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Spotlight On Private Prisons: Lobbying And Otherwise

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 08.23.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Federal private prisons are coming to an end, but federal lobbying by private prison companies has a deep record.

King Coal Is Losing Its Lobbying Edge

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.18.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― While the coal lobby is often blamed for a lot of Washington’s foot-dragging on addressing climate change, two major coal industry gr...

Number Of Registered Lobbyists Plunges As Spending Declines Yet Again

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 08.09.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

The lobbying industry may start arguing for its own bailout bill, given the relentless decline in reported spending for its services.

AARP To Withdraw From Controversial Conservative Group Amid Rising Pressure

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics

AARP announced on Thursday that it plans to let its membership in a controversial conservative group expire at the end of the year, a clear response t...

Corporations Less Visible At Trump's Republican National Convention

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics

CLEVELAND ― Walk around Quicken Loans Arena, where Republicans have nominated Donald Trump as their presidential candidate this week, and you’ll n...

New GOP Platform Aims To Make The Christian Right Even More Powerful

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.15.2016 | Religion

Republicans met in Cleveland this week to finalize their platform in preparation for Donald Trump’s nomination for president. Among the new GOP plat...

Koch Brothers' Congressman Seeks To Block Efforts to Prevent Chemical Catastrophe

David Halperin | Posted 07.11.2016 | Green
David Halperin

Republican congressman Mike Pompeo of Kansas, who represents Wichita, seems to be doing the bidding of the Koch Brothers once again: He has introduced legislation to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing or enforcing a rule to improve the safety of America's most dangerous chemical plants.

The Life Of The Parties

Thomas Frank | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
Thomas Frank

It is true that Americans are more cynical about Washington than ever. To gripe that "the system is rigged" is to utter the catchphrase of the year. But it is important to understand just how little difference such attitudes make here in the nation's capital.

Coal Companies Paid Lobbyists Millions Before Going Bankrupt

The Huffington Post | Ben Walsh | Posted 06.29.2016 | Business

In the 10 years leading up to their historic bankruptcies, five huge coal mining companies paid $95 million to lobbyists. The companies were fighting ...

The Devil Is In The Details: How Insurance and Catholic Lobbyists Are Trying to Help Child Predators and Supportive Institutions Behind the Scenes

Courtney M. Soliday | Posted 06.25.2016 | Crime
Courtney M. Soliday

This article, written by Professor Marci A. Hamilton, was originally published on Hamilton and Griffin on Rights on June 25, 2016. Here is what the r...

One world, ready or not

Paul Dickinson | Posted 06.21.2016 | Green
Paul Dickinson

We established CDP in the year 2000 because we could see that thousands of large corporations were playing a dominant role in organizing human society...

Donald Trump's New Political Director Is Part Of The Republican Influence Machine

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump has railed against the corrupt Washington establishment in the Republican Party as he has rampaged toward the GOP's preside...

These States Are Stepping Up To Reform Money In Politics In 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The next front in the battle for campaign finance and lobbying reforms will likely be on the ballot in Washington state and South Dakota...

Hedge Funds Launch New Lobbying Effort To Protect Their Power

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.23.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Billionaire activist investors are joining forces to raid Congress for more power. According to a Wall Street Journal report, hedge fund...

How an Activist Can Become an Effective Lobbyist

Phil Sego | Posted 05.17.2016 | Politics
Phil Sego

"Don't confuse what goes on in this building with democracy..." About 15 years ago, what began as few hours a week volunteering at the Sierra Club's ...

The Vultures' Vultures: How A New Hedge-Fund Strategy Is Corrupting Washington

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Take Robert Shapiro. A Harvard-trained political economist, Shapiro is the head of a consulting firm called Sonecon. That business card d...

Setting a New Course for Corporate Climate Policy

Paul Dickinson | Posted 05.05.2016 | Business
Paul Dickinson

Without trade associations that represent the voice of climate-savvy businesses and the companies and industries that will emerge as we undergo this low-carbon transition, will we be able to achieve our below 2°C goal?

Big Banks Just Claimed A Constitutional Right To Free Taxpayer Money

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Big banks get a lot of free money from the federal government. And their lobbyists think they have a constitutional right to it. Each ye...

The Regulatory State Benefits the Wealthy, Part One

James Peron | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
James Peron

While some inequality is the result of entrepreneurial skill, innovation and productivity, much is the result of government interventions redistributing wealth up the pyramid.

The One Industry Not Courting Millennials

Ben Brown | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics
Ben Brown

It's lobbying. Stay with me here. Let's quickly look at Millennials. There are about 80 million of them and they are the largest, most diverse, and m...

Open Letter to Bernie Sanders

Judy Frankel | Posted 04.12.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Bernie Sanders consistently repeats that we need to start a political revolution, with or without him, to correct what most people in this country agree is wrong with it: our government is corrupted by money and crony capitalism.

5 Ways to Make Money That Should Be Illegal

GOBankingRates | Posted 04.12.2016 | Business
GOBankingRates

By Caroline Banton, Contributor Most successful entrepreneurs say hard work and talent are necessary to make money legally. However, some individua...

Fossil Fuel Companies Spend $115 Million Each Year Opposing Climate Policy

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 04.12.2016 | Green

Major fossil fuel companies and trade groups shell out nearly $115 million a year to oppose efforts to reduce carbon emissions, according to a new rep...

Investors Can Shine a Light on Corporate Lobbying Practices

Lauren Compere | Posted 04.10.2016 | Business
Lauren Compere

When companies do their political lobbying behind closed doors it threatens both our democracy and ultimately the credibility and trust in a company's own brand.

Why state capture is a regressive step for any society

The Conversation Africa | Posted 04.08.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Ongama Mtimka, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University The state is a very important institution, determining "who gets what, when, and how", in Harol...