Hillary Clinton Gives Incredibly Lame Answer on Campaign Finance


During Saturday's Democratic presidential debate, Bernie Sanders raised the issue of Hillary Clinton having raised so much money from Wall Street and questioning whether she would really pursue serious regulation of the financial industry given how much money she has taken from them. Her answer to that question was one of the silliest non-sequiturs you'll ever see. … [Read more...]

Biggest Lobbying Companies Also Biggest Government Defrauders


Here's an interesting and unsurprising report. The companies that have faced the most fines for defrauding the government on contracts are also the same companies that spend the most money on lobbying the government and spending on campaigns to put people friendly to their interests in common. Those companies include military contractors and oil companies, including Boeing and Exxon. … [Read more...]

The Absurdity of Anti-Wall Street Rhetoric From Republicans


If you watched the 4th Republican presidential debate the other night, you probably noticed a whole lot of anti-Wall Street rhetoric being thrown around. Lots of rhetorical denunciations of corporate greed and how the banks are too big to fail and we can't bail them out again, along with a metric ton of anti-Federal Reserve statements. But who are they kidding? Who is seriously going to believe them? … [Read more...]

David Vitter: Tool of the Oil Industry


In Louisiana, where oil refineries rule the day, it's difficult to get elected without being in the pocket of the oil industry, whether you're a Republican or a Democrat. So it's not surprising that David Vitter's interest in that industry goes beyond its usefulness as lube or to make the plastic for the diapers he likes prostitutes to put him in. He's doing their bidding by attacking alternative energy: … [Read more...]

Charles Koch Leaves My Flabber Completely Gasted


Every once in a while I will read something that someone said and it will leave me so gobsmacked that I spent the next few minutes just staring at the screen in disbelief while a bit of drool emerges and slides down my chin. Charles Koch of the infamous Koch Brothers managed to do just that in an interview with the CBS Sunday morning talk show. This is simply a staggering bit of self-delusion: … [Read more...]

Major Corporations Join to Fight Anti-Gay Bigotry Around the World


This is a very encouraging bit of news. A coalition of major corporations are joining together with the Human Rights Campaign to push for LGBT equality around the world, not just in the United States and Europe. This is being done in response to the spread of virulent anti-gay bigotry in much of Africa and Asia, where laws often prescribe the death penalty for homosexuality and forbid even advocacy of equal rights. … [Read more...]

Barton to Run Ted Cruz’ Super PAC


From the Birds of a Feather Department: Professional liar and fake historian David Barton has been named the new leader of the Keep the Promise PAC, the Super PAC set up to support Ted Cruz' presidential campaign (which can't coordinate at all with his actual campaign *wink, wink*). It's actually a collection of PACs operating under the Keep the Promise Super PAC. I'm sure the job pays quite handsomely. … [Read more...]

Cruz Has a Huge Vested Interest in Oil and Gas Industry


As a Republican from Texas, it should not come as a surprise to find out that Sen. Ted Cruz has huge investments in the oil and gas industry. But it should certainly be a concern that as much as 25% of his net worth is tied up in those investments, which gives him a clear vested interest in eliminating government regulation of those industries that might impede corporate profits, and therefore shareholder dividends and net worth. … [Read more...]

Koch Brothers Political Ads Highly Dishonest

PolitiFact has done an analysis of more than a dozen ads put out in various campaigns by Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers' third-party organization that spends tens of millions of dollars to influence elections all over the country. Surprise, surprise, they conclude that those ads are highly dishonest. … [Read more...]

Gov. Scott Walker Under Criminal Investigation

Well this is a very interesting development, but hardly surprising. Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin is under investigation for a "criminal scheme" to get around campaign finance laws by coordinating his campaign with third-party groups pouring dark money into his race. … [Read more...]

RGA Illegally Sends Adelson Money to Corbett

The Republican Governors Association illegally sent nearly a million dollars from casino magnate Sheldon Adelson to a PAC for Gov. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania, who is floundering in his bid for reelection. It's illegal because Adelson is an owner in a casino in that state. … [Read more...]

Scott Brown’s Mysterious Corporate Benefactor

The Boston Globe has a fascinating article about Global Digital Solutions Inc. (GDSI), a mysterious company that named Scott Brown to their board of advisers last year and gave him more than a million dollars in stock options in the company. But the company doesn't actually seem to do anything. … [Read more...]