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Conservative foundations, multinational oil companies and a prescription drug maker were the most frequent sponsors of more than 100 expense-paid educational seminars attended by federal judges over a 4 1/2-year period, according to a Center for Public Integrity investigation. Read more»

In 2009, a network of online media outlets began popping up in state capitals across the nation, each covering the news from a clearly conservative point of view. What wasn't so clear was how they were funded. Read more»

The future of elections rest with how you spend your paycheck. This election season marks a tipping point for American politics. We are at the moment when money is poised to replace voting as the way that elections are decided. Read more»

Activists rallied at the Capitol in support of a constitutional amendment that would overturn the 'Citizens United' Supreme Court ruling.

Three related phenomena are today combining to strangle American democracy: Economic inequality, floodgates that have opened to the influence of outsized wealth — and the media’s failure to put these changes at the center of their election narrative. Read more»

Zuccotti Park

Six weeks ago, Occupy Wall Street declared war on government for corporations. Then they shocked all of us by winning. Read more» 3

The Cato Institute was begun 34 years ago with a grant from Charles and David Koch. Additionally, the Kochs gave Cato $11 million alone in the seven-year period between 1986 and 1993.

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

Murdoch on July 10.

The scandal facing the Murdoch empire that has dominated media news has certainly been riveting. But has it taught us anything we didn't already know? Read more»

This week, both the Los Angeles Times and The Nation put the spotlight on a little-known conservative nonprofit that creates "model" state legislation that often make its way into law. The organization has helped craft some of the most controversial—and industry-friendly—legislation of recent years, including Arizona's SB 1070. Read more»

Koch Industries bought online ads to counter a Center project. The ad is at right; the Google search showing the story is at left.

Koch Industries has launched an online advertising campaign to rebut a Center for Public Integrity report about its lobbying activities that it refused to respond to when the story was published last week. Read more» 1

The Koch Industries building.

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»

The Koch Industries ad aimed at the media.

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»

Art courtesy of Mario Piperni, who createsthe best political art on the web. See more at http://mariopiperni.com

The Tea Party’s B-team of Mad Hatters are back in the news. Will they once again try to bury substance under a giant pile of tea? Read more» 1

The burned-out remains of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York's Greenwich Village neighborhood are shown in 1911. The fire killed 146 workers, mainly young immigrant women and girls, and became a touchstone for the organized labor movement.

The centennial anniversary of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist fire occurs Friday. The fire killed 146 workers, mainly young immigrant women and girls, and became a touchstone for the organized labor movement. Read more»

Union protesters at the Wisconsin state capitol, Saturday.

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

Virginia 'Ginni' Thomas

Earlier this week, Ginni Thomas was pushed aside for a new Liberty Central leader, an attorney named Sarah Field. Field's last job was at the Charles Koch Foundation. If my attempts to find or contact her are any indication, Fields appears to be a very good secret keeper. Read more»

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