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Mayday PAC Answers Questions with Call to Faith and Declaration of Independence

A few days ago, I sent some questions to Mayday PAC, an outfit that says it will spend large amounts of money on American elections this year in order to stop the influence of large amounts of money in American elections. These questions are:

Question 1: What are the Guarantees that Mayday PAC […]

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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3 of 5 Nominees for Privacy and Civil Liberties Board come from Corporate Firm WilmerHale

If after many years sitting empty the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is finally filled with members and able to meet, its members will have the power to compel testimony and evidence from the Obama administration and its executive agencies. Using that power, the board has the responsibility to draft twice-yearly reports on civil […]

Americans Elect Says Donating $$ “Buys You No Special Influence Whatsoever”. What do the Facts Say?

Americans Elect made a very strong claim today in an official news release:

“Giving to Americans Elect buys you no special influence whatsoever, and all donors acknowledge that fact when they contribute.”

Strong claims require strong evidence. But Americans Elect has provided you NO evidence to back up their claim.

What strong evidence would look […]

Multinational Robot-War AUVSI Sucks from a Deep Well of Congressional Influence

When the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) testified to a congressional committee this week, it was the first I’d heard of the organization, although I’m not likely to forget it now. After all, AUVSI is the group that spoke in favor of the domestic deployment and deregulated international sales of military robot drones […]

Congressional Caucuses Formed As Avenue of Private Influence

CF Foundation Develops Congressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus in the USA, writes Cystic Fibrosis Foundation staffer Kathryn White in a moment of candor. (You can’t find this document directly on the internet anymore, but if you search for the headline on Google, then select the option “View as HTML,” you can review a cached version.) This […]

Pharmacists' Efforts to Influence Congress Get Direct in 2008

Last summer, I described the incredible decision by eight pharmacists from across the country to give campaign cash to Rep. Marion Berry of Arkansas, all on the same day. Rep. Berry just happened to appear with at least one of those contributors at a news conference promoting Medicare reimbursement favorable to pharmacists. Just a coincidence?

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Dowd on Kennedy: Hey, I Can Vouch for the Classy Insider Personally

A two-sentence summation of today’s opinion by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd:

People say Caroline Kennedy is coasting into the Senate on the basis of her connections to influential people, but that’s bizarre to assert, because what Congress needs is an infusion of class. She is a friend of mine and I can vouch […]

What is a Vote For? This Undecided Ohio Voter Sits A-Wondering

Two weeks after receiving my Ohio absentee ballot in the mail, it is still sitting on my bookshelf, waiting to be filled out. At the presidential level, I am still undecided between candidates Barack Obama, Ralph Nader and Brian Moore. I’ve been reading your thoughts on the substance of the candidates’ merits, but beyond their […]

Transcript of Thomas Muthee’s Sermon Endorsing Sarah Palin as plan to “Invade” and “Infiltrate” Government

Thomas Muthee is the man who engineered a movement to arrest, death-threat and hound out of town a woman he called a witch because there were car accidents near her house.

Thomas Muthee is the pastor who declared in a sermon that “The violent take it by force. People that have spiritual backbones are the […]

Transcript of Thomas Muthee's Sermon Endorsing Sarah Palin as plan to "Invade" and "Infiltrate" Government

Thomas Muthee is the man who engineered a movement to arrest, death-threat and hound out of town a woman he called a witch because there were car accidents near her house.

Thomas Muthee is the pastor who declared in a sermon that “The violent take it by force. People that have spiritual backbones are the […]