Big Brother is watching your money, and it’s hardly ever to catch those rascally terrorists.
Passed in 2001, the USA PATRIOT Act lowered the bar for government surveillance of Americans’ financial transactions, and American financial institutions have been deputized to assist. Banks now monitor every financial transaction and pass it through a software program [...]
You could go to today’s “Rally for Sanity” in Washington, DC that offers the pageantry of a protest but asks its attendants to be quiet and do nothing.
Alternatively, you could attend one of the upcoming political protests listed below. They have the advantage of actually standing for something, but be warned: because these pieces [...]
From October 16 to October 20, 2010 (the latest day for which FEC data is available), corporate entities that have made-up names and are largely exempted from having to reveal their mysterious donors spent $53,052,839 in independent expenditures on congressional campaigns. $15.0 million went to oppose Democrats, $2.9 million went to support Democrats, $4.7 million [...]
When the Center for Responsive Politics reviewed contributions to Section 527 political organizations during the 2nd Quarter of 2010, their headline shouted Big Donors!. The headline was merited by their finding that the top ten donors together gave $6.7 million to political groups during the period. If we’re looking for a headline for the 3rd [...]
The closer we get to Election Day, the more the use of independent expenditures accelerates. Thanks to Republicans in Congress who voted down disclosure requirements this summer, sketchily identified corporations with undisclosed lists of donors are throwing money by the bucket at congressional campaigns.
How much has the use of independent expenditures accelerated? Consider this: [...]
If your ideas tend toward the left-hand side of the political spectrum and you are dissatisfied with your choices in the Governor’s race where you live, consider the Green Party choices that you might not have heard of. Green Party Watch lists the Green Party candidates running for Governor in 13 states. The candidates are [...]
Bob Gustafson of Working Waterfront reports this week that fisheries officials in Canada are pulling together a coalition to promote a permanent ban on oil drilling in the Georges Bank that lies offshore in the Gulf of Maine, south of Nova Scotia and southeast of the state of Maine. Georges Bank has historically been one [...]
The first clue that the real purpose of “Americans for Job Security” may not match its name is its address: 107 South West Street PMB Alexandria, Virginia. Alexandria, just across the Potomac from Washington DC, is the home base for thousands of political front groups, and 107 South West Street is the address of a [...]
We’re not rich or covertly backed by a conservative slush fund, so to help keep Irregular Times going we sell liberal and progressive bumper stickers. Back in March of this year, most of our best-selling stickers were centered around a particular policy theme, most often health care or the environment. But fast forward six months [...]
The election season of 2010 has seen an explosion of independent expenditures for and against congressional candidates, and the donors to the groups that mount these independent expenditures are largely invisible thanks to recent campaign finance deregulation. Tracking and comparing donors between groups is the easiest way to uncover patterns of coordination and possible corruption [...]