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House of Representatives Defends Big Government Spending On Fossil Fuels

Jackie Speier introduced an amendment to H.R. 2609 that would have saved money by taking 30 million dollars in extra government payments to oil, gas, and coal corporations. […]

Anomaly Explorer: Look for it from OpenSecrets

Notes from the 2013 Transparency Camp convention sponsored by the Sunlight Foundation indicate that some time during the next two weeks, OpenSecrets will be introducing an “Anomaly Detector.” That’s a neutral term, but the title of the presentation in which this tool was introduced shows its potential power: “Uncovering Corruption“. The tool will look for […]

Is It Fair To Call Mike Enzi's Lobbyist-Filled Caribbean Vacation Corrupt?

On the one hand, we can see that Senator Mike Enzi has established a network of corporate agents who are willing to provide him with money in exchange for the opportunity to influence Enzi’s legislative work as a federal government official. On the other hand, we can see that what Enzi is doing appears not to violate any laws. […]

Lies and Half Truths From Obama About Oil And Gas

Not too long after Barack Obama received large amounts of undisclosed money for his inauguration parties from Chevron and Exxon, Obama’s State Department released a draft assessment claiming that the Keystone XL pipeline would have no environmental impact. Accurate economic and environmental assessments seem to have less influence on the approval of special waivers for the Keystone XL pipeline, however, than large gifts of money to Barack Obama. […]

Draft Hillary Clinton Movement Starts With Corrupt Money Machines

The comfort of these elites with the dirtiest methods of campaigning suggests that those who would influence Hillary Clinton, as a candidate and as President, would rather maintain the flawed status quo in Washington D.C., than attempt to change it. […]

Max Baucus Took Big Money From Oil And Energy Before Voting Against Climate Action

Max Baucus is from Montana, a state where, because of global warming, all the glaciers in Glacier National Park are melting away. Senator Baucus ought to know how serious climate change has become, so why did Senator Baucus vote against legislation to create a restraint on carbon dioxide pollution? […]

A Vatican Of Bad Fish

If anything positive is likely to come of the meltdown of credibility in the Vatican, it is that Americans will finally allow their own values of equality, liberty, acceptance of diversity, and government free of religious interference to lead the United States toward a legal system less influenced by medieval prejudice. […]

Mr. Ethics’ Ethics Problem with Americans Elect: Et Tu, Lawrence Lessig?

John Lumea documents that another member of the Americans Elect leadership, ethicist Lawrence Lessig, has been heading onto the airwaves to promote Buddy Roemer’s presidential prospect in the Americans Elect system, undermining Americans Elect’s own neutrality stance. According to Lumea, Lessig hasn’t disclosed his leadership role in Americans Elect while promoting Americans Elect and Roemer […]

Americans Elect Excoriates “Corrupt” Lobbyists, Not Mentioning it is itself Led by Lobbyists

There are times I think that Americans Elect, the first-ever privatized online presidential nomination, is really just somebody’s idea of a funny inside joke, that it must be, because it couldn’t possibly be serious. Tonight is one of those times.

I’ve just read one of Americans Elect’s latest news releases; let me share it with […]

NYPD: New York’s Phony Data

Brown, Esbensen and Geis’ Criminology 7th Edition expresses problems with the Uniform Crime Reports dryly:

“The UCR also can be a tool for political manipulation. Police administrators sometimes rely upon these data to justify requests for additional money for personnel, equipment, and training. At other times, the Crime Index can be manipulated by a department […]

Republicans Won Special Elections To Congress With Mystery Money

Yesterday alone, four different organizations, using money that could have come from anywhere, reported making independent expenditures to help Bob Turner turn out the vote, and to depress voter turnout for David Weprin. Not one single organization made independent expenditures to help the David Weprin campaign. In the race in Nevada’s 2nd congressional district, 10 separate independent expenditures were made to help the campaign of Republican Mark Amodei over the last week. None were made to help the Democratic candidate, Kate Marshall. […]