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LEE FANG  Lee Fang is a  reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. He covers money in politics, conservative movements and lobbying. Lee's work has resulted in multiple calls for hearings in Congress and the Federal Election Commission. His book on the campaign to block Obama's domestic priorities is slated for publication this winter.  Lee is a lifelong resident of Prince George's County, Maryland, and holds a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park. Previously, Lee interned with ThinkProgress and worked as a researcher for Progressive Accountability. In college, Lee held internships with Media Matters for America, Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, and Westin Rinehart.

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(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Romney Hires Voter Suppression Guru When people go to vote and learn their voter registration forms were never turned in, they are denied their rights. Former Rep. Chris Cannon (R-UT), during a hearing on voter fraud, admitted that "the difference between ACORN and Sproul is that ACORN doesn't throw away or change registration documents after they have been filled out."
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 19, 2012
GOP Mogul Behind Drug Rehab "Torture" Centers Is Bankrolling Opposition to Pot Legalization in Colorado Mel Sembler, who made his fortune in real estate, says his opposition to marijuana use influenced his move to the GOP. He switched party affiliation in 1979, when he claims he found out "[President Jimmy] Carter was doing all this pot smoking and stuff in the White House."
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 10, 2012
In Recorded Message To Drone Lobby Group, Congressman Rick Berg Brags About Loyalty To Industry With little debate, lobbyists slipped language into an FAA reauthorization bill earlier this year that will allow some 30,000 drones to fly over domestic airspace in coming years. While the shift may lead to a marked loss of privacy for millions of Americans, one congressman is bragging about carrying the drone industry's water.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 11, 2012
Revealed: Secretive Group Working To Suppress Voting In Maine Funded In Part By Wisconsin Businesses Across the country, state lawmakers have pushed forward bills to lower democratic participation. State after state have adopted laws that criminalize voter registration drives, limit the ability of low-income people and college students to vote, and otherwise restrict qualified voters from casting a ballot.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 30, 2012
Saudi-Led Oil Lobby Group Financed 2012 Dark Money Attack Ads The foreign corporate money given to a trade association, from a Saudi oil firm or a French chemical company, for example, can now find its way into an attack ad. The lobbyists and companies, and perhaps many of the politicians, know where the money for the ads is coming from -- but the American people have no clue.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Grover Norquist's Budget Is Largely Financed by Just Two Billionaire-Backed Nonprofits Disclosures show that only two billionaire-backed groups have provided over 66 percent of Norquist's funding. When Norquist promises consequences for the few GOP members willing to break with his pledge, what he's really saying is that his donor network will retaliate with attack ads and money for primary challenges.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Lobbying Group Asks Supreme Court Not To Use "Empirical Evidence" Of Corruption When Reconsidering Citizens United At the heart of the issue is whether the Citizens United decision has increased corruption. Interest groups and politicians are lining up to offer briefs to the Supreme Court. Some, like Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and John McCain (R-AZ), have submitted a brief urging the court to overturn Citizens United.
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(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 3, 2015
Obama Admin's TPP Trade Officials Received Hefty Bonuses From Big Banks Officials tapped by the Obama administration to lead the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations have received multimillion dollar bonuses from CitiGroup and Bank of America,
USA - MD - City of Baltimore Police, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 1, 2015
Maryland Cop Lobbyists Helped Block Reforms Just Last Month Maryland's Law Enforcement Officer Bill of Rights, one of the strongest such statutes in the nation, is a considerable barrier to police reform. The LEOBR, enacted in 1974, shields officers from oversight by establishing a narrow standard for reviewing police misconduct and limiting the ability of victims to press charges. New legislation to correct that has been diluted by Police Union lobbyists
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Police Unions, For-Profit Traffic Light Companies Lobby To Set Up Red Light Cameras For Revenue Not Public Safety Though police unions have lobbied against bills to promote public safety over collecting revenue, there are divisions within the union. The national Police Chiefs Association has acknowledged that "too many jurisdictions have obtained red light cameras to generate revenue" and recommends that future policies should only promote public safety.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 9, 2020
Coronavirus Hasn't Stopped Kushner Real Estate Empire From Hounding Tenants With Debt Collection, Eviction Lawsuits Well into the coronavirus crisis, which has led to skyrocketing unemployment, court records show properties owned by Kushner Companies are still filing new eviction lawsuits.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 25, 2012
Mitt Romney May Place Top Oil Lobbyist In Charge Of His White House Gerard is the president of the American Petroleum Institute, the largest oil lobbying associations in the country. Rumors are against circulating that Gerard, a prominent Mormon and close ally to the Romney campaign, may be selected to take the top slot in a Romney administration.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 26, 2019
Joe Biden's Super Pac Is Being Organized By Corporate Lobbyists For Health Care Industry, Weapons Makers, Finance Though Biden has pledged not to take contributions from registered lobbyists, the prohibition appears not to apply to big-dollar organizers of his Super PAC. Among the individuals involved with the effort are several lobbyists for leading corporations and foreign governments.
Fossil fuels damage the atmosphere, From WikimediaPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 21, 2019
Coal Giant Provided Secret Financing To Group Challenging Climate Lawsuits Murray Energy showered donations to several think tanks focused on questioning the link between human activity and global warming.
Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 18, 2020
Wall Street Titans Finance Democratic Primary Challenger To Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Disclosures show that over four dozen finance industry professionals, including several prominent private equity executives and investment bankers, made early donations to Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a former CNBC contributor who is challenging Ocasio-Cortez.
The coronavirus pandemic and the crisis of capitalism, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 20, 2020
Banks Pressure Health Care Firms To Raise Prices On Critical Drugs, Medical Supplies For Coronaviris Investment bankers have pressed health care companies on the front lines of fighting the novel coronavirus, including drug firms developing experimental treatments and medical supply firms, to consider ways that they can profit from the crisis.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 2, 2012
Matt Romney's Russia Trip, a Preview of Romney Family Crony Capitalism? Are the Russians more motivated to invest with Matt's firm now that they know they could be dealing with the future president's son? Matt made the trip to Russia to persuade officials to invest sovereign wealth funds with his company, which owns US shopping centers. If Matt keeps relaying substantive policy messages through his firm, he might seem like a good investment if you're a foreign politician.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 7, 2020
TV Pundits Praising Suleimani Assassination Neglect To Disclose Ties To Arms Industry Many of the pundits who appeared on national television or were quoted in major publications to praise the president's actions have undisclosed ties to the defense industry -- the only domestic industry that stands to gain from increased violence.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 6, 2012
Exclusive: Paul Ryan Quietly Requested Obamacare Cash Despite Ryan's quiet support for an Affordable Care Act clinic grant in his district, the Wisconsin congressman's promise to repeal Obamacare would undermine the law's five-year plan to rapidly grow the health clinic system in America by withdrawing the necessary funds. The so-called Ryan Budget plan would also decimate other federal support for health clinics.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 20, 2012
Koch Operative Steered $55 Million To Front Groups Airing Ads Against Candidates Over Abortion, 9/11, Medicare Koch operative Sean Noble channeled grants to two dozen 501(c)4 nonprofits. As Stephen Colbert has covered, 501(c)4 nonprofits, which he refers to as "Spooky PACs," can act like Super PACs -- raising and spending unlimited corporate, union and individual contributions -- but do not have to disclose a dime in terms of where the money is coming from.
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 8, 2019
Democratic Sweep Sets Up Confrontation With Corporate Giant That Has Loomed Over Virginia Politics For A Century Dominion has flexed its muscle on the federal level and in other states in which it operates, as well. In 2005, Dominion spent over $500,000 to help push through President George W. Bush's Energy Policy Act, which repealed the New Deal limitations on utility holding company consolidation.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 26, 2011
News Corp Set To Air 9/11 Documentary Glorifying Bush; Producer Says He's Not Interested In 'Facts' The documentary has not aired yet, but is scheduled to come out a few days before the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Early reviews of the program, however, paint Bush as a hero who discarded politics and his right-wing agenda once the planes hit the towers. The film also depicts Bush as a leader bent on capturing Osama bin Laden, no matter what.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Federal Government Buys Riot Gear, Increases Security Funding, Citing Coronavirus Pandemic The federal-funding requests contrast sharply with the rosy rhetoric from President Donald Trump, who has lavished himself with praise for his response to the crisis and issued optimistic predictions that recovery is around the corner.
Wuhan Coronavirus and the Aviation Industry, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Airline Industry Blocked Disclosure Of Trade Data, Helping Conceal The Airlift Of N95 Masks From The U.S. To China IN THE FIRST months of the Covid-19 outbreak when U.S. hospitals faced a critical shortage of protective gear and exposed front-line medical workers to needless risk, hundreds of tons of medical face masks were loaded onto planes at U.S. airports and flown to China and other destinations for foreign buyers.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 14, 2012
Disclosures: Health Insurance Companies Plowed Over $107 Million Into Electing Boehner's Anti-Health Reform Congress If the insurers are successful with continuing to elect pro-repeal politicians using secret cash, it's likely we will continue to live in a country where up to 45,000 people die every year due to lack of insurance, and millions lose coverage due to so-called pre-existing conditions and other denials of care.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Civil Rights Groups, Funded by Telecoms, Back Donald Trump's Plan to Kill Net Neutrality Civil Rights Groups, Funded by Telecoms, Back Donald Trump's Plan to Kill Net Neutrality
Some Qualifying Businesses Received A PPP Loan While Others Were Shut Out, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 25, 2020
Small Business Rescue Money Flowing To Major Trump Donors, Disclosures Show PPP loans have been swiftly approved for a number of corporations whose executives have donated heavily to Trump's campaign, Securities and Exchange Commission records show.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 19, 2011
Issa Staffer Deregulates For Former Employer Goldman Sachs After "Transylvanian" Name Change Peter Haller, a former VP at Goldman Sachs now leads the charge under Rep. Darrell Issa for financial deregulation on companies including his old boss who was specifically named in letters he signed. But Haller's real name was Peter Simonyi, changed after exiting Goldman for the "public" sector. Haller said this was meant to honor his Transylvanian grandpa's dying wish, but Revolving Door-watchers find it highly "uncommon".
Bank Failures & Bank Runs, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 9, 2020
Republicans Are Using Coronavirus Crisis To Win Long-Desired Bank Deregulation, Raising Potential For Bank Failures Experts are warning that the deregulatory blitz, sold as a fix to stimulate business by encouraging more lending, raises the potential for a flood of small bank failures, potentially lengthening economic woes and risking the need for future bank bailouts.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 3, 2012
In Search of Votes, Billionaire-Backed Anti-Obama Groups Distribute Expensive Gifts AFP is hosting events at gas stations across the country to provide gasoline to motorists for the price of $1.84 per gallon. The group is paying for up to 15 gallons for 100-150 drivers at each station, telling them that the $1.84 price symbolizes the price per a gallon before Obama took office in 2009.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 5, 2015
Chevron's Lobbyist Now Runs the Congressional Science Committee For Chevron, the second largest oil company in the country with $26.2 billion in annual profits, it helps to have friends in high places. With little fanfare, one of Chevron's top lobbyists, Stephen Sayle, has become a senior staff member of the House Committee on Science, the standing congressional committee charged with "maintaining our scientific and technical leadership in the world."
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 1, 2013
Meet Jason Rapert, the Koch-Backed Evangelical Steering Arkansas' Radical Abortion-Restriction Effort The Arkansas legislature lurched forward with a radical measure to ban most abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected within six weeks of a pregnancy,that experts say will force the state to insert a probe into a woman's vagina to detect. The chief sponsor of the measure is Republican State Senator Jason Rapert, a fiddle-playing financial planner with his own evangelical outreach center.
Smithfield Foods number one COVID-19 hot spot, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 25, 2020
Meat Industry Campaign Cash Flows To Officials Seeking To Quash COVID-19 Lawsuits Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork processor, and Mountaire Farms, a major poultry producer, have come under fire in recent months for reportedly pressuring employees to crowd into plants with minimal safety precautions.
Healthcare workers call on government over concerns about equipment shortage, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 5, 2020
Key Medical Supplies Were Shipped From U.S. Manufacturers To Foreign Buyers, Records Show American hospitals around the country are now running low on all forms of personal protective gear, such as N95 masks or purified air personal respirators, for medical staff, as well as life-saving ventilators, which pump oxygenated air into the lungs, for patients.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 26, 2018
Secretly Taped Audio Reveals Democratic Leadership Pressuring Progressive To Leave Race The secretly taped audio recording, reveals how senior Democratic officials have worked to crush competitive primaries and steer political resources, money, and other support to hand-picked candidates in key races across the country, long before the party publicly announces a preference.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 19, 2012
Is Your Boss Going To "Mine" Your Vote? More Corporations Step Up Coercion Businesses throughout Washington State, along with a loose network of hundreds of coal and mining companies, are preparing to urge employees to vote for specific political candidates. Meanwhile, lobbyists in Washington are working furiously to encourage more corporations to adopt these tactics.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 3, 2012
Video: Jeb Bush Rebukes Koch Brothers, Karl Rove's Political Machine; Calls For "Total" Campaign Disclosure While Bush's call for unlimited contributions would not be ideal in terms of curbing corruption, his idea of shutting off outside spending groups and making all donors completely transparent is a step in the right direction.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 23, 2012
Koch Group Kicks Off Massive Voter Mobilization Effort The Koch network, which is actively training Tea Partiers, via a partnership with True the Vote, to harass and intimidate voters, may tip the scales in this election. And you won't see their work on television, or through FEC disclosures. Like Wisconsin, liberals might see the ground shifting beneath them, and wonder what happened.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Coal Company CEO Dreams of Romney as President, Jim Inhofe as Head of EPA Coal companies provide a product that causes mercury poisoning, climate change, and other environmental hazards. The increasingly profitable way of extracting it, mountaintop removal, the process by which a mountain is blown up and the coal beneath it is gathered with heavy cranes and machinery, is being blamed for poisoning waterways throughout Appalachia.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 11, 2012
Across France And Greece, Voters Revolt Against Corruption Polls indicate that Greek and French sentiments are in line with a larger backlash. A new study from Gallup finds that "two in three adults worldwide believe corruption is widespread in the businesses in their countries." Rasmussen reports that 61% of American voters list corruption and government ethics as "very important."
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Charles Koch Reflects on Last Election, Promises to Do More to "Persuade Politicians" The political suppression of climate science, and any reasonable response to the climate crisis, clearly benefits Koch Industries' bottom line -- and such selfish lobbying at the expense of the common good is the very worst example of crony capitalism. And, Koch may purchase at least the newspaper division of the Tribune Co., which includes the Los Angeles Times.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 12, 2012
Loophole Allows Saudi Arabian Businesses to Spend Freely in Our Election Foreign corporations can in fact influence American democracy in pernicious ways. For instance, how can Saudi Arabia and other oil-rich countries keep us dependent on fossil fuels? Well, thanks in part to the Citizens United decision, a new loophole allows foreign corporations to spend unlimited, undisclosed amounts on American elections.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 26, 2021
Biden's Inner Circle Maintains Close Ties To Vaccine Makers, Disclosures Reveal As concerns grow about a global "vaccine apartheid," watchdogs worry that the Biden administration is primed to favor profits over people.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 20, 2021
Drugmakers Promise Investors They'll Soon Hike COVID-19 Vaccine Prices Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer have quietly touted plans to raise prices on coronavirus vaccines in the near future and to capitalize on the virus's lasting presence.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 20, 2013
Major Gun Company Begins Asking Customers to Fight Obama's Proposed Reforms Politics has always been a big part of the gun lobby's business model. From lobbying to nullifying lawsuits against gun companies, to extracting huge tax subsidies from states, and of course quashing gun control laws and research into gun safety, the gun industry's heightened activism extends far beyond the Second Amendment and well into concerns about quarterly profits.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 28, 2013
Predatory Lenders Fight Regulators With Offer of $500 Visa Gift Cards The Consumers for Choice site, registered in August shortly after the New York State and Department of Justice probe began, also does not disclose any information about who is behind the effort. The Contact Us page lists an address for Aristotle, a political website company. The only names listed on the site are Republican members of Congress who have issued supportive blurbs.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 9, 2012
Bias in Campaign Spending Disclosure System Makes Big Business Influence Look Smaller Than It Really Is Elections can be bought using a number of tactics that elude traditional campaign disclosure. For instance, Americans for Prosperity, a group financed largely by Koch Industries executives Charles and David Koch, bused activists from Illinois into Wisconsin to help canvass and encourage Wisconsin voters to support Walker. Not a single dime of these bus tours are catalogued anywhere as election spending.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 31, 2012
Video: On Capitol Hill, Reporter Attacked For Daring To Ask A Question To A Powerful CEO Last year, Honeywell was identified as one of the biggest recipients of special tax deals from the government. The company actually spends more on lobbying than it pays in corporate taxes. This preferential treatment, for a company that makes billions in profits, is due in large part to Honeywell's close relationship with members of Congress.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 28, 2013
How Private Prisons Game the Immigration System Prison companies have invested in key legislators leading the reform process -- although the companies are coy about their purpose, denying that they are attempting to influence Congress deliberations. Their lobbying efforts are nothing new. CCA and other large private prison companies have forged ties with political insiders by spending huge sums on lobbying firms, campaign contributions and grants to friendly think tanks.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Here's a Real Watergate-Style Political Scandal The proposals in the leaked e-mails make clear that Watergate-style break and entry against political targets is easier than ever, and requires no messy burglaries or "bugs." If law enforcement is worried about political espionage, they should start with the plot that has an obvious paper trail.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 3, 2012
Former Democratic Strategists Now Boost GOP In 2008, Mark Squier was the executive producer of the Democratic National Convention in Denver. A veteran political consultant of several campaigns, including Howard Dean's insurgent quest for the White House, Squier helped launch the Obama-Biden ticket into the final stretch of the campaign. Now Squier is working for the other side.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 22, 2013
How the Climate Reform Effort Was Poisoned From the Inside The strategy from Blue Line and its partners to ignore climate change played into the hands of polluters, which sought to suppress support for the bill by spreading doubt about the consensus over the science. It was a novel approach. In nearly every Western industrialized country that has implemented economy-wide carbon controls, reformers have talked about the effects of climate change.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 19, 2012
New ALEC Documents Show Regulatory Capture in Action There are many examples of regulators bending over backwards to provide favors to the companies that they are in charge of regulating, only to be handed lucrative jobs with those same firms after they retire from public office. ALEC has been successful as a ghostwriting front because it poses as a nonprofit charity interested in promoting conservative ideals.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 4, 2013
Lobbyists Targeting Liberal Groups Channeled Chinese Hackers' Strategy Large firms that have been victimized by malicious hacking, including Google and Intel, at least have the resources to detect and counter most forms of computer crimes. But what about a small company, or political advocacy group with little resources?
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Obama's First Term Was Shaped by Clashes With Big-Business Interests For Obama's second term, even with a weaker position given the composition of Congress, he may succeed by returning to his community-organizing roots -- a recognition that social movements are an essential component in advancing progressive reforms over corporate or partisan opposition.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 1, 2012
VIDEO: Congressman Tom Reed Gives Earmark-Tariffs To His Top Contributors, Defends Practice Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY) was quick to claim that his tariff exemption bills aren't targeted earmarks. But as our analysis shows, most of Reed's tariff bills only benefit one firm. In other cases, they benefit at most two firms. Rather than "sound tax policy," these legislative items are clearly targeted gifts.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 12, 2013
Member of Congressional Science Committee: Global Warming a "Fraud" to "Create Global Government" Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), a senior member of the House Science Committee, used a portion of his time at a town hall this week to launch into a rant about global warming, which he described as a plot by liberals to "create global government to control our lives."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 28, 2012
VIDEO: Outside Of Supreme Court, GOP Front Group Funded With Secret Health Insurance Cash Tries To Hide Affiliation Money was earmarked for the Karl Rove's American Action Forum ($3.3 million) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ($4.4 million), two groups that led the charge in fighting against health reform and running deceptive advertising about supporters of the law. One particularly nasty American Action Network ad said congressmen who voted for the bill were providing viagra for rapists.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 20, 2013
Generation Opportunity, New Koch-Funded Front, Says Youth Are Better Off Uninsured So, the big idea here is that young people should decline health insurance? Having no health insurance is "better for you?" When a car accident happens, or someone is sent to the hospital needing critical care, who picks up the bill? For slash-and-burn Koch groups, that doesn't seem to matter.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 16, 2013
GOP Congressman Explains Why He Wants to Defund a Health Program He Supports Kansas Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo has a problem. The program he'd like to use to help solve the healthcare crisis in America is...part of Obamacare already. For Pompeo, an ardent opponent of Obamacare, it's not clear if the congressman has ever acknowledged that the two clinics received substantial funding from the law he would like to repeal.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 13, 2013
Evan Bayh Uses the Government Shutdown to Shill for the Medical-Device Lobby When Democrats, including Bayh, passed the Affordable Care Act three years ago, they enacted a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical device companies to pay for the law. As Citizens for Tax Justice notes, many major medical-device companies pay no tax at all.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Norquist Says He Fights for "Taxpayers," but Goes to Bat for Donors Norquist's pledge (and his foundation's advocacy) transformed billions in taxpayer handouts into "tax cuts" that cannot be removed. In other words, Norquist is simply providing ideological cover for his benefactors in the oil industry.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Lobbyists Who Profit From Senate Dysfunction Fight Filibuster Reform Lobbyists, even agents for foreign governments, have secured Republican filibusters at a shocking rate. The cottage industry around monetizing filibusters has grown rapidly since Obama's first election. From 2009 to 2010, there were more filibusters filed than during the 1950s through 1960s combined, as The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel observed.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 9, 2013
ALEC Opposed Divestment From South Africa's Apartheid Regime While ALEC seems down, they're not out. According to the documents obtained by The Guardian, ALEC and its allied organization, SPN, have redoubled their efforts to expand and find new funding streams. Specific corporations and lobbying organizations are listed as prospective donors. The money just never stops.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 13, 2012
Does Campaign Disclosure Deserve An Up Or Down Vote? Senator Mike Enzi Says: "I Don't Know" The DISCLOSE Act passed the House and was filibustered by a minority of Republicans in the Senate in 2010. This year, with members like Enzi more focused on raising cash for the election than cleaning up campaigns, it looks like it won't even get debate in either chamber.
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 27, 2012
Conservative "Free Beacon" Fronts for Taiwan Lobby Michael Goldfarb, a former Republican staffer and writer, founded the Free Beacon with "several million dollars" in January. Listed as the chairman of the 501(c) group that sponsors the Free Beacon website, Goldfarb is also a partner at the lobbying and public relations firm Orion Strategies, LLC. There is no disclosure on the Free Beacon website that its chairman is paid to lobby for Taiwan and other interest groups.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Sabotaging Obamacare Is a Lucrative Endeavor for Some Health insurance brokers make a living by selling health insurance and collecting a commission for every person or group they enroll. With healthcare reform set to provide easy access to health insurance options, free of charge, many in the health insurance agent industry view the Obamacare rollout as a death sentence.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 8, 2013
GOP Immigration Amendments Boost Drones, Incarceration and Criminalization Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) has an amendment to reimburse "states and municipalities for costs incurred in incarcerating undocumented criminal aliens." By guaranteeing federal money for immigrant detention, Cornyn's amendment could incentivize the incarceration of immigrants in both private and public prisons.

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