big money in politics

At Height Of Opioid Crisis, Pharma Lobbyists Worked Congress To Keep It Going (Video)

At Height Of Opioid Crisis, Pharma Lobbyists Worked Congress To Keep It Going (Video)

In her book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, Naomi Klein argues that countries like the United States will never have effective climate policies as long as there are legislators profiting from fossil fuel companies’ deep pockets. The same can be argued about the so-called war on drugs at a time when opioids are wiping […]

The Chemical Industry That Lobbied For Lower Regulations Is Now Poisoning Houston

The Chemical Industry That Lobbied For Lower Regulations Is Now Poisoning Houston

Dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is bad enough. Now we learn Texas has another problem–chemical poisoning. Thursday morning, the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, about 25 miles northeast of Houston, experienced two explosions, releasing organic peroxides into the air, sending at least ten sheriff’s deputies to the hospital. And in Houston, trying to recover […]

BEWARE: Reclaim New York Using FOIA Laws To Push Trump’s Agenda

BEWARE: Reclaim New York Using FOIA Laws To Push Trump’s Agenda

An incredible, perhaps unprecedented, number of grassroots organizations formed during the 2015-16 presidential campaign season. As a result, communities all over the country have been turning out local activists to organize, phone-bank, write letters to newspapers, and run for office. And it’s been working. Failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), weakening President Donald […]

ALEC Wants To Steal Your 17th Amendment Rights (VIDEO)

ALEC Wants To Steal Your 17th Amendment Rights (VIDEO)

There is a nefarious force out there actively working to rob you of your right to vote, speak freely, and rest comfortably under sacrosanct constitutional protections we typically take for granted. That force has a name–ALEC. ALEC is an acronym for the American Legislative Exchange Council, a cabal of corporate lobbyists and state legislators who meet secretly to […]

Flint And Environmental Racism: It’s Been Done Before

Flint And Environmental Racism: It’s Been Done Before

Environmental racism is the intentional – and sometimes unintentional – allocation of nuclear testing, extraction, and disposal of hazardous waste that occurs in and around poor neighborhoods, where the communities mostly consist of people of color. It can be called an extension of institutionalized racism, locking these disenfranchised communities to hazardous zones since they lack […]

A Nonprofit Donation Has Purchased Your Mind, And It’s…

A Nonprofit Donation Has Purchased Your Mind, And It’s…

Between 2005 and 2014, the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation — Koch as ‘in the multi-billionaires who have been funding the Tea Party since before its official inception’ — donated more than $90 million dollars to major academic institutions across the South, according to The Institute for Southern Studies. The purpose of that nonprofit donation? […]

Billionaire GOP Supporter Proves Greed Is A Mental Illness

Billionaire GOP Supporter Proves Greed Is A Mental Illness

Some believe greed is a real mental illness. Taking one step closer to proving this theory is hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffen, who feels that the super rich corporations in this country actually don’t have enough influence in American politics. I’ll give you a moment to stop laughing. You good? Okay. When asked in an […]