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Too many for-profit colleges leave their students mired in debt and facing grim job prospects. So why doesn’t the government turn off the tap?

On paper, the influence-peddling business is drying up. But lobbying money is flooding into Washington, DC, like never before. What’s going on?

Lockheed Martin

The biggest defense contractors are reaping profits off taxpayer dollars—whatever the mood of the moment.

The man renowned as an anti-tax ideologue is actually a typical K Street operator.

Legislators who are leaving the corporate front group ALEC deserve applause.

Ballot

As campaigns against the right-wing group continue, we must fight its sabotaging of voting rights across the country.

Mitt Romney

With the 2012 elections projected to be the priciest ever, we must rein in the billions of influence-peddling dollars flowing toward Washington.

The former "killer lobbyist" and convicted felon explains that although it will be difficult, the system he exploited must be changed. 

When Republicans won complete legislative control of many states last year, ALEC was right there with model legislation to help them push through a radical right-wing agenda.

With a severely dysfunctional election system overly dependent on private cash, the control of the entire House could be in the hands of a few Democrats in safe seats.

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Art Pope and his cash are responsible for the state’s recent rise in repressive politics.

June 11, 2013

Lobbyists are winning top jobs in Congress and are poised to provide big legislative favors to their former employers. 

May 9, 2013

The New York Times columnist chastises President Obama for his failure to deal with other pols, ignoring the huge flaws of a system based on silent filibusters and fundraisers.

April 25, 2013

A fundraising letter obtained by The Nation lays out right-wing efforts in Pennsylvania to go after labor unions.

April 23, 2013

Mitch McConnell is claiming he's the victim of "Watergate-style" tactics; while the real modern Watergate scandal has gone ignored. 

April 9, 2013

The SEC is considering rules for political disclosure—and a voluntary regime simply isn’t enough. 

March 29, 2013

A column arguing that a liberal foundation outspent the Koch brothers disproves its own assertion in a disclaimer—which conveniently gets forgotten when the initial claim is repeated.

March 28, 2013

Microsoft, a company staking out a public position as pro-equality, helps underwrite a conservative group pushing to exclude gays from the Republican Party. 

March 15, 2013

In a letter to thousands of employees, Charles Koch writes about the last election and his plans for the future.

March 12, 2013

Barack Obama’s group to mobilize grassroots support planned to rely on large donations. Is it possible to change a broken system from within?

March 7, 2013