A busload of activists representing working- and middle-class families paid visits Saturday to the lavish homes ofto protest the tens of millions of dollars in bonuses awarded by the struggling after it received a massive federal bailout.
By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, Associated Press
About 40 protesters — outnumbered by reporters and photographers from as far away as Germany — sought to urge AIG executives who received a portion of the $165 million in bonuses to do more to help families.
“We think $165 million could be used in a more appropriate way to keep people in their homes, create more jobs and health care,” said Emeline Bravo-Blackport, a gardener.
She marveled at AIG executive James Haas’ colonial house, which has stunning views of a golf course and the Long Island Sound. The is “another part of the world” from her life in nearby , which flirted with bankruptcy in the 1990s and still struggles with foreclosures and unemployment.”
“Lord, I wonder what it’s like to live in a house that size,” she said.
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The activist group ACORN provided liberal causes with protest-for-hire services and coerced donations from the targets of demonstrations through a mob-style “protection” racket, according to one of their former lawyers.
ACORN called it the “muscle for the money” program….