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You Know of George Soros, Koch Brothers, Rothschild – Now Meet the Hedge Fund Tycoons Behind Trump – Pontiac Tribune. April 1, 2017 The name “Mercer” probably doesn’t sound familiar to you, and this is for good reason – billionaire hedge fund manager, Robert Mercer, and his daughter Rebekah have taken painstaking efforts to remain out of the public eye.

You Know of George Soros, Koch Brothers, Rothschild – Now Meet the Hedge Fund Tycoons Behind Trump – Pontiac Tribune

They’ve had a large hand in reshaping the American political landscape, yet they refuse to speak with the media, rarely speak in public, and conduct their work from the shadows. This is the father-daughter billionaire hedge fund duo who “laid the groundwork for the Trump revolution,” according to Steve Bannon. “Irrefutably, when you look at donors during the past four years, they have had the single biggest impact of anybody, including the Kochs.” Democracy Now spoke with staff writer at The New Yorker, Jane Mayer, about her latest piece titled “The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency: How Robert Mercer exploited America’s populist insurgency.”

The Complete History of Monsanto, “The World’s Most Evil Corporation” – REALfarmacy.com. By E Hanzai.

The Complete History of Monsanto, “The World’s Most Evil Corporation” – REALfarmacy.com

How Dark Money Stays Dark: The Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson and the Right's Destructive Racket. How the Oil Industry Conquered Medicine, Finance and Agriculture. By Dr.

How the Oil Industry Conquered Medicine, Finance and Agriculture

8 Disturbing Ways The Kochs Have Amassed Their Fortune. Source: www.salon.com | Original Post Date: October 1, 2014 – According to a recent Rolling Stone report, the Koch brothers control one of the world’s largest fortunes.

8 Disturbing Ways The Kochs Have Amassed Their Fortune

Unsurprisingly, they are not eager to share how they acquired their billions of dollars. Charles Koch’s Frankenstein Problem: He Created the Tea Party Monster — and Now He’s Horrified With the Results. Charles Koch.Photo Credit: CBS.

Charles Koch’s Frankenstein Problem: He Created the Tea Party Monster — and Now He’s Horrified With the Results

Koch Brothers + 11 Other Special Interest Groups Wage War on Solar. The Koch brothers, Duke Energy and Arizona Public Service are among 12 special interest groups waging aggressive anti-solar campaigns across the country, often coordinated and behind the scenes, a new Environment America Research and Policy Center report said today.

Koch Brothers + 11 Other Special Interest Groups Wage War on Solar

While American solar power has increased four-fold since 2010, state by state, utilities and powerful industry front groups have begun chipping away at key policies that helped spur this solar boom, according to the analysis, “Blocking the Sun: 12 Utilities and Fossil Fuel Interests That Are Undermining American Solar Power.” “Fossil-fuel interests and their allies have been using the same playbook to undermine solar power across the country,” said Bret Fanshaw, the solar program coordinator for Environment America.

“And they’ve largely been operating in the shadows.” Charles and David Koch have an enormous financial stake in the fossil fuel industry through their company Koch Industries and its many subsidiaries. Tapes reveal Enron's secret role in California's power blackouts. Newly discovered tapes have revealed how the energy corporation Enron shut down at least one power plant on false pretences, deliberately aggravating California's crippling 2001 blackouts with the aim of raising prices.

Tapes reveal Enron's secret role in California's power blackouts

The tapes also show that Enron, whose bankruptcy three years ago was the biggest corporate scandal of recent times, manipulated energy markets in Canada and was planning to rig the Californian market even before deregulation in 1998, for which the Texan corporation actively campaigned. The most damning revelations concern Enron's secret role in creating artificial power shortages in California, helping to trigger an energy crisis in 2000 and 2001 which cost residents billions of dollars in surcharges.

Kochs Rebrand Themselves As Champions Of Poor, Fight To Slash Wages And Eliminate Their Health Care. Koch Brothers Exposed for Campaign Contributions to 19 Members of Congress Who Voted to Deny Fair Compensation to Asbestos Victims. House Judiciary Committee members who voted for a bill that could delay or deny fair compensation to asbestos victims received almost $3.3 million in campaign contributions over the last five years from companies that would benefit from the legislation, according to an investigation of federal records by Environmental Working Group (EWG) Action Fund.

Koch Brothers Exposed for Campaign Contributions to 19 Members of Congress Who Voted to Deny Fair Compensation to Asbestos Victims

The so-called FACT Act, H.R. 526, authored by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.), is being supported by dozens of companies and industry associations with billions of dollars worth of liability for deaths and diseases caused by exposing workers, their families or consumers to asbestos. On May 14, the Judiciary panel approved it 19 to 9. The full House is expected to debate it soon. The Best "Democracy" Money Can Buy: For Every Dollar Spent Influencing US Politics, Corporations Get $760 Back. The first time we read the recent analysis by the Sunlight Foundation in which it combed through 14 million corporate records, including data on campaign contributions, lobbying expenditures, federal budget allocations and spending, in order to determine the “rate of return” on lobbying and spending to buy political goodwill, we were left speechless.

The Best "Democracy" Money Can Buy: For Every Dollar Spent Influencing US Politics, Corporations Get $760 Back

To be sure, we had previously shown that when it comes to the rate of return on lobbying, the rates were simply staggering, and ranged anywhere between 5,900% for oil subsidies, to 22,000% for multinational tax breaks and even higher for America’s legal drug dealers. But nothing could prepare us for this. According to the foundation’s analysis, between 2007 and 2012, 200 of America’s most politically active corporations spent a combined $5.8 billion (with a B) on federal lobbying and campaign contributions.

The Big Money Behind Netanyahu. Reprinted from Consortium News Co-authored by *Michael Winship Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson.

The Big Money Behind Netanyahu

(image by Consortium News) Everything you need to know about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress on Tuesday was the presence in the visitor's gallery of one man -- Sheldon Adelson. Oil company to file $1.2 billion lawsuit against county with 57k people–for banning fracking. Richard Berman Energy Industry Talk Secretly Taped.

Photo WASHINGTON — If the oil and gas industry wants to prevent its opponents from slowing its efforts to drill in more places, it must be prepared to employ tactics like digging up embarrassing tidbits about environmentalists and liberal celebrities, a veteran Washington political consultant told a room full of industry executives in a speech that was secretly recorded. The blunt advice from the consultant, Richard Berman, the founder and chief executive of the Washington-based Berman & Company consulting firm, came as Mr. Berman solicited up to $3 million from oil and gas industry executives to finance an advertising and public relations campaign called Big Green Radicals. The company executives, Mr. Berman said in his speech, must be willing to exploit emotions like fear, greed and anger and turn them against the environmental groups.

Continue reading the main story. Yes, the Koch brothers really are that evil. David Koch. Monsanto Wants 14-Year Reuters Veteran Reporter Fired for Talking About GMO Dangers. Christina Sarich | Naturalsociety| August 11th 2014. Secretive White House Office For Lobbyists. In early 2011, after years of study, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration moved to reduce the permissible levels of silica dust wafted into the air by industrial processes like fracking, mining or cement manufacturing. The move came after years of public comment and hearings, and reflected emerging science about the dangers posed by even low levels of dust.

OSHA predicted the rule would save 700 lives annually and prevent 1,600 new cases of silicosis, an incurable, life-threatening disease. The proposal stirred fierce opposition from an array of industries, which argued that the costs of reducing silica levels far outweighed the potential benefits. Five Major Problems with Charles Koch's Op-Ed in USA Today. Leaked Docs: How a Secret FreedomWorks Donor Sought a Return on Its "Investments" AFSCME parts ways with the United Negro College Fund over Koch brothers money. AFSCME President Lee Saunders. Brownback 'Experiment' Blows Up Laboratory Of Democracy. When Louis Brandeis wrote in 1932 that a “single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country,” he was suggesting that state innovations might advance reform on the federal level. The progressive Supreme Court justice surely wasn’t imagining anything quite like Brownbackistan.

Updated: Florida Students Protest Koch Influence Over College Professors. ‘To quarterback behind the scenes, third-party efforts’: the tobacco industry and the Tea Party. Tobacco Control tobaccocontrol.bmj.com. Page 2 of Article: Who are the Koch brothers and what do they want? First-Ever Political Study of Top 1% Has Found Extreme Conservatism, Intense Political Involvement.

The Koch Brothers-Keystone XL Filthy Oil Connection. 36 People Risk Arrest at State Department Office in Boston Protesting Keystone XL Pipeline(image by NoKXL) Keystone XL Pipeline wouldn't contribute to U.S. energy-production, but instead to exports of the global-warming-dirtiest oil, from Canada, to Europe and South America. It would transport Alberta Canada's tar-sands oil -- half of which is owned by the Kochs -- south to two Koch-owned refineries near the Texas Gulf Coast for transshipment mainly to Europe. President Obama is thus trying to get Europe to relax its anti-global-warming standards to permit their importation of this oil, which is the world's absolute worst oil from the global-warming standpoint.

WATCH: Rachel Maddow Won’t Give In To The Koch Brothers’ Demands. We told you how the Koch brothers were loosely involved in a scheme designed to destroy the booming solar energy industry in Arizona. The Koch Brothers' "Samson Option" Source: Consortium News Oil billionaires David and Charles Koch.