Lobbyists and the laws the CoS is paying for

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  1. Lobbyists and the laws the CoS is paying for

    Cut off their funding and their connections by exposing their lobbying attempts, educating WHO their connections are in Congress, and raising up a ruckus about the crimes of the CoS that it becomes unprofitable to continue. Bad press and bad reputations don't go over so well here. On that note, here's some info. Lobbyists are required to submit their financial records publicly. A search there will bring up pdf copies of all the forms filed. This is just for federal laws, they could be lobbying locally as well.

    Firm: The Mitchell Firm
    Name: Greg Mitchell
    Website: The Mitchell Firm ? Effective Political Communications
    Client: The Church of Scientology International
    Contact: Greg Mitchell
    The Mitchell Firm, Inc.
    1725 I St. NW
    Suite 300
    Washington, DC 20006
    Telephone: 202-669-4065
    Fax: 480-275-3218

    FOURTH QUARTER REPORT, $30,000 01/21/2009
    THIRD QUARTER REPORT $30000 10/20/2008
    SECOND QUARTER REPORT, $30,000 07/21/2008
    FIRST QUARTER REPORT, $30,000, 04/21/2008

    YEAR-END REPORT, $40,000 02/14/2008 (Filing Year 2007)
    MID-YEAR REPORT $40,000 08/14/2007 (Filing Year 2007)
    YEAR-END REPORT, $20,000 02/14/2007 (Filing Year 2006)
    MID-YEAR REPORT $40,000 08/14/2006 (Filing year 2006)
    YEAR-END AMENDMENT $40,000 02/15/2006 (Filing Year 2005)
    YEAR-END REPORT, $40,000, 02/14/2006 (Filing Year 2005)
    YEAR-END AMENDMENT $40,000 02/15/2006 (Filing Year 2005)
    MID-YEAR REPORT $60,000 08/15/2005 (Filing Year 2005)
    YEAR-END REPORT, $80,000,03/29/2005 (Filing Year 2004)
    MID-YEAR REPORT, $60,000 09/30/2004 (Filing Year 2004)
    YEAR-END REPORT $40,000 02/23/2004 (Filing Year 2003)

    Analysis: CoS International spent $120,000 on lobbying efforts in 2008, almost 2-3 times their normal rate.

    What laws are they paying for:

    Received: $30000
    Filed under: Immigration

    Worked with other members of an informal coalition of religious organizations to send a group letter that urged congress to permanently extend the religious worker visa program (r-1), which was originally established in the immigration act of 1990 and is set to expire later this year. Hr 5570, the religious worker visa extension act of 2008, was then introduced. With other coalition members, expressed concerns about proposed amendments in committee that might limit the program's usefulness.

    Agency: U.S. SENATE
    Filed under: Law Enforcement / Crime / Criminal Justice
    Hr 1593 & s 1060. The second chance act of 2007: community safety through recidivism reduction. Sections to reauthorize the grant program for reentry of offenders into the community in the omnibus crime control and safe streets act of 1968, to improve reentry planning and implementation, substance abuse treatment, and education programs for prisoners. Worked with other members of an informal prisoner reentry working group to urge actions to pass one of these bills.

    Analysis: The CoS is trying to use these bills to smuggle their workers in and out of the country which we’ve seen has been abused in the past. They’re also trying to promote their Criminon and Naronon programs. As to the rest of the money spent in 2008 that wasn’t for the laws listed above, there’s no record. It might be for a big PR push to counter our actions.

    Former Lobbyists:
    Lobbyist for Church of Spiritual Technology:
    Peter W. Klestadt
    Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP
    1201 New York Ave. NW
    Suite 650
    Washington, DC 20005
    Telephone: 202-783-6881
    Fax: 202-783-0405
    Website: Welcome To Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP
    Terminated: April 2008. There have been no replacements hired as far as I can see.

    How to:
    Lobbying financial forms: Query the Lobbying Disclosure Act Database
    Who is lobbying for what law: Federal Lobbying -
    Search current and pending legislation: Research Congress -
  2. TheBitch Member

    Re: Lobbyists and the laws the CoS is paying for

    RTC, on the other hand had a FAR larger expense budget over the years (albeit during the period when they were lobbying for "faith based initiatives" and No Child Left Behind during the Bush Administration.


    Note that the amounts in each report are for that 6 month period and not cumulative for the year.
  3. tazor Member

    Re: Lobbyists and the laws the CoS is paying for

    Interesting stuff, HT. A year ago I would have laughed if anyone would have told me I'd soon find things like this relevant to my interests. :)
  4. Re: Lobbyists and the laws the CoS is paying for

    Right, but I can't find any lobbying financial records from RTC since 2005. I think they've stopped for the past few years, but I'll keep my eye on them.
  5. Re: Lobbyists and the laws the CoS is paying for

    hmmmm... always expanding and growing... really now?
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    reported the creepy spamming. wtf?
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  11. The Wrong Guy Member

    This was updated today:

    Church of Scientology US Lobbying | UmbraXenu


    Lobbying in the United States describes paid and pro bono activity in which special interests hire well-connected professional advocates, typically lawyers and former bureaucrats, to argue for or against specific legislation and regulations in decision-making bodies of government. It is a highly controversial phenomenon, often seen in a negative light by journalists and the American public when corporations use lobbying as a means of gaining influence for the benefit of their own profitable.[1] While the bulk of lobbying happens by business and professional interests who hire paid professionals, some lobbyists represent non-profits pro bono for social issues. Pro bono lobbyists typically coordinate advocacy activities to sway public opinion, form like-minded coalitions for promoting a common cause and socialize with local legislators at events like fundraisers and awards ceremonies.[2] Public disclosure documentation shows that the Church of Scientology lobbying activities primarily focuses on two areas: corporate interests related to swaying legislation and regulatory actions that financially benefits one or more of their organizations; and foreign policy leverage for enlisting help when other countries deny them the same non-profit tax breaks or religious freedoms they enjoy in the United States.

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  12. AnonLover Member

    ^^This is still a work in progress. /hattip to DeathHamster for all the disclosure data tables to be found if you drill down into "Governing Bodies"


    Data from used for compiling the above chart.
  13. Looks like their lobbying has dropped over time. This is a sign of attrition, obviously. Do you suppose it correlates to a drop in profit?
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