There seem to be few (if any) articles about what companies (and their managers) can do to influence the laws and regulations that will impact them. Companies (especially small and medium sized ones) and their managers have tended to be passive subjects (victims, even!) of government. They've generally tended to do far less than they could be doing to defend their own interests against the actions of government.
Very large companies may have had too much influence on government. Influence tends to go to the highest bidder - whoever has the most money to spend. (That's the real reason behind many regulations - to crush smaller competitors with expensive requirements that only large companies can afford.)
The solution is to restrict government back to its lawful, constitutional limits.Special favors would not be for sale, because they would not be allowed to exist! Business would shift its focus away from buying influence, back to providing better products and services.
Some people, out of a sense of principle, have been reluctant to try to influence the government. Some influence of government actually IS corruption! Therefore, the rest of us NEED to be active, simply for self-defense! We need to show some discernment - of who the aggressors are and who are simply defending themselves against aggression.
Many people think in terms of "public sector versus private sector." A more telling distinction is "monopoly versus free market." Thinking in those terms opens up a whole world of understanding of what is really happening. Giant corporations and government are natural allies. Both tend toward monopoly.
Concentrated power has an advantage over distributed power. For example, one lion can terrorize a whole herd of wildebeest, even though the herd could easily trample the lion if they would ever act in unison.
The aim of this article is to gather the herd of small and medium sized companies together into a force that can be effective at defending them against the predations of government and its cronies in the giant corporations.
It cannot be emphasized enough how much we need to do this! No matter how much they gobble us up, they will never be satisfied! They will always consume us - until we all no longer exist at all!
To learn about how to defend ourselves, keep reading this article at
Things that can be done include lobbying, direct advertising, and education.
Lobbying tends to be an uphill battle. Free market advocates have a hard time mustering the kind of money that giant corporations can pony up easily. In lobbying, free market advocates will almost always be outspent by their opponents.
We should directly seek grass roots support, and not channel the money through
lobbyists, then through parties and campaigns, and finally into advertising. Genuine free market messages tend to be filtered out at every step of that process. We would do far better to create and distribute our own advertising. Plus, there's the advantage of not having money skimmed off at every step of the process.
We need to make use of the law that says that no broadcaster may refuse a political ad, or charge a higher rate than that time slot would normally bring. Most free market advocacy is found in talk radio, certain magazines, and online networking. But most of those messages are going to people who already understand the value of a free market. There needs to be much more outreach to those who don't yet know how important freedom is.
A highly effective plan would be to make radio (highly cost effective) and TV ads, weekly or semi-weekly, that briefly present facts that the "mainstream" news outlets censor or distort, and refer listeners and viewers to a website with follow up information. We should recruit existing news sites to contribute content to this effort.
Campaign finance laws must be followed. The rules are sometimes changed by court decisions. There are different categories under which organizations can be registered: 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), PACs, Super PACs and 527 groups.
The rules are different for each one. Some require public disclosure of donors, some do not. (This may be important to you if your company is a supplier to a large corporation.) Some are allowed to receive donations from corporations, some are not. Some may advocate for or against specific candidates or proposed legislation, some may not. (All are allowed to publish comparisons of candidates' positions on specific issues. That right is currently being attacked both in Congress and by the IRS. See http://protectc4freespeech.com and www.wewillnotbesilenced.org )
Some have limits on how much may be donated by individuals or couples, some do
not. Some have limits on the total amount an individual or couple may donate to that category of organization. For example, an individual may not donate a total of more than about $120,000 to all candidates, parties, and PACs in one election cycle. (The existence of that limit is currently being challenged in court. The amount of the limit is indexed to inflation. It changes every year.)
A fuller discussion of all the rules can be found at:
These rules outlined in convenient chart form can be found at:
This page clearly states the rules on donating to candidates, parties, and PACs:
One example of another method of support is when a hospital in Chicago created a $400,000/year job for Michelle Obama. The job had no clearly defined duties, so she spent all her time engaging in political activity. The hospital even deducted Mrs. Obama's salary as a business expense! When the Obamas left Chicago to move to D.C., the job was abolished.
Paying someone in excess of financial donation limits to work on a campaign is illegal. Employees must be able to show that they provided a product or service (or work of art) for their pay, and that they donated their own time to the campaign. There are no limits on hours one may donate. Paying someone to work for a general cause, and not for a specific candidate or bill, would not be subject to financial donation limits.
It is illegal to give money to another person for the purpose of that person donating to a political organization. So if you would give a $2000 raise to each of your employees who donated to a particular organization, the IRS would detect that pattern and prosecute you.
Here's a funny quirk in the law: 501(c)(3) organizations are not allowed to campaign for or against specific candidates or legislation, but they ARE allowed to try to achieve the same end by means of lawsuit!
There's a great need for long term, in depth influence of the population -especially to counteract the effects inflicted by the Communist takeover of the public schools in recent decades. You'd be horrified to see how today's children are being indoctrinated!
To counter that, there needs to be supplemental education - online or correspondence education to be done when conventional schools are not in session. It can be administered by parents or grandparents or other interested adults. It can lead to the awarding of an additional certificate to the student that, over time, will come to be more highly valued by employers than a high school diploma. That fact will make many parents see the value of having their children (and themselves, too!) obtain this
supplemental education. The supplement will provide essential knowledge that is now being withheld (and even propagandized against!) by the public schools.
Printed materials can also be used to promote free enterprise. Local organizations can be recruited to distribute literature. See "How To Pass Out Flyers" at: http://www.cpnlive.com/forum/post/1968174
There are highly capable people who are eager to do the work of creating these messages, but who are, due to a lack of financial support, forced to spend their time on much lower value activities. They really need your help!
To do all the things described in this article will require substantial amounts of financial support. Very large amounts of work need to be done. Much of it needs to be done very soon! The monopolists have seized terrifying amounts of power over the last several years. Suffice it to say that, when someone maneuvers you into a corner and takes away most of your means to defend yourself, they do NOT intend to do you good!
For more info about our opponents (actually the term "enemy" truly does apply!) and how far advanced their plans to seize all power have come, you can keep reading down in the comments.
Jeff Putman is an engineer, strategist, writer, and product creator. If you would like to receive occasional intelligence reports (usually no more than one a month) containing observations available nowhere else, send an email to email@example.com