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The Market Isn't 'Free' if the Refs Consistently Rule for One Side

The Market Isn't 'Free' if the Refs Consistently Rule for One Side

One of the most often-repeated arguments against government regulation of the economy is that regulation limits the free market and constrains growth and innovation. The idea is that if corporations and individuals do bad things, the market will punish them and they won't survive and thrive. The argument does have a simple logic to it. Too bad the real world isn't simple and the argument fails to account for what happens in the real world.

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Wait, Which Company Is the Leader in Investing in the U.S. and Diversity?

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Every year, the Progressive Policy Institute takes a look at the corporations investing money in the United States and compiles a list of the top 25 companies in the country (not counting actual investment companies), labeling them "U.S. Investment Heroes." If you were to guess which company invested nearly $20 billion in the United States, nearly 25% higher than any other company, would you have guessed AT&T? That is the correct answer.

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Preview 'Citizen Koch' July 19 at the AFL-CIO, Then Help Get It on the Air

Preview 'Citizen Koch' July 19 at the AFL-CIO, Then Help Get It on the Air

Come check out a sneak preview of the documentary film "Citizen Koch" at a free screening at noon, Friday, July 19, at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C. 

The film by Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Carl Deal and Tia Lessin explores the impact that the unlimited campaign spending by wealthy donors like the Koch brothers and corporations that was unleashed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling had in the fight over workers’ rights in Wisconsin.

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Unequal Justice and the 1% Supreme Court

This is a cross-post from the Alliance for Justice’s Justice Watch blog.   

In a series of 5 to 4 rulings, a majority on the United States Supreme Court effectively has rewritten the law to favor big business at the expense of the American people, according to a new documentary, "Unequal Justice: The Relentless Rise of the 1% Court," produced by Alliance for Justice (AFJ), which was released online Monday. “Today, as the Supreme Court begins a new term, the court will be ‘open for business,'” said AFJ President Nan Aron. 

The term is already packed with cases with the potential to restrict corporate accountability and limit everyday Americans’ civil rights and access to justice  The court’s decisions this term could have harmful consequences for the ability of consumers, victims of discrimination and others to get a fair day in court.

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‘Small’ NFIB Gets GOP Funders’ Big Bucks

Read ‘Small’ NFIB Gets GOP Funders’ Big Bucks' at

David Groves of The Stand, a project of the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) and its affiliated unions, sends us "‘Small’ NFIB Gets GOP Funders’ Big Bucks."

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) promotes itself as a “non-profit, non-partisan organization” that is “the leading small business association representing small and independent business.”

For a business group so focused on “small” it says it twice, the NFIB reportedly gets a lot of its funding from the biggest names in Republican politics, including Karl Rove and the Koch brothers. As for the “independent” part, the NFIB’s political and legislative agendas at both the national and Washington state levels align closely with the Republican Party and big—not small—corporate interests.

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Outside Money Influences Elections from the President to the Local Sheriff

Money influences elections at all levels. Photo courtesy of Yomanimus, Flickr.

We’ve been talking a lot lately about the current financial state of play in electoral politics. Despite the mega-finances poured into the current election cycle, working families have more power than they think—power at the polls.

It’s not just the presidential race that’s being flooded with money. Every political race—from your local sheriff to state and local judges to your state governors and legislators—is receiving more donations from an ever greedier financial elite.

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American Crossroads President Falsely Claims Unions Spend More Than Super PACs

Steven Law's claims that unions spend more than Super PACs in elections is pretty interesting math.

Some folks have been trying to make political hay with the easy availability of union financial information. As noted in an earlier post, however, The Wall Street Journal’s methodology in “discovering” the levels of labor union spending was fatally flawed and painted a false (and politically advantageous) picture.

And now Steven Law, the president of American Crossroads, a Republican super PAC, is using ridiculous fictions to try to defend the activities of the Karl Rove-backed group, claiming that the hundreds of millions of dollars that American Crossroads will spend on the election will somehow be dwarfed by what unions will spend.  

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ALEC’s Exit Door Continues to Swing

The exodus from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) continues as the glare of a hot spotlight exposes the group’s radical agenda that ranges from voter suppression to union busting and immigrant bashing. Candy maker Mars Inc. and Arizona's largest energy company are the latest corporations to sever ties.

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ALEC Conference: Sleazy in the Big Easy

This week in New Orleans, some 2,000 state legislators are being wined, dined and given their legislative battle plans by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to push a corporate agenda and undermine workers’ rights. The Koch brothers-funded and corporate-backed ALEC generates model legislation for right-wing grassroots activists and funds their attacks on workers’ rights, public employees and more.

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