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Two dark money groups outspending all super PACs combined

Two conservative nonprofits have spent more on TV ads to influence the presidential race so far than all other super PACs put together, new spending estimates show. ... Read more»

Cain campaign connected to Kochs

Herman Cain, the latest Republican candidate to join the front runners for the 2012 election, doesn’t just have the support of some GOP voters; he has the Koch brothers on his side, the Associated Press reports.... Read more»

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Life is good for the Kochs

Charles Koch justifies his puny tax rate with the argument that government spending often "does more harm than good," and adds, "my business and non-profit investments are much more beneficial to societal well-being than sending more money to Washington."... Read more»3

Koch’s web of influence

Charles and David Koch, the owners of the country’s second-largest private corporation, have played an increasingly public role as financial angels for conservative causes. What’s not so well-known is the activity of Koch Industries in the trenches in Washington, where a look at lobbying disclosures reveals a lobbying steamroller for the company’s interests, at times in conflict with its public pose.... Read more»

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The Koch brothers are getting nervous

The Koch Industries boycott is taking hold. Americans have begun to wonder just how much influence these guys have purchased. Now the Kochs are fighting back.... Read more»

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Conservative class war in Wisconsin

This battle appears to be reaching a kind of culmination as conservative class warriors launch what they hope will be a final assault on the hard-earned rights of working people and their families to fight for themselves and their families against the forces of combined wealth and influence amassed to crush them. The coming weeks may provide our answer.... Read more»1

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A game changing week in politics

About once a year, so much big political news happens that a single column can’t be devoted to a single topic. This is that week. So lace up your running shoes.... Read more»

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Fox News propaganda heats up

Another day, and another piece of incontrovertible evidence that the folks at Fox News are exclusively in the business of pushing propaganda, rather than reporting “news.” On health care and climate change, the channel chooses sides as it chooses its words.... Read more»

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And they call it democracy

Think again: The media is slow to realize that outside groups are spending hard to tilt the balance of our democracy in their favor, explains Eric Alterman.... Read more»1

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A Citizens United conspiracy, complete with two Supremes

Smart v. Stupid: The New York Times is reporting that the billionaire Koch Brothers regularly convene secret conclaves of industrialists aiming to prevent government from regulating business.The attendees also include two Supreme Court justices and three news agencies who never report on the meetings.... Read more»