Memo exposes strategy to harm Democrats by undermining Occupy Wall Street

Rachel Rose Hartman
The Ticket

Many efforts are afoot to use the "Occupy Wall Street" movement against their Democratic defenders in Washington, but a new memo revealed by MSNBC provides specific details of one attempt at this strategy for all the public to see.

The memo, reported Saturday on MSNBC's "Up with Chris Hayes," was created by lobbying firm Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford-- home to former aides for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). It outlines an anti-OWS strategy to the firm's clients at o the American Bankers Association. Among other things, the memo suggests the Association pay the firm $850,000 for opposition research on OWS to create negative narratives, while also helping build a case for political figures who want to defend Wall Street.

The memo also plainly stated several arguments that contradict messages coming from the Republican party as a whole-- arguing contrary to GOP leaders, for example, that the OWS movement is a legitimate political threat and shares some similarities with the tea party.

View a pdf of the memo here via MSNBC.

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