MCMAHON HAS NUMEROUS POTENTIAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

Connecticut Post Headline: “Like Trump, Mcmahon Draws Scrutiny Over Potential Conflicts.”  [Connecticut Post, 12/25/16]

Connecticut Post: Like Trump, McMahon Is “An Example Of The Murky Boundaries Between Entertainment Mogul And Public Servant.” In December 2016 the Connecticut Post wrote, “Donald Trump doesn’t have to look far for an example of the murky boundaries between entertainment mogul and public servant: Linda McMahon, his pick to lead the Small Business Administration.”  [Connecticut Post, 12/25/16]

Connecticut Post: Like Trump, McMahon Is “An Example Of The Murky Boundaries Between Entertainment Mogul And Public Servant.” In December 2016 the Connecticut Post wrote, “Donald Trump doesn’t have to look far for an example of the murky boundaries between entertainment mogul and public servant: Linda McMahon, his pick to lead the Small Business Administration.”  [Connecticut Post, 12/25/16]

McMahon Supported A Lower Corporate Tax Rate That Could Benefit Her Business.  In December 2016 CNBC reported, “In her campaigns, McMahon supported a lower corporate tax rate and a reduction in regulations. Trump has proposed chopping the corporate tax rate to 15 percent from 35 percent and drastically rolling back regulations.”  [CNBC, 12/07/16]

Connecticut Post: McMahon Hasn’t Said If She Well Divest Her Interest In Her Wrestling Company In December 2016 the Connecticut Post wrote, “The wrestling matriarch has substantially unwound herself from her stock holdings in WWE, the Stamford-based company she and husband Vince McMahon grew into a global brand. But McMahon hasn’t said whether she will divest her remaining WWE stock or put her investments into a blind trust, as she pledged to do when she ran for the U.S. Senate in 2010 and 2012.”  [Connecticut Post, 12/25/16]

Linda McMahon Personally Owned $84 Million In WWE Stock In December 2016.  In December 2016 Forbes wrote, “The couple cofounded WWE, which now has a market capitalization of $1.5 billion, more than three decades ago. According to WWE's most recent annual report, Linda McMahon personally owns $84 million in WWE stock. She served as CEO from 1997 until 2009, when she stepped down to pursue public office.”  [Forbes, 12/07/16]

Connecticut Post: McMahon’s Position In The Administration Could Be Used To Ease Congressional Scrutiny Of Her Company.  In December 2016 the Connecticut Post wrote, “Some of the couple’s detractors wondered whether Linda McMahon’s newfound clout in Trump’s administration could insulate the WWE from congressional prying over a myriad of issues such as concussions, steroid use and net neutrality, the free access of products and content by all online users.”  [Connecticut Post, 12/25/16]

MCMAHON HAS A HISTORY OF QUESTIONABLE BUSINESS PRACTICES

Connecticut Post: McMahon’s Position In The Administration Could Be Used To Ease Congressional Scrutiny Of Her Company.  In December 2016 the Connecticut Post wrote, “Some of the couple’s detractors wondered whether Linda McMahon’s newfound clout in Trump’s administration could insulate the WWE from congressional prying over a myriad of issues such as concussions, steroid use and net neutrality, the free access of products and content by all online users.”  [Connecticut Post, 12/25/16]

Connecticut Post: McMahon Aggressively Pushed Out Small Business Competitors. In December 2016 the Connecticut Post wrote, “Others characterized McMahon as a paradoxical figure to lead the SBA, saying that she and Vince built the WWE from a small business while flexing their muscle with mom-and-pop competitors. They pointed out that the World Wrestling Federation, the precursor to the WWE, often snapped up television slots and venues to make it difficult for regional wrestling outfits to compete.  ‘They pretty much steamrolled them,’ said Dave Meltzer, the California-based editor of the Wrestling Observer. “It is a pretty ironic that Linda McMahon is in charge of small business.’”  [Connecticut Post, 12/25/16]

Linda McMahon Was Alleged To Have Illegally Used The Image Of A Wrestler Who Died In A “Stunt.”  In June 2010 CBS News reported, “The widow of a World Wrestling Entertainment performer who died in a televised 1999 stunt filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Connecticut-based company and its leaders, including Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon.  Martha Hart said she learned three months ago that McMahon, who stepped down as WWE chief executive in the fall to run for Senate, and her husband, Vince, the current chairman, for years have used the image of her late husband, Owen Hart, in at least 37 videos and other materials without her knowledge and permission, and despite her objections to his likeness being associated with the pro-wrestling company.”  [CBS News, 06/22/10]

Politifact: Linda McMahon Tipped Off WWE Physician About Steroid Investigation.  In October 2010 Politifact wrote, “In the final week of the race -- which pits Republican McMahon against Democrat Richard Blumenthal -- the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has begun airing an attack ad that attempts to body-slam McMahon for tipping off a ringside physician about a federal investigation into the illegal distribution of steroids to some of the WWE's wrestlers.”  And, “The ad accuses McMahon of tipping off a ringside physician about a federal investigation into distributing steroids to their wrestlers. How else could one interpret Linda McMahon's direction in the 1989 memo ‘to also clue him (Zahorian) in on any action that the Justice Department is thinking of taking.’  It's also true that a government indictment later alleged that, after getting a call from a Titan employee tipping him off to the investigation, Zahorian tried to hide evidence at his attorney's office.”  [Politifact, 10/27/10]

The Hill: McMahon’s WWE Was Investigated By Congress For “Its Ties To Steroids.”  In December 2009 The Hill wrote, “The WWE isn’t far removed from a congressional investigation into its ties to steroids, and the sport has been marked in recent years by the deaths of a number of its most well-known superstars.”  [The Hill, 12/07/09]

A Congressional Committee Said McMahon And WWE Didn’t Sufficiently Deal With The Steroid Problem.  In December 2009 The Hill wrote, “After the death of Eddie Guerrero in 2005 and the sensational murder-suicide of Chris Benoit in 2007, Rep. Henry Waxman’s (D-Calif.) Oversight and Government Reform Committee began investigating. Waxman sent a letter to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) early this year calling drug use in professional wrestling ‘pervasive’ and noting that, when the WWE reinstituted testing in 2006, 40 percent of wrestlers tested positive.  Waxman said wrestling companies have not dealt with the problem sufficiently.”  [The Hill, 12/07/09]

Former Employees Said Linda McMahon Had “Blood On Her Hands” In Steroid Problem.  In December 2009 The Hill wrote, “Former wrestlers have also been out front, including, in recent weeks, legends like Bruno Sammartino and Billy Graham.  ‘She may look like a Sunday school teacher,’ Graham told The Hartford Courant. ‘Linda McMahon's hands are as bloody as her husband’s, because she is aware of every move in the ring.’”  [The Hill, 12/07/09]

MCMAHON HAS LONG PERSONAL TIES TO TRUMP

Connecticut Post: Trump And The McMahons Have Long Personal Ties. In December 2016 the Connecticut Post wrote, “The McMahons and Trump runs deep, with joint television promotions and a stream of charitable and political contributions since they first met at a Rolling Stones concert.  In 2007, WWE paid Trump $1 million to appear with Vince McMahon, during WrestleMania 23, with Trump putting McMahon in a chokehold and shaving McMahon’s head in the ‘Battle of the Billionaires.’”  [Connecticut Post, 12/25/16]

Connecticut Post: The McMahons Were The Biggest Donors To The Donald Trump Foundation. In December 2016 the Connecticut Post wrote, “The alliance was further cultivated by Vince McMahon’s $5 million contribution to Trump’s foundation, making the wrestling impresario its top donor. Linda McMahon gave $7.5 million to a pro-Trump super PAC during the presidential campaign.”  [Connecticut Post, 12/25/16]

McMahon Donated $7 Million To Trump Campaign Operations.  In December 2016 CNN reported, “She's donated $6 million in August and September to Rebuilding America Now, a super PAC that supported Trump's presidential bid. And she gave an additional $1 million in October to another super PAC backing Trump.”  [CNN, 12/09/16]

McMahon Said That She And Trump Were Very Loyal To One Another.  In December 2016 Forbes wrote, “In an interview with the AP in September, Linda McMahon said of Trump: "Once you're his friend, he is loyal to the end. He's an incredibly loyal, loyal friend." That loyalty has paid off for McMahon, who joins a growing list of Trump administration picks with billionaire connections.”  [Forbes, 12/07/16]