Late Night: How to Get Gun Makers and Lobbyists to Fund Massive Mental Health Programs

By: Wednesday May 28, 2014 8:00 pm

After the Sandy Hook shootings one response of the NRA was a program to put more guns in schools. From a marketing and sales perspective that was a brilliant move. Almost worthy of the cigarette manufacturers, “New cancer cure might surprise you. It’s tobacco!”

 

Lobbying Rules Completely Ineffective At Stopping Revolving Door

By: Monday February 3, 2014 9:02 am

Are you sitting down? The lobbying rules designed to slow down the revolving door have failed. According to the New York Times, an analysis of congressional staffer data has revealed that not only is the practice of government worker-to-lobbyist continuing, the meager ethics rule that do exist are being ignored.

Serving in Congress and Lobbyist Seen as Least Ethical Jobs

By: Tuesday December 17, 2013 2:07 pm

Members of Congress are considered less trustworthy than used car salespeople.

Fracking Lobby’s Tax Forms: Big Bucks to Media, “Other ALECs,” Democratic PR Firms

By: Wednesday November 20, 2013 5:13 pm

America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA)- the public relations arm of the oil and gas fracking industry – has released its2012 Internal Revenue Services (IRS) 990 form, and it’s rich with eye-opening revelations, some of which we report here for the first time.

Incorporated as American Natural Gas Alliance, Inc., ANGA received $76.7 million from its dues-paying members for fiscal year 2012. Not strictly a lobbying force alone at the state-level and federal-level, ANGA has pumped millions of dollars into public relations and advertising efforts around the country and hundreds of thousands more into other influence-peddling avenues.

Surveillance of Banksters Please

By: Tuesday June 11, 2013 3:44 pm

Why not apply spy technology to money laundering, tax evasion and other financial issues?

Which DC Lobbying Firms Are the Unemployed Hiring to Represent Them?

By: Wednesday May 22, 2013 3:00 pm

I’m really sick of how “the economy” is the stock market. It. Is. NOT. I also know that the constituents of unemployed and underemployed aren’t out there putting pressure on congress or the President.

Insider Dealing for Insider Trading: Congress Guts STOCK Act Reporting Requirements

By: Monday April 15, 2013 11:40 am

Remember that Congressional insider trading scandal? The one where Congress members were caught trading stocks and bonds on insider information, an apparent crime for everyone else but Congress? Well, after a lot of public posturing leading to the passage of a reform law (with resulting positive press coverage) – Congress is back to their old tricks.

Waning Commitment to Government Transparency Evident in Obama’s ‘State of the Union’ Speeches

By: Wednesday February 13, 2013 2:05 pm

Despite the stated commitments and professions on transparency, the Sunlight Foundation found talk of “government integrity, transparency, and influence” was mostly absent in President Obama’s “State of the Union” speech last night.

Countdown to Fiscal Cliff Bill

By: Tuesday January 1, 2013 6:30 pm

In spite of all the strum und drang, the Republicans in the House have managed to dysfunctionally sidewind their way into voting on the Senate’s Fiscal Cliff bill rather than adding amendments that would punt the bill to the next Congress.

Corporate Interests Influencing State Legislators via National Conference of State Legislatures

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 7:22 pm

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) describes itself as “a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation’s 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.”

Affiliated with NCSL, is the NCSL Foundation which was created by NCSL as a “nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation that offers opportunities for businesses, national associations, nonprofit organizations and unions seeking to improve the state legislative process and enhance NCSL’s services to all legislatures.”

While the descriptions sound benign, the access to legislators NCSL and the NCSL Foundation provide to fossil fuel interests and other corporate “sponsors” sounds a lot like lobbying.

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