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Oil And Gas Giants Spend Millions Lobbying To Block Climate Change Policies [Infographic]
Every year, the world's five largest publicly owned oil and gas companies spend approximately $200 million on lobbying designed to control, delay or block binding climate-motivated policy
lobbying  ges  climatechange 
49 minutes ago by lutzray
The Drudge Report Just Made A Huge Change To How It Makes Money
“The page was refreshing approximately every 120 seconds, with no consideration given to user activity. The user could have it open in a background tab and it would accrue [ad] impressions all day long,” said the manager, who requested anonymity because he’s not authorized to speak to the media about specific websites // beyond just clickfraud, the answer is surely that he has been funded by a Koch or Mellon Scaife foundation all these years
drudgereport  clickfraud  lobbying  journalism 
2 days ago by yorksranter
Why an Heiress Spent Her Fortune Trying to Keep Immigrants Out - The New York Times
Her twin passions, protecting natural habitats and helping women prevent unplanned pregnancies, merged over time into a single goal of preserving the environment by discouraging offspring altogether // idnay but I wouldn't be surprised if the Mellon Scaifes were trying to discourage *humanity*
scaife  evil  lobbying  inequality 
3 days ago by yorksranter
The Terrible Toll of Grand Theft Auto - WhoWhatWhy
Traffic fatalities in Sweden are off the charts compared to other western countries. Experts suggest that two major reasons for this are the absence of drunk driving laws and that the country does not require its citizens to get a driver’s license. Though the government has prohibited research on this phenomenon, most people in Sweden — and everybody elsewhere — know there is a connection here. But the prime minister of Sweden and a key leader of the Swedish parliament believe that they have found the real reason: Swedes love to play Grand Theft Auto, a video game popular across the world.
If that sounds insane, then that’s because it would be … if we hadn’t made it up. You do need a driver’s license in Sweden, there are drunk driving laws and traffic fatalities there are not off the charts. But even if our little scenario were true, nobody in their right mind would assign any part of the blame to Grand Theft Auto, right? Right?
Well, not so fast. Because what we wrote does apply … to gun deaths and gun ownership in America. And everybody, including the people who won’t say it out loud, knows why the US resembles a Third World country in turmoil rather than a Western democracy when it comes to the death rate from gun violence: Americans make up less than 5 percent of the world’s population but own between one-third and half of all civilian guns on the planet.
However, instead of acknowledging that the US is an extreme outlier with regard to gun fatalities and gun ownership — and that there might be a correlation — NRA-owned lawmakers trot out any number of increasingly logic-defying reasons for why so many Americans die from guns.
Just this week, in the wake of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, as well as the usual gun violence in Chicago, Republican lawmakers went on TV and took to social media to blame this carnage on just about everything else: video games, godlessness, drag queen advocates, mental illness, high-capacity magazines, the internet, recreational marijuana, and athletes who “hate” the American flag.
guns  gov2.0  politics  trump  GOP  games  video  NRA  lobbying 
7 days ago by rgl7194
Cancer Drugs Fund seems to help pharmaceuticals giant Roche most | Society | The Guardian
Roche, the Swiss pharmaceutical company at the centre of the row over cancer drugs pricing, played a significant part in the genesis of the Cancer Drugs Fund, set up in 2010 to pay for drugs that were too expensive for NHS approval. Four years on the company has become the fund's largest beneficiary.
roche  cancer  davefrompr  tories  lobbying 
9 days ago by yorksranter
Why Can't the U.S. Treat Guns as a Public-Health Problem? - The Atlantic
A 1996 bill has had a chilling effect on the CDC’s ability to research firearms.
After a deadly shooting, the debate always, it seems, breaks down like this: One side argues for gun control, and the other argues there is no research proving those measures work. There is, in fact, little research into gun violence at all—especially compared to other causes of death in the United States.
The modern origins of the impasse can be traced to 1996, when Congress passed an amendment to a spending bill that forbade the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using money to “advocate or promote gun control.”
The National Rifle Association had pushed for the amendment, after public-health researchers produced a spate of studies suggesting that, for example, having a gun in the house increased risk of homicide and suicide. It deemed the research politically motivated. Gun-rights advocates zeroed in on statements like that of Mark Rosenberg, then the director of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. In response to the early ’90s crime wave, Rosenberg had said in 1994, “We need to revolutionize the way we look at guns, like what we did with cigarettes ... It used to be that smoking was a glamour symbol—cool, sexy, macho. Now it is dirty, deadly—and banned.”
gov2.0  politics  guns  disease  health  NRA  lobbying 
11 days ago by rgl7194
Catholic Church scandal: Church spent $10.6 million on lobbyists to fight legislation that would benefit victims of child sex abuse - CBS News
A new report released Tuesday reveals that, over the past eight years, the Catholic Church has spent $10.6 million in the northeastern United States to fight legislation that would help victims of clergy sexual abuse seek justice.
"At the most basic level, we were inspired by frustration," says attorney Gerald Williams, a partner at Williams Cedar, one of four law firms that jointly commissioned the report. "We represent hundreds of people, who have truly been victimized by clergymen in the Catholic Church. We've heard a lot about the church's desire to be accountable and turn over a new leaf. But when we turn to the form where we can most help people and where we can get the most justice — the courts of justice — the church has been there blocking their efforts."
In New York, for example, the Catholic Church spent $2,912,772 lobbying against the Child Victims Act, which Governor Andrew Cuomo ultimately signed into law on February 14, 2019. The act gives survivors more time to seek justice against their abusers, increasing the age at which victims are able to sue from 23 to 55.
Similarly, in Pennsylvania — where in 2018 a grand jury report detailed evidence of more than 300 priests credibly accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 children — the Catholic Church spent $5,322,979 lobbying to keep current restrictions in place on the statute of limitations in which victims can seek criminal or civil charges against their abusers.
church  gov2.0  politics  lobbying  money  sexual_abuse  children  religion 
22 days ago by rgl7194
Industry Input in Policy Making: Evidence from Medicare* | The Quarterly Journal of Economics | Oxford Academic
"In setting prices for physician services, Medicare solicits input from a committee that evaluates proposals from industry. The committee itself comprises members from industry; we investigate whether this arrangement leads to regulatory capture with prices biased toward industry interests. We find that increasing a measure of affiliation between the committee and proposers by one standard deviation increases prices by 10%. We then evaluate whether employing a biased committee as an intermediary may nonetheless be desirable, if greater affiliation allows the committee to extract information needed for regulation. We find industry proposers more affiliated with the committee produce less hard evidence in their proposals. However, on soft information, we find evidence of a trade-off: private insurers set prices that more closely track Medicare prices generated under higher affiliation."
health-insurance  lobbying  QJE  to:read 
29 days ago by MarcK
David F. Noble: A Wrench in the Gears - 1/8 - YouTube
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4 weeks ago by robertogreco
The Mystery Firm That Has Become the NRA’s Top Election Consultant
Since 2014, the gun rights group has paid more than $60 million to a little known contractor for ads in must-win political races. Did it break campaign finance laws in the process?
Heading into the 2014 midterm elections, polls showed the Republican Party had an opportunity to retake control of the Senate. Such a change would severely limit President Barack Obama’s legislative agenda during his final two years in office, an outcome that was especially attractive to the National Rifle Association. In the wake of devastating events like the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the president had become an aggressive promoter of new gun regulations.
To get its message out, the NRA turned to an unknown consulting firm, Starboard Strategic Inc., paying it $19 million. More than a third of that money was invested in must-win Senate seats in Colorado, North Carolina, and Arkansas — three of the most expensive in the country — paying for a host of television, radio, and internet ads.
It was not unusual for the NRA to spend large sums of cash in an election cycle. What was odd was where the money was going. Before 2013, Starboard Strategic had never appeared in Federal Election Commission reports. Someone curious about the firm would have found a skeletal website that listed no staff, clients, address, phone number, or previous work. There was just some generic branding language (“Good advertising and good ground operations start with good strategy”) and a basic email address: info@starboardstrategicinc.com. Yet at a moment when the stakes were high — Republicans needed six seats to claim a majority — the firm had come out of nowhere to become the NRA’s top election contractor.
Acquiring business of this magnitude would be an incredible feat for a firm with no reputation. The question is whether it was really accomplished by Starboard, or another outfit called OnMessage Inc.
Well-established and well-connected, OnMessage is as transparent as Starboard is opaque. What the FEC and the public do not know is that the two entities appear to be functionally one and the same.
congress  crime  GOP  gov2.0  guns  lobbying  money  NRA  politics  trump 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre Targeted in Congressional Inquiry Into Illegal Campaign Coordination
Lawmakers demand documents after The Trace’s reporting shows NRA’s use of shell companies to support Trump, Senate campaigns.
A joint congressional inquiry is demanding that National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre hand over internal documents showing whether the NRA made “illegal, excessive, and unreported in-kind donations” to the campaigns of Donald Trump and several GOP Senate candidates.
The probe, led by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island, and Representative Jamie Raskin, Democrat of Maryland, is based on a series of investigative reports published by The Trace laying out evidence that the NRA and its vendors used apparent shell companies to evade rules prohibiting coordination between outside groups and the campaigns they support. 
“The evidence shows the NRA is moving money through a complex web of shell organizations to avoid campaign finance rules and boost candidates willing to carry their water,” Whitehouse told The Trace. “And if the NRA can weave such a web, so can Vladimir Putin and others trying to undermine our democracy. We need the truth about this scheme or else special interests like the gun lobby or foreign interests like Russia can flaunt the law and erode the integrity of our elections.”
guns  NRA  politics  gov2.0  trump  GOP  crime  lobbying  congress  money 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194

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