Background info for an upcoming pizzagate post..
How the 'open government' movement was co-opted before it even got started...
Sunlight joining EFF and others in holding secret surveillance accountable - https://sunlightfoundation.com/2014/06/27/sunlight-proud-to-join-eff-and-others-in-holding-secret-nsa-surveillance-accountable/
Today, a coalition of organizations — including the Sunlight Foundation, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Greenpeace and the Tenth Amendment Center — launched the Stand Against Spying website. Its goal: to inform voters how well their members of Congress are working to rein in the government’s secret surveillance.
How the Grateful Dead were a precursor to Creative Commons licensing - https://opensource.com/article/18/2/grateful-dead-precursor-creative-commons-licensing
Let's examine the connections...
The Sunlight Foundation is an American 501(c)(3) nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates for open government. The organization was founded in April 2006 with the goal of increasing transparency and accountability in the United States Congress, the executive branch, and in state and local governments. The foundation's primary focus is the role of money in politics. The organization seeks to increase campaign finance regulations and disclosure requirements.
Sounds laudable doesn't it? Let's take a look..
The Sunlight Foundation was founded by Ellen S. Miller and Michael R. Klein because of their concern about the influence of money in politics. The Foundation was launched in April 2006 with a $3.5 million contribution from co-founder Klein, a securities lawyer and the founder of CoStar Group.
Sunlight's original advisory board was constituted of Esther Dyson, Craig Newmark and Kim Malone. Jimmy Wales, Yochai Benkler, Charles Lewis, Lawrence Lessig, Kim Scott, and Mitch Kapor later joined as advisors, with Newmark and Dyson moving to the board.
In September 2014, Christopher T. Gates was selected as the organization's new president, after the board conducted a search. Gates was formerly the chairman of the Colorado Democratic Party and executive director of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement and the National Civic League.
In 2010, Matt Halprin of the Omidyar Network joined the board. In 2011, lawyer Andrew McLaughlin joined the board. In 2013, Stacey Donahue of the Omidyar Network joined, replacing Halprin. In 2014, Sunlight announced that Sue Gardner, Allison Fine, Mark Horvit and Daniel X. O’Neil would join its board of directors
In March 2018, Katherine Maher and Zoe Reiter joined Klein, Newmark and Wonderlich on the board
The Sunlight Foundation's donors include the Open Society Foundations, The Pew Charitable Trusts, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Omidyar Network, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Politwoops was a Sunlight Foundation project which published an archive of thousands of deleted tweets by U.S. politicians. The project prompted Rep. Jeff Miller to delete his Twitter account after his tweet questioning President Barack Obama's citizenship was made public.
Starting to notice a particular bias with these calls for 'transparency'? Let's break it down...
The Sunlight Foundation was founded by Ellen S. Miller and Michael R. Klein
Transparency and Sausage Making
According to Ellen Miller, president of the Sunlight Foundation, the Obama administration has made “enormous strides” towards open government. The record is “not perfect,” she says, but “no White House has been more open.”
Alrighty then.. and nope, there are no more references to sausages in the body of the article.. just sayin..
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NYT - "Tony Podesta, who lives two doors from the house the Obamas will rent, invites neighbors for pizza parties in his backyard, where he has a pizza oven."
https://voat.co/v/pizzagate/1442286/6963438 : And another one of Obama's new neighbors will be Ellen Miller: "The former Senate staffer is best known as cofounder of the pro-open-government Sunlight Foundation and the Center for Responsive Politics." https://www.washingtonian.com/2016/06/29/obamas-new-neighborhood-kalorama-neighbors/
The former Senate staffer is best known as cofounder of the pro-open-government Sunlight Foundation and the Center for Responsive Politics.
This is a recent tweet from her supporting new media start-up The Correspondent : https://twitter.com/EllnMllr/status/1048707764304994304
This article demonstrates it's simply the MSM (BBC, CNN et al) attempting to deal with the public shift to alternative news media outlets : https://medium.com/ijf-weekly-roundup/cnn-vs-trump-the-correspondents-launch-in-u-s-and-how-russian-disinformation-works-285683fdc5e4 alrighty then..
Michael R Klein
Chairman of the CoStar Group : https://www.costargroup.com/about-us/senior-management-group/michael-r-klein
Vice Chairman of the board of directors, Lead Director, Chairman of the audit and corporate governance & nominating committees, and member of the compensation committee of Tutor Perini Corporation, a publicly-held construction company. From 1998 to 2011, he served on the board of directors of SRA International, Inc., a formerly publicly held provider of technology and strategic consulting services and solutions which was sold in June 2011. Mr. Klein is also a director of ASTAR Air Cargo, Inc., a privately held company. He also serves as Chairman of the board of directors of The Shakespeare Theatre Company, as a director and secretary of the American Himalayan Foundation, as a director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and as a trustee of the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Aspen Institutes. From 1974 through 2005, he was a partner of the law firm now known as Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, LLP.
Let's start with reviews for the CoStar Group : a ONE star rating with 40 reviews:
https://www.yelp.com/biz/costar-group-washington CoStar is a scam. The business is run by extremely shady people and they will con you into getting your money and making it difficult to cancel. The data is not accurate either. You're really better off doing your own research.
Tutor Perini Corporation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tutor_Perini
Tutor Perini Corporation (formerly Perini Corporation) is one of the largest general contractors in the United States.... Specific areas of focus are civil infrastructure (bridges, highways, tunnels, airports, mass transit systems), building infrastructure (healthcare, education, municipal government, hospitality and gaming, multi-use, office towers, multi-unit residential towers, high-technology projects), and specialty contracting (electrical, mechanical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC), fire protection systems, concrete placement).
Albert G. Tutor began the A. G. Tutor Company Inc. in 1949 and the company grew throughout the century under Albert’s son, Ronald Tutor. In 1972 the Tutor Company partnered with N.M. Saliba and became Tutor-Saliba.... In 1997, Ron Tutor helped Perini Corp. recapitalize alongside investor Richard Blum [Dianne Feinstein's husband].
SRA International is now CSRA Inc https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSRA_Inc.
CSRA Inc. provided information technology services to U.S. government clients in national security, civil government, and health care and public health. Its largest market, national security, included the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and intelligence agencies.
CSRA is now part of General Dynamics Information Technology.
voat related post:
Tim Alefantis vaccine scientist and cousin of James A, the H1N1 virus, Bioport, and Dynport of Dyncorp. Why is the child trafficking industry and public health industry seemingly so closely connected?
Today Dynport is owned by CSRA. CSRA headquarters is located about a 10 minute drive from Dyncorp International headquarters. Curiously enough, Dyncorp's parent company Delta Tucker Holdings LLC is literally next door to CSRA in Falls Church, Virginia.
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