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Forum Post: "The Crown family: investing in weapons, war ...and Obama

Posted 8 months ago on Feb. 23, 2014, 10:15 p.m. EST by flip (7022)
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did ms Obama stay with the crown family this year when she and the girls skied in aspen - they di last year! "The Crown family: investing in weapons, war ...and Obama

By NicolasDavies - Posted on 01 May 2012 General Dynamics, Henry and Lester Crown

One family stands out as playing exactly that role in the political career of Barack Obama: the Crown family of Chicago. The importance of this relationship in Obama’s career exposes some of the roots of his subservience to the government of Israel, his threats of aggression against Iran, his expansion of the JSOC/CIA targeted killing program, and his unswerving commitment to record military budgets in a time of economic and fiscal crisis.

The Crowns are the children and grandchildren of Henry Crown, who made a fortune in the building materials business, had reputed links to the Chicago Mafia, and discovered the armaments business as a military procurement officer during the Second World War. Henry Crown bought a controlling interest in General Dynamics in 1959 and developed it into the largest weapons maker in the world, building the Trident submarine, the Atlas rocket, the F-16 fighter, the Abrams tank and much of America’s Cold War arsenal. The General Dynamics board forced him out as CEO in 1966, but he bought back a 20 percent share in the company and regained effective control in 1970.

Henry’s son Lester succeeded him as chair of General Dynamics in 1986 and as president of Henry Crown & Co, the family’s private investment firm. Lester is 86 now, but still takes a keen interest in politics. He is chair of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and founded the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, which also received a $2.5 million grant directly from General Dynamics. He supports the arts in the U.S. and Israel—the Jewish Symphony Orchestra plays in Henry Crown Hall in Jerusalem. The Crown family is worth at least $4 billion, making it one of the richest families in America.

Under Lester Crown’s watchful eye, his children now handle most of the family’s business and political interests. His son James became President of Henry Crown & Co. in 2003 and sits on the board of General Dynamics. Altogether the Crown family gave at least $128,000 to Obama’s 2004 Senate campaign, in which Henry Crown & Co. was also Obama’s third largest institutional donor. In 2008, James Crown and his wife Paula were Obama’s fundraising chairs in Illinois and his fourth largest “bundlers” nationwide, raising millions of dollars for his presidential campaign.

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[-] 3 points by Renneye (3987) 8 months ago

Excellent oligarch and puppet exposure, flip! Thanks!

I wish there was a 'dedicated' thread for a list of the 0.01% oligarchs/ruling elite names. I know there are individual posts with several names, but they're a little all over the place.

They need their names up in lights!

Being exposed via their names is a big concern for them. Like cockroaches, they do anything to avoid being in the light.

I say, Let's Name Them!

[-] 2 points by flip (7022) 8 months ago

weird stuff here - I sent you this reply and it showed up on my screen - are you me?? "and the politicians they support - oh, never mind they support both wings of our capitalist party - the gop and the dems. good thing we have ows and this forum that is nonpartisan!

[-] 2 points by Renneye (3987) 8 months ago

Lol! Cue 'Twilight Zone' music.

Apparently you're not banned, so...glitch?

Or...perhaps the 'Crown' family doesn't appreciate your article as much as we do!! Heheh.

Kidding, kidding! Sheesh!

[-] 2 points by flip (7022) 8 months ago

and the politicians they support - oh, never mind they support both wings of our capitalist party - the gop and the dems. good thing we have ows and this forum that is nonpartisan!

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 8 months ago

the weapons rule

he who has the weapons makes the rules

[-] 1 points by flip (7022) 8 months ago

nice

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