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Is Pepco Spending Your Tax Dollars Lobbying to Increase Rates for Its Shoddy Services?

(3) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 12:12 PM

The Washington, D.C., area experienced incredibly severe storms on Friday night, the kind that, with an unprecedented number of downed trees, can only lead to extensive power disruptions -- 1.5 million were without power for at least part of the weekend. Yet three days later, 25 percent of...

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A 'Fast And Furious' Hypocrisy: Members Behind Holder Contempt Vote Receive Lots Of Campaign Cash From The National Rifle Association

(10) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 8:57 AM

Eric Holder is implicated in the Fast and Furious scandal thanks to the influence of corporate lobbyists.
Will Attorney General Eric Holder be a victim...

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ALEC Wants Lobbyists (and You) to Help Rearrange Deckchairs on the Titanic

(5) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 8:27 PM

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the corporate front group responsible for pushing voter ID and Stand Your Ground laws in states across the country, is on the run. Nearly two dozen major corporations (including Johnson & Johnson,...

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Forget Wisconsin: Why California's Cigarette Tax Is The Big Money Story This Week

(38) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 3:51 PM

A California ballot measure to raise taxes on cigarettes by a dollar per pack failed Tuesday. 50.8 percent of voters opposed the initiative compared to 49.2 percent who favored the tax, which would raise money for cancer research and anti-smoking projects for kids. Just a few months ago, about two-thirds of...

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This Is Why You're Fat: The 2012 Farm Bill and the Real Obesity Lobby

(195) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 12:42 PM

Nearly half of all Americans will be obese by 2030, researchers reported at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Weight of the Nation conference in Washington earlier this month. 42 percent of us are projected to be obese, placing...

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Lobbying Groups Fight to Stop FDA From Regulating Chemical Linked to Erectile Dysfunction and Miscarriages

(9) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 1:14 PM

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) quietly rejected a petition to ban bisphenol-A (BPA) in food packaging, four years after the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) asked the agency to outlaw the toxin. The agency said that "there is not compelling scientific evidence to justify new restrictions" on...

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Exposed: The Corporations Behind the Law That May Let Trayvon Martin's Killer Go Free

(135) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 12:46 PM

It's been widely reported today that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the shadowy corporate front group that unites state lawmakers with corporations to pass state laws favorable to corporate interests, helped pass the law that might allow Trayvon Martin's killer, George Zimmerman, to escape prosecution. Florida's "Stand Your Ground,"...

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Bending Foreign Policy: AIPAC's Education Arm Spent $2 Million on One-Sided Congressional Trips to Israel in 2011

(23) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 8:58 AM

The influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is hosting its 2012 annual policy conference in Washington, D.C. The conference, which advocated the organization's hawkish views on the Middle East conflict, drew 13,000 attendees, including hundreds of members of Congress,...

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