Arnie Alpert on October 10, 2015
Neither Senator Lindsey Graham nor his friend, Senator John McCain, are aware of a budget provision that requires 34,000 "detention beds" for incarcerated immigrants. Senator McCain also professed no knowledge of for-profit immigrant detention centers in his home state, Arizona. Read More
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Hector Salamanca Arroyo on October 8, 2015
In Indianola, IA, Christian Ucles asked Governor Jeb Bush a question on the immigrant detention mandate and corporations driving federal policy. Governor Bush stated Congress can not dictate the detention of immigrants and that he did not know enough of the detention mandate. Read More
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Connie on October 07, 2015
Marco Rubio
Asked about the increasing influence of corporations and wealthy donors in the wake of the Citizens United decision, Marco Rubio equated campaign donations with free speech. Read More
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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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Curtis C. Smith on October 02, 2015
On October 2, John Kasich supported Obama's $1 trillion plan to upgrade US nuclear forces, but also implied some military spending decisions get made on narrow political grounds rather than on security needs. Read More
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Hector Salamanca Arroyo on September 28, 2015
GUI Volunteer Hannah Armentrout asked Senator Ted Cruz a question on the Military Industrial complex, at his Iowa Headquarters opening. Senator Cruz responded by stating there are long term politicians who get into bed with lobbyists that grow government, which impacts the defense industry. Senator Cruz stated "there is a lot of pork and corporate welfare in the defense budget. You see for example members of congress adding items to the defense budget that the military doesn't even want but that a lobbyist is pressing for." Read More
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Erika McCroskey on September 28, 2015
When questioned about the nuclear arms race and his plan to end it even with the huge amount of money weapons contractors are making, Governor O'Malley stated "Well first of all, we should only give the military what they ask for and not what the politicians want to give them." Read More
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Will Thomas on September 25, 2015
Asked about spending on "guns" or "butter," Sen. Rand Paul said he wants to spend less on both. Read More
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Linda Lundberg on September 19, 2015
In Ames, Iowa Senator Graham fielded a question about corporate influence in the governing process. Read More
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Elizabeth Ropp on September 19, 2015
Asked about the immigrant detention quota and the role of for-profit prisons, Sen. Bernie Sanders said he had just introduced legislation to shut down the private prison industry. "We don't want to provide a perverse incentive to see more people in jail," he said. Read More
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