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Arnie Alpert on July 5, 2015
Asked if he's thought more about the immigrant detention quota being applied to feed the profits of private prison companies, Jeb Bush said, “I’m totally opposed to that, if that’s the case." Read More
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Judy on July 04, 2015
The Amherst 4th of July parade was a good place to find candidates today. Will Thomas and I talked to former Texas Governor Rick Perry about the $1 trillion spending plan for nuclear weapons. Gov. Perry said he didn’t “have a handle” on the issue yet. Read More
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Judy Elliott on July 04, 2015
Photo by Michael Vadon
Just before the 4th of July parade in Amherst, NH got underway, I asked former Florida Governor Jeb Bush about current plans to spend $1 trillion on nuclear armaments. Governor Bush said that he wasn’t aware of the plan, but he seemed interested in learning more. I explained plans for a new generation of warheads and delivery vehicles. Bush asked if I had written information and I promised to get it to him at another event. Read More
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Hector Salamanca Arroyo on June 29, 2015
Hector asked Senator Ted Cruz about for-profit prison companies lobbying successfully for policy requiring 34,000 immigrants be detained each day and what he would do to make sure private corporations aren't driving federal policy. Read More
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Gina Haag on June 29, 2015
In Urbandale, IA, first time bird dogging volunteer Gina asked Governor Bobby Jindal a question on for-profit prison companies lobbying for a policy requiring 34,000 immigrants to be detained each day. Read More
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Gale on June 26, 2015
Gale at WMUR
On June 26th Marco Rubio appeared on WMUR's Conversation with the candidates to answer some questions for the people of New Hampshire. Gale attended the event and asked Marco Rubio what he thought of Citizens United, and if he wanted to change it, what he would do. Read More
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Olivia Zink on June 25, 2015
Marco Rubio with Olivia at WMUR
Senator Rubio said, "I don't believe people are being jailed for purposes of providing 'clients' to a private company," despite evidence that this is exactly what's going on as a result of the immigrant detention quota Rubio also said states have found outsourcing prisons to be more cost effective, when there is no evidence that for-profit incarceration saves money. Rubio did call for "more accountability in the way we deliver defense projects." Read More
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Judy on June 24, 2015
In Hooksett, Pataki showed no qualms about $1 trillion budget for nuclear arms and blamed inflated costs of private nuclear contractors on "big government." Read More
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Olivia Zink on June 22, 2015
olivia asks about crony capitalism
Olivia asked Jim Gilmore about "crony capitalism" at a WMUR "Conversation with the Candidate" program. The Virgina governor said " We have to expose who is influencing who," and that "transparency is the best answer." Read More
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Hector Salamanca Arroyo on June 22, 2015
Senator Jim Webb visited Des Moines, IA and was asked a question about companies running for-profit prisons impacting immigration policy and what he would do to limit their influence. Read More
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Diego Salamanca on June 18, 2015
Governor Jeb Bush was asked about immigrant detention in Pella, IA. Read More
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Eric Zulaski on June 18, 2015
A group of bird dogs raised multiple questions with presidential candidate, Carly Fiorina, about what she would do to create a government that represents the people's interest instead of the interests of corporations like Pentagon contractors and the prison-industrial complex. Fiorina admitted "there are loads of places where we have undue influence in the political process through lobbying," but didn't offer much in the way of solutions Read More
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Rob on June 17, 2015
Corporations that run prisons and detention centers "get paid if the beds are filled," Hillary Clinton said. Read More
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Kevin Rutledge on June 14, 2015
Senator Bernie Sanders Indianola Iowa 6-14-15 AFSC Governing Under the Influence
Senator Bernie Sanders addresses massive waste within the complicated military industrial complex when asked about what he'll do to make the public interest a priority over private interest. "So if you wanted to ask me ‘Well gee, how much money do we spend on this? How much money do we spend on that?’ The truth is, in many ways nobody really knows that.” Read More
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Katherine Thorndike on June 14, 2015
Event in Sandwich, NH. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, RI a possible Presidential Candidate was in attendance along with Carol Shea-Porter and representatives from the campaigns of Clinton, Sanders and O'Malley. Read More
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Linda Garrison on June 10, 2015
In Iowa, I asked Dr. Carson a question about governing under the influence of money. My lesson learned: be ready to be called on with a clear question that requires specificity in its answer. Be ready to record that answer. Get bird-dog training. Read More
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Amy on June 10, 2015
Corporate Lobbying
I asked Carly Fiorina what she would do to level the playing field so the voice of working class people could be heard over the voice of powerful corporations. Read More
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John on June 09, 2015
Carly Fiorina opposes any change to the Constitution and says reducing the size of government will end "crony capitalism." Read More
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Elizabeth on June 08, 2015
I asked Chris Christie about what he would do to prevent corporate lobbyists from dictating immigration policies like the immigrant detention quota, which guarantees profits for private prison corporations. He said we have to shine a light on lobbying for political influence. Ultimately the veto power of the President of the United States needs to be a backstop to this problem. If he were president, he'd say, "You know what, I’m simply not going to let policy be made that way.” Read More
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Olivia Zink on June 8, 2015
Ted Cruz and Olivia Zink on WMUR
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz responded readily to an AFSC question about ending crony capitalism at last week’s WMUR-ABC “Conversation with the Candidate.” "Taking on crony capitalism is critical," Cruz said. Read More
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