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Do tax cuts promote growth? Part MCXIV

The world's economists have been arguing over this question for decades. Which is odd, because the evidence is rather clear on this point. Corporate …

New report: how Finnish multinationals use tax havens

Our partners at Finnwatch have just published an <b>important new report</b> looking at the activity of Finnish multinational corporations in tax havens. The …

Time to abolish the corporate tax? Part 2: Only fools or shills would agree

Yesterday we <b>posted a blog</b> looking at a New York Times editorial entitled <b>Abolish the Corporate Income Tax</b>, exposing many of the numerous fallacies and …

Inequality watch: top tenth of UK population have 850 times the share of the bottom tenth

<i>Update April 2014: for information on Inequality and Democracy see here.</i><br>The true shocker is in the headline. From a blog by <b>John Hills</b> at the London …

Washington's cynical misinformation game

In most of our country’s major institutions, we have little tolerance for cheating and lying. Whether it’s the court system, schools, businesses, …

Both of the highlighted portions of text in this image are supposed to describe the same thing — lobbying activity by a D.C.-based firm on behalf of Louisiana's Xavier University. Why is the publicly disclosed version so sparse? More on that here: http://bit.ly/1tLZTFq

Democrats embrace 'McCutcheon' decision

Senate Democrats have embraced a new big-money fundraising vehicle — after repeatedly blasting the U.S. Supreme Court decision that made it possible …

How much money can a lobbyist make?

Everyone knows most federal lobbyists aren't going hungry. But how much pay does one lobbyist truly command?<p>You won't find the answer in federal …

Who's buying the Senate?

Who's buying up TV air time in a race to control the Senate?

As "social welfare" nonprofits, groups like Patriot Majority USA and Americans for Prosperity are forbidden from making election-related advocacy their "primary purpose." But as you can see from the thousands of TV ads each group is buying, these two organizations are among the nation’s most powerful political forces. We've profiled both dark money groups as part of our "Buying the Senate" series: Pro-Democrat Patriot Majority USA: http://bit.ly/1CpEat1 Pro-Republican Americans for Prosperity: http://bit.ly/1CtywWI

GOP’s Senate hopes energized by Koch network ad blitz

The secretive political network of conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch has aired more than 43,900 television ads this election cycle in …

The ‘Citizens United’ decision and why it matters

By now most folks know that the U.S. Supreme Court did something that changed how money can be spent in elections and by whom, but what happened and …

Homeowners steamrolled as Florida courts clear foreclosure backlog

Florida Circuit Court Judge Diana Lewis was in a hurry. She had 93 foreclosure cases before her in the next two hours and she made it clear that she …

Koch foundation proposal to college: Teach our curriculum, get millions

In 2007, when the Charles Koch Foundation considered giving millions of dollars to Florida State University’s economics department, the offer came …

Investigating Florida's parallel legal system for foreclosures

Defense motions that disappear after 60 days, unelected judges meant to rule on a quarter of a million cases a year, original documents gone missing …

Legend of K Street Helped Industry Boom

Thomas Hale Boggs Jr. was a huge force in the lobbying industry. (PattonBoggs.com)<p>It’s hard to overstate the significance to K Street of the death of …

RT @SpauldingCC: How to hide the sources of $60 million to influence elections #PriceWePay @RobertMaguire_ of @OpenSecretsDC explains. http…

Fox News Aired Nearly 1,100 Benghazi Segments Across 5 Programs, Study Finds

NEW YORK -- Benghazi is back in the spotlight this week, as the House on Wednesday begins its select committee hearings on the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks. But given that conservative media have claimed for more than two years that the Obama administration orchestrated a cover-up of critical …