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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.

August 11 2012

surveyork
09:28
In the wake of Paraguay's suspicious impeachment of President Fernando Lugo, which observers have likened to a kind of "quasi-coup," some may wonder whether underhanded corporate forces may have played a role in the political crisis. Such suspicions were heightened recently when the new de facto regime led by Federico Franco, Lugo's former conservative vice president, inked a deal with Texas-based PetroVictory/Crescent Global Oil to open up the remote Chaco region to petroleum exploration. Supporters of Lugo's highly dubious ouster claim that Crescent could help to ease Paraguay's dependence on foreign oil. Richard González, Crescent's CEO, announced that the company would invest $10 million in the Chaco and start exploratory drilling within the next few months.
Nikolas Kozloff: WikiLeaks: Paraguay's "Quasi-Coup" Has the Smell of Oil

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.

April 20 2011

surveyork
03:13
Plans to exploit Iraq's oil reserves were discussed by government ministers and the world's largest oil companies the year before Britain took a leading role in invading Iraq, government documents show.
Secret memos expose link between oil firms and invasion of Iraq - UK Politics, UK - The Independent
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