November 10, 2014

Unlike Corporations and Millionaires, Unions Disclose Midterms Dark Money

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Not all dark money is the same. Unlike corporations and individuals, organized labor is forced to play by a different set of rules. In the very dark election of 2014, voters still have no clue about who paid for a significant portion of the election efforts propping up a whole new Congress. Many donors hid behind
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October 27, 2014

2014 Campaign Shows Growing Public Disdain for Predatory For-Profit Colleges

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In the 2o12 election campaign, when a reporter asked GOP candidate Mitt Romney what he planned to do about higher education and college affordability, Romney praised for-profit colleges, and particularly one school, Florida’s Full Sail University, for its ability to “hold down the cost of their education.” It was eventually exposed that: (1) Full Sail was perhaps the third most
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September 15, 2014

Bill Maher, John Oliver Slam Predatory For-Profit Colleges

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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
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July 18, 2014

No Coordination? GOP Super PAC Tied to WV Candidate Alex Mooney

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When the Supreme Court opened the doors to unlimited corporate influence in campaigns with the Citizens United ruling, there was a small caveat in the ruling to prevent corruption: groups raising outside funds could not legally “coordinate” with candidates. Candidates begging for unlimited donations, would, after all, constitute corruption. As recent history has shown, these
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June 2, 2014

Matt Miller, Which Hat Is He Wearing?

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Out of a crowded field of candidates hoping to replace retiring Representative Henry Waxman in Los Angeles, Democrat Matt Miller has attempted to distinguish himself by touting a variety of experiences. Miller’s campaign advertisement lists his various positions as a radio show host, education expert, former Clinton administration official, and business advisor. As he announced his
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May 23, 2014

Top Donor for House Education Chair is For-Profit College Facing Federal and State Fraud Probes

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As reported yesterday by OpenSecrets, Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC) has no serious opposition in her bid for reelection, yet has received more than $800,000 in campaign contributions. More than half of that money has come from outside North Carolina, much of it from corporate special interests. The biggest industry donating to Foxx, who is chair
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May 16, 2014

Ed Gillespie Made $3 Million Advising Big Oil and Gas Lobbyists, Other Corporate Clients

You won’t find Ed Gillespie, the likely Republican nominee to challenge Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) this fall, on the official list of lobbyists maintained by the Secretary of the Senate’s database. That’s because Gillespie isn’t registered. But not being registered doesn’t mean he doesn’t help big corporations and lobbying firms advance their interests in Washington.
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May 13, 2014

Marco Rubio: The Dirty Energy President

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On Sunday’s ABC “This Week,” Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) expressed two notable opinions. First, he said he’s ready to be president of the United States. Second, he asserted that climate change is not caused by humans and cannot be slowed by regulation: RUBIO:  I don’t agree with the notion that some are putting out there, including
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