CHICAGO: ‘ DEMOCRATS ELECTION PUSH TO RAISE MINIMUM WAGE BY PUTTING THEMSELVES FIRST’

AceFinanceNews – UNITED STATES(CHICAGO) – As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school – some on as little as $7.25 per hour.

First, though, they are out to help themselves. 

Looking to motivate younger people, minorities and others in their base to go to the polls on Nov. 4, the party has put questions on the ballot in five states asking voters whether the minimum wage should be increased.

The issue is also a near-constant topic on the campaign trail, as Democrats work to identify themselves as stalwarts for the middle class and to paint Republicans – who typically oppose raising the wage because they say it will lead to job cuts – as uncaring.

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` Ukrainian Firtash has been `Indicted ' with ` $185 Million Bribery Charge ' over `Access ' to ` Titanium Mines ' in India '

#AceFinanceNews – WASHINGTON – April 03 – Dmitry Firtash, one of the most influential Ukrainian oligarchs, was charged with bribing Indian officials to gain access to titanium mines in India, the U.S. Justice Department said in a press release on Wednesday http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/April/14-crm-333.html

Six people Firtash, a Hungarian entrepreneur, another Ukrainian citizen, an Indian politician and two businessmen from India and Sri Lanka are under investigation. U.S. prosecutors said that about 18.5 million dlrs had been handed over to Indian officials since 2006 to secure rights to mine titanium in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

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The mining project was expected to generate 500 mln dlrs annually from the sale of titanium, including to a company based in Chicago.

Prosecutors said Firtash had negotiated with Indian officials and ordered to pay them in exchange for preferences to secure mining licenses, and documents were falsified, on his instructions, for the money transfer.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI in Chicago.

On March 21, Firtash was released in Vienna on a 125-Million euro bail from custody. He was held there after he was detained at the request of U.S. law enforcement authorities #ANS2014 http://wp.me/pzTwj-2FR

As was noted in the United States, Firtash was a major player in the sale of Russian gas to Ukraine.

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