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2/26/2005

The Right Wing Social Security Network

So here are the rudiments of the right wing network. There are basically four tiers: a funding tier, of corporate, foundation, and business association seed money, that has taken a long term approach to bankrolling the ideas industry that has fabricated the artificial case for undermining social security; the ideas industry itself, mostly think tanks and personalities, led by Peter Ferrerra and CATO; a second set of funders that have jumped into the debate now that they smell blood, basically business associations, corporations and partisan republicans; the final pr teams working on promoting the ideas generated in the think tank networks. Here are the names:

60 Plus Association www.60plus.org

Alliance for Retired Prosperity (ARP) www.arpnow.org

Alliance for Worker Retirement Security www.retiresecure.org

American Bankers Association
http://www.hillnews.com/thehill/export/TheHill/Business/011905_bankers.html

American Civil Rights Union http://www.civilrightsunion.org/
[no sign of activity at web site – no updates since 99]

American Conservative Union http://conservative.org/

American Council for Capital Formation http://www.accf.org/

Americans for Tax Reform http://www.atr.org/
http://www.atr.org/policybriefs/index.html#socialsecurity
Key role seems to be talking point and misinformation dissemination.

American Enterprise Institute http://www.aei.org/

American Institute for Full Employment http://www.fullemployment.org/
Site appears to be down, organization may be defunct. http://www.fullemployment.org/

American Farm Bureau Federation http://www.fb.org
http://www.fb.org/issues/analysis/Administration_Social_Security.html
"In short, Social Security is "technically solvent" for the first half of the forecast period – but the system will run large cash shortfalls as early as 2016 that, from a policy perspective, cannot be ignored. New solutions, including private plans, must be discussed."

American Legislative Exchange Council http://www.alec.org/
Major role seems to be dissemination of talking points to state and local government officials. http://www.alec.org/viewpage.cfm?pgname=4.45_ssm
Key People: David Keating http://www.socialsecuritychoice.org/bio-keating.php
Michael Tanner http://www.socialsecurity.org/about/staff.html
http://www.prospect.org/web/page.ww?section=root&name=ViewPrint&articleId=6336

Alliance for Worker Retirement Security (AWRS)
AWRS member in 2000 http://www.retiresecure.org/articles.php?id=11
Members in 2004: http://web.archive.org/web/20040211145353/www.retiresecure.org/members.php

America’s Community Bankers http://www.hillnews.com/thehill/export/TheHill/Business/011905_bankers.html

Black America's Political Action Committee (BAMPAC) www.bampac.org
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,147503,00.html
"This has been a BAMPAC issue since our inception," said Alvin Williams, president of Black America's Political Action Committee, which sees the future of the black community emboldened by free enterprise and conservative ideals. "We've explored the options and concluded that it's the way to go."
http://www.bampac.org/multimedia_SocialSecurityAD.asp
BAMPAC Print Advertisement
http://www.bampac.org/issue_Advocacy.asp
BAMPAC promotes legislation that will reform the current Social Security system through the creation of private investment saving accounts. Privatization will create more opportunities, economic development, and greater wealth for all Americans. The current system is unsound, but what is most troubling about the current system is its disproportionately detrimental affect on African American families, especially African American males. BAMPAC wants to educate the American people and reform Social Security to increase and ensure economic stability, security and opportunity for all generations
http://www.socialsecurity.org/daily/01-10-01.html


Boeing (AWRS member)

Business Council of Alabama

Business Roundtable

Cascade Policy Institute http://www.cascadepolicy.org/

CATO Institute http://cato.org/

CATO's Project on Social Security Privatization http://www.socialsecurity.org

Center for Freedom and Prosperity http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/

Center for New Black Leadership http://www.cnbl.org/

Center for Strategic and International Studies http://www.csis.org/

Charles Schwab http://www.unionvoice.org/firefly/notice-description.tcl?newsletter_id=1318731

Citizens Against Government Waste http://www.cagw.org/

Citizens for a Sound Economy http://www.cse.org/

Club for Growth http://www.clubforgrowth.org/

Coalition for Urban Renewal and Education http://www.urbancure.org/

Coalition to Preserve Retirement Security http://www.retirementsecurity.org/

Committee for Good Common Sense http://www.goodcommonsense.org/

COMPASS www.compasscoalition.org

Competitive Enterprise Institute http://www.cei.org/

Concerned Women for America http://www.cwfa.org/

Concord Coalition http://www.concordcoalition.org/

Council for Government Reform http://www.govreform.org/

Cumberland Associates LLC

Dennis Trading Group

Discovery Institute http://www.discovery.org/

E*Trade Financial

Economic Security 2000

Edward Jones

Employment Policy Foundation http://www.epf.org/

Empower America http://www.empower.org/

FedEx Corporation

For Our Grandchildren http://www.forourgrandchildren.org/

Forstmann Little & Company

FreedomWorks http://www.cse.org/

Frontiers of Freedom http://ff.org

Generations Together
http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=109&STORY=
/www/story/02-17-2005/0003027201&EDATE=
http://www.generationstogether.net

George Public Policy Foundation http://www.gppf.org/

Heartland Institute http://www.heartland.org/

Heritage Foundation http://www.heritage.org/

Hewlett-Packard (AWRS member)

Hispanic Business Roundtable

Hoover Institution http://www-hoover.stanford.edu/

Hosiery Association

Hudson Institute http://www.hudson.org/

Independent Women's Forum http://www.iwf.org/

Institute for Policy Innovation http://www.ipi.org/

International Center for Pension Reform http://www.pensionreform.org/

International Center for Research on the Economics of Taxation http://www.iret.org/

Jeid-Wen

Koch Industries, Inc.

Leadership Institute http://www.leadershipinstitute.org/index_noflash.html

Lexington Institute http://www.lexingtoninstitute.org/

Liberty Media Corporation http://www.libertymedia.com/

Lone Star Foundation http://www.lonestarreport.org/

Mackinac Center for Public Policy http://www.mackinac.org/

National Association for the Self-Employed http://www.nase.org/

National Association of Manufacturers www.nam.org

National Association of Women Business Owners http://www.nawbo.org/

National Center for Policy Analysis http://www.ncpa.org/

National Center for Public Policy Research http://www.nationalcenter.org/

National Committee on Retirement Policy http://www.csis.org/retire/chron.html
[see CSIS]

National Council of Chain Restaurants http://www.nccr.net/

National Federation of Independent Business http://www.nfib.com/

National Paperbox Association http://www.paperbox.org/

National Restaurant Association http://www.restaurant.org/

National Taxpayers Union Foundation http://www.ntu.org/

National Tax Limitation Committee http://www.limittaxes.org/

New America Foundation www.newamerica.net

Padden & Company
http://www.heartland.org/archives/bios/padden.htm

PaineWebber
http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=19990208&c=4&s=dreyfuss
Don Marron, CEO
Al From

Personal Retirement Alliance www.ioptout.org
[site appears to be down – reads "moving to new server"] http://www.praonline.org/

Pfizer Corporation (AWRS member – "Pfizer chief Henry A. McKinnell is also chairman of the Business Roundtable")
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/politics/
la-na-social21feb21,1,3949815,print.story?coll=
la-news-politics-national&ctrack=2&cset=true

President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security www.csss.gov

Printing Industries of America http://www.printing.org/

Progress for America http://www.progressforamerica.com/pfa/

RetireSafe.org http://www.retiresafe.org/

Rockport Financial Ltd. http://www.exxonsecrets.org/html/personfactsheet.php?id=173

Seagrams & Sons, Inc.

Securities Industry Association http://www.sia.com/

Seniors Coalition http://www.senior.org/

Seniors Against Federal Extravagance http://www.s-a-f-e.org/

Small Business Survival Committee http://www.sbsc.org/ (Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council)

SocialSecurityChoice.org http://www.socialsecuritychoice.org/

Society for Human Resource Management http://www.shrm.org/

South Carolina Policy Council Education Foundation http://www.scpolicycouncil.com/

Storage Tek

Susquehanna International Group, LLP

Tamko Roofing Products, Inc.

Texas Public Policy Foundation http://www.tppf.org/

The Foundation Group http://www.foundationgroup.org/

Third Millenium http://www.thirdmil.org/

TRW (AWRS member) http://www.trw.com/

United Seniors Association (USA) NEXT http://www.unitedseniors.org/

U.S. Chamber of Commerce http://www.uschamber.com/

Waddell & Reed http://www.waddell.com/

Windway Capital Corporation http://www.wisdc.org/pr082504.html
"Terry Kohler, a conservative GOP Sheboygan businessman who owns Windway Capital Corporation, contributed $20,000 between April and June to bring his 2003-04 election cycle total contributions to 527s to $35,000 through June 30.

Terry Kohler, along with his wife Mary and their company, have contributed $76,500 mostly to two GOP 527s – the Club for Growth and GOPAC – from January 2003 through June 2004."

Women Impacting Public Policy http://www.wipp.org/

Women for Social Security Choice http://www.womenforsschoice.org/

Women for a Sound Social Security Choice

Women's Freedom Network http://www.womensfreedom.org/

 

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