Corporations

By: Jim on April 17, 2015
Jim attended a lecture by Rep. Peter T. King (R, NY) at Franklin Pierce University on April 17, 2015 and asked about the influence of corporations that profit from building weapons of mass destruction.
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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: 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.
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By: 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?"
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By: Kathleen McQuillen on April 9, 2015
O’Malley: “What? Where are they? …We don’t have private prisons in Maryland.” I don’t support private prisons.”
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By: 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.
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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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