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[News] AstroTurf Activities Concealed by Government

  • Subject: [News] AstroTurf Activities Concealed by Government
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 10 Oct 2009 10:46:13 +0100
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Gov't Trying Everything Possible Not To Give Up Telco Immunity Lobbying Records

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| Remember last month, when a court ordered 
| the Obama administration to turn over 
| records of who lobbied the administration 
| for retroactive immunity for telcos 
| concerning the warrantless wiretapping 
| program? Yeah... well, it turns out the 
| Obama administration isn't so keen on 
| actually living up to that.


Italian court rules Berlusconi's immunity law unconstitutional

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| Judges reject prime minister's act which 
| would exempt him from facing a series of 
| trials for fraud, tax evasion and bribery



Dr. Evil's Payday

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| Who pulled off this publicity stunt? Credit Richard
| Berman, one of Washington's most notorious PR operatives,
| whose exploits Mother Jones and others have been
| chronicling for years. Nicknamed Dr. Evilâa moniker he
| embracesâhe's the force behind several industry-backed
| nonprofits that share staff and office space with his very
| for-profit communications and advertising firm, Berman and
| Company. The firm promises clients it will not "just
| change the debate" but "start" one, and a range of
| companies, from Anheuser-Busch to Philip Morris to the
| casino chain Harrah's, have signed up for Berman's
| "aggressive" and "hard-hitting" advocacy. Some clients pay
| Berman and Co. directly, while others donate to his
| nonprofitsâbut much of the cash winds up in the same
| place, via hefty management fees the front groups pay to
| Berman's company.

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