Categories & Tags: lobbying

Texas company behind California oil spill a repeat offender   |   May 22, 2015
California declared a state of emergency this week following Tuesday's spill from an onshore pipeline into the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara County. Responding to reports of...

 

Pro-privatization money behind bills to boost N.C. charter schools   |   May 15, 2015
Charter schools have experienced rapid growth in North Carolina in recent years after state lawmakers lifted a cap limiting their numbers. Now the General Assembly is considering...

 

Higher ed lobby quietly joins for-profit schools to roll back tighter rules   |   May 13, 2015
By Alec MacGillis, ProPublica The Obama administration is set to achieve one of its top domestic policy goals after years of wrangling. For-profit colleges, which absorb tens of...

 

Corporations under growing shareholder pressure to disclose political influence spending   |   May 6, 2015
Since the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling allowed corporations and unions to inject unlimited money into elections, political spending by corporations has...

 

DRIVE TO DRILL: Energy lobbyists behind governors' crusade for Atlantic oil   |   April 30, 2015
By Sue Sturgis (The first in a three-part series.) When the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in flames off the Louisiana coast five years ago this month, the disaster killed...

 

'Profiting From Misery': Private prison corporations driving harsh immigration policies   |   April 17, 2015
By Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams   Private prison companies are spending millions of dollars to lobby the U.S. government for harsher immigration laws that, in turn...

 

Duke Energy called out for targeting black community with 'cynical' anti-solar campaign   |   April 7, 2015
A North Carolina minister and an environmental watchdog have sent a letter to Duke Energy President and CEO Lynn Good, criticizing the utility giant for targeting African-American...

 

Koch Industries tops list of water polluters spending big on politics   |   March 2, 2015
With corporate interests mobilizing to kill the Environmental Protection Agency's plans to restore Clean Water Act safeguards to thousands of waterways across the nation, an...

 

Home Builders among North Carolina's top political power brokers   |   February 27, 2015
The North Carolina Home Builders Association, a trade group of over 3,600 members that includes construction companies, developers, suppliers and sales and marketing professionals...

 

Southern Company caught promoting bad climate science again   |   February 26, 2015
Last week Fortune magazine named the Southern Company a top utility for the sixth year in a row, citing its "wise use of corporate assets" and "social...

 

Conditions at for-profit immigrant detention facilities in Texas draw legal action   |   February 19, 2015
Although President Obama's policy to extend deportation relief to millions of young immigrants and immigrant parents was temporarily derailed this week by a federal judge in...

 

Tar Heel Power Brokers: Special interests spend big to get their way in Raleigh   |   February 11, 2015
By Alex Kotch and Brian Freskos The North Carolina General Assembly is back in Raleigh for the 2015 long session and preparing to tackle a host of issues, including tax rates,...

 

Tar Heel Power Broker Profiles   |   February 10, 2015
In a new report, "Tar Heel Power Brokers," Facing South/Institute for Southern Studies ranks 102 influential special interests in North Carolina politics through a...

 

Tar Heel Power Brokers   |   February 10, 2015
In a new report, "Tar Heel Power Brokers," Facing South/Institute for Southern Studies ranks 102 influential special interests in North Carolina politics through a...

 

Governors' Big Oil-assisted lobbying pays off in Obama's Atlantic drilling plan   |   January 28, 2015
The Obama administration released its draft five-year plan for oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf this week -- and for the first time it includes waters off...

 

EPA gives weak protections to communities threatened by toxic coal ash   |   December 22, 2014
This week marks six years since the dam of a coal ash holding pond collapsed at TVA's Kingston power plant in eastern Tennessee, dumping a billion gallons of toxic waste into...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Tallying up returns on corporations' political investments   |   November 21, 2014
Amount that the 200 most politically active corporations in the U.S. spent on federal lobbying and campaign contributions between 2007 and 2012, according to a new report from the...

 

Ballot proposals across the South: The good, the bad, and the ugly   |   November 5, 2014
Voters across the South didn't vote just for politicians this week: They also weighed in on state and local ballot propositions dealing with hot-button issues including the...

 

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...