REPORT NO. 52 BILLIONAIRES WOULD DOMINATE ANY NEW YORK CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION

2 Nov 2017
BILLIONAIRES WOULD DOMINATE ANY NEW YORK CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION If there’s one important thing tying together the biggest issues in government, politics and the economy, it’s the rise of a new class of billionaires that are destroying the economy, corrupting our government, exploding inequality and rigging the system for their own benefit.... Read More

Hedge Papers No. 51: Trump’s Wealthcare Plan: Helping Hedge Funds Profit From Soaring Drug Prices

23 Oct 2017
Trump’s Overlooked Wealthcare Plan: How He’s Helping Hedge Funds Profit from Higher Drug Prices & Tax Dodging at Everyone Else’s Expense Introduction: Trump, Hedge Funds, and the Pharmaceutical Industry In recent weeks, some opponents of the widely criticized Republican healthcare plan have started rebranding it wealthcare, given the mounting evidence that the plan would clearly benefit the wealthiest Americans and given them massive tax cuts.... Read More

Letter to University Endowments Regarding Baupost Group Puerto Rico Debt

23 Oct 2017
This letter was sent to 18 University Endowments from a coalition of progressive groups. October 16, 2017 Ana Mauri Cauce President University of Washington 301 Gerberding Hall
Box 351230
Seattle, WA 98195 Dear President Ana Mauri Cauce, Baupost Group, a hedge fund that the University of Washington endowment appears to invest with, was recently revealed to be one of the largest holders of Puerto Rican debt bonds.... Read More
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Robin Hood Puerto Rico Vultures

20 Oct 2017
PUERTO RICO VULTURE: SETH KLARMAN Baupost Group, CEO   Holds $911 million in PR COFINA bonds Biggest bondholder in austerity lawsuit Hid vulture holdings in secret shell companies OFFICE:  10 SAINT JAMES AVE BOSTON HOME:  329 HEATH STREET CHESTNUT HILL MA $1.5 billion personal fortune Drove mass austerity in Greece, pay cuts in NYC Big investor in dirty fossil fuels & fracking Rigs political system to privatize schools & cut his own taxes PUERTO RICO VULTURE: PAUL TUDOR JONES Tudor Investment Corp.... Read More
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HEDGE PAPER NO. 50: Corporate America to Investors: Trump is Bad for Business

28 Sep 2017
Corporate America to SEC:  Trump is Bad for Business Since Donald Trump came down the golden staircase inside Trump Tower to announce his candidacy on June 16th, part of his core economic argument has rested on the fact that he’s “really rich” and he’s going to “make the country rich.” At the debates, he argued in simplistic terms that his economic program would spur economic and job creation.... Read More

Hedge Papers No. 49: DAN LOEB’S TAINTED CASH

22 Aug 2017
TRACKING THE HEDGE FUND BILLIONAIRE’S MONEY IN NEW YORK POLITICS Recent events in Charlottesville are a sobering reminder that violent white supremacist groups are not the stuff of history, but a horrifying present-day reality for a country that continues to be torn apart by racism and the legacy of slavery. Though these groups do not claim the membership rolls that the KKK did in its heyday, they have risen to new prominence over the past year, supported by infrastructure like Breitbart News and effectively urged on by a billionaire who owes his presidency to the race lie.... Read More
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Partner Report No. 6 with AFT: The Big Squeeze: How Money Managers’ Fees Crush State Budgets and Workers’ Retirement Hopes

19 May 2017
Introduction Over the last several decades, U.S. public pension funds have undergone a dramatic shift in investment strategy, with traditional stocks and bonds increasingly displaced by “alternative” investments, mainly hedge funds, private equity and co-mingled “real assets.”[1] The typical public pension fund now has nearly a quarter of its portfolio invested in alternatives[2]—structured as private, co-mingled funds that are generally less regulated,[3] more opaque, [4] volatile and, most significantly, charge much higher fees to investors.[5] Hedge fund, private equity and co-mingled real asset managers typically use the “2 and 20” fee model, charging pension funds an annual management fee equal to 2 percent of assets under management, regardless of performance, as well as a performance fee (also called carried interest) based on the profit from the investment, sometimes after a hurdle rate or high water mark[6] has been met.... Read More

Partner Paper No. 5: The Looting of Puerto Rico’s Infrastructure Fund: Carlos M. Garcia’s destructive fiscal policies hurt Puerto Rico once, could it happen again?

16 May 2017
DOWNLOAD SPANISH VERSION HERE Executive Summary Carlos M. Garcia is profoundly conflicted as a former Santander[i] banking executive in his current role on the PROMESA control board, or the “Junta.” In the years preceding Governor Luis Fortuño’s election in 2008, Garcia built Santander Securities—the bank’s municipal bond business—while Jose Ramon Gonzalez, another Junta member, was at the head of the bank.[ii] With Fortuño’s election, Garcia was given vast powers over fiscal policy as President of the Government Development Bank (“GDB”), Chair of the local control board (a special board comprised of five cabinet-level officials with ministerial responsibility for Puerto Rico’s fiscal matters and restructuring powers conferred by the Puerto Rico Legislature), and head of Puerto Rico’s new Public Private Partnerships Authority (PPPA).[iii] A previous report, Pirates of the Caribbean, documented the role Garcia and Santander played in Puerto Rico’s public finance disaster and the virtual revolving door former bank executives had with the GDB from 2009 to 2012.... Read More

Partner Paper No. 4 with with Public School Parents in LA: Out-of-Town : Billionaires & Trump Backers Attempt to Hijack Local School Board Election

5 May 2017
The California Charter School Association (CCSA), directly and through its network of entities, has been the biggest spender in the 2017 election for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) school board members to represent Districts 4 and 6, having spent over $4 million to-date.  Nearly all of CCSA’s political campaign funding comes from millionaires and billionaires.  ... Read More
“The hedge fund guys are getting away with murder…” – Donald Trump on August 23rd, 2015 on how hedge fund managers only pay 20% on some of their income by using the carried interest loophole. A tax rate that is lower than the rate what middle class families pay. President Donald Trump on Wednesday is planning to unveil a proposal to cut corporate taxes on U.S....