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Ash, Smoke and Learning to Lead

Elliot Begoun | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
Elliot Begoun

Amidst the tragedy of the raging wildfires in the mountains of Northern California, under a soft rain of ash and the drifting pungent smell of wood smoke, an intrepid group of twenty-four people assembled to start a year long leadership program.

Corporate, Koch Money Dominates Early 2016 Senate Race Spending

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The race for control of the Senate is already underway -- and it is being fueled by outside groups that do not disclose their donors.&n...

Chamber of Commerce Threatens Health of Americans

Laurent Huber | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Laurent Huber

An opinion piece published on July 30 by Al Jazeera exposes the work of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the tobacco industry in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement negotiations.

Ted Cruz Blasts Big Money In Politics

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics

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US Chamber of Commerce -- A Smokescreen for Big Tobacco

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

Clearly, there is a deep conflict of interest between the Chamber's aggressiveness on tobacco and the interests of its health-related members. So why is the Chamber so brazenly pursuing the interests of Big Tobacco?

Polygamy: The Marriage of the Tea Party, Wall Street, and Evangelicals Dissolves

Richard Brodsky | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

Responses to the flag controversy, and the new constitutional right to same-sex marriage and upholding Obamacare are dividing the GOP family.

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Obama Sides With the Wrong People for the Wrong Reasons at the Wrong Time

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

President Obama not only expended his own "political capital" by pushing for fast-track but that of the Democratic Party too. He had a clear choice: either side with workers, environmentalists, consumers, and progressives -- or side with Wall Street, Big Pharma, Wal-Mart, and the Koch Brothers.

Freedom to Discriminate? Michigan Business Under Fire for Anti-Gay Ad

Brian Stone | Posted 05.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Brian Stone

Most people believe in freedom of speech. Most people also believe that a business shouldn't have the right to discriminate against customers for their religious and political beliefs. But what if you were faced with a situation where you had to choose?

Go Local

Josh Gershonowicz | Posted 05.05.2015 | Small Business
Josh Gershonowicz

One of the most efficient and cost-effective decisions a small business can make is to invest in their community by joining their local chamber of ...

Insurers Hire a Liberal Congresswoman to Lead Their Newest Phony Front Group

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The health insurance industry took advantage of Washington's infamous revolving door last week when it named former Rep. Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania, perceived by many to be a liberal Democrat, as the face of its latest K Street-operated front group.

Paul Blumenthal

The Chamber Of Commerce Is Fighting Fiercely To Stop The Scourge Of Corporate Transparency | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- This spring, shareholders in more than 100 companies will introduce resolutions calling for greater disclosure of corporations' politica...

Paul Blumenthal

The Inside Story Of How Citizens United Has Changed Washington Lawmaking | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

Lobbyists and trade groups have pumped huge sums into the coffers of super PACs and nonprofits connected to Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Lead...

Igor Bobic

Rand Paul 'Concerned' About Scope Of Obama's War Request | Igor Bobic | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday voiced concerns about President Barack Obama's request for authority to use military force against Is...

Zach Carter

Congress Revives Gingrich-Era Law To Thwart Obama | Zach Carter | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in Congress aim to revamp an anti-regulatory law from the Newt Gingrich era in an effort to paralyze new financial, environm...

Youth Employment: A Pathway to Economic Growth and Better Lives

Stacey D. Stewart | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact
Stacey D. Stewart

An important nuance in the jobs-higher education link is the impact on young people. In today's America, twice as many youth are unemployed than adults. The number is even higher for young men and women of color.

Edison Electric Institute's Anti-Solar, PR Spending Revealed

Gabe Elsner | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Gabe Elsner

Most Americans already know that lobbying and influence play a big role in the legislative process, especially in Washington, D.C. However, a new report reveals that a large portion of trade association spending goes to PR firms and advertising.

Sam Stein

How The Chamber Became The Most Powerful Group That Each Party Kinda Hates | Sam Stein | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Forty-plus minutes into his annual press conference on the state of American business, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Do...

Chamber Of Commerce Head Criticizes 'Economic Populist' Elizabeth Warren

Reuters | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce charged on Wednesday that Senator Elizabeth ...

Can Congress End Cuba Embargo? Many Republicans Want Embargo to Fall

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Could a Republican-led Congress vote to end the U.S. embargo? Some Republican leaders were quick to denounce President Obama's announcement that the U.S. was restoring ties with Cuba. But how many divisions do these Cold War dead-enders control?

Critical Months Ahead for Single-Payer Advocates

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Whether the Green Mountain State keeps moving forward with its goal of achieving universal coverage while also reducing the growth of health care spending depends largely on how the state's residents and businesses react to what Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has in mind.

Paul Blumenthal

These Super PACs Spent Big As Elections Neared, But Kept Donors Secret Until Now | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The race to replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) in his Los Angeles County district saw very little spending from outside group...

Paul Blumenthal

Remember Who Held Election's Purse Strings As Congress Sets 2015 Agenda | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Following the Republican wave that swept away the Democratic Senate majority last week, reporters, advocates and pundits debated the eff...

Paul Blumenthal

Current and Incoming Republican Senators Set Out Pro-Corporate Agenda For Next Congress | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans senators, including those already in office and incoming new members, discussed across morning television shows on Sunday wh...

Chamber Of Commerce Not Helping Republican In Close Senate Race

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The most powerful business group in the country is spending tens of millions of dollars to help Republicans win control of the Sen...

The War Over Wages, City by City

Peter Dreier | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The gridlock in Washington - where Congress hasn't boosted the federal minimum wage, stuck at $7.25 an hour, since 2009 - has catalyzed a growing movement in cities and states. Nineteen states now have minimum wages over $7.25 an hour.