Corporations

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: Kevin Rutledge on February 10, 2016
Within a few hours before the Iowa Caucus, we talked with three candidates in Des Moines. Martin O’Malley called for openness, transparency and accountability in the Defense Department. Rick Santorum learned more about the immigrant detention quota and for-profit prisons. Jeb Bush wants to modernize the nuclear triad with an aspiration of reducing nuclear armaments.
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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: Austin Henshaw on January 25, 2016
"There is an incentive to keep those prisons going. It's one of the fastest growing businesses we have," said Dr. Ben Carson on private prisons lobbying millions of dollars to incarcerate more people on Sunday Jan. 25th in Ames, Iowa. He continued by saying we need to change rules for mandatory incarceration rules and non-violent offenders.
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By: Austin Henshaw on January 25, 2016
Marco Rubio is open to private prisons if they save taxpayers money, but acknowledged all of them might not be up to standard as state and federal government run-prisons. He said if they weren't fulfilling their purpose, he is open to them potentially being shut down.
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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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By: Rebecca Aguilar on January 14, 2016
Bernie Sanders opposes the one trillion nuclear weapons plan and addresses wasteful spending in the Department of Defense. “I don’t know what the world looks like at the end of 2,000 nuclear weapons going off. I don’t know that you’ll need another 3,000. You know what we could do for education with 30 billion dollars a year?"
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