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 ALEC’s Private Enterprise Board Chairperson & “Centerpoint360”

(Who??)

In a recent post, I put up some of the board members (Private Enterprise Board, and others) of “ALEC” the American Legislative Exchange Council. {pls. hover cursor for their “about us” History, which is significant} This is where corporations solicit — openly — American legislators (who sometimes get “scholarships” to attend!) and convene around initiatives, draft legislations, and then they get to go back home and pass the legislation, hopefully….

ALEC – American Legislative Exchange Council

It has a variety of Boards, Task Forces, etc.

About ALEC

I didn’t get to “profile” the corporation of the “private enterprise board’s” listed company, which was unfamiliar to me.  It’s called “Centerpoint360”  SourceWatch points out:


Centerpoint360 is a lobbying firm based in Greenwich, CT. According to its website, “Centerpoint360 serves as a complementary angle to the traditional government relations operations. We serve at the intersection of business and government in order to enhance a client’s ability to shape the debate as well as manage the legislative and regulatory processes.”[1]

The firm’s clients “include Fortune 100 companies with annual revenues in excess of $200 billion as well as not-for-profit and privately held enterprises, with clients in the consumer packaged goods, transportation, technology, supply chain & distribution, healthcare and sports marketing industries.”[2]

Support for the American Legislative Exchange Council

Centerpoint 360 President and CEO W. Preston Baldwin is the Chairman of the corporate (“Private Enterprise“) board for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011.[3][4]

A list of ALEC Corporations can be found here.

About ALEC
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC’s operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy’s ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.

More about Baldwin’s background, and Centerpoint360, from SourceWatch shows he formerly worked for “UST” (smokeless tobacco) which was just bought up by “Altria” formerly Phillip Morris.  which brings up another point — when companies get that much negative publicity, how hard is it to simply change the name, and continue in the same or similar line of work?  Seems to me it should be easy.

I learned on about October 23, 2012 that Phillip Morris ended up buying the largest US Food Company around, “General Foods” and merged it under the name Kraft.     I did this as a direct result of following up on one of the largest nonprofits in the District of Columbia, whose business is promoting vaccination in some of the world’s poorest countries, and whose present CEO used to work for a vaccination technology company.  Looking up THAT company, I found the co-founder of it got his background in Biscuits and Confectionary (i.e., sweets).  Looking up THAT company, I found out how Kraft  bought it out in 2010, and immediately closed a factory moving the operations to Poland.

Looking up the background of KRAFT, I found out it had just split off its food from its snacks business, distributing dividends (or however this is done) as recently as this past month! (October 2nd).  I am very interested in the history of market-dominating foods, which General Foods (began as “Postum” in 1893, Battle Creek Michigan) was.   It developed one product — a ready-to-eat cold cereal (you may have heard of Grape-Nuts) and focused early on and from the start on advertising and education.  From there on (raising cash) it started buying up other companies.  The rest is history.  and Philip Morris is part of it.

By consistently looking things up, we can get a better picture of how some of the major players in THIS economy (and on the globe) got themselves going.  I learned yesterday just how significant Oxford University (England, obviously) was in this mix.  You can too — it’s on the ColdHardFacts blog.

I didn’t know when publishing THIS blog (and the Philip Morris stuff) re: Centerpoint360 (a lobbying firm from CT with connections to ALEC, which has connections to the US Congress)  that the same company was so much into the US food supply.

Then, the next day (Oct. 24, 2012) I then noticed another page on a Catherine Austin Fitts site I’ve been working through (it’s a lot of material), and how the EU had made the connection between the cigarette industry and money laundering, plus the drug (or if you will, criminal profits from illegal drugs) industry.  A lawsuit was actually filed by several sovereign nations in the EU against a United States Defendant, RJR (RJ Reynolds, i.e., a tobacco firm).

This parallels with the situation of judges buying some real estate cheap, then it’s suddenly appraised high, and they are able to miraculously pay off one lien after another (were they real mortgages?) (whose money paid them off) totaling FAR more than a judge’s salary.  I heard of this, but to see it in a series of real estate deeds, compared to mortgages on the same, is a whole other matter.

It sounds to me similar deal here.  THis will not make sense (obviously) until a person has looked at some of the company’s histories and starts thinking in these terms.  That’s what I’m asking us plain old worker bees, life-long job-holders, to start doing — understand more than before about how corporations operate!   That’s WHY I’m laying this stuff out.

It’s not enough just to be a good guy, an ethical person.  Collectively, we need to acknowledge (see, when it’s happening under our noses) and respond to how the bad guys are operating!  Unless it’s OK to turn the world into a single criminal enterprise and just be extorted into oblivion or worked into lesser and lesser subsistence lifestyles, you can’t support your kids — you can’t fight to keep your kids — you can’t find justice, and eventually after enough years of this, you simply die.   Is THAT OK???

That’s why I “converse,” this information onto a blog, month after month….It’s not OK to keep playing ‘pretend’ this isn’t happening.      Behaviors need to change!   Self-education needs to become the norm; does the information make sense, is it verified — or does it make NO sense, and it’s not verified?

 

Note:  This requires attention and mental exertion called reading, and mentally sorting and filing what is read:  front-burner, back-burner, trash heap.  The reward of understanding comes later, not up front!

FYI, some of my most valuable finds came from noticing details that may not have seemed important on their own.  I don’t know why I focused on Philip Morris a few days ago, but here we are.  They were accused of RICO over here, and another cigarette company, and some brands it was associated with, has been accused of RICO by the European Union.

I suggest that when the European Union files a lawsuit, it may have some basis for doing so . . . . . And it went after a huge cigarette company.

RJR Nabisco

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  • RJR Takeover Wars – The Next Episode by Catherine Austin Fitts (Scoop Media, November 2002) The European Union Sues RJR Tobacco for Two Decades of Global Money Laundering for Colombian Drug Lords, Russian Mafia, Italian Mafia, Saddam Hussein’s Family & New York Real Estate Investors * * *

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October 24, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Hermitage Capital, Hamilton Securities, and Time to Speak Up… [Published Sept. 20, 2012]

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Post title Hermitage Capital, Hamilton Securities, and Time to Speak Up… [Published Sept. 20, 2012] **

**(With case-sensitive short-link ending “-18o” and about 10,200 words. Tweaked for format 1/1/2019 (yes, New Year’s Day) in response to Bill Browder in the news again.  Most tweaks were to the quotes, and I added some tags, including a few which were phrases summarizing key points as I saw them then (and still do). The background-color and font schemes (for quotes) are ‘all over the place.’ I made no attempt to redeem them or apply classic style consistency…Check out the next image of post tags, and two of the four comments (mine) with more data.  Some of the length is from long quotes…. //LGH.)

These tags indicate some, not all, the content. Two tags are complete sentences, a few refer to books about empires past.  Screenshot was taken 1/1/2019 after I tweaked this post in anticipation of posting excerpts on Twitter, or adding a new post on current events relating to The Magnitsky Act passed in 2012 at the urging of ex-pat U.S. Citizen (see “taxes”) now British hedge fund investor/manager (see Hermitage Capital), Bill Browder.

Tags to my Sept 20, 2012 post (some added Jan 1, 2019) on Hermitage, Hamilton Securities, Bill Browder, Magnitsky Law, and more generally, on the landscape of control. Bottom of image reflects previous & next post titles, showing some of my subject matter focus at that time.


How valuable is life? Does it depend on whose life?  Where’s your outrage and action?

I apologize for my inability (so far) to say this in a concise, trademarkable format.  I tend to the conversational:  “Consider this!”

I caught a hair-raising fragment of a Charlie Rose show; however, this horror story from Russia is NOT unique to Russia, IF we have ears to hear the Hamilton Securities and other similar stories.

Please learn with me….I know my blog isn’t good enough to communicate, but who else is explaining that what they say is unique to Russia isn’t — or isn’t yet — here. It could be anywhere, and is in parts, here.

Charlie Rose Hears Businessman’s Horrific Russian Nightmare That Has Enraged The U.S. Congress

Posted on September 20, 2012 by Brent Lambert

William Browder (born 1964) is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of the investment fund Hermitage Capital Management.  The other night he sat down with Charlie Rose and proceeded to share his shocking and devastating story about his experience in Moscow that led to the imprisonment, torture, and eventual death of his lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

Although Browder was a supporter of Russian president Vladimir Putin, in 2006, after ten years doing business in the country, he was blacklisted by the Russian government as a “threat to national security” and denied entry to the country.  The Economist has accused the Russian government of blacklisting Browder because he interfered with the flow of money to “corrupt bureaucrats and their businessmen accomplices”.  And when you interfere with the corrupt Russian government your life instantly becomes a living hell.  The story that Bill Browder shares with Charlie Rose is so unbelievable it’s hard to imagine that something like this is still possible in 2012.

Is it?…. Not for me…

As Browder explains, his experience has enraged members of the U.S. Congress who are pushing through The Magnitsky Law, named in honor Sergei, which would impose a visa ban and asset freeze against the officials responsible not only for Magnitsky’s murder but also for other human rights abuses, including against individuals who “expose illegal activity” carried out by Russian officials or who seek to “defend or promote internationally recognized human rights and freedoms.” This includes journalists who have been murdered when they have dug too close to powerful officials or oligarchs. It includes human rights activists who have been beaten and crippled or killed for exposing the mistreatment of their fellow Russians.

To learn more about how organized crime has permeated every facet of the Russian Government be sure to visit Russian-Untouchables.com.  You can also read Bill Browder’s full story in his own words by reading his gut-wrenching personal story which he wrote for The Financial Times in 2009 entitled “They Killed My Lawyer.”


It is gut-wrenching.  But, by comparison, what would you call “The Franklin Coverup“** — that also was gut-wrenching, involved the unconscionable, and resulted in several people involved in exposing it meeting their deaths by violent means.

(**Link & this paragraph added 2019, but I’d been posting on it here and on another blog by 2012. Key info! If nothing else, Read foreword, table of contents, epilogue)One father and son investigator were, apparently, blown out of the sky returning from an interview with evidence, in a small plane (Gary Caradori).  The man who’d been hired to investigate their deaths then died under suspicious circumstances (Bill Colby, whom author says he knew well).

(From a diff’t site, regarding Private Investigator Gary Caradori; the year is 1991; after his plane was blown out of the sky, with father, 8-year-old son [and evidence he had just phoned this Senator about before the flight home] on board):

Senator Schmit submitted an affidavit stating that he had been warned that Caradori’s life was in danger. He also wrote a letter to the National Transportation Safety Board regarding the missing backseats of Caradori’s plane: “… I do not know anything about sabotage, but I have been told that a phosphorous type bomb would, in fact, vaporize metal and any other material with which it came in contact and that unless someone knew what they were looking for, it would be difficult, if not impossible, to detect…. I am sure there will be those who will scoff at such a suggestion, but there have been entirely too many violent deaths associated with this investigation….” http://franklinscandal.com/franklinscandal_caradoriinfo3.html (see also “info2” & “info1” urls for previous pages).

[This section + next four annotated (2X2) black-background images from FranklinScandal.com added 1/2019 and deal specifically with Gary Caradori’s evidence and sudden violent death with his son. DeCamp (Wm.Colby longtime friend) in The FranklinCoverup wrote that Colby, assigned to investigate Caradori’s death, also died in completely out-of-character circumstances.]

[Resuming the Sept. 2012 blog text..]


How invested are you, really — in the belief that that’s THERE but HERE it’s much better and significantly different; in the belief that THAT would NOT take place here (or that it has not).  In other words, do you still believe in US sovereignty?

Congress is outraged and ready to pass a law – but this is NOT a U.S. Corporation — the company headquartered in Guernsey and has an office in the Cayman Islands and Moscow. Yet the US Congress inherently moral about human rights abuses, is so enraged about the pilfering of its assets, and torture and murder of its attorney(s)  . . .  not that human rights abuses aren’t outrageous, but . . . . .

But I have to still ask the hard question — why is Congress protecting a non-US firm, while at the same time — and let’s quit pretending, OK? — selling off the assets of its own people who reside here, also treating horribly those who expose local corruption, and running (very profitably) a prison population which is not only a virtual slave labor force, but also a great investment for those who have no conscience about ongoing rapes and sexual assaults of minors in its cages (Correction Corporation of America)? (Read how Alex Friedman, Prison Legal News, an ex-CCA prisoner and now CCA shareholder, obtained 20% of shares to do something about the situation)

Bear with me if it’s a language or concept stretch; but we all ought to know stuff like this.

 

How often do you run across a website with a warning like this?  As a “U.S. Person” I cannot even access this site!  Does that include the “About Us” page? [[I’m not seeking information for purposes of purchase or joining…]]


Our warning and disclaimer below is addressed to you whether you access our site for yourself or for somebody else. You must draw this caution to the notice of anybody for whom you access the Hermitage Capital Management site (the “Site”) and/or who may access the Site using your password and who is thus not compelled to register as a new user.

The Site contains data and facts on investments. These are provided for information only. Hermitage Capital Management Limited reserves the right at any time without notice to (a) change or withdraw the content or format of any part of its site and/or (b) vary or withdraw references or connections to other parts of the Internet and/or (c) restrict your access to parts of the Site.

The format and contents of the site are the copyright property of Hermitage Capital Management Limited. All rights herein are reserved.

Units or shares in the fund(s) described on this or the following page(s) are not available for sale in any jurisdiction in which such sale would be prohibited.

US Investors

If you are a US citizen or resident, or represent a trust which is subject to taxation under US Internal Revenue Service requirements, or represent a partnership or corporation organised under the laws of the United States of America or any state, territory or possession thereof (“US Persons“) you are prohibited by law from buying investments other than those authorised for sale by the SEC. Units or shares in the Funds for which information is provided on this site are not authorised for sale by the SEC and are therefore not available for sale in the United States or to US Persons. Although the information provided on this site is not an invitation to subscribe for shares or units in such Funds, US persons may not access this site. 

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