Friday, September 14, 2007
From the Times Union:
Nxivm, founded by Keith Raniere, known as "Vanguard" to followers, claims its courses and personal coaches help professionals reach their full potential. Former participants, company officials and others have called it cultlike, and the classes an expensive form of brainwashing.
Some of its top people have also recently contributed to Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign. Eight donations from eight different individuals associated with Nxivm, each at the maximum allowed of $2,300 apiece, were made to the Clinton campaign on March 14, the date of a major Manhattan fundraiser.
Rick Ross, operator of The Ross Institute, which tracks controversial groups, said Nxivm likely is trying to curry favor with politicians. He said he believes Nxivm has "many characteristics commonly associated with groups called cults."
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