Influence Watch-Behind the Curtain-NPR’s Chris Arnold-“Losing It All Mobile Home Owners Evicted Over Small Debts During Pandemic” MHAction, Manufactured Housing Institute, Manufactured Homes and Communities – plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates


National Public Radio [NPR] is an American privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization that serves as a national syndicator to a network of 900 public radio stations in the United States.” That description is per Influence Watch’s page on NPR. Influence Watch states that among the funding sources for the NPR nonprofit organization include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Tides Foundation

Those two sources providing donations to NPR – and possible other sources as well – have clearly documented ties to donations from Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK). Other than perhaps Gates himself, the largest donor to the Gates Foundation is Warren Buffett, who is also a trustee of the foundation.

Similarly, for several years, the largest donor to the Tides Foundation has been the Novo Foundation. The NoVo Foundation for years was solely funded by Warren Buffett and is run by Peter Buffett and his wife. Peter is Warren’s son.

Influence Watch describes itself as follows. “Welcome to CRC’s work-in-progress, InfluenceWatch.

Capital Research Center [CRC] conceived of this project after identifying a need for more fact-based, accurate descriptions of all of the various influencers of public policy issues.” Their description also says that “CRC has a perspective on the public policy process as well, but this [InfluenceWatch] resource is more important than that. We’re seeking the information to speak for itself—information that frequently is not cited in reports about these individuals and organizations.” Let’s briefly note that InfluenceWatch has proven time and again to be a valuable and reliable source of information in numbers of reports on MHProNews and MHLivingNews. 

That said, there are several reasons that brief, revealing, and evidence-based set of insights about NPR, The Gates Foundation, NoVo Foundation, Tides Foundation, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and MHAction should matter to manufactured home professionals, investors, and others.

On the surface, the latest NPR report by Chris Arnold seems to:

  • elevate Manufactured Home Action (MHAction).
  • Implies a darker side to Manufactured Housing Institute CEO Lesli Gooch and their odd defense of members that include Havenpark Communities
  • Clearly frames the account in a way that makes Havenpark Communities, and by implication, others like them in the manufactured home community sector – bad actors that behave in a predatory fashion.
  • Reflects the understandable concerns about the apparent injustice of Havenpark toward former resident Barbara Gaught, whom NPR asserts lost her debt-free manufactured home due to Gaught “…fell one month behind on the rent and owed just $621.”
  • Routinely used improper terminology about manufactured homes and communities, which one might think that an objective journalist at NPR or elsewhere would want to avoid doing.

What is Missing? Analysis, Additional Information, and Commentary

In no specific order of importance, the following fact and observations are warranted.

  • On the date and time MHProNews examined the Arnold’s report for NPR, there was no clearly evident disclaimers on the page that reflected possible media conflicts-of-interest in their report.
  • While on the surface, it may seem like the Arnold’s report for NPR is harmful for MHI, which is clearly Berkshire backed and dominated, a closer look reveals that this is a repetitive pattern of a straw man style encounter that arguably benefits Buffett’s brands, as well as their consolidating allies at MHI.
  • CRC’s website has an entire category of reports that they do under the heading of “Deception & Misdirection.” CRC has dozens of pages of reports of major firms and billionaires under their “Deception and Misdirection” heading.  For example, a CRC’s prior report  on Arabella Advisors specifically named Buffett.
  • While it is our MHProNews analysis, not CRC’s, that makes the argument that manufactured housing is being cleverly subverted from within in a fashion that fits the Buffett Moat mantra and acquiring assets at a discounted valuation. If so, then logically the “Deception and Misdirection” between MHAction and MHI are a kind of shadow boxing. The purpose? It would be part of a broader effort to deceive and mislead smaller firms that are targets of acquisition, as well as to deceive and mislead public officials, investors or others.
  • It is only a closer examination of years of trends and evidence that beings to reveal what has been occurring in manufactured housing
By keeping the market underperforming, it de facto causes all businesses in it to be undervalued. Just luck, or is it part of the Buffett ‘Castle and Moat’ strategic plan to create a slowly developing monopoly?

It is in that context above that the detail and evidence-oriented report linked below is important.




When the Berkshire brands, MHI, MHAction, and others are given repeated, documented opportunities to respond to the factual and evidence-based allegations lodged against them, the most common outcome is silence.



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When someone like MHI member Dave Reynolds engages, it is often only briefly, and then they rapidly toss in the tower with what could be described as a red herring move – or “Deception and Misdirection” under a different name.




Some investors may think that this benefits the investments of those who are so manipulating the system. While the details may vary from case-to-case, the argument could be made that manufactured housing would be doing many times better in the absence of such market manipulation. So, while some might be helped on a short-to-mid-term run, are they potentially being harmed in the longer term?

To see the above in a larger size, click the image once. Once the window opens, click it again. To see the graphic in context, click here.

If For those who think that they may benefit for a while with Buffett and his allies purported web of deception, spin, paltering, mendacity, and misdirection to consolidate manufactured housing in a couple of decades, they should think twice. Do they lack a follow up plan to take out their oligarch allies once they feel their mission is accomplished? Historic examples in other nations suggests that once a group takes power, they often eliminate those who helped them obtain it.






No one report, especially one this brief, will cover all of the nuances of how “Deception and Misdirection” are at play in manufactured housing.  But a look at the report linked above and here, and then following the links from within that report, will being to paint an evidence-based picture that Buffett’s henchmen and their minions have been unsuccessful in debunking to date. The MHI and National Housing Conference above and linked here will shed still more light. The two reports that follow are a more comprehensive look at what is occurring in manufactured housing, and how it impacts millions of Americans.




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Manufactured Housing Industry Investments Connected Closing Equities Tickers

Some of these firms invest in manufactured housing, or are otherwise connected, but may do other forms of investing or business activities too.

                          • NOTE: The chart below includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services, a manufactured home industry lender
                          • NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).
                          • NOTE: Deer Valley was largely taken private, say company insiders in a message to MHProNews on 12.15.2020, but there are still some outstanding shares of  the stock from the days when it was a publicly traded firm.  Thus, there is still periodic activity on DVLY.


Spring 2021

Berkshire Hathaway is the parent company to Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage and other factory built housing industry suppliers.
· LCI Industries, Patrick, UFPI, and LP each are suppliers to the manufactured housing industry, among others.
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