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Congressional Contender Nick Troiano Parrots his Billionaire Patron Without Attribution

Mr. Troiano, you have a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from the prestigious Georgetown University. Surely someone, somewhere along the way to those two fine degrees taught you the fine art of citing your sources. It works like this:

When you pledge your congressional candidacy to the cause of slashing social security, medicare and medicaid [...]

Owe No Astroturf Campaign Is Another Peter G. Peterson Failure

While it lectures the rest of us about the proper distribution of resources, Owe No has itself become an emblem of the failed application of resources. [...]

Billionaire Creates Fake Campus Activism Organization Called Up To Us

Peter G. Peterson is not what most people would describe as college age. Nonetheless, he has the chutzpah to by running a campus activist organization called Up To Us. If it’s really Up To Us college students, then how come senior citizen Peter G. Peterson is running the show, and why won’t he pay the students doing his astroturf dirty work for him? [...]

Boxer and Sanders Introduce Strong Climate Bill. Will Obama Support It?

Barack Obama keeps on promising that, despite years of inaction, while he provided special breaks to encourage more drilling for petroleum and other dirty fossil fuels, he will eventually do something to confront the growing crisis of climate change.

Promises are easy to make. This week, Barack Obama has received the opportunity to finally take [...]

Americans Elect Sells Itself within the next 9 Days. Who’s Buying?

Despite its repeated call for donations, Americans Elect never really had its hands on that much actual money. One man, the self-appointed Americans Elect Chairman Peter Ackerman, apparently donated $8 million to get the group started. But as the corporation’s recently disclosed Form 990 reveals, despite paying $1,118,598 million in fundraising fees Americans Elect only [...]

Americans Elect Form 990 for 2011 — Read it Here

Before the legally-required 30-day deadline after my request, and with its two legally-available delays exhausted, the Americans Elect corporation sent its 2011 IRS Form 990 to me in the mail last week. Form 990 reveals organizational and financial information about a 501c4 corporation like Americans Elect, information in greater detail than Americans Elect has disseminated [...]

Higher Education: From a Hand Up to a Slap Down in a Generation

The deal on public university education a generation ago: If you’ve made it in life, that’s great. Chances are you did it with help. So take a portion of your income and pay taxes to help others make the most of themselves through a low-cost public university education. When they succeed, they’ll take a portion [...]

Say Yes to the Future, No to Bank-Run America: Protest in Times Square May 15

I note in this morning’s Bangor Daily News that Governor Paul LePage and his Republican allies intend to cut funding for Head Start programs, despite solid empirical evidence that for every dollar invested in early childhood education, nearly nine dollars in economic benefit to society is generated.

I note two excerpts from yesterday’s New York [...]

Drilldown on Americans Elect Platform of Questions: #72 in Vote Elevated to #4 on Final List

Name of the process in which Americans Elect rank and file members vote on which questions will be asked of the eventual Americans Elect presidential candidates in the “Platform of Questions”: Shape the Debate

Text of the question about the national debt that got the most member votes: “How do you plan to address our [...]

Proof: the Republican Party Doesn’t Care About Fiscal Conservatism. Quo Vadis, Tea Party?

When Barack Obama gave a speech in Columbus, Ohio last year, I turned out to protest Barack Obama’s surveillance practices. The other protesters who I met outside the speech, part of a small grassroots Tea Party presence, didn’t care so much about Barack Obama’s big brother spying powers; they’d supported George W. Bush after all. [...]

Republicans Try Having It Both Ways Too

Congressional Republicans want you to forget all about the past, and how they spent the last decade running a borrow and spend government. Perhaps the Democrats are trying to have it both ways, but the Republicans are too. [...]