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August 19 2012

surveyork
07:21

Between 2006-2012 (so far) the Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate (F.I.R.E.) sector has invested a total of $4.2 billion in political power and influence including:

    • $829 million in congressional campaign contributions
    • $181 million in presidential campaign contributions
    • $2.8 billion in lobbying with over 18,400 lobbyists
  • Wall Street has spent $1,331 dollars per minute, every minute since 2006, to gain political influence.
  • F.I.R.E. sector campaign contributions and heavy lobbying of both parties are used to foster industry-loyal voting practices in Congress.
  • An average of 74% Senate Finance Committee votes matched the F.I.R.E. industry lobby position for seven bills examined; the total Senate’s average ‘industry loyalty rate’ matched the F.I.R.E. lobby position 66% of the time for the same bills.
  • To ‘put out the F.I.R.E.’ voters must expose and challenge the toxic campaign money from Wall Street that is putting corporate profits over the needs of a healthy democracy.

July 30 2012

surveyork
07:20

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering historic standards on industrial carbon pollution from new power plants. These standards would limit (for the first time) the amount of carbon pollution new and existing power plants can emit. The oil and coal industries are spending insane amounts of money to try and block these new rules, but we're not going to let them drown out our voices.

Over two million Americans are taking part in the largest EPA petition effort in history. Are you one of them? This has become a showdown between our voices and their money, and it's time to turn up the pressure.

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