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The Creative Fees of Campaign Finance

This morning, I found the perfect quick summary of the state of campaign finance ethics in the United States. On April 17, The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, (which is in fact funded by unlimited contributions from executives from corporations like Verizon Communications, CastleArk Management, Retamco Oil & Gas, Anderson Logging, and Bietzel Aerospace) wrote [...]

0 of 3 Candidates for Maine Governor Get Contributions from Workers at WalMart or Hannaford

Yesterday, I let you know that although Hannaford Supermarkets is Maine’s biggest employer, independent candidate for Maine Governor Eliot Cutler hadn’t gotten any contributions from any Hannaford workers in the Spring of 2014. Instead, he got 8 contributions from the DC megalobbying firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

Tonight, I want to be fair [...]

Maine’s Biggest Employer, Maine’s Smallest Employer, and Eliot Cutler’s Campaign Account

Today, Independent candidate for Governor of Maine Eliot Cutler met the legally-required deadline for him to send campaign contribution data for the Spring of 2014 to the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. I encourage you to take a look at the report for yourself. Here’s what I noticed.

Maine is not a [...]

Values Are Vital PAC Uses Las Vegas Money To Push Its Agenda

Are the Republican voters of Florida’s 19th congressional district content to allow political operatives from Nevada and New Jersey to tell them which values are vital? We’ll find out when the polls close Tuesday night. [...]

292 Days After Citizens Submit Successful Edward Snowden Petition, Barack Obama Still Won’t Respond

On June 22 2013, the the official petition to pardon Edward Snowden surpassed a the threshold of a hundred thousand signatures officially required for a response at the White House’s We The People petition website. The Obama administration pledged that of all petitions receiving a hundred thousand petitions, “White House staff will review it, ensure [...]

The Children’s Place = The Orphans’ Place. Why?

Why is the International Labor Rights Forum calling for Americans to boycott and picket The Children’s Place on April 24 2014?

Why? Because a year earlier, on April 24 2013, the rickety Rana Plaza apparel factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people. Those people were paid dirt-poor wages in dangerous conditions to make [...]

Would Mother Nature Move You Through A Purchase Funnel?

Mother Nature Network – it sounds like a warm and friendly, huggy and human kind of place – the sort of news web site that might hand you a warm, freshly-baked gluten-free cookie when you visit. It’s a web site that celebrates the “Joy of Less”, so you might expect its web design to be [...]

Rather Than Answer a Question about the Matthew 4 Protocol, Mark Stengler Hits the Delete Key

On February 15 2014, I shared an offer sent to me by GOP USA and a company called Health Revelations using the name of “Dr. Mark Stengler” to lend an authoritative voice that a “Bible Code” called the “Matthew 4 Protocol.” I shared with you ten indications that the so-called Matthew 4 Protocol is actually [...]

What Should We Do About Animal Testing Of Cosmetics?

Puppies are cute.

Women who wear cosmetics are cute.

Who is more cute?

U.S. Representative James Moran made his choice yesterday when he introduced H.R. 4148, a bill that would gradually end the testing of cosmetics products on animals.

Moran says puppies are more cute. Do you agree with his choice?

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Nick Troiano, Running on his Anonymous Big Money Political Experience, Crusades against the Same

What do we make of congressional candidate Nick Troiano?

On the one hand, Nick Troiano justifies his run for Congress by boasting of his experience working for Super PACs, 527s and 501(c)(4) corporations as the young face speaking on behalf of the interests of old money. Listen to Nick Troiano describe how he built his [...]

Why Are The 1 Percent Powering The Other 98%?

Perusing the FEC records of recent independent expenditures for political campaigns in congressional elections, I came across a curious note about a pair of expenditures in opposition to David Jolly, a Republican seeking to replace the deceased Congressman Bill Young down in Florida. The group that made the expenditures, for radio advertisements, was called Friends [...]