Bubble Barons Investigation Concludes Today!

A quick note: the investigation of the bubble barons concludes today at midnight PST! Analysts in the research group have made literally thousands of edits to the bubble barons profiles, digging through their family foundations and obscure businesses to get to the bottom of who, exactly, these folks are. In some sense the investigation will …

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Obama Packs Debt Commission with Social Security Looters

LittleSis is expanding its investigation into the networks of money and influence behind efforts to gut Social Security. Join the Social Security Looters research group if you want to get involved. The most generous bank bailout in history has amplified Wall Street’s considerable political influence, and the economic implications of this democratic calamity go well …

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The Lobbyist Behind Blanche Lincoln’s No Vote on Reconciliation

Score one for Wall Street. The student loan industry has convinced Senator Blanche Lincoln to vote against the healthcare reconciliation bill on the grounds that it contains “matters unrelated to healthcare” — code for student loan reform, as David Dayen notes. How did the student loan industry secure Lincoln’s support? The same way they found …

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Ironic Tidbit of the Day

C.Douglas has made an interesting observation: the wife of Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, Laura Blankfein, isn’t the chair of just any Manhattan private school. She’s the chair of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School! Ethical Culture! Fieldston, as it is known, was founded by social reformer Felix Adler. From the school’s website: “Within Adler’s ethical …

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September 11, 1989

It wasn’t my intention, launching LittleSis with Kevin in January 2009, to be so consistently absent from our blog. Early on we made the decision to divide up our growing organizational responsibilities, with Kevin taking on research, writing, and outreach — the activity that keeps LittleSis fresh — while I focused on adding to our …

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Dodd’s Decision to Retire Likely Doomed Financial Reform Bill

When Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Connecticut) announced last January that he would not seek reelection, some media outlets declared that Dodd’s retirement would actually increase the chances that robust financial regulatory reform would be enacted (for example, see articles by The Washington Post and BusinessWeek). Such analyses demonstrate a near total ignorance of the processes of …

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Digging Deep on a Private Equity Duo

Stephen Schwarzman and David Rubenstein are co-founders of two of the largest private equity firms in the world, the Blackstone Group and the Carlyle Group.  Both are under investigation by the bubble baron research group, with seanhartnett and Dan doing a tremendous job researching their networks and following their money. As it turns out, Schwarzman …

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How to Research the Bubble Barons’ Charitable Contributions

One of the major objectives of the bubble barons investigation is to figure out where, exactly, all that money is going. Where are these billionaires investing their money? Which politicians do they support? Which charities benefit from their largess? Today, I’m going to go over strategies for researching charitable contributions, and I’ll use my bubble …

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What Makes Someone a Bubble Baron?

The Bubble Barons investigation launched last week by AlterNet and LittleSis.org has gotten off to a fast start, with over 250 citizen journalists signed up to track down information on the 67 bubble barons we’ve identified. In less than a week, the research group has made over 500 edits to the LittleSis database, building out …

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