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Big oil & gas may pay price for keeping a dirty secret for decades

Via an unprecedented wave of lawsuits, filed by cities and states across the U.S., America’s petroleum giants face a reckoning for the environmental devastation caused by fossil fuels – and covering up what they knew along the way.... Read more»

Reid wrong on AFP criticism

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wrongly blamed the conservative group Americans for Prosperity for promoting a “false” story of a woman whose insurance premiums went up $700 per month. AFP didn’t feature that woman’s story in any of its ads.... Read more»

Pro-gun group dramatically ups influence spending

Key opponents of gun control and proponents of immigration reform invested unprecedented amounts lobbying Congress this spring, bucking a downward trend among many of the nation’s largest companies and nonprofits,newly released records show.... Read more»

Big Oil’s lying statistics

There are now three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and big oil statistics. Once again an analysis funded by the oil industry of proposals to eliminate some of their large tax breaks finds that this would be bad for the oil industry and the rest of us, too.... Read more»

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»

PACs flocked to Blue Dog Dems, then fled after crucial votes

The Blue Dog PAC raised more than $2.5 million over 2009 and 2010, almost entirely from PACs. But ultimately 58 of these special interest PACs also decided to donate to individual opponents of Blue Dog Coalition members.... Read more»

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Liberty Central: Repo’d by the Koch brothers?

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»