Bird Dog Reports

Muriel on September 04, 2015
Jeb Bush called for more transparency to dilute the influence of Pentagon contractors, then called for stronger military forces abroad. But he did talk about abuses associated with money and lobbyists. Read More
Candidate(s):
Parties:
Judy Elliott on September 03, 2015
Judy asked Jeb Bush if he supports spending $1 trillion on a new generation of nuclear weapons. Bush said he supports the nuclear "triad" and pivoted to a denunciation of the Obama administration's agreement with Iran. Judy suggests the US needs to get back on track toward multi-lateral nuclear abolition if we hope to stop additional countries from going nuclear. Read More
Candidate(s):
Parties:
Hector Salamanca Arroyo on September 2, 2015
When asked a question on the immigrant detention mandate and corporations driving the policy, Governor Lincoln Chafee stated he is not in favor of "for-profit anything". Read More
Candidate(s):
Parties:
John on September 02, 2015
John inquired about the $1 trillion nuclear weapons modernization program and mentioned Robert Civiak’s view that it is a complete waste and that our present deterrent is more than enough for now and the foreseeable future. Kasich’s reply was unhesitating, and tough. “I disagree." Read More
Candidate(s):
Parties:
Olivia Zink on August 28, 2015
Standing outside Concord Camera, George Pataki said we have to break up the control over the country held by powerful interests. He favors banning members of Congress from becoming lobbyists and a simpler tax code. As for illegal lobbying by Sandia Labs, he said he's not surprised. Read More
Candidate(s):
Parties:
Rick on August 28, 2015
Rubio in Orford said "Money in politics is not a problem just so long as we know where it's coming from." Read More
Candidate(s):
Parties:
Elizabeth Ropp on August 26, 2015
Gov. Martin O'Malley spoke to a group of 50 at a law firm in downtown Manchester. The event was casual. His speech was brief, then answered a question saying he would end the federal immigrant detention quota and stop locking up immigrants for the benefit of private corporations. Read More
Check to Show a Media Icon
Candidate(s):
Parties:
Kevin Rutledge on August 22, 2015
Chris Christie private prison lobbyists Iowa State Fair 2015
In New Hampshire, Gov. Christie said private jail facilities shouldn't determine immigration policy to make more profits. However, when I asked him his plan as president to determine policy to benefit people and not corporate lobbyists at the Iowa State Fair, I was disappointed he didn't address a plan or steps and only referred to New Jersey's decreasing prison population. Read More
Check to Show a Video Icon
Candidate(s):
Parties:
John on August 21, 2015
Wisconsin Gov Scott Walker made a campaign appearance at One Mile West in Sunapee, N.H., on August 20, 2015 and answered John's question about the DOE's inspector general citing Lockheed-Martin for illegally used taxpayer money to lobby for more nuclear weapons contracts. Walker called for increasing military spending, but said he'd set up a commission to study waste, fraud, and corruption. Read More
Candidate(s):
Parties:
John on August 20, 2015
Jeb Bush agreed that there is a lot of waste in defense procurement and cited the F-35 as an example (not that he opposes it as a weapons system). He also stated that procurement reform is a must, and added that he’d look into requiring performance bonds from defense contractors. Read More
Candidate(s):
Parties:
Olivia Zink on August 20, 2015
Olivia approached Gov. Christie at WMUR after the taping of his "Conversation with the Candidate" and asked him about closing the "revolving door." Christie said "you have to," in order to keep former government officials from exploiting their undue advantage for personal gain. But he also said you don't want to bar people with expertise from government service or prevent them from becoming lobbyists forever. He proposes a 4-year gap. Read More
Candidate(s):
Parties:
Kevin Rutledge on August 18, 2015
Marco Rubio West End Salvage meet and greet in Des Moines, Iowa
I asked Sen. Marco Rubio an immigrant lobbying question about the top 2 for-profit prisons, CCA and Geo Group, spending $15 million since 2006 lobbying for policies they directly profit from to build more prisons and immigrant detention centers. Rubio stated "ultimately you have to uphold the law, so you have to have somewhere to house people" and how Congress doesn't award these contracts to private contractors. Read More
Candidate(s):
Parties:
Marlu Abarca on August 17, 2015
I handed a report to Senator Marco Rubio at his event in Ankeny, IA as a follow up to an earlier interaction with him in which he was asked about the immigrant detention mandate and for-profit prisons. He responded by stating he knew the subject well and knew of individuals who were in detention centers, but the law had to be followed. Read More
Check to Show a Media Icon
Check to Show a Video Icon
Candidate(s):
Parties:
Kevin Rutledge on August 17, 2015
Carly Fiorina Iowa State Fair Corporate Cronyism Military Industrial Complex 8-17-15
While walking to eat Iowa Sweet Corn during the Iowa State Fair, Carly Fiorina is asked about crony capitalism in the military industrial complex where military officials go through the revolving door into the private sector and receive more government contracts. Fiorina says we need to have “strongest military on the face of the planet” and we need to reform bureaucracy and crony capitalism within the military and Defense department, but doesn’t say how. Read More
Check to Show a Video Icon
Candidate(s):
Parties:
Hector Salamanca Arroyo on August 11, 2015
When I asked Dr. Carson about for-profit corporations driving immigrant detention policies, he said, "prisons should not necessarily be operated as profit centers." Read More
Check to Show a Media Icon
Check to Show a Video Icon
Candidate(s):
Parties:
Miranda Myers on August 7, 2015
Senator Santorum said he favors a smaller government yet his opening remarks called for a larger military. He seems to believe that reducing government will reduce corporate influence. Read More
Check to Show a Video Icon
Candidate(s):
Parties:
Elizabeth on August 04, 2015
Scott Walker at Theo's Pizza
I asked Scott Walker about what we can do to ensure our foreign policy reflects the interests of people and not corporations. He deflected the question and spoke about keeping our troops safe. I brought the conversation to restaurant patrons and news reporters. Read More
Check to Show a Media Icon
Candidate(s):
Parties:
Judy Elliott on August 03, 2015
Rick Santorum said we need to modernize our nuclear weapons and resume testing so that we can be assured they will work. He also acknowledged problems with an election system dominated by billionaires and suggested that deregulating energy production would be a way to reduce corporate cronyism. Read More
Candidate(s):
Parties:
Curtis C. Smith on August 03, 2015
After his Aug. 1 talk, I asked Sanders: "Lockheed has been recycling taxpayer dollars to lobby for more nuclear weapons contracts. What steps would you take to make sure the nation's security policy is not driven by Lockheed's profit motives?" His quick response: "strong lobbying legislation." Read More
Candidate(s):
Parties:
Olivia Zink on July 31, 2015
Bernie Sanders cites Eisenhower's warning about the power of the Military Industrial Complex and calls for the end to the revolving door between high military offices and jobs lobbying for corporations that make weapons. Read More
Check to Show a Video Icon
Candidate(s):
Parties:

Pages