Now let’s follow this down a rabbit-hole to the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) … and into the shadowy world of Front Groups.
EPI is an odious US lobbying company, an umbrella for a series of hit-n-run front-groups, that is run by Rick Berman, the self-styled “Dr. Evil,” “Conservative Weapon of Mass Destruction” and “Astroturf Kingpin” - a man who has grown fat and bald on the money these companies recieve to lobby against Healthcare, minimum wage increases, etc. The EPI is like corporate ‘cloud’ - nebulous, a business barely present in the physical world; it doesn’t have offices or employees - it “shares office space with Berman & Company on a cost pass-through basis” - makes millions from its clients, yet is registered as tax-exempt organisation and passes itself off as a ‘non-profit’ organisation.
It has much in common with the Infrastructural targets of #Stacktivism - a network of tenuous, teflon-coated companies, websites and IRS-reflective cash-conduits; an intangible organisational infrastructure that refuses to be concretised, it’s only solid-world front-end a series of billboards and adverts designed to seed fear amongst low-paid workers and those without health insurance. Its tangled web of influence and barely-visible cash-flows make it the ideal target for an open-journalism compaign.