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Category Archive: Corporate Influence in Politics

Jun 24 2014

Koch Brothers Political Ads Highly Dishonest

PolitiFact has done an analysis of more than a dozen ads put out in various campaigns by Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers’ third-party organization that spends tens of millions of dollars to influence elections all over the country. Surprise, surprise, they conclude that those ads are highly dishonest.

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Jun 23 2014

Gov. Scott Walker Under Criminal Investigation

Well this is a very interesting development, but hardly surprising. Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin is under investigation for a “criminal scheme” to get around campaign finance laws by coordinating his campaign with third-party groups pouring dark money into his race.

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Jun 16 2014

RGA Illegally Sends Adelson Money to Corbett

The Republican Governors Association illegally sent nearly a million dollars from casino magnate Sheldon Adelson to a PAC for Gov. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania, who is floundering in his bid for reelection. It’s illegal because Adelson is an owner in a casino in that state.

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Jun 10 2014

Scott Brown’s Mysterious Corporate Benefactor

The Boston Globe has a fascinating article about Global Digital Solutions Inc. (GDSI), a mysterious company that named Scott Brown to their board of advisers last year and gave him more than a million dollars in stock options in the company. But the company doesn’t actually seem to do anything.

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Jun 08 2014

A Bigger Dinesh D’Souza Crime

Dinesh D’Souza pleaded guilty recently to charges that he violated federal campaign finance laws by having other people launder his donations to a Senate candidate. Now there’s an even bigger instance of this same thing, a Utah businessman who says he gave $50,000 to others to donate to Sen. Mike Lee’s campaign.

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Jun 05 2014

Perkins Links Citizens United to Sudanese Barbarism

Tony Perkins had Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas on his radio show this week and he made the absolutely bizarre argument that the death sentence of a Christian Sudanese woman is related to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United. See if you can follow this logic:

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May 14 2014

Chamber of Commerce Demands Immigration Reform

There are many divisions within the Republican party right now, but one of the biggest is the division between the pro-business types and those trying to appeal to their largely xenophobic, anti-immigrant base. The Chamber of Commerce seems to be throwing down the gauntlet on the issue.

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May 11 2014

Adelson Spending Huge at State Level Too

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson spent almost a hundred million dollars in the last presidential election, much of it to help Newt Gingrich, but he’s now very busy funding politicians at the state level as well in order to achieve his goal of banning all online gambling in the United States.

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Apr 21 2014

Abramoff: SCOTUS Doesn’t Understand How Money Corrupts

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s latest blow to any limits on campaign financing in this country, convicted felon and former lobbyist Jack Abramoff says the justices are naive and do not understand how the influence of big money corrupts our political system.

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Apr 12 2014

Public Opinion Matters Far Less Than Wealth

A new study confirms what anyone who has been paying attention has always known, that the views of wealthy people and powerful interest groups matters far more in influencing public policy than public opinion, even when voters are strongly in favor of a particular policy choice.

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Apr 09 2014

How to Fix the Campaign Finance Problem

Unfortunately, it looks like the only way to fix the campaign finance problem that is preventing the solution to practically every other problem is to pass a constitutional amendment, something that is incredibly difficult to do. Lawrence Tribe has proposed this amendment:

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Apr 07 2014

The Sham of Conservative Originalism

Larry Lessig, the Harvard law professor who has led a crusade for real campaign finance reform for several years, reacts to the Supreme Court’s ruling in McCutcheon by pointing out that the conservative justice’s claimed preference for originalism is contradicted by the ruling.

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Apr 03 2014

SCOTUS Hands More Power to Oligarchs

The Supreme Corp…sorry, I meant Court…doubled down on their ruling in Citizens United (and the even more important 4th Circuit case Free Speech Now) and all but handed what little was left of a genuine democracy over to wealthy individuals and corporations. The New York Times reports on the ruling in McCutcheon v FEC:

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Mar 23 2014

Graham Wants to Ban Online Gambling

Sen. Lindsay Graham has decided that we must ban internet gambling at the federal level. By sheer coincidence, I’m sure, he came to this position after Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino magnate who wants to rid himself of the competition, started raising big money for his reelection campaign.

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Mar 20 2014

Scott Brown Wants Limits on Outside Spending. Except When He Doesn’t.

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is now preparing to run for the Senate from New Hampshire, having conveniently relocated there, and the exact same agreement to not accept outside spending that he proposed and signed in 2012 is now suddenly game-playing nonsense in 2014.

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