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Gardner Predictably Appointed to Senate Energy Committee

Gardner Predictably Appointed to Senate Energy Committee
Colorado U.S. Senator-elect Cory Gardner’s office announced his committee assignments today. It will come as no surprise to politics watchers that Gardner has landed on the Energy and Natural Resources committee. A Representative of the Colorado Front Range gas patch for the last four years in the House, Gardner has been a reliable champion of oil and gas on Capitol Hill, and his election campaign coffers have been brimming with oil industry money for years.
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House Finance Chair Goes on Ski Vacation with Wall Street

House Finance Chair Goes on Ski Vacation with Wall Street
In January, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, ascended to the powerful chairmanship of the House Financial Services Committee. Six weeks later, Hensarling was joined by representatives of the banking industry for a ski vacation fundraiser at a posh Park City, Utah, resort.
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ALEC Pushes Pension, Sick Leave and Living Wage Changes in FL

ALEC Pushes Pension, Sick Leave and Living Wage Changes in FL
Not only can Florida's debate over workers’ pensions be traced back to ALEC, but the controversial organization can also be linked to efforts to prohibit local governments from implementing laws that extend to paid sick leave.
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Circus Lobby Throws Big Money Against Animal Rights Efforts

Circus Lobby Throws Big Money Against Animal Rights Efforts
According to a report by the Center for Public Integrity, Feld Entertainment, the parent company of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, spent $355,000 on federal lobbying, up from $280,000 in 2011 and just $120,000 in 2007.
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PA Republican Governor Bought and Paid for By Lobbyists and Business Execs

PA Republican Governor Bought and Paid for By Lobbyists and Business Execs
Pennsylvania’s Republican Governor Tom Corbett has been an ally to Big Business and the rich — subsidizing private schools, cutting taxes on the rich, and opening up more land for gas drilling. Thanks to the Philadelphia Daily News, we know what.
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Sheldon Adelson’s Casino Company Stirs Fresh Questions With Admission It ‘Likely’ Broke Federal Law

Sheldon Adelson’s Casino Company Stirs Fresh Questions With Admission It ‘Likely’ Broke Federal Law
Last week's admission by Sheldon Adelson's casino company that it had "likely" violated provisions of the federal law barring U.S. companies from bribing foreign officials raises some intriguing questions. Chief among them: Which transactions by Las Vegas Sands and its far-flung subsidiaries are at issue?
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Corporate Lobbyists Holding $1,000-A-Head Atlanta Fundraiser For George P. Bush

Corporate Lobbyists Holding $1,000-A-Head Atlanta Fundraiser For George P. Bush
George Prescott Bush has not even decided which office in Texas he wants to run for — but it appears corporate lobbyists have already decided to flood his campaign warchest with thousands of dollars, ensuring that they have his ear.
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Hope and Change? Access to the President Should Never Be for Sale

Hope and Change? Access to the President Should Never Be for Sale
Organizing for Action, the Obama administration’s new “independent,” non-profit advocacy group, should be put out of business and its plan to schedule quarterly meetings with the President for its big contributors and fundraisers should be scrapped.
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IRS Sued for Non-Regulation of Dark Money in Political Campaigns

IRS Sued for Non-Regulation of Dark Money in Political Campaigns
A former Illinois congressional candidate and a government watchdog organization have teamed up to sue the Internal Revenue Service, claiming the agency should bar dark money groups from funding political ads.
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Big Corporations Put Up Seed Funding for Republican Dark Money Group

Big Corporations Put Up Seed Funding for Republican Dark Money Group
A records request by ProPublica to the IRS turned up a list of the original funders of the group: Exxon, Pfizer, Time Warner, and other corporations put up at least 85 percent of the $1.3 million the foundation raised in the first year and a half of its existence, starting in 2003.
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