Behind the infiltration, and subversion, of the democratic process, the clandestine criminal objective of 'MLM' bosses has been to rewrite legislation concerning closed- market swindles, or pyramid scams, dissimulated as 'direct marketing schemes.' This legislation was ostensibly designed to protect the public, but (due to the malign influence of 'MLM' racketeers and their de facto agents) has lately become so vague and inaccurate in many countries, that the law has become a license to exploit the public without any immediate risk of being held to account.
If the mainstream media was ever to launch a rigorous enquiry into 'MLM income opportunity' racketeering, then it would discover that the tactics which its billionaire bosses have been employing, are neither original nor unique.
|John Dalli (an opponent of the tobacco industry) is convinced that he was set up by agents of the tobacco industry to make it appear that he was under the influence of the tobacco industry so that José Manuel Barrosa could effectively expel him from the European Commission without trial. The Internet has also been used to broadcast black propaganda about John Dalli: repeating as fact the unproven accusation that he was under the influence of the tobacco Industry and ridiculing as fiction the far-more-plausible accusation that the current President of the European Commission might himself be under the influence of the tobacco industry.|
This week, in its award winning series, 'Cash Investigation,' French network television channel 2 broadcast a chilling documentary, Industrie du tobac: le grande manipulation (Tobacco Industry: the great manipulation')' which revealed the extraordinary (some would say criminal) lengths, the bosses of world's major cigarette companies have gone to, to infiltrate, and subvert, the democratic process in Europe.
Each year, at least 7 millions people are dying around the world as a direct result of smoking cigarettes (including approximately 700 000 citizens of the European Union). The exact financial cost of treating tobacco-related illness remains almost impossible to calculate. However, the world's major tobacco companies have been declaring approximately $50 billions profits annually out of their deadly industry.
Acting on a 600 page dossier produced by 'Phillip Morris International' and supplied via whistle blowers, 'Cash Investigation' revealed that the tobacco Industry has been employing an army of more than 100 agents to gather intelligence about, and groom, a significant minority of members of the European Parliament in order to introduce its own favourable amendments to European Directives ostensibly designed to control the tobacco industry's own deadly activities and protect the citizens of Europe. The programme also revealed that, apart from being a major source of tax revenue, the tobacco industry has been directly financing the European Commission, and individual European governments, to the tune of billions of dollars annually on the pretext that tobacco companies want to help to protect the citizens of Europe by controlling the rise of counterfeit cigarette smuggling.
|Lobbying expenses of 'Herbalife' and 'Pershing Square', in US$ and % of total assets|
|Lobbying expenses of 'Herbalife' ($) in the USA, 2009-2014|
|Lobbying expenses of 'Herbalife' as a % of annual revenues, in the USA, 2009-2014|
As a percentage of annual revenue, 'Herbalife's', lobbying expenses also quadrupled during 2012 - 2014, but that is not all there is to it; for while many large commercial companies have considerable lobbying budgets, one rarely finds one that spends as much of its revenue on lobbying as 'Herbalife.'
Lobbying expenses 'Herbalife' compared to competitors, % of revenue, USA, 2012-2014
|Lobbying expenses of 'Herbalife' compared to high-rollers, USA, % of revenue, 2012-2014|
David Brear (copyright 2014)