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Greg Mitchell - DC Lobbyist for Scientology

Discussion in 'News and Current Events' started by TinyDancer, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. jensting Member

    The serious sounding stuff I quoted did appear to be paper copies only. Also, I admit, I do not have the actual source for this. But it did sound like the 990 form was just no private.
  2. The Wrong Guy Member

    Church of Scientology lobbied the White House | The Daily Caller

    By Patrick Howley, December 4, 2013

    The Church of Scientology lobbied the White House on key issues, pushing for criminal justice reform and for help to combat Russia’s religious “Extremism Law,” which targets Scientology.

    Scientology’s Washington lobbyist also met with Obama White House officials to participate in multiple working groups and met with the Obama administration Transition Team before Obama took office, records reveal.

    Obama administration departments lobbied by Scientology include the State Department, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security.

    Greg Mitchell, founder of the small firm The Mitchell Company, is the Church of Scientology’s official lobbyist in Washington, D.C. and also a Church of Scientology member. Insiders say that his role is to help the Church gain mainstream credibility with influential decision-makers.

    On behalf of his client Church of Scientology International, Mitchell lobbied the White House Office four times: twice in 2009 and twice in 2012, according to lobbying disclosure forms. Church of Scientology International was Mitchell’s only client that he lobbied the White House for on these occasions, according to the disclosures.

    In 2012, Mitchell took two payments of $20,000 each from Scientology to lobby the White House Office, State Department, Justice Department, and others for stronger U.S. engagement on Russia’s alleged “rising restrictions…contributing to an atmosphere of intolerance and discrimination against religious communities and their individual members,” according to 2012 lobbying disclosures.

    Mitchell’s lobbying work highlighted his clients’ concern about Russia’s “increasing misuse of the 2002 Extremism Law to censor religious scriptures and disrupt religious organizations,” according to an April 2012 disclosure.

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    Mitchell took two payments of $40,000 each from Scientology to lobby Congress and the White House Office on another major Scientology pet issue, criminal justice reform, in 2009. Mitchell specifically lobbied the White House for federal funding of grant programs authorized by the Second Chance Act of 2007, and for passage of the National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009.

    “With other members of an informal Faith in Action Criminal Justice Reform Working Group, [Mitchell] met with members of the Obama Administration Transition Team and spoke about the need to pass and sign into law legislation to reduce the federal sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine offenses, and legislation to reform the Prison Litigation Reform Act,” according to an April 2009 lobbying disclosure.

    “With several other members of a faith-based working group on criminal justice reform, [Mitchell] met with the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and proposed the White House organize a national conference on creating a criminal justice system that reflects our nation’s values,” according to a July 2009 disclosure.

    “Gregory Mitchell” visited the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House on September 28, 2009 to participate in a “Criminal Justice Working Group” with Policy Assistant David Pope, according to White House visitor logs.

    On the Russian issue, Mitchell circulated a letter that was signed by “35 religious and human rights organizations” including the Church of Scientology expressing concern. The groups are believed to be members of an “informal” group called the International Religious Freedom Roundtable, co-chaired by Mitchell. The Church of Scientology is an informal member of the group.

    Mitchell told TheDC that he would contact his client before agreeing to an interview, and ultimately did not return our request. The White House and the Church of Scientology did not return requests for comment.

    Comments are open below the full article, here:
    http://dailycaller.com/2013/12/04/church-of-scientology-lobbied-the-white-house/
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  3. Anonymous Member

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  4. DeathHamster Member

    Web sites
    Code:
    freeandindependent.us
    www.statedemocracy.com
    themitchellfirm.com
    
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  5. The Wrong Guy Member

    Going clear: Is Obama worship like Scientology? | The Daily Caller

    By Mark Judge, December 4, 2013

    The Daily Caller reported yesterday that the Church of Scientology has been lobbying the White House. This shouldn’t be considered unusual. Both Scientology and liberalism under Barack Obama are cults — and very similar cults at that.

    I read the Daily Caller report just as I was finishing an incredible book, Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief. It tells, in astonishing detail, how science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard created his own religion, Scientology, out of a farrago of pulp fiction, Freudianism, brainwashing, and pseudoscience. The basic thrust of Scientology is that human beings are actually immortal godlike creatures called thetans. However, we sometimes don’t know this because of the accumulation of engrams, which are traumatic memories and emotions that are in the subconscious mind.

    In order to achieve our actual state, which would then enable us to control the environment around us, we need to be “audited” by a Scientologist. Auditing is a process wherein a subject, or “preclear,” is hooked up to a machine, or E-meter, and asked questions about his or her past (and even past lives). In order to become “clear,” or enlightened, a person sometimes has to be audited over and over again, going over traumas, anxieties and pain from their life until the episodes no longer hold them back. The book Going Clear details tragic cases where people with serious mental or emotional issues obsessively audit themselves over and over again to try and restore sanity.

    The parallels here with the Cult of Obama are, excuse the expression, clear.

    Continued at http://dailycaller.com/2013/12/05/going-clear-is-obama-worship-like-scientology/
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  6. Anonymous Member

    We need to find this guy
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  7. Anonymous Member

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  8. The Wrong Guy Member

    This man is the Church of Scientology's Washington lobbyist

    By Hunter Walker, Business Insider, April 8, 2015

    According to House of Representatives and US Senate disclosure reports, the controversial religious group has paid over $1 million to Greg Mitchell to lead its lobbying efforts since 2003. No other lobbyist has reported working for the church during this period.

    A spokesperson for the Church said Mitchell's lobbying work is "aligned to our broad humanitarian social initiatives."

    In his disclosure reports, Mitchell provided extensive details about his lobbying for Scientology. These records show he has focused on several areas for the church — pursuing federal funding for Scientology's educational programs and disaster relief efforts, promoting efforts to help prisoners re-enter society, working to promote programs to help religious workers immigrate to the US, and working to make "international religious freedom" a priority for the government.

    In a conversation with Business insider on Wednesday, Mitchell said his work on "religious freedom" is currently the main focus of his lobbying for the church. This work often involves working with other religious organizations to encourage the US to put pressure on foreign countries that are persecuting religious groups.

    "The US government ... they already do raise these issues with all these countries," Mitchell said. "So, I work with like all the different faiths in order to keep working with the US government to get them to make it a higher priority."

    Mitchell said his efforts to pursue federal funding were limited to a few specific instances. He characterized his work on immigration issues as a "secondary thing" and said his work on prisoner re-entry mostly occurred during the early period he lobbied on Scientology's behalf.

    Mitchell explained that his efforts to promote prisoner re-entry were conducted in conjunction with Scientology's rehabilitation programs for criminals and drug abusers, Narconon and Criminon.

    Mitchell is the founder and chief executive officer of The Mitchell Firm. He is a member of the church and has been lobbying on its behalf since 2003. "I have friends who are in it and they're the ones who really introduced me to it," Mitchell said.

    Mitchell said the church approached him to lead its lobbying efforts because of his personal belief in Scientology programs. "That's really why they asked me to represent them. I did it because I believe in the programs," said Mitchell.

    Along with support for "their reform programs like Criminon," Mitchell said he appreciates the way Scientology works with and for other groups to support religious freedom internationally. He characterized this as a "multi faith approach."

    Mitchell entered the political arena as a college senior in California where he worked for former Rep. Carlos Moorhead (R-California) beginning as an intern. He went on to serve as chief of staff for former Rep. James Rogan (R-California), both when Rogan led the California State Assembly and during his time in Congress. Mitchell began working as a campaign consultant in 2000 and started his firm in 2003.

    His company site features pictures of Mitchell posing with politicians including former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary Clinton. It also touts his "political instincts gained from vast experience organizing grassroots efforts, managing successful political campaigns, and getting bipartisan legislation passed and signed into law."

    Along with the Church of Scientology, Mitchell has represented other clients including the American Civil Liberties Union, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, and the Open Society Policy Center. He said his work with these other groups has also focused on prison reform and religious freedom.

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    Mitchell's work for the church has included lobbying members of Congress and President Barack Obama's White House transition team. According to Mitchell, officials in Washington have largely been "accepting" of him as he has represented Scientology in spite of the fact the church has been controversial. He attributed this to the fact many of Scientology's lobbying efforts have been conducted in conjunction with other religious groups.

    "They're accepting because it's really about the issues and not the client. I do issue and cause-based lobbying. And all the issues I work on are issues that they are interested in also," Mitchell said of the officials he has encountered while working for Scientology, adding, "I do a lot of my lobbying in coalitions. ... When I did meetings with the Obama transition team, I was there shoulder-to-shoulder with representatives of other faiths."

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/man-church-scientologys-washington-lobbyist-215104756.html
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  9. RightOn Member

    screw you Mitchell you disseminating prick
  10. DeathHamster Member

    This prick wants more Eastern European slaves for Dave.
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  11. RightOn Member


    indeed. I would love for him to explain the confiscated pass ports and the promise of a better life in the US spin.
  12. Business Insider: Meet Scientology's lobbyist who works the halls of Congress for the church

    http://www.businessinsider.com/church-of-scientology-washington-lobbyist-2015-4#ixzz3WmFAVxAx

    * * * * * BEGIN EXCERPT * * * * *

    founder1.jpg

    Gregg Mitchell

    For over ten years, records show the Church of Scientology has had one man lobbying Congress on its behalf.

    According to House of Representatives and US Senate disclosure reports, the controversial religious group has paid over $1 million to Greg Mitchell to lead its lobbying efforts since 2003.

    No other lobbyist has reported working for the church during this period.

    A spokesperson for the Church said Mitchell's lobbying work is &quot;aligned to our broad humanitarian social initiatives.&quot;

    In his disclosure reports, Mitchell provided extensive details about his lobbying for Scientology. These records show he has focused on several areas for the church — pursuing federal funding for Scientology's educational programs and disaster relief efforts, promoting efforts to help prisoners re-enter society, working to promote programs to help religious workers immigrate to the US, and working to make &quot;international religious freedom&quot; a priority for the government.

    In a conversation with Business Insider on Wednesday, Mitchell said his work on &quot;religious freedom&quot; is currently the main focus of his lobbying for the church. This work often involves working with other religious organizations to encourage the US to put pressure on foreign countries that are persecuting religious groups.

    * * * * * END EXCERPT * * * * *
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  13. Random guy Member

    I wonder if he sleeps well at night. I would not if I had to whore for the CoS.
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  14. The Wrong Guy Member

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  15. The Wrong Guy Member

    Church of Scientology Lobbied Hillary’s State Department

    By Patrick Howley, The Daily Caller, June 21, 2015

    The Church of Scientology started a big-money lobbying relationship with the U.S. State Department during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.

    Greg Mitchell, proprietor of The Mitchell Firm, is Scientology’s official Washington lobbyist. A church member, Mitchell works to help the church gain mainstream credibility and to lobby on behalf of issues the church cares about, like criminal justice reform and religious freedom in foreign countries.

    Mitchell features a photograph on his firm’s website that shows him posing with Bill and Hillary Clinton.

    Church of Scientology International spent $80,000 over three quarters to have Mitchell lobby the State Department in 2011, during Clinton’s tenure as the head of the agency. The church had never lobbied the State Department before the second quarter of that year.

    The church’s lobbying continued in 2012, as it spent a total of $80,000 ($20,000 per quarter) to lobby Clinton’s State Department.

    Scientology lobbied for religious freedom issues, opposing efforts by foreign governments to stifle minority religions like Scientology.

    Mitchell fought against a new religion law in Hungary that legally de-registers minority religions in the country, and “urged the Secretary to raise this issue with the Hungarian Prime Minister and with leaders of the Hungarian Parliament,” according to lobbying disclosure forms.

    Mitchell also circulated a letter to the secretary of state and others “to express our deep concern about rising government restrictions on religion in France” and to fight a religious extremism law in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, among other similar issues.

    Scientology continued to lobby John Kerry’s State Department in each quarter of 2013 and 2014 after Clinton left office.

    Scientology’s links to the Clintons predate Hillary’s term at the State Department.

    The Clinton administration’s Internal Revenue Service granted Scientology its status as a tax-exempt church within Clinton’s first year in office in 1993.

    Actor and Scientologist Tom Cruise personally called Bill Clinton to get him to influence his friend, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, to help Scientology’s charity status in Great Britain, according to former Scientology executive Marty Rathbun.

    Actor and Scientologist John Travolta once received “an unsolicited offer of presidential help” from Clinton as Scientology fought the German government on issues of religious persecution, according to The Los Angeles Times. Clinton administration national security advisor Sandy Berger personally talked to Travolta about the issue and the administration’s efforts to resolve it.

    As TheDC reported, Mitchell also lobbied President Obama’s White House four times during Obama’s first term, in 2009 and 2012.

    The State Department and the Church of Scientology did not return requests for comment by press time.

    Source, and open comments:
    http://dailycaller.com/2015/06/21/church-of-scientology-lobbied-hillarys-state-department/
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  17. The Wrong Guy Member

    How serious is Hillary and Bill Clinton's relationship with Scientology?

    By Mark Whittington, Houston Politics Examiner

    The fact that Hillary Clinton has ties with Wall Street fat cats and shady international business interests has already been documented. The Daily Caller, in a Sunday piece, revealed that Hillary and, to a certain extent, Bill Clinton has some ties with the Church of Scientology. The story relates how Greg Mitchell, the head of a lobbying firm called The Mitchell Firm and a Scientologist, lobbied the Hillary Clinton State Department to enlist its support for what it calls religious freedom in foreign countries where the church is not recognized as a legitimate religion.

    Continued here:
    http://www.examiner.com/article/how...-bill-clinton-s-relationship-with-scientology
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  18. AnonLover Member

    Bump4Research purposes...

    To see the lobbyist disclosures for what Greg Mitchell has been paid to do in the House of Reps for our favorite cult, go here:

    http://disclosures.house.gov/ld/ldsearch.aspx

    Set search field to Registrant Name = The Mitchell Firm; set another search field to Client Name = Church of Scientology; the click search button.

    Imma looking for a a possible epic fail we can celebrate over H.R. 2646: Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015.

    This GOP bill passed in the House on July 6, 2016 with nearly unanimous vote and goes to the Senate next for consideration. It was pretty much ignored until the Dems did their sit-in protest in the House demanding something be done about gun violence. And since the Republicans are quite fond of deflecting all gun control issues to mental health problems it suddenly became a hot ticket item and they hurried up and they pushed it through behind closed doors.

    This is NOT a great do-all-be-all mental health bill according to some outlets, as you can see here:

    http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article88488412.html
    However, the bill has WIDE support among mental health agencies and there is also lots of positive things being said about it as shown on the additional links below.

    Point is - above quoted gripes aside, there is a ton of shit in this bill that will likely make CCHR go absolutely apeshit. Especially since republican Rep Tim Murphy (PA-18) who drafted it is a big bad psych.

    Thus, my suspicion is the cult put Mitchell was on this bill when it was first introduced, then got blindsided when it was pushed through like a runaway train, and Mitchell will now be working the Senate committee it lands in now that it has been kicked over the wall. So my thought here is preventative medicine harpoons informing the relevant Senators who Mitchell represents and why they care will likely be in order, so that what happened with Texas Governor Gregg Abbott doesn't repeat itself.

    More here:
    https://psychiatry.org/news-room/apa-blogs/apa-blog/2016/07/a-step-toward-mental-health-reform
    http://www.behavioral.net/news-item/house-passes-long-awaited-murphy-bill
    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/house-overwhelmingly-passes-comprehensive-mental-211015542.html
    http://www.socialjusticesolutions.o...-await-mental-health-legislation-will-enough/
    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...-applauds-a-major-step-forward-300294903.html
    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...-pass-comprehensive-reform-now-300294982.html

    If I find proof in the lobbyist disclosure forms in the search link I posted above, I will start a new bread for tracking this lulz in regards to Gun Violence > Mental Health and there is fk all the cult can do it about it.
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  19. DeathHamster Member

    I usually don't do one-offs for Argon minion mining, but for him I believe I'll make an exception. (And another one for the Senate as well.)
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  20. AnonLover Member

    Teeheeheee... thank you for saving me the PM to do exactly that! <3 <3 <3

    EDITt2Add - it looks like Senate stuff is in these forms as well. So I suspect the search link I posted above is a one stop shopping thing.
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  21. AnonLover Member

    Some curious bits I'm noticing in Mitchell's disclosures.

    He has been working hard to intimately connect religious freedom to all things foreign policy. Advocating everything from congressional hearings to trade restrictions against any country that treats minority religions with suspicion.

    I've seen Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ4) on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee specifically targeted. And Imma looking for others.
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  22. DeathHamster Member

    Just a snicker:

    http://disclosures.house.gov/ld/ldxmlrelease/2013/Q2/300586053.xml
    Well, first of all... Board of Broadcast Governors, really?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Board_of_Broadcast_Governors
    He meant:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadcasting_Board_of_Governors

    Second, Scientology fighting Internet censorship? How elronic!

    Third, I'm sure that China's Great Firewall will come down the instant the BBG tells them to, you betcha buddy!

    Fourth, it's questionable that the BBG has any mandate over Internet traffic, which isn't broadcasting.

    So, like WTF?
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  23. AnonLover Member

    Yeah, I thought the same thing when I seen that one. But I couldn't figure out what the BBG was. I've seen some other one-off WTF shit I hope to go back and look at closer once I'm done with my initial look-see at everything available (1 of 2pages to go).

    I also want to track and chart the quarterly money amounts by year.Will your xml parser pull that out?

    We have a handful of really old threads up here where OTBT/TinyDancer found a few of the earlier PDF versions of these forms and posted them as images. In those discussions, they mistakenly assumed the dollar amounts were for a year, not a quarter. So there was a bad assumption going that the amount Scientology was spending on lobbying was decreasing. From my quick look-see it does look like there is a gradual decrease over the last decade, but I've seen spikes and dips within a year or so at different points in time. So I can't be entirely certain.
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    Picking the amounts out of the records will be easy. Just get the text of node "income". It looks pretty flat.

    <LOBBYINGDISCLOSURE2><imported>Y</imported><pages>3</pages><submitURL></submitURL><organizationName>The Mitchell Firm, Inc.</organizationName><prefix></prefix><firstName></firstName><lastName></lastName><registrantDifferentAddress>N</registrantDifferentAddress><address1>42020 Village Center Plaza</address1><address2>Suite 120-200</address2><city>Stone Ridge</city><state>VA</state><zip>20105</zip><zipext></zipext><country>USA</country><principal_city>Chantilly</principal_city><principal_state>VA</principal_state><principal_zip>20152</principal_zip><principal_zipext></principal_zipext><principal_country>USA</principal_country><contactIntlPhone></contactIntlPhone><selfSelect>N</selfSelect><clientName>CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY INTERNATIONAL</clientName><clientGovtEntity>N</clientGovtEntity><senateID>91650-12</senateID><houseID>368070000</houseID><reportYear>2015</reportYear><reportType>Q3</reportType><terminationDate></terminationDate><noLobbying></noLobbying><income>20000.00</income><expenses></expenses><expensesMethod></expensesMethod><printedName>Greg Mitchell</printedName><signedDate>10/20/2015 11:52:39 PM</signedDate><alis><ali_info><issueAreaCode>FOR</issueAreaCode><specific_issues><description>On behalf of 61 organizations and individuals, including the client, who signed a multi-faith letter, made contacts in support of H.R. 1150, the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act of 2015. We must work to create a context where people can live with their deepest differences. The recent turmoil in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine-including the alarming spike in incidents of violence and persecution of Christians, Muslim communities, and other religious minorities-offers the latest examples of what happens if we do not. The purpose of the bill is to update the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (IRFA) and improve the capacity of the U.S. government to advance religious freedom globally by giving the Administration and State Department new political tools to better counter violent extremism and sectarian violence, growing anti-Semitism and restriction on religious minorities (e.g., a tier system for IRF reports on countries of particular concern and a special watch list, annual actions on countries with severe IRF abuses, authority to sanction individuals responsible for committing severe violations of IRF or materially supporting terrorism or violent extremism, and the ability to designate non-state actors as part of the Country of Particular Concern list and a range of sanctions targeting individual members of such groups); expanding diplomatic training, counter-terrorism coordination, and foreign assistance efforts; and reauthorizing the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) through 2021. With the passage and implementation of H.R. 1150, a strengthened IRFA and a stronger IRF policy-as integrated into U.S. foreign policy and national security-the United States will send a clear and urgent message regarding the inherent dignity of every human being, as well as our common global security in the fight against persecution and religious extremism, and terrorism. Doing so is consistent with the best of our values, practically protecting our interests as a result. On behalf of 112 organizations and individuals, including the client, who signed a multi-faith letter, made contacts to urge support and the swift passage of S. 1798, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Reauthorization Act of 2015. We believe S. 1798 strengthens USCIRFs mandate and the tools at its disposal, while providing a much-needed six-year authorization at a critical time when assaults on religious freedom around the world are systemic and growing. In fact, the current state of international religious freedom is one of deepening crisis-according to the Pew Research Centers latest annual study on global restrictions on religion, 77% of the worlds population live in countries with a high or very high overall level of restriction on religion in 2013, up from 76% in 2012 and 68% in 2007. At the same time, made contacts against S. 1860, the Further Independence of Religion for Security and Tolerance Freedom Act of 2015. We believe S. 1798 is better suited to advance freedom of religion or belief. While S. 1860 includes significant refugee-related provisions that many of us support, some of these provisions are part of an ongoing debate which is unlikely to be resolved prior to the rapidly-approaching expiration of USCIRFs current authorization. As such, we believe consideration of such provisions should be delinked from the current reauthorization process. Additionally, many of the USCIRF-related provisions in S. 1860 are deeply concerning and could potentially undermine USCIRFs vital work. On behalf of 112 organizations and individuals, including the client, who signed a multi-faith letter, made contacts to urge support and the swift passage of S. 2078, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Reauthorization Act of 2015. S. 2078 reauthorizes the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) through FY2019. S. 2078 passed the Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent. On behalf of 34 organizations and individuals, including the client, who signed a multi-faith letter, made contacts to urge support and the swift passage of H. Res. 290, which calls for the global repeal of blasphemy laws. These laws punish expression deemed blasphemous (contemptuous of God or sacred things), defamatory of religion, or insulting to religion or religious symbols, figures, or feelings. Not only do they threaten the individual right to the freedoms of religion and expression, they also violate international standards, including Article 18 of the International Declaration of Human Rights, which affirms that everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. These bans also inappropriately position governments as arbiters of truth or religious rightness as they empower officials to enforce particular religious views against individuals and minorities. H. Res. 290 calls on the President and the State Department to prioritize the repeal of blasphemy laws. On behalf of 28 organizations and individuals, including the client, who signed a multi-faith letter, made contacts to urge the United States government to engage leaders of the Kazakhstan government and express deep concerns about the 2011 Law on Religious Activity and Religious Associations in light of the recent Report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief on his Mission to Kazakhstan. Certain provisions of the 2011 Religion Law are inconsistent with both Kazakhstans Constitution and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The Special Rapporteur made several substantive, reasonable and fair recommendations to bring the Constitution and Kazakh law fully into line with Article 18 of the ICCPR and other relevant international human rights standards. The U.S. government could urge the Kazakh government to make these changes to the law. </description></specific_issues><federal_agencies>U.S. SENATE, U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom</federal_agencies><lobbyists><lobbyist><lobbyistFirstName>Greg</lobbyistFirstName><lobbyistLastName>Mitchell</lobbyistLastName><lobbyistSuffix></lobbyistSuffix><coveredPosition></coveredPosition><lobbyistNew>N</lobbyistNew></lobbyist>

    ...

    I'm not sure why CoS is spending money on that other than PR, possibly trading favors, and to be seen as still a "player" in Washington.

    The search results can be downloaded as XML, which should let me do an automated fetch of all the individual records.

    Meh. It's not a bad system, but I think somebody's nephew got the contract, you know?
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  27. AnonLover Member

    The more I study this stuff from a timetrack perspective (some major thing happening at X point in time, and then seeing the lobbying activities that preceded it) the more I suspect two major things are going on here:

    1) Mitchell is running offensive measures. Cult gets wind of something detrimental to their interests coming down the pike, and they sick Mitchell on it to try and get ahead of the issue on the foreign policy front.

    2) Mitchell has been running a long con on Scientology to use their money to build his business. All of his repeat efforts on a given issue that is directly and imminently relevant to cult survival or prosperity have been epic failures. While all of his puffery sideline issues that has fk all no positive impact for the cult, has gotten him more clients in recent years. You can see this in the money charts I posted above from opensecrets: mid 2009 and earlier his revenue parallels Scn's revenue; late 2009 and onward his revenue is higher than Scn's because he's spreading himself out to cover more clients.
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  28. AnonLover Member

    ^^Afterthought...

    3) All the criminal justice reform shit that I haven't bumped old threads with yet, has me SMH. After the Second Chance program failed hard in NM, I thought for sure they were retiring Criminon and in-prison programs in the US. But the stuff Mitchell has been working on sure as shit looks like Scientology has been playing a long game for a Criminon Version 2.0 - halfway houses for early release convicts and whatnot.
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  29. DeathHamster Member

    That would make sense. Halfway houses were a crack that they were exploring for Narconon, and Second Chance was basically a Narconon with bars.
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  30. DeathHamster Member

    Feck! They didn't switch from PDF to XML format until mid-2012. Well, solve one part at a time.
  31. Quentinanon Member

    Looks like Mitchell does know Bill and Hillary:

    mitchell&hillary.jpg

    mitchell6.jpg
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  32. As if Bill and Hillary Clinton could be influenced in any way by excessive amounts of cash from a lobbyist for Scientology or China, Russia, UBS Bank in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Qatar, Wall St., Corporate America, North Korea, Kuwait, Oman, etc., etc. ad nauseum, etc......unthinkable to the tune of hundred fifty million dollars + incoming..........never, not Bill n Hill........
  33. AnonLover Member

    Yeah I noticed that too. But they did at least convert the stuff from image-based pdfs into OCR'd files when they migrated from the Senate's old sopr web system. Also, I will gladly help with manual grunt work on getting the pdf-based info pulled into your data store if need be.

    Thanks. I suspected as much, the Secretary Clinton State Dept. years are rife with letters addressed/sent specifically to her. With no signs of him reaching out that high up at other times. But the upside there is, unlike the House/Senate/President - Federal Agencies can be hit with a FOIA request to get copies of his written letters. And that includes Dept. of State.
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  34. DeathHamster Member

    If you want to put on airs of being a high-power lobbyist, a bunch of photos on the wall of you with powerful DC movers and shakers is good for impressing the gullible.

    Mind you, it doesn't look like he had to photo-bomb to get them. (Perhaps the Clintons have a fee schedule for photo ops?)
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  35. DeathHamster Member

    What's the difference between "White House Office" and "Executive Office of the President (EOP)"?

    Mouth of Sauron vs Sauron?
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  37. AnonLover Member

    Any chance the CRLFs are preserved in the specific-issues -> description nodes from the paragraph breaks in the online forms, so that individual activities can be easily counted and isolated in the xml dumps?
  38. DeathHamster Member

    WWP munched them together. The breaks are there in the XML, because that's what the browser is displaying.
  39. Quentinanon Member

    Looks like a mod took offense to the Clinton Cash book image I linked on this thread, so here is the link to the website about the book, which gets into details how the Clintons went from deep debt to multimillions in a few years: http://www.clintoncashbook.com/
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  40. White Tara Global Moderator


    It caused me no offense. In absence of an explanatory comment your posted image was reported as derail/political campaigning by another member. Might I ask you though to expand on how this latest post references the topic?

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