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Democrats, Independents, Elephant in the Room, Third Parties, 2020 Kickoff, and Manufactured Housing

June 19th, 2019 Comments off

Still from video, posted further below.

Love him.


Hate him.

The unsure and uncertain.

Whatever your view of the president, there is one thing that is certain.  A single tweet from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue – or wherever the 45th president happens to be – can change the course of the top news story for the day.

Democratic front-runner Joe Biden, per a mainstream media source, said the president’s name some 86 times in a recent public appearance. As the head of the Republican Party, whose symbol is the elephant, the headline is an apt reference to President of the United States (POTUS) Donald J. Trump.

The Democrats will have their first debates on June 26 and 27 in Miami, per CNN.

While there are rumblings of a challenge of President Trump among Republicans, there is nothing serious at this time. Last night, in a packed Amway Center arena in Orlando, FL, POTUS Trump formally launched his reelection bid.

President Trump’s campaign slogan this time? “Keep America Great.”


“A Rigged System…”

There are several things in the United States that fits President Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders’ description of a ‘rigged system.’

Senator Sanders, VT-I, who is running as a self-styled Democratic Socialist for the Democratic Party nomination for president got the short end of the stick in 2016 in his race against Secretary Hillary Clinton. Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile, who has become a Fox News contributor, stressed several times during her book tour for Hacks that she found clear evidence that the Democratic Party and tilted the scales against Sanders.

The United States is a republic with democratic elements to the system. But for decades, there has been what Senator Rand Paul (KY-R) has called an “unholy alliance” between the two major parties. In dozens of states, ‘ballot access’ is not an easy process. That’s no accident. That’s designed to create a duopoly between Democrats and Republicans.

As political independents, we are believers that ballot access should be far more easy for third parties to achieve. At present, while it is up in the air if billionaire Howard Schultz, of Starbucks fame, will in fact follow through with his threat for a serious independent campaign for the presidency, it is worth mentioning that the last serious such effort was by another billionaire, Ross Perot.

Monopolization takes on many forms, and political monopolization is one of them.  While it is not technically a monopoly, duopoly and oligopoly are variations on the theme. As the definitions below reflect, collusion between such parties can create thinly veiled forms of control over large numbers of people.

There are certainly distinctions between Democrats and Republicans, so MHProNews does not fall into the camp that claims that there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between the two major parties.  Of course, there are differences.

But the uber rich, their corporations, their nonprofits, and political action committees (PACs) can provide funding to candidates on both sides of an issue in a variety of ways that masks what is occurring to all but a few who pay close attention to the details.




Warren Buffett, the Manufactured Housing Institute, and Politics

Warren Buffett is the well-known chairman of Berkshire Hathaway. He’s routinely cited as the third richest man on earth.  He is buddies with the other uber-wealthy, such as mega-billionaires Jeff Bezos or Bill Gates. With Bezos, Buffett’s Berkshire now has clear ties through roughly a billion dollars’ worth of stock in Bezos-led Amazon. With Microsoft founder Gates, Buffett has long had ties too.  Among them are Buffett’s contributions in billions of dollars’ worth of Berkshire stock to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, of which the Gates foundation website says Buffett is a trustee.

Bezos, Gates and Buffett are among those billionaires who routinely support Democrats. That is, within the norms of the law and morality, their right, just as some give to Republicans or others.

But there is clear and compelling evidence – publicly undisputed at this time by those in question – that the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) is dominated by a few power players.  Chief among those are Berkshire subsidiaries, including Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corporation, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, and a range of other firms, including Shaw, various brokerage firms and companies like Wells Fargo that isn’t owned by Berkshire, yet Berkshire routinely has nearly the legal limit in Wells Fargo stock holdings.

There are several paths that money – including for political campaigns – can easily flow through with relative difficult to detect.

By de facto controlling MHI, the Berkshire brands have effective control over their MHI PAC. There are prominent Democrats, such as former MHI Nathan Smith of SSK Communities, who are involved in the MHI PAC. Smith chairs the MHI PAC on this date, per the MHI website.




Our recent exclusive and data-driven report linked below reflects that the MHI PAC tends to donate more to Republicans than Democrats, but give to both. That means, they are buying influence with politicians in both major parties, who in turn tend to do what they want.


Democrats? Republicans? Political Campaigns Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) PAC Supported


That must be kept in mind when issues such as the failed Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act come up for votes. For years, there was Buffett backing President Obama and candidate Hillary Clinton, which pledged to pass and protect from change the Dodd-Frank legislation. Meanwhile, the MHI PAC and MHI itself were lobbying to ‘pass’ Preserving Access. But Buffett’s and Berkshire’s fingerprints are also on organizations such as Prosperity Now.

Prosperity Now, Nonprofits Sustain John Oliver’s “Mobile Homes” Video in Their Reports

Rephrased, Buffett and his money are on both sides of key issues to the industry.  The reports linked above and below outline how this can veil artificial headwinds used by Berkshire as ‘sharks in the water’ in their ‘strategic moat.

This is how monopolistic style power over the marketplace is forged.

President Trump, and presidential hopefuls like Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, can claim that they are to a degree immune from being ‘bought and paid for’ by major donors.

But there are so many nuanced ways that money and influence flow that it is not easy to affirm such assertions with certainty. Should Warren become her party’s nominee, for example, at that point she is certainly going to be subject to all the influence groups that exert power over the Democratic National Committee (DNC).


We Provide, You Decide

MHProNews led the way in prior election cycles in providing political coverage and analysis in manufactured housing.  Few things have more influence over business than politics does, because the laws are made and enforced by politicos and their allies.

We will provide fair and balanced coverage of President Trump’s reelection effort, as well as coverage of serious independents and of the Democratic field too.

The President’s kick off rally last night was carried by a CSPAN channel, but there was a glitch during part of their broadcast.  So, both the Fox News and the CBS versions of the president’s kickoff rally are posted below.



Note that Major Garrett, with CBS News shared some fascinating insights from Brad Parscale, who heads up the Trump 2020 campaign effort.  It is worth watching, as it goes into the issue of public polling and its accuracy. The Fox News video below includes Vice President Mike Pence, who introduced President Trump and First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS) Melania Trump, who also briefly addressed the packed Amway Center.



The past roughly 2½ years has revealed that America can attract back capital that fled overseas.  Jobs once thought lost, can be recovered. This is a matter of policy and law.

  • Complex and higher taxes,
  • complex regulations,
  • access to capital and credit,
  • meaningful access to the political system,
  • media access and influence

are all arguably tilted in the favor of larger companies and conglomerates. As a pro-manufactured housing industry publisher that is also pro-consumer, we believe there is a clear trail of evidence that Berkshire brands, working at times in concert with a relatively small group of other major players, has de facto rigged the system in manufactured housing.

The result of that is an industry has fewer shipments today than the year that Buffett led Berkshire entered the industry in 2003. At the same time, the market share of Clayton Homes has grown dramatically.  Are these coincidences?

Or is it a coincidence that Berkshire’s strong influence over manufactured home lending has arguably been exerted to redirect the efforts of the GSEs away from the majority of manufactured homes, as the law intended, to only a small select number of a ‘new class’ of far more costly manufactured homes that was and is supported by Clayton Homes and MHI?

These are matters that merit congressional and other investigations. Indeed, Clayton is being investigated by several federal agencies, some of which is covered in the mainstream news video below.



Here on MHProNews, our slogan has long been, “We Provide, You Decide.” © We share the evidence, the money trail, and the facts in a way that others can follow, step-by-step.  That makes your ability to plan – especially as an independent business or investor – that much easier.



Gus’ message came in response to a series of exposes on issues within manufactured housing, as well as tips, strategies and opportunities.


But it isn’t easy.

For years, we’ve been peeling the onion of an arguably rigged system in manufactured housing back, one layer at a time.  We’ve given Clayton, 21st, MHI and their outside attorney a chance to respond to such concerns and allegations.  Up until 2¼ years ago, they routinely responded readily and promptly.  But since that time, they’ve been largely mute. It was during that last 2+ years that MHProNews got closer to the various methods and ways that the system has been rigged in favor of certain major players.  Is it a coincidence that they’ve taken the 5th as we revealed more information?

Nor should the published scandals surrounding the various most recent MHI Executive Committee leaders be ignored.



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Our reports, fact-checks and analysis has perhaps resulted in a loss of ad revenues from MHI, Clayton, 21st and others that used to financially support this website. That is what it is, but it also meaningfully demonstrates that we are not swayed in our reports and analysis by advertising.

It is ‘fearless’ coverage that is based upon evidence, not mere opinion, that has made and kept us the runaway #1 trade media in all of manufactured housing. Buckle up, because there is more to come.

Whatever your views on the 45th president, the fact remains that he attracted enough Obama-Biden era voters to his cause in 2016 to crack the ‘blue wall,’ winning Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Battleground states of Ohio, North Carolina, and Florida went for candidate Trump too.

While their styles are obviously different, the Democrat turned Republican Ronald Reagan, and the Democrat turned Republican Donald J. Trump have both tapped into blue collar appeal. With a field of Democratic candidates that hovers around 2 dozen candidates, the possibility for some third-party candidacies, this promises to be a memorable electoral season.

Using mainstream polls, but adjusting for their ‘internals,’ MHProNews in 2016 predicted the upset win of Donald J. Trump as well as the GOP victories in the House and Senate.  Meanwhile, MHI and their team had two pro-Hillary Clinton speakers on their stage in Chicago mere days before the famous upset. Their high-dollar predictions proved wrong on several levels.

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“Pull the Pam Danner Parachute” During the MHI Meeting, Association Leader Comments

September 18th, 2017 Comments off

HUD Manufactured Housing Program Administrator, Pam Danner, JD, top right. Bottom left, Lois Starkey – former MHI VP, who is now at HUD. Behind Starkey, MHI President and CEO, Richard A ‘Dick’ Jennison, whom unconfirmed rumors say is going to be exited at the end of his current contract.

Last month, MHProNews published a report that included the following findings from a well-known HUD Code manufactured housing advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.

That report was recently republished 2 days ago by MHR. Eagle-eyed professionals who read the Daily Business News spotted it.  Note that per the provider of the information, MHR had the same right to publish that report as MHProNews first did, only this publication did so about 6 weeks ago.

But as another industry professional put it, this was a timely reminder.

That member suggested that the relatively modest numbers expected at the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Annual meeting in Orlando should see what, if anything, MHI has to say about the Pam Danner/Lois Starkey topic.

To date, MHI has reportedly told those members that pressed them on the HUD program administrator Danner that it was a non-issue for the Arlington, VA based group. Others say that MHI is de facto supportive of the Danner status quo.

Some excerpts of the prior report are shown below.

“(1) Is seeking to implement a federal takeover of installation regulation in all fifty states, in derogation of state law and contrary to the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000;


Mark Weiss, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).

(2) Is seeking to implement extremely costly substantive changes to the existing federal installation standards for “frost-free” shallow foundations through an alleged “Interpretive Bulletin”…

(3) Is destroying the HUD Code on-site completion market through an unnecessarily complex, paperwork-intensive, intricate and costly “on-site completion” rule, in the process rejecting requests by a broad range of program stakeholders and the MHCC to delay and reconsider implementation of the final rule and related pseudo-regulatory HUD “guidance” – which only benefits industry competitors and program contractors;”

With over 20 more bullets, the full report by Mark Weiss, JD, first published on Aug 2, is linked here.  Another, more recent report by Weiss is linked here.##

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Orlando, Post Irma – Sewage, Power Outages, Alligators, Localized Flooding, and MHI’s Meeting

September 14th, 2017 Comments off
Post Hurricane Irma Flooding

Still from video, credit, Orlando Sentinel.

Floridian ‘refugees’ from Hurricane Irma tell MHProNews that there are reported possibilities of flooding of one or more rivers north of Tampa which may cause a temporary closure of I75.

As post-Irma rivers swell, for those traveling by car or other vehicles, it is advisable to check road conditions to obtain your best and safest route.

Per the Orlando Sentinel, power outages are yielding some interesting by products; such as raw sewage going into lakes and waterways (see video).

Other media have reported alligator sightings are up, and large numbers are still without power.  That includes businesses tied to the tourism industry.

OTR From MHI Members

Expect to hear after the [annual] meeting that the reason that attendance is down was Irma,” a ‘well connected’ Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) member told MHProNews.  “But it was possible that the attendance would have been down anyway, just as was the [MHI] Washington, DC Fly-in.”

Several members inform the Daily Business News (DBN) that they are going.

But some indicated they wished that MHI would reschedule the event. “I heard that Disney is pushing MHI to move ahead, since they are open,” a reliable source said was the word from the Arlington, VA organization.

But a board member stated that “it makes me sick” that MHI would not realize the “insensitivity” of holding a meeting this close to such a major tragedy in the Sunshine State.

They are tone deaf,” said another.


Is it About the Money?

It’s about the revenue, they have a hefty fee for each event,” a member stated. While it was first raised about a different topic, does Marty Lavin’s dictums shown above apply as well to this scenario?

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Multiple MHI award winner Doug Gorman has called for Pam Danner, a personal friend of his, to be replaced as the head of the HUD Code Manufactured Housing Program. While MHI postures the desire for change, why aren’t they making the one common sense request that would make change a reality? This is an issue that MHI member factories, retailers and communities are among those pondering the question, for more click the graphic above.

It’s one thing for the Florida [Manufactured Housing] Association to have a meeting post-Irma, that may even make sense in terms of sharing insights and lessons learned,” a community operator said. “But MHI?  Come on.”


Pam Danner, JD, as head of the manufactured housing program, ought to be the replaced, as has occurred with other Obama Administration hold-overs. Sources say that without MHI support, Danner could not still contain her role. For an in depth view of the various disconnects between MHI’s stated position and reality checks, click here.

What accomplishment will MHI point to for their members that do attend? Will the association finally state their reasons for their de-facto support of Pam Danner?  Will they address recent concerns raised by industry professionals in and out of MHI? ## (News, event, analysis.)

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Manufactured Home Community Named Top Retirement Locale in Florida

October 29th, 2015 Comments off

The_Villages__newsmax_credit__also_wikimediaAs MHProNews knows, Newsmax’s top – #1 – rated retirement community in their list of 50 is The Villages. The Villages is a mix of HUD Code Manufactured Housing and other construction that includes site building that in some cases mimics the look of a manufactured home.

With 56,260 homes, The Villages is more like an age-restricted city 60 miles northwest of Orlando than an Active Adult Retirement Community. Stretching over portions of three counties, and with a population of 8,333 at the 2000 Census, it grew to 51,442 by 2010 and around 114,000 today. It boasts 42 golf courses, over 60 restaurants, dozens of outdoor swimming pools and a variety of other leisure activities. Homes range in price from under $100,000 to $2 million. ##

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Carefree Acquires Central Park in Florida

April 30th, 2015 Comments off

Carefree_Communities__April_2015Carefree Communities, Inc. of Scottsdale, Arizona acquired Central Park manufactured home (MH) and recreational vehicle (RV) communities in Haines City. Florida, April 23. Located 90 miles from Tampa and Orlando, the age-restricted 55+ Central Park MH has 110 homesites, and the Central Park RV community has 368 sites. Both communities have a lively social activities calendar, a priority for Carefree.

As prnewswire informs MHProNews, the company now owns and operates 102 MH and RV communities in the U. S. and Canada with 28,000 sites. A private real estate investment trust (REIT), Carefree bills itself as the fifth largest operator of MH and RV communities in the nation. This acquisition marks the 40th for the company in the last two years. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. ##

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Sun Closes on Orlando area Manufactured Home Communities

April 2nd, 2015 Comments off

sun communnities communityMHProNews has learned from NASDAQ that Sun Communities, Inc. has closed on the $256.2 million deal for seven manufactured home communities comprised of 3,130 homesites, and 60 percent of which are age-restricted communities. Ninety-six percent of the sites are occupied, and there are 380 additional sites that could be developed.

The transaction includes Sun’s assuming $157.3 million debt, the payment of $42.2 million cash, $22.7 million in common OP Units of Sun Communities Operating Limited Partnership (SCOLP), and $34.0 million in newly-created Series C preferred OP units in SCOLP.

According to a story MHProNews published Dec. 5, 2014, the communities are all in the Orlando, Florida area. Sun is a publicly-traded real estate investment trust (REIT) that now owns and operates a portfolio of 249 communities comprised of 92,500 developed homesites. ##

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HUD’s Pam Danner draws robust welcome during address at FMHA annual event

October 10th, 2014 Comments off

cyndi-king-l-pam-danner-r-hud-manufactured-housing-program-address-packed-fmha-annual-meeting=daily-business-news-mhpronews-2 (1)Florida Manufactured Housing Association (FMHA) President Cyndi King introduced the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Manufactured Housing Program director – Pam Beck Danner, JD – to the FMHA’s packed 2014 annual meeting in Orlando on 10.8.2014.

Danner described the busy 6 months she’s had at HUD, which included no “honeymoon” time for the MH program’s new director.

Danner immediately dug in, with over 100 languishing issues reported by the GAO’s recent report, to start moving them ahead.

The Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) is back on the calendar. Discussions are underway on how HUD can support DOE, FHA and other federal programs in their MH efforts.

The HUD Code Manufactured Housing’s program’s label fee was raised, an unavoidable move, Danner explained, due to the program budget and the law.

Danner said they took HUD MH program staff on a tour of a manufactured home land lease community in VA, to give them a better sense of the modern MHIndustry.

Danner said she has an open door, encourages positive engagement by her staff with the industry, and wants manufactured housing to be as broadly included in other HUD and federal program planning as possible.

Attendees welcomed Danner and her comments with warm, genuine applause. MHI, MHARR and FMHA are among the MH associations which have spoken highly about Danner’s strong industry background, understanding of the issues and thus suitability for her new role at HUD.

Attendance at the upbeat event – which included awards, industry education, mixers and meals – was reportedly up over 20% from 2013. ##

(King top left, Danner top right – Photo Credit: MHProNews) Extra: IBS Day Two

January 13th, 2011 Comments off

Suzanne Contributor and Lifestylist® Suzanne Felber took a break from a busy schedule at the National Association of Home Builder’s (NAHB) International Building Show (IBS) in Orlando today to tell us about some of the excitement surrounding home exhibits by both Champion and Palm Harbor Homes. Suzanne provides some insight about hot products on display including options for outdoor decking, sliding glass doors, LED lighting and and solar panels. Suzanne talks with Reporter Eric Miller. Suzanne will check in one more time on Friday.

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