• Corporate Lobbying Exposed | MUST SEE! ᴴᴰ

    Boomtown: Fox News Exposes Corporate Cronyism in Big Government. Critics of Fox News, and conservative pundits like Sean Hannity, argue they are merely shills for corporations and the super-rich. Fox News in particular is accused of promoting right-wing talking points to benefit the uber-wealthy and to prevent big businesses from being held accountable. The primetime special "Boomtown" shows that Fox is a media corporation that will call into critical questioning the seedy relationship between big government and the corporate lobby. This actually happens quite often on Fox Business, particularly on the shows hosted by Neil Cavuto and John Stossel, but this special brought attention to the issue on the flagship network. On the Fox show Hannity, the anchor and talk radio host investigated ...

    published: 11 Apr 2013
  • What Is Lobbying and Can It Be Good?

    A citizen’s right to lobby plays a tremendous role in politics. Yet today lobbying is big business known to have a revolving door with Congress. What is lobbying really about, and can it be fundamentally good? Learn More: Honesty and Ethics Rating of Clergy Slides to New Low http://www.gallup.com/poll/166298/honesty-ethics-rating-clergy-slides-new-low.aspx "Americans' rating of the honesty and ethics of the clergy has fallen to 47%, the first time this rating has dropped below 50% since Gallup first asked about the clergy in 1977." Seven in 10 Americans Say Lobbyists Have Too Much Power http://www.gallup.com/video/147020/Seven-Americans-Say-Lobbyists-Power.aspx "Gallup Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport reveals that out of a list of 10 U.S. entities, Americans are most likely to say lobbyist...

    published: 14 Aug 2014
  • DNC Corporate Lobbyist Ban Vote At 2017 National Meeting

    Nomiki Konst reporting live from the 2017 DNC meeting in Atlanta. Watch the DNC debate a ban on corporate lobbyists. Watch Nomiki's coverage LIVE at http://www.facebook.com/theyoungturks

    published: 25 Feb 2017
  • New video : "The corporate lobby tour"

    Sometimes stories in the news can make you wonder who is really pulling the strings. This 10-minute video exposes the role corporate lobby groups have in EU decision-making– who they are, how they get what they want, and how they affect you, and others like you all over Europe, from the food on your plate, to rules for bankers, to the chemicals allowed in everyday products. Watch, learn, and share! For more information read also our Lobby Planet. And get involved!

    published: 13 Nov 2014
  • Corporate Lobbying is Still Too Influential in the EU

    There is great concern over the amount of influence corporate lobbyists have over EU law, with some even writing the first drafts of EU legislation. Full story at http://www.is4profit.com/small-business-news/20120919-business-interests-grip-on-eu-legislation.html

    published: 20 Sep 2012
  • How Lobbyists Secretly Run Washington: The Rich, Money & Influencing Congress, Government (1993)

    Lobbying in the United States describes paid activity in which special interests hire well-connected professional advocates, often lawyers, to argue for specific legislation in decision-making bodies such as the United States Congress. About the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0812923146/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0812923146&linkCode=as2&tag=tra0c7-20&linkId=499e98e3351ef9914747174226366cf8 It is a highly controversial phenomenon, often seen in a negative light by journalists and the American public, and frequently misunderstood. While lobbying is subject to extensive and often complex rules which, if not followed, can lead to penalties including jail, the activity of lobbying has been interpreted by court rulings as free speech and protected by the ...

    published: 22 Mar 2014
  • Papantonio: Corporate Lobbyist Fight to Conceal Campaign Donations - The Ring Of Fire

    Thanks Citizens United! When it comes to political influence, there aren’t many groups that wield more power than the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. They’ve stripped consumers of their rights, they’ve crippled labor unions, and they’ve helped pack our courts with Republican hacks. Their latest attack is on corporate transparency. America’s Lawyer, Mike Papantonio, discusses this with attorney Michael Burg. Listen to Ring of Fire on Saturdays from 3pm - 6pm Eastern! Listen live via the Progressive Voices Channel on TuneIn: http://tunein.com/radio/Progressive-Voices-s189055/ Or find a station here: http://www.ringoffireradio.com/station/ Starting May 18th, watch Ring of Fire every weekday at 8:30pm EST on Free Speech TV! Support Ring of Fire by subscribing to our YouTube channel: http://...

    published: 11 May 2015
  • Marvin Ammori - Corporate Lobbyist for Silicon Valley

    Don't be fooled. The Internet's more than just "personal" to Ammori. It's wildly profitable, too, for Ammori and his Silicon Valley corporate overlords.

    published: 04 Dec 2014
  • Corruption is Legal in America

    Learn more at http://Represent.Us/TheProblem, and go to https://represent.us/TheSolution to see our plan and join the Anti-Corruption Movement. Click on "show more" to view our sources. 1. Gilens and Page, “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens,” Perspective on Politics, 2014. http://scholar.princeton.edu/sites/default/files/mgilens/files/gilens_and_page_2014_-testing_theories_of_american_politics.doc.pdf 2. Washington Post, “Rich People Rule!” 2014. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/04/08/rich-people-rule/ 3. Washington Post, “Once again, U.S. has most expensive, least effective health care system in survey,” 2014. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/06/16/once-again-u-s-has-most-expensive-least...

    published: 30 Apr 2015
  • Paul Ryan Picks Corporate Lobbyist As Chief Of Staff

    As he builds support for his bid for speaker of the House, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan has announced he will name as his top aide a longtime corporate lobbyist whose past clients have significant business before Congress. The Washington Post reported if he wins the speaker's job, Ryan will name as his chief of staff registered lobbyist David Hoppe, a former aide to Sens. Trent Lott and John Kyl. The announcement comes a decade after congressional Republicans' so-called K Street Project, which sought to bring lobbyists closer to the Republican policymaking machine, resulted in federal indictments... Read More At: http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/paul-ryan-says-corporate-lobbyist-would-be-chief-staff-if-he-becomes-house-speaker Clip from the Monday, October 26th 2015 edition of The K...

    published: 26 Oct 2015
  • How Lobbying Works in Government: Jack Abramoff on Law School, Money, Gifts, Travel, Finance (2011)

    On January 8, 2001, Abramoff left Preston Gates to join the Government Relations division of the Washington, D.C. law firm Greenberg Traurig. About the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1936488442/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1936488442&linkCode=as2&tag=tra0c7-20&linkId=cb0a7781b44f5bed11c7fc696a46911e It once described him as "directly involved in the Republican party and conservative movement leadership structures" and "one of the leading fund raisers for the party and its congressional candidates". With the move to Greenberg Traurig, Abramoff took as much as $6 million worth of client business from his old firm, including the Marianas Islands account. At Greenberg Traurig, Abramoff recruited a team of lobbyists known familiarly as "Team Abramoff". The...

    published: 11 Jul 2014
  • Legislators and corporate lobbyists meet in secret at Georgia resort

    Legislators and corporate lobbyists meet in secret at Georgia resort An Atlanta TV station just aired one of the best takedowns of the secretive nature of ALEC we've ever seen. http://www.11alive.com/story/news/local/investigations/2015/05/21/investigators-legislators-and-corporate-lobbyists-meet-in-secret-at-georgia-resort/27695105/ May 22, 2015: The Georgia Legislature has a message for voters: don’t ask us about our meetings with corporate lobbyists behind closed doors. WXIA Even though Cooley was talking about legislation with Georgia Rep. Ben Harbin and other lawmakers behind closed doors in Savannah, CTIA told the 11Alive Investigators that Cooley was not lobbying under Georgia's legal definition. The money CTIA pays to ALEC is not considered a lobbying expenditure, even if A...

    published: 27 May 2015
  • Lobbyist Gets Real Washington Is 'The Most Complex And Intricate Web Of BS In The World'

    WASHINGTON -- Sam Geduldig, a lobbyist with Clark, Lytle, Geduldig & Cranford, which represents corporate and Wall Street clients, was invited to discuss whether big business is a threat to the free market. He turned the tables on fellow panelists -- members of the media and think tanks -- arguing that the people around the table were the ones who are a threat to the free market. Washington, he said, forces companies to pay a variety of stakeholders under an implicit threat of legislative or regulatory punishment, rather than the conventional assumption that corporate interests are actively buying up influence. "How many of us sitting on the table here would take a pay cut in Des Moines? All of us," Geduldig said. "My clients hire guys like me to help them navigate the most complex and int...

    published: 27 Jul 2013
  • Corporate Lobbyists Dominate EU Innovation Conference

    Several dozen corporate lobbyists, including representatives of oil companies like Shell and chemicals makers like BASF, were invited to the European parliament on Tuesday as the parliament opened its doors for a conference on innovation. After the obvious failure of the Lisbon Process, which attempted to turn Europe into's the world's most competitive economy by 2010, the EU now is preparing for a major revision of its approach to innovation. A formal commission proposal is expected to appear during 2010. From the EU Parliament website: On 13th and 14th October, the European Parliament will have nothing but innovation on its mind. The conference "Knowledge 4 Innovation Summit" and exhibition will feature workshops and special events that involve students and innovation-mind organisat...

    published: 13 Oct 2009
  • RT: Corporate Lobbying Against Cannabis Law Reform

    The Real Reason Cannabis Is Still Illegal '...Prescription opioids, a line of pain-relieving medications derived from the opium poppy or produced synthetically, are the most dangerous drugs abused in America, with more than 16,000 deaths annually linked to opioid addiction and overdose. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that more Americans now die from painkillers than from heroin and cocaine combined. The recent uptick in heroin use around the country has been closely linked to the availability of prescription opioids, which give their users a similar high and can trigger a heroin craving in recovering addicts. (Notably, there are no known deaths related to marijuana, although there have been instances of impaired driving.) People in the United States, a country in w...

    published: 08 Mar 2015
  • Corporate lobbying through expert groups

    Why some laws benefit big companies instead of citizens? For some answers, watch in this video how expert groups that help the Commission are mostly dominated by the industry.

    published: 01 Feb 2013
Corporate Lobbying Exposed | MUST SEE! ᴴᴰ

Corporate Lobbying Exposed | MUST SEE! ᴴᴰ

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Boomtown: Fox News Exposes Corporate Cronyism in Big Government. Critics of Fox News, and conservative pundits like Sean Hannity, argue they are merely shills for corporations and the super-rich. Fox News in particular is accused of promoting right-wing talking points to benefit the uber-wealthy and to prevent big businesses from being held accountable. The primetime special "Boomtown" shows that Fox is a media corporation that will call into critical questioning the seedy relationship between big government and the corporate lobby. This actually happens quite often on Fox Business, particularly on the shows hosted by Neil Cavuto and John Stossel, but this special brought attention to the issue on the flagship network. On the Fox show Hannity, the anchor and talk radio host investigated the outrageous extent that corporate cronyism prevails in the U.S. government. Peter Schweizer, the president of the Government Accountability Institute (GAI), and Steve Bannon, Breitbart News' Executive Chairman, made a compelling case that corporate fat cats have never had it so good in America, regardless of which party is in charge. Some provocative facts: Every dollar that corporations spent on lobbyists yielded a $220 return, according to a study released in 2004. That is a 22,000% return on investment. 50% of corporations now have an ex-politician on their boards. 30 major corporations spend more on lobbyists than they pay on taxes. Washington D.C. suburbs contain the three richest counties in the United States and 7 of the 10 richest counties. Green energy leader General Electric spends $100,000 every single day to influence and lobby Congress. Half of the Republican members who came to Congress in the famed 1994 "Contract with America" revolution have become lobbyists after leaving Congress. Fox is not the only media corporation to expose such complicity between big government and Wall Street; but it is one of the few media outlets that puts sufficient emphasis on government as the prime mover in the corrupt relationship. It is worth pointing out that the progressive point-of-view that comes through on networks like NBC does not mitigate the problem, but only makes it worse. Without government's power to coerce taxpayers to fund bailouts, pay for corporate and union graft in the form of "stimulus," and subsidize low interest rates and Wall Street booms through monetary inflation, which hurts poor people the most, corporations would be toothless enterprises. They would be forced by the market to offer goods and services at affordable rates or else go bankrupt. Big government is thus the main problem.
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What Is Lobbying and Can It Be Good?

What Is Lobbying and Can It Be Good?

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A citizen’s right to lobby plays a tremendous role in politics. Yet today lobbying is big business known to have a revolving door with Congress. What is lobbying really about, and can it be fundamentally good? Learn More: Honesty and Ethics Rating of Clergy Slides to New Low http://www.gallup.com/poll/166298/honesty-ethics-rating-clergy-slides-new-low.aspx "Americans' rating of the honesty and ethics of the clergy has fallen to 47%, the first time this rating has dropped below 50% since Gallup first asked about the clergy in 1977." Seven in 10 Americans Say Lobbyists Have Too Much Power http://www.gallup.com/video/147020/Seven-Americans-Say-Lobbyists-Power.aspx "Gallup Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport reveals that out of a list of 10 U.S. entities, Americans are most likely to say lobbyists have too much power and are least likely to say the same about the military." National Conference of State Legislatures http://www.ncsl.org/research/ethics/lobbyist-regulation.aspx Lobbyist Regulation Measuring Rates of Return for Lobbying Expenditures: An Empirical Case Study of Tax Breaks for Multinational Corporations http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1375082 "In this paper we use audited corporate tax disclosures relating to a tax holiday on repatriated earnings created by the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 to examine the return on lobbying." Lobbying for the Greater Good http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/29/lobbying-for-the-greater-good/ "Earlier this month, scientists reported that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere had reached 400 parts per million." For Hire: Lobbyists or the 99% http://publicampaign.org/sites/default/files/ReportTaxDodgerLobbyingDec6.pdf "Amidst a growing federal deficit and widespread economic insecurity for most Americans, some of the largest corporations in the country have avoided paying their fair share in taxes while spending millions to lobby Congress and influence elections." So Who's a Lobbyist http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/27/opinion/so-whos-a-lobbyist.html?_r=0 Under the federal lobbying law, Newt Gingrich can legitimately claim that he is not a lobbyist. Obama Transition announces rules for lobbyists in Transition http://change.gov/newsroom/entry/obama_transition_announces_rules_for_lobbyists_in_transition/ During a briefing today at the Presidential Transition Team headquarters, Obama Transition Co-Chair John Podesta announced the strictest and most far reaching ethics rules of any transition team in history. Obama slams lobbyists, then hires a lobbyist to help promote Obamacare http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/nov/14/administration-changed-its-tune-hired-lobbying-fir/?page=all "On the campaign trail, President Obama vowed that lobbyists would have no place in his administration, but his health care agency last month gave a half-million-dollar grant to a registered lobbying firm to help enroll people for Obamacare as Affordable Care Act "navigators." W.H. to reverse part of lobbyist ban http://www.politico.com/story/2014/08/lobbyist-ban-reversal-white-house-109951.html#.U-o9ap01lZY.twitter "The White House is poised to reverse a key part of its ban on registered lobbyists serving in government." Former White House lawyer defends Obama limits on lobbying, hints at possible changes http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/former-white-house-lawyer-defends-obama-limits-on-lobbying-hints-at-possible-changes/2014/03/23/c84e28da-aeb6-11e3-96dc-d6ea14c099f9_story.html "Before Bob Bauer started his lunchtime speech at a recent conference, his host wanted to make absolutely certain that the former White House counsel knew his audience." Watch More: What Powers Does President Obama Legally Have? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=milg9b0rPLQ&list=UUgRvm1yLFoaQKhmaTqXk9SA Should US Citizenship Be Guaranteed At Birth? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qniAcNn8eQE&list=UUgRvm1yLFoaQKhmaTqXk9SA _________________________ TestTube's new daily show is committed to answering the smart, inquisitive questions we have about life, society, politics and anything else happening in the news. It's a place where curiosity rules and together we'll get a clearer understanding of this crazy world we live in. Watch more TestTube: http://testtube.com/testtubedailyshow/ Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=testtubenetwork TestTube on Twitter https://twitter.com/TestTube Tara Long on Twitter https://twitter.com/TaraLongest Trace Dominguez on Twitter https://twitter.com/TraceDominguez TestTube on Facebook https://facebook.com/testtubenetwork TestTube on Google+ http://gplus.to/TestTu
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DNC Corporate Lobbyist Ban Vote At 2017 National Meeting

DNC Corporate Lobbyist Ban Vote At 2017 National Meeting

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Nomiki Konst reporting live from the 2017 DNC meeting in Atlanta. Watch the DNC debate a ban on corporate lobbyists. Watch Nomiki's coverage LIVE at http://www.facebook.com/theyoungturks
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New video : "The corporate lobby tour"

New video : "The corporate lobby tour"

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  • Updated: 13 Nov 2014
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Sometimes stories in the news can make you wonder who is really pulling the strings. This 10-minute video exposes the role corporate lobby groups have in EU decision-making– who they are, how they get what they want, and how they affect you, and others like you all over Europe, from the food on your plate, to rules for bankers, to the chemicals allowed in everyday products. Watch, learn, and share! For more information read also our Lobby Planet. And get involved!
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Corporate Lobbying is Still Too Influential in the EU

Corporate Lobbying is Still Too Influential in the EU

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There is great concern over the amount of influence corporate lobbyists have over EU law, with some even writing the first drafts of EU legislation. Full story at http://www.is4profit.com/small-business-news/20120919-business-interests-grip-on-eu-legislation.html
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How Lobbyists Secretly Run Washington: The Rich, Money & Influencing Congress, Government (1993)

How Lobbyists Secretly Run Washington: The Rich, Money & Influencing Congress, Government (1993)

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Lobbying in the United States describes paid activity in which special interests hire well-connected professional advocates, often lawyers, to argue for specific legislation in decision-making bodies such as the United States Congress. About the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0812923146/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0812923146&linkCode=as2&tag=tra0c7-20&linkId=499e98e3351ef9914747174226366cf8 It is a highly controversial phenomenon, often seen in a negative light by journalists and the American public, and frequently misunderstood. While lobbying is subject to extensive and often complex rules which, if not followed, can lead to penalties including jail, the activity of lobbying has been interpreted by court rulings as free speech and protected by the US Constitution. Since the 1970s, lobbying activity has grown immensely in terms of the numbers of lobbyists and the size of lobbying budgets, and has become the focus of much criticism of American governance. Since lobbying rules require extensive disclosure, there is a wealth of data in the public sphere about which entities lobby, how, at whom, and for how much. The current pattern suggests much lobbying is done by corporations, although a wide variety of coalitions representing diverse groups is possible. Lobbying happens at every level of government, including federal, state, county, municipal, and even local governments. In Washington, DC, lobbying usually targets congresspersons, although there have been efforts to influence executive agency officials as well as US Supreme Court appointments. It has been the subject of academic inquiry in various fields, including economics, law, and public policy. While lobbyists number of 12,000 people in Washington, DC, those with real clout number in the dozens, and a small group of firms handles much of lobbying in terms of expenditures. As an activity, lobbying takes time to learn, requires skill and sensitivity, depends on deft persuasion, and has much in common with generally non-political activities such as management consulting and public relations. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lobbyists Numerous reports chronicle the revolving door phenomenon.[42] A 2011 estimate suggested that nearly 5,400 former congressional staffers had become federal lobbyists over a ten-year period, and 400 lawmakers made a similar jump.[46] It is a "symbiotic relationship" in the sense that lobbying firms can exploit the "experience and connections gleaned from working inside the legislative process", and lawmakers find a "ready pool of experienced talent."[46] There is movement in the other direction as well: one report found that 605 former lobbyists had taken jobs working for lawmakers over a ten-year period.[46] A study by the London School of Economics found 1,113 lobbyists who had formerly worked in lawmakers' offices.[46] The lobbying option is a way for staffers and lawmakers to "cash in on their experience", according to one view.[28] Before the 1980s, staffers and aides worked many years for congresspersons, sometimes decades, and tended to stay in their jobs; now, with the lure of higher-paying lobbying jobs, many would quit their posts after a few years at most to "go downtown."[28] And it is not just staffers, but lawmakers as well, including high-profile ones such as congressperson Richard Gephardt. He represented a "working-class" district in Missouri for many years but after leaving Congress, he became a lobbyist.[80] In 2007, he began his own lobbying firm called "Gephardt Government Affairs Group" and in 2010 it was earning close to $7 million in revenues with clients including Goldman Sachs, Boeing, Visa Inc., Ameren Corporation, and Waste Management Inc..[80] Senators Robert Bennett and Byron Dorgan became lobbyists too.[81] Mississippi governor Haley Barbour became a lobbyist.[82] In 2010, former representative Billy Tauzin earned $11 million running the drug industry's lobbying organization. called the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.[80] Many former representatives earned over $1 million in one year, including James Greenwood and Daniel Glickman. When getting access is difficult, there are ways to wear down the walls surrounding a legislator. Jack Abramoff explained: Access is vital in lobbying. If you can't get in your door, you can't make your case. Here we had a hostile senator, whose staff was hostile, and we had to get in. So that's the lobbyist safe-cracker method: throw fundraisers, raise money, and become a big donor. —Lobbyist Jack Abramoff in 2011 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lobbying_in_the_United_States
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Papantonio: Corporate Lobbyist Fight to Conceal Campaign Donations - The Ring Of Fire

Papantonio: Corporate Lobbyist Fight to Conceal Campaign Donations - The Ring Of Fire

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Thanks Citizens United! When it comes to political influence, there aren’t many groups that wield more power than the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. They’ve stripped consumers of their rights, they’ve crippled labor unions, and they’ve helped pack our courts with Republican hacks. Their latest attack is on corporate transparency. America’s Lawyer, Mike Papantonio, discusses this with attorney Michael Burg. Listen to Ring of Fire on Saturdays from 3pm - 6pm Eastern! Listen live via the Progressive Voices Channel on TuneIn: http://tunein.com/radio/Progressive-Voices-s189055/ Or find a station here: http://www.ringoffireradio.com/station/ Starting May 18th, watch Ring of Fire every weekday at 8:30pm EST on Free Speech TV! Support Ring of Fire by subscribing to our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/golefttv You can also support us here: http://www.ringoffireradio.com/support/ Your continued support keeps Ring of Fire on the air! Follow more of our stories at http://www.RingofFireRadio.com Be sociable! Follow us on: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RingofFireRadio Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RingofFireRadio Google+: http://plus.google.com/118415831573195648557 Support us further by shopping on Amazon via our Amazon-Ring of Fire partnership link. A portion of the sales will come back to Ring of Fire at no extra cost to you. Bookmark and follow the link below and continue shopping as usual! Amazon - Ring of Fire partnership link: http://www.amazon.com/?tag=rinoffir-20
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Marvin Ammori - Corporate Lobbyist for Silicon Valley

Marvin Ammori - Corporate Lobbyist for Silicon Valley

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Don't be fooled. The Internet's more than just "personal" to Ammori. It's wildly profitable, too, for Ammori and his Silicon Valley corporate overlords.
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Corruption is Legal in America

Corruption is Legal in America

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  • Updated: 30 Apr 2015
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Learn more at http://Represent.Us/TheProblem, and go to https://represent.us/TheSolution to see our plan and join the Anti-Corruption Movement. Click on "show more" to view our sources. 1. Gilens and Page, “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens,” Perspective on Politics, 2014. http://scholar.princeton.edu/sites/default/files/mgilens/files/gilens_and_page_2014_-testing_theories_of_american_politics.doc.pdf 2. Washington Post, “Rich People Rule!” 2014. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/04/08/rich-people-rule/ 3. Washington Post, “Once again, U.S. has most expensive, least effective health care system in survey,” 2014. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/06/16/once-again-u-s-has-most-expensive-least-effective-health-care-system-in-survey/ 4. Forbes Opinion, “The tax code is a hopeless complex, economy-suffocating mess,” 2013. http://www.forbes.com/sites/billfrenzel/2013/04/04/the-tax-code-is-a-hopeless-complex-economy-suffocating-mess/ 5. CNN, “Americans pay more for slower Internet,” 2014. http://money.cnn.com/2014/10/31/technology/internet-speeds/ 6. The Hill, “Sanders requests DOD meeting over wasteful spending,” 2015. http://thehill.com/policy/finance/234578-sanders-requests-meeting-with-dod-chief-about-wasteful-spending 7. CBS News, “Wastebook 2014: Government’s questionable spending,” 2014. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/wastebook-2014-sen-coburn-highlights-questionable-wasteful-government-spending/ 8. The Heritage Foundation, Budget Book, 2015. http://www.heritage.org/issues/budget-and-spending/government-waste 9. The Atlantic, “American schools vs. the world: expensive, unequal, bad at math,” 2013. http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2013/12/american-schools-vs-the-world-expensive-unequal-bad-at-math/281983/ 10. CNN Opinion, “War on drugs a trillion-dollar failure,” 2012. http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/06/opinion/branson-end-war-on-drugs/ 11. Feeding America, Child Hunger Fact Sheet, 2014. http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/impact-of-hunger/child-hunger/child-hunger-fact-sheet.html 12. New York Times, “Banks’ lobbyists help in drafting financial bills,” 2014. http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/05/23/banks-lobbyists-help-in-drafting-financial-bills/?_r=1 13. New York Times, “Wall Street seeks to tuck Dodd-Frank changes in budget bill,” 2014 http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/12/09/wall-street-seeks-to-tuck-dodd-frank-changes-in-budget-bill/ 14. Sunlight Foundation, “Fixed Fortunes: Biggest corporate political interests spend billions, get trillions,” 2014. http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2014/11/17/fixed-fortunes-biggest-corporate-political-interests-spend-billions-get-trillions/ 15. Sunlight Foundation, Fixed Fortunes database, 2015. http://influenceexplorer.com/fixed-fortunes/
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Paul Ryan Picks Corporate Lobbyist As Chief Of Staff

Paul Ryan Picks Corporate Lobbyist As Chief Of Staff

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As he builds support for his bid for speaker of the House, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan has announced he will name as his top aide a longtime corporate lobbyist whose past clients have significant business before Congress. The Washington Post reported if he wins the speaker's job, Ryan will name as his chief of staff registered lobbyist David Hoppe, a former aide to Sens. Trent Lott and John Kyl. The announcement comes a decade after congressional Republicans' so-called K Street Project, which sought to bring lobbyists closer to the Republican policymaking machine, resulted in federal indictments... Read More At: http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/paul-ryan-says-corporate-lobbyist-would-be-chief-staff-if-he-becomes-house-speaker Clip from the Monday, October 26th 2015 edition of The Kyle Kulinski Show, which airs live on Blog Talk Radio and Secular Talk Radio monday - friday 4-6pm Eastern. Check out our website - and become a member - at: http://www.SecularTalkRadio.com Listen to the Live Show or On Demand archive at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kylekulinski Follow on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/kylekulinski Like on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SecularTalk Friends Of SecularTalk: http://www.facebook.com/beastofreason AMAZON LINK: (Bookmark this link to support the show for free!!!) http://www.amazon.com/?tag=seculacom-20
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How Lobbying Works in Government: Jack Abramoff on Law School, Money, Gifts, Travel, Finance (2011)

How Lobbying Works in Government: Jack Abramoff on Law School, Money, Gifts, Travel, Finance (2011)

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On January 8, 2001, Abramoff left Preston Gates to join the Government Relations division of the Washington, D.C. law firm Greenberg Traurig. About the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1936488442/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1936488442&linkCode=as2&tag=tra0c7-20&linkId=cb0a7781b44f5bed11c7fc696a46911e It once described him as "directly involved in the Republican party and conservative movement leadership structures" and "one of the leading fund raisers for the party and its congressional candidates". With the move to Greenberg Traurig, Abramoff took as much as $6 million worth of client business from his old firm, including the Marianas Islands account. At Greenberg Traurig, Abramoff recruited a team of lobbyists known familiarly as "Team Abramoff". The team included many of his former employees from Preston Gates and former senior staffers of members of Congress. Around the time he joined Greenberg Traurig, Abramoff's choice of lobbying clients changed to focus much more on Native American tribes. While Abramoff was a registered lobbyist for 51 clients while working at Preston Gates, with only four being tribes, Abramoff would eventually represent 24 clients for whom he was registered lobbyist at Greenberg Traurig, of which seven were tribes. Former White House Deputy Counsel Timothy Flanigan left his job in December 2002 to work as General Counsel for Corporate and International Law at Tyco International. He immediately hired Abramoff to lobby Congress and the White House on matters relating to Tyco's Bermuda tax-exempt status.[46] Flanigan stated to the Senate Judiciary Committee that Abramoff "bragged" that he could help Tyco avoid tax liability aimed at offshore companies because he "had good relationships with members of Congress".[47] Tyco Inc. claimed in August 2005 that Abramoff had been paid $1.7 million for "astroturfing", or the creation of a fake "grassroots" campaign to oppose proposals to penalize US corporations registered abroad for tax reasons. The work allegedly was never performed, and most of the fee Tyco paid Abramoff to lobby against the legislation was "diverted to entities controlled by Mr. Abramoff". Abramoff's team represented the government of Malaysia, and worked toward improving Malaysian relations with the United States, particularly with trade relations.[48] Abramoff also met with the government of Sudan, offering a plan to deflect criticism from American Christian groups over the regime's alleged role in the Darfur conflict. Abramoff promised to enlist Reed to assist, as well as starting a grassroots campaign to improve the image of Sudan in America. Abramoff maintained four skyboxes at major sports arenas for political entertaining at a cost of over $1 million a year. Abramoff hosted many fundraisers at these skyboxes including events for politicians publicly opposed to gambling, such as John Doolittle.[53] Then Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member and current Chairman Max Baucus returned $18,892 in contributions that his office found to be connected to Abramoff. Included in the returned donations was an estimated $1,892 that was never reported for Baucus' use of Abramoff's skybox at a professional sports arena and concert venue in downtown Washington in 2001.[54] Abramoff also was co-owner of Signatures Restaurant, a high-end Washington establishment which he used to reward friends and associates. His fellow lobbyist Kevin A. Ring treated Justice Department official Robert E. Coughlin to free tickets to the skyboxes and took him out to Signatures multiple times in exchange for favors.[55] The restaurant, once thriving, was closed once investigations closed in on Abramoff. DeLay, Ney and Florida Republican Representative Tom Feeney have each gone on golf trips to Scotland that were apparently arranged or funded by Abramoff. These trips took place in 2000, 2002 and 2003. Ney and Feeney each claimed that their trips were paid for by the National Center for Public Policy Research, but the group denied this. Spokespeople for Ney and Feeney blamed others for filing errors. Ney later pleaded guilty to knowing that Abramoff had paid for the trip. A former top procurement official in the Bush administration, David H. Safavian, has been convicted of lying and obstruction of justice in connection with the Abramoff investigation. Safavian, who traveled to Scotland with Reed and Ney on a golf outing arranged by Abramoff, was accused of concealing from federal investigators information about Abramoff's plans to do business with the General Services Administration at the time of the golf trip — in particular, seeking help finding property for his private religious school, Eshkol Academy, and for one of his tribal clients. Safavian was then GSA chief of staff. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Abramoff
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Legislators and corporate lobbyists meet in secret at Georgia resort

Legislators and corporate lobbyists meet in secret at Georgia resort

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Legislators and corporate lobbyists meet in secret at Georgia resort An Atlanta TV station just aired one of the best takedowns of the secretive nature of ALEC we've ever seen. http://www.11alive.com/story/news/local/investigations/2015/05/21/investigators-legislators-and-corporate-lobbyists-meet-in-secret-at-georgia-resort/27695105/ May 22, 2015: The Georgia Legislature has a message for voters: don’t ask us about our meetings with corporate lobbyists behind closed doors. WXIA Even though Cooley was talking about legislation with Georgia Rep. Ben Harbin and other lawmakers behind closed doors in Savannah, CTIA told the 11Alive Investigators that Cooley was not lobbying under Georgia's legal definition. The money CTIA pays to ALEC is not considered a lobbying expenditure, even if ALEC used the same dollars to pay for the food, drink, and hotel for Georgia lawmakers in Georgia. Likewise, Rep. Harbin and the other Georgia legislators are not required to report who paid for the hotel rooms, the meals, or any other expenses. If this happened in Atlanta, and the payments were made by lobbyists, they would be subject to reporting and a $75 limit. The 11Alive Investigators filed half a dozen open records requests with Georgia senators and representatives, asking for receipts and reimbursement records for travel to ALEC events. The legislative counsel, Wayne Allen, responded on Wednesday, "your request is denied." Allen added, "The General Assembly is not subject to the Georgia Open Records law." That's right, lawmakers exempted themselves from a law they passed to make Georgia government more transparent. But that doesn't stop some lawmakers from talking about the perks to complete strangers in the hotel bar. *Fair Use* Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.
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Lobbyist Gets Real  Washington Is 'The Most Complex And Intricate Web Of BS In The World'

Lobbyist Gets Real Washington Is 'The Most Complex And Intricate Web Of BS In The World'

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WASHINGTON -- Sam Geduldig, a lobbyist with Clark, Lytle, Geduldig & Cranford, which represents corporate and Wall Street clients, was invited to discuss whether big business is a threat to the free market. He turned the tables on fellow panelists -- members of the media and think tanks -- arguing that the people around the table were the ones who are a threat to the free market. Washington, he said, forces companies to pay a variety of stakeholders under an implicit threat of legislative or regulatory punishment, rather than the conventional assumption that corporate interests are actively buying up influence. "How many of us sitting on the table here would take a pay cut in Des Moines? All of us," Geduldig said. "My clients hire guys like me to help them navigate the most complex and intricate web of b.s. in the world." Geduldig, whose firm made news in 2011 for pitching Occupy Wall Street opposition research to a bank trade group client, brought an unusually candid critique: I don't like the question either, and I think we ought to be asking ourselves, how are we helping? What are we doing to help? 'Cause all of us sit around here, and I'm the only one that has to register who I work for, what they pay me, and what bills I'm working on. But I can tell you, we spend a lot of time in conference rooms just like this, guys like Tony [Fratto] sit there. He's getting paid by the same client I am, and we talk about how we're going to work with think tanks and conservative or liberal editorial boards, so we can go to the Hill and distribute their editorials to win the day. So, when I see, you know, us kind of sitting up here like in an ivory tower, pretending like we're going to fix the free-market system, I just shake my head, 'cause I think my clients hire guys like me to help them and navigate the most complex and intricate web of b.s. in the world. And I can make their lives more efficient, 'cause I can get on the phone with you in a heartbeat. And I can call guys like Tony. We can advise them to advertise in certain publications or not. And who are we to judge? I guess that's the only thing I would say. How dare we sit up here and judge them when all they're trying to do is live up to the promise to their shareholders to create profits and jobs and sell products, and we're just getting in their way.
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Corporate Lobbyists Dominate EU Innovation Conference

Corporate Lobbyists Dominate EU Innovation Conference

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Several dozen corporate lobbyists, including representatives of oil companies like Shell and chemicals makers like BASF, were invited to the European parliament on Tuesday as the parliament opened its doors for a conference on innovation. After the obvious failure of the Lisbon Process, which attempted to turn Europe into's the world's most competitive economy by 2010, the EU now is preparing for a major revision of its approach to innovation. A formal commission proposal is expected to appear during 2010. From the EU Parliament website: On 13th and 14th October, the European Parliament will have nothing but innovation on its mind. The conference "Knowledge 4 Innovation Summit" and exhibition will feature workshops and special events that involve students and innovation-mind organisations from all around Europe. Knowledge4Innovation (K4I) is a not-for-profit and independent platform enabling multiple stakeholders of the knowledge and innovation economy to meet and exchange their experiences with the common objective of improving Europes innovation performance. K4I works through the Lisbon Forum which was launched in the European Parliament in December 2008. The Lisbon Forum was designed specifically for policy makers and the business and science communities to effectively introduce their respective agendas and address the most pressing issues concerning Europe's knowledge base economy and society. http://www.knowledge4innovation.eu
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RT: Corporate Lobbying Against Cannabis Law Reform

RT: Corporate Lobbying Against Cannabis Law Reform

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The Real Reason Cannabis Is Still Illegal '...Prescription opioids, a line of pain-relieving medications derived from the opium poppy or produced synthetically, are the most dangerous drugs abused in America, with more than 16,000 deaths annually linked to opioid addiction and overdose. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that more Americans now die from painkillers than from heroin and cocaine combined. The recent uptick in heroin use around the country has been closely linked to the availability of prescription opioids, which give their users a similar high and can trigger a heroin craving in recovering addicts. (Notably, there are no known deaths related to marijuana, although there have been instances of impaired driving.) People in the United States, a country in which painkillers are routinely overprescribed, now consume more than 84 percent of the entire worldwide supply of oxycodone and almost 100 percent of hydrocodone opioids. In Kentucky, to take just one example, about one in fourteen people is misusing prescription painkillers, and nearly 1,000 Kentucky residents are dying every year. So it’s more than a little odd that CADCA and the other groups leading the fight against relaxing marijuana laws, including the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (formerly the Partnership for a Drug-Free America), derive a significant portion of their budget from opioid manufacturers and other pharmaceutical companies. According to critics, this funding has shaped the organization’s policy goals: CADCA takes a softer approach toward prescription-drug abuse, limiting its advocacy to a call for more educational programs, and has failed to join the efforts to change prescription guidelines in order to curb abuse. In contrast, CADCA and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids have adopted a hard-line approach to marijuana, opposing even limited legalization and supporting increased police powers. A close look at the broader political coalition lobbying against marijuana-law reform reveals many such conflicts of interest. In fact, the CADCA event was attended by representatives of a familiar confederation of anti-pot interests, many of whom have a financial stake in the status quo, including law enforcement agencies, pharmaceutical firms, and nonprofits funded by federal drug-prevention grants.' ~ The Nation Full article ~ http://www.thenation.com/article/180493/anti-pot-lobbys-big-bankroll Copyright Disclaimer - allowance is made for "Fair Use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use. No copyright infringement intended. All rights and credit go directly to its rightful owners.
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Corporate lobbying through expert groups

Corporate lobbying through expert groups

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Why some laws benefit big companies instead of citizens? For some answers, watch in this video how expert groups that help the Commission are mostly dominated by the industry.
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