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Army of Lobbyists Push LNG Exports, Methane Hydrates, Coal in Senate Energy Bill

Steve Horn | Posted 02.04.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

Cros-Posted from DeSmogBlogAs the U.S. presidential race dominates the media, it is easy to forget that both chambers of the U.S. Congress are current...

Fossil Fuel Companies Made Big Super PAC Gifts Before Congress Ended The Oil Export Ban

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A handful of the biggest oil and gas companies and their CEOs poured millions into a super PAC created to boost the election of Senate ...

Both Parties Agree: Selling Out Is Worth It

Michael Winship | Posted 01.30.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

Pity poor Washington. No doubt breaking the hearts of elected and appointed government officials, their staffs and hangers-on, a blog at the Center for Responsive Politics reports that the "influence industry appears to be contracting, and the trend continued in 2015."

To Charles Koch, Professors are Lobbyists

Connor Gibson | Posted 01.28.2016 | Education
Connor Gibson

From 2005-2014, Koch spent $109.7 million on 361 distinct campuses, according to Greenpeace's updated analysis of IRS filings from Koch's nonprofit foundations.

Circus Politics: Will Our Freedoms Survive Another Presidential Election?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Do we simply participate in the collapse of the American republic as it degenerates toward a totalitarian regime, or do we take a stand at this moment in history and reject the pathetic excuse for government that is being fobbed off on us?

Energy Lobbyists Gather, Blame Obama and the Pope

David Halperin | Posted 01.27.2016 | Green
David Halperin

The remarks of these lobbyists suggested that many of them live on a different planet, where climate change is not an urgent challenge but rather is the obsession of ideological malcontents.

A Case for the Freedom to Disrupt

Mark Curry | Posted 01.25.2016 | Business
Mark Curry

We live in an increasingly connected society, filled with new opportunities to develop and incorporate technologies that connect us with the world and...

To Fix Politics, Think Beyond Citizens United

Josh Silver | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Josh Silver

Overturning Citizens United is an important and worthy cause, but it is not the panacea so many presidential candidates, pundits, and activists claim.

Is PR the New Lobbying?

Mike Kennerknecht | Posted 01.15.2016 | Politics
Mike Kennerknecht

As New York weighs changes to lobbying for PR, social media and grassroots advocacy, other states will watch closely. 2016 will be an interesting year for anyone working in PR or public affairs.

The Case for Calling the Dietary Guidelines What They Really Are

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.13.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Call me crazy. Or Ishmael, for that matter. I think "Dietary Guidelines for Americans" should be something vaguely like, well, oh I don't know, maybe:...

Missouri Bill Redefines Hot Lobbyist-On-Lawmaker Action As A 'Gift'

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.07.2016 | Politics

As anyone who's had any amount of access to America's teeming and seamy population of professional influence peddlers can attest, there was never a po...

Wall Street Got Burned In Washington This Year, For Once

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 01.01.2016 | Politics

So, that happened. It was a tough year to be a bank lobbyist in the nation's capital. Wall Street's biggest banks worked both houses of Congress, the ...

Big Oil Argued for U.S. Crude Exports to Fend Off Iran, But First Exporter Vitol Group Also Exported Iran's Oil

Steve Horn | Posted 12.29.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The American Petroleum Institute (API) successfully lobbied for an end to the 40-year ban on exporting U.S.-produced crude oil in part by making a geopolitical argument: Iran and Russia have the ability to export their oil, so why not unleash America?

The Plutocrats Are Winning. Don't Let Them!

Bill Moyers | Posted 12.24.2015 | Politics
Bill Moyers

After three decades of engineering a winner-take-all economy, and buying the political power to consummate their hold on the wealth created by the system they had rigged in their favor, America's plutocrats have been taking the final and irrevocable step of separating themselves permanently from the common course of American life.

Meet the Lobbyists and Big Money Interests Pushing to End the Oil Exports Ban

Steve Horn | Posted 12.16.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The ongoing push to lift the ban on exports of U.S.-produced crude oil appears to be coming to a close, with Congress agreeing to a budget deal with a provision to end the decades-old embargo.

In Congress, Christmas Is a Time of Giving and Receiving

Michael Winship | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

For this is the one thing on which both Democrats and Republicans agree: in this time of good tidings when you care enough to give the very best, a little something tucked away in legislation in exchange for campaign largesse is, as my Texas mother used to say, better than black-eyed peas on New Year's.

Ending Indifference Toward Consumer Financial Safeguards

Steven Smith | Posted 11.12.2015 | Black Voices
Steven Smith

Consumer vulnerabilities affect everyone -- financial institutions and retailers who must bear the cost, small businesses whose reputations' suffer if their consumers are affected by fraud, and most importantly, working class Americans who have to bear these consequences firsthand.

The Paradox Of Paul Ryan: Why The Tea Party's Right To Be Wary

Michael Winship | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

Despite his ideological kinship with the anti-government crowd, Paul Ryan is the embodiment of the troika of money, power, and politics that corrupts and controls the capital, the very thing the tea partiers detest.

National Nutrition Policy, Imperiled By Bullies

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.24.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The nation's official position for the next five years on diet for health is on the line, imperiled by bullies. I am speaking out simply because we don't know how many others, encountering the same forces, have decided doing so is not worth the abuse. I am speaking out because: it is.

Unions, Elected Officials, and a Message

Justin Curmi | Posted 10.24.2015 | Politics
Justin Curmi

It is evident that the United States government needs to review how they operate. Currently, the system is not one of representation through vote, but representation through dollar bills.

How Thin Political Markets Undermine Democracy: An Interview With Harvard B-School's Karthik Ramanna

FIXCapitalism | Posted 10.13.2015 | Business

With his forthcoming book - Political Standards - Harvard Business School's Karthik Ramanna develops the notion of "thin political markets" to describe a key problem facing technical rule-making in corporate accounting and beyond.

UK Think Tanks Reveal Who Funds Them as Sector Embraces Transparency

Till Bruckner | Posted 10.08.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

At least nine major British think tanks will disclose who funds their research and advocacy over the coming month, marking a systemic shift towards greater financial transparency across the entire UK policy research scene.

Most Australian Think Tanks Keep Their Funding Secret, New Data Shows

Till Bruckner | Posted 10.07.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

Australian think tanks are among the least financially transparent in the world, according to data compiled by Transparify.

Move to Amend: We the People, Not We the Corporations

FIXCapitalism | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics

Corporations are not merely exercising political power today -- they have become de facto ruling institutions. Ultra-wealthy individuals and unelected, unaccountable corporate CEOs make the fundamental public policy decisions in this country.

What Price Is a Child?

Charlie Allenson | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Charlie Allenson

What sort of price tag do we attach to each of those kids? The cost of a bullet? The cost of the gun that fired the bullet? The cost of a complete background check? The cost of asking before a play date if there's a gun in the house? Is it secure? Is it safely out the reach of our kids?