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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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Faith Based Pagan Cluster at the Occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington DC

I don’t think this is what George W. Bush and Barack Obama meant by “Faith-Based Initiatives,” but it’s there nonetheless in Freedom Plaza.

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Elliot Ackerman says the names of Americans Elect donors are on its website. They aren’t.

In an August 1 2011 interview broadcast over the airwaves of the Wisconsin Radio Network, Americans Elect COO Elliot Ackerman claimed that names of donors to Americans Elect “are available publicly on the website.” That would surely be reassuring to listeners who might be worrying whether the group might be hiding something about the sources [...]

WH Political Appointees Screening FOIA Requests is not Change I Can Believe In

As president, Barack Obama will restore the American people‚Äôs trust in their government by making government more open and transparent…. Obama will require Cabinet officials to have periodic 21st Century Fireside Chats, restore meaning to the Freedom of Information Act, and conduct regulatory agency business in public.

– Obama for America, September 22 2008

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Americans Elect Conversion to 501c4 Status Contradicts a Long-Avowed Political Purpose

In the last month, Americans Elect has reorganized itself as a IRS Section 501(c)4 corporation. 501(c)4 corporations do not have to disclose the sources of their money, a tactical advantage but an ethical disadvantage in a democracy. But IRS Section 501(c)4 corporations must have “social welfare” as their primary purpose, and cannot have the pursuit [...]

Disclsosed Party Committee Lobbyist Bundles Dwarfed by Undisclosed Independent Expenditures

Yes, the four political party committees spending on congressional races have raked in millions of dollars from lobbyists who bundled together campaign contributions during the 2009-2010 election season:

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: $3,587,850 Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee: $1,334,225 National Republican Senatorial Committee: $1,127,150 National Republican Congressional Committee: $771,900

For you and me, seven million dollars [...]

Popular Bumper Stickers August 2010: Welcome Back Barack, Shoo Republicans

In the month of August 2008, the following were our five best-selling bumper stickers:

1. Librarians Against Palin bumper sticker 2. People With One House Against McCain bumper sticker 3. Republicans for Barack Obama bumper sticker 4. I Like Obama, But is America Ready for a President with Brains? bumper sticker 5. Hope, Not Fear: [...]

Location Tracking Without A Warrant Gets Personal and Political

Governments big and small are tracking your whereabouts, most often without a warrant, with increasing frequency, and for reasons that are unnervingly personal and political.

You may recall that last December, graduate student Christopher Soghoian caught representatives of Sprint-Nextel and Cricket on audio at a private conference for telecommunications corporations and government surveillance agencies. The [...]

War on Terror or War on Free Press? FBI Used Unconstitutional, Illegal Seizure of Reporters’ Phone Records to Find Source of Politically Embarrassing Leaks

I’ve never written such a long headline before, but each and every element of it is crucial:

* The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General has released a report, parts of which remain classified but parts of which have been declassified. Read it here.

* This report concludes that the FBI broke the [...]

5 Congressional Predictions for a Political 2010

Just for kicks, here are my five political predictions for Congress in 2010:

1. The Defense of Marriage Act will not be repealed. After telling gay and lesbian Americans to wait for the passage of health care reform for the length of 2009, 2010 arrives as an election year. So “wait ’till next year” will [...]

Political Issue Salience in CafePress Searches (3-18 to 3-23 2009)

When a shopkeeper uploads an image to CafePress to place on a t-shirt, a bumper sticker or a button, she or he is encouraged to add “tags” that describe an item. To assist in tagging decisions, CafePress will indicate how many people searched a particular tag the day before in their website’s “Marketplace” search.

I’ve [...]