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Verizon: Paying Politicians to Rule the Air

Verizon: Paying Politicians to Rule the Ai

With 2010 profits of $2.5 billion, revenues of $106.5 billion and assets of $220.0 billion, Verizon Communications ranks as the 16th largest company on the Fortune 500 list. “Formed in 2000 when Bell Atlantic bought GTE, Verizon is among the nation’s top phone companies and is the No. 2 wireless provider, after Cingular. One of the “Baby Bells” that control the local phone market, Verizon has spent the last several years fighting to allow the Bells to enter the long-distance market, where it would expand its profitable broadband Internet services. Verizon acquired MCI, formerly WorldCom, in 2005, expanding its reach to nearly 49 million access lines in 28 states and Washington, DC, according to Hoovers. The company also has nearly 18 million US long-distance lines… Recent legislation in the House would allow national cable franchises to be awarded to telecom companies like Verizon.”

http://tinyurl.com/3txezzd

After years of asking “Can you hear me now?” Verizon is being heard just fine. Especially in Washington DC, where they have spent well over $12 million this year alone to maintain an army of 116 lobbyists – most of whom have BigCorp/BigGov “revolving door” credentials, including 5 former U.S. Representatives – marching through the halls of Congress and broadcasting an Internet privatization agenda that would ultimately allow Verizon to “Rule the Air”.

http://tinyurl.com/3vtr56q

Since 1999 Verizon’s spent more than $109 million wining and dining our Washington elite and Beltway bureaucrats, and since 1997 have made more than $22 million in political campaign contributions that follow lines of power more so than party. The top two recipients of that payola, for example, are George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama. For the 2012 election cycle, the top three recipients so far are Mitch McConnell (Senate Majority Leader), John Boehner (Speaker of the House) and of course Barack H. Obama (POTUS). And to make sure these well paid politicos know what is expected in return for Verizon’s generosity, the company (including its predecessors) has seated not less than 42 of its employees on not less than 31 federal “advisory” committees since 1991:

Federal Communications Commission: 16 people on 8 committees
Department of State: 9 people on 4 committees
Department of Commerce: 4 people on 6 committees
Department of Homeland Security: 4 people on 2 committees
Department of Health and Human Services: 3 people on 3 committees
National Science Foundation: 3 people on 3 committees
Department of Transportation: 3 people on 1 committee
Department of Defense: 2 people on 2 committees
Department of the Treasury: 2 people on 2 committees
Department of Energy: 1 person on 1 committee

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And what, exactly, is Verizon mandating from its minions in DC? Their lobbying agenda is long and complex, but these five issues alone should give every Verizon customer – and every American citizen, for that matter – cause for concern:

1. Broadband Data Caps – Which Verizon exploits:

http://tinyurl.com/6bxenf4

2. Employee Rights & Benefits – Which Verizon curtails:

http://tinyurl.com/4yztxgb

3. Internet Censorship – Which Verizon practices:

http://tinyurl.com/yoadop

4. Internet Privacy – Which Verizon violates:

http://tinyurl.com/3eco3dq

5. Net Neutrality – Which Verizon opposes:

http://tinyurl.com/yfuwn2l

http://tinyurl.com/3arxpyt

http://tinyurl.com/62cbbzb

http://tinyurl.com/3fcwupa

http://tinyurl.com/3wo99ca

Pardon the pun, but we lack the bandwidth to address each of these important issues adequately here. So, please follow the links we have provided to learn more about Verigreedy’s plans to “Rule the Air”.

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Do not listen to the pundits, plants and other posers pronouncing the recent nixing of bank debit card fees as some great “victory for democracy” that we should all go home and celebrate. The banksters threw us a bone, and that’s all. They have trillions more dollars stolen, thousands more families displaced, and hundreds more lives destroyed – and in some cases taken – to be held accountable for.

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AT&T: Ma Bell Wants Her Monopoly Back

AT&T: Ma Bell Wants Her Monopoly Back

AT&T: MA BELL WANTS HER MONOPOLY BACK
Global Revolution 1: American Revolution 2: Day 46: Communication 1
IronBoltBruce’s Kleptocracy Chronicles for 1 Nov 2011 (g1a2d0046c1)
How many examples of greed and corruption must you see before you act?

“We don’t care. We don’t have to. We’re the phone company.” – Lili Tomlin

Ma Bell wants her monopoly back, and she’s almost got it:

“After being broken up in the mid-1980s in a landmark antitrust case, this telecommunications icon re-formed in 2005, and became the nation’s largest phone company when SBC Communications bought AT&T Corp. for $16 billion. As SBC, the company led the fight to allow the Baby Bells to enter the long-distance market, where they hope to offer profitable broadband Internet services. Cingular, which bought AT&T Wireless for $14 billion in 2004 and was part of SBC, is now in AT&T’s fold. Cingular – ultimately renamed AT&T again – is the leading U.S. wireless carrier, with more than 54 million subscribers. And AT&T’s growth continues. In 2006, AT&T agreed to buy southern Baby Bell BellSouth in a deal valued at more than $65 billion. In 2011, AT&T sought to merge with T-Mobile USA…”

http://tinyurl.com/24np77u

“This $39 billion mega merger would create the country’s largest wireless company, which along with Verizon – the other 800-pound gorilla in wireless – would control nearly 80 percent of the U.S. marketplace. That means less competition in an already much-less-than-competitive market, fewer choices, and, most likely, higher prices. Parul P. Desai, policy counsel for Consumers Union, said, ‘AT&T is already a giant in the wireless marketplace, where customers routinely complain about hidden charges and other anti-consumer practices. From a consumer’s perspective, it’s difficult to come up with any justification or benefits from letting AT&T swallow up one of its few major competitors. We plan to work very closely with regulators and lawmakers to carefully scrutinize this deal and what it would mean to people’s pocketbooks.'”

http://hearusnow.org

Many other consumer advocates oppose the merger, but they face an uphill battle because of all of the politicians whose pockets AT&T is happy to line. The Texas-based telecom giant has invested over $142 million in lobbying since 1997, plus more than $56 million in state and federal campaign contributions since 1989, with their friendly pay-to-play Governor Rick Perry taking the top recipient spot by pocketing $722,194 plus the profit on 700 copies of his “Fed Up” book that AT&T bought…

http://tinyurl.com/3qzx7ef

…all told, almost three times as much as the $276,843 they gave to Barack Obama over the same period:

http://tinyurl.com/3jlw3f4

And of course there’s plenty more where that came from, as Josh Levy of the Save The Internet coalition laments:

“Maybe it’s the water in Washington that’s making people silly. Or maybe it’s AT&T’s hefty campaign spending. Either way, something’s got people believing AT&T when it says that up is down, green is red, 1 + 1 = 3 … and that its proposed takeover of T-Mobile would be good for America. Look no further than the 15 shameless representatives who just signed a letter urging President Obama – whose Justice Department is suing AT&T to block the deal – to support a settlement that would enable the merger and give AT&T control over T-Mobile… We’ve debunked every AT&T myth about this disastrous merger. The Justice Department boldly declared that the deal breaks antitrust law. And AT&T’s own leaked documents prove that its only goal is to snuff out a competitor.”

“As Free Press Action Fund Research Director S. Derek Turner put it, ‘Surely these members can’t believe that a letter repeating long-debunked talking points would cause the Department of Justice to reverse course and ignore the evidence behind its lawsuit.’ Either these members of Congress actually believe in the fantasies AT&T cooks up, or they are so worried that AT&T will turn off its spigot of campaign contributions that they’ll sign anything the telecom puts in front of them. Speaking of which, it turns out that these signers have collectively received more than $570,000 in campaign cash from AT&T:

Career Contributions from AT&T

Rep. Joe Baca (Calif.): $70,000
Rep. Loretta Sanchez (Calif.): $69,500
Rep. Henry Cuellar (Texas): $54,701
Rep. Mike Ross (Ark.): $51,250
Rep. John Barrow (Ga.): $38,000
Rep. Jim Costa (Calif.): $37,250
Rep. Dan Boren (Okla.): $37,250
Rep. David Scott (Ga.): $37,000
Rep. Dennis Cardoza (Calif.): $31,500
Rep. Mike McIntyre (N.C.): $31,500
Rep. Leonard Boswell (Iowa): $28,500
Rep. Ben Chandler (Kent.): $28,500
Rep. Heath Shuler (N.C.): $25,450
Rep. Mike Michaud (Maine): $25,000
Rep. Collin Peterson (Minn.): $9,500

It’s time these members of Congress paid a price for raking in campaign contributions while ignoring the plain truth about this job-killing deal…”

http://tinyurl.com/5vwbl7k

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General Dynamics and its Dynamic Generals

General Dynamics and its Dynamic Generals

BIG 5 DEFENSE CONTRACTOR GENERAL DYNAMICS AND ITS DYNAMIC GENERALS
Global Revolution 1: American Revolution 2: Day 28: Communication 1
14 Oct 2011 (g1a2d0028c1)

Part 1 of 4: National Security Inc.

“The evolution of General Dynamics was based on one simple strategy: Follow the money. The company embraced the emerging intelligence-driven style of warfare. It developed small-target identification systems and equipment that could intercept an insurgent’s cellphone and laptop communications. It found ways to sort the billions of data points collected by intelligence agencies into piles of information that a single person could analyze. It also began gobbling up smaller companies that could help it dominate the new intelligence landscape, just as its competitors were doing. Between 2001 and 2010, the company acquired 11 firms specializing in satellites, signals and geospatial intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, technology integration and imagery. On Sept. 11, 2001, General Dynamics was working with nine intelligence organizations. Now it has contracts with all 16. Its employees fill the halls of the NSA and DHS. The corporation was paid hundreds of millions !
of dollars to set up and manage DHS’s new offices in 2003, including its National Operations Center, Office of Intelligence and Analysis and Office of Security. Its employees do everything from deciding which threats to investigate to answering phones.”

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/top-secret-america/articles/national-security-inc/1/

Part 2 of 4: General Dynamics Elects General James L. Jones to Board of Directors

“General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) board of directors has elected retired U.S. Marine Corps general James L. Jones to be a director of the corporation, effective Aug. 3, 2011. Jones, 67, is currently president of global consulting firm Jones Group International and served as National Security Advisor to the President of the United States from January 2009 to November 2010. Previously, he was Supreme Allied Commander of the U.S. European Command and served as the 32nd Commandant of the Marine Corps, which he served for more than 40 years until his 2007 retirement. Jones is also on the boards of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Atlantic Council of the United States, among other institutions.”

http://www.govconwire.com/2011/08/general-dynamics-elects-gen-james-l-jones-to-board-of-directors/

Part 3 of 4: From the Pentagon to the private sector

“Retired General William S. Wallace, who ran the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command before retiring in 2008, said he was not representing one of the prospective bidders at the time of the meeting. Like the other participants, however, one of the ethics questions he was asked to answer, according to a blank copy, was whether he intended to consult in the future for a client that may have a direct interest in bidding on the new tank… Wallace declined to say how he answered that question. Wallace confirmed that he is now a consultant for General Dynamics Land Systems Division, which is seeking to win the ground combat vehicle contract.”

http://articles.boston.com/2010-12-26/news/29319170_1_generals-defense-firms-private-sector
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http://articles.boston.com/2010-12-26/news/29319170_1_generals-defense-firms-private-sector/9

Part 4 of 4: Dynamic Generals

“Nothing lubricates the wheels of defense commerce better than to have General Dynamics’ boardroom filled with retired generals and admirals?

* Jay L. Johnson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – Retired Admiral, U.S. Navy. Chief of Naval Operations from 1996 to 2000.
* George A. Joulwan, Director and Chairman, Compensation Committee – Retired General, U.S. Army. Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, from 1993 to 1997. Commander-in-Chief, Southern Command from 1990 to 1993.
* Paul G. Kaminski, Director and Chairman, Finance and Benefit Plans Committee – Under Secretary of U.S. Department of Defense for Acquisition and Technology from 1994 to 1997.
* John M. Keane, Director – Retired General, U.S. Army. Vice Chief of Staff of the Army from 1999 to 2003.
* Lester L. Lyles, Director – Retired General, U.S. Air Force. Commander of the Air Force Materiel Command from 2000 to 2003. Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force from 1999 to 2000.
* Robert Walmsley, Director – Retired Vice Admiral, Royal Navy. Chief of Defence Procurement for the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence from 1996 to 2003.

[The] key nodes in the corrupt government-corporate nexus are clearly at the highest levels where tax dollars get siphoned into private bank accounts by retired generals and former government officials who smugly regard the practice as the way Washington works. Indeed it is – and it is the way capitalism corrupts democracy.”

http://warincontext.org/2010/07/20/dynamic-generals/

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ExxonMobil: High Earnings, Low Taxes, No Ethics

ExxonMobil: High Earnings, Low Taxes, No Ethics

EXXON MOBIL: HIGH EARNINGS, LOW TAXES, NO ETHICS
Global Revolution 1: American Revolution 2: Day 29: Communication 1
15 Oct 2011 (g1a2d0029c1)

Exxon Mobil Corporation is the the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company. It is a direct descendant of John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil monopoly and – along with BP, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell, and Total S.A. – one of the five global oil and gas ‘supermajors’.

“Over the past two years [2009-2010], ExxonMobil reported $9.91 billion in pretax U.S. profits. But it enjoyed so many tax subsidies that its federal income tax bill was only $39 million – a tax rate of only 0.4 percent.”

http://www.ctj.org/pdf/energy20110429.pdf

“Even when Exxon Mobil had a record profit of $40 billion in 2008 due to record oil prices it had only a 31 percent effective tax rate. That’s 13 percent lower than the maximum 35 percent despite being Exxon Mobil’s fifth year as the top corporate earner in Fortune 500’s annual listing. The company paid NO TAXES AT ALL to the U.S. federal government in 2009 on its domestic profits of nearly $2.6 billion. It appears that they avoided the tax man that year by legally funneling their profits through wholly owned subsidiaries in countries like the Cayman Islands, and reinvesting their earnings overseas… More striking still is the discrepancy between Exxon Mobil’s rates and those of most American breadwinners. The company’s effective rate of 17.6 percent is nearly 16 percent below the average individual federal tax rate, which according to the Congressional Budget Office was 20.4 percent as of 2007.”

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/05/tax_man.html

It is not by accident that one of the world’s largest and most profitable corporations gets to keep so much of its earnings. In 2010 alone, Exxon Mobil spent $12.45 million keeping an army of 50 mostly ‘revolving-door’ lobbyists marching up and down the halls of Congress maximizing its federal income tax loopholes while minimizing all those pesky environmental protection and anti-trust regulations:

http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientlbs.php?id=D000000129&year=2010

This of course leaves them with plenty of cash for PR propaganda campaigns aimed at whitewashing their corporate image to not only wipe away unpleasant memories of the Exxon Valdez oil spill but also distract attention from inconvenient truths like their #2 ranking among the Toxic 100 Air Polluters in the U.S.:

http://www.peri.umass.edu/toxic_index/

That disclosure of course tags Exxon Mobil as a key contributor to the larger “Inconvenient Truth” of Global Warming, and the response of their spinmeisters has been to flood our corporate-controlled media with authoritative-sounding denials that such a thing even exists. And while Wikipedia entries are often incomplete, inaccurate or subjectively skewed, in this case the supporting references that follow indicate they got it right:

“A recent analysis by Carbon Brief from 2011 concluded that 9 out of 10 climate scientists who claim that climate change is not happening have ties to ExxonMobil. The results showed that out of the 938 papers cited by climate sceptics, 186 of them were written by only ten men, and foremost among them was Dr Craig D. Idso, who personally authored 67 of them. Idso is the president of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, an ExxonMobil funded think tank. The second most prolific was Dr Patrick Michaels, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, who receives roughly 40% of his funding from the oil industry.”

http://www.zmescience.com/ecology/climate-change-papers-exxon-mobil/

http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2011/04/900-papers-supporting-climate-scepticism-exxon-links/

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/features/dirty-money-climate-30032010/

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* “Two days after [this report] was published, [Philip] Cooney resigned his position as chief of staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality and got a job at ExxonMobil. However, his resignation was planned months before the memo was leaked and he had already accepted the position at ExxonMobil.”

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BP PLC: Politics, Payola and Petroleum

BP PLC: Politics, Payola and Petroleum

BP PLC: POLITICS, PAYOLA AND PETROLEUM
Global Revolution 1: American Revolution 2: Day 30: Communication 1
IronBoltBruce’s Kleptocracy Chronicles: 16 Oct 2011 (g1a2d0030c1)

If you rank our federal government’s Top 100 contractors according to their total reported instances of misconduct since 1995, the number one spot turns out to be a three-way tie at 57 between Lockheed Martin, Exxon Mobil, and BP P.L.C. (formerly “British Petroleum”, now simply “BP”). Between them, however, BP is the winner in terms of their associated misconduct dollars for the period, which totalled over $2.65 billion:

http://www.contractormisconduct.org/index.cfm?sort=3

Yet despite their responsibility for the worst oil spill and ecological disaster in Gulf Coast history, which capped off a litany of repeat offenses involving multiple charges of Clean Air Act violations, hazardous waste violations, employee safety violations, anti-trust violations and other white collar crimes, BP is perennially “awarded” megabucks government contracts by Uncle Sam, including over $1 billion in new contracts last year:

http://www.contractormisconduct.org/index.cfm/1,73,221,html?ContractorID=61&ranking=65

Given that their principal product – petroleum – is an undifferentiated commodity for which they possess no exclusivity, one might question how a “foreign” corporation with such a deplorable reputation is able to keep their snout in the Washington trough. The answer is that since its genesis circa 1909 as the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) subsidiary of Burmah Oil Company, the history of BP has been as much about politics and payola as it has about petroleum. Some say the grease started flowing in 1923 when a young Winston Churchill “…secretly accepted 5,000 pounds – the equivalent of perhaps millions in today’s money – from Burmah Oil to lobby the British government to allow Burmah to collar Persian [i.e. Iranian] oil resources.”

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnists/kevin-myers/the-greatest-20th-century-beneficiary-of-popular-mythology-has-been-the-cad-churchill-1876680.html

Whenever it began, BP’s political payola still gushes to this day. From 1989 to 2010, BP contributed $3,437,884 to U.S. candidates on both sides of the political spectrum, with Barack H. Obama blowing by George W. Bush to take the top recipient slot. And what their puppets got directly was chump change compared to the $62,010,584 BP has funneled to (and through?) Washington lobbyists since 1997. And to make sure the beneficiaries of all that generosity know exactly what is expected in return, since 1995 no less than 24 BP employees have been seated on no less than 24 key federal “advisory” committees:

http://influenceexplorer.com/organization/bp/6677c9b020c94e25b05168fe3e6e8aa2

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Time Warner Cable: Buying Legislators and Selling Legislation

Time Warner Cable: Buying Legislators and Selling Legislation

Many Americans think that at the state level a bill becomes law only if it is passed by both House and Senate and signed by the Governor. Not so. Across our 50 states we have no less than 63 ways a bill can become “law without signature” by a Governor looking to avoid controversy or accountability that might quash their Presidential hopes or land them in jail:

http://tinyurl.com/3euvua9

One such bill was North Carolina House Bill 129 (NC H129), which on 21 May of this year became North Carolina Session Law 2011-84 (SL 2011-84) without the signature of Governor Beverly Eaves “B” Perdue … whose last name is actually that of her dead ex-husband … whose middle name is her current husband’s last name … and the “B”, well, ask Andy about that.

http://tinyurl.com/43p4hrf

Anyway, with Aunt B’s inaction the “Level Playing Field/Local Government Competition” bill – like the USA PATRIOT Act of a decade before – was passed into law with covenants that were the exact opposite of its Orwellian cover. Opponents like the Institute for Local Self Reliance referred to NC H129 as the “Time Warner Cable Monopoly Protection Act”, and with good reason.

http://tinyurl.com/3s3knvj

As Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn warned, “Do not let the title fool you. This measure, if enacted, will not only fail to level the playing field; it will discourage municipal governments from addressing deployment in communities where the private sector has failed to meet broadband service needs. In other words, it will be a significant barrier to broadband deployment and may impede local efforts to promote economic development.”

http://tinyurl.com/3bdb4f6

Another reason the Time Warner Cable logo should have been on the cover of NC H129 is that, according to industry watchdog StopTheCap.com, it was Time Warner’s lawyers and lobbyists who actually drafted th legislation and assigned it to State Representative Marilyn Avila to sponsor. And sponsor it she did, despite the fact that it was opposed by many of her own constituents:

“Raleigh’s City Council adopted a resolution opposing Avila’s legislation, written on behalf of Time Warner Cable. H129 will destroy North Carolina’s community-owned broadband networks and prevent new ones from launching. Council Member Bonner Gaylord, who authored the resolution, says passage of these kinds of anti-competitive bills would stop local governments from providing needed communications services, especially advanced high-speed broadband, and deny local governments the availability of federal grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to assist in providing affordable access to high-capacity broadband service in unserved and underserved areas.”

http://tinyurl.com/4y8z3sy

But despite a thumbs down from industry watchdogs, and over the protests of the cities and people of the state, NC H129 still received the support of enough legislators to become law. And how did Time Warner Cable garner the necessary votes? They bought them, as Joey Mornin explains:

“If you’re like most Americans, you probably buy your Internet service from one of a small handful of corporate providers. The big incumbent broadband providers – like Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable – often enjoy monopoly or duopoly privileges in the areas they serve. Recently, some communities have started to implement their own municipal broadband networks. These community-owned networks are often faster, cheaper, and more reliable than the corporate alternatives. In North Carolina, for instance, community-owned networks like Fibrant and Greenlight consistently outperform the commercial offerings from Time Warner, AT&T, and CenturyLink. Similar municipal broadband projects are taking root across the country. Their expansion, however, threatens the comfortable markets that corporate broadband providers have come to expect. In what could become a typical case, Time Warner is supporting a bill in the North Carolina state legislature that would impose sharp limits on the growth of municipal broadband networks. Despite widespread opposition, the bill recently passed in both chambers of the state legislature. Time Warner, which reported $26 billion in revenue in 2010, has donated over $6.3 million to North Carolina politicians over the last four years.”

http://tinyurl.com/3rwe496

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Chevron Oil: Big Boat for Condi, Big Bucks for Bushbama

Chevron Oil: Big Boat for Condi, Big Bucks for Bushbama

“In 2001, Chevron acquired Texaco and became the second largest oil company in the United States. The company produces nearly 3 million barrels of oil a day and has operations in 120 countries. In addition to oil, Chevron also owns a chemicals subsidiary and holds a stake in Dynegy, a power company. Chevron lobbies on all energy issues, including the proposal to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. After never before spending $10 million on federal lobbying efforts, Chevron spent nearly $13 million in 2008, followed by lobbying expenditures of $20.8 million in 2009 and $12.9 million in 2010.”

http://tinyurl.com/3tmgk9k

Like every corporate giant we investigate, Chevron’s political campaign contributions end up in the pockets of both Democrats and Republicans. Historically, however, the Red team has been heavily favored over the Blue. This is understandable, given Chevron’s long-standing ties to the Bush family, as exemplified by this 2005 quote from the Washington Post: “Wayne L. Berman, a principal lobbyist for Chevron, is a Bush ‘Ranger [personal fundraiser]’, having raised at least $200,000 for the president’s campaign. His wife, Lea, is the White House social secretary.”

http://tinyurl.com/cy7db

Dubya’s Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice pushed through the Chevron/Bush BigCorp/BigGov revolving door more than once. After serving on Bush senior’s National Security Council from 1989 to 1991, in 1992 Chevron brought her onto their Board of Directors to leverage her taxpayer-subsidized political contacts to land a $10 billion contract in Kazakhstan. She must have done a good job, because the next year Chevron named a 129,000-ton supertanker in her honor, the SS Condoleeza Rice. For obvious reasons, shortly after Rice joined the second Bush administration in 2001 her big boat was quietly renamed the SS Altair Voyager:

http://tinyurl.com/3q447xb

According to Influence Explorer, Chevron shelled out $12,053,212 in campaign contributions between 1989 and 2010, and they have spent a staggering $82,144,825 on lobbying since 1997. They gave to both Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) and Gray Davis (D-CA), and to both John McCain (R-AZ) and Barack Obama (D-IL), favoring the Republicans in each case:

http://tinyurl.com/3zx8jjk

The 2008 Presidential election in isolation, however, was an exception. In that cycle, Chevron as well as BP and Exxon gave more money to Democratic candidate Obama than they did to Republican candidate McCain:

http://tinyurl.com/3ceq4yr

Perhaps they sensed that “change” was coming, and they wanted to make sure that change was – as it turned out to be – in name only. Or perhaps, they wanted all bases covered because they knew this was coming:

[20-Sep-2011] “Ecuadorans suing Chevron Corp. over pollution in the Amazon rain forest are one step closer to collecting a $9.5 billion judgment against the San Ramon company. A U.S. appeals court on Monday lifted a lower court’s order that had blocked the Ecuadorans from collecting money in the long-running lawsuit. In February, a judge in Ecuador ruled that Chevron should pay to clean up contamination in the oil fields where Texaco, bought by Chevron in 2001, once worked. But the company persuaded a U.S. judge to block enforcement, arguing that the verdict was the result of fraud. Chevron even filed a criminal conspiracy case against the Ecuadorans. Monday’s order by the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York put that case on hold. It also lifted the injunction, issued by U.S. District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan, that had prevented the Ecuadorans from collecting the massive judgment against Chevron.”

http://tinyurl.com/42b3jyf

http://truecostofchevron.com/

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