The Brookfield-NYPD Nexus

Last month, LittleSis first reported that Mayor Bloomberg’s longtime partner, Diana Taylor, sits on the board of Brookfield Properties, which owns Zuccotti Park. The connection was subsequently noted in a number of media outlets, and Bloomberg was asked about it (ignoring obvious conflict of interest issues, he sidestepped by saying that “pillow talk” at his …

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The One Percent’s Social Calendar

While the 99 percent occupy Wall Street, the one percent continue to occupy themselves with conferences, galas, fundraisers, luncheons, performances, and other events where they can enjoy each other’s company, network, do good works, and so on. Super-rich New Yorkers love to complain about the state’s taxes, but they simply cannot do without the social …

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The Public-Private Partnership Behind Zuccotti Park

There are growing signs that the powers that be feel threatened by #OccupyWallStreet and the movement it has inspired. Yesterday, Andrew Ross Sorkin’s assignment editor at the New York Times big bank CEO friend asked him to check out the protests to see if they were a threat. Last week, Mayor Bloomberg was asked if …

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Introducing the LittleSis Bookmarklet

Lots of important information on powerful people and organizations and their connections is found in news stories. Read today’s New York Times, for instance, and you’ll find pieces on Newt Gingrich’s wife and the Shriver-Schwarzenegger separation. The Wall Street Journal has a lot of detail on Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype, and who the bankers were. These …

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Some Tax Day Stats

A few stats for tax day, drawn from our recent study of big banks and tax avoidance, Big Bank Tax Drain, produced in partnership with National People’s Action as part of its Make Wall Street Pay campaign. The report found that 50% of the six big banks’ foreign subsidiaries are located in tax haven jurisdictions. …

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Cuomo and the “Consoling Proximity of Millionaires”

Governor Cuomo is hosting a $15,000-a-head fundraiser at the Top of the Rock tonight to raise money for a “likely battle with special interest groups” over his budget agenda. The location is appropriate because 30 Rockefeller Plaza (“30 Rock”) is owned by – and host to – some of the leading lights of the Committee to …

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A Portrait of the Austerity Committee

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s austerity budget has won the backing of a coalition of business interests named the “Committee to Save New York,” which LittleSis analysts have been researching as part of our Cuomo Watch investigation. Together, we have put together the beginnings of a portrait of the Committee to Save New York, class of 2011. …

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Who Attends the Koch Brothers’ Conferences?

Billionaires Charles and David Koch are holding one of their infamous political retreats this weekend in Rancho Mirage, CA, inspiring a coalition of liberal groups to mount protests outside the event. Common Cause, the principal organizer, is calling the event “Uncloaking the Kochs,” to “counter an exclusive gathering of corporate billionaires.” Who are these corporate …

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Who is the Committee to Save New York?

In a prelude to the looming budget battle, a shadowy group going by the name of the “Committee to Save New York” has started coordinating with the Cuomo administration to promote the dawning of a new era of “fiscal sanity” in New York State. The group has amassed a $10 million war chest to run …

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The Foreclosure Fraud Scandal Just Got Harder to Ignore

The Massachusetts Supreme Court issued a major decision against the banks on the issue of foreclosure fraud earlier today. In US Trust vs. Ibanez, the court ruled that the banks in the case did not have standing to foreclose when they failed to assign the mortgage prior to foreclosure. The case carries significant implications, as …

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Facebook and Goldman: already good friends!

Here is Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg saying he doesn’t believe in privacy. Here is Facebook tapping Goldman Sachs to work some financial magic so that it can raise a bunch of capital without disclosing anything to the public. Forbes’ Jeff Bercovici notes the irony: …

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