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A majority of Visa shareholders rejected an effort to require the company to provide more disclosure about its role in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and related lobbying activities.



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JL A. (275)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 8:57 am
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What Is Visa Hiding? Majority Shareholders Thwart Effort to Require More Disclosure of Money Spent on ALEC
by Lisa Graves [1] January 31, 2013 - 6:08am

ALEC brochure lists VISA as a major underwriterALEC Annual Meeting Brochure from New OrleansA majority of Visa shareholders rejected an effort to require the company to provide more disclosure about its role in the American Legislative Exchange Council [10] (ALEC) and related lobbying activities. Boston Common Asset Management [11], an investment firm focused on socially responsible investing, and the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations [12] (UUA), a religious organization that affirms the inherent capacity for good in human beings, filed a resolution to require the company to disclose all payments used for lobbying purposes, including payments to groups like ALEC. In all, over 100 million votes were cast in favor of the resolution -- 37% -- but that substantial outpouring of support for greater transparency accounted for less than a majority of the votes cast by Visa shareholders.

The Boston Common/UUA resolution [13] noted that

Visa does not disclose its contributions to tax-exempt organizations that write and endorse model legislation, such as Visa's $50,000 contribution to the ... ALEC annual meeting.

Boston Common's Managing Director, Lauren Compere, noted that Visa's underwriting of the controversial legislative agenda of ALEC creates "substantial risks to Visa's brand posed by questionable forms of lobbying and political activity."

Logo of the Unitarian UniversalistsLogo of the Unitarian UniversalistsThe resolution by the Unitarians and Boston Common urged other shareholders to be wary of ALEC's role "in Arizona style immigration bills, Stand Your Ground legislation and voter identification bills" and pointed out that other companies, including "McDonald's, PepsiCo, Wendy's and Kraft Foods," had withdrawn their financial support for ALEC.

Although Visa has disclosed it spends millions lobbying state legislatures and Congress per year, the company has failed to disclose how much its spends bankrolling ALEC each year even though, as the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) has documented, ALEC has boasted that nearly 1,000 of its bills are introduced each year and hundreds become law through its efforts. And, Common Cause, Clergy Voice, and the Voter Legislative Transparency Project have filed claims with the IRS about ALEC's extensive lobbying activities despite its assertion that it does not lobby. CMD has also documented ALEC's previously secret communications with legislators urging that bills be introduced and passed, the very definition of lobbying.
Visa Sponsored Lunch Address of Tea Party Group Leader, Dick Armey

Tea Party ManifestoAs CMD staff reported [14] in 2011, at ALEC's annual convention in New Orleans in 2011, CMD learned that Visa was the sponsor of the lunch address of former Congressman Dick Armey, then the Chairman of the Tea Party group called "FreedomWorks," which was spawned [15] by right-wing billionaire David Koch's "Citizens for a Sound Economy," which split into FreedomWorks and Koch's "Americans for Prosperity." The transcript of Armey's comments is not publicly available.

Armey has come under fire for accepting a $12 million payout [16] agreement from a multi-millionaire funder of FreedomWorks (and Mitt Romney's efforts to win the White House) in exchange for hushing up his concerns about ethical breaches at FreedomWorks until after the election and holding his resignation until then. Since Mother Jones broke that story [17], Armey has helped expose how FreedomWorks paid about a million dollars a year to the discredited extremist talk show host Glenn Beck [18] to promote FreedomWorks to Tea Party members.

And, as CMD recently exposed, FreedomWorks has decided to put its war chest [19] to work on ALEC's anti-worker, anti-union agenda in the states in 2013.

Dick Armey at ALEC sponsored by VisaDick Armey at Visa-Sponsored ALEC Session (2008)But, Visa's sponsorship of Armey's FreedomWorks speech in 2011 was apparently not a one-time thing. In 2008, Armey addressed the ALEC convention as the chair of FreedomWorks. Which of the many ALEC corporations sponsored that speech? Visa. ALEC posted three videos [20] of Armey's Visa-sponsored address in 2008, before ALECexposed was launched and the organization became notorious for its extreme agenda and operations.

At that Visa-sponsored speech, Armey touted the economic theories of ALEC expert Richard Vedder, whose views he said would make economist Adam Smith roll over in his grave. Smith, the author of the "Wealth of Nations," cautioned that policies proposed by businesses "ought always to be listened to with great precaution... It comes from an order of men, whose interest is never exactly the same with that of the public, who have generally an interest to deceive and even to oppress the public, and who accordingly have, upon many occasions, both deceived and oppressed it."

Armey said in his speech to ALEC members that "Government shouldn't do the right thing if it is not necessary," a distinctly different approach to governance than the authorities and limits set forth in the U.S. Constitution.
Visa's Exec Awarded ALEC Private Sector Member of the Year in 2012

Visa's interest in ALEC exceeds its interest in underwriting FreedomWorks' Dick Armey speeches to the organization. According to task force documents obtained by Common Cause and CMD, Visa has been a member of ALEC's "Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development Task Force." Corporate members of that task force vote as equals with elected officials behind closed doors and vote alongside the Koch-funded Reason Foundation, foreign venture capital firms, and other entities, like the Heartland Institute which is a long-time ally of ALEC and which recently compared anyone who believes in climate change with the unabomber.

As CMD has detailed [21], that ALEC task force is responsible for most of the ALEC bills designed to crush workers' rights, by undermining union's power in a variety of ways. It is also the ALEC task force that has fought minimum and living wage laws, and advanced trade agreements that ship American jobs overseas.

GWB with ALEC Thomas Jefferson bustPresident Bush with a bronze bust like the Private Sector AwardAnd last year ALEC gave Visa and its Vice President of "State Relations," Paul Russinoff, its highest award for corporate members, naming it a "Private Sector Member of the Year." It is not clear just what Visa and Russinoff did for ALEC in 2012 to warrant this distinction. Did it provide an exceptional amount of funding for ALEC that year as the group faced numerous corporate defections? If not, what other activity distinguished it? Visa's fellow ALEC honorees [22] that year were tobacco giant Philip Morris International [23], German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim [24] (maker of the prostate urinary tract drug Flomax), the insurance company called Amerigroup, and the peddlers of the "clean coal" myth, the "American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity [25]."

According to archival documents about ALEC, it appears that Russinoff has been involved with ALEC in one capacity or another since at least 1998, when ALEC had its annual convention in Chicago. (Its 2013 summer convention will also be held in Chicago.)
Visa's ALEC Agenda Includes Bills to Benefit Whom? Visa

One of the recent ALEC resolutions known to be pushed by Visa through ALEC is an effort to limit state regulation of what are known as "payroll cards." This is a method that some companies and government agencies are being urged to pay their employees with instead of direct deposit to a bank or a paper check that the worker can cash and use without any fees.

At ALEC's November 2011 meeting at the posh Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, Visa's state government relations representative (a registered lobbyist), Kate Viar, introduced the measure to try to get state legislators to block efforts to impose extra conditions, beyond what corporations want, on the use of these "reloadable pre-paid cards" that she asserted was one of the "least expensive means" (for whom?) for employees to be paid.

Visa Lobbyist Kate ViarVisa Lobbyist Kate Viar, Rep to ALEC Task ForceThat ALEC resolution was put forward in the aftermath of a legislative fight Visa waged in Connecticut in 2011, for example, where some legislators and outside groups who examined the use of these cards were concerned that workers would be charged fees to access their wages.

For example, after concerns were raised, the Connecticut bill imposed conditions [26] such as that workers must be allowed at least two "free" withdrawls of their wages from the card per week, that they must be able to check their balance for free, and that they not be charged low balance fees while they are employed, and that their wage payroll cards do not expire, even if the credit card company puts an expiration date on the card.

The state affiliate of the AFL-CIO labor union opposed the bill as initially introduced for not protecting workers' rights to have access to their wages without additional fees, and the state affiliation of grocers opposed the bill because credit and debit card processing companies, like Visa, were exacting fees for every transaction which amounted to roughly 44 cents or more for every grocery store bill paid by a credit or debit card, taking revenue from strapped grocery stores for "inter-bank fees." Visa asserted that the bill was essential for workers who are "under-banked," that is, do not have checking accounts, although such workers can often cash checks without any bank fees.

In CMD's views, such fees operate like a largely unregulated corporate tax on other businesses, which are often passed on to consumers. Visa, which is the largest retail electronic payments network in the world, reported revenue of $9.1 billion in 2011 on fees from over $4 trillion in transactions. Its net income was over $3.6 billion after expenses, which included total compensation of its CEO, Joseph Saunders, of more than $11 million [27] in 2011.
ALEC's Agenda Would Bar Limits on ATM Fees and Interest Rates

Visa cardsBeyond this recent example, CMD has exposed how ALEC's legislative effort to protect companies like Visa includes "model" bills to bar legislators from imposing any limit on the interest (or usery) rates that can be charged on credit as well as bills to block the people's representatives from putting any limit on ATM fees imposed by banks to get access to consumer's cash. (These bills are available below.) Visa does not actually issue credit cards or debit cards; it allows its name to be used by banks and takes fees from transactions.

Some other corporate funders of ALEC that would benefit from such bills have dropped out of ALEC, unlike Visa. These include both Wells Fargo and Bank of America, at the end of 2012, bringing to 41 the total number of for-profit companies that have announced they have left ALEC since ALECexposed.org was launched and since CMD helped connect the dots [28] between ALEC and the proliferation of so-called "Stand Your Ground" laws like the one initially cited to protect Trayvon Martin's killer from arrest as well as efforts to make it harder for Americans to vote [29].

Bank of America's BankAmericard was actually the predecessor of Visa, which has long used a logo that echoed BofA's blue, white, and gold theme. But unlike its predecessor company, Visa appears to be standing by ALEC.

This is not the first controversy to come Visa's way. Almost a decade ago, it settled an antitrust lawsuit brought by retailers like Wal-Mart, another long-time ALEC member that stopped funding ALEC last year. In that case, Visa and MasterCard settled the claims for over $3 billion. Last year, the two companies also reached a $6 billion settlement in a case about the rates charged for credit card versus debit card transactions, and Visa continues to do battle in the EU over its decision to stop credit card transactions from funding WikiLeaks, even though Iceland issued a decision requiring that transactions be permitted through its Icelandic affiliate on the grounds of protecting freedom of expression.
BlackRock and Goldman Sachs Hold Big Portions of Visa Stock

Boston Common Asset ManagementThe efforts of shareholders to obtain greater transparency from Visa was an uphill battle, given the other major shareholders of Visa, which went public a few years ago. According to Morningstar [30], a financial reporting outlet, BlackRock Advisors LLC is the largest stockholder of Visa, with over 32 million shares as of the end of 2012. BlackRock Fund Advisors holds another 4.5 million shares, and Goldman, Sachs & Co. holds 7.3 million shares. Fidelity, Vanguard, and T. Rowe Price are also both mutual fund investors and direct investors in Visa. It is not clear, however, which companies voted which way on the Boston Commons/Unitarian effort to get more disclosure about Visa's role in ALEC.

Even though the effort of Boston Common and the Unitarians did not prevail this time, BC's Campere told the American Banker [31] that "A 37% vote in favor is a strong vote for this type of resolution," especially after Visa took the extraordinary step [32] of writing to shareholders in response to the resolution and urging that it be voted down.

Meanwhile, Visa is only one of 49 companies that socially responsible investors wrote to last year to urge ALEC funders to reconsider their financial support for the controversial group. Walden Asset Management [33] and their other allies are continuing their shareholder-based outreach that has helped move other corporations out of ALEC.

But as a result of the shareholder vote in January, the amount of money Visa has spent funding ALEC over the years will remain hidden from investors and the public.

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[14] http://host.madison.com/news/opinion/column/eric-carlson-alec-conferees-uptight-in-the-big-easy/article_48cffa2b-7530-5c6f-922a-203a5bba4e13.html
[15] http://www.prwatch.org/news/2009/08/8498/cash-roots-manufactured-anger-and-hot-air-over-health-care
[16] http://www.prwatch.org/news/2013/01/11930/12m-donation-freedomworks-laundered-through-shell-corporation-may-have-violated-f
[17] http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/12/dick-armey-resigns-freedomworks-tea-party
[18] http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/01/04/exclusive-dick-armey-dishes-on-freedomworks-dea/192036
[19] http://www.prwatch.org/news/2013/01/11938/freedomworks-putting-its-war-chest-work-alec%E2%80%99s-anti-union-agenda-states
[20] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kqp2dO5DTYM
[21] http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/Worker_Rights_and_Consumer_Rights
[22] http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=ALEC_Award_Winners
[23] http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Philip_Morris
[24] http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Boehringer_Ingelheim
[25] http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/American_Coalition_for_Clean_Coal_Electricity
[26] http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/FC/2011HB-06407-R000279-FC.htm
[27] http://www.forbes.com/profile/joseph-saunders/
[28] http://www.prwatch.org/node/11366
[29] http://www.prwatch.org/news/2011/05/10711/voter-suppression-bills-sweep-country
[30] http://investors.morningstar.com/ownership/shareholders-major.html?t=V
[31] http://www.americanbanker.com/issues/178_21/visa-shareholders-reject-lobbying-disclosure-proposal-1056323-1.html
[32] http://www.socialfunds.com/news/article.cgi/3733.html
[33] http://www.socialfunds.com/news/print.cgi?sfArticleId=3503
[34] http://www.prwatch.org/files/1H1-Resolution_Urging_Congress_to_Oppose_Measures_Designed_to_Impose_Ceilings_on_Credit_Card_Rates_Exposed.pdf
[35] http://www.prwatch.org/files/1H0-Resolution_in_Opposition_to_Government_Imposed_Caps_or_Elimination_of_ATM_Service_Charges_Exposed.pdf
 

Autumn S. (151)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 9:28 am
Thank you, J.L.
 

Michael Kirkby (85)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 10:00 am
Signed & posted
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 11:02 am
You are welcome Autumn. Thanks for posting Michael.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (68)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 2:19 pm
noted, thanks !
 

Angelika R. (142)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 3:38 pm
There has to be more public pressure to divest from ALEC, all our progressive non profit orgs have had petitions out in the past, but only a few for particular causes, need more! thx JL
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 3:45 pm
There is always the option of petitions on Care2 to get it going Angelika on additional ones, like VISA Angelika. You are welcome Roger and Angelika!
You cannot currently send a star to Angelika because you have done so within the last week.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 5:15 pm
C'mon Visa; how about a little transparency and accountability?
 

Robert O. (12)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 5:35 pm
I smell more chicanery and deceit. Thanks.

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JL A. (275)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 5:40 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Theodore because you have done so within the last week.
Thanks for wanting to send a star Robert! You cannot currently send a star to Robert because you have done so within the last week.
 

Birgit W. (147)
Friday February 8, 2013, 4:09 pm
Noted, thanks
 

JL A. (275)
Friday February 8, 2013, 4:10 pm
You are welcome Birgit
 

Angelus Silesius (66)
Friday February 8, 2013, 5:10 pm
How do we get a full complete listing of member organizations in ALEC?
 

JL A. (275)
Friday February 8, 2013, 5:23 pm
The list as of May 2012 was posted here:
http://www.commoncause.org/site/pp.asp?c=dkLNK1MQIwG&b=8078765
 

JL A. (275)
Friday February 8, 2013, 5:24 pm
ALEC Corporations

The following corporations were listed as members of ALEC's task forces as of July 2011, except for the Tax and Fiscal Policy task force (March 2011). Click here for a list of corporations that have left ALEC since this list was compiled, who have been removed from the list below.

Corporation


Headquarters


ALEC Task Force Membership

1-800 Contacts, Inc.


UT


Health and Human Services

Allergan, Inc.


CA


Health and Human Services

Altria Client Services


VA


Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development , Civil Justice, Tax and Fiscal Policy

American Electric Power Company Inc.


OH


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture

AMERIGROUP Corporation


DC


Health and Human Services

Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.


MO


Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development ; Tax and Fiscal Policy

AOL Inc.


NY


Tax and Fiscal Policy; Communications and Technology

Apotex Corp.


FL


Health and Human Services

Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics, LLC


FL


Tax and Fiscal Policy

Astellas Pharma US, Inc.


IL


Health and Human Services

AstraZeneca Inc.


London, UK


Health and Human Services

AT&T


DC


Communications and Technology, Tax and Fiscal Policy

Bank of America


NC


Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development

Basell Industries


TX


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture

Bayer


Leverkusen, Germany


Civil Justice; Energy, Environment, and Agriculture; Health and Human Services

Bayer HealthCare


Leverkusen, Germany


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture; Health and Human Services

BNSF Railway Company


TX


Civil Justice

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


CT


>Health and Human Services

BP


London, UK


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture

Bridgepoint Education


CA


Education

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company


NY


Health and Human Services

Brown-Forman Corporation


KY


Tax and Fiscal Policy

Celgene Corporation


NJ


Health and Human Services

CenturyLink


LA


Communications and Technology

Charter Communications


MO


Communications and Technology

Chevron


CA


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture

Cintra


Madrid, Spain


Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development

Civil Justice Reform Group C/o General Electric Company





Civil Justice

Cloud Peak Energy


CO


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture

Comcast Cable Communications, LLC


MS


Communications and Technology, Tax and Fiscal Policy

Con-way


MI


Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development

Continental Resources, Inc.


OK


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture

Corinthian Colleges, Inc.


CA


Education

Coventry Health Care


MD


Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development

Cox Communications


GA


Communications and Technology

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.


TN


Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development

Crown Cork & Seal


PA


Civil Justice

Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.


NJ


Health and Human Services

DCI Group, LLC


DC


Communications and Technology

Dezenhall Communications Mgmt. Group, LTD


DC


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture

Diageo North America, Inc.


MD


Tax and Fiscal Policy

Dominion Resources Services Inc.


VA


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture

Duke Energy Corporation


NC


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture

EBay Inc.


CA


Communications and Technology

Edison Electric Institute


DC


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture

Eli Lilly and Company


IN


Health and Human Services

EMD Serono


MA


Health and Human Services

Endo Pharmaceuticals


PA


Health and Human Services

Energy Future Holdings


TX


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture

ExxonMobil Corporation


TX


Civil Justice, Energy, Environment, and Agriculture, Tax and Fiscal Policy

Farmers Insurance Group/Companies


CA


Civil Justice

FedEx Corporation


TX


Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development

Georgia-Pacific Corporation


GA


Civil Justice

GlaxoSmithKline


London, UK


Civil Justice, Health and Human Services

Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company


IL


Health and Human Services

Honeywell International


NJ


Civil Justice

Insight Schools


OR


Education

InterMountain Corporate Affairs


CO


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture

International Paper


TN


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture

J.R. Simplot Company


ID


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture

K12 Inc.


VA


Education

Koch Companies Public Sector


WI


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture; Civil Justice; Public Safety and Elections; Tax and Fiscal Policy

LKQ/Keystone Automotive


IL


Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development

LoanMax


GA


Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development

LogistiCare Solutions, LLC


GA


Health and Human Services

Macquarie Capital USA


Sydney, Australia


Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development

Marathon Oil Company


TX


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture

MDU Resources Group, Inc.


ND


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture

MedImmune, Company of AstraZeneca


MD


Health and Human Services

Merck & Company, Inc.


NJ


Civil Justice; Health and Human Services

Microsoft Corporation


WA


Communications and Technology

MV VeriSol


SC


Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development

National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)


TN


Civil Justice

National Heritage Academies


MI


Education

National Taxpayers Union


VA


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture; Tax and Fiscal Policy

Norfolk Southern Corporation


VA


Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development

Novartis Corporation


NJ


Health and Human Services

NV Energy, Inc.


NV


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture

Occidental Oil & Gas Co.


CA


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture

Occidental Petroleum Corporation


CA


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture

Orchid Cellmark




OH


Public Safety and Elections

PacifiCorp


OR


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture

Parquet Public Affairs


FL


Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development

Peabody Energy


MO


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture

Pfizer Inc


NY


Civil Justice; Health and Human Services

Philip Morris International


NY


Tax and Fiscal Policy

Pinnacle West Capital Corp.


AZ


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture

Publix Super Markets, Inc.


FL


Tax and Fiscal Policy

Purdue Pharma L.P.


CT


Health and Human Services

Qwest Communications International Inc.


CO


Communications and Technology

RAI Services Company


NC


Health and Human Services

ResCare


MD


Health and Human Services

Reynolds American Inc.


NC


Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development ; Health and Human Services; International/Federal Relations; Public Safety and Elections; Tax and Fiscal Policy

Rubber Manufacturers Association


DC


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture

Salt River Project


AZ


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture

Sanofi-Aventis


NJ


Health and Human Services

SAP America, Inc.


PA


Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development ; Communications and Technology

Security Finance Corporation


SC


Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development ; Civil Justice

Shell Oil Company


TX


Energy, Environment, and Agriculture

Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P.


MO


Civil Justice

State Farm Insurance Companies


IL


Civil Justice; Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development

T-Mobile USA


WA


Communications and Technology

Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America Inc.


IL


Health and Human Services

TASER International


AZ


Civil Justice; Public Safety and Elections

TEVA Pharmaceuticals


PA


Health and Human Services

Texas Roadhouse


TX


Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development

The DIRECTV Group, Inc


CA


Tax and Fiscal Policy; Communications and Technology

The Doctors Management Company


CA


Health and Human Services

Time Warner Cable


NY


Tax and Fiscal Policy; Communications and Technology

Transurban


Melbourne, Australia


Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development

U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform


DC


Civil Justice; International/Federal Relations

United Parcel Service


GA


Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development

UnitedHealth Group


MN


Health and Human Services

US Oncology


TX


Health and Human Services

Verizon Communications


NY


Communications and Technology; Tax and Fiscal Policy

VISA U.S.A. Inc.


CA


Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development

WellPoint, Inc.


IN


Health and Human Services

Wine Institute


DC


Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development ; Public Safety and Elections

Wise Carter Child & Caraway, PA


MS


Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development ; Communications and Technology

Yahoo! Inc.


CA


Communications and Technology
 

Pat A. (116)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 12:23 am
Tried to send JLA a star and Angleika and others - sorry the computer won't let me yet! A very valuable article and I agree totally - if there is a petition on this subject I will sign and share it - it is VERY important!
 

Anthony Hilbert (6)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 7:54 am
Dubya gave the credit card companies the right to recover their bills from bankrupts. What did he get for the favour?
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 12:40 pm
Good question Anthony...the imp in me wants to say art lessons. Pat, I think new petitions will appear before too long.
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 2:10 pm
Noted. Thanks so much for all the great info, J.L.
*I'm sorry I'm unable to send J.L. a green star since I sent one within the past week.
I've signed all the petitions to divest from ALEC that have come my way so far, and will be glad to sign more. ALEC is a huge thorn in the side of democracy, and is the chief pusher of a fascist America.
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 5:17 pm
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