What Lurks Behind The Edwards For President Facade
- What Lurks Behind The Edwards For President Facade
We do not know but we are looking.
With your help perhaps we can find out before it is too late.We feel
Democrats will choose a candidate who fits the profile that has
with Presidential election victories in the past.
Democrats have won the White House with "white" Southern men,
ranging from Jimmy Carter of Georgia in 1976, to JFK's Vice
President, Lyndon Johnson of Texas, who became President after JFK
was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22nd, 1963, and who
was overwhelmingly elected President in 1964.
Another "white" Southern man, FDR's Vice President, Harry Truman of
Missouri, who became President after FDR's death in 1945, held onto
the Presidency in the election of 1948.
Yet another "white" Southern man, former Vice President Al Gore, in
2000, won more popular votes than Republican George W. Bush.
We look at some of the history and people we have come across in our
for What Lurks Behind The Edwards For President Facade as we seek to
everything we can about the person we think Democrats will choose to
run for President
in 2008: former 2004 Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards (or
is it Jon Edwards?).
"Friedrich (Frederik) Weyerhäuser (November 21, 1834 in Nieder-
Saulheim, Rheinhessen - April 4, 1914 in Pasadena, California) was a
German-American timber mogul and founder of the Weyerhaeuser
Company, which possesses large forested areas as well as saw mills,
paper factories and other business enterprises.
At the age of 18, Weyerhäuser emigrated from Germany to the United
States and began as a worker in a sawmill, which he later bought. He
also began to acquire interests, some of which were majority
interests, in many other timber companies. In 1872, he established
the Mississippi River Boom and Logging Co., an alliance that handled
all the logs that were processed on the Mississippi River. In 1900,
Weyerhäuser bought 900,000 acres (3,600 km²) of timberland in the
Pacific Northwest from James J. Hill and founded the Weyerhäuser
Timber Company. Weyerhäuser never changed the name of the company
which he controlled. One of the 30 factories in which he held an
interest was Potlatch, later Potlatch Corporation. He also owned
interests in the Boise Cascade Corporation. The Weyerhäuser Company
is still the world's largest seller of timber.
In thanks to his home community of Saulheim, he established the
music hall there in 1904."
source for item above :
"Weyerhaeuser is one of the largest pulp and paper companies in the
world; the world's largest private owner of softwood timberland; and
the second largest owner in the United States, behind International
Paper. Weyerhaeuser has approximately 41,000 employees in 18
countries, including United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand,
China, Mexico, Ireland, France, and Uruguay.
In January 1900, Friedrich Weyerhäuser founded the company as
Weyerhaeuser Timber Company with 15 partners and 900,000 acres
(3,600 km²) of Washington timberland. In 1929, the company built
what was then the world's largest sawmill in Longview, Washington.
Weyerhaeuser's pulp mill in Longview, which began production in
1931, sustained the company financially during the Great Depression.
In 1959, the company eliminated the word "Timber" from its name to
better reflect its operations. In 1965, Weyerhaeuser built its first
bleached kraft pulp mill in Canada. Weyerhaeuser implemented its
High Yield Forestry Plan in 1967 which drew upon 30 years of
forestry research and field experience. It called for the planting
of seedlings within one year of a harvest, soil fertilization,
thinning, rehabilitation of brushlands, and, eventually, genetic
improvement of trees.
Weyerhaeuser consolidated its core businesses in the late 1990s and
ended its services in mortgage banking, personal care products,
financial services, and information systems consulting. Weyerhaeuser
also expanded into South America, Australia, and Asia. In 1999,
Weyerhaeuser purchased MacMillan Bloedel Limited, a large Canadian
forestry company. Then in 2002 after a protracted hostile buyout,
the company acquired Willamette Industries, Inc. of Portland, Oregon.
 On August 23, 2006, Weyerhaeuser announced a merge with Domtar's
fine paper business in a $3.3 billion cash and stock deal.
Weyerhaeuser imports timber products from Malaysia, Chile, and
Brazil, and has timber operations or offices in 44 American states,
Canada, and 18 other countries. Weyerhaeuser is one of North
America's largest distributors of wood products; it owns more than
seven million acres (28,000 km²) of land in the U.S., and holds
logging rights to more than 35 million acres (142,000 km²) of land
in Canada. Weyerhaeuser has expanded beyond its roots in lumber and
wood products; it controls more than 100 subsidiaries in fields such
as construction, real estate sales, and development.
The company's operations are divided into five major business
Timberlands Growing and harvesting trees in renewable cycles.
Wood Products Manufacturing and distribution of building materials
for homes and other structures.
Pulp and Paper Produces a variety of papers and the pulp used to
produce papers, absorbent products, photographic film, and several
Containerboard Packaging and Recycling Produces paper, boxes, and
bags to move products from factories to the household. The segment
collects and recycles wastepaper, boxes, and newsprint to make new
Real Estate Builds homes and develops land. Weyerhaeuser has six
subsidiaries collectively called WRECO, the largest of which is
The company also operates an IT internship program to develop
professionals for employment in its IT department.
The Weyerhaeuser board of directors consists of: Richard Haskayne,
Robert Herbold, Martha Rivers Ingram, John W. Kieckhefer, Arnold
Langbo, Don Mazankowski, Nicole Piasecki, Steven Rogel, Richard
Sinkfield, D. Michael Steuert, James Sullivan, and Charles
Weyerhaeuser Company. Google Finance. Retrieved on 2006-12-1.
Weyerhaeuser in Brief (PDF). Weyerhaeuser. Retrieved on 2006-11-
Weyerhaeuser Welcomes Oregon Willamette Employees as Companies
Combine to grow Global Leader
Weyerhaeuser Company Web Site http://www.weyerhaeuser.com/
iLevel by Weyerhaeuser : Structural Frame Business Web Site
Dryden Pulp & Paper Workers suffer from brain damage
source for item excerpted from above:
as usual in such things we were curious about the Board of Directors
of this company
as we are curious about Boards of Directors of many companies
we clicked on the link in the wikipedia article for:
Richard (Dick) Francis Haskayne, O.C., A.O.E., B.Comm., LL.D.,
F.C.A., (born 1934) is a Canadian businessman and philanthropist.
Raised in Gleichen, Alberta, he received a Bachelor of Commerce
degree from the University of Alberta in 1956 and became a Chartered
Accountant in 1959.
He spent more than twenty years with Hudson's Bay Oil and Gas
becoming President in 1980. He was Chairman, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Interhome Energy Inc. From 1996 to 1998, he was
Chairman of TransAlta Corporation. From 1996 to 1999, he was
Chairman of the Board of MacMillan Bloedel Limited when it was
acquired by Weyerhaeuser. From 1992 to 1998, he was Chairman of NOVA
Corporation when the company merged with TransCanada PipeLines
Limited. He retired from TransCanada Pipelines in 2005." and came up
with the above which may be found at
we found the item immediately below at
Robert J. Herbold, Heritage Trustee Since 2003
Retired Chief Operating Officer Microsoft
Herbold, Microsoft's recently retired chief operating officer, runs
a consulting business and serves on the boards of Weyerhauser Corp.,
Agilent Technologies, Cintas Corp. and First Mutual Bank. Also,
President Bush recently appointed him to the President's Council of
Advisors on Science and Technology.
He also works part time for Microsoft as an executive vice
president, assisting in the government, industry and customer areas.
He is also president of The Herbold Foundation, which focuses
primarily on providing college scholarships to science, mathematics
and engineering students."
for the record we liked what we read at
The Heritage Foundation
214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington DC 20002-4999
ph 202.546.4400 | fax 202.546.8328
we hope that if enough people contact them they might prevail upon
good people like Robert J. Herbold, and others, to look more closely
at things like Weyerhauser's relationship to Fortress, and the
relationship of Fortress to John Edwards, or is it Jon Edwards?
we clicked on the link to Martha Rivers Ingram in the wikipedia
excerpted from above and came up with:Martha Rivers Ingram
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia at
Martha Robinson Rivers Ingram (born 20 August 1935) is the widow of
Erskine Bronson Ingram, who inherited his father's petroleum and
barge empire in 1963. Martha inherited the fortune after Bronson's
death, and took Ingram Micro public a year later. She owns Ingram
Industries, a business run by her three sons... She is listed in the
She is the mother of businessmen David Ingram, Orrin H. Ingram III,
and John Rivers Ingram
She is a member of the boards of Baxter International, Inc., First
American Corporation, and Weyerhaeuser Company. She is also chairman
of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust and a trustee of Ashley
Hall School and Vassar College."
now we are starting to notice something about some of these
Weyerhauser directors. Some of them at least, seem to have some ties
to the oil business. We wonder why that might be. Does anyone have
any ideas on that?
We Googled John Kieckhefer
and came up with the item below at:
John I Kieckhefer
Federal Way, Washington
INDUSTRIAL GOODS / LUMBER, WOOD PRODUCTION
Director since 1990 62 years old
John I. Kieckhefer, 62, a director of the Company since 1990, has
been president of Kieckhefer Associates, Inc. (investment and trust
management) since 1989, and was senior vice president prior to that
time. He has been engaged in commercial cattle operations since 1967
and is a trustee of J.W. Kieckhefer Foundation, an Arizona
We Googled Arnold Langbo and came up with the item below at:
"Arnold G Langbo Director at Johnson & Johnson
New Brunswick, New Jersey
HEALTHCARE / DRUG MANUFACTURERS - MAJOR
Director since 1991 69 years old
Mr. Langbo, 69, was elected to the Board of Directors in 1991 and is
a member of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee and
Chairman of the Compensation & Benefits Committee. Mr. Langbo
retired as Chairman of the Board of Kellogg Company (cereals and
convenience foods) in 2000. He had held that position since 1992
after having been President and Chief Operating Officer of Kellogg
since 1990. He also served as Chief Executive Officer from 1992
until 1999. Mr. Langbo joined Kellogg Canada Inc. in 1956 and served
in a number of management positions in Canada and the United States
before being named President of Kellogg International in 1986. Mr.
Langbo is a Director of Weyerhaeuser Company and Whirlpool
"GUTIERREZ "ONE OF THE MOST POTENT FORCES" BEHIND WH IMMIGRATION
PUSH: When Carlos Gutierrez became U.S. secretary of commerce in
2005, he had so little clout that the White House vetoed his choice
of his own senior adviser. Two years later, that perception is
changing. Gutierrez, 53, has emerged as one of the most potent
forces behind the Bush administration's most contentious domestic-
policy initiatives: an overhaul of immigration laws that splits the
president from his Republican base. Gutierrez... has spent about
three afternoons a week at the Capitol for the last two months,
negotiating the compromise legislation the Senate is considering
this week. The issue has a personal resonance for Gutierrez, a Cuban
refugee who worked his way up to become chief executive officer of
Kellogg Co Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who
helped forge the compromise, calls Gutierrez "sort of our moral
compass." Bloomberg: Gutierrez Becomes `Moral Compass' of Bush's
We clicked on the link for Don Mazankowski in the Wikipedia article
the Board of Directors of Weyerhaeuser and found
Donald Frank Mazankowski, PC, OC, AOE (born July 27, 1935, in
Viking, Alberta) was a Canadian politician who served as a cabinet
minister under Prime Ministers Joe Clark and Brian Mulroney. He is
currently a consultant with the law firm Gowlings Lafleur Henderson.
He also serves as a director or trustee for a number of companies,
including Weyerhaeuser Co., ATCO Ltd., Shaw Communications Inc., and
Power Corporation of Canada.
Mazankowski was born to parents of Polish descent. He went into
business and became the manager of an auto dealership. Long
interested in politics, Mazankowski became an important member of
the Albertan Progressive Conservative Party, and in the 1968 federal
election, he was elected to the Canadian House of Commons as the
Member of Parliament (MP) for Vegreville, Alberta.
During the short-lived Clark government, Mazankowski served as
Minister of Transport. When the Tories returned to power under
Mulroney in the 1984 election, Mazankowski again became Minister of
Transport. In 1986, he was promoted to Deputy Prime Minister and
Government House Leader. Mazankowski became one of the most widely-
known public faces of the Tory government. He played an especially
important role as an advocate for the Canada-U.S. Free Trade
Agreement and the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The Mulroney government became increasingly unpopular, however, but
Mazankowski was less severely affected than others. In 1991, he
became Finance Minister, replacing the extremely unpopular Michael
Mazankowski retired from politics on June 7, 1993. When Kim Campbell
succeeded Mulroney as PC leader and prime minister two weeks later,
Mazankowski was replaced as Finance Minister by Gilles Loiselle.
Mazankowski did not run in the 1993 election that saw his party
reduced to two seats in the House of Commons. Mazankowski returned
to the private sector, and served on the boards of several
organizations, including the University of Alberta. He declined an
offer of a Senate seat made by Brian Mulroney in his final days as
He has remained involved in politics. In 2002, he headed an
investigation in Alberta's health care system. He also played an
important role in the merger between the Progressive Conservative
Party and the Canadian Alliance party, and is a strong supporter of
the new Conservative Party of Canada.
He is one of the few Canadians to be given the title of "The Right
Honourable" without having held an office that would entitle him to
In 2000, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2003, he
was awarded the Alberta Order of Excellence.
Which really does not shock us at all. If you are a big North
Timber Company, or however it might be described these days
or, for that matter a big North American Company in just about any
business, you are sure to try to find some North American politicans
to sit on your board.
We wonder how some of those big companies, be they in North America,
or Germany, or wherever will cozy up to President Edwards and which
already have or may be about to.
Now here is another interesting pattern. John Edwards, (or is it Jon
likes to talk about something he describes as "Two Americas". It
seems, however, that Edwards association with Fortress, and the
association of Fortress with other big companies like Weyerhaeuser
Company speak more to
an America that really is very well entrenched indeed on the
corporate landscape of our little planet.
Which America does John Edwards (or is it Jon Edwards?) really
We Googled another Weyerhaeuser Company director Nicole Piasecki,
and came up with:
Boeing Appoints Nicole Piasecki as President of Boeing Japan
CHICAGO, Nov. 13, 2006 -- The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) today named
Nicole Piasecki vice president of Boeing International and president
of Boeing Japan. Based in Tokyo, Piasecki will be responsible for
developing and strengthening Boeing's presence and partnerships in
Japan. She will report to Laurette Koellner, president, Boeing
Her previous career experience includes working for Piasecki
Aircraft Corporation; Cresap, a Towers Perrin Company; Weyerhaeuser
Japan, Ltd.; and United Technologies, Sikorsky Aircraft Division.
Piasecki is a member of the board of directors of the Weyerhinaeuser
Company and serves on the (U.S.) Federal Aviation Administration's
Management Advisory Council." at
We were able to find the $500 contribution below to one Maria
http://cantwell.senate.gov/ Official Web Site of Maria Cantwell -
(Democrat) US Senator from Washington State.
from Nicole Piasecki of Boeing in 2003 at http://www.opensecrets.org
March 22, 2001
We looked at an article from
THE NEW YORK TIMES
By PHILIP SHENON
Published: March 22, 2001
which is excerpted from below:
Money for Campaigns Debated, Then Raised
By PHILIP SHENON
By day, the Senate approved a campaign finance overhaul proposal
that would assist Congressional candidates who face challenges from
By night, Senate Democrats repaired to the palatial Embassy Row home
of a millionaire senator, John Edwards of North Carolina, to raise
money for Maria Cantwell, who used $10.3 million of her Internet
fortune to win her Senate seat from Washington State in November.
The long, black sedans snaked up and down 30th Street on Tuesday
night to drop off guests willing to help Senator Cantwell pay off a
$4.2 million campaign debt that became even more worrisome after the
collapse of her high-tech stock portfolio. ''Please make checks
payable to Cantwell 2000 Debt,'' the invitation said. ''$1,000
The timing was hard to ignore. In a week in which the Senate had
begun its debate on overhauling the campaign finance system -- a
system, lawmakers complain, that forces them into a never-ending
hunt for cash -- a group of senators had left Capitol Hill and gone
straight to a big-money fund-
and the $500 contribution below to one Norm Dicks at
http://www.opensecrets.orgPIASECKI, NICOLE W
http://www.house.gov/dicks/ is the Official web site for
Representative Norman D. Dicks (D - WA)
Like so many Distinguished Gentlemen and Ladies Congress person
to travel, we excerpted the material below from some data regarding
that which we found at:
DICKS, NORM D, Democratic Party
Total number of trips - 18
Total cost of trips - $71,020.73
Average cost per trip - $3,945.60
Total number of days spent traveling - 81 days
Rank of representative - 72 (Out of 638)
Sponsor(s) - Council on Foreign Relations
Dates - May 13, 2002 - May 13, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY
Purpose - to speak at CFR panel event on "Bush's defense policy
Notes - Transportation breakdown is $256 for shuttle, $78 for car
Travel Cost - $335.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $335.00
Sponsor(s) - Boeing Inc.
Dates - April 7, 2004 - April 8, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Briefing and tour of C-17 aircraft and aircraft protection
system. Tour of AF satellite production facilities
Notes - 04/09/2004 to 04/18/2004 was at his personal expense
Travel Cost - $210.20
Lodging Cost - $741.00
Meal Cost - $166.13
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,117.33
We clicked on Steven Rogel in the Wikipedia piece on Weyerhauser
directors and found :
"Steven R. Rogel has been Chairman, President and Chief Executive
Officer of The Weyerhaeuser Company since April 20, 1999. Rogel has
been a member of the company's board of directors since December 1,
A University of Washington graduate, he received his Bachelor of
Science degree in chemical engineering in 1965. He has also
completed executive education programs at Dartmouth College and the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He was president and chief executive officer of Willamette
Industries until 1996. He later made sure the company was bought out
by Weyerhaeuser after becoming their CEO." at
we looked at some campaign contributions from Weyerhauser's Steven
where we found :ROGEL, STEVEN R
TACOMA, WA 98499
WEYERHAEUSER/PRESIDENT AND CEO
contributed a number of politicians including:
LOTT, TRENT (R)
Senate - MS
TRENT LOTT FOR MISSISSIPPI $1,000
in the general election 10/19/2006
BAIRD, BRIAN N (D)
House (WA 03)
BRIAN BAIRD FOR CONGRESS $500
in the general election on October 16th, 2006
http://www.house.gov/baird/ is the Official web site for
Representative Brian Baird (D - WA).
BRIAN BAIRD (D-WA)
Top Contributors at
included Weyerhaeuser Co as number 8 and Microsoft Corp as Baird's
number 1 contributor. If you can recall Weyerhaeuser board of
Robert J. Herbold is listed as the Retired Chief Operating Officer
We Googled Weyerhaeuser board of directors member Richard Sinkfield
and came up with
Richard Sinkfield Director at
Federal Way, Washington
INDUSTRIAL GOODS / LUMBER, WOOD PRODUCTION
Director since 1993 64 years old
Richard H. Sinkfield, 64, a director of the Company since 1993, is a
senior partner in the law firm of Rogers & Hardin in Atlanta,
Georgia, and has been a partner in the firm since 1976. He was a
director of United Auto Group, Inc. (automobile retailer) from 1993
to 1999 and its executive vice president and chief administrative
officer from 1997 to 1999. He was a director of Central Parking
Corporation from 2000 to February 2005"
We also found a
Richard Sinkfield Contribution List in 2004 at
which included the following:
Sinkfield, Richard H III
20002 Rogers & Harden/Attorney $250 07/12/2004 JOHN KERRY FOR
PRESIDENT INC - Democrat
Sinkfield, Richard III
20002 Rogers & Harden/Attorney $250 12/02/2003 DEAN FOR AMERICA -
30315 Rogers & Hardin LLP Atlanta GA/Atto $250 09/25/2003 EDWARDS
FOR PRESIDENT - Democrat
30315 Rogers & Hardin LLP Atlanta GA/Atto $250 09/25/2003 EDWARDS
FOR PRESIDENT - Democrat
we wonder if it is the same person described at
in some material on Representative Georganna Sinkfield
HD 60 (D-Atlanta)
which states that "Representative Georganna T. Sinkfield...
her husband, Richard Sinkfield..." but we do not know if it is the
same person or not.
We Googled Weyerhaeuser board of directors member D. Michael
Steuert and found
D. Michael Steuert is senior vice president and chief financial
officer of Fluor Corporation, where he is responsible for
implementing successful global financial processes.
Prior to joining Fluor in 2001, Steuert served as senior vice
president and chief financial officer of Litton Industries Inc.,
where he created and managed a variety of corporate initiatives
leading to a significant improvement in shareholder value. Prior to
joining Litton, Steuert served as senior vice president of GenCorp
Inc., a diversified automotive, specialty chemicals and aerospace
Steuert earned both bachelor's and master's degrees from Carnegie
Mellon University and has completed post graduate training at
Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton
School of Business.
Active in a variety of professional and civic organizations, Steuert
serves as a trustee for ProLogis, a leading provider of distribution
facilities and services. He has served as president of the Board of
Trustees of the Mental Health Association of Summit County in Ohio,
regional director of the Financial Executives Institute, and as a
member of the Leadership Akron Alumni. He is a director of
Weyerhaeuser Company." at
The description of Fluor below is from
"Fluor began as Fluor Construction Company in 1912 and quickly built
its reputation for applying innovative methods and performing
precise engineering and construction work within the emerging
petroleum industry. During the 1920s, Fluor developed expertise in
the oil and gas field in process construction. Incorporated in 1924,
the company began executing more complex engineering and
construction projects, which continue today to be a cornerstone of
During the 1930s, the company won contracts in Texas, Indiana,
Missouri, and Illinois that helped to establish Fluor as a major
competitor in the refinery construction field. The 1940's war effort
brought the company many opportunities for expansion. Even as its
domestic workload grew, the company secured contracts for refineries
and natural gas plants in Canada and Venezuela. Fluor's solid
reputation as a refinery engineering firm led to the company's first
Middle East assignment, in Saudi Arabia.
In the early 1950s, Fluor began working with the U.S. Government
executing contracts in the nuclear field. The company also
contracted for U.S. Air Force work at Dhahran Air Base, Saudi
Arabia, and for refineries in Puerto Rico. More projects followed,
and Fluor designed and built plants for the petrochemical industry
in Australia, Canada, Scotland, and South Africa. By the end of the
decade, Fluor had established offices worldwide, and was a publicly
traded company on the New York Stock Exchange. The company's
reputation helped to win many energy-producing projects.
In the 1960s, Fluor continued its international expansion with the
construction of the first refinery in South Korea. The company also
diversified into offshore drilling and mining.
By the 1970s, the company's activities focused heavily on the
international natural resource industries. Fluor set up subsidiaries
and management organizations in Alaska, Europe, Indonesia, Saudi
Arabia, and South Africa. It was during the 1970s, that Fluor
completed work on the Alaskan pipeline and constructed the world's
largest offshore facility. In 1977, the company acquired Daniel
International Corporation, a leader in establishing the design-
build, single-responsibility concept that allowed the company to
deliver projects months ahead of schedule.
In the 1980s, Fluor Engineers, Inc., and Daniel International became
a single worldwide operating unit, Fluor Daniel. Although facing a
cyclical downturn during the 80s, Fluor restructured the company to
meet the challenges of a dramatically changed business environment,
preparing the company for growth worldwide.
Fluor expanded its international operations in the 1990s,
successfully completing many petrochemical, infrastructure, and
environmental projects in Indonesia, Venezuela, Mexico, Thailand,
Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Poland, and Argentina. Fluor acquired ADP
Marshall and expanded its services to the electrical,
pharmaceutical, commercial and manufacturing industries.
In the new millennium, Fluor successfully completed the spin-off of
its coal business and several acquisitions to expand its services
with the U.S. government and strengthen its operations and
We Googled Weyerhauser board of Directors member James Sullivan and
James Sullivan Director at
Federal Way, Washington
INDUSTRIAL GOODS / LUMBER, WOOD PRODUCTION
Director since 1998
69 years old
James N. Sullivan, 69, a director of the Company since 1998, is the
retired vice chairman of the board of Chevron Corporation
(international oil company) where he was a director from 1988 to
2000. He joined Chevron in 1961, was elected a vice president in
1983 and served as its vice chairman from 1989 to 2000."
There's yet another oil industry connected person listed....Wonder
what THAT means?
SAN FRANCISCO, May 31 -- Chevron Corp. today announced that Vice
Chairman James N. Sullivan has decided to retire Aug. 31 after a
highly distinguished 39-year career.
"Jim Sullivan personifies the values of integrity, partnership and
achievement that we treasure at Chevron," said Chairman and CEO Dave
O' Reilly. "He played a major role in shaping today's Chevron.
During the merger with Gulf in 1984 -- then the world's largest and
most complex business deal -- Jim helped assemble the best business
assets of both companies and bond them together at a human level
into something much greater than the sum of the parts.....Sullivan
is active in numerous organizations outside of Chevron. He is a
director of Weyerhaeuser Co., the American Petroleum
Institute ....He is a member of the National Petroleum Refiners
Association, the World Trade Club, http://www.worldtradeclub.net/
the Commonwealth Club and the World Affairs Council...."
"The World Trade Club is managed by an Executive Committee elected
by the Board of Directors. They are assisted by a Board of Directors
drawn from the membership of the Club. We welcome your inquiries
about membership and activities of the Club. Please contact the
World Trade Club office, members of the Executive Board and other
WTC Committees, or Board of Directors.
Mike Trail Hitachi Consulting
Tina Farmer Microsoft Corporation" above was excerpted from
some material found at:
oh gosh, Microsoft AGAIN ! small world isn't it?
we looked at
where we found
Bob Saldich is the current Chair of the Board of Governors.
President and CEO (Retired), Raychem Corporation
now that seems interesting too
we looked at http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/product-compint-
where we found: Raychem Saudi Arabia Ltd
Manufacturing: Manufacture and marketing of power and
telecommunication cable accessories and pipe protection products
we looked a bit further and found the material below at
one of the most inspiring examples of genuine diversified interests
and the way that Saudi companies can efficiently and successfully
enter into partnerships with foreign firms is E.A. Juffali &
Brothers. Established in 1946, the corporation began its business
activities in the electricity, communications and cement industries.
Soon after, Juffali moved into the field of commerce, becoming the
sole agency within the kingdom for some of the world's largest firms
in various sectors. From agent, Juffali later turned to
manufacturing, producing these firms' trademark items within the
country. Juffali purchased licenses from the original companies,
embarking on the production and assembly of trucks, tractors, air
conditioners, refrigerators, steel buildings, heat insulating
materials, industrial adhesives, sinks and hard surfaces, and cable-
"We created the manufacturing plants for these companies wherever it
made sense. As well as cementing the relationship, this has served
the purpose of transferring the technology into Saudi Arabia," says
Sheikh Khaled Al-Juffali, the corporation's vice chairman and
The company has become involved in various collaborations, such as
printing with Heidelberg, computers with IBM, cars and trucks with
Mercedes-Benz, auto parts and accessories with Bosch, tires with
Michelin, and tractors and agricultural equipment with Massey
Ferguson. Likewise, they are working on petroleum well drilling with
Pool, prefabricated steel building with Butler, insurance with
Munich Reinsurance, cable welding with Raychem, medical equipment
with Siemens, and technical equipment used in workshops with Bosch,
among many others.
"Progress through diversity" has been the group's motto, gaining
strength and credit through associations with big name companies
such as Kühne & Nagel, Ericsson, Carrier, Kelvinator, Electrolux and
Dow Chemical among others, and pursing projects in transportation,
telephones, air-conditioning, and chemicals. But profit is not the
firm's sole motivator.
"We try to do something important by creating work rather than just
selling," says Sheikh Al-Juffali. The corporation has established a
training center in association with several other companies,
providing technical training for young Saudis.
"For many years we have been advocating that the Saudi work force
needs to be working. It has paid off, for us as well," is the vice
chairman's view. "You have to train them. Sometimes you have to
retrain them. But the government today has supported Saudization
like never before by creating several avenues through which it
subsidizes salaries, encouraging companies like ours to increase the
percentage of Saudi staff as much as possible," he adds.
the material above was found at material below at
"NEW SAUDI-GERMAN GROUP FORMED
"A new Saudi-German Business Group has been formed with Khaled
Juffali as chairman. The non-profit association, which has 12
members to begin with - six each from the Kingdom and Germany 'The
group will serve the purpose of promoting bilateral business,
cultural and social ties and also improve the image of the Kingdom
in Germany' "
We also came across a rather interesting piece entitled: ISLAM AND
IDENTITY IN GERMANY which mentioned, among others: Sheikh Khaled
Juffali, as well as
Thomas Pickering Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Russia, India,
Israel, Jordan, El Salvador and Nigeria,George Soros Chairman,Open
Zbigniew Brzezinski Former U.S. National Security Advisor to the
Kimsey,Founder and Chairman Emeritus of America Online, Inc. (AOL)"
We Googled Weyerhauser Board of Directors Member
Charles Williamson who was listed as such at
and came up with :
Charles R. Williamson Named to PACCAR Board
Business Wire, June 16, 2006
BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Mr. Charles R. Williamson has been named to
PACCAR Inc's (Nasdaq:PCAR) Board of Directors, effective July 1,
2006, according to Mark C. Pigott, PACCAR chairman and chief
Charles R. Williamson was chairman and chief executive officer of
Unocal, the California-based energy company, from 2001 until Unocal
merged with Chevron in August 2005. He served as a director of
Unocal from 2000 to 2005. During his excellent 28-year career with
Unocal, he served in a variety of technical and management positions
around the world including positions in the United Kingdom, Thailand
and the Netherlands. Mr. Williamson was the chairman of the US-ASEAN
Business Council from 2002-2005. He earned a Ph.D. in geology from
the University of Texas. He is a director of the Weyerhaeuser
Company (NYSE:WY) and Talisman Energy Inc. (NYSE:TLM).
"PACCAR is very pleased that Mr. Williamson will be joining the
Board. His thorough understanding of the Asian marketplace and his
background in operations provide a strong perspective that will
benefit PACCAR in its global growth," said Mark Pigott.
PACCAR is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and
customer support of high-quality light-, medium- and heavy-duty
trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. It also
provides financial services and information technology and
distributes truck parts related to its principal business.
PACCAR shares are traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market, symbol PCAR,
and its homepage can be found at www.paccar.com.
so once again, there's that oil industry connection....hmmmmm
Thomas R. Pickering
listed above is also listed at
as a member of the board of directors of the Council on Foreign
Relations and as
Vice Chairman, Hills & Company
an item at http://www.cfr.org/bios/299/thomas_r_pickering.html
also mentions Pickering Presiding over an event March 2, 2006 where
the speaker was none other than:
Speaker: Jimmy Carter, Chairman, the Carter Center; former
President of the United States
Presider: Thomas R. Pickering, Senior Vice President, international
relations, the Boeing Company
Boeing again? Interesting eh?
Richard N. Haass is listed as President of the Council on Foreign
Relations, (CFR), at
David Rockefeller is listed as Honorary Chairman.
Some other Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Board of Directors
listed at http://www.cfr.org/about/people/board_of_directors.html
include: Madeleine K. Albright and
Colin L. Powell and Christine Todd Whitman
and Fareed Zakaria and
Peter G. Peterson
Chairman; Senior Chairman and Co-Founder, The Blackstone Group
you do recall The Blackstone Group don't you?
Laura D'Andrea Tyson
Professor, Haas School of Business at the University of California,
The article below is excerpted from material found at:
"Laura Tyson, economic advisor to President Clinton, now speaking
for the Kerry-Edwards campaign. LAURA TYSON, Kerry-Edwards Economic
Advisor: The focus is on Two Americas. ...." source:
"How to sell anti-semites: The Legitimization of Dubai
By Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Bill isn't alone in legitimizing Dubai. Other Clinton pals -
including disgraced former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger,
ex-Secretary of State Madeline Albright and Al and Tipper Gore -
have attended highly publicized events there. So have some
Republicans - including former Bush Sr. Chief of Staff John
Sununu.....Republican ex-Sen. Bob Dole and Democratic ex-Rep. Tom
Downey lobby for Dubai; so does The Glover Park Group, home of
Hillary Clinton spokesman
All of this helps legitimize Dubai. And no one mentions the problem
Bill Clinton even created a Dubai Scholars Program at the American
University in Dubai under the sponsorship of the William Jefferson
Clinton Foundation. Laura Tyson, Clinton's chairman of the Council
of Economic Advisers, created a similar Dubai study program at the
University of London.
But not everyone is blind.
Last month the University of Connecticut correctly abandoned plans
to open up a campus in Dubai after serious complaints about Dubai's
state-imposed discrimination of people based on their national
origin and religion and its documented violations of human rights.
(For example, Human Rights Watch has said Dubai abuses tens of
thousands of migrant workers from India and Pakistan.)
The Clinton Foundation certainly wouldn't sponsor a program in
America that banned Israeli students. It shouldn't sponsor one in
It's time to stop legitimizing an anti-Semitic state.
Morris, a former political adviser to Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and
President Bill Clinton, is the author of Condi vs. Hillary: The Next
Great Presidential Race. To get all of Dick Morris's and Eileen
McGann's columns for free by email, go to http://www.dickmorris.com
The item excerpted from below was found at:
"In 1974 as well as 1992, candidate Clinton has actually embraced
powerful corporate interests and much of their agenda despite his
rhetoric against them. When Clinton ran for Congress in 1974, the
largest employer in the Third District of Arkansas was Tyson Foods,
based in Springdale, which was well on its way to becoming the
nation's largest poultry producer. In 1995, Tyson Foods
ranked "110th on the Fortune 500 list, and sold 6,000 products in 57
countries, from fresh chickens to taco fillings," according to an
August 1994 company profile in The New York Times.
The chairman, Don Tyson, is a colorful figure who in the late 1970s
designed his corporate office as a replica of the Oval Office in the
White House, with doorknobs shaped like chicken eggs. Tyson was
estimated to be worth $800 million. He supported Clinton in the 1974
race, and according to author David Maraniss, the Tyson family
donated a campaign telephone bank which was operated from an
apartment near the University of Arkansas, although it should be
noted that no such "in-kind" contribution was reported by the
campaign to the Federal Election Commission. Clinton never talked
much about the company itself publicly, but instead spoke
empathetically about the plight of chicken farmers.
The Tyson-Clinton relationship continued in Washington, of course,
and it grew out of a special culture. Probably no one has better
captured the real essence of the political-financial nexus in
Arkansas than journalist Michael Kelly, who wrote that Arkansas "has
been ruled for almost all of its existence, and is largely ruled
still, by a thin upper crust of Democratic party officials and
Democratic legislative leaders and important landholders and
"This elite, bound together not by party or even ideology but by
mutually advantageous relationships, holds sway over a small and
politically disorganized middle class and a large but well-beaten
population of the poor....
To the masses, Clinton was portraying himself as an outsider to the
seat of power and government. By contrast, in a study about the
presidential candidates and their campaign advisers issued a week
after the 1992 New Hampshire primary, the Center for Public
Integrity discovered that more than half of Clinton's unpaid
campaign advisers were from "inside the Beltway" of Washington. No
fewer than six advisers came from the DLC or PPI. During their "day
jobs," several of Clinton's unpaid policy advisers got handsome fees
from foreign corporations and governments, tobacco companies, the
insurance industry, oil and gas firms, investment banks and other
Judging from the people around him it was plain to see that
candidate Clinton was continuing the bipartisan Washington practice
of putting lobbyists first. According to the Center for Responsive
Politics, lawyers and lobbyists were Clinton's biggest campaign
contributors in 1992, donating $3.1 million.
Banking and financial interests were not bashful about supporting
the Arkansas governor. In 1992, candidate Clinton received at least
$853,295 in campaign contributions from the financial sector,
according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
The Clinton Administration has pursued and serviced the American
business community more aggressively and more systematically than
any previous administration. Clinton assiduously courted corporate
support for his economic program after he arrived at 1600
Honest John Edwards Or Is It Jon Edwards A Member of The Terrible
While Edwards is the main topic of this piece we also discuss the
other two members of the Terrible Trio, Hillary Rodham Clinton and
Barack Hussein Obama.
How Honest IS Honest John Edwards?
Or is it Jon Edwards?
We are never quite sure of anything with Edwards. So, our first
question is: Is it Jon Edwards or John Edwards? If anyone knows the
answer to that one please post it.
We start off with a little blurb on Edwards below:
"May 18, 2007, c.e. Edwards's Hedge-Fund Tie Hurts Populist Campaign
John Harwood reports from the Wall Street Journal's Capital Bureau.
HEDGE-FUND MONEY fattens Edwards's wallet but hurts populist message.
The Democratic presidential candidate's $1.7 million in pay and
investment income from Fortress Investment Group gives target for
rivals after his campaign emphasis on poverty. Edwards has explained
Fortress affiliation as part of effort to learn about financial
"What will get him in trouble is not the amount but rationales that
seem false and weaselly to the voters," says Democratic pollster
Geoff Garin. Edwards's campaign says he paid regular personal-income-
tax rates on his $479,512 salary, not preferential "carried
interest" rates some hedge-fund principals use.
Of $29.5 million in assets Edwards reported to FEC, aides say
investments in Fortress represent $16.1 million.
John Edwards for President "
OK, so who is Fortress Investment Group ? http://www.fortressinv.com/
"Fortress Investment Group is a leading global alternative asset
manager with approximately $36 billion in assets under management as
of March 31, 2007. Fortress is headquartered in New York and has
affiliates with offices in Dallas, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong,
London, Los Angeles, Rome, San Diego, Sydney and Toronto.
Fortress was founded in 1998 as an asset-based investment management
firm with a fundamental philosophy premised on its alignment of
interests with the investors in its funds. Fortress raises, invests
and manages private equity funds, hedge funds and publicly traded
alternative investment vehicles. Fortress intends to grow its
existing businesses, while continuing to create innovative products
to meet the increasing demand by sophisticated investors for
superior risk-adjusted investment returns.....
Wesley R. Edens
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Edens is the Chairman of the board of directors and the Chief
Executive Officer of Fortress Investment Group LLC. Mr. Edens has
been a principal and the Chairman of the Management Committee of
Fortress since co-founding the Company in May 1998. Mr. Edens is
responsible for the Fortress private equity and publicly traded
alternative investment businesses. He is also the Chairman of the
board of directors of each of Aircastle Limited, Brookdale Senior
Living Inc., Eurocastle Investment Limited, GateHouse Media, Inc.,
Mapeley Limited and Newcastle Investment Corp. and a director of
Crown Castle International Corp. and GAGFAH S.A. Mr. Edens served as
the Chief Executive Officer of Newcastle Investment Corp. since
inception until February 2007. Mr. Edens was the Chief Executive
Officer of Global Signal Inc. from February 2004 to April 2006 and
the Chairman of the board of directors from October 2002 to January
2007. Mr. Edens serves in various capacities in the following five
registered investment companies: Chairman, Chief Executive Officer
and Trustee of Fortress Registered Investment Trust and Fortress
Investment Trust II; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of
Fortress Brookdale Investment Fund LLC and Fortress Pinnacle
Investment Fund LLC and Chief Executive Officer of RIC Coinvestment
Fund GP LLC. Prior to forming Fortress, Mr. Edens was a partner and
a managing director of BlackRock Financial Management Inc., where he
headed BlackRock Asset Investors, a private equity fund. In
addition, Mr. Edens was formerly a partner and a managing director
of Lehman Brothers. Mr. Edens received a B.S. in Finance from Oregon
We were curious about those firms so we did a little research on
them and came up with:
"Prison Realty Announces Restructuring Led By Fortress And
$350 Million Preferred Issue to Complement New $1.2 Billion Credit
Facility; Company to Terminate REIT Status, Convert to Taxable
Subchapter C Structure; New Management to Be Installed
and New Board to Be Created NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec.
27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of Prison Realty Trust,
Inc. (NYSE: PZN), today announced a comprehensive strategic
restructuring program designed to reposition the company by
strengthening its financial position, simplifying its corporate
structure and creating a new management team and board of
As part of the program, which requires shareholder
approval, the company said an Investor Group led by an affiliate of
Fortress Investment Group LLC and affiliates of The Blackstone
Group, together with an affiliate of Bank of America, would
purchase $315 million in securities at closing and commit to
purchase an additional $35 million in securities (for a total of up
to $350 million) in a newly configured company that would be
created through the merger of Prison Realty and the companies
collectively operating under the name Corrections Corporation of
Existing Prison Realty shareholders would be offered
the opportunity, through a rights offering, to "co-invest" up to
$75 million with the Investor Group and to receive preferred stock
and warrants with terms identical to the securities being purchased
by the Investor Group (with the exception of certain types of
The Investor Group has agreed to acquire those
securities and warrants not subscribed for by current shareholders
to ensure the $350 million total. The combined company, which
would operate under the Corrections Corporation of America name, is
expected to be a taxable subchapter C corporation, as Prison Realty
would terminate its status as a REIT, in connection with the
restructuring. As part of the combination with CCA, outside, or
non-management, shareholders of CCA will receive cash equal to
their original investment. Management and other employees of CCA
will receive shares of the new public company in exchange for their
interest. The per share value to be received by them is
approximately 40% of the per share value received by the outside
shareholders, and their shares will be subject to certain vesting
and lock up provisions.
The transaction, upon completion, will
have the effect of eliminating liquidity concerns of CCA, Prison
Realty's primary tenant.
"This is a highly focused, decisive action on behalf of this
company," said Joseph V. Russell, Chairman
of the Special Committee of the Board of Directors, which was
created in August 1999 to identify a strategic investor to invest
in Prison Realty and to review the company's financial alternatives
and organizational structure.
"We are returning this company to the
corporate structure under which it achieved its greatest growth and
success and through which it became the leading company in the
private prison industry."
"Importantly, we also believe the new
credit facility and the investment by Fortress and Blackstone, will
ensure that the company has the financial resources to prosper.
Finally, as part of the restructuring, our new investors and we
have concluded that meaningful changes are necessary in the
composition of our management team and in the creation of a new
Board of Directors. These actions directly address the Company's
desire to re- establish credibility with shareholders and with the
Additionally, the company announced that,
pending shareholder approval of the transaction, no further
dividends of any kind would be paid on its common stock.
Management Changes As part of the restructuring, the Special
Committee announced that Doctor R. Crants, Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer of Prison Realty, would resign as CEO upon
closing of the transaction. In addition, he is stepping down as
Chairman, effective immediately.
Following his resignation, Mr.
Crants will be named to the non-executive position of Vice Chairman
of the company and will serve as an advisor to the Board.
Thomas W. Beasley, the former Chairman of the Board and one of
three founders, along with Mr. Crants, of the original company in
1983, will assume the position of Interim Chairman immediately and
interim Chief Executive Officer following the closing of the
transaction. J. Michael Quinlan will remain as President and Chief
Operating Officer of CCA and will also serve as Interim President
of Prison Realty, replacing D. Robert Crants, III, who also has
resigned effective immediately.
In addition, Mr. Beasley, along
with Fortress and Blackstone, will oversee a nationwide search for
a new Chief Executive Officer and a new Chief Financial Officer for
the combined company.
Financing Arranged upon completion
of the restructuring, the combined company will have a $1.2 billion
new term loan and revolving credit facility from a group led by
Credit Suisse First Boston and Lehman Brothers. The facility would
replace Prison Realty's existing $1 billion credit facility.
In addition, up to $350 million will be generated from the sale of a
new issue of 12% cumulative convertible preferred stock and
warrants, primarily to the Investor Group.
The new issue would be
convertible into the combined company's common stock at a price of
$6.50 per share and the warrants would be exercisable at $7.50 per
share. Depending on the degree to which existing shareholders
participate in the rights offering, the Investor Group would own
approximately 20% to 25% of the combined company and warrants to
purchase between 11% and 14% of the combined company's common
stock, on a fully diluted basis. Proceeds from the debt and
equity financings will be used to refinance the company's existing
bank debt and to provide capital to fund the company's continued
growth. "We are extremely pleased with this important
restructuring," stated Mr. Beasley.
"The new credit facility is
not only larger than the one it replaces, it also has more
favorable terms, reflecting the lending community's renewed
confidence in CCA. "In addition to providing a sizable infusion
of new equity capital, our Board of Directors -- and the daily
operation of our company -- will be enhanced by the active
involvement of two of the nation's most successful investment
We view these as positive steps and we are looking forward
to working closely with our new partners." "This transaction is
intended to position CCA once again as a growth company with
tremendous prospects and re-establish transparency to shareholders
regarding the fundamental strength of CCA's business. Our belief
is that a greatly simplified and more efficient capital structure
will allow the company to fund future growth internally and will
assist the company in maximizing shareholder value," said Wesley R.
Edens, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fortress. Added
Thomas J. Saylak, Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone
Group, "CCA is the market leader in a growing industry. We believe
this capital infusion and CCA's new corporate structure will allow
the company to realize enhanced financial flexibility to maximize
Over time, we believe this new direction will
be recognized and rewarded by investors." Board of
Directors As part of the restructuring, the new CCA would have
a 10-person Board of Directors. Four persons would represent the
Investor Group, and four persons, including Mr. Beasley, Mr.
Russell, and Jean-Pierre Cuny, would be drawn from the existing
Prison Realty Board. Two new independent directors, subject to the
approval of the Investor Group and the current board, also would be
In addition to being subject to
the approval of Prison Realty's shareholders, the transaction is
subject to certain financial and non- financial conditions, which
the company expects to be satisfied prior to the closing. The
transaction will also require customary regulatory review. It is
expected that the shareholder vote would take place in March or
April 2000, and that the transaction would close in the second
quarter of 2000.
About the Companies Prison Realty's
business is the ownership of correctional and detention
facilities. The company provides financing, design, construction
and renovation of new and existing jails and prisons that it leases
to both private and governmental managers. At September 30, 1999,
the company owned, or was in the process of developing, 51
correctional and detention facilities, of which 40 facilities were
operating, eight were under construction or expansion and three
were in the planning stages.
At September 30, 1999, CCA leased 32
facilities from the company, government agencies leased five
facilities, and private operators leased three facilities.
Fortress Investment Group LLC is a real estate investment and asset
management company with headquarters in New York City. Fortress was
founded in April 1998 by a group of senior professionals led by
Wesley R. Edens. Fortress manages approximately $760 million of
private equity, and invests primarily in undervalued real estate-
related assets and companies on a domestic and international
The Blackstone Group is a private investment bank in New
York City. It was founded in 1985 by its Chairman, Peter G.
Peterson, and its President and CEO, Stephen A. Schwarzman.
Blackstone is engaged in six business areas including Corporate
Principal Investing, Private Equity Real Estate Investing, Mergers
and Acquisition Advisory, Restructuring and Reorganization
Advisory, Private Mezzanine Investing, and Liquid Alternative Asset
Investing. Merrill Lynch & Co. acted as advisor to the Board of
Directors and Special Committee of Prison Realty, as well as the
Board of Directors of CCA.
Disclaimer on Forward Looking
Statements This news release contains statements that are
forward looking, including statements relating to the amount and
timing of the proposed offering transactions. These statements are
not projections or assured results. Actual results may differ
materially from the results anticipated in the forward looking
statements due to a variety of factors, including but not limited
to, changing market conditions.
Additional factors will be
described in the company's filings with the SEC. The company does
not undertake an obligation to update its forward-looking
statements to reflect future events or circumstances. Accordingly,
individuals should not place undue reliance on such
statements. Note: The company will schedule a conference call
with analysts and the media the week of January 3 to further
discuss the transaction.
SOURCE Prison Realty Trust, Inc."
So let us get this straight, If we follow the money of Honest John?
or is it Jon? Edwards?
"Of $29.5 million in assets Edwards reported to FEC, aides say
investments in Fortress represent $16.1 million." Seems like a
pretty big chunk to us.
And Fortress is involved with Prison Realty per the material above.
And Edwards, let's forget about whatever his first name actually
turns out to be, Edwards wants to be President of the United States.
In that job Edwards could really influence a lot of things,
including, for instance things affecting prisons. Hmmmm? Did anyone
say "conflict of interest"?
Now let's take a little look at a few other things:
Wesley R. Edens
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors and
the Chief Executive Officer of Fortress Investment Group LLC is also
the Chairman of the board of directors of each of Aircastle Limited,
Capital Aviation Services
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Turk Hava Yollari
As President of the United States Edwards could affect a lot of
things, including American
relations with the nations that run some of those airlines. There's
that "conflict of interest"
Fortress Investment Group LLC's Mr. Edens is also the Chairman of
the board of directors of
Brookdale Senior Living Inc. Hmmmm, wouldn't the President of the
United States be able to affect policy concerning senior citizens?
Say regarding Health Care and Social Security for starters? There's
that "conflict of interest" phrase again.
Fortress Investment Group
LLC's Mr. Edens is also the Chairman of the board of directors of
Eurocastle Investment Limited
"Eurocastle Investment Limited is a
Euro denominated Guernsey closed-end investment company that invests
in and manages a diverse portfolio consisting primarily of German
commercial real estate assets. Eurocastle is traded on Euronext
Amsterdam Exchange under ticker symbol "ECT". The Company is managed
by an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group LLC." Ah ha! As
President of the United States
Edwards could sure affect things like U.S.- German relations, which
in turn could impact on the value of those assets. There's
that "confict of interest" phrase again.
Fortress Investment Group LLC's Mr. Edens is also the Chairman of the
board of directors of GateHouse Media, Inc.
"GateHouse Media, Inc., headquartered in Fairport, New York, is one
of the largest publishers of locally based print and online media.
GateHouse Media currently serves local audiences of more than 10
million per week across 20 states through hundreds of community
publications and local websites.
GateHouse Media is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the
Ahh! The better to get you nominated, elected, and re-elected, with
nary a peep about
"conflict of interest" to be read by our truly well-informed
electorate, Honest John? or is it Honest Jon? Edwards?
"More than 70 percent of our daily newspapers have been published
for more than 100 years and 93 percent have been published for more
than 50 years. If you click the headline above, you can view a list
of all of our daily newspapers and click through to the detail page
for each individual publication."
Fortress Investment Group LLC's Mr. Edens is also the Chairman of
the board of directors of Mapeley Limited
http://www.mapeley.com/ "Mr Edens, the Chairman may not be regarded
as `independent' since he is the Chairman of Fortress Investment
Trust which has a controlling interest in the Company."
Mapeley was formed in 1999 to invest in UK real estate leased to
high quality tenants, initially by capitalising on the growing trend
of UK government and corporate occupiers of selling property
portfolios and outsourcing the management of their leasehold
Mapeley's first two major acquisitions were Abbey National's UK
occupational portfolio (2000) and the HMRC portfolio (2001) - the
portfolio of the departments of the Inland Revenue, HM Customs &
Excise, and Valuation Office Agency.
In 2004 Mapeley made its first direct property investment and has
since then acquired properties at a cost of approximately £840
In March 2006, Mapeley w<br/><br/>(Message over 64 KB, truncated)