Lobbying Firm’s Memo Lays Out Plan To Undermine Occupy Wall Street

owsWall Streeters may publicly scoff at the Occupy movement via jokes about bathing and drum circles — however, behind the scenes it is apparently being taken quite seriously. Wondering how the empire plans to strike back? It’s already been laid out, MSNBC reveals:

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 MSNBC.

e 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.

Jeff Sigmund, an ABA spokesperson, confirmed that the association got the memo. “Our Government Relations staff did receive the proposal – it was unsolicited and we chose not to act on it in any way,” he said in a statement to “Up.”

The memo outlines a 60-day plan to conduct surveys and research on OWS and its supporters so that Wall Street companies will be prepared to conduct a media campaign in response to OWS. Wall Street companies “likely will not be the best spokespeople for their own cause,” according to the memo. “A big challenge is to demonstrate that these companies still have political strength and that making them a political target will carry a severe political cost.”

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  • Anonymous

    make no mistake; Information warfare is truly in full swing

  • MoralDrift

    make no mistake; Information warfare is truly in full swing

  • Anarchy Pony

    So what we need to do is go to their building and literally undermine it. We’ll need unempolyed engineers and miners.

  • Anarchy Pony

    So what we need to do is go to their building and literally undermine it. We’ll need unempolyed engineers and miners.

    • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

      Some day I might tell the story of how I undermined and destroyed a building from out of line-of-sight by using a directional boring machine… but not today.

      However, I will say that you don’t need a bunch of hi-tech guys for the operation. Just a DB rig and a couple of motivated drillers. $20/hour guys, and that’s loaded with overheads.

  • Nunzio X

    I’m just ecstatic that these motherfuckers are running scared.

    When you have your opponent on the ropes, that’s when you rain down the punches.

    Are you listening, OWS? Time to start punching harder and faster.

  • Nunzio X

    I’m just ecstatic that these motherfuckers are running scared.

    When you have your opponent on the ropes, that’s when you rain down the punches.

    Are you listening, OWS? Time to start punching harder and faster.

    • WAMU

      I agree now is the time to hit them with a coup de grace

  • EyeoftheAxis

     “opposition research” – “negative narratives” … they are saying no thanks we have our own.

  • EyeoftheAxis

     “opposition research” – “negative narratives” … they are saying no thanks we have our own.

  • Haystack

    The only shocking thing about this memo is that Wall Street is seriously entertaining the possibility of the democrats growing a backbone. 

    Really, if I wanted to undermine OWS, I wouldn’t be trying to intimidate the Democratic Party, I’d be trying to get them involved. 

  • Haystack

    The only shocking thing about this memo is that Wall Street is seriously entertaining the possibility of the democrats growing a backbone. 

    Really, if I wanted to undermine OWS, I wouldn’t be trying to intimidate the Democratic Party, I’d be trying to get them involved. 

  • Pantsonhead

    Why do you need to do research to find negative things about this movement? Just go to one and take notes on everything you see. If I do this can I get paid $850,000?

  • Pantsonhead

    Why do you need to do research to find negative things about this movement? Just go to one and take notes on everything you see. If I do this can I get paid $850,000?

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    Some day I might tell the story of how I undermined and destroyed a building from out of line-of-sight by using a directional boring machine… but not today.

    However, I will say that you don’t need a bunch of hi-tech guys for the operation. Just a DB rig and a couple of motivated drillers. $20/hour guys, and that’s loaded with overheads.

  • leo

    the best punch we can give those scumbags is convincing most cops to join OWS and hang ‘em one by one. all the golmanites, JP morgue-anites, Bankstas of Scumerica, Shitty Groupers and Morgan Staliners executives.

  • leo

    the best punch we can give those scumbags is convincing most cops to join OWS and hang ‘em one by one. all the golmanites, JP morgue-anites, Bankstas of Scumerica, Shitty Groupers and Morgan Staliners executives.

  • WAMU

    I agree now is the time to hit them with a coup de grace

  • OWS2011

    They should be worried.  “Politicians who express sympathy for protesters” can be dealt with via ‘suicides’, accidental drug overdoses, or ‘skiing accidents’.  But the growing amount of protesters will have to be dealt with via the national guard or military.  Which means martial law.  And money wall street will have to put into someones pocket to achieve.

    However on the flip side…. the smart political party would support the protesters and be seen in a good light now that election time is here. And achieve some form of victory to insure support from OWS people.   God I love politics

  • OWS2011

    They should be worried.  “Politicians who express sympathy for protesters” can be dealt with via ‘suicides’, accidental drug overdoses, or ‘skiing accidents’.  But the growing amount of protesters will have to be dealt with via the national guard or military.  Which means martial law.  And money wall street will have to put into someones pocket to achieve.

    However on the flip side…. the smart political party would support the protesters and be seen in a good light now that election time is here. And achieve some form of victory to insure support from OWS people.   God I love politics

  • 5by5

    Love the $850,000 to conduct “opposition research” part. 

    If they spent that money on creating university grants for deserving students, or to build a homeless shelter, or to help create jobs in improving infrastructure, they’d do more to actually resolve the Occupy situation.If they’d address these people’s actual ISSUES, instead of worrying about security or PR, they’d make everybody happy and get rid of their little problem, and it’d probably cost them less in the long run.But apparently there’s no “research firm” smart enough to tell them THAT.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xGCk6-5VG4The real news about this is that the “opposition research” memo was written by two members of House Speaker John Boehner’s “former” staff. Gotta love that government/corporate revolving door, eh?And FYI, the best part of that Newt quote in the video, is the knowledge that Newt was paid $30,000 a MONTH from 2006 to 2008 to act as a “consultant” for Freddy Mack. Add to that the fact that when he goes on “Press the Meat”, he gets interviewed by David Gregory, who’s wife was the Senior Counsel for Fannie Mae, and you have a nice conflict of interest circle jerk.Methinks THEY are the ones who need to get real jobs….The fact of the matter is that the banksters are nervous, because half a MILLION people have pulled their money out of these corporate hack banks, and as that video shows now major municipalities are pulling their money out, and it’s going to cost them $185 billion is deposits within the next year alone.

  • 5by5

    Love the $850,000 to conduct “opposition research” part. 

    If they spent that money on creating university grants for deserving students, or to build a homeless shelter, or to help create jobs in improving infrastructure, they’d do more to actually resolve the Occupy situation.

    If they’d address these people’s actual ISSUES, instead of worrying about security or PR, they’d make everybody happy and get rid of their little problem, and it’d probably cost them less in the long run.

    But apparently there’s no “research firm” smart enough to tell them THAT.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xGCk6-5VG4

    The real news about this is that the “opposition research” memo was written by two members of House Speaker John Boehner’s “former” staff. Gotta love that government/corporate revolving door, eh?

    And FYI, the best part of that Newt quote in the video, is the knowledge that Newt was paid $30,000 a MONTH from 2006 to 2008 to act as a “consultant” for Freddy Mack. Add to that the fact that when he goes on “Press the Meat”, he gets interviewed by David Gregory, who’s wife was the Senior Counsel for Fannie Mae, and you have a nice conflict of interest circle jerk.

    Methinks THEY are the ones who need to get real jobs…. Those two alone haven’t worked a day in their miserable lives.

    The fact of the matter is that the banksters are nervous, because half a MILLION people have pulled their money out of these corporate hack banks, and as that video shows now major municipalities are pulling their money out, and it’s going to cost them $185 billion is deposits within the next year alone.

  • Ben Alberts

    There needs to be a list. Of people. That do things like this firm. So when the time comes. They can be killed.

  • Ben Alberts

    There needs to be a list. Of people. That do things like this firm. So when the time comes. They can be killed.

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