We knew what was coming. But what we did not expect was that it would leak so soon. The Banking lobby has started strategizing the spin needed to kill pro-OWS voices in Washington.
A well-known Washington lobbying firm with links to the financial industry has proposed an $850,000 plan to take on Occupy Wall Street and politicians who might express sympathy for the protests, according to a memo obtained by the MSNBC program “Up w/ Chris Hayes.”
Among other things the memo makes it clear that the intent is to drill OWS into the ground, based on its backers if not its actual claims:
The memo indicates that CLGC would research who has contributed financial backing to OWS, noting that, “Media reports have speculated about associations with George Soros and others.”
“It will be vital,” the memo says, “to understand who is funding it and what their backgrounds and motives are. If we can show that they have the same cynical motivation as a political opponent it will undermine their credibility in a profound way.”
The memo will doubtless be disavowed as a hoax now but here’s the link: http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/sections/news/CLGF-msnbc.pdf