4DPAC Announces March to Protect American Democracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Scott Payne, Executive Director: 202-760-4828, scott@4dpac.com  Washington, DC – 4DPAC announces the "March To Protect American Democracy" in Washington, DC on Saturday, September 16, 2017.  "Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of American democracy," said 4DPAC President Jim Arkedis, "and all Americans should be deeply worried that Russia will interfere again in 2018 like last year." Arkedis continued, "We're organizing this march to demand that our government take action to keep Russia out of American elections." “Despite the unanimous conclusion of American intelligence agencies that Russia tampered in the 2016 campaign, this administration has failed to recognize the threat or implement policies to prevent Moscow’s interference in future elections. While we support the sanctions recently passed by Congress and expect President Trump to sign them into law, they are not enough to change Vladimir Putin’s behavior. We are asking the Trump administration, Congress, and candidates for office to protect the most precious asset American citizens own: their vote.”  “We want to see the U.S. government take the following actions to keep Russia out of American elections,” said Arkedis. The Trump administration must submit a plan to Congress to prevent Russian interference in the 2018 election. The Trump administration must commit to upholding the Magnitsky Act that sanctions Russian human rights abusers. Congress must pass legislation: Supporting the independence of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Forbidding any joint commission on cybersecurity or election hacking between the United States and Russia. Protecting critical campaign and election infrastructure, like voter data and voting machines That candidates for office in 2018 sign the pledge to report attempted foreign interference to the FBI." The march will begin at the White House at 10am on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Following speeches, marchers will proceed north up 16th St., NW to gather at the Russian Ambassador's residence to show our resolve protecting American democracy. More information about the march is available at www.protectamericandemocracy.com. We invite candidates for office to sign the pledge to protect American democracy, found at www.protectamericandemocracy.com/pledge. ### Continue reading

STATEMENT: On State Department Removing Democracy Promotion and Human Rights from Its Mission Statement: Tillerson Must Go. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Connor Goodard 202-760-4828 Washington, DC -- 4D PAC President Jim Arkedis issued the following statement on press reports that the State Department is considering removing democracy promotion and human rights from its mission statement: "The removal of justice and democracy from the State Department’s mission would be a victory for autocrats around the world. Since Teddy Roosevelt, the United States has engaged the world with the idea that our values are our interests. Democratic and Republican presidents have followed suit ever since. To abandon this bipartisan position is to throw away our role as the global leader. Secretary Rex Tillerson transactional approach to diplomacy again displays his fundamental lack of understanding of American interests and values. Standing for democratic institutions and basic human decency has created conditions for a freer, more equal, more prosperous world. Spreading these values also happens to make us safer. Over the last six months, we have seen Secretary Tillerson systematically reduce the capacity of the State Department. He now seems determined to undermine its mission as well.  Tillerson’s morally and intellectually bankrupt approach should disqualify him from continuing to serve as America’s representative in the world.” ###    

4D PAC Statement on Trump - Moon meeting

Trump Meets with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, where the Trump Organization Has Three Buildings Contact: Connor Goddard, Press Secretary, connor@4dpac.com, 248.497.0432 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Washington DC - President Donald Trump meets with new South Korean President Moon Jae-in today at the White House. The Trump Organization, the President's private business, has partnership agreements in three Trump World luxury condominium buildings across South Korea, in Seoul, Busan, and Daegu, respectively. The Trump Organization receives an estimated $6-8 million in branding fees from local partners, and President Trump has not divested from his private business interests. President Trump has grumbled about the trade agreement between the United States and South Korea, as well as the amount of money spent on American troops in South Korea. During the 2016 campaign, candidate Trump said that South Korea should take more responsibility for their own defense, suggesting they should build their own nuclear arsenal. "Donald Trump's foreign business conflicts of interest jeopardize American security," said 4DPAC President Jim Arkedis. "His deals in South Korea are worth millions a year to him personally. As he discusses trade and security agreements between our countries, it is impossible to know if he is using American assets as negotiating tools for the Trump Organization. Are the 28,000 American service members stationed in South Korea just another bargaining chip Trump is using to enrich himself?" 4DPAC's PutUSFirst campaign has prepared a dossier summarizing Donald Trump's business ties to South Korea - including his convicted South Korea business partner. It is available at www.putusfirst.us/south_korea_dossier The United States stations some 28,000 troops in South Koreas and is bound by treaty to come to South Korea's protection in case of attack from North Korea.  ### Continue reading

Statement on FBI Investigating Hack of Trump Organization

4DPAC STATEMENT ON REPORTS OF FBI INVESTIGATING HACK OF TRUMP ORGANIZATION FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Connor Goddard 202-760-4828 May 26, 2017 Washington, DC - 4D PAC Executive Director Scott Payne issued the following statement following the news that the FBI is probing an attempted hack of the Trump Organization. Said Payne, "Once again, we see the abuse of Donald Trump's intermingling of the Presidency and his personal business. The secrets contained in the Trump Organization's files could leave the President and his family open to blackmail. Because he was unwilling to do the right thing and divest himself and his family from his business, this potential hack creates a national security vulnerability that has to be fixed at tax payer expense."   "This news is again more evidence that Donald Trump will never put the interests of the nation above his own. The only solution is for Congress to pass the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act legislation."  "The fact that no Republican in Congress has been willing to put the country first and cosponsor this bill is, as Donald Trump might say, SAD" ###

4D PAC Statement on the Firing of FBI Director Jim Comey

4DPAC STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FIRING OF FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Connor Goddard 202-760-4828 May 9, 2017 Washington, DC - 4DPAC President Jim Arkedis issued the following statement on the firing of FBI Director James Comey. Today, President Donald Trump fired the man responsible for the criminal investigation of the Trump campaign's possible ties to the Russia government.  4D PAC President Jim Arkedis said: "While FBI Director Jame Comey seriously mishandled the Clinton email case during the election, Americans of all political stripes should be gravely concerned that Comey, the man responsible for investigating Trump's campaign's possible collusion with Russia, has been fired."     Continue reading

4D PAC Statement on Air Strikes on Syria

4DPAC STATEMENT ON AIR STRIKES AGAINST SYRIA FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Connor Goddard 202-760-4828   4D PAC Statement on Air Strikes on Syria   Washington, DC - 4D PAC President Jim Arkedis issued the following statement regarding the Trump administration's decision to launch air strikes at Syria in response to the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons on its own people. "The use of chemical weapons is a barbaric act that causes unimaginable suffering among its many indiscriminate targets. While last night's U.S. air strikes where an appropriate response to the use of chemical weapons, they are a rapid shift in policy that indicates the White House has no considered and coherent strategy to protect American interests. Further, the strikes suggest Trump is acting on emotion alone, a worrisome prospect. We insist that the Trump administration clarify its muddled policy in Syria and the region more broadly by answering the following questions: Just days prior to the air strike, the Trump administration said that it would not seek Assad's removal from power. Is that still the White House's policy? Why is Trump comfortable launching air strikes in defense of children yet still refuses to let them seek shelter and opportunity as refugees in America? The Trump administration has drawn a red line on the use of chemical weapons, but will it stand idly by as the Assad regime continues to murder its own citizens by other means? Does the Trump administration still believe Russia is in Syria to fight ISIS or as Assad's patron?"   ####

Statement on President Trump's 2018 Budget Proposal

4DPAC STATEMENT ON DONALD TRUMP'S NATIONAL SECURITY BUDGET PROPOSAL FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Connor Goddard 202-760-4828   Washington D.C. - 4DPAC President Jim Arkedis released the following statement about Donald Trump's national security budget. "Donald Trump's national security budget is that of a schoolyard bully. He views the State Department and USAID as the class nerds, and Trump's taking their lunch money because that's what bullies do.  Continue reading

4D PAC Statement: The Senate Must Not Consider Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee Until He Rescinds the Muslim Ban and Divests.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 30, 2017 Contact: Connor Goddard - connor@4dpac.com, (248) 497-0432 On Tuesday, President Donald Trump will announce his nomination for the Supreme Court. The Senate should not consider his nominee -- no matter whom he chooses -- until Trump takes two actions:  1) His White House rescinds its unconstitutional, un-American order blocking legal immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and,  2) President Trump divests from his business holdings. Continue reading

4DPAC Condemns Executive Order Banning Immigrants from Muslim-Majority Countries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 29, 2017 Contact: Connor Goddard - connor@4dpac.com, (248) 497-0432 4DPAC condemns in the strongest possible terms President Trump's Executive Order banning the entry of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries. Trump's Executive Order is not only fundamentally un-American and un-Constitutional, but actively harms national security. "With the stroke of a pen, Donald Trump has created thousands of new potential ISIS operatives around the globe and motivated ISIS to attack the United States and our worldwide interests," said 4DPAC President Jim Arkedis, a former DOD counter terrorism analyst. "President Trump must reverse this Executive Order immediately in the name of national security." 

Release of Intelligence Dossier on President-elect Trump

January 10, 2017 WASHINGTON D.C. – In response to the release of an intelligence dossier on President-elect Donald Trump, 4DPAC President Jim Arkedis issued the following statement:  Continue reading