Dirt Diggers Network: Digest No. 7
June 10, 2002

Editor: Philip Mattera

1. SEC now providing real-time access to EDGAR filings

2. California report on insurance companies and the slavery era

3. U.S. Dept. of Labor puts LM-2's on web

4. Restaurant industry monitoring site on food safety groups and progressive funders


1. SEC providing real-time access to EDGAR filings

The SEC announced recently that its website <www.sec.gov> now

provides real-time access to new corporate filings added to the EDGAR

database. Previously, EDGAR filings did not appear on the SEC's site

for at least 24 hours -- long after they appeared on commercial sites

that have advertising or charge subscription fees.

The SEC press release, which also describes other improvements to the

EDGAR search engine, can be found at http://www.sec.gov/news/press/2002-75.htm


2. California report on insurance companies and the slavery era

The California Department of Insurance recently released a report on

the insurance industry and the slavery era. The report, which can be

found at <http://www.insurance.ca.gov/docs/FS-SEIR.htm>, provides

information on the involvement of eight insurance companies (and their

predecessors) in writing insurance policies on slaves. The site also

includes a database of slaveowners and the slaves on whom policies

were written.


3. Union disclosure forms now on the web

Iain Gold  writes to report that the U.S. Department of Labor

has begun to put labor union disclosure forms (LM-2s, etc) on the web. These

annual reports provide financial information on international unions, local unions and

union bodies such as the AFL-CIO.

You can search for reports by parent or local union name at:


Warning from the moderator to Dirt Diggers who work for unions: The existence

of the LM-2's online makes it easy to find out how much your boss makes, but

it also lets the world know your salary.


4. Restaurant industry site monitors food safety groups and progressive funders

An industry front group called the Center for Consumer Freedom <www.consumerfreedom.com>

has a website called ActivistCash.com <www.activistcash.com> that tracks which

funders are giving money to groups that the Center calls "anti-consumer," by which

they mean organizations that promote food safety and oppose practices such as food

irradiation, factory farming and agricultural biotechnology.

The Center does not attempt to hide its origins. It describes itself as "a coaltion

of restaurant operators and concerned individuals working together to defend

your right to a full and varied menu of dining options."

Philip Mattera