Massive corporate banks and billionaire plutocrats are proving that they have a vested interest in dismantling the growing Occupy protests. Chris Hayes has just revealed that a politically connected lobbying firm with close ties to Republican John Boehner, has asked a wealthy banking group for nearly a million dollars to develop a strategic plan to destroy the Occupy Wall Street movement, as well as any politicians who might express support for the activists.
The proposal came from the lobbying firm Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford, and was directed to one of CLGC’s clients, the American Bankers Association. The lobbying firm proposed that the ABA pay CLGC $850,000 to conduct “opposition research” on Occupy Wall Street in order to create “negative narratives” about the activists and their supporters. The leaked memo claims that if Democrats embrace the Occupy movement, that:
“This would mean more than just short-term political discomfort for Wall Street. … It has the potential to have very long-lasting political, policy and financial impacts on the companies in the center of the bullseye.”
Two of the memo’s authors, who are partners at Sam Geduldig and Jay Cranford, previously worked for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.
To Protect and to Serve…Banks?
JP Morgan Chase has also just given the New York City Police Foundation the largest donation in their entire history, 4.6 million dollars. JP Morgan’s own website boasts of the multi-million dollar gift to the police, (just in time to help fund the excessive force and police brutality that has been repeatedly inflicted upon many peaceful Occupy protesters):
“JPMorgan Chase recently donated an unprecedented $4.6 million to the New York City Police Foundation. The gift was the largest in the history of the foundation and will enable the New York City Police Department to strengthen security in the Big Apple. The money will pay for 1,000 new patrol car laptops, as well as security monitoring software in the NYPD’s main data center.”