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Charlie Cray
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Charlie Cray is a research specialist with Greenpeace USA and the director of the Center for Corporate Policy in Washington, DC. He helped establish Halliburton Watch, and is co-author of The People's Business: Controlling Corporations and Restoring Democracy (Berrett-Koehler), and is a former associate editor of Multinational Monitor magazine.

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Why Are Leading Overseas Development Advocates Pushing Us Down the Greenhouse Gangplank?

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 6:12 PM

One of the Obama administration's better climate-related actions has been the Overseas Private Investment Corporation's (OPIC) financing of renewable energy projects overseas. OPIC's support for renewable energy projects has increased to over $1 billion a year (about 30 percent of its overall portfolio) -- nearly ten times the...

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Geithner Must Go

(14) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 3:10 PM

An early litmus test of Barack Obama's willingness to push policies to help the middle class in his second term -- as promised ad nauseum throughout the campaign -- will be whether or not he gives Treasury Secretary Geithner the sack.

That would send a small signal that things...

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Would Romney and His Friends From Exxon Throw Us Over the Climate Cliff?

(4) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 10:17 AM

Mitt Romney was too busy hauling cases of bottled water for various post-Sandy photo ops to answer reporters who wanted to know if he still wants to cut FEMA, as he suggested earlier in the campaign. Romney refused to answer the question not just once -- but 14...

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Is Montana's Attorney General Ignoring the Best Challenge to Citizens United?

(3) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 1:00 PM

The Corporate Crime Reporter, the Washington, DC-based newsletter edited by Russell Mokhiber, reported a few days ago that Steve Bullock, the attorney general of Montana, is refusing to assert Montana's sovereign immunity from suit in a case brought before the U.S. Supreme Court, paradoxically, out of fear that...

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40 Years Ago This Week: The Blueprint for Corporate Rule

(75) Comments | Posted August 25, 2011 | 2:17 PM

Forty years ago this week, Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., an attorney from Richmond, Virginia, drafted a confidential memorandum for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that described a strategy for the corporate takeover of the dominant public institutions of American society.

Powell and his friend Eugene Sydnor, then-chairman...

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Time to Drill Down Into Halliburton's Role in Big Oil Spill

(28) Comments | Posted April 30, 2010 | 3:58 PM

Under pressure from Congress and an inquiring media, Halliburton began a controlled leak of information about its role in the big gulf oil spill today, but things could get quite explosive if they appear to be hiding something.

The WSJ (Russell Gold and Ben Castleman) reported earlier...

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Breaking up Citi and Other Mega-Banks: the Missing Blueprints

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2010 | 4:50 PM

An anonymous executive inside one of the big banks recently said that breaking up the "Too Big To Fail" banks is crucial to decreasing systemic risk and shifting resources to the productive sectors of the economy.

We agree and just published a report that...

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The Whistleblowers

(1) Comments | Posted February 17, 2010 | 5:57 PM

The Insider, Silkwood, All the President's Men, Erin Brokovitch

The amount of character and courage that it takes to blow the whistle on corporate crime and government corruption is obviously why so many good movies have been made and will continue to be made about whistleblowers. Enough to fill a...

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Banana Land and the Corporate Death Squad Scandals

(12) Comments | Posted February 15, 2010 | 8:15 PM

A federal judge recently refused to dismiss a civil suit filed against Chiquita which charges that the company paid leftist (FARC) guerrillas operating near its plantations in Colombia -- during a period when the FARC killed four American missionaries, according to CNN.

The company's position -- which...

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Dark Days for Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2010 | 6:29 PM

They've reloaded the Chamber and, unless we -- the body politic -- get off our backs, democracy will soon be dead.

I refer, of course, to last week's Supreme Court's decision (Citizens United v. FEC), which gave corporations the go-ahead to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence...

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Yes, We Can Make Wall Street Pay for its Own Bailouts

(2) Comments | Posted July 28, 2009 | 8:51 AM

It may be that everyone's attention was diverted to health care reform, along with the right-wing echo chamber's indifference to an idea it doesn't take seriously, but for whatever reason, the Wall Street Journal's Damian Paletta was the only MSM reporter to pick up on Obama's suggestion that the...

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GM Means get Moving

(2) Comments | Posted June 9, 2009 | 1:50 PM

"If taxpayers are going to support General Motors, let's turn General Motors into a company worthy of it," former SEC chair Richard Breeden, told the Washington Post back on December 10.

The statement wasn't so remarkable because it was made by someone who once served as chairman of the...

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On a Clear Day, What Will Be Left to See?

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2009 | 4:29 PM

Once again, Ralph Nader is sounding the alarm as the Dems and their union allies seem willing to let multinational corporations screw the country over.

President Obama (via Ratner's auto task force and Treasury Secretary Geithner) is about to let GM and the auto industry seek "financial...

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AIG Lesson Number Two: Get out of the TARP Tar-Pit

(4) Comments | Posted March 19, 2009 | 6:57 PM

The universal handwringing, Congressional hearings, and talk about stringing greedy corporate pigs up with piano strings: There hasn't been this much media outrage about executive excess since Dennis Kozlowski's $6,000 shower curtain.

Back then, after the tickertape of corporate scandals -- Enron, WoldCom, Tyco, Adelphia, etc. -- there was...

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Is the House of Cards that Jack Built Crumbling?

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2009 | 10:33 AM

It's no surprise that GE's stock slumped to $6.66 yesterday, causing the Post and the Times to lump them in with GM.

That's what happens when companies put financial engineering before real engineering.

Who could have predicted this, you might ask? Well actually, a group...

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The Financial Fix

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2009 | 5:02 PM

While the financial sector keeps slowly dragging the rest of us over the cliff, it's clear that our understanding of what must be done has greatly evolved in a short period of time.

This past weekend, both the Times (Joe Nocera) and the Post (guest editorial by...

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Fines are Peanuts: Time to Debar Halliburton and KBR too

(4) Comments | Posted February 10, 2009 | 12:18 PM

The folks over at the Department of Justice who have been handling the massive Halliburton/KBR bribery case associated with the Bonny Island, Nigeria liquid natural gas (LNG) plant could not have been too pleased to read about a proposed settlement in the news a couple of weeks ago,...

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Counting our Blessings...

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2009 | 4:32 AM

On this the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, just 70 years after the atom was split for the first time, I'm struck by how nice it is to finally have a president who actually does strive to unite the country.

Yes, as a progressive, I expect to be frustrated by...

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Obama's Wall St. Reforms: Timid at Best

(13) Comments | Posted January 13, 2009 | 3:06 PM

A congressional oversight panel (COP) appointed to monitor the Wall St. bailout (TARP) outlined a few of the problems so far in its second report (released yesterday) including:

• The shifting rationale for a program that amounts to dumping hundreds of billions of dollars on the companies that got...

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Cleaning Up after the Elephants are Gone

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2008 | 3:47 PM

A friend of mine once mentioned as we were nursing a couple of beers that he used to work for the Circus.

"Really?" I asked. "Doing what? Swallowing swords?"

"No, cleaning up after the elephants."

I guess somebody has to do it.

Now, after this eight-year freak show...

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