Conservative Memo Spells Out Plan to Undermine Occupy Wall Street 2011

A well-known Washington lobbying firm with links to the financial industry has proposed an $850,000 plan to take on Occupy Wall Street and politicians who might express sympathy for the protests, according to a memo obtained by the MSNBC program “Up w/ Chris Hayes.”

The proposal was written on the letterhead of the lobbying firm Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford and addressed to one of CLGC’s clients, the American Bankers Association.

CLGC’s memo proposes that the ABA pay CLGC $850,000 to conduct “opposition research” on Occupy Wall Street in order to construct “negative narratives” about the protests and allied politicians. The memo also asserts that Democratic victories in 2012 would be detrimental for Wall Street and targets specific races in which it says Wall Street would benefit by electing Republicans instead.

According to the memo, if Democrats embrace OWS, “This would mean more than just short-term political discomfort for Wall Street. … It has the potential to have very long-lasting political, policy and financial impacts on the companies in the center of the bullseye.”

The memo also suggests that Democratic victories in 2012 should not be the ABA’s biggest concern. “… (T)he bigger concern,” the memo says, “should be that Republicans will no longer defend Wall Street companies.”

Two of the memo’s authors, partners Sam Geduldig and Jay Cranford, previously worked for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. Geduldig joined CLGC before Boehner became speaker; Cranford joined CLGC this year after serving as the speaker’s assistant for policy. A third partner, Steve Clark, is reportedly “tight” with Boehner, according to a story by Roll Call that CLGC features on its website.” More Here:…

3 comments on “Conservative Memo Spells Out Plan to Undermine Occupy Wall Street 2011

  1. The memo doesn’t surprise me and the Banksters and Wall Street thieves should be scared!

    I’ve been suggesting a “Divide and Occupy” strategy where we target (PEACEFULLY) w picket signs places where the .1 – 1% hangout and congregate, i.e. country clubs, really high end restaurants, private banking branches and the like. It’s easier to target these kinds of places in NYC and most larger cities I don’t see targeting a regular store like Target as being effective (preaching to the choir). Also, these picket lines need to ensure that they don’t disrupt the business so as the workers (99%ers) who are serving the .1 – 1% aren’t affected. I can see targeting Wal-Mart as Wal-mart has been complicit in keeping wages low and the Walton Family benefiting from their minimum wage jobs w very few benefits for A LOT of their employees (also how they are notorious for putting smaller businesses out of business.)

  2. Pingback: The Right-Wing Lobbyist Firm Planning to Attempt to Smear Occupy for a Fee of $850,000 | crazyemailsandbackstories

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