September 15, 2014
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Bill Maher, John Oliver Slam Predatory For-Profit Colleges

In a single week, two of America’s best comedic truth-tellers — John Oliver and Bill Maher — hit hard against the predatory for-profit colleges that rip off taxpayers and ruin students’ lives.

On his HBO show “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver attacked these profit-making colleges for their sky-high prices, meager spending on instruction, and deceptive and coercive recruiting tactics, including the enrollment of soldiers who had brain injuries and couldn’t even name the courses they’d signed up for. Oliver added, “I will say this for for-profit colleges: They’ve just given us all a first-class education in the depths of human depravity.” Oliver noted that …

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September 10, 2014
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APSCU, Chamber Sought to Stack Rulemaking Panel With Execs From Troubled For-Profit Colleges

The main lobbying group for America’s for-profit colleges, APSCU, proposed last year to stock the Department of Education’s 28-member negotiated rule-making panel on the crucial “gainful employment” rule with 11 nominees, nine of whom were executives at APSCU-member for-profit college companies, including multiple companies now under investigation by law enforcement. Correspondence obtained from the education department by Republic Report under the Freedom of Information Act shows that APSCU CEO Steve Gunderson, in a 12-page letter dated July 12, 2013, denounced the regulatory process and demanded that the Department halt it, but nevertheless proposed a slate of nominees for the panel, including executives …

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August 29, 2014
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Charles Koch Personally Founded Group Protecting Oil Industry Hand-Outs, Documents Reveal

‘Lifestyles of the Rich Environmentalists,’ produced by a group called the Institute for Energy Research, is a slick web video campaign designed to lampoon Leonardo Dicaprio and will.i.am as hypocrites for supporting action on climate change. The claim is that wealthy celebrities who oppose industrial-scale pollution supposedly shouldn’t fly in airplanes that use fossil fuels. The group, along with its subsidiary, the American Energy Alliance, churns out a steady stream of related content, from Facebook memes criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency, to commercials demanding approval of new oil projects like the Keystone XL, …

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August 28, 2014
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Obama: We’ll Protect You Against Predatory Colleges. Students: Please Do

Speaking at the American Legion convention in Charlotte Tuesday, President Obama pledged, “For veterans going back to school under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, we’ll keep standing up against dishonest recruiting and predatory practices that target and prey on you and your families.”  The President has made clear that he understands the scam perpetrated by many for-profit colleges against our vets, against single mothers, against working-class young people of color — deceptive recruiting, high prices, poor quality, weak job placement.

Yet the big for-profit college companies keep spending millions to lobby aggressively against a proposed federal rule, called gainful …

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August 1, 2014
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Comcast Affiliated News Outlet Censored My Article About Net Neutrality Lobbying

In a move that smacks of censorship, Republic Report has discovered that a telecom industry-affiliated lobbying group successfully persuaded an African American news website to remove an article that reported critically on the groups advocating against Net Neutrality. The order to delete the article came from the website’s parent company, a business partner to Comcast.

Last Friday, I reported on how several civil rights groups, almost all with funding from Comcast, Verizon and other Internet Service Providers, recently wrote to the Federal Communication Commission in support of Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan, which would create Internet fast lanes and slow lanes, an …

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July 25, 2014
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Post-Corinthian: Gates, Gingrich, Graham, Fake “Susan and Dave” Aren’t Done Opposing For-Profit College Rules

Are “Susan and Dave” a for-profit college student, or the parents of a for-profit college student?  From the comments they posted on two different websites this week, seems like, both.  Actually, it seems like a lie, perpetrated by a wealthy industry that will say or do anything to keep tapping billions in taxpayer dollars, even as it abuses actual students.

 

The mess that Corinthian Colleges’ management has left for students, staff, and shareholders might have been avoided had there already been a strong “gainful employment” rule in place. The rule, which the Obama Administration has been seeking to enact for almost five years …

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June 30, 2014
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For-Profit College Group APSCU Has Consistently Harbored Fraudulent Schools

I mailed this letter today to Mr. Arthur E. Benjamin, Vice Chair, American Institutes Holdings LLC; Mr. Donald E. Graham, Chairman and CEO, Graham Holdings Company; and Mr. Steve Gunderson, President and CEO, Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities.

Dear Mr. Benjamin, Mr. Graham, and Mr. Gunderson:

I am writing regarding the career college sector and the gainful employment rule. The Obama administration’s proposed rule, implementing a congressional requirement, would, eventually, remove federal student aid from some career education programs that consistently leave their students with debt they cannot afford to repay.

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June 30, 2014
Paula Gant previously worked for the American Gas Association and Christopher Smith previously worked for Chevron's liquified natural gas trading unit. Now, both work for the Department of Energy's unit overseeing LNG applications.
Paula Gant previously worked for the American Gas Association and Christopher Smith previously worked for Chevron's liquified natural gas trading unit. Now, both work for the Department of Energy's unit overseeing LNG applications.

LNG Exports and Agency Capture: Regulators and Industry Swap Spots

Expanded natural gas exports have wide repercussions, ranging from increased costs to American consumers to greater incentives for drilling companies to use controversial fracking methods for extracting their product. As numerous reports have shown, the gas boom means more methane, a greenhouse gas that is exacerbating our climate crisis, in the atmosphere.

But the discussion in Washington has not focused on the climate and environmental impact of rapidly approving LNG export licenses, a process controlled by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Department of Energy. Instead, as Republic Report’s David Halperin outlined last week, companies that stand to …

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