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The Koch Brothers' Agenda and the Real War at Home

Lisa Graves | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
Lisa Graves

Two of the richest men in the entire world are plotting to dominate our elections this fall, from congressional races to school board seats.

An Assault From Obama's Escalating War On Journalism

Norman Solomon | Posted 07.28.2014 | Media
Norman Solomon

Charging that the administration has launched "an assault on freedom of the press," a new petition tells Obama and Holder: "We urge you in the strongest terms to halt all legal action against Mr. Risen and to safeguard the freedom of journalists to maintain the confidentiality of their sources."

Stink Tanks: Historical Records Reveal State Policy Network Was Created by ALEC

Steve Horn | Posted 02.09.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

ALEC is currently under fire for potentially abusing its 501(c)(3) non-profit IRS charity tax status, acting as a shadow lobbying apparatus and "corporate bill mill" throughout its 40 years of existence.

Leaked Documents: IRS Concerns, Funding Crisis at Corporate Lobbying Group ALEC

Steve Horn | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics
Steve Horn

ALEC's budget hole from the exodus of corporate members has inspired a campaign to win corporate members back to the exclusive club, calling it the biblically-inspired "Prodigal Son Project."

ALEC's Most Wanted: Exposing a Front Group for Fossil Fuel Interests (and Other Corporations)

Gabe Elsner | Posted 07.14.2013 | Media
Gabe Elsner

As Director of the Checks & Balances Project, I was one of the eight people featured on the "ALEC Most Wanted" document alongside other reporters and public interest advocates who have criticized ALEC's efforts to influence state legislators on behalf of special interests.

John Celock

ALEC Stresses Transparency, Reaveals Model Legislation

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

The American Legislative Exchange Council, the conservative leaning group connecting businesses and lawmakers, has posted its model state legislation ...

The Rise of the Independents

Judy Frankel | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Judy Frankel

We're going to little league games, antique shows, NASCAR events, the mall, acting as homework helper or cabby to the kids: How can we be bothered to pay attention to politics?

Dan Froomkin

NFIB Exposed: 'Voice Of Small Business' Is A Front, Group Charges

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The same group that exposed the previously little-known American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as a dominant force advancing corpo...

Dan Froomkin

ALEC Talking Points: Duck the Tough Questions!

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) first started facing public scrutiny about its extraordinary ability to turn "mode...

ALEC Co-Director: The Marxists Are Coming After Us!

Jason Salzman | Posted 07.02.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

You hear the Marxist card thrown around so much these days on conservative talk radio that it's become standard fare.

NRA Becomes Toxic When Exposed to Light

Daniel Gross | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Daniel Gross

When exposed to the light, the NRA's agenda becomes toxic. And Americans want nothing to do with those who conspire to bring about the gun lobby's dangerous "guns everywhere" vision they saw played out that February night in Sanford, Florida.

ALEC's Other 'Deadly Force' Campaign to Kill Climate Initiatives

Elliott Negin | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics
Elliott Negin

With ALEC in the spotlight, what has still gone unmentioned is its longtime stealth campaign to scuttle state -- and federal -- climate change initiatives, despite the fact that a number of its corporate members publicly acknowledge that global warming is a serious problem.

Time for Kochs to Resign from ALEC

Robert Greenwald and Jesse Lava | Posted 06.17.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Jesse Lava

Charles and David Koch appear to be pushing their right-wing ideology to the bitter end. And it's time for Americans to stop helping them. The Koch b...

Corporate-Backed Lobbyists Are Behind 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

The New York Times | Paul Krugman | Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics

Florida’s now-infamous Stand Your Ground law, which lets you shoot someone you consider threatening without facing arrest, let alone prosecution, so...

Mr. Colbert -- Wanna Help Us Make a Better Tomorrow, Today?

Wendy Block | Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics
Wendy Block

Hey Stephen Colbert. There's an existential challenge to your shadowy Colbert Super PAC S.H.H. and I've been trying to give you a heads up. But you're not making it easy.

Best Koch Brothers TV Expose Yet: Al Jazeera -- People and Power (VIDEO)

Kert Davies | Posted 01.01.2012 | Green
Kert Davies

"People and Power" on Al Jazeera has been working for months on the Koch Brothers expose. It premiered last night and is the best TV story of the Kochs thus far.

Is WikiLeaks Driving Bank of America to Seize Ugly Web Domains?

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
G.W. Schulz

A little-known company that specializes in protecting the public image of Fortune 500 companies is quietly buying up hundreds of domain names that could be used to host online criticism of Bank of America.

Rattling a Fair Elections Foe

Wendy Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Wendy Block

Thanks to my work last year on the Huffington Post's citizen journalism unit, I stumped an opponent of Proposition 15, the California Fair Elections Act (CFEA).

Rahm Emanuel's Think Tankers Enforce 'Message Discipline' Among 'Liberals'

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Scahill

Independent journalists have tried to shine a spotlight on how groups like the Center for American Progress and MoveOn are now supporting the continuation of wars because their guy is now commander-in-chief.