Archives for 2013

Related Documents: Forest City Enterprises

All of the documents from our investigation of Forest City Enterprises.

FOIA Requests

District of Columbia Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED)

Request 1

FOIA Request (June 26, 2013)

Response Letter (July 18, 2013)

Documents (July 18, 2013)

Request 2

FOIA Request (August 2, 2013)

Documents (August 23, 2013)

Council of the District of Columbia

FOIA Request (August 6, 2013)

Response Letter (September 4, 2013)

Documents (September 4, 2013)

District of Columbia Executive Office of the Mayor

FOIA Request (August 6, 2013 )

Response Letter (September 13, 2013)

Documents (September 13, 2013)

Empire State Development Corporation (New York)

Request 1

FOIL Request (April 17, 2013 )

Response Letter (May 16, 2013)

Documents (May 16, 2013)

Request 2

FOIL Request (August 8, 2013)

Awaiting Documents

Dallas (TX) City Hall

Public Information Act Request (August 12, 2013)

No Responsive Documents

Political Spending Data

Forest City Enterprises Political Spending Spreadsheet





New Rochelle Political Spending

Donations to New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson from Forest City Enterprises after they were selected as developer for the Echo Bay project:

Name Date Contribution
Ronald Ratner 8/1/2007 $1,000
Charles Ratner 8/1/2007 $1,000
James Ratner 8/1/2007 $1,000
Brian Ratner 8/1/2007 $1,000
Deborah Ratner Salzberg 8/1/2007 $1,000

Donations to New Rochelle Mayor and candidate for Westchester County Executive Noam Bramson from Forest City Residential Group’s Echo Bay project consultants:

Name Date Contribution Relationship
Andrew Tung



Planner and Site Engineer
Gerhard Schwalbe



Planner and Site Engineer
KSQ Architects



Tocci Building



Construction Consultant
Roux Associates



Environmental Resources Consultant



Lobbyist and Legal Counsel



Lobbyist and Legal Counsel


Ridge Hill Development

Representative Darrell Issa and Representative Lamar Smith letter to Honorable Preet Bharara, United States Attorney, Southern District of New York regarding allegations of favoritism in decision not to charge Forest City Ratner in bribery scheme

March 20, 2010 Letter

US v. Annabi and Jereis

Forest City Ratner named as “Developer No. 2”


Superceding Indictment

SDNY Press Release

Trial transcripts

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Other Documents

Atlantic Yards

New York City Independent Budget Office Analysis of Barclays Center

Community Benefits Agreement

Figure 1: The Atlantic Yards Project Targeted Employment Area for EB-5 violates USCIS regulations by crossing all existing political boundaries 

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Mesa Del Sol

New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee Analysis of Subsidies

Mesa Del Sol TIDD Audit 2010-2012

City of Albuquerque Resolution amending affordable housing requirements for FCE

Related Documents: Federal Trade Commission v. LabMD

CoA defended LabMD against a complaint brought by the FTC based, in part, on allegations that a third party was able to obtain data from LabMD’s computers through the peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing program LimeWire. LabMD denies the FTC’s allegations of violations of Section 5 of the FTC Act as well as allegations that LabMD failed to provide reasonable and appropriate security for personal information on its computer networks.

Before the Federal Trade Commission

Order Granting Respondent’s Renewed Motion for Order Requiring Testimony under Grant of Immunity Pursuant to Commission Rule 3.39(b)(2) (December 29, 2014)

Respondent LabMD Renewed Rule 3 39b Motion with Exhibits (December 11, 2014)

Order on Respondent LabMD Motion to Strike Tiversa Holding Corp.’s “Notice of Information” (November 20, 2014)

Respondent LabMD Motion to Strike Tiversa Holding Corp.’s “Notice of Information” (November 4, 2014)

Respondent LabMD Unopposed Motion for an Order Requiring Richard Wallace to Testify (October 6, 2014)

Respondent LabMD Response to Complaint Counsel’s Motion for Order Requiring Respondent’s Counsel to File Rule 3 39 (August 15, 2014)

Respondent LabMD Motion for Sanctions (April 21, 2014)

Final Trial Transcript (June 12, 2014)

Final Trial Transcript (May 30, 2014)

Final Trial Transcript (May 28, 2014)

Final Trial Transcript (May 27, 2014)

Final Trial Transcript (May 23, 2014)

Final Trial Transcript (May 22, 2014)

Final Trial Transcript (May 21, 2014)

Final Trial Transcript (May 20, 2014)

Respondent LabMD’s Motion to Admit RX542 (June 16, 2014)

FTC v. LabMD June 12, 2014 Unofficial Trial Transcript (June 12, 2014)

FTC Order Denying LabMD Motion for Summary Decision (May 19, 2014)

Respondent LabMD Reply in Support of Motion for Summary Decision (May 12, 2014)

Respondent LabMD Pre-Trial Brief (May 9, 2014)

Order Denying Motions In Limine to Exclude Profferred Experts (May 5, 2014)

Order Granting Respondent’s (CoA) Motion to Compel Testimony Order Denying Motion In Limine to Strike Trial Witness (May 1, 2014)

LabMD Motion for Summary Decision (April 21, 2014)

Administrative Law Judge’s Order on Complaint Counsel’s Motion to Quash Subpoena Served on Complaint Counsel and for Protective Order (January 30, 2014)

Order Denying Respondent LabMD Motion to Dismiss (January 17, 2014)

Statement of Commissioner Julie Bril Regarding Motion to Disqualify (December 24, 2013)

LabdMD Motion to Disqualify (December 18, 2013)

LabdMD Motion to Stay Proceedings Pending Review in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuity and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (November 26, 2013)

Order on Respondent’s Motion for a Protective Order (November 22, 2013)

Respondent LabMD Motion to Dismiss (November 12, 2013)

Respondent LabMD Motion for Protective Order (November 5, 2013)

LabMD Answer to FTC Complaint (September 17, 2013)

FTC Complaint (August 29, 2013)

United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit

Opinion (January 20, 2015)

Supplemental Authority (December 11, 2014)

LabMD Reply Brief (August 11, 2014)

LabMD Brief (June 25, 2014)

LabMD Request for Judicial Notice (June 25, 2014)

Order Denying Appellant’s Motion for Stay Pending Review and for Expedited Briefing Schedule (May 19, 2014)

FTC Opposition to Appellant’s Emergency Motion for Stay Pending Review and For Expedited Briefing Schedule (May 19, 2014)

LabdMD Motion for Stay Pending Review and Request for Expedited Briefing Schedule & Exhibits (May 15, 2013)

Petitioner LabMD Reply in Support of Motion for Stay Pending Review (January 16, 2014)

Petitioner LabMD Response to Jurisdictional Question (December 30, 2013)

Motion for Stay Exhibits 1-2 & 4-7 & 9-17 Exhibit 3 Exhbit 8 Exhibits 18-23 Exhibits 23 cont Exhibits 24-28 Exhibit 29 Exhibit 29 cont-30 Exhibit 30 cont-31 (December 23, 2013)

United State District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Opinion and Order (May 12, 2014)

Transcript of Proceedings Before the Honorable William S. Duffey, Jr., United States District Judge (May 1, 2014)

Second Supplemental Declaration of Michael J. Daugherty (May 1, 2014)

LabMD Response to FTC’s Motion to Dimiss and in Opposition to FTC’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction (April 14, 2014)

Complaint &  Motion for Preliminary Injunction (March 20, 2014)

United States District Court for the District of Columbia

LabMD, Inc. v. FTC et al.Complaint (November 14, 2013)

IRS Complaint against Enroll America mentioned on Fox News

Related Documents: GreenTech Automotive

FOIA Productions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Gulf Coast Funds Management EB-5 Regional Center

Mississippi Development Authority

FOIA Request (April 15, 2013)

Documents (April 26, 2013)

Memorandum of Understanding

Office of the Mississippi Secretary of State

FOIA Request (May 14, 2013)

Documents (May 20, 2013)

Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Emails regarding GreenTech

McAuliffe Email to Haley Barbour FW_ EB-5 Pending Cases & Processing Times

Colby Lane Emails

Virginia Economic Development Partnership

FOIA Request (April 16, 2013)





GTA 2010

GTA 2011

GTA 2012

GTA Aug-Sep 2009

Excerpted FOIA Production

The documents below show how Gulf Coast Funds Management, the visa firm for GreenTech Automotive, was backed by political heavy hitters before Terry McAuliffe. The documents were used in a POLITCO story found here.


Letter to Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (September 24, 2013)


Fox News: ‘Buckyballs’ magnate says feds took him down for speaking out

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“They are making it out to be a sin to talk about the government agency,” said Zucker’s lawyer, Reed Rubinstein, who is serving as counsel to Cause of Action. “There are no allegations here that he did anything wrong. He simply pushed back.”


Rubinstein filed a lawsuit on behalf of Zucker asking the U.S. District Court in Maryland to prevent the agency from seeking damages from Zucker’s own bank account under the rarely used Park doctrine, which protects principals behind limited liability corporations. The attorney said the commission’s decision to go after Zucker personally puts every entrepreneur at risk and threatens the limited liability for owners.

Fox News: Enroll America under fire again after video suggests involvement in partisan politics

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“Despite its claims of serving the public good, it appears that Enroll America has abused its tax-exempt status by using donor contributions for political and other impermissible purposes,” the group said Friday.


Cause of Action also argues Tarango’s comments indicate Enroll is “engaging in political activity by coordinating with the pro-President Obama group Organizing for Action, a 501(c)(4) organization.

Dan Epstein on Bulldog Live 10/2/2013

Executive Director Dan Epstein discussing navigator fraud.