@CorpRIP_GMOP Resources

INFO-SHARING IS KEY / "Open Source Intelligence"

Started 12-08-11 for the Get Money Out of Politics OWS Working Group (formerly known as the End Corporate Personhood WG)

>> More organizing of these resources will occur & a migration to this wiki https://re-configure.org/wiki is planned.

Main WG portal = http://owsgetmoneyout.tumblr.com

Group Minutes (in-development) = EPC_GMOP_minutes

Twitter account/feed = http://twitter.com/ows_getmoneyout

All Tweets in one document (07/05/12) 

Non-Google Forum - https://re-configure.org/forum

Google Group = http://groups.google.com/group/endcorporatepersonhoodnyc

Facebook group page = https://www.facebook.com/groups/ecpnyc/

"Revolving Door" = Revolving Door (moved to hackpad)

Public Campaign Finance = Public Campaign Finance (moved to hackpad)

Movies to screen to create public forums = GMOP movies

New meeting flyers

Version 1

FRONT: http://ows.re-configure.org/meeting_flyer_front_06-17-12.pdf

BACK: http://ows.re-configure.org/meeting_flyer_back_03-23-12.pdf

Version 2

FRONT: http://ows.re-configure.org/meeting_flyer_front_FISH_no_ows_06-17-12.pdf

"Move Your Money" Flyer



Jan 20 & 21 videos


"Corporations don’t have to lobby the government anymore. They are the government."

--Jim Hightower


+ NYC has the largest concentration of billionaires in the world so whose influencing politics and how?

+ List of those in the NYC "REVOLVING DOOR"

+ Whose funding New York City Council members?

+ What New York 501(c)4 groups (anyone for that matter) are influencing politics with money

+ Koch & American Crossroads GPS networks within NYC?

+ Public campaign finance advocates and opposition within NYC

+ Best resources illustrating the power of small donors (NY City Council example)

+ Most influential lobbyists (and lawyers) in NYC

New Coalition ---> http://www.prwatch.org/news/2012/11/11839/money-out-voters-new-joint-effort-protect-democracy-launched


There is no law barring lobbyists from entering public service on Capitol Hill.


+ 2011 record-breaking $220M in NYS Lobbying - http://nypirg.org/pubs/goodgov/2012.04.05_NYPIRG_Lobbying_in_2011.pdf

+ Open Secrets data showing lobbying expenditures - http://www.opensecrets.org/influence/index.php

+ Database - http://littlesis.org/list/102/Wall_Street%27s_Revolving_Door_Lobbyists

+ 10 of the Biggest Lobbies in Washington (2011, needs verification) - http://www.businesspundit.com/10-of-the-biggest-lobbies-in-washington/

+ http://lobbyists.info

+ Coalition of Private Investment Companies = primary US lobby organ for hedge funds

+ Corporate Political Donations Linked To Lower Stock Value: Study - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/02/corporate-political-donations_n_1468506.html

+ Jack Abramoff & the Lobbyists Playbook - www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHiicN0Kg10

+ Shit Lobbyists Say (humor) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bhC05iXzN6M#!

+   Spinwatch report: ‘How Goldman Sachs Rigs the Game’ = extensive lobbying both in the UK & EU capturing the political processes http://www.spinwatch.org/-articles-by-category-mainmenu-8/48-lobbying/5425-how-goldman-sachs-rigs-the-game

+ Report: How Corporations Pay More for Lobbyists Than in Taxes http://publicampaign.org/reports/forhire

+ http://www.lobbyingtransparency.org

+ Planted Money: Inside Washington’s Money Machine (podcast)


+ http://www.americancrossroadswatch.org

+ http://alecexposed.org

Alec’s     website says that "each year, close to 1,000 bills, based at least in  part on Alec model legislation, are introduced in the states. "Of these,  an average of 20 percent become law." - www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/20/occupy-movement-targets-corporate-interest-group

+ List of ALEC corporate task forces http://www.commoncause.org/site/pp.asp?c=dkLNK1MQIwG&b=8078765

+ The United States Chamber of Commerce,   which touts itself as a “main  street” grass-roots organization,   draws   most of its funds from about a  hundred businesses, including   such  “main  street” sources as BP,  Exxon-Mobil, JPMorgan Chase,   Massey  Coal,  Pfizer, Shell, Aetna, and  Alcoa. http://www.alternet.org/story/153349/moyers%3A_why_%27we_the_people%27_must_triumph_over_corporate_power/

+ http://www.fixtheuschamber.org

+  Lewis Powell memo (1971) to US Chamber of Commerce Education Committee  chairman showing insightful language tactics used to demonize dissent - http://www.heist-themovie.com/image/PowellMemo.pdf

+ List of US Chamber members influencing the system http://www.republicreport.org/2012/exclusive-chamber-funding-corporations/

+ ALEC politicians = http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=ALEC_Politicians

+ ALEC corporations = http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=ALEC_Corporations

+ https://twitter.com/ALECwatch

+ 30 Companies Spend More on Lobbying Than Taxes - http://unitedrepublic.org/2011/30-companies-spend-more-on-lobbying-than-taxes/

+ "Chinese hackers" (?) break into US Chamber of Commerce computers of lobbying groups - http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/751428/chinese_hackers_breach_us_chamber_of_commerce%2C_strange_activity_detected_in_printers%2C_thermostats/#paragraph3

+ Revolving door - http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/revolving-door-from-top-futures-regulator-to-top-futures-lobbyist-20120111

Books on Israeli lobbying:

They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel’s Lobby

The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy

PACs / 501(c)4’s, / SuperPACs (political action committees)

Following the Citizens United ruling:

SpeechNow.org v. FEC

SpeechNow.org is a case challenging the FEC’s ruling that two or more citizens cannot  join together to air ads urging the defeat or election of specific candidates for federal office without registering as a political committee and being subject to a $5,000 contribution limit  per donor. On March 26, 2010 a federal appeals court held in a unanimous opinion  that  that the government may not limit unincorporated associations of  citizens from banding together to spend money advocating for or against  candidates.

+ http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=SpeechNow.Org

+ http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/

+ http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/superpacs.php

+ Secret Money & SuperPACs in 2012 - http://www.demos.org/press-release/new-report-secret-money-and-super-pacs-2012-election

+ List of wealthy donors thru PACs - http://www.zerohedge.com/news/who-funding-presidential-race-list-uber-wealthy-behind-pacs

+ Auctioning Democracy: The Rise of Super PACs and the 2012 Election - http://www.demos.org/publication/auctioning-democracy-rise-super-pacs-and-2012-election

+ SuperPACs and the corporations who love them http://politicalspending.org/docs/CAPS-SuperPAC-report.pdf

+ Interactive map of SuperPAC election money - http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/06/interactive-chart-super-pac-election-money

+ Two Dark Money Groups Outspending All Super PACs Combined



+ "Justice" Dept dismisses Goldman Sachs corruption (nations top attorney has no balls!) - http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/ag-eric-holder-has-no-balls-20120815

+ 0.01 percent of Americans make most political contributions - http://unitedrepublic.org/2011/breaking-it-down-%E2%80%98the-political-one-percent-of-the-one-percent%E2%80%99/

+ Campaign finance guide fr ProPublica - https://www.propublica.org/article/from-citizens-united-to-super-pacs-a-campaign-finance-reading-guide?utm_source=twitter_socialflow

+ Capitol Hill’s Top 75 Corporate Sponsors (2010) http://m.motherjones.com/politics/2010/09/capitol-hill-top-corporate-sponsors

+ Why it matters that our politicians are rich http://articles.boston.com/2012-02-19/ideas/31074206_1_politicians-money-fortune

+ Who Ows Congress seating chart (2010) - http://m.motherjones.com/politics/2010/09/congress-corporate-sponsors & Schumer happens to be the most well-funded person from banks whose not running for president according to http://m.motherjones.com/politics/2010/09/congress-corporate-sponsors

+ "Where is the money going" feature by ALLGOV - http://www.allgov.com/news/where-is-the-money-going?category=2590

+ Resources on corporate rule (and history) - http://corporate-rule.co.uk/drupal/node/62

+ Corporate Law and Structures - Exposing the Roots of the Problem (PDF) http://www.corporatewatch.org.uk/download.php?id=43

+ 10 corporations that control most of what we buy - http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-04-25/news/31396724_1_taco-bell-brands-dove-soap

+ Record-Breaking 178,000 Americans Call On SEC To Regulate Corporate Political Spending (May 7, 2012)  http://www.republicreport.org/2012/record-breaking-178000-americans-call-on-sec-to-regulate-corporate-political-spending/

+ Money Unlimited: How Chief Justice John Roberts orchestrated the Citizens United decision http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/05/21/120521fa_fact_toobin?currentPage=all

+ Federal court allows top donors to tax-exempt groups to remain secret http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/09/18/federal-court-allows-top-donors-to-tax-exempt-groups-to-remain-secret/

+Wall Street Rolling Back Another Key Piece of Financial Reform


+Citizens United ruling accounts for 78 percent of 2012 election spending http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/09/24/citizens-united-ruling-accounts-for-78-percent-of-2012-election-spending/

+ The Lie Factory: How Politics Became a Business" by Jill Lepore - http://m.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/09/24/120924fa_fact_lepore?currentPage=all

+ "SUPER-RICH IRONY Why do billionaires feel victimized by Obama?" by Chrystia Freeland, Oct 2012 http://newyorker.com/reporting/2012/10/08/121008fa_fact_freeland?currentPage=all

+ (see #10 definition of person in US code and 15A for definition of "United States") http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/usc_sec_28_00003002----000-.html

+ http://opensecrets.org

+ http://sunlightfoundation.com

+ http://www.iwatchnews.org/politics/consider-source

+ http://www.followthemoney.org

+ http://billmoyers.com/topics/money-politics/

+ http://maplight.org

+ https://www.propublica.org

+ http://democracyisforpeople.org

+ http://corporate-rule.co.uk/drupal/

+ http://www.crocodyl.org (corporation research)

+ http://www.corpwatch.org

+ http://KochWatch.org (Koch Industries/Koch Brothers)

+ Koch Industries double-sided print-out http://ows.re-configure.org/Koch_Industries_06-03-12.pdf