Tax-Free Corporate- Foundations: Vehicles for Transforming Vast Fortunes into Political & Social Control

Author, researcher and Global Research associate Andrew Gavin Marshall joins James Corbett to discuss the American robber barons of the 19th century and how they used tax-free foundations as a vehicle for transforming their vast fortunes into political and social control. You can listen to this highly informative interview here.

I also encourage you to check out this page at POGO and download the information. Lately information and comments posted at their site and facebook have been disappearing, and with our upcoming series it would be good to have the following list:

POGO's Foundation Contributors in FY08 Include:

Anonymous (2)
The Arca Foundation
Francis Beidler Trust
The Herb Block Foundation
Harold and Stephanie Bronson Fund of the Liberty Hill Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Cavallo Foundation Inc.
Connect US Fund of Tides Foundation
Colombe Foundation
C.S. Fund
Everett Philanthropic Fund of the New York Community Trust
The Ford Foundation
The Fund for Constitutional Government
The David B. Gold Foundation
Helfrich Family Fund
HMJS Marks Fund of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Robert & Ardis James Foundation
The Lawrence Foundation
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The New-Land Foundation, Inc.
Open Society Institute
Park Foundation
Pew Charitable Trusts
The Purple Lady/Barbara J. Meislin Fund
Ploughshares Fund
Revenue Watch Institute
Rockefeller Family Fund
The Scherman Foundation, Inc.
William B. Wiener Jr. Foundation

A few facts and points to keep in mind:

The foundation donor information at their site is not ‘up-to-date.’ Our researchers have obtained the incredibly interesting and fairly current foundation donors information, and we’ll provide you with that data in our upcoming reports.

Please pay close attention to two ‘Anonymous’ donors listed at the top. For a self-proclaimed transparency and anti-secrecy organization it is very odd. For example, in reviewing Obama White House ties with POGO donor foundations and the ludicrous transparency award how do we include or exclude ‘anonymous’ donors and their potential conflict of or overlapping interest? You get it, right?

Remember, this is only their list of foundation donors. It does not include individual large $$$ donors and their relationship to the primary corporate- foundation donors. For example, one of their deep pockets individual donors happens to be Alida Rockefeller Messinger who is the sister of Senator Jay Rockefeller, and the daughter of John D. Rockefeller III, thus, a member of (owner of?) Rockefeller corporation funds funding the Rockefeller corporation-foundation. You see what I’m getting at, right?

Pay close attention to Soros’ Open Society Institute, Rockefeller Family Fund, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Ford Foundation.

Again, I highly recommend Corbett’s interview with Mr. Marshall. It will provide you with solid historical and contextual facts.

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