Corporations

By: Hector Salamanca Arroyo on June 22, 2015
Senator Jim Webb visited Des Moines, IA and was asked a question about companies running for-profit prisons impacting immigration policy and what he would do to limit their influence.
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By: Diego Salamanca on June 18, 2015
Governor Jeb Bush was asked about immigrant detention in Pella, IA.
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By: Eric Zulaski on June 18, 2015
A group of bird dogs raised multiple questions with presidential candidate, Carly Fiorina, about what she would do to create a government that represents the people's interest instead of the interests of corporations like Pentagon contractors and the prison-industrial complex. Fiorina admitted "there are loads of places where we have undue influence in the political process through lobbying," but didn't offer much in the way of solutions
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By: Rob on June 17, 2015
Corporations that run prisons and detention centers "get paid if the beds are filled," Hillary Clinton said.
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By: Kevin Rutledge on June 14, 2015
Senator Bernie Sanders Indianola Iowa 6-14-15 AFSC Governing Under the Influence
Senator Bernie Sanders addresses massive waste within the complicated military industrial complex when asked about what he'll do to make the public interest a priority over private interest. "So if you wanted to ask me ‘Well gee, how much money do we spend on this? How much money do we spend on that?’ The truth is, in many ways nobody really knows that.”
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By: Linda Garrison on June 10, 2015
In Iowa, I asked Dr. Carson a question about governing under the influence of money. My lesson learned: be ready to be called on with a clear question that requires specificity in its answer. Be ready to record that answer. Get bird-dog training.
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By: Amy on June 10, 2015
Corporate Lobbying
I asked Carly Fiorina what she would do to level the playing field so the voice of working class people could be heard over the voice of powerful corporations.
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By: Olivia Zink on June 8, 2015
Ted Cruz and Olivia Zink on WMUR
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz responded readily to an AFSC question about ending crony capitalism at last week’s WMUR-ABC “Conversation with the Candidate.” "Taking on crony capitalism is critical," Cruz said.
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By: Hector Salamanca Arroyo on June 6, 2015
Senator Marco Rubio was asked about the relationship between for-profit prisons and the influence they have on immigration policy at his town hall meeting in Ames, IA.
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By: Kevin Rutledge on June 5, 2015
AFSC GUI Senator Lindsey Graham West Des Moines Iowa 6-5 Citizens United Constitutional Amendment Pentagon
Sen. Lindsey Graham wants a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and end unlimited campaign contributions or else “it’s gonna ruin the political process”. Would this apply to Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and other top Pentagon contractors in the military industrial complex who use their corporate influence to drive public policy?
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