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The Real Washington Elites

  • Posted on: 18 February 2010
  • By: admin

The term “Washington Elites” gets used a lot, often in vague terms by right-wing politicians to stoke popular anger. Ever want to know… who are these “Washington Elites?” A recent story by The Hill Newspaper starts to dial in the reality for the rest of us.

The real “Washington Elites” are big corporate influence peddlers, many of whom used to “serve” us in government while we paid them to prepare for a career in being another lobbyist.

Polluters Charles and David Koch don't deny it: they fund front groups to deny climate science

  • Posted on: 17 February 2010
  • By: admin

On Friday, I had the pleasure of receiving a surprising e-mail from the head of communications for Koch Industries, a massive oil and chemical corporation and the second-largest privately held company in America.

The e-mail was from the chief spokesperson for Koch Industries, a woman named Melissa. To my shock, Melissa didn’t deny that the corporation does in fact pay an industry front group millions of dollars to perpetuate the dirty energy economy and obfuscate the truth about climate science.

Exxon Continues to Bankroll the Denial Machine

  • Posted on: 12 February 2010
  • By: admin

Exxon Mobil used to say that it stopped funding fringe groups and "unthinking tanks" that denied the overwhelming evidence behind global warming and pushed out thousands of non-credible, non-sourced, industry-funded and unscientific research to raise doubts about climate change.

But whoops! New evidence has appeared that Exxon is in fact dumping money into these "research institutes."

Industry: – Let Us Do the Dirty Work

  • Posted on: 10 February 2010
  • By: admin

Polluter Harmony Ad: Jeff's Story

With the Federal government shut down by back to back record breaking blizzards, members of Congress are huddled at home, wandering the internet, perhaps looking for a match made in heaven. Across town in the K Street frat houses, hoards of hungry lobbyists, unable to pursue their desired prey on foot, also resort to the internet, looking for love.

Oil Lobbyists Ecstatic Over Supreme Court's Corporate Giveaway of Our Democracy

  • Posted on: 5 February 2010
  • By: admin

PolluterWatch Asks Byron Dorgan for Answers on Post-Senate Employment

  • Posted on: 27 January 2010
  • By: admin

PolluterWatch Director Kert Davies sent a letter to Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) urging him to release information about any conversations he may have had with lobbying firms or other potential employers regarding a job once he retires from the Senate early next year. In the letter Davies also calls on Dorgan to state unequivocally that he will refrain from engaging prospective employers and focus solely on his work as a Senator throughout the remainder of his term.

Senator Byron Dorgan
322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-3405

Flowers for Murkowski and Holmstead

  • Posted on: 22 January 2010
  • By: admin

The Dirty Air Act: A DC Love Story

Well she did it! Lisa Murkowski finally got the "Holmstead-Martella Dirty Air Act" introduced. She brought it to the floor yesterday despite the wave of negative attention she's received over the past week from the media, environmental groups and ethics watchdogs for allowing dirty industry lobbyists to write legislation for her while at the same time directing their clients to contribute $50,000 to her campaign fund.