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Influence Analytics: Review of Records Show Citizens Want More Disclosure from SEC, Fed Agencies

Influence Analytics: Review of Records Show Citizens Want More Disclosure from SEC, Fed Agencies
A review of public comments show the public has a deep-seated desire to see more disclosure when it comes to corporate and government accountability data.
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CIA Redacts the Price it Paid for a Personal Computer in 1987 Because These Things Matter

CIA Redacts the Price it Paid for a Personal Computer in 1987 Because These Things Matter
The CIA's reliance on decades-old laws governing "sensitive" disclosure has led to some ridiculous redacting. Among the most comical: The amount the CIA paid for a PC in 1987.

Show Me the Donors! CO Law May Force Citizens United to Disclose Contributor List

Show Me the Donors! CO Law May Force Citizens United to Disclose Contributor List
Citizens United, the group whose name became synonymous with unlimited campaign funds, may be forced to disclose their donor list under Colorado Law. Contesting it in court, Citizens United is claiming that it's ad-movies aren't electioneering per se, but (laughably) documentaries.
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How to Defeat Dark Money, Congress and the Supreme Court (It'll Take More Than Cat Memes)

How to Defeat Dark Money, Congress and the Supreme Court (It'll Take More Than Cat Memes)
It wasn’t too long ago that “transparency” and “disclosure” in political fundraising were rallying cries from Republicans. But four years after the Supreme Court majority in Citizens United v. FEC promised unlimited political fundraising posed no risks of corruption as long as the donors are disclosed, the 2014 election is shaping up to have the most undisclosed money ever. And with Congress tied in knots on nearly every policy issue, we shouldn’t hold our breath for a legislative fix to shine a light on this “dark money.”
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Martin Evans
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WI Judge: Campaigns Aren't Corrupt Enough, Let's Have Shady Groups Deal with Candidates Directly

WI Judge: Campaigns Aren't Corrupt Enough, Let's Have Shady Groups Deal with Candidates Directly
A federal judge in Wisconsin ruled that constraints on coordination between soft money groups and candidates was unconstitutional, basically blowing the lid off of any spending caps and solidifying the burgeoning plutocracy so replacing the US' former, less corrupt, version of democracy.
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Motive Is Transparent, Not Transparency: CA GOP Kills Nonprofit Disclosure Amendment

Motive Is Transparent, Not Transparency: CA GOP Kills Nonprofit Disclosure Amendment
Way back in 2012, a group of conservative nonprofit groups with connections to the Koch Brothers poured around $15 million into the efforts to defeat California's Prop 30 and pass Prop 32. The groups were fined an unprecedented $1 million by the state's FPPC, but it's done little to stop the flow of dark money. Now, a constitutional amendment requiring nonprofit disclosure has gone on ice, allowing politics as usual to stay the course.
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As Full Disclosure Nears, Drug Companies Slash Speaking Fees for Doctors

As Full Disclosure Nears, Drug Companies Slash Speaking Fees for Doctors
Some of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical companies have slashed payments to health professionals for promotional speeches amid heightened public scrutiny of such spending, a new ProPublica analysis shows. Eli Lilly and Co.’s payments to speakers dropped by 55 percent, from $47.9 million in 2011 to $21.6 million in 2012. Pfizer’s speaking payments fell 62 percent over the same period, from nearly $22 million to $8.3 million.
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Charles Ornstein , Eric Sagara and Ryann Grochowski Jones
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ALEC, Exxon-Written Fracking Bill Keeps Chemicals Proprietary, Hidden From Florida Public

ALEC, Exxon-Written Fracking Bill Keeps Chemicals Proprietary, Hidden From Florida Public
A House bill passing through Florida's legislature allows oil companies to refuse to disclose which chemicals are being injected into the ground during the fracking process if those companies deem the chemicals 'proprietary.' The industry-friendly bill was put together from none other than our tea party friends at ALEC, and the environmentally-conscious ExxonMobil.
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Insecure Commission: SEC Dumps Proposal Requiring Companies to Disclose Political Spending

Insecure Commission: SEC Dumps Proposal Requiring Companies to Disclose Political Spending
Since 2011, more than 640,000 Americans have written to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which regulates the stock market and publicly-owned corporations, to support a proposal that it require companies to report their political spending to stockholders and the public. The commission responded last week by unceremoniously dumping the proposed rule from its 2014 agenda.
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