Olivia Zink on April 14, 2015
Christie at IOP
After his speech on entitlement reform at St. Anselm's Institute of Politics, Gov. Christie said he had taken on crony capitalism in New Jersey. Read More
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Connie on April 13, 2015
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., takes questions from residents during a town hall meeting Wednesday evening at Turbocam in Barrington. Shawn St.Hilaire/Staff photographer
At a "town hall" meeting in Barrington NH, Sen. Lindsey Graham had a dynamic back-and-forth with several local residents concerned about Supreme Court decisions that said that corporations have the same rights as people, and that money equals speech. Sen. Graham said he agrees a Constitutional Amendment is needed. Read More
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Kevin Rutledge on April 10, 2015
Senator Rand Paul Iowa City Ignore Question
After presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul spoke at University of Iowa and said "Every war is not a good war to be involved in," I tried to ask a question on his amendment for a $190 billion increase to the Pentagon budget in 2016, but he turned away. Given the influence of the military industrial complex on public policy, I hope others will have the chance to raise this question at future events. Read More
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Kevin Rutledge on April 9, 2015
Senator Rick Santorum Autograph Baseball
When asked about private prisons lobbyists and profiting from mass-incarceration, Senator Rick Santorum responds "Do we need to have as many people in jail again?" Read More
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Kathleen McQuillen on April 09, 2015
O’Malley: “What? Where are they? …We don’t have private prisons in Maryland.” I don’t support private prisons.” Read More
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Kevin Rutledge on April 9, 2015
“Nobody would be in favor of seeing children warehoused by the federal government,” said former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee in response to my follow-up question about immigrant children being detained for profit. Read More
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Arnie Alpert on April 9, 2015
Martin Gilens at PSU

Research by Martin Gilens finds that the views of ordinary people have had little impact on government policy, while the views of wealthy individuals and the positions of corporate lobbying groups have been reflected in a wide range of political decisions.  That may be true, but we have a chance to break the pattern this year in Iowa and New Hampshire.   

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Arnie Alpert on April 6, 2015
immigrant detention profits CCA

We've been asking all the candidates about a federal budget mandate that sets a quota for detention of immigrants, many of whom are held in for-profit prisons.  So far all we've gotten in response are variations on "I'll look into it." 

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Judy on April 03, 2015

The disparity between public interest and private profits was emphasized April 3rd at the Open Secrets blog. According to the blog post, Management and Training Corporation is one of the big three in private corrections, along with Corrections Corporation of American and the GEO Group. Open Secrets says that these three companies spent $2 million on Congressional lobbying in 2014. Their money distorts public policy to benefit their own profits. 

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Eric Zulaski on April 1, 2015
I asked Donald Trump what he would do to keep crony capitalism from corrupting our economy and our government. Read More
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