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

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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How’s that for irony: Well-funded lobbyists ‘taking on big money in politics’

By   /  June 25, 2014  /  Lobbying, News, State Lobbying, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

GET THE MONEY OUT: One of the best-funded and most influential lobbying organizations in Vermont wants to 'take on big money in politics.'

The irony of one of Vermont’s most influential and well-funded lobbying organizations speaking out against lobbyists and political funding may be lost on some. For others, it’s impossible to miss.

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State of corruption: Mississippi worst in the nation

By   /  June 13, 2014  /  Business, Economy, Kentucky, Legislature, Lobbying, Local Government, Local News, Louisiana, Mississippi, News, State House, State Lobbying, State Politics, State Senate, Tennessee, transportation, Uncategorized, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

WELCOME, WHERE'S YOUR MONEY: Thoroughfares, including Interstate 20, i-59 and I-10 in Mississippi could have toll booths if a White House transportation bill passes, opening the way for tolls on America's interstates.

Mississippi has finally got a top ranking among the states. Problem is, it’s an achievement the state can do without.

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