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Influence Peddling

Foreign Influence Peddling: Hidden in Plain Sight

Hossein Askari | Posted 11.07.2016 | World
Hossein Askari

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is today the poster child for influence peddling by high profiled former Western politicians. He has contract...

Can Big Data Subdue Big Government?

Dennis Santiago | Posted 05.14.2016 | Politics
Dennis Santiago

What if, as disruptive innovation has done in so many cases, there was a way to detect suspect behavior and expose it in real time?

Influence Peddling and Inequality in London: Nobody Expects a Monty Python Fourth of July

Michael Winship | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

In the face of heavy opposition from the moneyed classes on either shore, both the United States and the United Kingdom are desperately in need of campaign finance reform. No joke.

Jason Linkins

The Kronies Love Small Business And Hate Crony Capitalism, But Can They Bring People Together? | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

Here comes the populist right! A mysterious new online entity calling itself Chimera Global Holdings is pushing a new comedy video/action figure marke...

Jason Linkins

Brian Schweitzer On Washington: 'Most Of The People You Talk To Are Frauds' | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) is being pretty coy about it, but it's generally understood that he is mulling a run for the Senate seat curr...

Jason Linkins

Former Obama Adviser To Help Bank Of America Elude Regulation | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics

"Big Banks Push Against Tighter Rules," says the headline in this piece from the Wall Street Journal. 'Twas ever thus, but now, "big banks" are doing ...

Jason Linkins

Decline In Lobbying Activity Fueled By Lobbyists Who Decline To Step Out Of The Shadows | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

If you're the sort of person who spends their evenings poring over research and financial filings pertaining to lobbying activities, you may have noti...

A Common Sense Prescription for Washington

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

What we have now is not what they envisioned, nor the "government of the people, by the people, and for the people" that President Lincoln called for in the Gettysburg Address. With the stakes as high as they are, you would think that some common sense would prevail in Washington.

Jason Linkins

Why Wayne LaPierre's Speech Today Was A Total Success | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics

Spend enough time dipping into the post-game reaction of NRA leader Wayne LaPierre's press conference today -- staged and performed as the organizatio...

Jason Linkins

Buzzfeed Gives You 23 (Or 24) Beat-Sweeteners For The Price of 1 | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics

Anyone who was wondering what Buzzfeed's first big post-election beat-sweetener would look like probably won't be surprised to find out that it is -- ...

Jason Linkins

Article Claiming That Lobbyists Crave 'Comeback' Under Romney Gets Appropriately Destroyed | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As tonight's debate is consuming the lion's share of everyone's attention today, with the whole of the media speculating feverishly on w...

Jason Linkins

The Word 'Bain' Seems To Be Royally Confusing Reporters | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney's candidacy, and his willingness to just sit back for a month and let the Obama administration tee off on his record without much of a res...

"Reprehensible," Says Newt

Rick Horowitz | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Yu might have heard a recent word or two about Newt and Freddie Mac. About Newt and a relatively large sum of money -- we'll agree that $1.6 million is a relatively large sum of money, yes? -- he received for helping Freddie Mac.

Jason Linkins

Lobbyists, Powerful Interests Prepare To Unleash Their Awesome Suckitude On The Super Committee | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

The Super Committee that's working on some sort of deficit agreement is operating on a very tight timetable, with a Thanksgiving deadline looming to f...

Jason Linkins

Cash Seeking Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Wants Some Of That Sweet, Sweet, Koch | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics

Now, you wouldn't think that there would be much affinity between the Kochs and the establishment Democratic Party. But you'd be wrong!

Jason Linkins

Lobbyists Take Pay Cuts To Return To Capitol Hill, Probably Because They Love Their Country Sooooooo Much! | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics

I know this is going to come as a shock to you, but apparently, there exists a "revolving door" between Capitol Hill lawmakers and the lobbyists that tell those lawmakers how to write their laws. In recent months, many former lobbyists have returned to haunt the halls of power in person. And they often take pay cuts to do so. These people must really love their country, right?

Jason Linkins

Sunlight Foundation Launches New 'Inbox Influence' Tool | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.21.2011 | Media

As longtime readers know, I love me some Sunlight Foundation. Especially the way they continue to create simple tools to penetrate the hidden world of...

Jason Linkins

Buddy Roemer: 'That's What's Wrong With The American System .. It's Bought' | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics

Hey, you guys remember Buddy Roemer, right? Former Louisiana Governor? Re-emerged after a quarter-century of being out of politics to announce he was ...

Privatization of the "Democratic" Process, or Decision 2010?

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

Anyone who takes seriously the idea of taking the country back must start by rolling back the privatization of the political process.

Arthur Delaney

Dodd: 'No Lobbying For Me!' | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Chris Dodd has ruled out becoming a lobbyist after his Senate career ends next year. "No lobbying, no lobbying," Dodd told Deirdre Shesgreen of the ...

Jason Linkins

Washington Post Article Critical Of Lobbying Somehow Makes The Front Page | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Today's Washington Post has a story entitled "Nearly two dozen congressional fundraisers held at D.C. Springsteen shows last year", which reports righ...

The Deal With Net Neutrality

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

In the net neutrality debate, both sides have good points. Problem is that the opponents of net neutrality have enlisted influence peddlers who make a lot more money prolonging the argument.

Jason Linkins

The Supreme Court's Citizens United Decision Is Terrifying | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics

As you may have heard, in a 5-4 decision, the SCOTUS essentially went at the teeth of McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform with hammer and tongs.

Bloggers: Get Thee to Congressional Staffs!

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

You twenty-somethings who are reading this, if you can't take your day job after being part of such a political earthquake like last week's election, go find your local Member of Congress and apply for a job.

'The Politics of Terror' Strikes the Economy

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

As with 9/11, the administration tried to exploit a tragic situation for their own ends. And this five-day stock market plunge shows that, as with 9/11, they've made a grave situation even worse.