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Letters to the editor: Corporations cannot exercise religion

As the Supreme Court hears arguments in Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius (aka Hobby Lobby) a few Bay Staters spoke out in the Boston Globe with letters to the editor against the absurd notion that corporations have a constitutional right to free exercise of religion (see below). In the case, several for-profit corporations are claiming they have a […]

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As IRS Inquiry Looms, ALEC Hatches Escape Plan

Facing an Internal Revenue Service inquiry on tax fraud charges, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is effectively acknowledging that its status as a charity may be a cover for its real work as a multi-million dollar lobby for some of the nation’s largest and richest corporations. The Guardian newspaper, citing documents obtained from ALEC’s […]

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SEC Stiffs the Public on Disclosure

Today’s clueless government agency is the Securities and Exchange Commission. Since 2011, more than 640,000 Americans have written to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which regulates the stock market and publicly-owned corporations, to  support a proposal that it require companies to report their political spending to stockholders and the public. The commission responded last week […]

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Let’s see what’s under the hood

My first attempted car purchase was harrowing.  I made the mistake of going to a used car dealership.  As a young woman, I was given the “hard sell.”  Jargon was thrown at me, fast talking, special deals were offered “if I bought on the spot.”   I broke into a cold sweat, overwhelmed by the enormity […]

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#MADISCLOSE Act committee hearing tomorrow

The Joint Committee on Election Laws will hear testimony on Massachusetts Disclosure Act and other important campaign finance legislation. The #MADISCLOSE Act would greatly increase disclosure in state campaign finance, particularly from corporations and independent political groups like Super PACs. Astonishingly, corporations are not currently required to disclose independent expenditures in state elections, even though individuals […]

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