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Chris Hedges Has 15 Minutes to Start a Revolution

By Chris Hedges

The Truthdig columnist speaks to a crowd in Wisconsin over the weekend about the prevailing power structure and “the abject surrender of our political class ... to cash-rich lobbying groups.”

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 READ MORE



Lobbyists Bidding to Block Government Regs Set Sights on Secretive White House Office

When Washington lobbyists fail to derail regulations proposed by federal agencies, they often find a receptive ear within the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an arm of the White House Office of Management and Budget that conducts much of its business in secret.

Posted on Aug 2, 2014 READ MORE



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On Our Highest Court, a Former Lobbyist Guts Campaign Finance Reform

For a large and bipartisan majority of Americans, the increasing power of money in politics is deeply troubling. But not for the conservative majority of the United States Supreme Court, whose members appear to regard the dollar’s domination of democracy as an inevitable consequence of constitutional freedom—and anyway, not a matter of grave concern.

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 READ MORE


Congress Goes to Work

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Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE



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The Three Biggest Lies About Why Corporate Taxes Should Be Lowered

Instead of spending August on the beach, corporate lobbyists are readying arguments for when Congress returns in September about why corporate taxes should be lowered. But they’re lies. You need to know why so you can spread the truth.

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 READ MORE



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The Business of Standing in Line

Paying someone else to secure you a seat at committee hearings is a for-profit concern on Capitol Hill, but some people are worried it has weakened the influence of the public.

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 READ MORE


Being Rich Is Taxing

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Posted on Apr 13, 2013 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


It’s Party Time at the Republican Convention

The 200-plus parties being held around the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., this week provide opportunities for rookies as well as veterans of Congress to rub shoulders with lobbyists for the corporations that make or break their political careers, says Keenan Steiner, a staff writer for the Sunlight Foundation.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Rep. Owens Will Reimburse Cost of Taiwan Trip

The congressman who last year took a $22,000 four-day trip to Taiwan organized by lobbyists said Friday that he will personally reimburse the university that paid for the trip.

Posted on May 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Lobbyists Arranged N.Y. Congressman’s $20,000 Trip To Taiwan

Though rules laid down by the House Ethics Committee expressly forbid participation in lobbyist-organized trips, Rep. Bill Owens and his wife took a four-day tour of Taiwan late last year that was arranged by lobbyists with ex-New York Sen. Al D’Amato’s firm, Park Strategies.

Posted on May 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Two Jerks

Of the two top finishers in the Iowa Republican caucuses, it’s hard to tell who is worse: Mitt Romney, the eight-vote winner, or Rick Santorum.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



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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


Lobbying Firm Proposes ‘Hit Job’ on OWS

MSNBC journalist Chris Hayes brings us a memo written by a Washington lobbying firm staffed with former aides of Republican Speaker John Boehner offering American bankers a near $1 million publicity blitz against Occupy Wall Street and its congressional supporters. (more)

Posted on Nov 19, 2011 READ MORE


Already Occupied

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Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE



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From Top to Bottom, Supercommittee Is in the War Lobby’s Pocket

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (also known as the “supercommittee,” because it is made up of equal parts Republican, Democrat, House and Senate) was set up to cut $1.5 trillion from the budget. Though military enthusiasts make a great show of worry for defense spending, they have little to fear ... (more)

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Will Big Tobacco’s Former Bagman Really Be the Next Speaker?

There is nothing fresh or surprising about Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, the would-be speaker, a figure so closely associated with corporate special interests that he looks, sounds and behaves exactly like a lobbyist.

Posted on Sep 16, 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


The Thing That Ate the WIC Budget

The government’s struggles with infant formula, of all things, offer a broader lesson in how hard it is to take even the most common-sense steps to save taxpayer dollars.

Posted on Jul 13, 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


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House Passes Major Financial Regulation Bill

In what is being hailed as the biggest bid to change financial regulation since Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, the House of Representatives on Friday passed the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009. In a press conference after the vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi proclaimed, “We are sending a clear message to Wall Street: The party is over.”

Posted on Dec 11, 2009 READ MORE



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The $380 Million Gorilla

With six lobbyists for every congressperson and $380 million spent on lobbying in recent months, the health care industry has pulled out all the stops in battling against any reform to the nation’s health insurance system, no matter how watered down it might be.

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE


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Government Insiders Lobbying for Health Care Companies

According to The Washington Post, the U.S. health care industry has hired over 350 ex-government officials and ex-members of Congress to influence their former colleagues in the debate over health care reform. The newspaper’s report says three out of every four major health care companies employ at least one government insider and an estimated $1.4 million is spent daily on lobbying efforts by the health care industry.

Posted on Jul 6, 2009 READ MORE


The Shame Beneath Inaugural Hoopla

Sorry to rain on the inaugural parade, but we need to find a better way to pay for these things. The financing of President-elect Barack Obama’s big day is just as much of an embarrassment to the country as the financing of inaugurations past.

Posted on Jan 14, 2009 READ MORE



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What Do John McCain and Saddam Hussein Have in Common?

The answer is William Timmons, a lobbyist tapped by McCain to head his transition team. Timmons was connected to a lobbying effort on behalf of the Hussein regime, though he has denied any wrongdoing.

Posted on Oct 14, 2008 READ MORE


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Back to Work

All three presidential candidates are scheduled to be back in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. A Republican senator has proposed a yearlong ban on earmarks and, shocking though it may seem, John McCain, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are apparently on board with the idea. Their colleagues in the Senate, however, are somewhat less enthusiastic.

Posted on Mar 13, 2008 READ MORE


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Show Me the Money

The issue of campaign financing was raised once again during Monday’s debate between the Democrats, so we thought we’d check the numbers and see how much the candidates are getting and from whom.

Posted on Jan 22, 2008 READ MORE


Draining the Swamp

With the furor over the war funding bill, you may not have noticed that Congress did something right this week. Although it will likely threaten their tenuous hold on a majority, the Democrats pushed through legislation to further limit the influence of lobbyists in Washington.

Posted on May 28, 2007 READ MORE


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Reformers Without Results

If the Democrats don’t make good on their election-year promises to reform the lobbying system, they won’t deserve to hold power.

Posted on Jan 1, 2007 READ MORE


New Lobbying Law Falls Short on Reform

The bill, which passed 90 to 8, requires lobbyists to disclose more information about their interactions with lawmakers, but there’s little increase in the enforcement of ethics laws.

Posted on Mar 29, 2006 READ MORE


Oh, Now They Want Limits on Lobbying…

In the wake of the Jack Abramoff meltdown, House GOP leaders claim that they want at least a temporary ban on privately funded travel for lawmakers, plus some restrictions on lobbyists.
It shouldn’t have taken a scandal the magnitude of the Abramoff case to convince these lawmakers to do the right thing. This latest move seems a cynical ploy destined to “sunset” as soon as public attention is turned elsewhere.

Posted on Mar 15, 2006 READ MORE


Lawmakers Appear to Distance Selves From Lobbyists

Both Republicans and Democrats are canceling meetings with lobbyists in the wake of the Abramoff scandal. | story
Pardon our cynicism, but as long as lobbyists have money to dole out, lawmakers will find a way to the trough.
Any lobbying-reform legislation that results from this scandal will be rendered moot as quickly as you can say “McCain-Feingold.”

Posted on Jan 31, 2006 READ MORE


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