Finance Media Monitor | 8.29.23



In last week’s GOP primary debate, Vivek Ramaswamy declared himself as the “only person on the stage who isn’t bought and paid for”—even though he is most certainly bought and paid for. Ramaswamy leveraged his ties within the conservative dark money network to secure lucrative public pension investments and consulting contracts from Republican state financial officers. This maneuvering largely occurred under the radar of public employees and retirees, as neither Ramaswamy nor Strive executives registered as lobbyists in the numerous states where they engaged with state financial officers. 

And it looks like Ramaswamy may be losing himself some campaign material following a cease-and-desist letter from Eminem.





  • James Lindsay shared a thread: The other night at an event in Georgia, I got asked where the “courageous CEOs” are, who would stand against Woke, esp. in the corporate world. It’s easy to lay a lot of the blame for CEO risk aversion at the feet of the ESG cartel, legitimately, but it’s only half the story. 
  • Shift Action for Pension Wealth and Planet Health shared a link: As Canada burns, our national pension fund is pouring our $$$ into #fossilfuels. In doing so, @cppinvestments  undermines its own purpose: to provide Canadians with retirement security by achieving a maximum rate of return w/o undue risk of loss. #cdnpoli


  • September 17-24: Climate Group Climate Week NYC. View list of events here
  • September 19: Sustainable Investment Forum North America. Register here
  • September 20: UN Climate Ambition Summit.