[Regular Blog readers, see note to you below]
[Coursera readers - below is the chart that graphically shows the key shell corporations that my article explains. I couldn't put it into the story, so I've posted it here for you. You can either look at it here or you can download the pdf image to look at while you read the article.]
Regular Blog Readers: This chart is part of my assignment for the online course I'm taking from the University of Melbourne (Australia) called Journalism Skills for Involved Citizens, We have been getting more information each week on a land development deal in a fictional town called Newstown. This week we got to see a set of documents about political donations and corporations. I decided that the best way to illustrate the links between these corporations was to make a diagram. But it turns out I can't put an illustration into the template for my assignment. So I'm linking the graders here.
The Foundation for Good Government (FGG) contributed to the campaign of the mayor of Newstown to the tune of $80,000. The various documents show us the connections between the Foundation for Good Government and the CEO of Futupia, Robert Blatchford. As you can see in the chart, Shield PTY company has a share of FGG as does Newstown 38.
Newstown 38, in turn is owned by Robrey PTY, which is owned by Roblatch, which is wholly owned by Robert Blatchford, the CEO. And Shield PTY is also owned by Roblatch. So, in fact FGG is wholly owned by the developer. And all the companies have the same address at Rocket Suite 1101.
There's a lot more, but I decided in this case a picture was worth more than 1000 words.
I'm not sure that the other students who end having to grade this will agree, since I'm not exactly sticking with the assignment.