Saturday, November 26, 2011

Lobbying Firm's Memo Spells Out Plan to Undermine Occupy Wall Street

Are there people with and at least they are with OWS behaving badly. With millions of Americans participating in OWS across the country certainly a few of them are going to be cranks of one sort or another. Much like any group you care to name. As we all now know even some highly regarded football coaches behave badly.
Lobbying Firm's Memo Spells Out Plan to Undermine Occupy Wall Street

A well-known Washington lobbying firm with links to the financial industry has proposed an $850,000 plan to take on Occupy Wall Street and politicians who might express sympathy for the protests, according to a memo obtained by the MSNBC program “Up w/ Chris Hayes.”

The proposal was written on the letterhead of the lobbying firm Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford and addressed to one of CLGC’s clients, the American Bankers Association.

CLGC’s memo proposes that the ABA pay CLGC $850,000 to conduct “opposition research” on Occupy Wall Street in order to construct “negative narratives” about the protests and allied politicians. The memo also asserts that Democratic victories in 2012 would be detrimental for Wall Street and targets specific races in which it says Wall Street would benefit by electing Republicans instead.

Something strange and deeply Un-American is going on. Maybe it is time for OWS to move on to other tactics to rise public awareness of how Wall Street is stealing billions from the U.S. economy and average working folks. In the mean time there is no excuse for the police preventing citizens from exercising their first amendment rights. Are OWS protesters violent? Not so far. Most of the violence had been perpetrated by police against protesters. There is an irony here in that the police and their unions are part of the 99%.