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Netflix as Cable's Whipping Boy: Oligopoly and Oligarchy Power at Work

Kathy Gill | Posted 02.27.2014 | Technology
Kathy Gill

Comcast and Verizon have successfully positioned this battle of the bits as one between corporations. This framing implies that Netflix is "pushing" content and, thus, should have to bear its costs. But that's not what's happening.

Christina Wilkie

Former House Members Now Eligible For Get-Rich-Quick Jobs, Proving Washington Is Totally Broken

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There's new competition for the cushy lobbying jobs on Washington's infamous K Street. This week, nearly 250 former members of Congress ...

Progressives on the Take

Robert Scheer | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Democrats bear as much responsibility as Republicans for allowing our once promising democracy to degenerate into a plutocracy of the irresponsible super-rich.

Pope Francis, Liberal Populist

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Politically the moral leadership of the pope is bad news for those Republicans, conservatives, Tea Party advocates and libertarians who politically worship at the altar of the unbridled and unregulated excesses of capitalism that Francis deplores.

Ryan Grim

Geithner Went Easy On The Private Equity Industry; Now He's Going To Work For It

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics

Private equity giants fought hard while debating Wall Street reform to make sure new rules that applied to investment banks left them exempt -- and th...

Kate Sheppard

Monsanto Hires Former Senator As Lobbyist

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Sen. Blanche Lincoln's new lobbying group got a boost on Wednesday with the announcement that three prominent corporations, inclu...

How Corporate America Can Stop a Federal Default: Give Boehner a Multi-Million Dollar Lobbying Job

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

For once the interests of the 1 percent and the 99 percent are aligned around stopping a default on the corporate debt which would both decimate corporate profits and throw millions of ordinary Americans out of work.

Life After Crisis Isn't So Bad For This Guy

Center for Public Integrity | Lauren Kyger, Alison Fitzgerald and John Dunbar | Posted 09.12.2013 | Business

On March 11, 2008 Christopher Cox, former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, said he was comfortable with the amount of capital that ...

Cash and Congress: The Tie That Binds

Michael Winship | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

Despite what you've heard, the spirit of bipartisanship in Washington is not dead. Simply look past the vitriol, bombast and gridlock, then listen for the ka-ching of the nearest cash register, made flesh by friendly lobbyists and special interests.

False Arrest: Does the Revolving Door Make Wall Street Reform Impossible?

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.13.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Where these people will go after government is hard to predict, but the odds are pretty high that they will return to their corporate, and highly profitable, roots.

Weiner's Wife Enjoyed Plum Arrangement While At State

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

Huma Abedin, longtime friend of the Clintons and wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, enjoyed an arrangement to work as an adviser in the State Departm...

The Incentive for Regulators Not to Regulate

Thomas White | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Thomas White

The private sector isn't bad, nor is the SEC, or at least they don't have to be. Common sense reforms that strike at the heart of deleterious incentives are the only ways to cure the financial regulatory system of its toothless regulations and laughable oversight mechanisms.

Capitol Hill's Reverse Revolving Door Unveiled

The Nation | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics

In February of this year, news broke that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew received an exit package worth over $1 million by Citigroup shortly before joini...

Mark Gongloff

Look Who's Going All In With Private Equity

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.01.2013 | Business

Wednesday could be the day former CIA director David Petraeus joins the long, proud line of our nation's top defenders cashing in on their warrior bo...

SEC Taps Wall Street Lawyer to Police Wall Street

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

The appointment comes as no surprise because the agency typically draws regulators from the ranks of the regulated. But it does illustrate a significant problem: by relying so heavily on people with industry connections, the SEC can tangle itself in conflicts of interest.

Ex-SEC Chairman Nabs Risk Management Job

AP/HuffPost | Posted 06.02.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON — Former Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Mary Schapiro has joined Promontory Financial Group. The risk-management, regulat...

Eleazar David Melendez

Revolving Door Bonuses Could See Legal Challenge From Public Interest Group

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 03.22.2013 | Business

On the heels of disclosures that major financial institutions maintain policies to pay special bonuses to executives who leave for high-level governme...

Jason Linkins

Decline In Lobbying Activity Fueled By Lobbyists Who Decline To Step Out Of The Shadows

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

If you're the sort of person who spends their evenings poring over research and financial filings pertaining to lobbying activities, you may have noti...

Big Businesses Offer Revolving Door Rewards

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

During former Citigroup executive Jack Lew's recent confirmation as Treasury Secretary, some people were troubled to learn that the big bank had promised him special financial awards if he left to take a job in the government. But a review by POGO shows that Lew's deal with Citi was no anomaly.

Revolving Door Spins For Former Senator

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

Former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), recently retired after serving three terms in the Senate and four terms in the House, has landed a new job in Washingto...

Who Built Senator-Turned-Dirty Energy Lobbyist Trent Lott? You Did

David_Halperin | Posted 04.30.2013 | Green
David_Halperin

Members of Congress, congressional staff members, and other federal officials are increasingly using their tenures as paid public servants to qualify themselves to be lobbyists for corporations, including dirty energy firms.

Lynne Peeples

Governing Fracking Or Fracking Government? Watchdogs Question Conflicts Of Interest

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 02.27.2013 | Green

After facing heat from fellow residents of Red Wing, Minn., over his ties with an industry group intent on increasing frac sand mining in the state, t...

Zach Carter

Former Government Regulators Help Keep Banks Too Big To Fail

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The steady flow of officials from the Securities and Exchange Commission into top corporate jobs feeds a regulatory culture of weak law ...

Christina Wilkie

Top GOP Ex-Senator And Ex-House Committee Chair Both Join Lobbying Firms

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two recently retired senior Republican members of Congress have joined lobbying firms as senior advisers, offering their years of experi...

Ethics Loophole Raises Concern

Center for Public Integrity | Nicholas Kusnetz | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics

On October 26, 2011, the Illinois legislature passed a bill that authorized construction of a multi-billion-dollar smart grid and reshaped how utility...