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Pay-to-Playstation

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Posted on Jun 25, 2012 READ MORE


Bill Moyers: How to Start Your Own Super PAC

Bill Moyers shames super PAC donors and beneficiaries, including some lesser-known personalities.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 READ MORE


The Price Is Right

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Posted on Jun 15, 2012 READ MORE


Joint Session

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Posted on Jun 13, 2012 READ MORE


Billionaires Against Billionaires

For those who believe money already has too much power in American politics, 2012 will be a miserable year.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 READ MORE


It’s One Person, One Vote, Not 1 Percent, One Vote

Gov. Scott Walker’s win signals less a loss for the unions than a loss for our democracy in this post-Citizens United era, when elections can be bought with the help of a few billionaires.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE


Silent Running: The Burgeoning Wisconsin Scandal That Major Media Ignored

As millions of dollars in dark right-wing money pour into the state to preserve Gov. Scott Walker from his progressive opposition, it seems relevant that he and many top aides are under investigation in a campaign finance and corruption scandal that has been growing for two years.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



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John Edwards Gets Off

Maybe justice really is blind. Despite one poll rating his favorability at 3 percent, a jury Thursday set two-time presidential candidate and scandal magnet John Edwards free.

Posted on May 31, 2012 READ MORE


Lehman Brothers: We Let Them Get Away With It

“60 Minutes” digs into the collapse of Lehman Brothers, and more specifically the government’s decision not to prosecute the managers of the failed investment bank or its accounting firm.

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Dima Gavrysh

For He’s a Jolly Good Scoundrel

The men most responsible for the collapse of the American dream are heaped with honors at the highest levels of society.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Kent Wang (CC-BY-SA)

China Scandals: Crisis in the Communist Party

Events suggest that the long-overdue crisis of China’s Communist Party has arrived.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 READ MORE


Putin’s Corrupt Election

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AP / Haraz N. Ghanbari

Elections Are for Suckers

Bribes from billionaires? Let’s just dip our fingers in purple ink and pose for photos.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Lawrence Lessig: Getting Money Out of Politics

One invented Creative Commons, the other occupied the commons. Together, they talk about strategies for ridding our democracy of corrosive corporate dollars.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 READ MORE


Where the Buck Stops

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Posted on Jan 17, 2012 READ MORE


Overdose

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Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



Doug Wilson

30 Companies Paid Lobbyists More Than the IRS

An analysis by Public Campaign reveals that between 2008 and 2010, 30 of America’s most profitable companies, including Verizon, Wells Fargo, FedEx, GE and Mattel, spent more money buying influence in Washington than they did paying taxes. (Full list after the jump.)

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 READ MORE


Occupy Congress

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Posted on Nov 19, 2011 READ MORE



Kevin H. (CC-BY)

The Art of the Shakedown, From the Nile to the Potomac

In places like Uganda, corruption often arises out of desperation. But in America, as W.E.B. Du Bois noted toward the end of his life, “We let men take wealth which is not theirs; if the seizure is ‘legal’ we call it high profits. And the profiteers help decide what is legal.”

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Bob Jagendorf (CC-BY)

One Nation, Gone Awry

The theme of most political and social commentary is that things are more complicated than you think. For once, I wish to write that things are simpler than you think.

Posted on Nov 1, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Sallam

16 Killed in Latest Mass Protest in Yemen

At least 16 people were killed when troops opened fire with anti-aircraft guns on anti-government protesters peacefully massed around a state television building and government offices in the Yemeni capital on Sunday, according to witnesses. (more)

Posted on Sep 18, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Gurinder Osan

Indian Activist Poised to End Hunger Strike

Activist Anna Hazare has agreed to end his nearly two-week-long hunger strike on Sunday morning after India’s finance minister announced that the general sentiment in parliament is to support the strict anti-corruption policies Hazare is demanding. (more)

Posted on Aug 27, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Gurinder Osan

Truthdigger of the Week: Anna Hazare

Social activist and anti-corruption proponent Anna Hazare, whose arrest sparked huge protests across India this week, is our Truthdigger of the Week.

Posted on Aug 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Mumbai ‘Dabbawallas’ Plan First-Ever Strike

Mumbai’s famous dabbawallas, who pick up and deliver more than 200,000 hot, homemade lunches to office workers in the Indian commercial capital each day, have announced they will strike for the first time in 120 years to support the efforts of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare.

Posted on Aug 18, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / RamyRaoof (CC-BY)

Mubarak’s ‘Day of Judgment’

The criminal trial of Hosni Mubarak, televised for all the Arab world to see, began Wednesday with the once-powerful, longtime autocratic ruler of Egypt denying all formal charges against him of corruption and of complicity in the killing of protesters. (more)

Posted on Aug 3, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Lance Cpl. Adam J. Root

War Is a Racket

“War is a racket,” wrote retired U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. Smedley D. Butler, in 1935. That statement, which is also the title of his short book on war profiteering, rings true today.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE


Blago Guilty

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Posted on Jun 27, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Kiichiro Sato

Blagojevich Guilty 17 Times Over

There might well have been a time when former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich imagined that he was above the law, but his conviction on 17 corruption counts made a strong statement to the contrary Monday.

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Clarence Thomas

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Free-Market Anarchy and Nihilism in Mexico

For the future of unchecked global capitalism, look to the savagery of the drug war in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, says The Guardian’s Ed Vulliamy. (more)

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE


FIFA Corruption

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Posted on Jun 6, 2011 READ MORE


Immigrants for Sale

Brave New Films sent us this must-watch primer on the big business (to the tune of $5 billion annually) of immigrant imprisonment. Watch and connect the dots between shady right-wing lobbyists, state legislators and private dungeons.

Posted on May 12, 2011 READ MORE


Eurocorruption

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Posted on Apr 16, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Khalil Hamra

Deadly Crackdown in Tahrir Square

Life isn’t all peachy in Egypt, even with Hosni Mubarak gone. The Egyptian army went after protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, killing one and injuring dozens, as the military tried to clear demonstrations calling for prosecution of Mubarak and family members.

Posted on Apr 9, 2011 READ MORE


Chirac Trial on Hold?

It’s taken 15 years to get this far (which is to say not very far at all), so what’s the rush for former French President Jacques Chirac to stand trial for corruption charges stemming from his time as the mayor of Paris? Well, he’s 78 years old, for one ...

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE



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High Salaries Ring a Bell

A hospital executive pulling down $875,000 a year? How about a water official collecting $600,000? Those are among the salaries contained in a new round of public compensation disclosures by the California state controller in the wake of the pay scandal in Bell.

Posted on Mar 5, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Agência Brasil

Berlusconi Protesters Have a Few Tricks Up Their Sleeve

Following a long-standing tradition of creative Italian resistance, activists are planning to adorn Silvio Berlusconi’s villa with condoms, as well as performing parodies set to the soundtrack of “Grease,” to protest the prime minister’s most recent alleged sexual escapades.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE



Clarence Thomas Did Not Disclose Wife’s Income From Conservative Groups

While ruling on cases near and dear to the hearts of his wife’s clients, for 13 years Justice Clarence Thomas failed to report spousal income from conservative groups such as the Heritage Foundation because, he claims, he misunderstood the disclosure forms.

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Rodridgo Abd

Guatemalan Ex-President Gets His Day in Court

Justice is coming to Guatemala, as former President Alfonso Portillo has gone on trial in Guatemala City, accused of embezzling a cool $15 million.

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Baby Doc Tries to Do Good

In a transformation befitting of Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol,” Haiti’s former dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, now back in his homeland after years in exile, wants to lay his hands on millions of dollars, he says, to help rebuild his catastrophe-ridden homeland.

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 READ MORE



YouTube / Christine4Senate

O’Donnell Accused of Dipping Into the Campaign Till

Christine O’Donnell raised a record $7.3 million in her 2010 bid to represent Delaware in the U.S. Senate, but allegations about how she spent that money and funds from previous campaigns have led to a criminal investigation by federal prosecutors and the FBI. ... (more)

Posted on Dec 29, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Louis Lanzano

Billions More for Madoff Victims

The cash pot available to compensate victims of Bernie Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme has grown by $7.2 billion after a settlement was reached with the estate of a Palm Beach client of the Wall Street shyster.

Posted on Dec 17, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Agência Brasil

Berlusconi Allegedly Bought Votes

Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi’s political rap sheet is already quite appalling, from alleged under-age sexcapades to anti-Semitic jokes. But new allegations by state prosecutors have added another blotch on the billionaire’s bill: He’s accused of buying votes to stay in power.

Posted on Dec 10, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Antonio Sierra

Leaked Cables Show Drug War Concerns

While it may just prove what we already know, WikiLeaks’ gold mine of information has birthed yet another gem. It seems the U.S. is worried about the prospects of Mexico’s fight against its rampant drug trade, describing the army there as “risk averse” and official corruption as widespread.

Posted on Dec 3, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Karen Ballard

Cheney May Face Nigerian Bribery Charges

Before he was vice president, Dick Cheney ran oil giant Halliburton, a subsidiary of which once dropped $180 million in bribes on Nigerian officials. Now Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency plans to charge Cheney over the affair.

Posted on Dec 2, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Susan Walsh

Wendell Potter on ‘Deadly Spin’

The health industry spinmaster-turned-whistle-blower says the consumer is funding the industry’s smear campaigns: “A big portion of what we spend or pay in premiums is skimmed off to operate and conduct these fear-mongering and anger-mongering campaigns.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Susan Walsh

Wendell Potter on ‘Deadly Spin’

The health industry spinmaster-turned-whistle-blower says the consumer is funding the industry’s smear campaigns: “A big portion of what we spend or pay in premiums is skimmed off to operate and conduct these fear-mongering and anger-mongering campaigns.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2010 READ MORE


The Health Insurance Industry’s Vendetta Against Michael Moore

Health insurance executives at an industry strategy session on how to respond to Michael Moore’s 2007 documentary “Sicko” thought they may have to implement a plan “to push Moore off a cliff,” says whistle-blower Wendell Potter.

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Jeff Widener

Power and the Tiny Acts of Rebellion

There is no hope left for achieving significant reform or restoring our democracy through established mechanisms of power. We must take to the streets, armed with the tiny acts of truth and kindness that throughout history have exposed the oppressor’s cruelty.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE



Rep. Charles Rangel via Flickr (CC-BY)

Congress Convicts Rangel

Rep. Charlie Rangel may as well have stuck around for the full hearing. An ethics subcommittee convicted the veteran lawmaker Tuesday of 11 counts of naughty, having to do with fundraising, cheap rent and taxes. Rangel’s colleagues could decide to give him the boot, but he’s likelier to get off with just a reprimand.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE


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