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Eric Zulaski on December 16, 2015
Ask the candidates via twitter

Do you tweet? Join us in urging debate moderators to ask at least one question about the corrosive effect of big money and corporate influence in politics.

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Eric Zulaski on December 16, 2015

Elizabeth Ropp actively participates in the New Hampshire Primary, going inside town hall meetings to bird-dog presidential candidates with pointed questions and demonstrating outside against a government under the influence of giant corporations. Learn more about what she has done and what motivates her.

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Olivia Zink on December 7, 2015

With two presidential candidate debates scheduled to air in the upcoming week—Republicans on December 15th, and Democrats on the 19th, we are anxious for moderators to ask and candidates to answer questions about how they can end the system of governing under the influence. 

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Arnie Alpert on November 30, 2015

The National Defense Authorization Act, passed by Congress and signed by President Obama, opens federal coffers for design and construction of new nuclear weapons and the planes, missiles, and submarines designed to deliver them to targets all over the world.  It's a classic case of "governing under the influence" of the military-industrial-complex. 

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Eric Zulaski on November 18, 2015
People power over corporate power

REPORT: Peace and justice activists are shining a spotlight the political influence of Pentagon contractors and the for-profit prison industry. Through our incomparable access to presidential candidates in New Hampshire and Iowa, we are interrupting politics-as-usual and putting people above corporate profits.

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Arnie Alpert on November 2, 2015

Five years of lobbying and donations to more than 200 key members of Congress paid off big for Northrop Grumman, which last week won a huge Pentagon contract for a new bomber, designed to deliver two types of thermonuclear weapons.  

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Kevin Rutledge on November 2, 2015
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson Pentagon contractors driving U.S. foreign policy? Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

Lawrence Wilkerson, retired U.S. Army colonel and former chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, was on a speaking tour with AFSC's GUI project in Iowa to educate first-in-the-nation caucus goers about the excessive political influence from private weapons manufacturers in the decision making process. These manufacturers earn tremendous profits from multi-billion dollar contracts for seemingly interminable war.

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Arnie Alpert on October 4, 2015

The military spending bill working its way through Congress includes an endorsement of the trillion nuclear weapons overhaul and includes a special fund to cover the cost of a fleet of new submarines with nuclear firepower sufficient to destroy the world several times over.  It's no surprise that the firms which stand to get the contracts are big contributors to a key member of the House Armed Service Committee.   

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John Lindsay-Poland on September 16, 2015

Lockheed Martin, Oshkosh, AM General, and Textron are among the corporations profiting off deadly conflict in Mexico.  While the war is purportedly between the state and drug traffickers, Mexican police, military and civilian institutions are deeply involved in protecting drug trafficking organizations, and many of those killed, tortured, or disappeared are Mexican and Central American families who have nothing to do with the drugs trade. European and U.S. governments and arms producers are well aware of the Mexican government’s involvement in widespread abuses, which is well documented, but the weapons keep flowing.

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Judy Elliott on September 04, 2015

Lockheed Martin got caught using taxpayer funds to lobby for more nuclear weapons contracts at the Sandia Labs.   That's illegal.  But sadly, weapons contractors have plenty of lawful ways to access the public trough. 

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