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“Manafort’s firm top five lobbying firms receiving money from human-rights abusing regimes”

Paul Manafort has been named campaign chairman and chief strategist for Donald Trump's election campaign. Manafort, a veteran strategist, will primarily focus on gearing up the campaign for the general election. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Victor J. Blue.
Paul Manafort has been named campaign chairman and chief strategist for Donald Trump’s election campaign. Manafort, a veteran strategist, will primarily focus on gearing up the campaign for the general election. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Victor J. Blue.

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“He was an adviser to the presidential campaigns of Republicans Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bob Dole, and was the national chairman of the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, as well as being a senior partner in the firm Davis, Manafort, and Freedman.

Between 1977 and 1980 Manafort practiced law with the firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease in Washington, D.C.[2]

In 1976, Manafort was the delegate-hunt coordinator for eight states for the President Ford Committee; the overall Ford delegate operation was run by James A. Baker III.[8] Between 1978 and 1980, Manafort was the southern coordinator for Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign, and the deputy political director at the Republican National Committee. After Reagan’s election in November 1980, he was appointed Associate Director of the Presidential Personnel Office at the White House. In 1981 he was nominated to the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.[2]

Association with Jonas Savimbi

In 1985, Manafort’s firm, BMSK, signed a $600,000 contract with Jonas Savimbi, the leader of the Angolan rebel group UNITA, to refurbish Savimbi’s image in Washington and secure financial support on the basis of his anti-communism. BMSK arranged for Savimbi to attend events at the American Enterprise Institute (where Jeane Kirkpatrick gave him a laudatory introduction), the Heritage Foundation, and Freedom House; in the wake of the campaign Congress approved hundreds of millions of dollars in covert American aid to Savimbi’s group.[19] Allegedly, Manafort’s continuing lobbying efforts helped preserve the flow of money to Savimbi several years after the Soviet Union ceased its involvement in the Angolan conflict, forestalling peace talks.[19]

Lobbying for other foreign leaders

Manafort’s firm, BMSK, accepted $950,000 yearly to lobby for Ferdinand Marcos.[20][21] He was also involved in lobbying for Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaïre,[22] securing a 1 million dollar annual contract in 1989,[23] and attempted to recruit Siad Barre of Somalia as a client.[24] His firm also lobbied on behalf of the governments of the Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya (earning between $660,000 and $750,000 each year between 1991 and 1993), and Nigeria ($1 million in 1991). These activities led Manafort’s firm to be listed amongst the top five lobbying firms receiving money from human-rights abusing regimes in the Center for Public Integrity report “The Torturer’s Lobby”.[25]

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development scandal

In the late 1980s, Manafort was criticized for using his connections at HUD to ensure funding for a $43 million rehabilitation of dilapidated housing in Seabrook, N.J.[29]

Manafort’s firm received a $326,000 fee for its work in getting HUD approval of the grant largely through personal influence with Deborah Gore Dean, an executive assistant to former HUD Secretary Samuel R. Pierce, Jr.[30]

Manafort also worked as an adviser on the Ukrainian presidential campaign of (Pro-Russian) Viktor Yanukovych.

“The New York Times reported that the Ukrainian government is investigating whether the previous regime headed by Manafort’s now-deposed client, Viktor Yanukovych, paid the advisor over $12 million in cash stolen from taxpayers.”

http://fortune.com/2016/08/15/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-paul-manafort/

Manafort rebuffed U.S. Ambassador William Taylor when the latter complained he was undermining U.S. interests in Ukraine.[19]

In 2007 and 2008 Manafort was involved in investment projects with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska (the acquisition of a Ukrainian telecoms company) and Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash (redevelopment of the site of the former Drake Hotel in New York City).[36]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Manafort

 

regioslogo-geld-fur-die-regionMoral Money: A Case Study at the Chiemgauer Regional money

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This paper investigates a special form of a community currency, the German Regiogeld System, which is a private monetary system with a regional validity and a non-profit-agenda. The focus of the sociological study is on how this special money effects actions of consumers. After some general information to the Regiogeld system, it therefore describes 2-chiemgauer-mit-markenwhy people use this limited and costly form of money at all, how exactly they use it and for what special patterns of usage they adopt the regional money as their own. As a result it can be demonstrated that money is evaluated concerning its functionality and its symbolism. Since Regiogeld attempts to be an efficient monetary system and a moral symbol at once, it develops a structural problem which restricts the Regiogeld’ expansion.

Regionalwaehrung "Chiemgauer":Gast bezahlt seine Rechnung im Wirtshaus mit "Chiemgauer", Wirtin im Dirndl,Hofbraeuhaus Braeustueberl, Traunstein, Bayern,27.02.2007
Regionalwaehrung “Chiemgauer”:Gast bezahlt seine Rechnung im Wirtshaus mit “Chiemgauer”, Wirtin im Dirndl,Hofbraeuhaus Braeustueberl, Traunstein, Bayern,27.02.2007

Christian Thiel

To cite this article: Thiel, C. (2012) ‘Moral Money – The action guiding Impact of Complementary Currencies: A Case Study at the Chiemgauer Regional money’ International Journal of Community Currency Research 16 (D) 91-96  <www.ijccr.net> ISSN  1325-9547 http://dx.doi.org/10.15133/j.ijccr.2012.015

IJCCR 2012 Thiel

Official Website: http://www.chiemgauer.info/

Konzept des RegionalGeldes

“The Idea is simple. People trade Money or Services into a regional currency and can only spend it regionally.

This strengthens smal and medium sized local businesses because it is not possible to buy products from overseas”.

“Die Idee ist simpel. Menschen tauschen Geld oder Leistungen in eine Regionalwährung und können diese nur in der Region ausgeben.

Ebenso müssen Unternehmen die Regio-Einnahmen in der Heimat investieren. Damit sollen regionale Wirtschaftskreisläufe gestärkt werden. Zudem verliert Regiogeld an Wert. Diese sogenannte Umlaufsicherung soll gewährleisten, dass Geld nicht gehortet, sondern ausgegeben wird. ”

src: http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/service/regiogeld-ein-waehrungsmodell-ist-gescheitert-a-844830.html

The Mainstream Media HATES THE ALTERNATIVES: That is why the title of the “SPIEGEL” Article read: “Regiogeld – a failed currency system”

 

German Version of the Video -> here.

Professor of Sorbonne University (Paris)

Perspectives on Money

“I had been accidentally – part of situations (professional jobs) that usually are mutually exclusive – i had been a central banker – i had been involved in the design of the Euro – i had been an off-shore currency fund manager – i had been an academic and i had been president of an electronic payment system – i have been working with the largest multi-nationals on this planet – and i have been working with some of the poorest countries of this planet.

Every one of this angles has every time given me a way of looking at money – in a way that was not visible from the other angles.”

Challenges

“Humanity faces an extraordinary series of unprecedented challenges:

  • Climate-Change
  • Aging of Society
  • Monetary Instabilities under the current system
  • Structural Unemployment – because the technologies we have today – can have economic growth without jobs

Money as a solution

“The conventional money is incompatible with sustainability”

“It has a number of implicit automatic programs that are incompatible with that.”

  • Short-Term-Thinking
  • The way money is created – it is pro-cyclical – it increases the business-cycle
  • it brings all the users in competition with each others. Which is not the best way to operate in certain environments. Competition is good – but having ONLY competition is not good.

Learning from Nature

“Nature does NOT look for MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY.”

It looks for a balance on efficiency on one side and resilience on the other.

If the balance is not correct – if you only go for efficiency – you gonna have a very fragile system.

If you have a over-emphasis on resilience you have stagnation.

Conventional money is extremely efficient.

Money and Sustainability

“The challenges i have mentioned – i claim non of them can be addressed within the current monetary paradigm. (i.e. with a single currency created through bank-debt with interest – none of that is feasable)

With complementary currencies one can address every single one of them.

Money is the most important/powerful leverage point – because it changes the motivation system.

We need to rethink the motivation system that makes it possible to address those challenges.

Complementary Currencies Influencing Behavior

“A complementary currency is a medium of exchange other than conventional money – that people use – within a particular community.

The oldest complementary currency – what i call loyalty currency – the frequent flyer miles – provided motivation to change behavior to use the same airline or return to the same shop.

Those commercial currencies are usefull for the airline or shops but they won’t do anything for society.

Using this technology which is established – 40 years is enough time – a technology that comes from the information age – but apply them for things that do make a difference.

Changing behavior towards the environment, changing behavior to people – motivating people to do things that they won’t do spontaneously – and there is a long list of things that this could apply to.

We need to change behavior on a very large scale rather quickly.

The alternative is regulation or force – prohibiting people to do things – with a currency you can make it attractive – it’s a pull as opposed to a push – and that is a lot more powerful and way more effective.

The big advantage of complementary currencies is you choose your objectives – and you can design a currency that specifically motivates and changes behavior in the direction you are trying to motivate.

If you want to motivate people around the world – to have a complementary currency that specifically aims these behavior patterns and is exportable anywhere in the world – and you can actually bring everybody on board.”

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“There are more people on the planet having mobile phones than bank accounts.

And the costs of these things 20-30 bucks you have a system that can take part into a global payment system if you want to.”

(Chinese use SmartPhones a lot for payments)

“With the information-age we can now design much cheaper and much more universal payment systems that can have multiple currencies than we could have ever done before.

And that is why i claim that it is possible today to do things with complementary currencies on a scale that has never been available before.

That is fortunate – because we need it on a scale that was never be the same as in the past as well.

My drop in the ocean is an interesting pioneer model.

I want to encourage experimentation – improvements – diversity and my drop in the ocean is part of that.

And it is part of it in a specific field where there is not a hell of lot of things happening otherwise.

We also need to actually start doing work on the main-stream economy with businesses and the relationship with the businesses and citizens/consumers and that is what my drop in the ocean is tackling.”

Visions for the Future

“Leverage of changing the money system is making it possible not only to address the challenges – but actually create a world that i describe as ‘sustainable abundance’.

There is no reason that there should be scarcity in everything.

We can create a planet of sustainable abundance even for 10 billion people i claim.

At the condition – the necessary condition of rethinking our money.

It is not a sufficient condition – i am not claiming it is enough to change the money system and everything else will fall into place.

We still need education – we still need regulation you still need other things.

But i claim it is a necessary condition –

without touching the money system i claim we have no chance – of in a period of 10-15-20 years to have a planet we want to live on.”