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Know Your Enemy Better: The Top 10 Federal Contractors of 2013

A few years ago, I shared with you patterns of connection between the Top 10 federal contractors of 2011. Let’s return to that subject with federal contracting data for 2013, released last month by the Federal Procurement Data System. The top 10 private contractors with the United States government in fiscal year 2013 were:

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Government Integrity Fund Action Network Tries To Buy Itself A U.S. Senator

What does Tom Cotton know about GIFAN? What contact has he had with the group? Is he coordinating campaign tactics and policies with its officers? […]

The Confusion Of Common Sense

The very idea of “common sense” solutions to hotly contested political issues seems contrary to common sense. Anybody who has paid even the slightest bit of attention to politics in the United States can see that citizens have strong fundamental disagreements about most issues that prevent genuine consensus from being arrived at. […]

Trackers and Sneaky Bots In WordPress, Moving Foward

This weekend, as we were preparing for a nice Mother’s Day weekend, we came upon a nasty shock. A reader informed us that Irregular Times was exposing people to a piece of software called SkimLinks.

SkimLinks is a plugin that transforms simple html links into money-making engines for SkimLinks clients. The links include code […]

Are Automattic and WordPress Purposefully Sneaking Skimlinks Trackers Into Jetpack For Self-Hosted Users?

Trust that relies on concealing the truth about what’s really going on is not trust at all. That’s why we urge Wordpress to distance their Jetpack software from the likes of SkimLinks, and honestly explain how the two became entangled in the first place. […]

Even With Reform, Federal Government Subsidizes Executive Wealth

The next time some silk-suited member of Congress takes to the airwaves to complain about mythical food stamp fraud sapping the federal budget, consider this:

Did you know that federal government tax dollars were being used to reimburse private corporations for the exorbitant pay packages they provided their corporate executives? The above data, provided […]

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 […]