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Fri May 1, 2020, 12:49 PM

Opening The Country Council Will Build An Iron Curtain Around The Country

Earlier this month, the White House named nearly 200 corporate executives and business leaders to its so-called “Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups”―which Trump has called the “Opening the Country” council―in 17 separate areas ranging from agriculture and banking to sports and “thought leaders.”

“These bipartisan groups of American leaders will work together with the White House to chart the path forward toward a future of unparalleled American prosperity,” Trump said in a statement accompanying the April 14 announcement.

“The health and wealth of America is the primary goal, and these groups will produce a more independent, self-sufficient, and resilient Nation.”

The 12-member energy panel includes eight oil and gas executives who have collectively made more than $4.2 million in political contributions since Trump launched his presidential bid in June 2015, according to an analysis from the watchdog group Documented.

The vast majority of that total went to Republican candidates and Political Action Committees...

The Trump Victory Committee, a joint fundraising entity of Trump and the Republican National Committee, took in $619,400 from the oil and gas representatives on the new council―more than any other entity. America First Action, a pro-Trump super PAC, received $500,000, while the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee raked in $410,900 and $407,400, respectively.

The remaining money―approximately $29,000 of the more than $4.2 million―went to a handful of Democratic candidates and committees.

The energy group includes no one from the renewable energy world. Instead, Trump turned to some familiar allies with deep pockets in an industry that he and his team have worked hard to lift up. The task force includes fracking mogul Harold Hamm, the billionaire executive chairman of Continental Resources whom Trump reportedly considered nominating as energy secretary, and John Hess, the CEO of New York City-based oil and gas producer Hess Corporation who donated $1 million to Trump’s inauguration.

Hamm has contributed more than $1.7 million to Republicans since June 2016, including a $500,000 contribution to America First Action in January 2018, Documented’s analysis found. Hess gave approximately $1.7 to Republicans, not including the inauguration contributions.

The other oil and gas representatives on the White House economic council made the following political contributions since June 2016:
ConocoPhillips CEO Ryan Lance ($264,580);
Chevron Corporation CEO Mike Wirth ($171,307);
ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods ($123,556);
Valero chairman and CEO Joe Gorder ($98,300);
Occidental Petroleum Corporation President and CEO Vicki Hollub ($81,652); and
Kinder Morgan, Inc. CEO Steven Kean ($50,550).

The other four members of the council’s energy panel are
Tom Fanning, CEO of utility giant Southern Company;
Mark Crosswhite, CEO of Alabama Power Company, one of four utilities operated by Southern Company;
Rich Nolan, CEO of the National Mining Association, a mining industry trade group; and
Ross Perot Jr., chairman of Texas-based real estate development and investment companies The Perot Group and Hillwood.

https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2020/05/the-oil-execs-on-trumps-opening-the-country-council-are-major-gop-donors/?fbclid=IwAR0FR8a1yjnbvXbCkZ0aa1G7GZ2JOvShFnKPrxaGhdQdUc2-eS79BB5hhjM

More on the Opening The Country Council: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_American_Economic_Revival_Industry_Groups


Until their systems are back up and running, Americans will be treated like mushrooms.

Trump's approach: establish a fascist government of monopolies.

Our taxation is their socialism. Their corporation plantation is austerity capitalism for us.

Over the plantation gate reads: "Good luck with your nation of laws."

UNLESS...

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Fri May 1, 2020, 12:59 PM

1. More TRUTH from Mother Jones.

Thank you for posting.

-Laelth

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Fri May 1, 2020, 01:21 PM

2. The ugly bitter truth that we can't let happen. We just can't.

You're always welcome. But I didn't want to even finish reading it, I got so stressed with foreboding hatred of what these men plan. Yes. MEN.

Am I saying they're doing it because they're men?
I'm saying what they're thinking say about why they do it.

Because they will never tell you.

We can sit around, try to talk back at what they say, resist and grapple with what they do, but until our lawyers, guns and money wipe away their lawyers, guns and money, and put them in legal or literal chains, the rest of America has no chance.

There they are. The top two hundred.

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