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Arnie Alpert on April 4, 2016

From October 2014 to the Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire Primary 16 months later, AFSC trained more than 1200 people to talk with the presidential candidatesquestions about the excessive influence of Pentagon contractors, the for-profit prison industry, and a corrupt system that enables powerful corporations to drive American policy toward their own interests.  Together, we asked the candidates more than 400 questions and documented many of them on this website.  These "bird dogging" efforts, combined with the use of our giant banners and other educational activities, helped turn the political discourse toward urgent issues that might have otherwise been ignored.

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Arnie Alpert on February 1, 2016

You can send suggested questions to the moderators for the next Democratic debate, February 4 at UNH Durham, hosted by MSNBC. 

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Miranda Myers on January 27, 2016

Tweet the moderators of the next #GOPdebate in Iowa about Governing Under the Influence! You can encourage the debate moderators to ask the candidates about the excessive political influence of the military-industrial complex and the for-profit prison industry.

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Judy Elliott on January 21, 2016

After more than a dozen conversations with presidential candidates, Judy Elliott has been disappointed with the superficial discussion of nuclear weapons policy at campaign events.  But she was pleasantly surprised by the comments of foreign policy experts at a forum sponsored by the Charles Koch Institute.   This article was first published in the Concord Monitor

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Miranda Myers on January 15, 2016

Here are some sample GUI questions we are tweeting to the #DemDebate moderator, @LesterHoltNBC.

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Arnie Alpert on January 13, 2016

The National Rifle Association, the nation's primary lobby for unrestricted ownership of firearms, but it's not just a gun-owners group.  It also represents the interests of corporations that make and sell fireams.  And they donate liberally to keep the NRA in business. 

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Miranda Myers on January 12, 2016

Tweet the moderators of the next #GOPdebate about Governing Under the Influence!

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Arnie Alpert on January 12, 2016

Wars and instability in the Middle East and other regions have driven the number of refugees to all-time highs.  The global crisis has also created new opportunities for the armaments industry, which continues to use its undue influence to get more contracts.   In this article, first published by TruthOut, Arnie Alpert shows how more arms contribute to more crises and more refugees and argues we need to break the cycle. 

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Hedrick Smith on January 04, 2016

In this guest blog from Hedrick Smith, the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist explains how corporations have used their political influence to preserve loopholes in the tax codes.  "Inversions, promoted by Wall Street banks that pocketed $1 billion in fees, are the newest gimmick in a long-term trend that has eroded America’s corporate tax base," Smith writes.  "Since the 1950s, the corporate share of federal tax revenues has fallen steeply from over 30% to just 10% percent today – thanks, not only to a lower corporate tax rate but to $1.2 trillion in corporate tax loopholes passed by Congress."  See more at ReclaimTheAmericanDream.org.  

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Kevin Rutledge on December 18, 2015

Caroline Isaacs, AFSC Arizona Program Director, was on a recent Iowa speaking tour titled “Who Profits from Immigrant Detention and Mass Incarceration?” on Dec. 7-9. She educated first-in-the-nation caucus goers about the problematic private prison industry and immigrant detention centers, encouraging them to question presidential candidates about these issues leading up to the Iowa Caucus on February 1.

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