corporate power

Cantor's collapse and crony capitalism   |   June 13, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest It's easy to see House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary defeat as a sign that the country is moving far to the Right. Dave Brat...

 

NC fracking bill orders prison time for disclosing chemicals, ignores health risks   |   May 19, 2014
North Carolina's legislature convened last week, and lawmakers introduced a bill that brings the state one step closer to allowing oil and gas drilling. One aspect of the...

 

New details emerge on Gov. McCrory's Duke Energy money ties   |   April 22, 2014
As the U.S. Department of Justice continues to probe the relationship between North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's (R) administration and Duke Energy following the company's...

 

The likely targets of a climate boycott   |   April 11, 2014
Writing in The Guardian this week about the urgency of stopping climate change, retired Anglican bishop and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu of South Africa called for a...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A Supreme Court win for the plutocrats sparks protests   |   April 4, 2014
Date on which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down campaign contribution limits capping the amount an individual can give to federal candidates and parties in a two-year election...

 

Coal ash polluting NC river was once Appalachian mountaintops   |   March 11, 2014
It's likely that some of the coal ash polluting North Carolina's Dan River following last month's spill from a waste pit at Duke Energy's power plant near Eden, N....

 

While Duke Energy dodges taxes, its pollution costs the public dearly   |   February 28, 2014
At the same time Duke Energy is facing scrutiny for a coal ash spill from one of its North Carolina power plants that's polluted the Dan River and Kerr Lake, the company is...

 

After a political setback in NC, ALEC retools assault on renewable energy   |   December 13, 2013
After turning back a political assault on its groundbreaking renewable energy law, North Carolina could soon be a proving ground for a new strategy in the corporate-led war on...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Will Trayvon Martin killing bankrupt ALEC?   |   December 6, 2013
Number of companies that quit the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) after the 2011 shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, whose assailant defended himself under...

 

New report confirms what we already know, BP issues denial   |   October 8, 2013
By Cherri Foytlin, Bridge the Gulf According to a report published last month, BP's oil will be fouling up the Gulf sea bed for "decades." The study, which has been...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Will dark money lift Gov. McCrory's sinking popularity?   |   September 20, 2013
Year in which allies of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) formed a private political nonprofit called the Foundation for North Carolina to promote his agenda: 2012 As a so-...

 

Secret TPP deal would void democracy   |   July 10, 2013
By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes Many people know NAFTA has cost U.S. workers 700,000 jobs. But how many know another effect was to drive Mexican small farmers out of business? In...

 

Obama's flip-flops on money in politics: A brief history   |   February 4, 2013
By Justin Elliott, ProPublica When President Obama told supporters that he would morph his campaign into a new nonprofit that would accept unlimited corporate donations, the...

 

Citizens United at Three: The fight for democracy continues   |   January 21, 2013
Besides being Inauguration Day and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, today also marks the three-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, in which...

 

Mystery firm is election's top corporate donor at $5.3 million   |   November 5, 2012
By Michael Beckel and Reity O'Brien, Center for Public Integrity The biggest corporate contributor in the 2012 election so far doesn't appear to make anything -- other...

 

VOICES: Presidential politics vs. workers' rights   |   October 24, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Just a couple weeks to election day, and Americans will see how far Big Money can determine the political future of this nation. The world has changed...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The big money behind the political conventions   |   October 19, 2012
Total amount raised by the host committee for the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.: $55.8 million Total amount spent on the event: $52.4 million Total amount...

 

Keystone XL pipeline blockade continues in Texas   |   October 3, 2012
A nonviolent direct action is underway in Texas seeking to block construction of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline planned to carry tar sands oil from Canada to Gulf Coast...

 

Corporations are the real moochers   |   September 21, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest The firestorm over Mitt Romney's closed-door comments depicting nearly half the U.S. population as parasites is coming mainly from those...

 

We subsidized it   |   August 31, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest We Built It. The Romney campaign and the wider conservative movement believe they have a winner in a slogan designed to refute President Obama...

 

Extraction and disclosure   |   August 24, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission often behaves like a watchdog with no teeth, but it has just stood up to intense pressure from big...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Well-connected health care fraudster faces fresh scrutiny   |   August 16, 2012
Date on which HCA, the Nashville, Tenn.-based health care corporation, disclosed that the Department of Justice was investigating it for performing medically unnecessary heart...

 

Time for a new debate about business success   |   July 30, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest It’s only a few months to the presidential election, and the economy is still a mess, yet the candidates have been arguing over the...

 

Backlash over Duke-Progress merger intensifies   |   July 27, 2012
The storm of controversy over Duke Energy's $32 billion merger with Progress Energy is intensifying, with the Charlotte, N.C.-based company facing a credit downgrade,...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Protesting BP's Olympic greenwash   |   July 27, 2012
Number of people arrested last week following a protest at the Olympic Clock in London's Trafalgar Square, where activists posing as representatives of BP and other notorious...