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The Special Interest Funded DAPL Protest Phonies

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Heard about those veterans supporting DAPL protesters? Well, as it turns out the group consists of a bunch of special interest funded DAPL protest phonies.

The clues are always there; the fake outrage, the supposedly rock-solid Americans who suddenly adopt the fractivist cause and the panting news reports. Such is the case with the group called “Veterans Stand with Standing Rock.” It’s a virtual template for fractivism. The group is little, if anything, more than an association of DAPL protest phonies funded by special interests.

Reuters photo (by Stephanie Keith) of veterans at Standing Rock illustrates the sympathetic but very weird portrayal of the phony Veterans Standing with Standing Rock group

The Reuters picture above is just the beginning. Google “veterans DAPL” and you’ll get 373,000 results, the top 10 of which are as follows:

There’s enough shallow fawning press coverage in just these stories to get someone a politically correct Nobel Peace Prize. Three of the links are to Russia Today (RT) stories, which provides another clue to what the group is about, of course. Regardless, the casual reader will suppose veterans have joined the protests en masse and miss the real story. It is one is one about the way rich special interest fractivists go about getting their way. Yes, “Veterans Stand with Standing Rock” is as phony as that e-mail you receive every day from some friend who lost his wallet in a foreign country and needs you to wire money.

The group appears to have no website or formal organization, but it’s hardly spontaneous. It has a Facebook page, in fact, and if you go there you’ll find this:

Make a tax-deductible cash donation in support of #VeteranStandingRock and #NoDAPL. All cash donations made between December 5-19th will go directly to purchasing supplies and covering shipping costs. Click here to donate: tinyurl.com/veteranstanddonate

That link takes one to the website of a quirky non-profit group known as Intersections International Initiative, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation that last filed a 990 return for the year ended June 30, 2013 and only took in $10,000. The entire sum was spent on this, believe it or not:

Powers and Values which is leading a national conversation about decision makers’ ethical responsibilities and the values driving popular, political responsibilities and the values driving popular, political and business culture and includes a 60 member coalition of political, business, religious and cultural institutions.

Whatever this amounts to, it’s quite obvious the Intersections group is nothing more than a pass through entity used from time to time to funnel money to pet radical causes hiding behind a undecipherable mush of words. The entity actually collecting the money is revealed a little further down the Intersections  donation page, though, with this:

I have read and accept the Democracy Engine Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

A little more clicking of links reveals who the Democracy Engine really is — a shady political operation. The Terms of Service link goes to a detailed agreement where “subscribers” are told this:

Democracy Engine, LLC provides online credit card donation services to people looking to contribute to a wide variety of nonprofit and for-profit organizations, individuals and political candidates and committees…

We provide only processing services to you to facilitate your online payment of lawful Contributions to authorized recipients (“Recipients”) in the United States of America (the “Services”).  “Contributions” means contributions in the case of payments to political candidates or committees, and donations in the case of payments to for-profit or non-profit organizations. We have no control or liability for the acts or omissions of the Recipients of your Contributions, or of any other entities or their web sites describing the Services or displaying Contribution pages or other portions of the Services…

You understand that by using the Services, you may be exposed to content that is inaccurate, offensive or objectionable.  The Services, or content or third parties included on the Services, may provide links to other Internet sites or resources…

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless us and each of our officers, directors, employees, Sponsors, suppliers and agents from and against any and all losses, liabilities, expenses (including attorneys’ fees and costs) and damages arising out of claims based upon or caused by your breach of this Agreement or use of any Services.

Democracy Engine, LLC, in other words is a business created to collect your donation for political purposes (mostly) or, as in this case, to pass it through a money-washing non-profit to get it to some amorphous political entity masquerading as a charity. The business is described on its About page with this (emphasis added):

Recipients of donations processed through Democracy Engine have access to a toolkit of unparalleled flexibility and have nearly infinite options to customize the experience through our API. Our universal platform ensures that organizations won’t have to change fundraising systems as they shift focus between state, local and national elections. Democracy Engine also integrates seamlessly with established fundraising and data management systems. Because the platform has been written with campaign finance regulations in mind, it allows organizations to focus less on internal administration and more on the business of raising money for the candidates and causes they support.

Purely and simply, Democracy Engine, LLC is a special interest political outfit and the proud CEO, Jonathan Zucker, was also the genius behind ActBlue, the top donors to whom include Google’s Eric Schmidt (also of NRDC gang and Ivanpah infamy), Adelaide Park Gomer and James Simon — all big-time fractivists. Tom Steyer, too, recently gave them money and the Soros family has as well.

Democracy Engine’s customer in this case is, theoretically, Intersections International Initiative, Inc. which, as we noted above, doesn’t appear to have filed a recent 990 return and only passes money along. Strangely, though, it claims to have 51 “partners” who just happen to include both the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and George Soros’ Open Society Foundations. Moreover, Intersections International’s financial report (see page 21) indicates its had revenue of $2.4 million for the year ended June 30, 2016, including $25,000 to $49,999 from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

So, why isn’t this reported on their 990 return? Because “Intersections International is a multi-cultural, multi-faith, permanent initiative of the Collegiate Churches of New York.” Yet, there doesn’t seem to be any financial filings for that group on Guidestar or at The NY Charities Bureau. And, when one searches for grants to it on the Rockefeller Brothers Fund website there’s nothing there either.

This is how fractivism is funded; by hidden entities orchestrated by political operatives operating on behalf of special interests. Veterans Standing with Standing Rock is nothing at all as it is portrayed. It’s phony to the core, like all of fractivism.

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