$250 Million Is a Relatively Cheap Price for Influence

By: Tuesday August 6, 2013 7:11 am

I don’t know why Jeff Bezos decided to personally buy the Washington Post. If the plan was to just make money then it seems like a bad investment. Most papers are suffering from declining circulation, falling revenues and increased online competition. Even if Bezos turns it around, it is hard to see any newspaper becoming [...]

Little Shop of Tea Party Horrors: Corporate Astroturf Campaign Turns Into Giant Man-Eating Venus Flytrap

By: Wednesday July 13, 2011 9:38 am

Corporate America and the GOP have been playing a very dangerous game, throwing enormous amounts of money behind PR campaigns demagoguing the very deficit that their radical manipulation of the political system created in the first place. They thought they could hide their true intentions under the cloak of fiscal responsibility and good governance. The fact that the very tool they virtually invented to captivate the democratic process finally turned around and bit them in the ass is almost Shakespearean in its irony.

Chamber Joins Push for Health Care Repeal

By: Tuesday January 11, 2011 12:24 pm

The US Chamber of Commerce has decided to come out in public support of repealing the recently passed health care law. From Chamber CEO Thomas Donohue’s State of American Business address: By mid-December, HHS had already granted 222 waivers to the law—a revealing acknowledgement that the law is unworkable. And, with key provisions under challenge [...]

AFL-CIO Legislative Meeting Explodes Over Obama’s NAFTA-Style Korea Free Trade Deal

By: Monday December 6, 2010 10:17 am

At the AFL-CIO’s weekly Monday morning legislative meeting, the UAW tried to sell the deal to their fellow unions in the federation. The unanimous disapproval from all the other unions was summed up in a 10 minute invective by Matt McKinnon, the Political Director of the Machinists, who said the UAW concessions were “worth a lukewarm bucket of spit.”

An Open Letter to Joe Sestak

By: Tuesday July 13, 2010 9:02 am

Dear Congressman Sestak, We haven’t seen each other in person since last year at Netroots Nation, but I’ve followed your Senate race since then and am glad you’re doing well. I’ve contacted you several times recently regarding the claims you’ve made about your support for small business, but haven’t received a response. I understand you’re [...]

Paying into Politics Makes Politics Pay – Lessons from the Nonpartisan League, Part Two

By: Sunday July 4, 2010 7:30 am

At the turn of the 20th century, North Dakota’s population was mostly rural farmers, yet a small number of powerful corporate interests dominated the state’s politics and finances. Most of these powerful financial interests could have served an important role in the economy of the plains but had decided instead to embrace maximum profitability through [...]

Communication First: Making Media to Move the Mainstream – Lessons from the Nonpartisan League, Part One

By: Saturday July 3, 2010 7:30 am

Large corporations with a huge corrupting political influence are exploiting regular people. Bankers and traders on an exchange are selling phantom commodities to make huge profits to the detriment of the working class. A left-leaning group turns to politics to address these grievances, and the Chamber of Commerce and the mainstream attack it as “socialist,” [...]

How Blanche Lincoln Is Not Like Norma Rae

By: Thursday June 10, 2010 8:40 am

The commentary regarding the Lincoln/Halter race continues, ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. Glenn Greenwald: “What happened in this race also gives the lie to the insufferable excuse we’ve been hearing for the last 18 months from countless Obama defenders:  namely, if the Senate doesn’t have 60 votes to pass good legislation, it’s not [...]

Avalanche of Evidence: Why We Need Clean Money in Elections

By: Friday May 21, 2010 11:15 am

Recent events give us four powerful examples of why we desperately need to take back our elections from the big-money interests that are buying our politics. The solution is to clean up election funding through voluntary public financing, so that candidates can run without needing to grovel for donations from wealthy individuals and corporate lobbies. [...]

Let The Health Care Regulation Gaming Begin!

By: Monday April 5, 2010 10:27 am

It’s been a little over a week since the new health care law was signed into law and already the process of gaming the new regulations to maximize health insurance industry profits has begun. We first heard of the health insurance industry’s plans to the game the system when they started talking openly about not [...]