Why Big Oil Wins: What Would You Spend to Keep a $4 Billion Check?

By: Wednesday May 4, 2011 3:05 pm

Imagine that, for absolutely no logical reason, the government was about to mail you a check for $4 billion, but some people want to stop you from getting that check. How much would you be willing to pay to make sure you got your hands on that $4 billion? The selfish rational answer is, you [...]

Health Care Industry Still Big Donors to Congress – and Likely to Stay That Way

By: Monday February 7, 2011 9:07 am

Even though it has been almost a year since health care reform was passed, the concerned industry groups are still donating millions to members of Congress. From the Washington Post: While it is well-known that health-care and health-insurance providers and companies donated heavily while the bill was being drafted, a new study of campaign spending [...]

In America, There Are Three Forms of Political Corruption, and Only One Is Really Illegal

By: Wednesday February 2, 2011 4:59 pm

The bane of any functioning government system is corruption. Corruption doesn’t just cause unfair and poor allocation of resources, it eventually undermines faith in the government. This, in turn, can create an extremely destructive, self-reinforcing, downward spiral, eventually undermining the entire system. The frightening thing for America is that there exists three main forms of [...]

McCain Points Finger, Gets Facepalmed Over Donations

By: Tuesday October 7, 2008 11:06 am

Two apparently fictional donors using the names "Doodad Pro" and "Good Will" gave Obama more than $11,000 in increments of $10 and $25 online donations, well above the individual amount of $2,300 allowed, according to Newsweek.  That $11K is  out of a total of $458 million so far. About half the donations have come from [...]