In this discussion, Benjamin Doherty 's (@bangpound) protected tweets seem to imply that this was a strategy to allow Medea to vote at Caterpillar shareholder conferences, but that assertion is challenged by Daniel Shunra, who asserts that the $120,000 investment is beyond what is needed to vote.
Alli McCraken, one of Medea's employees at Code Pink claimed that the investment was a holdover from the days when Medea's father ran the Foundation
Liars and hypocrites clearly need to spend more time fine-tuning their back-stories.
Incidentally, the 2012 990s for the Benjamin Foundation no longer list Caterpillar as an asset, but holdings in Intel and General Electric, also touted as "complicit in the occupation" remain.
The take-home lesson from this episode? For at least some "progressive" ideologues, profit trumps politics. Medea Benjamin is a true 1 per-center