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Charles Koch Blasts Subsidies & Tax Credits, But His Firm Has Taken $195 Million Worth of Them

ibtimes.com — Billionaire Charles Koch told a gathering of conservative donors Saturday politicians must end taxpayer-funded subsidies and preferential treatment for corporations. That message, though, came from an industrialist whose company and corporate subsidiaries have raked in tens of millions of dollars worth of such largesse.
Aug 02, 2015

BREAKING: Charles Koch Blasts Subsidies & Tax Credits, But His Firm Has Taken $195 Million Worth of Them ibtimes.com/charles-koch-b…

Aug 02, 2015

BREAKING: Charles Koch speech tonite blasted govt subsidies for corps, but his firm got $195M worth of subsidies ibtimes.com/charles-koch-b…

Aug 02, 2015

The Kochs hate corporate welfare - except for the $195 MILLION in taxpayer subsidies their companies have raked in ibtimes.com/charles-koch-b…

Aug 02, 2015

BREAKING: Charles Koch speech tonite slammed govt subsidies for corps, but his firm raked in $195M worth of subsidies ibtimes.com/charles-koch-b…

Aug 02, 2015

Koch's 2012 WSJ oped slammed corp subsidies & tax credits, then his firm raked in $77M worth of subsidies/credits ibtimes.com/charles-koch-b…

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Scott Walker destroyed his state: Wisconsin’s economic cautionary tale

salon.com — The continuum of American politics is not a straight line - it is more like a circle. Travel farther out on the right and left, and ultimately the sides bend to a common position on an issue like taxpayer subsidies for big business. To many progressives, such expenditures are giveaways to the already wealthy.
Aug 03, 2015

RT @Salon: Scott Walker destroyed his state: Wisconsin's economic cautionary tale slnm.us/rWujrSU

Aug 03, 2015

RT @Salon: Scott Walker destroyed his state: Wisconsin's economic cautionary tale slnm.us/rWujrSU

Chris Christie: Exxon's Lobbying Firm Donated To His Super PAC As Governor Pushed For New Jersey Environmental Settlement

ibtimes.com — As Chris Christie's administration is being slammed by environmental groups for pushing in court for a reduced settlement with ExxonMobil, one group is expressing its support for the governor: the oil giant's New Jersey lobbying firm.
Aug 01, 2015

In #TellingItLikeItIs, does @ChrisChristie say his SuperPAC got cash from Exxon lobbyists as he settled Exxon's case? ibtimes.com/chris-christie…

Jul 31, 2015

EXPOSED: Exxon's NJ Lobbyists Funneled Cash to @GovChristie's SuperPAC As Christie Pushed to Settle Exxon Case ibtimes.com/chris-christie…

Jul 31, 2015

RT @davidsirota: EXPOSED: Exxon's NJ Lobbyists Funneled Cash to @GovChristie's SuperPAC As Christie Pushed to Settle Exxon Case ibtimes.com/chris-christie…

Jul 31, 2015

BREAKING: Exxon's NJ lobbying firm delivered big cash to Christie's Super PAC as he ended NJ's lawsuit against Exxon ibtimes.com/chris-christie…

Jul 31, 2015

Joseph Buckelew, chairman of George Norcross' insurance firm, gave $150k to Christie Super PAC: ibtimes.com/chris-christie…

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Election 2016: Jeb Bush Super PAC Donors Benefited From Bush's Time As Florida Governor

ibtimes.com — Jeb Bush is pitching himself as a clean-government reformer who rejects transactional politics. But a review of donations to the group backing his presidential campaign shows that Bush's candidacy is relying on cash from executives whose firms benefited from his time as Florida governor -- as well as on donors who bankrolled his brother's presidential races.
Aug 01, 2015

Jeb Bush gave speeches slamming lobbyists - all while his SuperPAC raked in a $100K corp check from a lobbying firm ibtimes.com/election-2016-…

Jul 31, 2015

BREAKING: @JebBush's PAC accepted $100,000 corporate donation from a lobbying firm made up of former govt officials ibtimes.com/election-2016-…

Jul 31, 2015

EXPOSED: Wall Street firms that got huge taxpayer goodies from @JebBush are now funneling millions into his Super PAC ibtimes.com/election-2016-…

Jul 31, 2015

That corporate lobbying firm that @JebBush secretly consulted with as governor? Yeah, it just gave his PAC $100,000 ibtimes.com/election-2016-…

Jul 31, 2015

BREAKING: Wall St firms got $1.7B of FL pension cash from @JebBush - execs at the firms just gave his PAC $3 million ibtimes.com/election-2016-…

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Cables Show Hillary Clinton's State Department Deeply Involved in Trans-Pacific Partnership

ibtimes.com — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday attempted to distance herself from the controversial 12-nation trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. During her tenure as Secretary of State, Clinton publicly promoted the pact 45 separate times -- but with her Democratic presidential rivals making opposition to the deal a centerpiece of their campaigns, Clinton now asserts she was never involved in the initiative.
Jul 31, 2015

EXPOSED: Hillary Clinton's top aides advised U.S. trade officials on how to successfully negotiate the TPP ibtimes.com/cables-show-hi…

Aug 03, 2015

RT @josheidelson: Clinton in 2011: "w/ respect 2 the TPP, although the State Dept does not have the lead...we work closely w/ the USTR" ibtimes.com/cables-show-hi…

Jul 31, 2015

BREAKING: Secret State Dept. cables show @HillaryClinton's top aides deeply involved in pushing the TPP ibtimes.com/cables-show-hi…

Jul 31, 2015

BREAKING: Clinton says she wasn't involved in TPP - but new State Dept cables show her top aides were deeply involved ibtimes.com/cables-show-hi…

Jul 31, 2015

Leaked cables show Clinton's top deputies were deeply involved in negotiating TPP ibtimes.com/cables-show-hi…

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Wisconsin's Economic Cautionary Tale

nationalmemo.com — The continuum of American politics is not a straight line - it is more like a circle. Travel farther out on the right and left, and ultimately the sides bend to a common position on an issue like taxpayer subsidies for big business. To many progressives, such expenditures are giveaways to the already wealthy.

Democratic Party Financier Got Big Illinois Pension Deal After PAC Contributions

ibtimes.com — When officers of the Illinois teachers pension system opted to put more than $1 billion under the control of a single financial firm, Grosvenor Capital Management, they touted the arrangement as a step toward greater efficiency: Grosvenor would be entrusted to manage a larger slice of the state's hedge-fund investments, a part of the portfolio that had previously been managed by a competing firm.
Jul 29, 2015

Rahm, Obama fundraiser gets $1Bill pension manage contract after big money to Dem PAC @davidsirota @mattcunninghamc ibtimes.com/democratic-par…

Jul 29, 2015

BREAKING: Dem Party’s Wall St financier got Illinois pension deal after donations to Dem-aligned PAC in IL ibtimes.com/democratic-par… #twill

Jul 29, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Obama/Dem financier got massive Illinois pension deal after big donations to PAC backing Illinois Dems ibtimes.com/democratic-par…

Jul 29, 2015

BREAKING: Dem Party’s Wall St financier got huge pension deal after huge donations to Dem-aligned PAC ibtimes.com/democratic-par…

Jul 29, 2015

RT @davidsirota: BREAKING: Dem Party’s Wall St financier got huge pension deal after huge donations to Dem-aligned PAC ibtimes.com/democratic-par…

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Why more presidential hopefuls are embracing the Donald Trump way

salon.com — Since announcing his 2016 White House bid, Donald Trump has been the central focus of the campaign - by one estimate, he has garnered almost 40 percent of all election coverage on the network newscasts. Clearly, The Donald's attempt to turn 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Chris Christie Aides Stalling Probe Of Pension Fees Paid To Wall Street: NJ Pension Chief

ibtimes.com — When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was preparing to launch his presidential campaign this spring, he faced a big potential headache: New Jersey pension officials had voted to investigate secret taxpayer fees paid by the Republican governor's administration to Wall Street firms. But Christie's administration may have found a stopgap solution: stall.
Jul 23, 2015

RT @davidsirota: EXPOSED: @GovChristie trying to block govt probe of his admin paying massive pension fees to Wall St donors ibtimes.com/chris-christie…

Jul 23, 2015

EXPOSED: @GovChristie trying to block govt probe of his admin quadrupling pension fees paid to Wall St donors ibtimes.com/chris-christie…

Jul 23, 2015

BREAKING: NJ pension official says @GovChristie has been trying to block govt probe of pension fees paid to Wall St ibtimes.com/chris-christie…

Jul 23, 2015

Chris Christie Aides Stalling Probe Of Pension Fees Paid To Wall Street: NJ Pension Chief ibtimes.com/chris-christie…

Jul 23, 2015

EXPOSED: @GovChristie trying to block govt probe of his admin paying massive pension fees to Wall St donors ibtimes.com/chris-christie…

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Sirota: Silicon Valley spreads wealth to both parties - Richmond Times-Dispatch: David-sirota

richmond.com — When Jeb Bush visited Silicon Valley last week, the Republican candidate was visiting the heart of a Democratic state that few expect to be contested in the 2016 presidential election. But when it comes to the political money chase, the Northern California home of the world's technology giants spreads the wealth to both parties - positioning the tech industry as one of the most powerful forces in American politics.
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Aug 03, 2015

@Helldamnguy It's not "cynicism." It's called being informed and paying attention.

Aug 03, 2015

@Helldamnguy Perhaps I don't so easily believe a guy giving a speech 6 and a half years later represents any guarantee of moving forward.

Aug 03, 2015

But wait - I thought I keep being told Big Labor is the one buying elections? twitter.com/nickconfessore…

Aug 03, 2015

@Helldamnguy Hey listen...if the next Dem president waits 6 and a half years, maybe we'll start addressing climate change by 2023.

Aug 03, 2015

@Helldamnguy Key phrase: "making statements"...far different from "actually doing something when he had 60 senate votes"

Aug 03, 2015

@downi94 or when they learn to not be fooled by Democratic Party rhetoric not backed by action.

Aug 03, 2015

There's something amazing about Obama waiting 6 and a half years into his presidency to say we can't wait to address climate change.

Aug 03, 2015

@Helldamnguy That's a pretty weak argument. I'm assuming its satire, actually.

Aug 03, 2015

FYI - this is coming 6 and a half years into the Obama presidency. twitter.com/BloombergTV/st…

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