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By: Olivia Zink on May 8, 2015
Kasich at WMUR
Olivia asked John Kasich about "crony capitalism" at a WMUR "Conversation with the Candidate" program. The Ohio governor said " I do not like a system where billionaires can decide who will be the next president," and expressed interested in continued discussion of reforms.
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By: David on May 6, 2015
A long-time small business owner questions Kasich about how much influence in Washington.
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By: Kevin Rutledge on April 24, 2015
Scott Walker Selfie Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Does Governor Scott Walker think it’s unconstitutional to pass local resolutions to overturn Citizens United and end unlimited campaign spending on elections?
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By: Matt Nosco on April 23, 2015
Carly Fiorina 2014 - Photo by Gage Skidmore
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will be throwing her name in the Presidential hopeful ring in the coming weeks. When I asked her about the excessive corporate influence from Pentagon contractors like Northrop Grumman in the political system during her rally in Ames, she responded, "Here's my formula: Either everyone gets to play or no one gets to play."
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By: Arnie Alpert on April 20, 2015
William Hartung at Mancheste talk

In 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower warned Americans that the rise of “a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions" posed a grave threat to American democracy.  Fifty-four years later, the warning still rings true.  As William Hartung explained on a recent New Hampshire speaking tour, corporations that earn billions from contracts to sell weapons to the Pentagon keep the profits flowing with campaign donations, lobbyists, a lucrative revolving door for military officers and civilian government officials, and even major gifts to the charities favored by the spouses of key members of Congress.  Eisenhower's call for an "alert and knowledgable citizenry" has as much urgency as ever.  

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By: Olivia Zink on April 17, 2015
Olivia asked Carly Fiorina about "crony capitalism" at a WMUR "Conversation with the Candidate" program.
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By: Elizabeth on April 16, 2015
I asked Rick Perry what he would do to prevent crony capitalism from corrupting our economy and our government. He dodged the question. I continued to push the issue from my seat in the audience.
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By: 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.
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By: 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.
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By: 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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