Lobbyists

By: Arnie Alpert on May 18, 2015
Arnie hands whistle to Christie
Last week I asked Chris Christie how we can keep for-profit prison companies from running our immigration policy. He said "we need to blow the whistle" if policy is being driven by the dictates of private profit. So I went to see him again this week. After his speech in Portsmouth, I gave him a copy of our paper on the immigrant detention quota. And I handed him a whistle.
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By: Eric Zulaski on May 11, 2015
I asked Dr. Carson how we can prevent corporate lobbyists from dictating immigration policies like the immigrant detention quota system. He agreed that it is a problem. Dr. Carson said, "When you go and you look under the hood, you just want to turn and shut it back down. It’s full of worms and maggots."
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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: John on May 8, 2015
Lockheed Terrorizes the World
Asked about Lockheed-Martin's practice of using taxpayer dollars to lobby for more nuclear weapons contracts, Gov. Chris Christie found a way to blame the problem on President Obama. However, he did acknowledge that the Justice Department ought to look into allegations of illegal actions by weapons contractors.
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By: Elizabeth on April 30, 2015
Elizabeth attended Carly Fiorina's talk on national security sponsored by Americans for Peace Prosperity and Security. In response to Elizabeth's question, Fiorina agreed there is cronyism between the Pentagon and weapons contractors.
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By: Arnie Alpert on April 25, 2015

Pentagon reliance on private contractors creates an incentive for war, Lawrence Wilkerson told several New Hampshire audiences on a recent speaking tour.  Wilkerson, a retired US Army Colonel who served as Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, said the military-industrial-complex has become "the principal influence on national security and ultimately on foreign policy decision-making." 

“If it’s going to change, it’s going to require you,” Wilkerson said.  “It’s going to require the American people getting sick and tired of their republic getting stolen by the few, by the wealthy few, by the plutocracy.“

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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: Kevin Rutledge on April 17, 2015
Hillary Clinton AFSC Iowa Banners

We tried to ask Hillary Clinton a follow up question on immigrant detention bed mandates during her first trip to Iowa.  Instead, state, national and international reporters following presidential candidates found us. 

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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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