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U.S. Corporate Aristocracy funds 96% of "installation" party for Bush coup, Jan. 20th

What's that quote from Italian dictator Moussolini about "fascism simply being a combination of state and corporate power"?

"Of the 127 contributors to Bush's Presidential Inauguration Committee, 121 are either corporations or their chairmen, CEOs, presidents or owners."

"Corporations by law are barred from direct contributions to presidential candidates and campaigns. However, they are under no similar restrictions in attempting to curry favor from the administration by financing the president's inaugural events."

"Bush inaugural committee put a cap of $250,000 on single contributions to its fund, two corporations - Ameriquest and Marriott International - effectively skirted that ceiling by making contributions through their subsidiaries, Public Citizen found. [Ameriquest
Chairman Ronald Arnall and his wife, Dawn, contributed at least $5.5 million to Bush's re-election campaign.] Public Citizen's full report is located on the Internet at..."
New Public Citizen Analysis Finds Corporations and Their Executives
Have Contributed 96 Percent of Bush's Inauguration Funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Corporations and corporate executives contributed
96 percent of the $17.8 million collected so far to pay for various
inaugural festivities and functions, according to a new analysis by
Public Citizen.

Of the 127 contributors to Bush's Presidential Inauguration Committee, 121 are either corporations or their chairmen, CEOs, presidents or owners. Together, their donations amount to $17.1 million, Public Citizen found.

The fund has an overall goal of raising $40 million.

"This inauguration is bought and paid for by corporate America,"
said Joan Claybrook, president of Public Citizen. "These businesses
consider such gifts to be investments, with payback expected. Not
surprisingly, many of the corporate givers received huge legislative and
regulatory favors from the first Bush term and are looking for even more
over the next four years. They also get invited to events, where they
can schmooze with Cabinet members and administration officials and lobby
on their issues."

Corporations by law are barred from direct contributions to presidential candidates and campaigns. However, they are under no similar restrictions in attempting to curry favor from the administration by financing the president's inaugural events.

Although the Bush inaugural committee put a cap of $250,000 on single
contributions to its fund, two corporations - Ameriquest and Marriott
International - effectively skirted that ceiling by making
contributions through their subsidiaries, Public Citizen found. Public
Citizen's full report is located on the Internet at
 http://www.whitehouseforsale.org/documents/Inauguration.pdf

Among the report's other findings are:

* Eighty-seven corporations account for $12.7 million, or 71
percent, of the $17.8 million raised as of Jan. 13.

* Thirty-four of 40 total individual contributors are presidents,
CEOs, chairmen and owners of corporations. These industry chiefs account
for $4.4 million, or 25 percent, of the total raised so far.

* Almost half (59) of the inaugural contributors are Pioneers,
Rangers or Super Rangers, or employers of one of those elite Bush
fundraisers. These individuals and their corporate employers have raised
more than half ($9.1 million) of the $17.8 million raised for the
inauguration festivities. Collectively, these contributors raised a
minimum of $15.3 million for Bush's two presidential campaigns.

* The finance and investment industry, with $5 million, was the
largest contributor to the fund. That industry bundled more than $21.7
million for Bush's 2004 campaign and is pushing for new business under
Bush's flawed Social Security privatization proposal.

* The energy industry, with $2.3 million, was the second largest
contributor to the fund. That industry bundled more than $5.2 million
for Bush's 2004 campaign.

* Ameriquest and two of its subsidiaries, Argent Mortgage Co. and
Long Beach Acceptance Corp., contributed a total of $750,000. Ameriquest
Chairman Ronald Arnall and his wife, Dawn, contributed at least $5.5
million to Bush's re-election campaign, having achieved Ranger and
Super Ranger status by bundling a combined total of at least $500,000
for his re-election effort and also having contributed $5 million to the
Progress for America 527 group, which ran ads promoting Bush's
re-election.

* Marriott International and its subsidiaries (Marriott Vacation
Club and Ritz Carlton) contributed a total of $750,000 to the inaugural
fund.

* Industries that have already received many legislative and
regulatory favors from the Bush administration, and that stand to get
even more in the second term, had the following number of significant
contributors to the inauguration fund:
o Finance and investment - 35 corporations and corporate
leaders, 28 percent of all contributors
o Energy - 12 corporations and corporate leaders, including nine
from the oil and gas sector
o Real estate - 10 corporations and corporate leaders
o Health - five corporations and corporate leaders

Few of the provisions that restrict large contributions by wealthy
individuals and corporations to election campaigns apply to fundraising
for presidential inauguration ceremonies. Federal election law exempts
inaugural fundraising from all campaign finance regulations other than a
requirement to disclose contributions of $200 or more and a ban on
contributions by foreign nationals.

"The possibility for corruption exists any time a politician accepts
a large check from anyone," said Frank Clemente, director of Public
Citizen's Congress Watch. "Congress should end the double standard
for presidential inauguration fundraising. The celebration of an
election victory should be viewed as part and parcel of the process of
selecting our president. Funds that support inaugural ceremonies should
be subject to the same limits and disclosure requirements that apply to
federal campaigns, which means no corporate contributions and a maximum
individual contribution of $2,000."

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VOTETOIMPEACH.org HAS BLEACHERS ALONG ROUTE 14.Jan.2005 14:34

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George W. Bush and his administration have been doing everything in their power to "sanitize" Pennsylvania Avenue on January 20th by trying to banish thousands of people holding Impeach Bush signs and banners.

But they have not succeeded.

Not only will ImpeachBush members cover the parade route, but we will have the opportunity to sit in bleachers prominently arranged at 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW. We are joining with the antiwar movement, which has obtained a permit to build bleachers and hold a mass rally along the Inaugural route at 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW. This is the first time in Inaugural history that the antiwar movement has secured access to build bleachers along the parade route.

George W. Bush and the presidential motorcade will have to drive right in front of the bleachers and mass rally.

Military family members whose loved ones are in Iraq, members of the Arab-American and Muslim communities, and people from all walks of life will hold signs reading "Bush Lied: Thousands Died," "Impeach Bush," "Save the Bill of Rights," among other slogans.

We are pleased to announce that Ramsey Clark and others will be featured speakers in the rally that will take place at 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave.

Bush wants to cleanse the Parade route of dissenters so that he can falsely assert the legitimacy of his government. Nixon used the same tactic at his second inauguration. Let us not forget that Nixon chose to resign rather than be impeached just 20 months after his second inauguration.

The political effort to affirm our rights could not have happened without the support and commitment of so many people who believe strongly in the impeachment movement. The world media will be in Washington DC on January 20, and everyone should feel proud that our movement will be so visible. The people of the world must see that the people of the United States insist that Bush and other high officials be held accountable for their criminal acts.

Buses and car caravans are coming from more than fifty cities. People are flying from the West Coast to join us at 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. Volunteers are making signs, posters, handing out leaflets, answering phones and doing the one hundred and one other tasks to make this an effective mobilization.

If you are unable to come to Washington DC but want to help by making a much-needed contribution, we are in urgent needs of funds to cover the many costs. We have grown stronger only because of the continued generosity and commitment of ImpeachBush/VoteToImpeach.org members.

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Congratulations to everyone for their hard work and we hope to see you in Washington DC on January 20th. We'll be sure to send a report of the activities following January 20th for those of you that can't be there.

--All of us at ImpeachBush/VoteToImpeach.org

Bush afraid to be looked at in the eyes during installation! 14.Jan.2005 15:03

hee hee

A Coronation Of Vampires -
Don't Look At Bush!
Whatever You Do - Do NOT Look Into His Eyes!
From Indymedia.ie
Excerpted From The News-Herald (Ohio)
1-14-5


The nation's 55th presidential inauguration, the first to be held since 9/11, will take place this month under perhaps the heaviest security of any in U.S. history.

Dozens of federal and local law enforcement agencies and military commands are planning what they describe as the heaviest possible security. Virtually everyone who gets within eyesight of the president either during the Jan. 20 inauguration ceremony at the U.S. Capitol or the inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue later in the day will first go through a metal detector or receive a body pat-down.
.....

Other instructions given performers include a warning NOT TO LOOK DIRECTLY at Bush while passing the presidential reviewing stand, not to look to either side and not to make any sudden movements.

"They want you to just look straight ahead," said Danielle Adam, co-director of the Mid American Pompon All Star Team from Michigan, which also performed in the 2001 inaugural parade.


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