Peter G. Peterson Foundation

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Peter G. Peterson, born June 5, 1926, is a controversial Wall Street billionaire who uses his wealth to underwrite a diversity of organizations and PR campaigns to generate public support for slashing Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, citing concerns over "unsustainable" federal budget deficits. In 2007, he made a fortune from the public offering of the private equity firm he co-founded, Blackstone Group, and pledged to spend $1 billion of this money to "fix America's key fiscal-sustainability problems." He endowed this money to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, which he launched in 2008 (see below for more).[1] His son, Michael A. Peterson, is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the foundation.

According to its website, the foundation's mission is to "increase public awareness of the nature and urgency of key fiscal challenges threatening America's future and to accelerate action on them." [2]

Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, has been highly critical of the Peterson Foundation, stating that Medicare and Social Security are "under assault at the hands of the Peterson Foundation."[3].

A more complete list of the many organizations, projects and PR stunts funded by Peterson advocating for cuts to Social Security and Medicare can be found on the Sourcewatch Pete Peterson page.

In fiscal year 2010 the Peterson Foundation gave $2,027,470 to the group America Speaks for a series of Town Hall meetings intended to inform the deliberations of the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction commission. [4] America Speaks sponsored 19 town hall meetings linked by video on the same day, June 26, 2010 while the Simpson-Bowles commission was underway and six months before the chairmen released a report. These "Town Halls for the 21st Century" made headlines when the audience revolted against the message they were being spoon fed and instead backed a series of progressive policy solutions, such as a financial transaction tax. Learn more at America Speaks.

Ties to Pete Peterson's "Fix the Debt"

The Campaign to Fix the Debt is the latest incarnation of a decades-long effort by former Nixon man turned Wall Street billionaire Pete Peterson to slash earned benefit programs such as Social Security and Medicare under the guise of fixing the nation's "debt problem."

This article is part of the Center for Media and Democracy's investigation of Pete Peterson's Campaign to "Fix the Debt." Please visit our main SourceWatch page on Fix the Debt.

About Fix the Debt
The Campaign to Fix the Debt is the latest incarnation of a decades-long effort by former Nixon man turned Wall Street billionaire Pete Peterson to slash earned benefit programs such as Social Security and Medicare under the guise of fixing the nation's "debt problem." Through a special report and new interactive wiki resource, the Center for Media and Democracy -- in partnership with the Nation magazine -- exposes the funding, the leaders, the partner groups, and the phony state "chapters" of this astroturf supergroup. Learn more at PetersonPyramid.org and in the Nation magazine.


2012 Grantees

The IRS documents are not yet available, but according to the foundation's website, the following is a list of their 2012 grantees [5]:

2011 Grantees

The foundation's fiscal year runs from April 1st to March 31st. According to its IRS filling for April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011, the following is a list of the foundation's major grantees for that time period:

2010 Grantees

The foundation's fiscal year runs from April 1st to March 31st. According to its IRS filling for April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010, the following is a list of the foundation's major grantees for that time period:

2012 Fiscal Summit: Opening Video

Fiscal Summits

The foundation sponsored conferences in 2010, 2011, and 2012 called the "Fiscal Summit". In 2012, speakers included President Bill Clinton, Treasury Secretary, Tim Geithner, Senator Alan K. Simpson, and other politicians, journalists, and organization leaders. [6]

Contact

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation
888-C Eighth Avenue
Box #144
New York, NY 10019
Web: http://pgpf.org

Resources and Articles

Featured SourceWatch Articles on Fix the Debt

References

  1. Peter G. Peterson, Why I’m Giving Away $1 Billion, The Daily Beast, May 29, 2009.
  2. About Us, pgpf.org, Accessed January 8, 2013.
  3. , The Peter G. Peterson Crew Is Coming After Your Social Security and Medicare, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Feb. 23, 2009.
  4. America Speaks: From Peter G Peterson Foundation, Peter G. Peterson Foundation, pgpf.org, August 1, 2012, Accessed January 8, 2013.
  5. Peter G. Peterson Foundation Grants, pgpf.org, August 30, 2012, Accessed January 25, 2013
  6. 2012 Agenda, fiscalsummit.com, Accessed January , 2013.