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Special Interest Groups

SB 350 Threatens Petroleum Profits

Clifford J. Tasner | Posted 09.10.2016 | Green
Clifford J. Tasner

SB 350 will be voted on in the Assembly this week. So Californians, it's time to get your priorities straight! Are you going to stand with the selfish mob that wants to breathe cleaner air, or are you going to dare to stand up for a small beleaguered minority of billionaires?

A Day With the Hawaii Origami Club

Brandon Suyeoka | Posted 11.17.2013 | Hawaii
Brandon Suyeoka

Who knew you could turn an ordinary dollar bill into a work of art! The other books they had in their possession also had instruction for many other things like butterflies, bugs, birds and even what looked like an Aloha shirt.

No One Is Safe: Out-Of-State Groups Dominate Key Races

Center for Public Integrity | Dave Levinthal | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

Carpetbagging super PACs and nonprofit groups are dominating this year’s special congressional elections in a potential foreshadowing of the 2014 mi...

Sabrina Siddiqui

GOP Senator Fights Corporate Tax Giveaways | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) pressed Congress Friday to eliminate tax breaks and loopholes benefitting NASCAR, Hollywood and other special ...

Does 1% Control Government in America?

Todd Phillips | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Todd Phillips

We talk of "we the people" and of the "public interest," but the general public is completely unorganized politically, which makes it impossible for any "will of the people" to emerge.

Having Real Influence on Capitol Hill

David K. Rehr | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
David K. Rehr

How one does measure their influence on Capitol Hill?

Advocacy Tools That Influence Congressional Decision-making

David K. Rehr | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
David K. Rehr

You now know more than some of the 12,000 plus lobbyists walking through the corridors of power on Capitol Hill. Use it to promote your passion -- whatever that passion might be.

Romney's Wrong: States Are More Responsive to Special Interests Than Voters

Peter Scheer | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
Peter Scheer

Federalist conservatives love shifting power from the federal government to states because they believe that the closer government is to its citizens, the more responsive it is to those citizens. They could not be more wrong.

Beyond 9/11: The Global Declaration of Interdependence

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 11.07.2011 | Home
Mark Goulston, M.D.

We can't get much done by ourselves and so we need to find a way to work together. United we may not succeed, given what humankind had done to the planet, but divided we will most certainly fail.

Debt Commission Staffers Paid By Outside Groups

The Washington Post | Dan Eggen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

...Tthe National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform has also come under attack for its unusual approach to staffing: Many of its employees...

Are You the White Man for the Job?

Brandon Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Brandon Mendelson

Santa Claus is one of the last jobs in America where we can discriminate and have everyone be ok with it. So, don't go ruining our fun by complaining to some overzealous special interest group.

Interest Groups Celebrate With Congress

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

The American Farm Bureau has invited every member of Congress to its "Taste of the States" event Tuesday for a stand-up buffet -- just one of the many invite-only parties this holiday season.

Pelosi's Budget Chairman Faces National Conservative Cash-O-Matic in Tight S.C. Congressional Race

Corey Hutchins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Corey Hutchins

The two colors streaking across the landscape of America's 2010 midterm elections usually run red and blue, but in South Carolina's 5th District, where 14-term Democratic House Budget Chairman John Spratt is in the fight for his life against a Tea Party-powered political newcomer, the color everyone is talking about these days is bright yellow.

Why Do Good People Form Bad Corporations?

BJ Gallagher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
BJ Gallagher

Reinhold Niebuhr was one of Martin Luther King's favorite theologians. Niebuhr is President Obama's favorite theologian, too. It's too bad the Suprem...

Baucus And White House Wooed Industry Groups For Support

The Huffington Post | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Politico reports that the White House and Sen. Max Baucus helped create a corporate-backed health reform campaign by fostering a relationship with ind...

Bogged Down By Special Interest, Health Care Reform Becomes a Political Tool Instead of a People's Right

Dr. Erika Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Erika Schwartz

Do not allow America to continue being manipulated by special interest groups and help the people of America understand that they must control their own fate.

Want to Work 112 Days a Year? Run For Congress

Jonathan Neil Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Neil Schneider

Until members of Congress fear our vote more than the special interests dollars, whatever healthcare reform comes out of Washington will unfortunately favor their interests and not ours.

Sir Knavely and the Great Stimulus Package

Steven Denlinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Denlinger

"I'm bitter," Sir Knavely told me. He raised his glass and drank. His furry chin went deep into his Tiger's Milk. Then he set it down. "Why are ...

Let President-Elect Obama Stay in His Own Lane

Jermaine Dupri | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jermaine Dupri

It's Obama's own party that's pulling the guy every which way, like some whacked out back seat driver. "Turn left! No! Go straight ahead! What are you doing?!?" Everybody thinks he owes them and they're hell bent on trying to collect.

Civil War in the Anti-War Movement

John Bruhns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Bruhns

It has been impossible to organize legitimate protests against the Iraq war without commingling other agendas.

Are the Conventions Worth 32 Cents?

Jay Mandle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Mandle

Party conventions are not supposed to be privately financed. Political conventions have, in short, become one more way that inequality is built into our political system.

Clinton Again Hammers Obama On Lobbyist Serving As NH Co-Chair

Time | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Saturday's debate, in the face of an explicit charge from Clinton, Obama denied that his New Hampshire co-chair Jim Demers is a lobbyist for the pharm...