Who is In “The Silicon Valley Cartel”? Who are these folks we hear so much about?:

Who is In “The Silicon Valley Cartel”? Who are these folks we hear so much about?:

 

Gilman Louie- Creator on In-Q-Tel and NVCA
James Breyer- Creator of In-Q-Tel and NVCA
Joe Lonsdale – VC, charged with rape
Larry Summers- White House, charged with organizing “skims” of DOE cash to intermediaries
Larry Page- Google, In-Q-Tel
Lachlan Seward- Dept. of Energy, charged with organizing “skims” of DOE cash to intermediaries
Kimbal Musk – Investor, sued for fraud
Jonathan Silver- Dept. of Energy, charged with organizing “skims” of DOE cash to intermediaries
John Weinberg- Investor
John Doerr- Kleiner Perkins, Stock beneficiary
Jay Carney- White House
James Brown Jr.- Head of California HHS software, arrested for corruption
James Breyer – Investor, In-Q-Tel,
Ira Ehrenpreis- Investor, Assisted with transfer of DOE funded companies to China
Herb Newman- Newman Search, Feinstein Family, Tesla & Solyndra HR provider
Heinrik Fisker- CEO of Fisker, Charged with lying to Congress (bankrupt DOE “winner”)
Harry Reid- Senator, Stock beneficiary, Charged with lying to Congress
Harald Kroeger – Investor,
Gilman Louie – Investor, In-Q-Tel, Stock beneficiary
George Trifonov- Russian businessman, Associate of Arnold Schwarzenegger & John Doerr
Frank Giustra – Lithium Investor, Assisted with transfer of DOE funded companies to China
Eric Strickland- NHTSA head, suddenly quit when confronted with lithium safety documents
Eric Schmidt- Google Investor, New America Foundation Leader, In-Q-Tel
Eric Holder – Lawyer, charged with organizing “skims” of DOE cash to intermediaries & cover-up
Elon Musk – Investor, sued for fraud
Dmitry Medvedev- Russian businessman, Associate of Arnold Schwarzenegger & John Doerr
Denis Richard McDonough – Executive
Dianne Feinstein- Senator, Tesla & Solyndra funding lobbyist, Stock beneficiary
Dan Pfeiffer- White House, charged with organizing “skims” of DOE cash to intermediaries
David Plouffe- White House – Uber
David Gronet- CEO of Solyndra (bankrupt DOE “winner”)
David Frantz- Dept. of Energy, charged with organizing “skims” of DOE cash to intermediaries
David Axelrod- White House,  charged with organizing “skims” of DOE cash to intermediaries
Danial Cohen- Dept. of Energy, charged with organizing “skims” of DOE cash to intermediaries
David Patreus – Investor, Afghan lithium advocate
Carol Battershel- Dept. of Energy
Brian Goncher- Deloitte Consulting, Assisted with transfer of DOE funded companies to China
Brad W. Buss – Investor
Boris Zingarevich- Russian businessman, Associate of Arnold Schwarzenegger & John Doerr
Bill Daley- White House, charged with organizing “skims” of DOE cash to intermediaries
Arnold Schwarzenegger- Actor, Russian deal lobbyist
Antonio J. Gracias – Investor
Andy Bechtolsheim- Investor
Allison Spinner- Solyndra lawyer & wife of DOE funding reviewer (bankrupt DOE “winner”)
Alexey Mordashov- Russian businessman, Associate of Arnold Schwarzenegger & John Doerr

Steve Jurvetson- VC

Yuri Savinkov- Russian businessman, Associate of Arnold Schwarzenegger & John Doerr
Vinod Khosla- Investor, sued by State of California groups, featured on 60 Minutes expose
Tom Styer- Investor
Tom Perkins- Investor, Kleiner Perkins founder, Famous for “Nazi” comments
Tim Draper – Investor, charged with organizing “skims” of DOE cash to intermediaries
Senator Calderone – (Arrested for corruption)
The CTO, CFO and CIO of New America Foundation – Sister group to In-Q-Tel
The CTO, CFO and CIO of Kleiner Perkins, charged with organizing “skims” of DOE cash to intermediaries
The CTO, CFO and CIO of Goldman Sachs, charged with organizing “skims” of DOE cash to intermediaries
The CTO, CFO and CIO of Draper Fisher
The CEO of Technology Management Services – Manipulated DOE reviews on orders from Steven Chu
The CEO of Severstal – Charged with organized crime price and commodity manipulation
The CEO of Perkins Coie – Charged with deal lobbying
The CEO of Midland Services – Manipulated DOE reviews on orders from Steven Chu
The CEO of McKinsey Consulting – Manipulated DOE reports on orders from Steven Chu
The CEO of IBM Consulting Services – Manipulated DOE reviews on orders from Steven Chu
The CEO of GM – Charged with lying to Congress, safety violations, espionage
The CEO of In-Q-Tel – Charged with public funds use for private gain
The CEO of FORD – Charged with lying to Congress, safety violations, espionage
The CEO of Ener1 – Charged with lying to Congress (bankrupt DOE “winner”)
The CEO of Deloitte Consulting – Conflict of interest as Tesla Adviser AND DOE reviewer
The CEO of Debevoise – Conflict of interest as applicant Adviser AND DOE reviewer
The CEO of Covington & Burling, LLP – Charged with manipulation of Eric Holder’s nomination
The CEO of CHRYSLER
The CEO of CBRE – Run by Dianne Feinstein’s husband, ran contracts for Solyndra & Tesla properties
The CEO of Argonne National Labs – Associated with Rahm Emanual, Charged with manipulation of DOE reviews
The CEO of Abound Solar – Charged with lying to Congress (bankrupt DOE “winner”)
Steven Rattner- White House (indicted for stock market fraud), Co-runs New America Foundation, In-Q-Tel advisor
Steven Chu – Dept. of Energy
Steve Westly- White House
Steve Spinner- Dept. of Energy
Steve Izokowitz- Dept. of Energy
Robert Gibbs- White House
Robert Adams – Lawyer
Rob Blagoyavitch- Politician (arrested for corruption)
Richard Blum- Investor, China Liaison, Dianne Feinstein’s Husband, UC Regent, Owner: Solyndra’s Perini Building Co.
Ray Lane- Investor (charged with tax fraud)
Raj Gupta- McKinsey Consulting (arrested)
Rahm Emanuel- White House, Chicago Mayor, Argonne Labs promoter, Finance head arrested for corruption
Peter Thiel – Investor, Elon Musk associate, China deals
Nick Denton- Gawker Media – Ran political media attacks against DOE adversaries
Matt Rogers- Dept. of Energy – Manipulated DOE reviews on orders from Steven Chu
Martin LaGod- Lithium Investor
Lloyd Craig Blankfein- Head of Goldman Sachs, Participant in almost every DOE deal
Leland Yee- Senator (arrested)

The Naive Pre-Pubescent Disturbed Children That Write For Gawker

Hulk Hogan sex tape trial shows Nick Denton’s Gawker is run by children journalists

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At a dinner in New York a few years ago, Nick Denton, the British journalist turned US internet publishing entrepreneur — who with his company, Gawker Media, was found liable this week for $140 million in an invasion of privacy suit for posting a sex tape of the former wrestler Hulk Hogan — was sitting next to Piers Morgan, then hosting his CNN show. The two former Fleet Streeters seemed to be getting along well until Morgan, confiding an amusing tidbit, suddenly thought better of it and clarified, “this is off the record, right?”

Denton, soft spoken and phlegmatic, rather sighed and then said, with faint glint in his eye, that he had such a hard time remembering what was on or off the record that it was easier for him just to regard everything as being on.

Nick Denton at the trial
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Nick Denton at the trial

In addition to being a wet blanket over his conversation with Morgan – and, as well, quite a nuanced put down — it was a pretty succinct summation of Denton’s journalistic stance. He saw himself as a personal example of transparency (at that same dinner he went on without filter about his own sex life), he saw everybody else, especially media people, as hiding behind journalism’s many double standards of opacity, and, to boot, he obviously took special relish in the power and moral one-upmanship this disregard of ordinary politesse gave him.

A year or so after this, Denton, who had become quite friendly with Victoria Floethe, the woman I live with, invited us to a party at his Soho loft where Victoria happily confided to him that she was pregnant. At the same time, Denton encouraged me to meet the coterie of his staff at the party — a small group of angry wallflowers with no evident ability to mix with the other guests. “They should meet some adults,” Denton said, introducing me, and adding, with a genial aside, that Victoria and I were expecting a baby.

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Gawker’s headline the next day, in the full flower of Denton’s gotcha transparency, was “Michael Wolff’s Awful Girlfriend Is Pregnant.” (When I complained and pointed out that — even beyond a reasonable expectation that our conversation with him in his house and at his invitation was private — the headline itself was pretty clearly sexist, it was changed to “Awful Michael Wolff’s Awful Girlfriend Is Pregnant.”)

Still, along my own annoyance, Victoria’s refusal to ever speak to Denton again, and, indeed, my sympathy with Piers Morgan’s efforts to be an entertaining dinner companion, I understood and even admired what Denton was up to. It was to see the chattering class for all its comedy and vanity, to reveal the nature of power through the nature of behaviour, and to take the piss out of all of us — to let journalism do what fiction used to, show us how we live now. I wish I had thought of it. (In fact, Denton has credited my book Burn Rate as a particular model of transparency and viciousness — rather making me question my own empathy and judgment.)

But Denton’s curious inclination to party-going and social climbing, together with his personal interest in being liked, and, too, perhaps a certain boredom with everyday gossip, seemed to cause him to distance himself from his own enterprise. He was the eminence, the adult, even the fair-minded person, trying as best he could to control a staff of the relatively uncontrollable. This was disconcertingly similar to Rupert Murdoch’s view: Murdoch believed his newsrooms (in fact all newsrooms) were filled with reprobates (often drunken ones), and while they needed to be restrained, it was that lack of restraint that made for a “good read” (as well as causing the hacking scandal). Indeed, Denton is an inveterate Murdoch admirer (even through the hacking scandal).

But Murdoch, even with hacking, had much more control then Denton did. In a way, Denton was leading a crusade of children journalists or would-be journalists (during the trial, the Hogan legal team delved deeply into how little experience Gawker staffers, even ones with considerably authority, actually had). He had harnessed the resentments of people nobody else would hire by giving them quite extraordinary powers — Lord of the Flies type powers. (In 2007, Vanessa Grigoriadis wrote a notable piece in New York Magazine about Gawker called “Everybody Sucks: Gawker and the Rage of the Creative Underclass.”) And at some point the reasonable question became how much power was he actually able to exercise over them (staff members voted in a union not long ago which, among other demands, is dedicated to protecting their editorial freedom). Either because he was losing interest, or his staff was just too odd and difficult, or because he had created this system of ultimate transparency and gratuitous insult he could not now gracefully retreat from, Gawker became ever-more increasingly anarchic, provocative, and cruel. Its zenith was the revelation last year that a married executive, one without public profile or position, was planning a gay assignation (with fulsome details). Denton’s young staff believed the sexual secrets of the middle aged are the Rosetta Stone of capitalist corruption.

Hence the $140 million.

Gawker had been passed a purloined copy of the surreptitiously recorded Hogan sex tape, and, regarding this as quite a hoot (during the trail, Gawker described the tape as newsworthy, but it was clear its newsworthiness was mostly related to it being a hoot), posted the most graphic piece of it.

The other defendant in the Hogan trial is Gawker former staffer and, briefly, its editor, AJ Daulerio, who made the decision to post the tape. Daulerio is part wounded animal and part Peter Pan figure, a journalist at the margins who might have been, if it still existed, a figure from the alternative press, styling himself as a post-literate Hunter S Thompson. Beyond whatever else the jury might have concluded, practically speaking it would not have been possible, after Daulerio’s testimony, including jokes about kiddie porn, to conclude other than that Denton had forsaken control of his enterprise to a figure whose actions could be justified only if journalism required no reason, restraint, or purpose. And, in fact, that was pretty much the Gawker defence: even the useless, worthless, meaningless, and abusive ought to be protected by the First Amendment.

And perhaps it should. And Gawker seems to be counting on an appeals court to ultimately support the right to publish the useless, worthless, meaningless, and abusive, and save it from financial ruin. But it is hard to imagine a case that might more incline even the most absolutist of First Amendment defenders to modify that position.

The “HIT JOB” they put on Scott and his friends

The “HIT JOB” they put on Scott and his friends

By Andrew Weinstein

While most people may think that “hit-jobs” are the realm of Hollywood movie plots, these kinds of corporate assassination attempts do take place daily in big business and politics.

At the request of the U.S. Government, Scott developed and patented an energy technology that affected trillions of dollars of oil company and technology billionaire insider profits. He didn’t realize this at the time. Now he wishes he had never gotten the call from Washington.

Let me make this point clearly: The control of Trillions of dollars of energy industry profits were being fought over by two groups and the Government plunked Scott down in the middle of that war. Scott had no affiliation with either group. He thought he was just accepting a challenge to help his nation.

He won commendation from the U.S. Congress in the Iraq War Bill, He won federal patents, he won a Congressional grant, he won a huge number of letters of acclaim and he won the wrath of a handful of insane billionaires who could not compete with his technology.

The attacks were carried out by California State employees and U.S. Government officials who had received payment from these billionaires.

Department of Energy Executives and their campaign billionaire handlers engaged in these attacks in order to control the solar and “green car” markets. The did not care about green issues, they only cared about green cash.

Federal and state employees ran retribution campaigns against applicants who competed with inside deals they had set up to line their own pockets at taxpayer expense.

These corrupt politicians thought they could take over an estimated six trillion dollar “Cleantech” industry that was being created to exploit new marketing opportunities around global warming and middle east disruption. After an epic number of Solyndra-esque failures, all owned by the Department of Energy Executives and their campaign financiers, the scheme fell apart. The non crony applicants suffered the worst fates. As CBS News reporter Cheryl Attkisson has reported, the willingness to engage in media “hitjobs” was only exceeded by the audacity with which Department of Energy officials employed such tactics.

Now, in a number of notorious trials and email leaks, including the Hulk Hogan lawsuit and the DNC and Panama Papers leaks, the public has gotten to see the depths to which public officials are willing to stoop to cheat rather than compete in the open market.

Department of Energy employees and State of California employees engaged in the following documented attacks against applicants who were competing with their billionaire backers personal stock holdings. Scott and the other applicants including Bright Automotive, Aptera, Eco-Motors and many more, suffered these attacks:

  • Social Security, SSI, SDI, Disability and other earned benefits were stone-walled. Applications were “lost”. Files in the application process “disappeared”. Lois Lerner hard drive “incidents” took place.
  • State and federal employees played an endless game of Catch-22 by arbitrarily determining that deadlines had passed that they, the government officials, had stonewalled and obfuscated applications for, in order to force these deadlines that they set, to appear to be missed.

  • Some applicants found themselves strangely poisoned, not unlike the Alexander Litvenko case. Heavy metals and toxic materials were found right after their work with the Department of Energy weapons and energy facilities. Many wonder if these “targets” were intentionally exposed to toxins in retribution for their testimony. The federal MSDS documents clearly show that a number of these people were exposed to deadly compounds and radiations without being provided with proper HazMat suits which DOE officials knew were required.

  • Applicants employers were called, and faxed, and ordered to fire applicants from their places of employment, in the middle of the day, with no notice, as a retribution tactic.

  • Applicants HR and employment records, on recruiting and hiring databases, were embedded with negative keywords in order to prevent them from gaining future employment.

  • One Gary D. Conley and one Rajeev Motwani, both whistle-blowers in this matter, turned up dead under strange circumstances. They are not alone in a series of bizarre deaths related to the DOE.

  • Disability and VA complaint hearings and benefits were frozen, delayed, denied or subjected to lost records and “missing hard drives” as in the Lois Lerner case.

  • Paypal and other on-line payments for on-line sales were delayed, hidden, or re-directed in order to terminate income potential for applicants who competed with DOE interests and holdings.

  • DNS redirection, website spoofing which sent applicants websites to dead ends and other Internet activity manipulations were conducted.

  • Campaign finance dirty tricks contractors IN-Q-Tel, Think Progress, Media Matters, Gawker Media, Syd Blumenthal, etc., were hired by DOE Executives and their campaign financiers to attack applicants who competed with DOE executives stocks and personal assets.

  • Covert DOE partner: Google, transfered large sums of cash to dirty tricks contractors and then manually locked the media portion of the attacks into the top lines of the top pages of all Google searches globally, for years, with hidden embedded codes in the links and web-pages which multiplied the attacks on applicants by many magnitudes.

  • Honeytraps and moles were employed by the attackers. In this tactic, people who covertly worked for the attackers were employed to approach the “target” in order to spy on and misdirect the subject.

  • Mortgage and rental applications had red flags added to them in databases to prevent the targets from getting homes or apartments.

  • McCarthy-Era “Black-lists” were created and employed against applicants who competed with DOE executives and their campaign financiers to prevent them from funding and future employment.

  • Targets were very carefully placed in a position of not being able to get jobs, unemployment benefits, disability benefits or acquire any possible sources of income. The retribution tactics were audacious, overt..and quite illegal.

So, the next time you are asked to “Serve Your Country”, consider the implications if you do a good job.

While law enforcement, regulators and journalists are now clamping down on each, and every, one of the attackers, one-by-one, the process is slow. The victims have been forced to turn to the filing of lawsuits in order to seek justice.

Jimmey Kimmel Takes On Gawker Stalker

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Tesla investor/campaign donors paid back with free luxury jet fuel, NASA contracts, patent laws, etc…

Tesla investor/campaign donors paid back with free luxury jet fuel, NASA contracts, patent laws, etc…


Many articles are now reporting on a story that LA Times broke re: a
secret holding company of Tesla’s investors, known as “H211“, which received millions and millions of dollars of free taxpayer-paid jet fuel for billionaires jets using NASA jet fields. NASA staff were ordered to say that the free fuel was a “clerical error on some accounting forms” but nobody in the media is buying it! It clearly was not. Google executives are key silent partners in Tesla. Those same investors, including Elon Musk, got NASA partially shut down and then awarded the shut down needs as private contracts to Tesla’s investors. All parties involved were massive campaign, PAC and election expenses check-writers and have received hundreds of “unjust reward items”, to date, as kick-backs.

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-nasa-audit-says-google-execs-got-millions-in-jet-fuel-discount-

Google Executives Globetrotting on Taxpayers’ Dime | NBC Bay Area

Sep 25, 2013 … Deal between NASA, Google allowed executives to buy … Nearly $8 million worth of jet fuel that sold for as little as $1.68 a gallon was put into … away from the hangar where H211’s airplanes are stored at Moffett Field. … “This may have been the greatest sweetheart deal in t

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Leads Contacts: Jessica Guynn- LA Times; John Simpson- Consumer Watchdog; GAO- Washington DC; Christine Lakatos- Green Corruption; Simon Evers- Silicon Valley Research Team;

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GOOGLE PUTS HITS ON POLITICAL ADVERSARIES OF LITHIUM VC’S OR ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC THEY DON’T LIKE:

See Video Below:

Google executives have key stock holdings in Tesla. Google sets their search engine so it emphasizes Tesla-positive stories and minimizes Tesla-negative stories, ie: Censoring, information manipulation and stock perception rigging.

There are now some class-action consumer & investor lawsuits forming around that. There is one stock swindle C-A already underway but more coming.

The fact that the poor girl, in the video above, is concerned that Google might have her killed, speaks volumes for the dark side of Google. Rick Santorum’s team claim to have hard evidence of Google rigging it’s search engine to put a hit on him.

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Update: Microsoft now having Google killed:

Hate Google? Microsoft has some ‘Scroogled‘ goodies for …

Microsoft has expanded its anti-Google Scroogled campaign with the launch of a special section on its online store offering various gift ideas for haters of the Web giant.

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Don’t Get Scroogled! Scroogled

See how you get Scroogled . Mail Think Google respects your privacy? Think again. Google goes through every Gmail that’s sent or received, looking for keywords so they can target Gmail users with paid ads. … © 2013 Microsoft. verb. Word Origin:

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Microsoft Now Selling Google-Bashing Merchandise | Digital …

Microsoft Now Selling Google-Bashing Merchandise, Just in Time for the Holidays ‘Keep Calm While We Steal Your Data,’ Says ‘ScroogledCampaign

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Journalist Who Exposes U.N. Corruption Disappears From Google

Feb 18, 2008 … NEW YORK – How big do you have to be to earn the wrath of the United Nations and Internet giant Google? If you’re journalist Matthew Lee, …

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Google‘s tax avoidance highlights political corruption– The Inquirer

Dec 14, 2012 … Eric Schmidt’s excuse isn’t good enough,Controversy ,Google.

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Is Google corrupt? Search me | Search engines – InfoWorld

Feb 14, 2011 … Google was thoroughly conned by SEO experts hired by JCPenney. Can we trust its search result rankings at all?

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More Google corruption. | First Friday Collective

Feb 19, 2008 … Google has an image problem, but it is completely earned. While amassing hundreds of billions of dollars in net worth, they push a left-wing …

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HIGH CRIMES AND CORRUPTION AT GOOGLE – YouTube

Jun 25, 2012 … In this upload I read from another article by Steve Watson from http://www.prisonplanet. com. The focus of my attention is google‘s illegal wiretapping, …

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Google Corruption Goes Vertical – Public Intelligence Blog

Aug 9, 2013 … “Google is building a new version of the search engine that made it great. This time, however, it is a search engine exclusive to the garden of …

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Patent Offers Clues on How Google Controls the News | The Nation

Feb 22, 2013 … Google is one of the most important “publishers” in the world, and the company’s … Law, politics, new media and beats, rhymes and life.

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Criticism of Google – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The ad campaign was developed by leading political campaign strategist ….. to consumers about how they use Google products or control the ads they see, …

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The apocalyptics: how environmental politics controls what we know …

This comprehensive study examines the truth about carcinogens and life- threatening substances in the environment and reveals the political manipulation of …

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Who will stop Google? – Salon.com

Jun 25, 2013 … Google tried and failed to claim proprietary control of digital versions of … In a couple of years we’ll think of the progressive politicians, circa …

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Who’s more evil – Facebook or Google? | Holly Baxter | Comment is

Oct 25, 2013 … Holly Baxter: Is it worse to allow beheading images, collect email data or ignore abuse? Pick your playmates carefully in the internet …

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Is Google Really Evil? Or Just Smart? – Forbes

Oct 28, 2013 … (Photo Credit: Michael Dorausch) Conference keynote speeches aren’t usually very controversial, and internet entrepreneur Jason Calacanis …

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What IsEvil‘ to Google? – Ian Bogost – The Atlantic

Oct 15, 2013 … Speculations on the company’s contribution to moral philosophy.

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Don’t be evil – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“Don’t be evilis the informal corporate motto (or slogan) of Google. It was first suggested either by Google employee Paul Buchheit at a meeting about corporate …

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Google World Domination

Most people I tell this two think I’m crazy and this will never happen saying that Google is the best company ever and they will never turn evil. I tend to disagree.

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Google Is Evil | Wired Business | Wired.com

Jun 12, 2012 … It’s bad enough when you run a search company in an increasingly social world. It’s worse when anti-trust regulators say you have unfairly and …

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Google: Doing Evil with ALEC | Norman Solomon – Huffington Post

Oct 10, 2013 … Quietly, Google has joined ALEC — the American Legislative Exchange Council – – the shadowy corporate alliance that pushes odious laws …

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Why Google Is Evil | Ira Israel – Huffington Post

Aug 7, 2013 … Google had a wonderful search engine but unfortunately has become some sort of perverse game that we are all forced to play. And while the …

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Mob Power Plays: The Mob Attempts Control of Congress, Casinos …

Real life mob buster, FBI Agent Bill Roemer, continues his extraordinary saga of Mafia power wars, political corruption, and bloody betrayals begun in his …

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google and internet control in china – PURL Information Page – U.S. …

Mar 24, 2010 … GOOGLE AND INTERNET CONTROL IN CHINA: A NEXUS … Printed for the use of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.

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Google Inc. gets closer to U.S. Congress with new Washington D.C. …

Jul 17, 2013 … Google Inc. gets closer to U.S. Congress with new Washington D.C. lease near Capitol Hill.

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Google‘s tax avoidance highlights political corruption– The Inquirer

Dec 14, 2012 … Eric Schmidt’s excuse isn’t good enough,Controversy ,Google.

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Inside Eric Schmidt’s Lavish Sex Palace — Daily Intelligencer

Schmidt reportedly brings ladies back to this $15 million pad.

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Here’s Google’s Eric Schmidt’s Sex Pad | The Blemish

Jul 25, 2013 … Wendy Schmidt has somewhat accepted an open marriage with Google exec Eric Schmidt and he’s taken full advantage of that fact with a $15 …

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The Many Women of Eric Schmidt’s Instagram – Valleywag – Gawker

Jul 25, 2013 … If there’s one thing you should know about Google’s Director of Open Marriage Engineering, Eric Schmidt, it’s that he loves to fuck. He’s also …

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Google CEO and serial womanizer Eric Schmidt spends 15 million …

Jul 25, 2013 … Google boss Eric Schmidt has splashed out $15 million on a … Google, which says it has a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy on child sexual abuse …

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On the Market: Toll Brothers’ Park Avenue Development Revealed …

Jul 26, 2013 … On the Market: Toll Brothers’ Park Avenue Development Revealed At Last; Eric Schmidt’s So-called Sex Penthouse; Buyers Demand …

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Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, owns $15m sex penthouse – YouTube

Jul 27, 2013 … Google CEO Eric Schmidt, the guy you entrust your online privacy to, is clearly a man of passion. Among his interests, the 58-year-old’s …

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Eric Schmidt Has $15 Million Extramarital Sex Pad — And His Wife …

Jul 25, 2013 … You thought politicians paid a lot for sex? Eric Schmidt has certainly outdone them all.

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The NSA paid Silicon Valley millions to spy on taxpayers

Aug 23, 2013 … Previous NSA documents have linked companies such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Microsoft to the PRISM program, though many of the …

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nsa uses your tax dollars to pay google, facebook, yahoo & microsoft …

Aug 24, 2013 … NSA paid millions to Internet companies to cover surveillance program costs … to the certifications’ expiration dates which cost millions of dollars for Prism …. The NSA, google, microsoft, Farcebook, and Yahoo can spy on you, …

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NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech …

Aug 22, 2013 … Prism companies include Google and Yahoo, says NSA … extensions to the certifications’ expiration dates which cost millions of dollars for … to publish the documents and asked whether the spy agency routinely covered all …

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Money Trail: Corporations Paid Big Bucks By NSA For Allowing Spying

Jul 17, 2013 … Companies get paid big bucks when the NSA spies on one of their … Google, and Yahoo don’t make as much when the NSA reads chats and …

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Did Google Get Off Easy With $7 Million ‘Wi-Spy‘ Settlement? | TIME …

Mar 13, 2013 … Seven million dollars. That’s how much Internet giant Google will pay to settle a multi-year investigation into its controversial “Wi-Spy” data …

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Nathan Newman: Why Google‘s Spying on User Data Is Worse than …

Jul 1, 2013 … Google‘s illegal “wi-spy” program of collecting user data over home wi-fi … ” Google‘s failure to cooperate with the Bureau was in many or all … The company paid a $22.5 million fine for this illegal data collection operation.

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Report: NSA Paid Tech Companies Millions for Cost of Complying …

Aug 23, 2013 … Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook and others were all paid by the NSA for their trouble complying with its domestic spying program, …

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Confirmed: NSA Paid Google, Microsoft, Others Millions for PRISM Aid

Aug 23, 2013… show that the spy agency (read: taxpayers) paid Google, Facebook, Yahoo, … In a way, the high cost of compliance is the NSA’s own fault.

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Google to pay up in “Wi-Spy” case « Hot Air

Mar 9, 2013 … Google is to pay $7 million, to be distributed among the attorneys general, …. I’m amazed at how many wifi networks I can see from my house …

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Plus these articles:

-Tesla Shareholders SUE TESLA. Have FACTS proving EPIC FRAUD and TAXPAYER MONEY SCAM by TESLA!

Tesla shareholder suit claims Elon Musk and other board members lied about car safety

– DOZENS OF FRAUD LAWSUITS NOW PRODUCED OVER TESLA FRAUD BY SHAREHOLDERS AND INSIDERS. CHARGES ERIC HOLDER WITH RUNNING COVER-UP TO PROTECT THE WHITE HOUSE!

– CHARGES TESLA IS “A TOTAL CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE CREATED TO KICK-BACK FUNDS TO SILICON VALLEY CAMPAIGN FUNDING VC’S!”


 

Tesla fireOut of the battery fire, into the shareholder lawsuit.

Tesla shareholder Ross Weintraub has filed a derivative suit against the company and its board members — including CEO Elon Musk — alleging that a series of dishonest statements made about safety and profitability caused Tesla’s stock price to drop on multiple occasions.

A derivative suit is a legal tool used by shareholders who want to force a company to take corrective action against its own executives or, in this case, to take action directly if board members are unlikely to act. It should be noted that, to many, shareholder lawsuits are like patent trolls: An unfortunate cost of doing big business and not something that inherently bodes badly. Also, in Tesla’s case, their stock isn’t that far off its 52 week high (Chart via Google):

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In the complaint, filed in Northern California District Court, and embedded below, Weintraub alleges a long history of dishonesty by the company and by Musk himself, including allegations that Tesla board members:

…allowed the Company to embark on a campaign of false and misleading statements designed to convince the market that the Model S was literally the safest car in existence.”

…allowed the Company to misrepresent the low height and configuration of the Model S battery pack as enhancing the vehicle’s safety, without disclosing its very significant vulnerabilities for high-intensity fires.”

…egregiously allowed the Company to misrepresent the Model S’s history of fire incidents which included at least three very significant fires requiring first responder intervention.

And that Elon Musk himself…

…falsely claimed that “[t]hroughout all our crash tests, throughout all similar incidents with vehicles on the road, never once has there been a fire.” When a Model S fire later occurred during the relevant time period, a Tesla spokesperson falsely stated, “This is the first fire.” Thus, by the third Model S fire, the Individual Defendants were still causing or allowing Tesla to represent that there were low probabilities of such fires while simultaneously denying that a recall was necessary.

…gave several interviews during which he downplayed this Model S fire and worse, failed to disclose that another Model S had been consumed by fire in Mexico on October 18, 2013… According to allegations in the Federal Securities Action, defendant E. Musk, with knowledge of the fire and inspection, unilaterally determined that the fire was not relevant to investors due to the circumstances under which it arose.

The lawsuit further claims that Musk and his fellow board members’ conduct “has significantly and materially damaged the Company. By virtue of the Individual Defendants’ breaches of fiduciary duties, the Company faces a lawsuit alleging violations of the federal securities laws and Tesla has suffered significant disruption of, and damage to, its business, its reputation and goodwill.”

It then goes on to list various conflicts held by board members which would make it unlikely that they would take action against Musk of their own volition. These include the fact that board member Steve Jurvetson of DFJ is an investor in other Musk companies including Solar City and Space X.

The suit demands a jury trial. The company has until the end of this week to respond or face a judgement by default.

Updated: A Tesla spokesperson told Pando “We believe this lawsuit is without merit and intend to defend against it vigorously.”

Tesla lawsuit

Tesla lawsuit summons

Lobbying With Bribes

There are 3 kinds of people who work in Washington, DC:

1.) The hard working staffers who do everything possible to help make America better.

2.) The 9-5 workers who watch the clock and can’t wait to get home and really don’t care about anything.

3.) Criminals who want to steal as much money as possible before they get caught.

Don’t miss Season Two of: House of Cards, on Netflix. Feb. 2014

See the Real Life House of Cards, below:

Watch the new theme song for Washington politicians and lobbyists, below:

American Innovators for Patent Reform Strongly Condemns the Passage of H.R. 3309

The So Called “Innovation Act” Is the Worst Anti-Innovation Bill in American History

New York, N.Y. − American Innovators for Patent Reform (AIPR), an industry group representing small patent owners − start-ups, R&D companies, universities and independent inventors − as well as patent practitioners, strongly condemns the passage of H.R. 3309, the so-called Innovation Act, by the House as the worst anti-innovation and anti-inventor legislation in American history.

“Our Founding Fathers had the wisdom to lay the foundation of the American patent system in the U.S. Constitution,” said Dr. Alexander Poltorak, the Founder and President of AIPR. “Today’s lawmakers had the ‘wisdom’ to erode this foundation!”

Under the guise of curbing litigation abuse by so-called patent trolls, H.R. 3309 is a get-out-of-jail-free-card for corporate infringers.  In fact, corporate lobbyists crafted this bill with no input from inventors, universities or patent practitioners.

“This bill was rushed through the House without debate or deliberation, and without any input from the inventor community.  It was shepherded through the corridors of Capitol Hill by high paid lobbyists for large corporations,” observed Dr. Poltorak.  He concluded, “American democracy is the best democracy your money can buy!”

The centerpiece of this legislation is the fee-shifting provision, which requires the losing party to pay the prevailing party’s legal fees and expenses.  To penalize inventors and small patent owners for attempting in good faith to enforce their patent rights is nothing short of closing the courthouse doors in their faces.

“The fee-shifting provision of this Bill is a shameless attempt to intimidate inventors and small patent owners − true American innovators − into submission,” said Dr. Poltorak. “It is thoroughly un-American and flies in the face of our tradition of equal access to justice for all.”

The purpose of the Innovation Act is very clear: to make it easier for large high tech corporations to infringe patents owned by universities, independent inventors, R&D companies and other small patent owners, and to make it more difficult for them to enforce their intellectual property rights.

“The result of H.R. 3309, should a similar bill pass in the Senate and be signed into law, will be to weaken and devalue U.S. Patents,” observed Alec Schibanoff, Executive Director of AIPR. “That means fewer inventors will be able to secure the financing needed to commercialize their new technologies, and that will result in fewer new business start-ups and, ultimately, fewer new jobs.  With passage of this Bill by the House of Representatives, AIRP will take its fight to the U.S. Senate.”

What the U.S. Patent system really needs, but Congress lacks the will to do, is to provide full funding for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

“Patents are the currency of a knowledge based economy,” said Dr. Poltorak. “Devaluing this currency, which will be the inevitable result if this bill becomes law, will stifle innovation and cost American jobs.”

American Innovators for Patent Reform calls on every engineer, researcher and inventor, and every American citizen who values innovation, to write to their U.S. Senators urging them to stop eroding our patent system and to pass a real patent reform bill that would establish full funding of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

About American Innovators for Patent Reform

Headquartered in New York City, American Innovators for Patent Reform (AIPR) represents a broad constituency of American innovators and innovation stakeholders, including inventors, engineers, researchers, entrepreneurs, patent owners, small businesses, universities, investors, intellectual property professionals such as patent attorneys and patent agents, tech transfer managers and licensing executives.

AIPR opposes any legislation that makes it more difficult to enforce patents as such legislation ultimately weakens the U.S. Patent system and decreases the value of patents. AIPR advocates patent reform that creates a multi-tier patent system, strengthens U.S. patents, and provides full funding for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

For more information about AIPR, please visit www.aminn.org.
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Google, once disdainful of lobbying, now a master of Washington influence

 Mr. Schmidt goes to Washington

Google’s Eric Schmidt is no stranger to D.C. He has spent lots of time at the White House and on Capitol Hill lobbying on behalf of his titan technology company. But his relationship with Washington and the Obama administration has not always been a comfortable one.

Written by Tom Hamburger Matea Gold

Published: April 12

In May 2012, the law school at George Mason University hosted a forum billed as a “vibrant discussion” about Internet search competition. Many of the major players in the field were there — regulators from the Federal Trade Commission, federal and state prosecutors, top congressional staffers.

What the guests had not been told was that the day-long academic conference was in large part the work of Google, which maneuvered behind the scenes with GMU’s Law & Economics Center to put on the event. At the time, the company was under FTC investigation over concerns about the dominance of its famed search engine, a case that threatened Google’s core business.

In the weeks leading up to the GMU event, Google executives suggested potential speakers and guests, sending the center’s staff a detailed spreadsheet listing members of Congress, FTC commissioners, and senior officials with the Justice Department and state attorney general’s offices.

“If you haven’t sent out the invites yet, please use the attached spreadsheet, which contains updated info,” Google legal assistant Yang Zhang wrote to Henry Butler, executive director of the law center, according to internal e-mails obtained by The Washington Post through a public records request. “If you’ve sent out the invites, would it be possible to add a few more?”

Butler replied, “We’re on it!”

On the day of the conference, leading technology and legal experts forcefully rejected the need for the government to take action against Google, making their arguments before some of the very regulators who would help determine its fate.

The company helped put on two similar conferences at GMU around the time of the 18-month investigation, part of a broad strategy to shape the external debate around the probe, which found that Google’s search practices did not merit legal action.

The behind-the-scenes machinations demonstrate how Google — once a lobbying weakling — has come to master a new method of operating in modern-day Washington, where spending on traditional lobbying is rivaled by other, less visible forms of influence.

That system includes financing sympathetic research at universities and think tanks, investing in nonprofit advocacy groups across the political spectrum and funding pro-business coalitions cast as public-interest projects.

The rise of Google as a top-tier Washington player fully captures the arc of change in the influence business.

Nine years ago, the company opened a one-man lobbying shop, disdainful of the capital’s pay-to-play culture.

Since then, Google has soared to near the top of the city’s lobbying ranks, placing second only to General Electric in corporate lobbying expenditures in 2012 and fifth place in 2013.

The company gives money to nearly 140 business trade groups, advocacy organizations and think tanks, according to a Post analysis of voluntary disclosures by the company, which, like many corporations, does not reveal the size of its donations. That’s double the number of groups Google funded four years ago.

This summer, Google will move to a new Capitol Hill office, doubling its Washington space to 55,000 square feet — roughly the size of the White House.

Google’s increasingly muscular Washington presence matches its expanded needs and ambitions as it has fended off a series of executive- and legislative-branch threats to regulate its activities and well-funded challenges by its corporate rivals.

Today, Google is working to preserve its rights to collect consumer data — and shield it from the government — amid a backlash over revelations that the National Security Agency tapped Internet companies as part of its surveillance programs. And it markets cloud storage and other services to federal departments, including intelligence agencies and the Pentagon.

“Technology issues are a big — and growing — part of policy debates in Washington, and it is important for us to be part of that discussion,” said Susan Molinari, a Republican former congresswoman from New York who works as Google’s top lobbyist. “We aim to help policymakers understand Google’s business and the work we do to keep the Internet open and spur economic opportunity.”

Molinari added, “We support associations and third parties across the political spectrum who help us get the word out — even if we don’t agree with them on 100 percent of issues.”

Susan Molinari, a Republican former congresswoman from New York, works as Google’s top lobbyist in Washington. Susan Molinari, a Republican former congresswoman from New York, works as Google’s top lobbyist in Washington.

As Google’s lobbying efforts have matured, the company has worked to broaden its appeal on both sides of the aisle. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is a well-known backer of President Obama and advises the White House. Google’s lobbying corps — now numbering more than 100 — is split equally, like its campaign donations, among Democrats and Republicans.

Google executives have fostered a new dialogue between Republicans and Silicon Valley, giving money to conservative groups such as Heritage Action for America and the Federalist Society. While also supporting groups on the left, Google has flown conservative activists to California for visits to its Mountain View campus and a stay at the Four Seasons Hotel.

The company has also pioneered new and unexpected ways to influence decision-makers, harnessing its vast reach. It has befriended key lawmakers in both parties by offering free training sessions to Capitol Hill staffers and campaign operatives on how to use Google products that can help targetvoters.

Through a program for charities, Google donates in-kind advertising, customized YouTube channels and Web site analytics to think tanks that are allied with the company’s policy goals.

Google “fellows” — young lawyers, writers and thinkers paid by the company — populate elite think tanks such as the Cato Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the New America Foundation.

To critics, Google’s investments have effectively shifted the national discussion away from Internet policy questions that could affect the company’s business practices. Groups that might ordinarily challenge the policies and practices of a major corporation are holding their fire, those critics say.

“Google’s influence in Washington has chilled a necessary and overdue policy discussion about the impact of the Internet’s largest firm on the future of the Internet,” said Marc Rotenberg, a Georgetown University law professor who runs the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a watchdog and research organization.

Some with deep ties to the company say that Google’s embrace of aggressive lobbying was a necessary concession to the realities of Washington.

“I don’t fault Google for playing that game, in which big companies use their money to buy advocates and allies,” said Andrew McLaughlin, who served as Google’s first director of global public policy in Washington. “Given where the company is today, the fiduciary duty it has to shareholders and the way Washington works, it’s a rational judgment.”

Google goes to lunch

An early sign of Google’s new Washington attitude came in September 2011, when executives paid a visit to the Heritage Foundation, the stalwart conservative think tank that has long served as an intellectual hub on the right, to attend a weekly lunch for conservative bloggers.

The session took place at a critical juncture for the company.

Days earlier, Schmidt had endured a rare and unnerving appearance on Capitol Hill, where he was lectured by a Republican senator who accused the company of skewing search results to benefit its own products and hurt competitors. The FTC antitrust inquiry was underway. And, in what Google saw as a direct threat to the open Internet, major lobbies such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Motion Picture Association of America were mounting a legislative campaign to place restrictions on the sale of pirated music and movies. The effort was getting bipartisan traction in the House and the Senate.

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt testifies before a Senate Judiciary antitrust subcommittee in September 2011. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt testifies before a Senate Judiciary antitrust subcommittee in September 2011. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Inside Google’s Washington headquarters, a handful of lobbyists were crafting what they called the “Republican strategy” to defeat the legislation. Their approach: build conservative opposition based on the right’s distaste for regulation. They also seized on an obscure provision that they told Republicans would be a boon for trial lawyers, a Democratic constituency.

As the campaign took shape, there was a building sense within the company that it needed to beef up its firepower on the Hill. That fall, Google’s first Washington lobbyist, a computer scientist and lawyer named Alan Davidson, a Democrat, would announce his resignation, replaced a few months later by the former GOP lawmaker, Molinari.

In their visit to Heritage that day, Google officials were eager to make new friends. Their challenge was instantly clear.

“In 2008, your CEO campaigned for Barack Obama,” said Mike Gonzalez, Heritage’s vice president for communications, according to a video of the event. “. . . As a company, you’re really identified with this administration from the beginning. And you come here and you’re like a mix of Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek.”

Adam Kovacevich, then a member of Google’s policy team, responded by stressing the company’s interest in building new alliances.

“One of the things we’ve recognized is that no company can get anything done in Washington without partnerships on both sides of the aisle,” he said.

He noted the recent hiring of Lee Carosi Dunn, one of several former top aides to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) brought on by the company.

Dunn, addressing the audience, promised “a lot of reach-out to Republicans.”

“I think it’s another lesson young companies that come to Washington learn — you can’t put all your marbles in one basket,” Dunn said. Referring to the editor of the conservative Weekly Standard, Dunn added: “Look, even Bill Kristol was walking around wearing Google glasses. We’re making strides!”

The Google-Heritage relationship soon blossomed — with benefits for both.

A few weeks after the blogger session, Heritage researcher James L. Gattuso penned a critique of the antitrust investigation into Google, praising the company as “an American success story.”

That winter, Heritage joined the chorus of groups weighing in against the anti-piracy legislation. As the bill, the Stop Online Piracy Act, appeared to gain steam in the GOP-led House, Gattuso wrote a piece warning of “unintended negative consequences for the operation of the Internet and free speech.” The legislation, he said, could disrupt the growth of technology. Gattuso said he came to his position independently and was not lobbied by Google.

After Gattuso’s piece went live, Heritage Action, the think tank’s sister advocacy organization, quickly turned the argument into a political rallying cry. In terms aimed at tea party conservatives, the group cast the bill as “another government power grab.”

In mid-January 2012, Heritage Action designated the legislation a “key vote” it would factor into its congressional race endorsement decisions — heightening the pressure on Republicans.

The next day, leading Internet sites, including Wikipedia, went dark as part of an online blackout protesting the bills.

Google turned its iconic home page into a political platform for the first time, urging users to sign a petition against the legislation. Seven million people added their names, and many of them added their e-mails, creating a valuable activist list for Google to mobilize then and in later fights.

As congressional offices were flooded with phone calls and e-mail protests, support for the legislation crumbled. Within days, both the House and Senate versions of the bill were shelved and Hill veterans were left marveling at the ability of Google and its allies to muster such a massive retail response.

For Google and Heritage, the legislative victory was the beginning of a close relationship. A few months later, Google Ideas and the Heritage Foundation co-hosted an event focused on the role the Internet could play in modernizing Cuba, featuring Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Google Ideas director Jared Cohen.

The following year, a new name popped up on Google’s list of groups it supports financially: Heritage Action.

GMU conferences

Facing a broad and potentially damaging FTC probe, Google found an eager and willing ally in George Mason University’s Law & Economics Center.

The center is among the academic programs at universities such as Harvard and Stanford that have benefited from Google’s largesse. For the past several years, the free-market-oriented law center has received an annual donation from the company, a grant that totaled $350,000 last year, according to the school.

Google’s relationship with the law center proved helpful in the summer of 2011 as speculation mounted that the FTC was going to launch an antitrust investigation of the tech giant. The company’s rivals, including Microsoft and Yelp, were aggressively pressing arguments that Google was exploiting its dominance in the search business.

On June 16, 2011, Google and the law center put on the first of three academic conferences at the GMU law school’s Arlington County campus, all focusing on Internet search competition. It was eight days before the company announced it had received formal notification it was under FTC investigation.

Google was listed as a co-sponsor of the day-long forum, but some participants were still struck by the number of speakers who took a skeptical view of the need for antitrust enforcement against the company, according to people in attendance.

The keynote address was by Google engineer Mark Paskin, who delivered a lunchtime speech titled “Engineering Search.”

A few days later, Christopher Adams, an economist in the FTC’s antitrust division who later worked on the Google investigation, e-mailed Butler, the law center’s director, to thank him for putting on the conference. “I think it was one of the best policy conferences that I’ve been too [sic],” Adams wrote, praising Paskin’s talk as “excellent.”

Adams declined to comment for this article, referring questions to the FTC press office.

FTC spokesman Justin Cole said the agency’s staffers “are required to adhere to established federal government ethics rules and guidelines. Attendance and participation in the 2011 and 2012 GMU conferences by our staff adhered to these guidelines.”

As the agency’s investigation stretched into its second year, the staff and professors at GMU’s law center were in regular contact with Google executives, who supplied them with the company’s arguments against antitrust action and helped them get favorable op-ed pieces published, according to the documents obtained by The Post.

The school and Google staffers worked to organize a second academic conference focused on search. This time, however, Google’s involvement was not publicly disclosed.

Months before the event, Zhang, the Google legal assistant, e-mailed Chrysanthos Dellarocas, a professor in the Information Systems Department at Boston University’s School of Management, to suggest he participate. Dellarocas had received $60,000 in 2011 from Google to study the impact of social networks on search.

“We’d love for you . . . to submit and present this paper, if you are interested and willing,” she wrote.

When GMU officials later told Dellarocas they were planning to have him participate from the audience, he responded that he was under the impression from “the folks at Google who have funded our research” that they wanted him to showcase his work at the event. He said he wanted “to be in compliance with our sponsor’s expectations.”

Dellarocas, who had a schedule conflict and ultimately did not attend, told The Post that while Google occasionally checked on his progress, the company did not have any sway over his research.

“At no point did they have any interference with the substance of my work,” he said.

Even as Google executives peppered the GMU staff with suggestions of speakers and guests to invite to the event, the company asked the school not to broadcast its involvement.

“It may seem like Google is overwhelming the conference,” Zhang fretted in an e-mail to the center’s administrative coordinator, Jeffrey Smith, after reviewing the confirmed list of attendees a few weeks before the event. She asked Smith to mention “only a few Googlers.”

Smith was reassuring. “We will certainly limit who we announce publicly from Google,” he replied.

A strong contingent of FTC economists and lawyers were on hand for the May 16, 2012, session, whose largely pro-Google tone took some participants aback. “By my count, out of about 20 panelists and speakers, there were 31 / 2 of us who thought the FTC might have a case,” said Allen Grunes, a former government antitrust lawyer who served on a panel and described the conference as “Google boot camp.” Grunes said he was not aware of Google’s role organizing the event until informed of it by a Post reporter.

Daniel D. Polsby, dean of GMU’s School of Law, which houses the center, said that while Google provided suggestions, the agenda and speakers were determined by university staffers. “I think it would misrepresent this conference to suggest that it was a Google event,” he said, adding that the law center discloses on its Web site the support it gets from Google and other corporations.

Google declined to comment about the conferences.

In January 2013, after an investigation that spanned more than a year and a half, the FTC settled the case with Google, which agreed to give its rivals more access to patents and make it easier for advertisers to use other ad platforms.

But when it came to the charges that Google biased its search results to promote its own products, the five FTC commissioners all voted to close the investigation, saying there was no evidence the company’s practices were harming consumers.

Jon Leibowitz, then the chairman of the agency, said in an interview that the FTC was not affected by Google’s campaign, noting that the company’s rivals were waging a parallel effort on the other side.

“It didn’t bother me that a lot of people were building events around the possibility of the FTC investigation,” said Leibowitz, who has since left the FTC. “That’s sort of life in the big city, and both sides were doing it.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) discusses the U.S. economy in a March speech at a Jack Kemp Foundation forum at Google’s Washington offices.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) discusses the U.S. economy in a March speech at a Jack Kemp Foundation forum at Google’s Washington offices. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/For The Washington Post)

Attendees listen to Rubio’s speech. While also supporting groups on the left, Google has courted conservative groups and lawmakers in recent years.

Attendees listen to Rubio’s speech. While also supporting groups on the left, Google has courted conservative groups and lawmakers in recent years. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/For The Washington Post)

NSA fallout

On a February night this year, Schmidt sat down with a Washington audience far friendlier than the panel of senators who had grilled him nearly three years earlier. Addressing a dinner of journalists and scholars at the libertarian Cato Institute, Schmidt received applause and lots of head-nodding as he declared, “We will not collaborate with the NSA.”

Cato was not always in sync with Google’s policy agenda. In previous years, the think tank’s bloggers and scholars had been sharply critical of the company’s support for government rules limiting the ways providers such as Comcast and Verizon could charge for Internet services.

But, like manyinstitutions in Washington, Cato has since found common ground with Google.

And the think tank has benefited from the company’s investments, receiving $480,000 worth of in-kind “ad words” from Google last year, according to people familiar with the donation.

Schmidt’s message to Cato that night in February reflected the current focus of Google’s energy — containing the fallout from revelations by NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

As the public’s outrage has grown, the tech giant has tried to keep the focus on limiting government surveillance, not on the data collection done by private companies. A White House review of those issues is expected to be released this coming week.

A campaign against government spying, meanwhile, is in high gear, drawing together some unexpected bedfellows. The American Civil Liberties Union, Heritage Action, Americans for Tax Reform and the Center for Democracy & Technology have formed a coalition calling for the government to obtain a probable-cause warrant before getting access to e-mails and other electronic data.

The coalition, Digital 4th, is funded by Google.

Alice Crites contributed to this report.

Corruption, American Style – Forbes

Jan 22, 2009 … Bribery gets all the bad press, but lobbying is the real danger, because it affects everybody–whether they want it to or not.

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Jack Abramoff – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

After his release from prison, he wrote the autobiographical book Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Corruption From America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist …

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Lobbying is big and unpunished corruption | downwithelite

Apr 9, 2013 … Just wonder why laws exist that exclusively favour the pharmaceutical or the oil industry. That corruption is involved is plausible. Lobbying is …

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An expert on bribery and corruption makes a lonely visit to …

Feb 28, 2013 … GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff is questioned about illegal lobbying practices during a hearing on … “You can be very corrupt within a reform bill.”.

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Jack Abramoff Proposes Reforms for Corrupt Lobbying – Washington …

Feb 6, 2012 … Jack Abramoff says lobbying rules need serious reform.

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Corruption? 5400 Lawmakers Have Become Lobbyists in the Last …

Sep 13, 2011 … More proof that Washington is corrupt? A new Legistorm study reveals there is a ” revolving door” between Congress and lobbying firms, …

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Corrupt Lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s Plan to End Corrupt Lobbying

Nov 3, 2011 … Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff knows a thing or two about political corruption and lobbying. And in his new book “Capitol Punishment: The …

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Lobbying is not the same as corruption! – Times of India Blogs

Dec 11, 2012 … An unnecessary controversy has broken around Walmart’s lobbying spends, some of which were directed towards securing FDI in multi-brand …

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The American Anti-Corruption Act

Provide federal prosecutors the additional tools necessary to combat corruption, and prohibit lobbyists who fail to properly register and disclose their activities …

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Our Corrupt Politics: It’s Not All Money by Ezra Klein | The New York …

Mar 22, 2012 … Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption from America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist. by Jack Abramoff. WND , 303 pp.

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Jack Abramoff: The lobbyist’s playbook – CBS News

May 30, 2012 … Crooked lobbyist Jack Abramoff explains how he asserted his influence in Congress for years, and how such corruption continues today.

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Lobbying, Corruption and Political Influence – EconStor

focus on the relationship between lobbying and corruption (that is, … evidence on lobbying, corruption and influence using data for about 4000 firms in 25.

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Jack Abramoff: From Corrupt Lobbyist To Washington Reformer – NPR

Nov 18, 2011 … Through his interview with Tell Me More’s Michel Martin and his new book, former lobbyist Jack Abramoff is obviously hoping his past makes …

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The Value of (Corrupt) Lobbying by Alexander Borisov, Eitan …

Mar 16, 2012 … Does corporate lobbying simply add value by allowing firms to communicate expert information to policy makers, or does it also add value by …

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Lobbying, Corruption and Political Influence Nauro F. Campos – Iza

focus on the relationship between lobbying and corruption (that is, … evidence on lobbying, corruption and influence using data for about 4000 firms in 25.

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‘Congress corrupt to core’ – US lobby probe scapegoat – YouTube

Jan 18, 2012 … When it comes to big money in America’s politics, lobbyists are the people who know exactly how it works. RT talks to former lobbyist Jack …

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Bribes, Lobbying, and Development – Kellogg School of Management

Feb 1, 2011 … —–International Herald Tribune, May 31, 2006. Lobbying and corruption have been the subject of tremendous public interest and research.

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(Corrupt) Lobbying – Kelley School of Business – Indiana University

May 14, 2012 … firms to lobby and engage in corruption, we examine the effect of …. value of corrupt lobbying activities, which faced intense scrutiny in the …

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Jack Abramoff: Inside Capitol corruption – CBS News

Jack Abramoff: Inside Capitol corruption … Minutes’ Lesley Stahl says to Jack Abramoff, one of the most notorious lobbyists of our time, on 60 Minutes this week .

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What is ‘lobbying‘ and its link to corruption? | space for transparency

Sep 14, 2009 … But how does lobbying cross the line to become corruption? TI’s Global Corruption Report 2009: Corruption and the Private Sector takes this …

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Corrupt Politicians, Greedy Corporations and Lobbyists Hurting the …

Nov 2, 2013 … By James Moreland November 2, 2013 In order to assure a strong economic future, it is imperative that the U.S. cut ties with all of our “free …

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Lobbying versus Corruption – CESifo

tween lobbying and corruption, if any, are unimportant. Indeed, this is a view that … corruption lies in the fact that lobbying is a way of seek- ing influence which is …

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Investigation into corruption risks involved in lobbying – Independent …

present the Commission’s report on its investigation into the corruption risks involved in the lobbying of public officials and public authorities in New South Wales …

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Former Lobbyist Jack Abramoff Speaks at USF – University of San …

Jun 19, 2013 … Disgraced super lobbyist Jack Abramoff — the man at the center of one of the biggest government corruption scandals in recent history — gave …

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Abramoff Talks Lobbying – The Hoya

Oct 11, 2013 … OLIVIA HEWITT/THE HOYA. Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who served time in prison for corruption, spoke about campaign finance reform and …

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Is it not lobbying same to corruption? | NowPublic News Coverage

Jul 19, 2010 … Many scholars and practitioners say that lobbying is a strategy to be different and achieve goals. From my friends residing in USA and from my …

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Lobbying groups corrupt US Congress’ – YouTube

Apr 26, 2013 … An analyst says lobby groups like the NRA have corrupted US Congress to act in their special interests rendering the American people …

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Lobbyist Is Expected to Plead Guilty in Corruption Case

Jan 3, 2012 … Richard J. Lipsky, who was accused of directing about $260000 of his lobbying fees to shell companies linked to State Senator Carl Kruger, …

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Corporate power has turned Britain into a corrupt state – The Guardian

Jun 4, 2013 … Seumas Milne: Westminster lobbying is the least of it. Revolving-door colonisation of public life is a corrosive threat to democracy.

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Dorf on Law: Lobbying and Corruption

Feb 19, 2010 … Posted by Neil H. Buchanan Two weeks ago, The New York Times ran a news article by Eric Lichtblau under the headline: “Lobbying Imperils …

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Institutions, Lobbying, and Corruption: A Theoretical Framework …

This chapter presents a theoretical framework that analyzes how differences in the lobbying strategies of business interest groups emerge from differences in …

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Is Lobbying Closer To Bribery… Or Extortion? | Techdirt

Apr 10, 2012 … We’ve certainly talked quite a bit about the institutional-level corruption of the way Congress and lobbying works, but a recent This American …

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Oil Companies Spend Millions Lobbying Corrupt Equatorial Guinea …

Jun 1, 2011 … News from the New York Times yesterday that U.S.-based military contractor Military Professional Resources Inc. (MPRI) is training Equatorial …

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Corruption happens, lobbying rules – Vox

Nov 8, 2008 … We still know very little about lobbying in developing countries. To many analysts, the distinction between lobbying and corruption is not …

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Lobbying Felon Jack Abramoff Calls Out Newt Gingrich’s Corrupt

Nov 17, 2011 … In an interview for NBC News’ web-only Meet The Press Press Pass, former lobbyist and convicted felon Jack Abramoff, now a self-styled …

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Corrupt Lobbyists Remain Triumphant | Common Dreams

Corrupt Lobbyists Remain Triumphant. by Lee Drutman. So, at long last, and with the begrudging signature of the president of the United States …

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Romney and Santorum Rally with Corrupt Lobbyist Ralph Reed in …

Mar 30, 2012 … Tomorrow morning in Waukesha, WI, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, among others (Gov.

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Corrupt Lobbyist’s Tell-All Published by Conspiracy-Mongering WND

Nov 14, 2011 … Given his reputation as a corrupt master of manipulation, disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff has been given a surprisingly credulous …

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How corrupt is Obamacare? – John Lott’s Website – Blogger

Aug 26, 2013 … Major lobbying firms such as Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock, The Glover Park Group, Alston & Bird, BGR Group and Akin Gump can all boast an …

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“Measuring Corruption: Do Campaign Contributions and Lobbying

Private interests expend great amounts of resources attempting to influence government decisions using tools such as campaign contributions and lobbying.

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From Logrolling to Corruption: The Development of Lobbying … – Jstor

Historians have generally given the impression that lobbying and the corruption that evolved from it were serious problems only after the Civil War.4 In fact, both …

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DownWithTyranny!: How Corrupt Are Members Of Corgress? Short …

Jan 4, 2013 … Sunday the Washington Post took a look at the special congressional corruption that involves family members working as lobbyists. After a …

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Inside the Corrupt World of Washington Lobbyists | Fox News Video

Nov 20, 2011 … Ex-D.C. insider Jack Abramoff exposes hypocrisy in D.C..

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I Know the Congressional Culture of Corruption – Jack Abramoff …

Jul 24, 2012 … Nevertheless, corruption has dulled the luster of the American political … During the years I was lobbying, I purveyed millions of my own and …

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Lobbying scandals see UK fall in corruption table – Politics.co.uk

Dec 5, 2012 … The UK has dropped from 16th to 17th in the international corruption table, as worries over unfair lobbying and party political funding grow.

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Becker & Poliakoff lobbyist at center of latest Miami-Dade corruption …

Aug 7, 2013 … In February, Hollywood-based Becker & Poliakoff law firm, one of South Florida’s top lobbying shops, trumpeted a big expansion of its lobbying …

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Bill de Blasio Sold Out: Corrupt Campaign Finance and Lobbyist …

Nov 3, 2013 … Real estate developers, gambling interests, and lobbyists corrupt New York City and New York State politics. In this YouTube video, questions …

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Politicalprof – SOPA/PIPA and Why Lobbying Is Not Corrupt

Jan 20, 2012 … SOPA/PIPA and Why Lobbying Is Not Corrupt My turn back on the skewer: lobbying is not an inherently bad thing. To make my case, let me …

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Completely corrupt Portland city council secretly met with fluoride …

Oct 23, 2012 … Completely corrupt Portland city council secretly met with fluoride lobbyists before voting to poison Oregonians’ water.

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Is lobbying so bad? | The 15th International Anti-Corruption …

Nov 9, 2012 … But Isaksson argues that not only are lobbying practices not corrupt, they are good for democracy. In fact, he says the more the better.

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JACK ABRAMOFF: Hell Yes Washington Is Corrupt — It’s Legalized …

Feb 23, 2012 … The former lobbyist explains how it really goes down. … JACK ABRAMOFF: Hell Yes Washington Is Corrupt — It’s Legalized Bribery!

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Lobbying, Corruption and Political Influence – Ideas – RePEc

Downloadable! Conventional wisdom suggests that lobbying is the preferred mean for exerting political influence in rich countries and corruption the preferred  …

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Corruption Confusion – Department of Political Science

The weakness of the lobbying registration trigger is more salient (Think Newt or Daschle).  The institutional corruption critique (Thompson,. Lessig, etc).

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corruption – Is there any possibility to have a democracy inherently …

Can a democratic system be structured in a way that doesn’t rely on ethics or brute-force, police-state-esque measures to disable lobbying? Is there a way to …

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Recent articles on revolving doors, lobbying, corruption etc …

Politicians and civil servants under the influence of corporations are caricatured as greedy fat cats, bad apples in an otherwise untarnished barrel. In truth, these …

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True News (The Bund): Corrupt lobbyist

Nov 28, 2012 … Corrupt lobbyist. ____3/ 6/ 2013_________________________________________________________________ ______________

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PressTV – ‘Lobbying groups corrupting US Congress’: Lawrence …

Apr 26, 2013 … An analyst says lobby groups like the NRA have corrupted US Congress to act in their special interests rendering the American people …

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Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Capitol Punishment: The Hard …

This review is from: Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist (Hardcover). This book has its …

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Obama’s Lobbying Ban Leads To More Corruption – Republic Report

Mar 9, 2012 … When Republic Report launched Sell Out Of The Week feature, our initial winner was President Obama, who earned the prize for embracing his …

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Lobbying Archives | Corruption Daily

Main menu. Skip to content. your daily dose of corruption …

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TI-UK submission – Statutory register of lobbyists

A new regulatory regime for lobbying will help to ensure there is greater transparency and reduce the risk of corrupt lobbying activity. Download now: TI- UK …

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The Insider – British government is controlled by lobbying by the …

Mar 21, 2010 … British government is controlled by lobbying by the powerful, through blatant corruption. *** Western “democracy” is a pretence put on by ruling …

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Lobbying « FCPA Professor

Corruption And Anti-Corruption: Challenges And Future Perspectives … Transparency International’s new emphasis on lobbying may indicate the beginning of a …

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Jack Abramoff Reveals Shocking Facts on Political Lobbying – Mercola

Dec 4, 2011 … In this 60 Minutes episode, ex-political lobbyist Jack Abramoff reveals … It is a rare look behind the scenes at just how corrupt the US political …

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Lobbyist Caps Cause Corruption? Not Quite |

Feb 20, 2012 … A few weeks ago, state Representative Lynn Smith (R – Newnan) spoke at length about lobbyists, influence, and the need for ethics reform after …

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Do Campaign Contributions and Lobbying Corrupt? Evidence from …

Introduction Private interests channeled over $ 300 million of political contributions to federal candidates alone during the last election cycle in 2004. 1 A further …

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Just how corrupt is Europe? | The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Jun 6, 2012 … A call to arms, Europe governments must do more to fight corruption … Lithuania’s lobbying law is described by TI as ‘completely deficient’.

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How Much Has The Chamber Spent On Lobbying For FCPA Reform …

Jul 20, 2011 … Jonathan Ernst/ReutersThe U.S. Chamber of Commerce paid $120000 for the services of former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey in the …

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Access and Lobbying: Looking Beyond the Corruption Paradigm’

Access and Lobbying: Looking Beyond the Corruption Paradigm’ by DORIE APOLLONIO, * BRUCE E. CAIN,** and LEE DRUTMAN***. Introduction. Political  …

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Democrat CA Cong. George Miller (and lobbyist son) investigated …

Apr 5, 2012 … Hot water rising for Rep. Miller, son byRichard Pollock, Washington Examiner, 4/ 5/12 Rep. George Miller, D-CA, has cultivated a reputation for …

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Just how corrupt is Europe? – Inside Story – Al Jazeera English

Jun 8, 2012 … “At the end of the day corruption is a moral problem. For example, lobbyists will always meet politicians but the problem comes in when a …

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Ex-Lobbyist Abramoff Visits Raleigh to Talk Government Corruption …

Ex-Lobbyist Abramoff Visits Raleigh to Talk Government Corruption and Reform. By Bryan Warner Published: Feb. 10, 2012. RALEIGH – Taking the stage at …

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Download – U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre

than corruption as a means of influencing policy, if adequately regulated. To many, the differences between lobbying and corruption may not be obvious.

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Corruption and the Archaeological Lobby’s Models – Cultural …

Dec 5, 2012 … It’s interesting to see where the archaeological lobby’s models stack up on Transparency International’s 2012 Corruption Perception Index: …

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Lobbying and corruption as substitute forms of rent-seeking

Nov 4, 2008 … inction to corruption (modelled as a transfer) and lobbying (a DUP activity) … ment revolves around corruption and lobbying being substitute …

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‘Corruption is legal in Washington’ – insider tips — RT News – RT.com

Jan 18, 2012… corporate influence in US politics, RT talks to a former American lobbyist who has been at the heart of a far-reaching corruption scheme.

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Court Expands Reach of Anti-Bribery Statute – Lawful Lobbying

Mar 4, 2013 … Court Expands Reach of Anti-Bribery Statute – Lawful Lobbying, Corrupt Bribery & Implicit Quid Pro Quo. Posted by Hayes Hunt on March 04, …

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D.C. Awash in Contracts, Lobbying Wealth: Does Big Government …

Nov 19, 2013 … America’s founding fathers understood the human nature to let power corrupt so they decentralized power. But times have changed.

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Summer Reading: Corruption and American Politics V – CityEthics.org

Aug 27, 2012 … The fifth essay in Corruption and American Politics, an essay collection edited by Michael A. Genovese and Victoria A. Farrar-Meyers (Cambria, …

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Abramoff: How to end corruption – MJ Lee – POLITICO.com

Nov 2, 2011 … Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff says in a new book that the 1299 nights he … have opened his eyes about how to rid Washington of corruption.

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GAWKER EDITOR SAYS, IN COURT, THAT HE WOULD ONLY LIMIT PEDO SEX TAPES TO “FOUR YEARS OLD”. JURY IRKED!

GAWKER EDITOR SAYS, IN COURT, THAT HE WOULD ONLY LIMIT PEDO SEX TAPES TO “FOUR YEARS OLD”. JURY IRKED!

Where Gawker editor draws the line: A sex-tape of a 4-year-old!

 

 

 

By Julia Marsh and Yaron Steinbuch

 

Jurors in Hulk Hogan’s sex video trial on Wednesday heard a videotaped deposition of Gawker’s former editor in chief — saying he’d draw the line at posting the sex tape of a celebrity who is under 4 years old.

 

A.J. Daulerio, 41, was sitting ramrod straight in the Florida courtroom during the awkward moment when he was asked on video by Hogan’s lawyer, “Can you imagine a situation where a celebrity sex tape would not be newsworthy?”

 

Daulerio answered flatly, “If they were a child.”

 

“Under what age?” attorney Charles Harder asked.

 

“Four,” he said.

 

“No four-year-old sex tapes, OK,” Harder said.

 

A Gawker spokesman later insisted Daulerio was being flippant.

 

“He’d just said in the prior answer that that he wouldn’t post a tape of a child and when the question was repeated he obviously made the point in a flip way because his answer was already clear,” the spokesman said.

 

Daulerio, who looked bored throughout the grilling, wiping his eyes and resting his hand on his chin, also claimed he would have no problem if his own hypothetical sex tape was published.

 

Modal Trigger Photo: Splash News

 

“It wouldn’t upset you in any way to have your sexual encounters appear on the Internet?” he was asked.

 

“I somewhat expect that to happen at some point,” Daulerio said.

 

During Day 3 of the trial, jurors seemed distressed by Daulerio’s cavalier attitude about posting the sex tape.

 

One male juror squinted his eyes, pursed his lips and leaned back in his chair while a female juror kept her arms crossed then jotted down notes.

 

A third woman looked down during parts of the testimony as Daulerio sat next to Gawker founder Nick Denton in the front row.

 

On the opposite side sat Hogan, wearing a pinstripe suit and his trademark black bandanna on his head.

 

Daulerio said he first heard about the sex video when it was a story on TMZ in March 2012. He said that in early October 2012, he received an actual copy of the full, 30-minute video from a source.

 

“I watched it and watched it one or two times and then, then decided whether or not we are going to publish some of the contents of it, and was discussing how we could possibly share some of the contents of it, and was discussing how we could possibly share some of the footage on Gawker.com,” he said.

 

He said he turned the tape over to his video editor and “selected various spots of the tape that I considered both newsworthy in the context of our story and had her twiddle it down to whatever the time frame was, I believe it was close to two minutes of footage.”

 

He said he wanted to verify that Hogan and Heather Clem – then-wife of Hogan’s former best pal Bubba the Love Sponge Clem – “were actually having sex, so I believe we did small snippets of those two having intercourse.”

 

Daulerio went on to say that he found the video “very amusing” and “newsworthy” – and would be “somewhat popular” on the site.

 

“Did you give any consideration prior to Oct. 4, 2012, as to whether publishing the Hulk Hogan sex tape would distress Hulk Hogan,” the lawyer asked.

 

“No,” he answered.

 

“You didn’t care, really, did you?” Harder asked.

 

“No,” he said again.

 

“Had you known that Hulk Hogan would be emotionally distressed by this publication you would have still published it, correct?” he was asked.

 

“Sure, yes,” Daulerio said.

 

Harder also showed an email from Denton that said Daulerio “breaks all the rules of orthodox management.”

 

“Is that a positive thing?” Harder asked Daulerio.

 

“I don’t know the exact answer to that but I would assume yes, he enjoyed me breaking the rules of orthodox management,” Daulerio said.

 

Harder read the jury a paragraph from a 2011 GQ profile of Daulerio when he was the head of Gawker’s brother sports site Deadspin.

 

It said: “His tactics -— reporting rumors, paying for news and making Deadspin’s money on stories that are really about sex, not sports — are questionable. His success is not. When he became editor of the site in July 2008, it had 700,000 readers per month. Today it has 2.3 million.”

 

The pseudo-journalist also admitted to paying $12,000 for photos of now-retired NFL player Brett Favre’s penis.

 

He said he didn’t consider the 2012 publication of Duchess Kate Middleton’s naked breasts an “invasion of privacy” because “she’s a public figure” and thought the size of Hogan’s penis was “newsworthy.”

 

In later testimony, Hogan’s longtime attorney David Houston said the sex tape spread like a cancer online after Gawker posted it in October 2012.

 

Questioned by Harder, Houston said he zeroed in on tracking down the culprit responsible for making the video after TMZ first reported its existence in March 2012.

 

He described why he and Hogan went on TMZ Live at that time to talk about the tape

 

“If it were a sex tape out there I felt it incumbent upon me as counsel to try to find it and essentially put a bullet in it,” Houston said.

 

In a clip played for the jury, Hogan said that he didn’t know who the woman was because “the truth is it wasn’t just one brunette … I was running pretty wild there for a few months.”

 

“The purpose naturally was to announce if anyone goes forward with this thing we’re going to find him and we’re going to prosecute him,” Houston said. “At that point we were desperate for knowledge.”

 

Two porn sites reached out to Hogan to buy the steamy footage – Vivid.com and Sex.com.

 

Vivid’s letter said: “We understand that you believe this tape was filmed without your permission. Whatever the case we would still like to dis the opportunity to work together as we feel this would be one of the best selling celerity sex tapes of all time.”

 

Sex.com’s letter said: “We are truly serious about working with you. This isn’t some shameless press opportunity, we have an open check book.”

 

“We want no part in the dissemination, we weren’t in this to sell the sex tape,” Houston said.

 

He said he first saw the tape at Gawker.

 

“I saw a video depicting my client having sex, oral sex, standard sexual intercourse, took great pains to display his penis and even went so far as to demonstrate what everyone was saying to each other in that tape by virtue of incorporating subtitles,” he said.

 

Houston pleaded with Denton in an email a day after the tape was published.

 

“I’m asking you, please, as a fellow human being, to take down the video,” he said.

 

Houston said he sent 60 cease-and-desist letters asking various Web sites to remove the video.

 

The former pro wrestler, whose given name is Terry Bollea, is suing Gawker Media for $100 million for posting an edited version of the sex video.

 

Gawker is defending the publication by arguing that Hogan had talked openly about his sex life before, including on Howard Stern’s radio show.

 

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Hulk Hogan Vs. Gawker Case Raises Historical Issue of Cyber-Stalking Protections

Hulk Hogan Vs. Gawker Case Raises Historical Issue of Cyber-Stalking Protections

 

 

By Andrea Le Chen

 

 

Google and Gawker Media are financial and political partners. Together, they have made hundreds of millions of dollars off of the U.S. Government. They pay each other for “services”. They have been found to have wired quite a lot of cash back and forth to each other.

 

 

That’s right. Your taxpayer dollars end up in their bank accounts via subsidies, loans, cash contracts and payola from elected officials that they each take money from and give money to. This isn’t a theory. The federal records, campaign disclosures and beneficiary records prove this to be true.

 

 

Now, you have Hulk Hogan, who made a few million dollars as a wrestler getting harassed, “cyber-stalked”, getting digitally humiliated and losing his income and brand value because a multi-BILLION dollar bully, funded in part by U.S. taxpayer dollars, attacked him. Gawker set him up and Google amplified it around the globe in a permanent manner in order to make money off of the “clicks” and “eyeballs”.

 

 

While many say the case is “really about privacy” it is also about the balance of power and the fairness of justice. If a millionaire is attacked by a multi-billion dollar entity because they wish to harm him, is the justice that the attacker gets from the attack-ee fair? Some main-stream members of the public may immediately give low credence to Hogan because of the “millionaire” label. In fact, Hogan made his money over many decades and the few million he made had to be parsed out over decades for him to survive, feed the wife and kids and fly to promotional events. A few million doesn’t last that long these days.

 

 

Let’s shift gears to the poor people whose lives Nick Denton and Gawker Media have destroyed. Denton has hundreds of millions of dollars squirreled away overseas in the Cayman Islands and Eastern Bloc tax hide-aways. He has destroyed the lives of a number of people who make less money than the average grocery clerk.

 

 

Gawker Media has taken regular people who are writers, reporters, bloggers, game reviewers, engineers, programmers and other regular folks from low-income to bankruptcy simply because those regular people expressed an opinion that Nick Denton’s political clients did not like.

 

 

Hogan has a few more resources than the average person but not that much more. A lawsuit with Gawker will drain the last of his savings.

 

 

Whether or not you like wrestlers, muscles or entertainment TV the person should not be the moral issue for you.

 

 

The issue is: Should corporate bullies get to cyber-stalk people and destroy their lives out of political vengeance and ideological retribution?

 

 

Should a publicly financed, tax shielded (also a form for public finance) corporation, with a hundred million times more resources than an individual taxpayer, get to use their corporate rights to destroy individual taxpayers because they either disagree with those taxpayers, or because those taxpayers reported a crime that those corporations engaged in?

 

 

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Ex-Gawker editor admits Hulk Hogan’s penis had no news value

Ex-Gawker editor admits Hulk Hogan’s penis had no news value

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The ex-Gawker editor who posted an online sex tape of Hulk Hogan was body-slammed in court Monday, with the pro wrestler’s lawyer using his own words against him to show that he didn’t take the $100 million lawsuit against his former employer seriously and repeatedly joked about child pornography.

Hogan’s lawyer, Shane Vogt, got ex-editor A.J. Daulerio to admit that he didn’t care whether he was protected by the First Amendment when he posted the footage.

“It didn’t really matter if it was a morbid and sensational prying into someone’s life, that didn’t matter, did it?’’ Vogt asked.

“No,’’ Daulerio replied.

The ex-editor also was hammered as he tried to claim that he was just kidding when he said in a 2013 deposition that a celebrity sex tape involving even a child over age 4 would be newsworthy enough to post.

Vogt noted that Daulerio never said he was making a tasteless joke or tried to retract or explain anything at the time.

“You read your deposition carefully, didn’t you? … That’s your signature, isn’t it?” Vogt asked Daulerio at the start of the second week of Hogan’s invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against the website and its former editor in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Daulerio replied yes to both questions.

The former editor got himself in trouble again by repeatedly contradicting himself over why he showed Hogan’s erect penis in the footage.

He had claimed in his deposition that it was to add “color” to his online commentary on the tape, then said under direct examination it was because he considered the footage newsworthy.

But under cross-exam, he changed his tune again, reverting to his original claim that it was “to add some color to my commentary.”

“Mr. Bollea’s penis had no news value, did it?” Vogt asked Daulerio, referring to Hogan by his real name, Terry Bollea.

“Uh, no,’’ Daulerio admitted.

He then added snarkily, “I included images of his penis because that is sometimes what happens when two people have sex. There are nude body parts involved.’’

At one point, Daulerio was asked to read for jurors what he wrote about Hogan’s penis at the time: that it “appears to be the size of a thermos you’d find in a child’s lunchbox.’’

Vogt noted that Daulerio didn’t care whether the tape “would have emotionally distressed” Hogan, with the former editor replying, “That’s not my job.”

The laywer said, “You put that out in the public because you believed it was true and interesting, right?”

Daulerio replied, “Yes.”

Daulerio told Gawker’s lawyer that he could have published a much racier version of the video.

He said he received the full 30 minutes of footage showing Hogan romping in a canopy bed with Heather Clem, the wife of his best friend, radio shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge, from an anonymous source.

But Daulerio said he posted “well under 10 seconds” of sexual activity — and the rest was “banal conversation” between the two.

“I take it this was not a highlight reel of the most graphic sexual material,” Gawker lawyer Michael Sullivan asked.

“No, not at all,” Daulerio answered.

“I wanted the more innocuous and banal conversations between Mr. Hogan and Ms. Clem. I wanted to focus on the things being said.”

But he did give the jury a sneak peak at the awkward timeline of the tryst.

Daulerio described how Bubba told his wife and best friend, “You guys go ahead and have fun now,” after the WWE champ “was performing oral sex on Heather Clem.”

As Daulerio described the bawdy scene, Hogan buried his head in his hands, which he had in a praying position.

Daulerio said he got a $2,000 bonus the month the footage was posted.

He added that he grew up rooting against Hogan in the ring and was instead a fan of Rowdy Roddy Piper and Mr. Wonderful.

Gawker publisher Nick Denton is expected to take the stand Monday afternoon.

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-Misogyny Valley! In Silicon Valley: No women that aren’t sex objects, no blacks, no execs that aren’t from rich-family frat houses!

Misogyny Valley! In Silicon Valley: No women that aren’t sex objects, no blacks, no execs that aren’t from rich-family frat houses!

The arrogant empire of the venture capitalists has started to crumble as the public finally peaks behind the curtain.

Stanford fraternity houses breed contempt, bro-pricks and hate. Dozens of documentaries, films and TV shows expose the 19th century treatment of humans among the 21rst century technology.

The Silicon Valley VC’s are RAISED that way. The Fraternities program them that way. The evil is built-in.

Age-ism, racism, face-ism, sexual objectification of women, Yahoo!: Palo Alto California has it all!

Send in your links. Lets discuss.

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Obama’s campaign funding crony scheme seems to have back-fired. His White House staff paid off the SILICON VALLEY “CleanTech” VC’s of Palo Alto, Woodside and Atherton, California with billions in Dept. of Energy pay-offs in exchange for campaign funding yet: THEY DON’T ALLOW ANY BLACKS IN Palo Alto, Woodside and Atherton, California. Blacks are ostracized, leered at, discouraged, not hired to top positions and not even hired as day labor and housekeepers. All of the workers are Spanish. (Hence Silicon Valley’s push to allow all of Mexico into California in order to get cheap house-keeping) Go there, drive around. Try to find more than a handful of black people, if that. Go to Buck’s restaurant in Woodside for breakfast, you have to wear your shades it is SO WHITE. Obama gets his cash from the most racist community in America: Ironic!

Michelle O goes ballistic about kids eating cupcakes but doesn’t say a word about the overt racism in Silicon Valley… is that a “don’t bite the hand that feeds you unless it is feeding you cupcakes in non-campaign funding neighborhoods kind of thing?”

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  1. Silicon Valley Is a Big Ole Fraternity – The Wire

    Apr 27, 2012 … Well, creating bros only takes a certain environment that both Silicon Valley and college fraternity houses share. Bro-dom is not about IQ or …

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  2. Brogramming: The disturbing rise of frat culture in Silicon Valley

    Apr 30, 2012 … A new generation of programmers is fostering a culture that’s more Animal House than Revenge of the Nerds — and that’s not necessarily a …

    http://www.theweek.com/ article/ index/ 227356/ brogramming-the-disturbing-rise-of-frat-culture-in-siliconvalleyView by Ixquick ProxyHighlight

  3. Silicon Valley Is a Big Ole Fraternity – Yahoo News

    Apr 27, 2012 … Well, creating bros only takes a certain environment that both Silicon Valley and college fraternity houses share. Bro-dom is not about IQ or …

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  4. The case for firing Snapchat’s CEO, & why the Silicon Valley frat will …

    May 31, 2014 … In case you need to catch up on those, they were pretty standard frat bro emails sent to the house email listserve – degrading sorority girls, …

    http://www.venturebeat.com/ 2014/ 05/ 31/ the-case-for-firing-snapchats-ceo-why-the-siliconvalleyfrat-will-ne ver-let-that-happen/ View by Ixquick ProxyHighlight

  5. Brogrammers wanted: Kixeye’s hiring strategy caters to male fantasies.

    Aug 2, 2012 … Kixeye, the gaming startup that proves Silicon Valley‘s frathouse culture isn’t going away anytime soon. By Will Oremus. Brogrammer on …

    http://www.slate.com/ articles/ technology/ technology/ 2012/ 08/ brogrammers_wanted_kixeye_s_hiring_strategy_caters_to_male_fantasies_ .htmlView by Ixquick ProxyHighlight

  6. Silicon Valley‘s sexist brogrammer culture is locking women out of tech

    Jun 5, 2014 … Silicon Valley‘s sexist brogrammer culture is locking women out of tech | Silicon Valley has become a frat house where drinking and …

    http://www.theneweconomy.com/ technology/ silicons-sexist-brogrammer-culture-is-locking-women-out-of-techView by Ixquick ProxyHighlight

  7. Stanford Provost Etchemendy rebukes Snapchat CEO’s former frat

    Jun 2, 2014 … Sarah Drake: Contributor- Silicon Valley Business Journal … Snapchat, founded in 2011 in Spiegel’s fraternity house, is backed by SV Angel, …

    http://www.bizjournals.com/ sanjose/ news/ 2014/ 06/ 02/ stanford-provost-etchemendy-rebukes-snapchat-ceo-s.htmlView by Ixquick ProxyHighlight

  8. Sexism charges hit technology industry – USA Today

    2 hours ago … “Silicon Valley has gotten away with this frat-boy behavior for too long … start in 2011 in his fraternity house, runs a popular messaging service.

    http://www.usatoday.com/ story/ tech/ 2014/ 07/ 01/ tinder-sexism-technology-snapchat-github/ 11903401/ View by Ixquick ProxyHighlight

  9. Tech company CEO’s expose frat house hatred of women and …

    May 29, 2014 … Cry to shut down inequality creating frat house and sororities grows! “Fuck Bitches … to haunt him. Gawker’s Silicon Valley blog, Valleywag, …

    somosnark.wordpress.com/ 2014/ 05/ 29/ tech-company-ceos-expose-frathouse-hatred-of-women-and-anybody-not-g reek-cry-to-shut-down-inequality-creating-frathouse-and-sororities-g rows/ View by Ixquick ProxyHighlight

  10. Is Silicon Valley ageist? – Fortune

    Apr 4, 2014 … Scheiber sets out to debunk the “Silicon Valley mysticism” that … and Silicon Valley companies have a frathouse/dorm-room vibe about them.

    http://www.fortune.com/2014/04/04/is-siliconvalley-ageist/View by Ixquick ProxyHighlight

USA TODAY rips GAWKER’s And NICK DENTON’S Facade and Cover-up Scheme

USA TODAY rips GAWKER’s And NICK DENTON’S Facade and Cover-up Scheme

– USA Today Exposes Nick Denton’s heinous scum-pit as political attack dog

– Reveals that the “big change” at Gawker Media is no change at all. Just the same blood sucking leech, but now with lipstick on

– Gay abuse charges against Denton stacking up

– Hulk Hogan lawsuit even more likely to take Gawker down

Gawker files bankruptcy after Hogan lawsuit as Ziff Davis shows interest

USA TODAY’s Roger Yu discusses Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit led to Gawker’s demise. USA TODAY

Gawker Media, which was recently ordered to pay about $140 million to Hulk Hogan, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Friday and put its assets up for sale, conceding its difficult future following a contentious invasion-of-privacy lawsuit brought by the former wrestler.

Ziff Davis, the digital publisher of AskMen, PCMag and Computer Shopper, has placed a bid for Gawker’s assets — with $100 million as the opening price — prior to an auction that will be supervised by the bankruptcy court, according to a person familiar with the matter. The person wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.

Ziff Davis plans to buy Gawker’s blogs — but not assume its liabilities — if no other offer emerges. The court must approve the sale’s price and terms. The auction is expected to begin in late July.

Gawker’s properties, which include Gizmodo, Lifehacker and Deadspin, are expected to continue operations during bankruptcy proceedings.

“There’s a tremendous fit between the two organizations,” Ziff Davis CEO Vivek Shah wrote in a staff memo that was obtained by USA TODAY.

Nick Denton, founder of the online media company, had been considering selling Gawker’s blogs after a judge denied last month its motion to seek a new trial.

In its filing with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, Gawker listed estimated assets of $50 million to $100 million and liabilities of $100 million to $500 million.

Gawker couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. 

Terry Bollea, aka Hulk Hogan, sued Gawker for $100 million after the site posted a video in 2012 of him having sex with his former best friend’s wife. Hogan argued in court that it was a violation of his privacy, and a Florida jury awarded him $55 million for economic injuries and $65 million for emotional distress.

Gawker also has to pay $25 million in punitive damages. Gawker is appealing the ruling.

In Gawker’s bankruptcy filing, Bollea (Hogan) was listed as its largest creditor.  Other creditors include law firm Morrison Cohen; insurance brokerage Risk Strategies; content-distribution firm SimpleReach; and Google.

Hogan tweeted Friday: “What a beautiful day, and the good doesn’t prevent the better! In the present I AM always grateful, only good happens to me.” 

The case has been a hot topic of discussion in media, technology and entertainment circles after it was revealed that Hogan had a financial backer in Silicon Valley. Billionaire Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, admitted last month that he secretly spent about $10 million to fund Hogan’s lawsuit because, as he told The New York Times, Gawker was “getting attention by bullying people even when there was no connection with the public interest.”

In 2007, Valleywag, a Gawker blog, posted a story about Thiel — “Peter Thiel is totally gay, people.”

Thiel’s role in Hogan’s lawsuit triggered heated public debate about the ethics of third-party-funded lawsuits and concerns about the possibility of cash-strapped media companies’ First Amendment rights being suppressed by wealthy individuals through lengthy and expensive lawsuits.

The bankruptcy “drives home what’s been the message of the Gawker case all along — that today the media can’t necessarily be as confident as they once were that they can publish with impunity,” says Samantha Barbas, a law professor at the University at Buffalo Law School. “The public’s overwhelming support for Hulk Hogan in this case, and its apparent distaste for Gawker, are signs that the public — and perhaps the courts — are no longer willing to take an ‘anything goes’ approach to newsworthiness.”  

Gawker Media filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Friday, June 10. Here is what you need to know about the network and what led to the bankruptcy. USA TODAY

The Abused Little Deviant Interns Of Gawker Media

Nick Denton appears to hunt down the angst-ridden, desperate, disturbed young boys he can dredge up in New York City and promises them treats if they comply with his wishes. They always seem to get screwed by Denton, as these lawsuits demonstrate:

Former Interns Sue Gawker Over No Pay, Allege Media Company …

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Jun 22, 2013 – Gawker Media and founder Nick Denton were slapped with a lawsuit this week from three former workers who allege that the company …

Jun 22, 2013 – Three former interns are suing Gawker and publisher Nick Denton over their time spent writing, editing and doing things that would otherwise …
Feb 21, 2014 – Gawker Media LLC has begun filing documents in response to a lawsuit brought by a group of the site’s former unpaid interns, who claim they …

‘Ungrateful’ Unpaid Interns Sue Gawker And Nick Denton

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Three former interns are suing Gawker and publisher Nick Denton over their time spent writing, editing and doing things that would otherwise be compensated in …

Ungrateful Interns Sue Over Privilege of Fetching Natalie … – Gawker

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Gawker

Sep 28, 2011 – Except when it comes to unpaid internships: They are just as shitty there as everywhere else. A couple guys are suing Fox Searchlight …

Unpaid Intern Not a Real Employee, Can’t Sue for Sexual … – Gawker

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Gawker

Oct 9, 2013 – As if being an unpaid intern wasn’t bad enough, now a federal judge in New York has ruled that individuals who don’t get paid for their work …

What You Need to Know About Gawker’s Lawsuit Over Unpaid Interns

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Jun 1, 2014 – Last June a group of former Gawker Media interns filed a lawsuit against Nick Denton’s blog network, claiming they were entitled to back pay, …
Bloomberg L.P.

Jun 21, 2013 – Gawker Media LLC was sued by unpaid interns who allege the online publisher violated minimum-wage law, days after a federal judge ruled in …

Oct 19, 2014 – Unpaid interns for the website Gawker.com have won a round in court in their … Note: Suing on behalf of unpaid interns is the hottest trend in …

Three Former Gawker Interns Sue For Lost Wages – Racked NY

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Jun 24, 2013 – Earlier this month, a set of former interns hit Conde Nast with a lawsuit, and now Gawker is feeling the heat from unpaid workers. Three people …

Social Media Joins Forces To Help Put Nick Denton and Gawker Out of Business

Social Media Joins Forces To Help Put Nick Denton and Gawker Out of Business

The Public, the Courts and Morality agree: Gawker and Nick Denton are a blight on humanity and they serve no positive social function. Now it is official: “Gawker Media and Nick Denton are evil, sick and perverted abusers staffed by mentally deformed children.”

So the world, multiple additional lawsuits, and all of the bloggers have set out to terminate Nick Denton.

$115 million verdict in Hulk Hogan sex-tape lawsuit could wipe out Gawker

Hogan’s lawyer: Gawker editor was “playing God” with my client’s privacy.

by Joe Mullin

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A Florida jury today ordered Gawker Media to pay $115 million for publishing a sex tape showing Terry Bollea, also known as Hulk Hogan, having sex with his friend’s wife.

The stunning sum, which may have punitive damages added to it, is a life-threatening event for the New York-based network of news and gossip sites. Gawker Media was one of the first successful, large, digital-only news companies. The final sum is even more than the $100 million Bollea was seeking. Bollea also sued Gawker founder Nick Denton and former editor Albert Daulerio, and the jury found those two men personally liable as well.

The sex tape was made about a decade ago, during a period in which the professional wrestler Hogan testified that he was going through a difficult phase with his then-wife. Todd Clem, a Florida radio personality who later legally changed his name to Bubba the Love Sponge, encouraged Hogan to sleep with his wife Heather.

In 2012, Bollea sued Clem, saying he didn’t know Clem had filmed him. Clem has made conflicting statements about whether Bollea knew about the taping. Clem settled the lawsuit, reportedly for $5,000. That left Gawker, Denton, and Daulerio as the targets of Bollea’s wrath. He sued them for $100 million in damages, and the case went to trial in St. Petersburg, Florida, on March 7.

The case raises issues about the limits of the First Amendment in the digital age. Gawker argued that it had a legitimate news reason to publish the tape, since Bollea had talked about his sex life—specifically about sleeping with Clem’s wife—in numerous venues.

Bollea’s reputation took a huge hit last year, and he got fired from his job at World Wrestling Entertainment. That outcome wasn’t fallout from the Gawker article, however. In a section of the sex tape that could be described as “pillow talk” (which wasn’t published by Gawker), Bollea went on a racist diatribe. He repeatedly used the N-word and other racial insults, expressing disappointment that his daughter was in a relationship with a black man. The racial epithets were leaked by other news sites, including Radar Online and the National Enquirer.

Other news sites posted stills from the tape, but only Gawker posted video. They showed one minute and 41 seconds of the tape, which included just nine seconds of sexual content. The company says it made about $11,000 from the post, countering assertions by Bollea attorneys that it was worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“What’s disturbing about Gawker isn’t what they do in a vacuum,” Bollea lawyer Kenneth Turkel said during closing arguments. “It’s how proud they are of it.” Denton was “playing God over Bollea’s right to privacy,” he added.

Bollea says he still feels humiliated over the tape’s publication. Gawker editors said the publication of the tape, and accompanying essay, was a commentary about celebrity sex tapes.

He’s talked about his sex life, how big his penis is, and when he talks about his penis it’s to promote his daughter’s singing career,” said Gawker’s attorney Michael Sullivan. “He’s discussed his sexual encounters. Now he tells you this was the Hulk Hogan character.”

Gawker has a right to publish news stories, even ones with objectionable content, Sullivan told the jury.

“If they can make a claim like this, the Internet as we know it will cease to exist,” Sullivan said.

As the case went to the jury, Gawker Media released a statement saying that they expect an appeals court will need to resolve the case. It reads in part:

We’re disappointed the jury was unable to see key evidence and hear testimony from the most important witness… Hulk Hogan’s best friend Bubba the Love Sponge—who made the tape and offered up his wife in the first place—originally told his radio listeners that Hulk Hogan knew he was being taped. The jury was only able to hear a questionable version of events. Bubba should have been required to appear in court and explain what really happened.

Gawker owns several other popular online news sites, including the gadget site Gizmodo, Lifehacker, Deadspin, Kotaku, Jezebel, and Jalopnik. The company employs about 250 people and has been majority-owned by Denton since it was founded. He recently took outside investment for the first time to be able to pay for this litigation and possible damages.

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Gawker IS a Cyber-Stalker

Hulk Hogan Vs. Gawker Case Raises Historical Issue of Cyber-Stalking Protections

By Andrea Le Chen

Google and Gawker Media are financial and political partners. Together, they have made hundreds of millions of dollars off of the U.S. Government. They pay each other for “services”. They have been found to have wired quite a lot of cash back and forth to each other.

That’s right. Your taxpayer dollars end up in their bank accounts via subsidies, loans, cash contracts and payola from elected officials that they each take money from and give money to. This isn’t a theory. The federal records, campaign disclosures and beneficiary records prove this to be true.

Now, you have Hulk Hogan, who made a few million dollars as a wrestler getting harassed, “cyber-stalked”, getting digitally humiliated and losing his income and brand value because a multi-BILLION dollar bully, funded in part by U.S. taxpayer dollars, attacked him. Gawker set him up and Google amplified it around the globe in a permanent manner in order to make money off of the “clicks” and “eyeballs”.

While many say the case is “really about privacy” it is also about the balance of power and the fairness of justice. If a millionaire is attacked by a multi-billion dollar entity because they wish to harm him, is the justice that the attacker gets from the attack-ee fair? Some main-stream members of the public may immediately give low credence to Hogan because of the “millionaire” label. In fact, Hogan made his money over many decades and the few million he made had to be parsed out over decades for him to survive, feed the wife and kids and fly to promotional events. A few million doesn’t last that long these days.

Let’s shift gears to the poor people whose lives Nick Denton and Gawker Media have destroyed. Denton has hundreds of millions of dollars squirreled away overseas in the Cayman Islands and Eastern Bloc tax hide-aways. He has destroyed the lives of a number of people who make less money than the average grocery clerk.

Gawker Media has taken regular people who are writers, reporters, bloggers, game reviewers, engineers, programmers and other regular folks from low-income to bankruptcy simply because those regular people expressed an opinion that Nick Denton’s political clients did not like.

Hogan has a few more resources than the average person but not that much more. A lawsuit with Gawker will drain the last of his savings.

Whether or not you like wrestlers, muscles or entertainment TV the person should not be the moral issue for you.

The issue is: Should corporate bullies get to cyber-stalk people and destroy their lives out of political vengeance and ideological retribution?

Should a publicly financed, tax shielded (also a form for public finance) corporation, with a hundred million times more resources than an individual taxpayer, get to use their corporate rights to destroy individual taxpayers because they either disagree with those taxpayers, or because those taxpayers reported a crime that those corporations engaged in?

This case is not simply about a wrestler, it is about all of society wrestling with the human right to privacy and the human right to be protected from cyber-stalking by massively out of control government-sponsored bullies.

Hulk Hogan and The Set-up That Gawker Did On Him

Hulk Hogan sex tape trial against Gawker set to begin
Tamara Lush, Associated Press
Hogan sued Gawker after it published parts of a video made with the wife of radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge Clem in 2012. USA TODAY Sports

(Photo: Chris O’Meara, AP)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – After years of wrangling, a legal fight will play out in a Florida courtroom between former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan and the news and gossip website Gawker over a sex tape the celebrity made with the wife of radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge Clem.
The ex-wrestler, whose legal name is Terry Bollea, sued Gawker after it published parts of the video in 2012. The video was recorded in 2006. He says his privacy was violated, but Gawker says the publication was a legitimate scoop because Hogan had talked openly about his sex life before.
Hogan is seeking $100 million from Gawker for posting the video of him and Heather Cole, the ex-wife of Clem, Hogan’s one-time friend.
Last June, Gawker founder Nick Denton told The Associated Press the fight for the right to publish the video was an important one, both for his news organization and the First Amendment. Denton says Gawker had the right to publish the edited video because Hogan talked in detail about his sex life before the video’s release, which made the story newsworthy.
“I care about the readers having the right to know both sides of a story,” he said. “Readers should also have the right to get the story behind the celebrity story.”
It’s still unknown how the video surfaced in the media. Although it was delivered to Gawker anonymously in 2012, other celebrity gossip sites had mentioned the video and at least one published photos.
Gawker posted a one-minute, 41-second clip from the full, 30-minute video.

USA TODAY
Confidential files in Hulk Hogan sex tape lawsuit remain sealed
The years-long lead-up to the trial has been messy, with attorneys for Hogan accusing Gawker’s lawyers of releasing confidential information to the media from the video. Some of that information included Hogan making racist remarks. Hogan suffered swift backlash; World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. severed ties with him. In a statement, Hogan apologized for using “offensive language.”
Gawker denied that its lawyers leaked the information and said that many people had copies of the video, along with the audio and the transcript.
Hogan, perhaps the biggest star in WWE’s five-decade history, was the main draw for the first WrestleMania in 1985 and was a fixture for years in its signature event, facing everyone from Andre The Giant and Randy Savage to The Rock and even company chairman Vince McMahon.
He won six WWE championships and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 by Sylvester Stallone.
But he was able to transcend his “Hulkamania” fan base to become a celebrity outside the wrestling world, appearing in numerous movies and television shows, including a reality show about his life on VH1, “Hogan Knows Best.”

Hulk Hogan Discovers Nick Denton and Gawker Hiding Dirty Money In Europe

Hulk Hogan Discovers Nick Denton and Gawker Hiding Dirty Money In Europe

### Nick Denton has a secret cash stash overseas

### Is this payola money from Denton’s “Hit-Jobs”?
### “Following the money may lead to kick-backs from Washington, DC.

Hulk accuses Gawker chief of hiding millions to avoid payout

Gawker’s stated net worth of $83 million seems as phony as a WWE bout — and Hulk Hogan’s lawyers want access to confidential documents to try to prove it, according to court papers.

The gossip site and its owner, Nick Denton, last month were ordered to pay the pro wrestler $140 million for violating his privacy by posting a sex tape involving him and a then-friend’s wife.

But Denton may try to get out of paying a required $50 million bond and the final judgment by lying about his and the company’s worth, the documents charge.

Denton, who is Hungarian and British, appears to have hidden millions of dollars in Gawker profits through inflated licensing fees to a Hungary-based sister company, the documents charge.

In my opinion, it’s very hypocritical that Mr. Denton continues to cloak himself in the Constitution while it also appears he’s expatriating great sums of money to Eastern Europe, potentially to avoid taxation and creditor issues,” Hogan’s lawyer, David Houston, told The Post.

In a Florida courtroom in March, the jury was told that Gawker is worth only $83 million, while Denton’s net worth is $121 million — largely based on his shares in Gawker’s parent company, Gawker Media Group Inc.

GMGI is valued at $267 million; Denton has a $117 million portion of it.

Gawker has refused to give up a document called a “transfer pricing study” that would determine whether the fees are inflated, citing lawyer-client privilege, according to court papers.

Gawker has claimed that the $140 million jury award would be “ruinous” to its business, in a bid to get the judge to slash the amount to less than $2 million.

Yet its own pitch book for investors reveals a rosier future: Gawker’s growth plan is to increase its operating income from $6.7 million in 2014 to $43 million in 2019.

Gawker has responded in court papers that a major international law firm, Mayer Brown, “analyzed the appropriate arm’s-length pricing for the royalty payable by Gawker to [subsidiary company] Kinja with respect to the intellectual property.”

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