Congresswoman asks Reddit users to help her donors ‘rebrand’ net neutrality

By   /  August 25, 2014  /  Campaign Finance, Lobbying, National, News, Politics, Regulations, Technology  /  No Comments

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One of Silicon Valley’s congresswomen is appealing to Reddit users to help her protect the bottom lines of her largest campaign contributors, including Google, as she seeks to become the top Democrat on one of the oldest and most powerful committees in Congress.

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$5.53 billion Kemper Project’s genesis a tangled path

By   /  July 28, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Government Regulation, Lobbying, Mississippi, News, Politics, Public Utilities, State House, State Senate, Technology  /  No Comments

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By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
It’s a $5.53 billion sentinel, rising above and overlooking the pine forests north of Meridian, Miss., in Kemper County.
How did it get here, this enormous steel structure, called at the same time the state’s biggest boondoogle and a great technological leap forward, a force capable of supplying the state’s energy needs for the [...]

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Financial reports show divide in GOP over Mississippi’s U.S. Senate race

By   /  July 11, 2014  /  Campaign Finance, Lobbying, Mississippi, News, Politics, State Senate, U.S. Senate  /  No Comments

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By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
Campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission for Mississippi’s U.S. Senate race show a stark divide between the tea party and GOP establishment.
Six-term incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, who won the runoff by 7,667 votes, received more than $4 million in contributions, with 54 percent of that coming from individual contributors. Cochran [...]

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New Mississippi law helps gun owners shoot down local bans

By   /  July 9, 2014  /  Government Regulation, Legislature, Lobbying, Local Government, Politics, Regulations, State House, State Politics  /  No Comments

PHOTO BY: Steve Wilson

A new law in Mississippi is giving gun owners ammunition to fight gun bans in government buildings.

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Millions in MN taxpayer funding goes for local government lobbying

By   /  July 7, 2014  /  Legislature, Lobbying, Local Government, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments

DOWN TO THE TOWNSHIP: All but 2 of MN's 1,783 townships pay dues to support a lobbyist in St. Paul, including $84 from Sunrise Township residents who still vote in the oldest building still holding government meetings in the state.
Township of Sunrise photo.

Local governments in Minnesota burned through more than $8 million in taxpayer-funded lobbying last year, up more than 3 percent over 2012, according to a new state report.

A Watchdog Minnesota Bureau analysis indicates the practice has become so ingrained that every Minnesota taxpayer likely funds at least one local government entity to lobby another level of government.

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State auditor: Mississippi working to erase ‘corruption’ label

By   /  July 1, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Legislature, Lobbying, Local Government, Mississippi, Misuse of funds, News, Politics, State Elections, State House, State Politics, Transparency  /  No Comments

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A recent study labeled Mississippi as the nation’s most corrupt state, but state auditor Stacey Pickering says it should get credit for its efforts to fight corruption.

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