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By: 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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By: Hector Salamanca Arroyo on February 6, 2016
When I asked Governor Gilmore about the issue of the defense industry corporations influencing our political process, he stated we should have more disclosure when it comes to lobbying.
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By: Kevin Rutledge on February 6, 2016
Marco Rubio ignored a question on Pentagon contractors and banning the revolving door because he said I keep asking him this question.
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By: Elias Tyrrel-Walker on February 4, 2016
I asked Ted Cruz what specific steps he would take to prevent corporate cronyism under his administration. While he applauded my question, he did not provide any particular strategies to reduce corruption.
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By: David Erikson on February 2, 2016
Jeb discussed the Citizens United ruling.
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By: Hector Salamanca Arroyo on February 1, 2016
At a town hall event at Drake University in Des Moines Iowa, Governor Christie stated he would be happy to look over 34,000 immigrant detention mandate.
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By: David Erikson on February 1, 2016
Asked about intervention, arms merchants and campaign finance reform, John Kasich said "faulty intelligence" was to blame in Iraq war vote. Democrats were at fault in Libya. And arms merchants don't influence congress. He doesn't like big money in politics.
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By: Hector Salamanca Arroyo on January 28, 2016
When asked whether or not she would have a cabinet free of people who have made careers out of the revolving door, Carly Fiorina gave a short "No".
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By: Kevin Rutledge on January 22, 2016
“People go in but they never come out, they never leave,” said Mike Huckabee at a private round table discussion on big money in politics while referring to a lifetime ban on the revolving door between Congress and lobbyists.
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By: Hector Salamanca Arroyo on January 16, 2016
When asked about the Military Industrial Complex by GUI volunteer Marlu Abarca, Christie replies "I'll talk about that".
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