April 27, 2012

Lobbying Makes Low-Performing For-Profit Colleges Highly Profitable

This guest post was written by United Republic’s Jasper McChesney. He also designed the infographic below: Few would argue against spending tax-dollars wisely: eliminating ineffective and wasteful programs in favor of better ones. But when federal dollars flow to private industries with powerful lobbies, politicians can have a hard time closing the spigot. The for-profit
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April 27, 2012

Former ALEC Chairman Responds To Criticism With Homophobic Slur

The corporate front group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) does not handle criticism well. In a Marietta Daily Journal piece today, a number of Georgia legislators defended their membership in the corporate lobby. One in particular, Rep. Earl Ehrhart (R), a former national chairman of ALEC, bitterly lashed out at the ALEC critics at Better
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April 27, 2012

President Obama To Issue Order Protecting Service Members and Veterans From Abuses By For-Profit Colleges

Today, at Fort Stewart, Georgia, President Obama will sign an executive order to help active duty military members, veterans, and their families get the information they need to select college programs paid for with federal aid.  The order also strengthens oversight and accountability for schools that offer these educational programs.  Schools will be required to give
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April 26, 2012

Sen. Scott Brown Took Credit For Watered Down STOCK Act, But New Disclosures Show Brown’s Top Bundler Lobbied To Weaken It

Republic Report has been highly criticalof the watering down of the STOCK Act, the recently enacted law to curb insider trading in Congress. New disclosures show that a group of well-connected lobbyists helped weaken the bill. Senators talked a good game about reform, but managed to water down the legislation so much so that it
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April 26, 2012

To Win The GOP Primary, Mitt Romney Spent $18.50 Per Vote

Mitt Romney

With Gingrich and Santorum out, Mitt Romney is the inevitable Republican presidential nominee. Victory is sweet, but it hasn’t come cheap for the candidate, who has spent a whopping $18.50 per primary vote he received. His campaign alone spent a total of $76.6 million for 4.1 million votes. CNN reports that the money was used
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April 26, 2012

Exclusive: Washington Post’s Kaplan and Other For-Profit Colleges Joined ALEC, Controversial Special Interest Lobby

Republic Report has learned that the Washington Post Company’s Kaplan for-profit college division, was, last year, a member of the controversial business advocacy group the American Legislative Exchange Council. Other major for-profit education companies also joined ALEC. Republic Report has obtained a July 2011 document showing Kaplan Higher Education and other for-profits as members of
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April 26, 2012

28 Lawmakers Have Quit ALEC This Month

The exodus of major corporations from the corporate front group American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has made headlines nationwide as the group’s agenda has been increasingly scrutinized by the general public. But as these corporations have fled ALEC, there has also been one other little-noticed exodus from the group: that of legislators.  SourceWatch and Keystone Progress
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April 26, 2012

South Carolina ALEC Member Literally Exempted ALEC From State Lobbying And Ethics Laws

There have been complaints in states like Minnesota that the American Legislative Exchange Council violates state lobbying laws, particularly with gifts for state lawmakers and undisclosed meetings with corporate lobbyists. ALEC, as we’ve reported, is the secretive bill-writing front group responsible for risky privatization schemes, massive taxpayer giveaways to big business, and dozens of other
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