04.19.10

Gemini version available ♊︎

Waggener Edstrom and Microsoft’s Government Insider Defend the Company’s Reluctance to Pay Tax

Posted in Deception, Finance, Microsoft at 3:41 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“In the fall of 1982, Pam Edstrom [of Waggener Edstrom], a diminutive woman with piercing blue eyes, was recruited by Microsoft. [...] In modern-day business, flacks were responsible not only for avoiding bad press, but for spinning the good. [...] Hanson and Edstrom would spin a whole new image for Gates himself. They would tap the best and worst of Chairman Bill, changing his clothes, his voice, and his allegiances, driving him to become not just the boss, but, essentially, the company mascot—a sort of high-technology Colonel Sanders.”

Pam’s daughter

Summary: Microsoft and its PR department are under great pressure, so instead of addressing the issue they just start spinning and lying with press presence and self-serving ‘studies’ that they fund

MICROSOFT’S bad habits when it comes to paying tax are made increasingly worse as the company not only refuses to pay tax like all citizens do but it also arranges campaigns to hide the problem. Why pay tax when it’s so much cheaper to just change perception? We wrote about it last week and this week we see similar responses from other sources, notably from Jeff Reifman, a former Microsoft employee who fights others like Rep. Hunter from Microsoft, who is now helping Microsoft escape tax in Washington. Watch Rep. Hunter as he continues to help his former employer while publicly denying that he does such a thing:

It appears that Rep. Hunter has successfully re-inserted the amnesty clause for Microsoft’s thirteen year Nevada tax dodge (earlier, Rep. Santos’ amendment had removed this clause for unrelated reasons).

(2) Section 201 of this act does not apply to any tax periods ending before May 1, 2010, that were included in a completed field audit conducted by the department.

Section 201 is the clause that was supposed to help the Dept. of Revenue crack down on these kinds of abusive tax transactions – more on this in a moment.

Interestingly, Rep. Hunter’s latest blog post is about Tax Freedom Day. Thanks to Rep. Hunter, April 10th is quickly becoming Tax Freedom Day for Microsoft.

This is the type of thing that happens when Microsoft employees enter the government. It’s more or less like legalised corruption. Microsoft Nick was among those who gave this PR routine its intended undeserved coverage [1, 2], but there is more on that rebuttal from Reifman right here. See the comments too.

As we pointed out last week, Microsoft had arranged — along with its outsourced PR department — a bunch of fake ‘studies’ and press events to spin what it’s doing in Washington. Reifman responds:

Last week, Microsoft’s PR firm, Waggener Edstrom, invited local reporters to a press conference with Microsoft General Counsel and possible architect of its Nevada tax dodge, Brad Smith, to discuss an update to a Microsoft-funded University of Washington study on Microsoft’s overwhelming economic impact on our state.

[...]

The only problem with Microsoft’s WagEd press conference is if you actually pay any attention to the illogic of Mr. Smith’s message. For example, quoting from TechFlash:

* “It absolutely remains the case that Washington state is Microsoft’s home.” – unless of course we’re reporting the revenue received from our $20.7 billion annual licensing business, the home for that business is in Nevada.

* “If you’d ask what is more at play in the future, it’s more a question of whether the jobs that Microsoft is able to add will be added in Washington state, another state, or outside the United States. The big issues playing into that decision include the company’s ability to secure visas for foreign workers, quality of life (including education, transportation and cultural life) and the cost of doing business”

In other words, in order for Microsoft to add more jobs in Washington State, it needs to secure more visas for foreign workers.

Brad Smith is part of the tax fiasco [1, 2, 3], yet here he is along with Waggener Edstrom just lying to trick the public for PR purposes. Microsoft’s Tax Dodge has an audio track now. Their problem is not going away.

It is going to get even worse. Based on this new post, Microsoft will consciously expand its influence in the United States government by inreasing/pacing up lobbyists in Olympia:

It would be naive to say Microsoft hasn’t had plenty of influence on Washington politics through lobbyists in Olympia. But the state’s second-largest private employer plans to be more publicly vocal about issues its leadership thinks are important, an executive said.

Microsoft is already funding more ‘studies’ in the University of Washington (that’s where the tax dodge was justified, by paying academics) that are to have an impact on the press, which asks no questions about Microsoft’s known bias.

According to a new University of Washington study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, California’s pregnancy-related death rate (19 per 100,000 in 2008) is higher than the national average (17 per 100,000). It’s double that of Canada and most Western European nations, and it’s worse than Bosnia, Serbia, Poland and Qatar.

Here is another new example of self-serving ‘studies’ but one that we’ll expand on later.

The school counseling world experienced a bit of a shakeup recently when a report entitled “Can I get a Little Advice Here?” was released by the Public Agenda (www.publicagenda.org) for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

[...]

Unfortunately, the Gates Foundation report did not discuss some of these barriers and why it might be that a counselor did not have time to provide the services the students who were surveyed were seeking. No recommendations were given as to how to change these trends nor did the report highlight how in some schools, with proper support and staffing, school counselors indeed make a difference in the lives of their students. Hopefully, that’s the next report to be released on behalf of the Gates Foundation.

Same here:

In a recent poll conducted by Microsoft, 56% of the teens questioned think the Web allows bullies to prosper, while 67% say they spend most of their time using Facebook and MySpace.

A poll conducted by Microsoft is simply not reliable.

Here is another last finding. Just like Rep. Hunter acts as Microsoft’s guardian in Washington’s government, Gary Gigot does his service through another policy-making move from Microsoft veterans. See the following short new report:

Washington’s Governor “joined us” on stage for a role-playing exercise. And with the help of a prototype Time Machine, we explored several opportunities for businesses, researchers and policymakers to create a prosperous future in clean energy.

[...]

Panelist Gary Gigot is Chief Marketing Officer at Optimum Energy. His company reduces energy use in the air-conditioning systems of large, commercial office buildings.

Forthrightness compels me to add that Optimum Energy is a past client. I was the company’s interim VP of marketing in 2007, up until Gigot was recruited as CMO. Gigot brings his prior experience in marketing at Microsoft and, prior to that, Visio.

With the prior role as a Microsoft marketer, can he be trusted to be unbiased?

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

Decor ᶃ Gemini Space

Below is a Web proxy. We recommend getting a Gemini client/browser.

Black/white/grey bullet button This post is also available in Gemini over at this address (requires a Gemini client/browser to open).

Decor ✐ Cross-references

Black/white/grey bullet button Pages that cross-reference this one, if any exist, are listed below or will be listed below over time.

Decor ▢ Respond and Discuss

Black/white/grey bullet button If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

A Single Comment

  1. williami said,

    April 19, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Gravatar

    In other news, the Madison Metropolitan School District is now getting rid of their dependence on Micro$oft software. But, they are thinking to switching to all-Google software, and I want a giant leap to a proper GNU/Linux distrubution…

DecorWhat Else is New


  1. Unmasking AI

    A guest article by Andy Farnell



  2. The ISO Delusion/Sirius Corporation: A 'Tech' Company Run by Non-Technical People

    Sirius ‘Open Source’ was hiring people who brought to the company a culture of redundant tasks and unwanted, even hostile technology; today we continue to tell the story of a company run by the CEO whose friends and acquaintances did severe damage



  3. Links 28/01/2023: Lots of Catching Up (Had Hardware Crash)

    Links for the day



  4. IRC Proceedings: Friday, January 27, 2023

    IRC logs for Friday, January 27, 2023



  5. Microsoft DuckDuckGo Falls to Lowest Share in 2 Years After Being Widely Exposed as Microsoft Proxy, Fake 'Privacy'

    DuckDuckGo, according to this latest data from Statcounter, fell from about 0.71% to just 0.58%; all the gains have been lost amid scandals, such as widespread realisation that DuckDuckGo is a Microsoft informant, curated by Microsoft and hosted by Microsoft (Bing is meanwhile laying off many people, but the media isn’t covering that or barely bothers)



  6. This is What the Microsoft-Sponsored Media Has Been Hyping Up for Weeks (Ahead of Microsoft Layoffs)

    Reprinted with permission from Ryan



  7. [Meme] António Campinos Wants to Be F***ing President Until 2028

    António Campinos insists he will be EPO President for 10 years, i.e. even longer than Benoît Battistelli (despite having appalling approval rates from staff)



  8. European Patent Office Staff Losing Hope

    The EPO’s management with its shallow campaign of obfuscation (pretending to protect children or some other nonsense) is not fooling patent examiners, who have grown tired and whose representatives say “the administration shows no intention of involving the staff representation in the drafting of the consultant’s mandate” (like in Sirius ‘Open Source’ where technical staff is ignored completely for misguided proposals to pass in the dark)



  9. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, January 26, 2023

    IRC logs for Thursday, January 26, 2023



  10. Sirius Relegated/Demoted/Destined Itself to Technical Hell by Refusing to Listen to the Technical Staff (Which Wanted to Stay With Asterisk/Free Software)

    In my final year at Sirius ‘Open Source’ communication systems had already become chaotic; there were too many dysfunctional tools, a lack of instructions, a lack of coordination and the proposed ‘solution’ (this past October) was just more complexity and red tape



  11. Geminispace Approaching Another Growth Milestone (2,300 Active Capsules)

    The expansion of Geminispace is worth noting again because another milestone is approached, flirted with, or will be surpassed this coming weekend



  12. [Meme] Cannot Get a Phone to Work... in 2022

    Sirius ‘Open Source’ wasted hours of workers’ time just testing the phone after it had moved to a defective system of Google (proprietary); instead of a rollback (back to Asterisk) the company doubled down on the faulty system and the phones still didn’t work properly, resulting in missing calls and angst (the company just blamed the workers who all along rejected this new system)



  13. [Meme] Modern Phones

    Sirius ‘Open Source’ is mistaking “modern” for better; insecurity and a lack of tech savvy typically leads to that



  14. The ISO Delusion: Sirius Corporation Demonstrates a Lack of Understanding of Security and Privacy

    Sirius ‘Open Source’, emboldened by ISO ‘paperwork’ (certification), lost sight of what it truly takes to run a business securely, mistaking worthless gadgets for “advancement” while compelling staff to sign a new contract in a hurry (prior contract-signing scandals notwithstanding)



  15. Links 26/01/2023: LibreOffice 7.4.5 and Ubuntu Pro Offers

    Links for the day



  16. Links 26/01/2023: GNU poke 3.0 and PipeWire 0.3.65

    Links for the day



  17. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

    IRC logs for Wednesday, January 25, 2023



  18. Companies Would Collapse Upon Abandoning Their Original Goals (That Attracted All the Productive Staff)

    Staff with technical skills won't stick around in companies that reject technical arguments and moreover move to proprietary software in a company that brands itself "Open Source"



  19. [Meme] Listen to Your Workers, Avert Disaster

    Companies that refuse to take input from staff are doomed to fail



  20. The ISO Delusion: When the Employer Doesn’t Understand the Company's Value Proposition (Building Systems) and Rejects Security

    Sirius ‘Open Source’ has failed to sell what it was actually good at; instead it hired unqualified people and outsourced almost everything



  21. Links 25/01/2023: NuTyX 23.01.1 and GNU Guile 3.0.9 Released

    Links for the day



  22. Links 25/01/2023: Stratis 3.5.0 and Many Political Links

    Links for the day



  23. New Record Low: Only One 'Linux' Article in ZDNet in More Than Two Weeks

    Only a few years ago ZDNet published about 3 “Linux” stories per day (mostly FUD pieces); now it’s a ghost town, painted in ‘alien green’; considering ZDNet’s agenda (and sponsors) maybe it’s better this way



  24. Links 25/01/2023: Pale Moon 32.0 and DXVK 2.1

    Links for the day



  25. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, January 24, 2023

    IRC logs for Tuesday, January 24, 2023



  26. ISO Certification Hardly Tackles Any of the Real Issues

    The real-world threats faced by private companies or non-profit organisations aren't covered by the ISO certification mill; today we publish the last post on this topic before proceeding to some practical examples



  27. [Meme] Medical Data Sovereignty

    What happens when your medical records/data are accessible to a company based abroad after a mysterious NDA with the Gates Foundation? The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) does not mind.



  28. The ISO Delusion: Sirius Open Wash Ltd. and Medical Data/Projects at Risk/Peril

    Sirius ‘Open Source’ was good at gloating about “ISO” as in ISO certification (see our ISO wiki to understand what ISO truly is; ISO certification needs to be more widely condemned and exposed) while signing all sorts of dodgy deals and lying to clients (some, like the Gates Foundation, were never mentioned because of a mysterious NDA); security and privacy were systematically neglected and some qualified as criminal negligence (with fines/penalties likely an applicable liability if caught/reported)



  29. Links 24/01/2023: Wine 8.0 is Ready, FSF Bolsters Copyleft

    Links for the day



  30. Azure Has Layoffs Again, Microsoft Still Cutting

    Even supposed ‘growth’ areas at Microsoft are being culled (this growth is faked, it is a lie)


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts