Buffalo Police Commissioner hired by security firm with a checkered history and a City Hall contract

Former Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda (center) with Mayor Byron Brown via City of Buffalo . Daniel Derenda, who recently resigned as the commissioner of the Buffalo Police Department after holding that position for nearly eight years, has been hired by G4S Secure Solutions, the American subsidiary of G4S, a British private security firm. G4S, …

Read More

Trump Treasury pick cultivated close ties to police while running “foreclosure machine”

Trump’s pick for Treasury Secretary is Steven Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs executive and hedge fund manager. Mnuchin has been receiving critical coverage for his role as chairman of OneWest, a California lender that became notorious for its predatory foreclosure practices, which disproportionately affected communities of color. His close ties to the Los Angeles Police …

Read More

Trump’s Billionaire Club, Part 1: John Paulson

While Donald Trump was campaigning for president, many prominent Wall Street Republicans refused to publicly support him. One notable exception was John Paulson, the billionaire hedge fund manager famous for making $4 billion by betting that the housing market would collapse in 2007. Paulson is the founder of Paulson & Co., a New York City-based …

Read More

Vulture Fund Feminism

A newly-reported contract between Madeleine Albright’s consulting firm and a major Wall Street hedge fund has only been a footnote in presidential campaign coverage, but it speaks volumes about how elites in both parties find common ground above the fray of partisan bickering and gridlock that tends to dominate the news cycle. A consulting firm …

Read More