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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?

Lobbying as Business and Business as Lobbying

Nell Minow | Posted 09.28.2015 | Politics
Nell Minow

In an interview, Lee Drutman explained the self-perpetuating forces behind the rise corporate political spending and what he recommends for finding better balance between the information and access available to those who have corporate treasuries to spend and those who do not.

John McCain Fought For Native Religious Freedom, Then He Sold Sacred Oak Flat

The Huffington Post | Julian Brave Noisecat | Posted 09.28.2015 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been the subject of intense criticism from Native activists and their supporters over the past year for his role in or...

The Black Box: Top Two Primaries

Judy Frankel | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Political professionals and lobbyists often name a bill the opposite of what it does. The Clean Air Act, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, and the No Child Left Behind Act are all disingenuously named.

Big Oil Tanks California Measure To Cut Petroleum Use In Half

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics

California lawmakers pulled a measure calling for a 50 percent reduction in oil consumption from climate legislation Wednesday night, following staun...

How Wealthy Arab Gulf States Shape The Washington Influence Game

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United Arab Emirates spent more than $12 million on lobbying and public relations here in 2014. That cash secured representation fr...

Hillary Clinton's Emails Give A Glimpse Of The Revolving Door

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During her trip to the United States in June 2010, Umit Boyner, the head of a Turkish business association, hoped to shed light on U.S....

The Labor Ruling McDonald's Has Been Dreading Just Became A Reality

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON -- McDonald's, Burger King and every other company that relies on a franchise business model just suffered the legal setback they...

Super Uber or Uber Stupor?

Frank Islam | Posted 08.13.2015 | Business
Frank Islam

Uber is transforming the nation's car service transportation for hire landscape. This transformation presents the opportunity to revisit and reform the social and regulatory policies that govern this industry.

Jeb Bush Super PAC Donors Also Spend Big To Influence Washington

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A number of donors giving eye-popping sums to a super PAC supporting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's presidential campaign are also majo...

Can Big Business Get GOP Candidates to Stop Denying Climate Change?

Andrew Winston | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Andrew Winston

This could be the election where climate change moves front and center -- but only if big business, with its influence and deep pockets, demands it. Will business leaders use their clout to nudge the Republican candidate(s) into supporting climate action? Don't bet against it anymore.

Big For-Profit Colleges Quit Trade Group APSCU

David Halperin | Posted 07.14.2015 | Business
David Halperin

Some of the largest for-profit college companies -- including, last month, DeVry and Kaplan -- have recently left the industry's main trade group. Funded to boost its industry's fortunes, APSCU may instead have contributed to dragging the industry down. Now APSCU itself may be a sinking ship.

Think Tankers "Often Asked to Manipulate Data," Claims Expert

Till Bruckner | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

In this interview, Don Abelson shares his views about think tanks, research integrity, advocacy and lobbying.

Enbridge Stuffs Provision Into Wisconsin Budget to Expedite Controversial Piece of 'Keystone XL Clone'

Steve Horn | Posted 07.14.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

On Thursday, July 3, on the eve of a long Fourth of July holiday weekend, Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge landed a sweetheart deal: a provision in the 2015 Wisconsin budget that will serve to expedite permitting for its controversial proposed Line 61 tar sands pipeline expansion project.

Steve Elmendorf: Monsanto's New Man on the Hill

Gail Sullivan | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Gail Sullivan

Elmendorf has lobbied on issues close to liberals hearts like gun control and gay rights, but his bread and butter are his corporate clients including agrichemical companies and junk food industry giants.

My New Declaration Of Independence

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 07.05.2015 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

We need a new declaration of independence. FDR took a stab at this, with his "Four Freedoms." That's a good start. But now, eight decades later, we need to declare our independence from other forms of oppression.

'The Other NRA': This Influential Restaurant Lobby Fights Pro-Worker Policies

Capital & Main | Bobbi Murray | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics

The National Restaurant Association is perhaps the largest trade group that you have never heard of.