Confidential Memo Outlines Right-Wing Coordinated Propaganda Campaign to Crush Wind Power Energy

By: Thursday May 10, 2012 11:01 am

The Guardian recently obtained a confidential strategy plan co-written by John Droz, a senior fellow at conservative think tank American Tradition Institute (ATI), to spearhead a national propaganda campaign against wind farms as a green energy alternative to fossil-fuels.

 

Corporations that Spent Big on Lobbying Saw Big Drops in Their Taxes

By: Wednesday April 18, 2012 11:00 am

The Sunlight Foundation looked at the eight companies that spent the most on lobbying and found that all of them saw their reported tax rates drop. This drop in tax rates effectively reduced the taxes the companies paid in 2010 by $11.2 billion.

Florida’s Private Prisons CorruptionFest 2012

By: Wednesday February 8, 2012 11:15 am

Florida continue to push to privatize its prison system, and the entire effort is being greased by millions of dollars flowing to lobbyists and Florida legislators, not to mention the Governor. Efforts to force advocates to justify claims of savings are failing, bought off by even more money from those who profit from private prisons.

Mel Watt Has Over 130,000 Reasons to Like SOPA

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 6:00 am

And how much money are you getting from the SOPA lobby, Mel Watt?

Lobbying So Easy Lobbyists Can Skip Billing by the Hour

By: Wednesday December 14, 2011 5:45 pm

“Our elected-official targets are so amenable to our corrupting influence, we can accomplish what our clients want so quickly, that the hourly rate system is outmoded. Congresspersons are so eager to meet our demands, and in such record time, that the actual moments involved no longer accurately represent the value to our client. Going forward, we’ll take a percentage of the cash value to our clients instead. If we save a client one hundred million dollars in taxes over ten years, we’ll take ten percent. If we game the system so that our client earns that sum in one year, we’ll take our cut all at once.”

Florida’s Politicians (But Not Its Residents) Love Private Prisons

By: Wednesday December 14, 2011 10:45 am

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz represents Southwest Ranches, Florida, which has been at the epicenter of a debate over a proposed immigration detention facility. Residents of the town have consistently demonstrated their opposition to the facility, which they feel was designed and planned without much public knowledge of the proceedings.

The Myth of Military Contracting

By: Saturday October 29, 2011 3:25 pm

The war industry stood back with glee when it released a shoddy study that produced the sought-after deceptive headlines about defense spending, the magic sauce of job creation. There was no balance to these reports, and the War Industry should know, because they funded it!

Private Prisons: Pay to Play

By: Thursday July 28, 2011 4:00 pm

Two interesting pieces here regarding the influence the private prison industry wield in its political affiliations and activities. Most of the reason the industry has been so successful in securing contracts despite decades of failing to perform is the cozy relationship it has cultivated with state and federal officials who control the disbursement of public funds and criminal justice sentencing. They cultivate these relationships through donating to individual politicians and various campaigns they embark upon, but also through hiring professional lobbyists to promote their will while the legislature is in session.

Why Aren’t the Banks Lobbying Over the Debt Ceiling?

By: Thursday July 21, 2011 7:45 am

I have been talking to numerous Hill offices trying to figure out what they’re hearing on the chaotic debt ceiling debate. Someone mentioned something last night that I found odd, so I’ve been calling around trying to confirm it. But basically, I can’t find anyone in the Senate or House who says the banks are whipping this.

Already Changing Their Tune

By: Tuesday July 5, 2011 4:39 pm

Well that didn’t take long at all. Ohio, with its anti-union, pro-corporate governor John Kasich, is planning on selling 5 state prisons to private companies who won’t perform to the same standards as the state or save money. But the administration was convinced they offered some sort of cost-savings (despite a plethora of research to the contrary), and initially said the state would earn $200 million from the sale of the prisons. But it turns out they now only expect to earn about $50 million, 1/4 of what the originally thought they’d get.

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