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Bank lobbyists are not leaving it to lawmakers to draft legislation that softens financial regulations. Instead, the lobbyists are helping to write it themselves. Read more...
The heads of two independent watchdog groups discuss their efforts to scrutinize special interest money going into political pockets. Read more...
ProPublica Here's our latest explainer video, on the storied history of money in politics. Lyrics follow. Act I: Brown Paper Bags"I made my mistakes, but in all my years of public life, I have never profited . I've earned every cent." Read more...
Occupy LA was out in full force this past week to mark their one year anniversary. The group gathered at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles. The square has become the center of the Occupy L.A. movement since protesters were ousted from Read more...
By Justin Elliott, ProPublica A dark money nonprofit group that has run more than $1 million in ads in the Ohio race for U.S. Senate told the IRS last year it did not plan to spend any money to influence elections when it applied for Read more...

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The Commission on Presidential Debates, a private corporation, restricts the ‘debates’ to the two corporate parties and the issues that they approve. The concerns of the people such as ending corporate influence over politics, ending militarization, and creating real jobs and access to health care and education will be discussed superficially or not at all. Read more...
Via Occupy Seattle: When – Mon, September 17, 6pm – 10pm Where – Westlake 400 Pine (map) Occupy changed the conversation. It placed greed front and center in the public debate. In solidarity with #OWS and Occupy’s 1 year Read more...
Nearly 1,000 people marched through Charlotte's business district on Sunday, two days before the start of the Democratic National Convention in that city in protest of the influence of corporate money in politics. Read more...
Wall Street Lobbying Efforts Reach $4.2 Billion Since 2006, Or $1,331 A Minute... Read more...
A decade ago gambling magnate and leading Republican donor Sheldon Adelson looked at a desolate spit of land in Macau and imagined a glittering strip of casinos, hotels and malls... Read more...