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Money talks: Big business, political strategy and corporate involvement in US state politics

Political spending by corporations is big business.  In the 2018 election cycle, for example, private interests spent US$500 million on campaign contributions to U.S. federal election candidates and nearly $7 billion to lobby federal officials. As one corporate executive with experience in business-government relations says, “A company that is dependent on government that does not […]

July 11th

“We’ve Moved the Needle” But Far More Work to Do, Say Progressives as Biden-Sanders Panels Unveil Policy Blueprint

Unity Task Forces formed by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders unveiled sweeping party platform recommendations Wednesday that—while falling short of progressive ambitions in a number of areas, from climate to healthcare—were applauded as important steps toward a bold and just policy agenda that matches the multiple crises the nation and […]

Election 2020: How fake accounts constantly manipulate what you see on social media – and what you can do about it

Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram started out as a way to connect with friends, family and people of interest. But anyone on social media these days knows it’s increasingly a divisive landscape. Undoubtedly you’ve heard reports that hackers and even foreign governments are using social media to manipulate and attack you. You may […]

If Trump wanted a real celebration at Rushmore, he’d support Lakota sovereignty over the Black Hills

In a time of belated monument removal—officially or by volunteers—it’s fitting that on Friday Donald Trump will be on hand for Independence Day fireworks in the Black Hills of South Dakota at the nation’s biggest statuary monument to white supremacy. The venue is Mount Rushmore, which carries the name of a man who donated a large sum to help sculpt the […]

July 3rd

Money talks: Big business, political strategy and corporate involvement in US state politics

Political spending by corporations is big business. As one corporate executive with experience in business-government relations says, “A company that is dependent on government that does not donate to politicians is engaging in corporate malpractice.” Our research group heard that statement during a series of interviews with industry insiders that we conducted for a study on corporate […]

June 30th

Activists criticize new Democratic climate action plan as woefully inadequate

“This is not an emergency response.” That is how Laura Berry, director of research and policy at the Climate Mobilization (TCM), responded to reporting on a congressional “action plan” for the planetary emergency from the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, which the panel and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) unveiled Tuesday. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The […]

June 30th

Climate Hawks vote endorses astronaut Mark Kelly for Arizona senate

The path to flipping the Senate, and knocking Mitch McConnell out of his post as Senate Majority Leader, runs full speed ahead through Arizona. That’s why we’re endorsing climate hawk Mark Kelly to be the next United States Senator representing Arizona. By RL Miller Make no mistake, making Martha McSally a half-term senator is a […]

June 30th