy Database, but no subsidies were directly paid to her. A trust named Lowell and Viky Hartzler Family Revocable Trust is listed as a 98 percent owner of Hartzler Farms, which received $697 in direct payment/ACRE and $686 for the Conservation Reserve Program for a total of $1,383 in 2012 Rep. John Kline's (R-Minn.) wife, Vicky Sheldon Kline, is listed as a 20 percent owner of Sheldon Family Farms LP, which received a $3,025 conservation reserve program payment in 2012.Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) received a 2012 direct payment of $339. Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) received a 2012 direct payment of $6,654.Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) is a one-third owner of Thornberry Brothers, which received a $5,103 direct payment and $4,078 in disaster aid payments in 2012 Sen. Michael Bennet's (D-Colo.) wife, Susan Daggett, is listed in his 2010 financial disclosure forms as 5.5 percent owner of Daggett Farms LP and LMD Farms LP. Daggett Farms LP received $17,312 in direct payments in 2012 Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) received $8,207 in direct payments and $1,728 in conservation reserve payments for a total of $9,935 in 2012.Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) personally received $2,982 in direct payments and $6,113 in conservation reserve program payments in 2012.Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and his wife. Elaine Hatch, received is based on the share information provided in financial disclosure forms regarding Ms. Hatch’s share of Edries N Hansen Properties LLC which received $2,530 in direct payments and $50,000 in conservation reserve program payments in 2012 is $10,506.


 Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) , puts it this way, The Great Farm-Bill Ripoff, According to newly the elected, confessed adulturer " is the overspending in Washington.a  moral issue.  According to Sanford Historically, bad things have happened  

when you spend too much,” Sanford said, adding that 

government overspending threatens democracy. “And I think 

it’s a moral issue, because it’s the ultimate case of taxation 

without representation when you have systematically at a government level basically taking from young to afford benefits to old".   11 House members (or their spouses) and four senators (or their spouses) received $237,921 in taxpayer-funded farm subsidy Welfare payments in 2012. "Crop insurance compensates for these lawmakers and wealthy farmers and farming companies for crop failure or damage. Uncle Sam foots 62 cents out of every dollar a farm spends on crop insurance. This does two things: It encourages farmers to take unnecessary risks, and it costs taxpayers a gawd awful lot. Merely cutting Uncle Sam’s share to 52 cents on the dollar would save more than $1 billion a year."Sanford said government overspending would have 

“incredible implications in terms of the American way of life 

and the dreams that it has historically afforded unless we get 

this thing right.”

At Issue are Competing views: between farm 

bill WELFARE  to lawmakers themselves   v.

FAMILY food stamps subsidies for children


From 1995 through 2012, according to USDA figures compiled by the Washington-based Environmental Working Group, the farm that 




Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) co-owns with other family members has collected $5.1 million in government crop subsidies. Above, LaMalfa, left, speaks with Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) on Capitol Hill last month. At center is an unidentified aide. (J. Scott Applewhite, AP / May 15, 2013)














Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack received payments  totaling 

$82,874 from 1995 through 2012 for his Iowa farm; The family of 

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) 

received $40,613 from 1995-2012; and Senate agriculture 

committee member Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) has received 

$327,246 in farm subsidies since 1995.


Former President Jimmy Carter’s family farm, Carter’s Farms Inc., has received $272,288 in farm subsidy payments between 1995 and 2012.

The issue of food stamp spending remains a major concern for limited government groups when it comes to farm bills in the U.S. Congress.  - Corporation Welfare V. Food Family Stamp Programs At issue here is thatAs a member of Congress, Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) is proud to stand up for the 

principles of limited government and individual responsibility.The congressman expresses skepticism about such safety-net programs as food stamps, regarding them as the handiwork of an "oppressive" government that snatches wages from the hands of working people. Helping the poor is better left to individuals and churches, he said at a recent committee hearing in Washington, because then "it comes from the heart, not from a badge or from a mandate."As a rice farmer from California's fertile Central Valley, however, this same Doug LaMalfa has done pretty well by the "oppressive" federal government. From 1995 through 2012, according to USDA figures compiled by the Washington-based Environmental Working Group, the farm he co-owns with other family members has collected $5.1 million in government crop subsidies.













Fifteen members of Congress received federal agricultural 

subsidies in 2012, according to data released Friday, mostly 

from a program that could soon be eliminated by legislation 

now before the Senate. The federal payments to the lawmakers

—13 Republicans …taxpayers footing the bill cannot know 

which farmers, including which members of Congress, receive 

subsidies to buy crop insurance," said Craig Cox, EWG’s 

senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources. 

"We do know that in 2011, 26 policyholders received more than 

$1 million apiece in crop insurance premium support in 2011,

 and that more than 10,000 policyholders received more than 

$100,000 each.” - See more at: 

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/taxpayers-gave-15-members-congress-238k-farm-subsidies-last-year#sthash.XZreKII6.dpuf   





raditional farm and conservation programs limit the amount of money an individual or business can receive from the government, EWG notes there are no such limits on crop insurance subsidies.

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THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WHO TAKE WELFARE FOR THEIR OWN FAMILIES

BUT DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW 

FIND YOURS:


Rep. Robert Aderholt's (R-Ala.) wife, Caroline Aderholt, is a 6.3 percent owner of McDonald Farms according to 2008 ownership records. McDonald Farms received $66,891 in direct payment farm subsidies in 2012. She also personally received a $345 direct payment in 2012.  EWG’s estimate of 2012 farm subsidies to Caroline Aderholt, using the percentage share information received from USDA, comes to $4,559. Caroline Aderholt’s total estimated amount of subsidies – directly and through McDonald Farms – is $207,426 from 1995-2012.Rep. Kristi Noem (R- S.D.) received $1,400 in direct payments in 2012.  Through 2008, USDA listed Rep. Noem as a 16.9% partner in Racota Valley Ranch.  The estimated amount of subsidies attributed to Rep. Noem from 1995-2012 is $503,751.Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calf.) and his wife Jill LaMalfa are each 16.67% partners (combined share totals 33.33%) of DSL Lamalfa Family Partnership, which received $188,570 in direct payments for 2012.  Direct payments were the only payments received in 2012. The 2012 subsidy amount EWG estimates to Rep LaMalfa and his wife is $62,857.  The estimated amount of subsidies from 1995-2012 from DSL LaMalfa Family Partnership total $1,710,385.Rep. Frank Lucas' (R-Okla.) wife Lynda Lucas received $14,584 in disaster payments in 2012. Her total subsidy payments since 1999 are $40,613.In 2008, Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.) and his wife Terra Valadao had a combined ownership share of 33.4% of Triple V Dairy.  Triple V Dairy received $22,453 in payments in 2012 for direct payments and MILC. The most recent ownership information from 2011, does not list Terra but also does not list the ownership percentages. Assuming the wife's ownership percentage was added to David's – the EWG estimate of the amount of subsidies to Rep Valadao from Triple V Dairy in 2012 is $7,484. Valadao Dairy received $82,373 in payments in 2012 for direct payments and MILC. The ownership information EWG received for Valadao Dairy is from 2011 and ownership percentage information is not available.  However, there are 4 owners of Valadao Dairy and assuming equal shares, the EWG estimate of the benefit to David Valadao is $20,593. The total EWG estimate of subsidy benefits in 2012 to Rep. Valadao is $28,077. The estimated subsidy amount attributed to Rep. Valadao from Triple V Dairy and Valadao Dairy from 2005-2012 is $185,724Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) and his wife Lynn Fincher are each 50 percent partners in Stephen & Lynn Fincher Farms.  They received a $70,574 direct payment farm subsidy in 2012. The Finchers have received $3,483,824 in farm subsidies since 1999.Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) is listed in the Farm Subsidy Database, but no subsidies were directly paid to her. A trust named Lowell and Viky Hartzler Family Revocable Trust is listed as a 98 percent owner of Hartzler Farms, which received $697 in direct payment/ACRE and $686 for the Conservation Reserve Program for a total of $1,383 in 2012. Hartzzler Farms has received $822,151 in farm subsidies since 1995. The Hartzler’s estimated subsidies from 1995-2012 are $516,000.Rep. John Kline's (R-Minn.) wife, Vicky Sheldon Kline, is listed as a 20 percent owner of Sheldon Family Farms LP, which received a $3,025 conservation reserve program payment in 2012. EWG’s estimate of the conservation reserve program payments Ms. Kline received, based on the percentage share information supplied to USDA, is $605 for 2012.  The estimated amount of subsidies received by Rep. Kline’s wife from 2000-2012 is $6,548.Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) received a 2012 direct payment of $339. Rep Nuegebauer has received $670 since 2011.  Rep. Neugebauer also had interests in two different farming businesses from 1998-2003.  His estimated subsidies using the percentage share from USDA for those two businesses are $3,651, which brings his total subsidies to $4,321.Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) received a 2012 direct payment of $6,654. Rep Stutzman has received $196,268 in farm subsidies since 1997.Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) is a one-third owner of Thornberry Brothers, which received a $5,103 direct payment and $4,078 in disaster aid payments in 2012. EWG’s estimate of the farm subsidy benefits Thornberry received, based on the percentage share information provided to USDA, is $3,060 in 2012. His estimated total subsidies from 1995-2012 is $29,774

U.S. SENATE LIVING THE GOOD LIFE WELFARE

Sen. Michael Bennet's (D-Colo.) wife, Susan Daggett, is listed in his 2010 financial disclosure forms as 5.5 percent owner of Daggett Farms LP and LMD Farms LP. Daggett Farms LP received $17,312 in direct payments in 2012 while LMD Farms LP received $21,007 in direct payments in 2012. EWG’s estimate of farm subsidy benefits Daggett received, based on the percentage share information provided from financial disclosure forms, was $2,107 in 2012.  The total subsidy amount for Ms. Daggett is $22,789 from 1995-2012.Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) received $8,207 in direct payments and $1,728 in conservation reserve payments for a total of $9,935 in 2012. Senator Grassley has received $327,246 in farm subsidies since 1995.Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) personally received $2,982 in direct payments and $6,113 in conservation reserve program payments in 2012. Testers’ wife, Sharla, is listed as a 50 percent owner of T-Bone Farms – Tester is listed as owning the other 50 percent. T-Bone farms received $12,186 in direct payments in 2012. The Tester’s total subsidies for 2012 were $21,281.  Their total from 1995-2012 is $505,536EWG’s estimate of the farm subsidies and conservation payments Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and his wife. Elaine Hatch, received is based on the share information provided in financial disclosure forms regarding Ms. Hatch’s share of Edries N Hansen Properties LLC which received $2,530 in direct payments and $50,000 in conservation reserve program payments in 2012 is $10,506.  The estimated amount of subsidies to Ms. Hatch from 1995-2012 is $49,722.
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