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Prosperity Now, Protests, Indivisible Project, Warren Buffett, George Soros, POTUS Donald Trump, MHAction and Manufactured Housing – Following the Money

November 9th, 2018 No comments

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Prosperity Now. MHAction. Indivisible Project. Billionaires George Soros and Warren Buffett. Each of those are all interconnected. Each of those are involved in protests against manufactured home businesses, President Donald J. Trump, and his supporters.

 

Who says?

Let’s follow the facts, evidence, and the money trail.

1)    The billionaire George Soros funded “…Open Society funds are only a small percentage of Tides‘ total…” budget, says the Tide Foundation’s own website.  It’s in a post by Tides on their own website entitled “Why does the right hate Soros?

Rephrased, the self-proclaimed progressive Tides Foundation admits the connection between Soros, the Open Society and George Soros.

2)    As MHProNews and MHLivingNews have previously reported, the Tides Foundation also has major funding via other foundations by Warren Buffett.

Buffett, as focused manufactured home industry pros and observers know, is Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, which owns giant Clayton Homes, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, 21st Mortgage, Shaw Carpeting, and other firms that are in or supply housing and factory-builders. Berkshire is widely seen as the dominating force behind the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI). Thousands of industry professionals were no doubt surprised that Buffett’s money flowed through Tides to anti-manufactured home community protesters, MHAction.

Manufactured Home Resident Group President Cautions Against MHAction, Surprising Background Reveal to Manufactured Housing Action

 

ICYMI, or want to refresh your mind, see two of those reports documenting ties between Tides, Buffett and MHAction, see the above and below.

 

Expose! Why Has Warren Buffett/BH Funded Anti-MHC Activists, MHAction? Why Fund Attacks on ELS, Frank Rolfe, Blackstone Group?

 

  1. Thanks to Tim Williams, 21st Mortgage Corp, There’s More…

We believe in giving credit where it is due, whenever possible.

Tim Williams, the prior MHI Chairman, and the 21st Mortgage Corp president and CEO, mentioned something a couple of years ago in a conversation with me that will connect to this picture.  We’ll spotlight that tie-in to this follow-the-facts, evidence and money report in the days ahead.

But my hunch is that when he reads this – and our sources say that he will – Tim just may recall what we’re teasing as the next shoe to drop for the MH Berkshire brands, MHI, et al.

Tim, thanks again.  In hindsight, that was a very insightful conversation.  Thank God for the gift of memory, right?

While some can’t be roused by anything, for others that report will be an earthquake for many in MHVille. We hope to have it in time for Thanksgiving. If you aren’t yet on our email list, you can sign up at the link shown on the banner.

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Moving on now to the balance of the headline topic.

 

  1. Influence Watch, and The Indivisible Project, Soros and Buffett

Influence Watch is one of several organizations that track the often befuddling trail between various non-profits, foundations, and deep pockets like billionaires Buffett and Soros. Here’s what their research reveals.

The Indivisible Project (or Indivisible) is a left-of-center 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., and created in late 2016 as a response to the election of President Donald Trump. The Indivisible Project was established to provide liberals a practical guide about “Resisting the Trump Agenda.” [1] Despite connections to elite donors, Indivisible claims to be a grassroots movement. The organization was founded by two left-wing activists with congressional experience and ties to the left-of-center economic policy advocacy group Prosperity Now.[2] According to a spokesperson within the organization, Indivisible’s goal for 2018 is to replace all elected officials who don’t reflect their views with “diverse, progressive, local leaders.”[3] [4] Indivisible claims to represent over 5,800 groups and has a website that has been viewed over 18 million times.[5]

I can almost hear the sweat rolling off a few foreheads in Knoxville, Arlington, and Washington, D.C. based Prosperity Now. Some industry friends and colleagues of mine should also take notice of this too, because they know where these dot-connections are leading.

Here’s what they say about funding.

 

  1. Indivisible Financial Overview

Indivisible has published the nonprofit’s revenue from both its 501(c)(3) Indivisible Civics, and 501(c)(4) Indivisible Project for 2017.[9] In 2017, Indivisible raised “a total of $7.5 million,” with “$2.8 million” through the 501(c)(3) and “$4.7 million” through the 501(c)(4). Over the course of 2017, Indivisible was fiscally sponsored by the Tides Foundation and the Advocacy Fund (a Tides affiliate) until it “was granted 501(c)(4) status from the IRS” during the tax year.[10]

Of Indivisible’s 2017 revenue, 35 percent was raised through small dollar donations, and 65 percent was received through major gifts and foundation grants. [11] Of the $7.5 million raised, $3.4 million was spent on organization expenses,” according to Influence Watch.

 

  1. Founders of Indivisible

Established by left-wing activists Ezra Levin and Leah Greenberg in December 2016, Indivisible was originally organized as a movement along the lines of the conservative Tea Party opposition to President Barack Obama’s administration. [6] To that end, Levin and Greenberg’s first project was a 26-page political organizing manual entitled “A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda. The manual highlighted the best methods to “beat back” President Trump and defeat the new conservative majority in Congress.[7]Since that original document was distributed, the movement has evolved into an effort to disrupt civil discourse and “sustain a powerful progressive movement.”[8]

Keep in mind that Prosperity Now is pro-manufactured housing, progressive operation, but is also favorable to issues like rent-control and has taken other problematic positions.  Prosperity Now used to be known as CFED. More on them in the days ahead.

 

  1. What Kevin Clayton said…

Now, with the above in mind, you see:

  • Non-profits
  • Foundations
  • Deep-pocket billionaires, including George Soros and Kevin Clayton’s boss, Warren Buffett.

 

With the above in mind, circle back to that video of Kevin Clayton in Smoking Gun 3.  Recall how Kevin was virtually gushing in that video about Clayton working with foundations and nonprofits?

Smoking Gun 3 – Warren Buffett, Kevin Clayton, Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corp Tim Williams – Manufactured Home Lending, Sales Grab?

 

Is the bigger picture coming into focus?

 

Facts & Analysis – Senator Elizabeth Warren re: Manufactured Housing Institute Memo to MHI Members, 10-3-2018

Now, keep in mind that companies associated with MHI, including but not limited to, Clayton and Cavco, are under various kinds of federal investigations.

 

Cavco Chairman Joseph H. Stegmayer Steps Down Under SEC Cloud, “Personal, Confidential” SEC Document, Cavco Industries’ Statement

 

News of Cavco’s SEC woes just broke this week.  But MHProNews has been reporting for some years about Clayton-Berkshire related federal investigations. Certainly, people are innocent in the eyes of the law until proven guilty.  That said, when there is smoke, is there a fire?

 

Much, Not All

The manufactured housing industry has been gamed by a rigged system for years.  Our industry once had hundreds of manufacturers, and literally tens of thousands of independent retailers. Some of those vanished due to natural events.  But others have arguably fallen due to unjust manipulation of regulatory, capital, political and other forces.

It is now becoming clear that protesters are just part of a broader plan. We’re political independents, and we strongly assert that most of the Democrats or MHI members that we personally know are fine people.  But they have often been mislead into believing certain things harmful to their interests.  A decade ago, the same could be said about swaths of the GOP too.

President of the United States (POTUS) Donald J. Trump is disrupting the rigged system.  That’s why elites in both major parties opposed him tooth and nail.  He is arguably taking the Republican Party, and turning it into a small-to-midsized business, white and blue collar workers party. He’s taken elements from both major parties, and is blending it into something new.

That’s a threat to everything that billionaires who control the Democratic party stand for, because the rigged system has purportedly made them billions of dollars. That’s why the invest so heavily in it.

We’re all for bipartisanship, and working with people of all backgrounds. But that starts with facts and evidence. If you or anyone you know can find any factual errors in the above, by all means, let us know.

 

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Manufactured Housing Events this week, Soros and Mid-Term Elections, News at Noon and More!

October 17th, 2010 No comments

Two Snapshots of topics in manufactured housing – plus a bonus! So thanks for joining us again. Let’s dive in and get started!

1. This week’s Manufactured Housing Events:

2010 Five-State Mid-Atlantic Convention
Oct 18 – Oct 20
Albany, New York
Contact: Nancy Geer (518) 867-3242

Manufactured housing industry professionals from the states of NY, NJ, PA, DE & MD will gather in Albany, NY Oct. 18-20 for networking, business building insights, exhibits and much more! Here is a snapshot:

Adolfo Carrión, Jr., HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey and Jeff Blatnick, 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling and cancer survivor are keynote speakers. 

• Market and demographic trends, how they impact your business

• Using Social Networking Sites to increase your business

• Resident Screening including background checks and more

• SAFE Act Update and its impact in your state

• Mitigating risk and lowering your insurance costs

• Investing in difficult economic times

Please contact Nancy Geer (518) 867-3242 for more information. 

Illinois Manufactured Housing Association Finance Seminar

October 21, 2010

Springfield, IL

Contact: IMHA (217) 528-3423

• Greg O’Berry, Hometown America, Keynote Speaker

• Valerie Ross, SBA

• Heather Chandler, CSI, Title II

• George Allen and the ‘Ah-Ha’ Moment

• Sandra Lewinthal, JD, Eviction and Abandoned Home

• Lindsey Keyes, Rural Development

• Donna and Ken Rishel, Captive Finance

8 AM-5 PM, Oct 21 2010. Registration can be found by calling the Illinois Manufactured Housing Association at 217-528-3423 and requesting a registration brochure; info@imha.org. The event will be at the Northfield Inn and Suites in Springfield, Illinois.

2. Manufactured Housing Communities of Arizona (MHCA) Fall Conference

October 20-22, 2010

Tucson, AZ

Contact MHCA: (800) 351-3350

A Manager’s Basic Responsibilities: Neal Haney, NTH Property Management, Inc., will speak on some of the basics every manager needs to know.

Fees and Charges: Neal Haney will discuss what you can and cannot charge residents.

Who is Living in Your Community? What do you look for when doing your background checks? Neal Haney will discuss this topic.

Crime Free Program: Rebecca Noel, Tucson Police Department, will discuss the program.

Reasonable Accommodations under Fair Housing Laws for Disabled Residents: MHCA Attorney Michael Parham of Williams, Zinman & Parham, P.C. will speak on this issue that has raised some concerns.

Red Flags Rule: MHCA Attorney Michael Parham will speak on the Rule. Have you developed your Community’s Rule as required by federal law?

Property Management Today

Dealing with Utility Companies – What You Need to Know! Neal Haney, NTH Property Management, Inc. and President of MHCA, will review some of the new issues.

New State Law for Storage Lots: Attorney Scott Williams of Williams, Zinman & Parham, PC. will explain the new state legislature passed a new law regarding storage lots. If you offer storage facilities to your residents, this is important!

Maintenance Issues in Your Park: MHCA Attorney Michael Parham will speak on this topic.

Improving Your Bottom Line with Solar: Many businesses (including parks) are finding they can save money with solar energy. Art Robertson with Cal Energy Group will explain what can be done.

Update on the RV Act: MHCA Attorney Michael Parham will explain the new laws on utilities and evictions that went into effect this year.

You Be the Judge: This is always fun! The attorneys will argue a case – and you vote on who wins! Attorneys Scott Williams, Doug Nelson and Michael Parham will present.

Proper Documentation for Manufactured/Mobile Home Parks

Proper Documentation for RV Parks: Neal Haney, NTH Property Management and MHCA President, will speak on what you should have in each tenant’s file.

The Government & You: Land Use Law for Your Community – What the Government Can and Cannot Do: As we hear of more land use issues, it’s important both owners and managers realize what the law says. Attorneys John Buric and Dennis Zwagerman will give this presentation.

Property Rights Concepts and Strategies Every Landlord and Manager Should Know: Attorney John Buric will discuss these issues.

Important Legal and Practical Concepts to Help You Thrive in a Struggling Economy: Attorney John Buric will review these ideas.

====>> When you see these fantastic topics and speakers at these various seminars, you begin to understand the value that attendance at these events and association membership can mean to you and your business! 

Are you a member of one or more Industry Associations? Well, you should be! I learn at every event I attend, and the same is true for all those who participate. It would cost you many times more to ‘go it alone’ by hiring the legal and other business insights you need today. Association membership doesn’t cost, it pays.

3. George Soros and the Mid-Term Elections

The mid-term elections are only about two weeks away now. Almost everyone agrees that Republicans will pick up dozens of seats in the House and perhaps eight or more Senate seats. 

The questions of the day seem to be, just how many seats will ‘Tea Party’ energized Republicans gain? How is our Industry positioning itself for the political sea shift to come? Are we using our time and resources wisely?

You can listen to experts from both sides of the political aisle share their opinions as to why their party will do well or ‘better than expected.’ Since this is often just self-serving information, what struck me as a more insightful news item this past week was George Soros’ public statement that he will sit out this election cycle.

Billionaire Soros is a well-known champion of liberal/left wing political causes. When asked why he isn’t actively supporting with those mountains of money the current crop of Democratic incumbents and newcomers, his reply was direct and revealing. He doesn’t believe in standing in the path of an avalanche.

Corporate, state and national association leaders are wise to position themselves for what promises to be a more fiscally conservative, and likely pro-business makeup of the House and Senate in the aftermath of the 2010 election cycle.

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