HEDGE PAPERS NO. 70: LORI LIGHTFOOT’S FAVORED FEW

24 Oct 2019
422,000 reasons the Mayor won’t tax the rich to fund our schools There’s a revenue raiser out there that you likely won’t hear about from Mayor Lori Lightfoot.  A financial transactions tax of $1-$2 on all options traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Options is projected to raise between $10 and $12 billion per year for the state of Illinois.[1]  That’s real money, that could go a long way to improving the quality of life for millions of Illinoisans. ... Read More

HEDGE PAPERS NO. 69: BILLIONAIRE CORPORATE LANDLORDS ARE EXACERBATING CALIFORNIA’S HOUSING CRISIS

27 Aug 2019
BILLIONAIRE CORPORATE LANDLORDS ARE EXACERBATING CALIFORNIA’S HOUSING CRISIS Acknowledgements This report was researched and written by Eli Vitulli (Center for Popular Democracy). Additional research and writing support was provided by Sofia Lopez (Action Center on Race & the Economy). It was edited by Amy Schur and Anya Svanoe (Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment), Michael Kink (Hedge Clippers), and Emily Gordon and Connie Razza (Center for Popular Democracy).... Read More

HEDGE PAPERS NO. 68: PAIN AND PROFIT Rosselló is gone but vultures still prey on Puerto Rico

13 Aug 2019
PDF En Espanol  Pain and Profit – Rosselló is gone but vultures still prey on Puerto Rico Over the past month, Puerto Ricans have risen up in historic numbers to reject the old political and economic order overseen by a corrupt local elite that prioritizes its own interests and Wall Street profits over the Puerto Rican people.... Read More

Partner Paper No. 6 — PIRATE EQUITY: How Wall Street Firms Are Pillaging American Retail

24 Jul 2019
Nearly 600,000 Retail Jobs Lost at the Hands of Wall Street New report reveals that private equity buyouts in retail have led to a total of 1.3 million jobs lost in that sector and beyond NEW YORK, NY — Over the past decade, more than 1.3 million people have lost their jobs due to trouble or bankruptcies at retail companies owned by private equity and hedge funds, according to a new study released today.... Read More
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HEDGE PAPERS NO. 67: VULTURE HEDGE FUNDS ATTACK CALIFORNIA

19 Jun 2019
VULTURE HEDGE FUNDS ATTACK CALIFORNIA – “Quick profits for Wall Street” versus safe, sustainable, affordable energy Dozens of hedge funds are now speculating in shares of PG&E, the huge California utility, with several high-profile vulture funds demanding seats on the board and fighting for control of the company. PG&E was plunged into bankruptcy after decades of irresponsible corporate practices led to massive wildfires and billions in new liabilities.... Read More
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HEDGE PAPERS NO. 66: HEDGE FUNDS ATTACK GENERAL MOTORS AND AMERICAN JOBS

18 Mar 2019
General Motors recently announced large-scale plant closures and layoffs, with top executives claiming the company needs $4.5 billion in savings to stay alive.  This week the legendary Lordstown manufacturing plant in Ohio will close. But GM has given over five times as much money — $25 billion — to Wall Street hedge funds and other investors in the past four years, including over $10 billion in controversial stock buybacks.... Read More

Hedge Paper No. 65: Insured to Profit: Conflicts of interests in the career of José Carrión III

14 Nov 2018
PDF of Hedge Paper No.65 – English PDF of Hedge Paper No.65 – Spanish It has been two years since the approval of the PROMESA Act and the establishment of the Financial Oversight and Management Board (the Oversight Board) in Puerto Rico. The austerity measures implemented have been catastrophic for millions of people in the Caribbean archipelago.... Read More

HEDGE PAPERS NO. 64: SEVEN WALL STREET BILLIONAIRES TRY TO BUY NEW YORK ELECTIONS

28 Oct 2018
PDF of hedgepaper #64 Hedge fund billionaires are once again attacking elections in New York, pouring millions into candidates, PACs and Super PACs aimed at keeping Congress and Albany – and particularly the State Senate – in Wall Street’s hands. Just seven billionaires gave over $30 million in New York state and federal campaign contributions this cycle.... Read More

HEDGEPAPER NO. 63 THE HEDGE FUNDS THAT KILLED TOYS “R” US STILL PREY ON PUERTO RICO

8 Oct 2018
Solus Alternative Asset Management & Angelo Gordon PDF of HedgePaper No. 63 (English)Download PDF of HedgePaper No. 63 (Spanish)Download Introduction The hedge funds that forced Toys R Us to shut down and threw tens of thousands of workers out of their jobs have played a similarly destructive role in Puerto Rico, speculating on government-issued debt and using aggressive tactics to pursue massive profits at the direct expense of Puerto Ricans.... Read More

HEDGEPAPER NO. 62: DAN MCKEE AND THE RIGHT-WING BILLIONAIRES WHO BACK HIM

7 Sep 2018
Download HedgePaper No. 62Download Dan McKee has made some very powerful and very wealthy friends.  It’s worked out well for him — but not so great for regular families in Rhode Island. As the former Mayor of Cumberland and current Lieutenant Governor, McKee has pushed policies that have undermined Rhode Island’s public schools and thrown into question his commitment to holding accountable those who profited from the opioid crisis.... Read More