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Political Money Fuels Mass Incarceration

By Matthew Bly With more than six months still to go, outside interests have already spent $103.6 million in the 2014 election cycle. This is a good thing, right? I mean, if the Supreme Court is right and money equals speech in politics, there’s a lot of talking going on. So let’s get to it. […]

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Activists protest merger plan at Comcast shareholders meeting

By Daniel Weissglass Common Cause activists were part of a crowd that gathered outside of the Comcast shareholders meeting in Philadelphia today to protest the company’s planned merger with Time Warner Cable. Under the slogan #IVoteNo, the group called for increased consumer choice in the cable market; speakers included Todd O’Boyle (pictured above), program director […]

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ALEC Hits Kansas City, And We’re Hitting ALEC

Hundreds of state legislators and corporate executives, all members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), will be in Kansas City, MO tomorrow and Friday for their annual Spring Task Force Meeting. They’ll say it’s just a gathering to exchange ideas on improving state and local government. In fact, the event is an opportunity for […]

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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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