We've been asking all the candidates about a federal budget mandate that sets a quota for detention of immigrants, many of whom are held in for-profit prisons. So far all we've gotten in response are variations on "I'll look into it."
Barbara asked Senator Paul "What will you do to end the revolving door between congress and lobbyists?"
Senator Paul replied "We actually have rules, but they get around the rules somehow, because all money is fungible."
Listen to their exchange below.
George Pataki fielded questions from NH residents on WMUR's program Conversations with the Candidate. Olivia got to ask him what he would do to end the political influence that corporations wield with revolving door lobbyists.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) chatted with guests at a book signing he held this past Friday in West Des Moines, Iowa. I was able to have a brief conversation with the Senator regarding his thoughts on lobbying, specifically whether or not he believed that corporations should be able to use profits earned from government contracts to lobby the government for more government contracts.
When Rick Perry was questioned about being a member of the board of directors of a major energy corporation trying to build an oil pipeline through Iowa, he responded "I think that's, I think that's irrelevant frankly."
John Raby met up with Governor George Pataki at Village Pizza in Newport. They talked about the revolving door between Congress and lobbying firms, the connection between Citizens United and the money flooding the electoral system, and John's concerns about the over-militarization of our society.
Gov. George Pataki chatted with 3 Quaker activists about money in politics. Gov. Pataki called for closing the "revolving door," limiting outside campaign spending, and closing loopholes that allow the wealthiest Americans to pay low tax rates.
Wealth and power, bargains and proceedings, worldly policy and order. That pretty much sums up the way our public officials get chosen, the way laws get made, and the way judges determine what is acceptable. We can throw up our hands and accept the status quo as inevitable, perhaps even clothe it in the name of justice. Or we can find a way to use of lives and our voices.