If you’ve been wondering who picks up the tab for this gigantic conference and security operation, the answer arrived last week, on a pdf file sent round by Anonymous. It showed that the Bilderberg conference is paid for, in the UK, by an officially registered charity: the Bilderberg Association (charity number 272706). From the Guardian.
In the Charity Commission accounts of the Bilderberg Association the charity states why it is building up cash reserves:
“The charity aims to continue to increase reserves in order to meet the considerable costs of the Annual Conference when it is next held in the UK.”
The wording is exactly the same in 2006 through to 2012. So how are these “considerable costs” met? Where does the money come from, to build up these reserves? Turns out, from two companies: BP and Goldman Sachs. According to the 2006 accounts:
The Association received donations of £25,000 each from Goldman Sachs and BP, and contributed €23,000 (approximately £16,020) to Bilderberg meetings.
In 2007, the same two companies donated: “The Association received donations of £50,000 each from Goldman Sachs and BP, and contributed €23,000 (approximately €16,177) to Bilderberg meetings.” Here’s a screen grab from the pdf of the accounts:
In 2008, the same two companies – Goldman Sachs and BP:
The Association received donations of £50,000 each from Goldman Sachs and BP, and contributed €23,000 (approximately £15,829) towards Bilderberg meetings.
No accounts are viewable for 2009 and 2010, (in 2010 the charity was “below Annual Return £10,000 threshold for this financial year”).
In the accounts for 2011, the names Goldman Sachs and BP have disappeared, and there is no confirmation that these companies are the source of the money, although but the statement is virtually the same (with another £50,000 donated):
The Association received donations of £50,000 during the year, and contributed €28,750 (approximately £23,601) towards Bilderberg meetings.
And in 2012, the amount donated went back up to £100,000:
The Association received donations of £100,000 during the year and contributed €28,750 (approximately £26,004) towards Bilderberg meetings.
PDFs of Bilderberg Association accounts: