Government Accountability

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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Fighting Filibuster: Group Appealing Constitutionality of Senate Procedure Takes Case to DC Circuit Court

Fighting Filibuster: Group Appealing Constitutionality of Senate Procedure Takes Case to DC Circuit Court
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard oral arguments yesterday in Common Cause et al. v. Biden et al., a constitutional challenge to the 60-vote filibuster rule.
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ALEC Prepares Switch to 'Social Welfare' Group as IRS Investigation Shines Light in Dark Corners

ALEC Prepares Switch to 'Social Welfare' Group as IRS Investigation Shines Light in Dark Corners
Facing an Internal Revenue Service inquiry on tax fraud charges, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is effectively acknowledging that its status as a charity may be a cover for its real work as a multi-million dollar lobby for some of the nation’s largest and richest corporations. Cue up the back-up plan: a "social welfare" organization able to engage in unlimited lobbying. The only reason this hasn't happened yet is because donors would not be able to deduct their contributions on federal tax forms.
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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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Life Begins at Gunception: CO Recall Election Moves from Second Amendment to Personhood Debate

Life Begins at Gunception: CO Recall Election Moves from Second Amendment to Personhood Debate
Campaign mailers underlining the anti-abortion views of Republican state senate candidates Bernie Herpin and George Rivera reportedly landed in southern Front Range voter mailboxes over the last two days, stoking flames in the already hot recall elections organized in response to gun-control legislation passed in the spring.
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Roger Clemency: Will NSA Director Face Charges for Lying to Congress Like Baseball Players Have?

Roger Clemency: Will NSA Director Face Charges for Lying to Congress Like Baseball Players Have?
When baseball legend Roger Clemens told a congressional committee in 2008 that, no, he never used steroids, he was slapped with a federal indictment on multiple counts. What about Director of National Intelligence James Clapper then, who told Congress earlier this year that the NSA never collects data on unwitting Americans?
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Scalia’s Speech to Secretive Hollywood Political Organization Raises Questions

Scalia’s Speech to Secretive Hollywood Political Organization Raises Questions
Common Cause has obtained the financial disclosure reports of eight of the nine Justices of the Supreme Court. Justice Alito’s is unavailable, either because it was not yet ready for release or because he filed an extension.
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MI Supreme Court Upholds Partner Benefit Rights for Unmarried State Workers

MI Supreme Court Upholds Partner Benefit Rights for Unmarried State Workers
State employees in Michigan can continue to receive health benefits for their significant others, even if they’re not married, and even if they’re gay.
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Broken Congress: The Filibuster is Fixable

Right now, all a Senator has to do to shut down a bill is declare a filibuster, then walk away. There’s absolutely nothing to stop partisans from filibustering almost every bill—and that’s exactly what we saw in the 112th Congress, the least productive in history.
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VIDEO: Jon Stewart Skewers Filibuster Abuse

Comedy Central funnyman Jon Stewart has a talent for exposing the contradictions and hypocrisies that plague Capitol Hill and, on Monday night, he took aim at what he called, “The Men Who Stall On Votes.“
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