Lobbyists

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: Elizabeth on June 8, 2015
I asked Chris Christie about what he would do to prevent corporate lobbyists from dictating immigration policies like the immigrant detention quota, which guarantees profits for private prison corporations. He said we have to shine a light on lobbying for political influence. Ultimately the veto power of the President of the United States needs to be a backstop to this problem. If he were president, he'd say, "You know what, I’m simply not going to let policy be made that way.”
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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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By: Charlie on June 2, 2015
At a Concord NH retirement community, Governor George Pataki discussed banning members of Congress from becoming lobbyists and whether such a ban could be extended to Congressional staff.
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By: Kevin Rutledge on May 30, 2015
Martin O'Malley Iowa For-Profit Prisons
The same day Gov. Martin O’Malley announces he's running for president, we announce questions and educate Gov. O’Malley about for-profit prisons lobbying millions of dollars during a meet and greet in his new Des Moines, IA office.
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By: Arnie Alpert on May 30, 2015
GUI banners at Weirs Beach
GUI bird dogs and banneristas greeted hundreds of Republicans and two presidential candidates by the Weirs Beach boardwalk. Governor George Pataki told me he would block former Cabinet members, and retired generals and admirals from becoming corporate lobbyists, just as he would for former members of Congress.
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By: Miranda Myers on May 29, 2015
Gale Taylor and Jeb Bush at WMUR
Gale asked Jeb Bush, "Please tell me your opinion on the Citizens United decision?" The former Florida governor said, "I don't understand it, to be honest with you." He went on to offer a few words on money, transparency, and the prospects for change.
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By: Eric Zulaski on May 21, 2015
Lindsey Graham Walk and Talk
Presidential candidate, Senator Lindsey Graham, did a "walk and talk" in downtown Manchester, NH. Governing Under the Influence activists rose to the occasion and delivered the message that we do not want a system governed under the influence of Pentagon contractors, for-profit prisons and corporate lobbyists in general. Several people asked questions.
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