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In 2013, Trump’s Defense Nominee Compared Israeli Occupation With Apartheid

Gen. James Mattis, who has been tapped for secretary of defense, also said he was against getting involved in Syria and warned that military action can’t resolve the issue of Iran’s nuclear enrichment program.

Posted on Dec 3, 2016 READ MORE


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‘Enough to Make Me Gag’: Warren and Sanders Decry Latest Big Pharma Giveaway (Video)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren vows to fight the 21st Century Cures Act “because I know the difference between compromise and extortion.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2016 READ MORE



Why Is It So Hard to Reduce the Pentagon Budget?

An ideology of armed exceptionalism and the entrenched power of the arms lobby are the pillars that uphold the Defense Department’s $600 billion annual stranglehold on our tax dollars year after year.

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 READ MORE



Worshipping Money in Washington, D.C.

The “must-read crib sheet for Washington’s influence class” represents the constantly unfolding tale of power for hire, told always with a discreet sympathy for the man on top.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 READ MORE



Revealed: How Wall Street and the Government Profit From Student Debt

In a riveting article by The Center for Investigative Reporting, authors James B. Steele and Lance Williams detail how indebted students suffer as others cash in.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 READ MORE



Look at the Lobbyists Clinton and Wasserman Schultz Picked to Write the Democratic Party’s Platform

The leading Democratic presidential candidate and the party chair appointed influence peddlers with ties to weapons makers, hedge funds and Wal-Mart to the committee responsible for drafting the party’s policies.

Posted on May 26, 2016 READ MORE



When Red Tape Is a Good Thing

We don’t just need to get money out of politics—we need to get it out of policy, too.

Posted on Mar 31, 2016 READ MORE



Will Corporate America Confront GOP Climate Denial?

Republican congressional leaders in both houses know they can continue to lie and deny on climate, so long as the nation’s business leaders fail to demand change. Although they will always collect millions from ExxonMobil, the Koch brothers and assorted fossil fuel profiteers, they might begin to worry if other economic interests that have traditionally supported them suddenly turned off the money and turned on the pressure.

Posted on Dec 4, 2015 READ MORE



Saudi Arabia Continues Hiring Spree of U.S. Lobbyists and Public Relations Experts

Foreign lobbying disclosure documents reveal that the government of Saudi Arabia, known for its grotesque human rights abuses, is aggressively seeking to expand its influence in Washington, D.C.

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Despite Pledge, ExxonMobil Paid Millions Toward Climate Change Denial

The oil giant gave over $2.3 million to members of Congress and a corporate lobbying group to support climate change denial, even though it pledged to cease such funding in 2007.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 READ MORE



The Part of the Dennis Hastert Scandal That No One’s Paying Attention To

Washington has been rocked by the scandal of J. Dennis Hastert, the longest-serving Republican speaker in the history of the U.S. House.

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Emails Show Dairy Industry Crafted ‘Ag-Gag’ Law Forbidding Pictures of Farms

Emails obtained by investigative journalist Lee Fang show that language in legislation that outlawed the recording of animal abuse on factory farms in Idaho originated almost wholly with dairy industry lobbyists.

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Hacked Sony Emails Show Major Democrat-Turned-Lobbyist Urging Support for Republicans

As head of the lobbying group Motion Picture Association of America, Chris Dodd—a former Democratic senator and self-styled champion for working families—advised film executives to financially support Republican campaigns for election to Congress.

Posted on Apr 19, 2015 READ MORE



Ex-Lobbyists for Spies Are Overseeing Government Spying

Increasingly, the task of overseeing the National Security Agency is going to former lobbyists for NSA contractors and other intelligence community insiders.

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 READ MORE



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Cable Lobby Admits to Funding Stealth Campaign Against Net Neutrality

As the FCC considers how to regulate Internet providers, the telecom industry’s stealth campaign for hearts and minds encompasses everything from art installations to LOLcats.

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TurboTax Maker Linked to ‘Grass-Roots’ Campaign Against Free, Simple Tax Filing

Intuit and its allies are continuing to work against proposals for what’s known as return-free filing.

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 READ MORE



ALEC’s Horror Show Is Coming to Your Hometown

“The rightwing group Alec is preparing to launch a new nationwide network that will seek to replicate its current influence within state legislatures in city councils and municipalities,” The Guardian reported earlier this month.

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Want a New Law? If You’re the Banking Industry, Just Write It Yourself

A banking regulatory bill moving through the House of Representatives this week was largely written by banking lobbyists, and steered under the guidance of politicians raking in campaign contributions from the people who would benefit from the legislation. Yes, this is the best democracy money can buy.

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 READ MORE



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California Shows the Way in Combating ‘Dark Money’ in Politics

A state political campaign watchdog agency has issued $1 million in fines and $15 million in penalties to shadowy groups—yes, the Koch brothers are connected—that sought to buy results in two California proposition elections. The decision points up the lack of teeth in federal laws, and offers an example of how to fix that. Assuming Washington can fix anything.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE


Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Supreme Court Warning

The Massachusetts Democrat vocalized concerns that the Supreme Court is being captured by corporate special interest groups during a speech at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy National Convention.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Climate Research Nearly Unanimous on Causes

The results are conclusive. Of more than 4,000 peer reviewed papers published over a period of 20 years, 97.1 percent agree that climate change is man-made.

Posted on May 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Profiting From Human Misery

The for-profit prison industry, which is expanding across the nation, has blunted prison reform, stymied repeal of our draconian drug laws and successfully lobbied for harsher and harsher detention policies. Mass incarceration is increasingly about corporate profit, not justice. 

Posted on Feb 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Anonymous Obamacare Explainer

Mindful of the bewildering complexity of the issues they report, the best journalists are also teachers who patiently explain the deep meanings and consequences of their findings in language literate audiences can understand. With the Affordable Care Act going into full effect in less than a year, a detailed lesson on how it will impact many Americans’ finances is urgent.

Posted on Feb 9, 2013 READ MORE



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K Street’s Deceptive Dive

According to figures reported under the Lobbying Disclosure Act, money spent to influence politicians decreased in 2011 and 2012. So did the total number of registered lobbyists. Does that mean the business is on the decline?

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 READ MORE


Remember the Children

America’s children seem to be shortchanged on almost every issue we face as a society. Not only are we failing to protect them from deranged people wielding semiautomatic guns, but we’re also not protecting them from poverty.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 READ MORE


The Post-Election Politics of the Revolving Door

There are two types of money that corrupt our politics. After a national election that cost more than $2 billion, most of us know about the blatant kind.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 READ MORE



Mitt the Lobbyist, GOP Lawmaker Plans Gun Raffle Fundraiser, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a 10-year-old’s impassioned plea to the New York City Council and a new poll shows Romney has a likability problem.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 READ MORE



Internet Heavyweights Band Together

The titans of the Web—Facebook, Google, eBay and Amazon—have joined forces to make their voices heard in Washington, forming a powerful lobbying group called the Internet Association.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 READ MORE



More Romney Bain Woes, ‘Fox & Friends’ Hits New Low, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the controversy over an alleged Romney campaign remark and Herman Cain comes to Mitt’s defense on tax returns.

Posted on Jul 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Questionable Drugs Net Billions for Health Care Industry

Doctors, drugmakers, regulators and lobbyists pushed high doses of medications that may have been ineffective or at times even lethal on millions of anemic patients over two decades, making upward of $8 billion a year for two companies. “How did this happen?” asks Peter Whoriskey of The Washington Post.

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 READ MORE


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Posted on Mar 29, 2012 ENLARGE


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Posted on Jan 17, 2012 ENLARGE


Money: All of It

As infographics go, this one, based on data from the Center for Responsive Politics, is poster-sized. But then that’s the whole point. See how the typical household income stacks up against the cost of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress.

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Google’s Many Changes

With the simple dictum “don’t be evil” as its motto, the Internet software giant Google—which ranked as the third-highest lobbying spender in the tech industry in 2010—wages an aggressive image and relations campaign with an international public, and its strategy is evolving. (more)

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Obama Chokes on Clean Air Rule

Fearing reduced chances for re-election by a public angry about mass unemployment, President Obama walked away from a nationwide plan to strengthen air quality standards after business interests lobbied aggressively in opposition. (more)

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 READ MORE



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Swiss Cheese Sanctions

Like a piece of Swiss cheese, U.S. sanction policy is riddled with holes, according to reports. A former Treasury official claims licenses to trade with blacklisted countries such as Iran have been doled out to the tune of billions of dollars in profits, all at the behest of lobbying groups.

Posted on Dec 24, 2010 READ MORE



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Lobbying Is About Getting Nothing Done

A 10-year study of the influence business finds that the billions of dollars ($3.5 billion in 2009 alone, according to the Center for Responsive Politics) thrown at elected officials add up to a whole lot of nothing—that is, the influential spend a lot of time, energy and cash stalemating each other and keeping things the way they are.

Posted on Aug 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Done With Guns, NRA Has Other Targets

The Supreme Court has pretty much decided the National Rifle Association’s main issue, but the pressure group, which has managed to make a plaything of Congress, shows no signs of disarming or disbanding. Instead, the gun lobby has set its sights on health care, Elena Kagan and other matters of state.

Posted on Jul 12, 2010 READ MORE



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Obama’s Health Care Bill Is Enough to Make You Sick

A close reading of the new health care legislation, which will conveniently take effect in 2014 after the next presidential election, is deeply depressing.

Posted on Jul 11, 2010 READ MORE


Intoxicated on Fundraising

“You don’t have to drink. You just have to pay.” Has there ever been a better summary of how Washington works—and the need for campaign finance reform—than this line from a 2007 e-mail?

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 READ MORE


It Takes Power to Control Power

Discredited as the financial powers are, their wealth alone continues to provide them with wildly disproportionate influence over the political process.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE


Titan Over Wall Street

Perhaps Obama could have scored more popularity points if he had ordered a few financiers to be led out of the Cooper Union auditorium in handcuffs.

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 READ MORE


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How the Corporations Broke Ralph Nader and America, Too

Ralph Nader’s descent from being one of the most respected and powerful men in the country to being a pariah illustrates the totality of the corporate coup.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE


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E-Mail Trail Leads to Trouble for Sen. Ensign

More legal and political fallout is on the way for Sen. John Ensign as a result of his affair with a former aide’s wife. The New York Times reported Wednesday that new e-mail evidence has emerged suggesting the Nevada senator knew he was trying to help said aide, Douglas Hampton, land lobbying work after Ensign’s relationship with Hampton’s wife, Cynthia, was over.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Kucinich: ‘Heads They Win, Tails We Lose’ (Update: Transcript)

Rep. Dennis Kucinich tells us why he isn’t buckling under pressure to vote for the president’s health care reform bill: “Every plan that’s put forth by our government ends up benefiting the health insurance industry.”

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 READ MORE



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Kucinich: ‘Heads They Win, Tails We Lose’

Rep. Dennis Kucinich tells us why he isn’t buckling under pressure to vote for the president’s health care reform bill (“Every plan that’s put forth by our government ends up benefiting the health insurance industry”).

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 READ MORE



Booze Pirates Fleece Puerto Rico With the Help of Congress

A transfer of billions of dollars in federal aid from public projects in Puerto Rico to one of the world’s largest liquor conglomerates over the next 30 years continues to move forward without any objection from Congress.

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE


Miracle on K Street









Posted on Dec 24, 2009 ENLARGE


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