Stories of elected officials selling influence to special interests have become a fact of life in American politics. But there are still some public officials whom voters typically expect to be immune from the influence of donors.
Local governments want to set their own minimum wages, gun laws, and smoking bans. And statehouses have methodically stripped away their powers to do so.
On Sept. 27, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in the lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) brought by industry and state attorneys general. New revelations shine some light on the shady origin of this legal effort to prevent climate action.
The coal industry paid for meetings with state attorneys general to discuss fighting the Clean Power Plan.
Trump appeared at a struggling school privately managed by a for-profit company led by an education privatization proponent with ties to the right-wing American Legislative Education Council (ALEC) and a track record that’s been criticized by even national charter school advocates.
Murray Energy Corp. made a $250,000 donation to the Republican Attorneys General Association last year and, in return, the coal mining company’s chief executive got a closed-door meeting with state prosecutors to discuss the Obama administration’s regulation of power plants.
Just one week before Republican state attorneys general asked federal courts to reject the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, they met privately — for a handsome fee — with energy companies Murray Energy and Southern Company.
Private meetings with the attorneys general cost up to $125,000.
The Justice Department’s inspector general slammed the National Security Division’s lax enforcement of foreign lobbying reviews in a long-awaited report today.
The battle over charter school expansion in Massachusetts is being waged on multiple fronts: for and against ballot question 2, which would lift the statewide cap on charter school expansion, and into legislative races.