Occupy Movement Turns Anger Towards Individual Corporations

The Occupy Wall Street movement is taking its allegations of corporate corruption to the corporations themselves, accusing them of using a special lobbying group to buy off American lawmakers.

Pfizer, the world’s biggest pharmaceutical company, is among the activists' targets.  Protesters rallied at Pfizer world headquarters in New York this week, alleging it sometimes charges $50 for medications that cost five cents to produce. Pediatrician Steve Auerbach says consumers in Canada and New Zealand pay far less.

“Americans are paying from anywhere between two to four times the price for the same drug from the same drug companies as [in] other industrialized countries," Auerbach said.

A protester carried a briefcase overflowing with play money to illustrate the demonstrators’ contention that big corporations buy off lawmakers to gain unfair political advantage.  The protesters, like Gabriel Johnson, focused on the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.

“It’s an organization set up by these big corporations to try and get state legislators to vote their way on bills," Johnson alleged.

ALEC's web site says the council is a lobbying group that advances free markets and limited government.

About 200 Occupy demonstrators also protested against Bank of America, alleging that the financial institution profited by knowingly giving mortgages to people who could not afford them.

Then the banks foreclose on people's homes, says Occupy activist Anthony Robledo.

“So they’ve been selling the American dream to a lot of people.  They’re a huge corporation; they have a lot of lobbyists,” Robledo noted.

Occupy Wall Street protesters are also targeting corporations in other cities.

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by: Mr.Biggie
March 02, 2012 11:48 PM
Developing drugs is a speculative enterprise that drug companies can do if they can recover the cost of developing the drug plus pay a reward to those people who risk their money in developing the drug which is extremely risky. To risk tax money on such endeavors is irresponsible.

by: Boxer
March 02, 2012 12:38 AM
Business of wars and disease has become more profitable than any other kind of businesses . Those people who are fighting against those protesters have been so worried about their wealth and interests from this failed bias system .

by: fighter
March 02, 2012 12:38 AM
No job ,No hope , so let us occupy whose have been occupying our life and future. Americans are not going to endure more deception and exploitation. How could they increase the cost of medicines and essential needs of ordinary people ? The crippled health care system has been created to make American sick .

by: hamad part 2 of 2
March 01, 2012 11:57 PM
other kind of businesses . Whose people who are fighting against those protesters have been so worried about their wealth and interests from this failed bias system .

by: taxkilla
March 01, 2012 10:37 AM
our modern form of revolution - protest - raises awareness but does not change the system. this is because tyranny does not rely on your opinion to continue - it only requires your money.
though tax systems are designed to extract money from the apathetic they can be reconstructed into an instrument of liberation for all of us.
there is no better way to protest than to limit the amount of money you give the government.

by: Paddy O
March 01, 2012 9:10 AM
Pfizer medicine has literally saved my life. The fact that these protesters give absolutely no thought to the millions of people who count on these companies' products as a matter of life and death, makes them look all the more naive and foolish.

by: Gab
March 01, 2012 8:34 AM
The occupiers are on the right track. Expose all the bad players, and then it is up to the rest of us to not buy their products or use their services unless we are dying. It is also the job description of every professional journalist to expose these bad players as well. It is the job description of educators to discuss these exposed "bad players" with students. Everyone has to do their part.

by: Jacques
March 01, 2012 8:06 AM
I hate to say this but compared to what Bombardier the Canadian government and Manhattan did in the early eighties a foreclosure only lasts a couple of years now try fifty years of having to put up with political abuse corruption and economic malaise within a cold war context. Can't believe I found the smoking gun that proves I was singled out and turned into the enemy of the state.

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