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Populist Anger At AIG Spilling Over

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It has come to this: Tomorrow, the Working Families Party in Connecticut is hosting a bus tour of the homes of executives of AIG, the insurance giant that has become a source of populist rage for handing out large bonuses after taking billions in government bailout money.

"Their executives bear a large share of the responsibility for bringing the economy to it's knees, and now the same folks are getting hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses -- at our expense," they write. "Join us for a field trip to bring them the message."

Liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org, meanwhile, has set up an online game in which you throw tomatoes at the AIG building.

"We should stop throwing money at the people who ruined our economy—and start throwing (virtual) tomatoes," the group writes in an email to members.

Meanwhile, as Dealbreaker notes, AIG sent a memo warning its employees to "avoid displaying company issued ID card outside of the office space" and "avoid using bags, apparel, etc that displays the company logo" during a protest at the company's building yesterday.

Also, "if you are on a lower floor, close the blinds/shades to windows."

As the New York Times noted this morning - in a story headlined "Scorn Trails A.I.G. Executives, Even in Their Driveways" - the company's executives have been fending off death threats. (That's the main reason the company's CEO told Congress he did not want to release the names of bonus recipients.) Many AIG employees now have private security guards at their doors.

"It is as bad if not worse than McCarthyism," one executive said.

The Times notes that "several security companies in New York credited the financial crisis with a noticeable increase in some areas of their business, from protecting executives to dispatching bomb-sniffing dogs to check for trouble."

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