Categories & Tags: lobbying

The money behind Big Oil's win on Atlantic drilling   |   July 23, 2014
In a controversial move, the Obama administration last week gave final approval for the oil and gas industry to begin conducting seismic testing to map potential offshore reserves...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Big Oil aims to kill Louisiana coastal damage lawsuit   |   April 8, 2014
Number of oil and gas companies being sued by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East in a bid to make them pay billions of dollars to repair the damage they'...

 

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....

 

How ALEC helped Duke Energy block stricter coal ash rules   |   February 20, 2014
Duke Energy is not only the nation's largest electric utility but one of its political powerhouses. Besides the millions of dollars the North Carolina-based company spends on...

 

Art Pope think tank behind campaign to discredit and defund Medicaid   |   December 17, 2013
At a critical moment for the future of North Carolina's Medicaid program, a conservative think tank that was founded and is bankrolled by state budget director Art Pope sought...

 

The U.S. Gulag: Incarceration and the 'immorality' of private prisons   |   December 17, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   JACKSON, Miss. -- Mariachi guitarist Johnny Mora's bout with drugs was years in his past, but the legacy of jail time it led to is as...

 

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...

 

Are conservative think tanks breaking lobbying laws?   |   November 14, 2013
A national network of conservative think tanks funded by companies and businessmen including the Kochs of Koch Industries, the Waltons of Wal-Mart, and Art Pope of Variety...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Promoting the myth of 'sustainable coal'   |   September 13, 2013
Month in which a group of prominent Democrats formed the CoalBlue Project to promote the idea of "sustainable coal": 7/2013 Number of weeks after President Obama laid...

 

Why is the White House aiding and abetting lawbreaking by coal plants?   |   July 25, 2013
A new report documents widespread lawbreaking among the nation's coal-power utilities that endangers public health  -- and it reveals an effort by the White House to let...

 

NC lawmakers embrace Koch-backed pledge against climate action   |   July 11, 2013
The political clout of conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch of the Koch Industries oil and chemical conglomerate is hardly news, but a fresh investigation provides...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Three years into the BP disaster   |   April 19, 2013
In the three years since BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and spilled 200 million gallons of oil, number of bills enacted by...

 

In North Carolina, full speed in reverse   |   January 30, 2013
By Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch The 2013 session of the North Carolina General Assembly gets underway in earnest today and if the statements and signals from Governor McCrory,...

 

Home builders lobby weakens drywall legislation   |   January 8, 2013
By Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica Last week, federal lawmakers trumpeted the passage of the Drywall Safety Act of 2012 as a bipartisan victory for thousands of homeowners harmed by...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Pressure grows to open presidential debates to third parties   |   October 3, 2012
Over the past week, number of the 10 sponsors of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) that have terminated their support because of pressure from advocates who want the...

 

Congressman who compared cigarettes to smoking lettuce becomes lobbyist for R.J. Reynolds   |   October 3, 2012
By Justin Elliott, ProPublica A former 18-year member of Congress who was a longtime friend of the tobacco industry while in office has become a paid consultant and registered...

 

NC legislative leaders breaking records for special-interest fundraising   |   August 27, 2012
The leaders of the North Carolina General Assembly are raising more money from special-interest political action committees than their predecessors, despite promises of ending the...

 

Who's behind petition opposing coal ash regulation with hundreds of bogus Chinese names?   |   July 2, 2012
Last year a group called "Citizens for Recycling First" submitted a petition to the White House opposing strict federal regulations for coal ash, the toxic-laden waste...

 

By the numbers: The U.S.'s growing for-profit detention industry   |   June 21, 2012
By Suevon Lee, ProPublica The growth of the private detention industry has long been a subject of scrutiny. A recent eight-part series in the New Orleans Times-Picayune...

 

Billionaire privatization activists pushing 'neovouchers' for North Carolina   |   June 6, 2012
North Carolina lawmakers are moving ahead with plans to establish an indirect voucher system that would help low-income children attend private or religious schools with public...

 

Toxics lobby pours money into North Carolina politics   |   May 31, 2012
As North Carolina lawmakers consider killing a state program designed to protect the public from toxic air pollution, major emitters of such pollution are pouring money into state...

 

How did ALEC get exempted from South Carolina lobbying ethics law?   |   April 27, 2012
The American Legislative Exchange Council, a special interest group that writes laws favorable to its corporate sponsors, is specifically exempted from lobbying regulations in...

 

VOICES: Same old song as oil money secures the support of Congress   |   April 3, 2012
By Jennifer Rennicks, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Last week, the U.S. Senate came up short (yet again) in an effort to end billions of dollars in tax subsidies to oil...

 

The New Vigilantes: Trayvon Martin and the 'shoot first' lobby   |   March 21, 2012
In 2007, 61-year old Joe Horn looked out the window of his Pasadena, Texas home and saw a pair of black men in his neighbors' yard, apparently involved in a burglary. Horn...