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ALEC loses battle for secrecy, but its war on the 99%...

Wal-Mart’s recent decision to drop its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council is a milestone in the remarkable effort to drive a wedge between ALEC and the large corporations that have used the organization to promote their self-serving policy agenda at the state level.

At least 18 companies are reported to have cuts ties to ALEC in the face of a pressure campaign which has ben spearheaded by groups such as Color of Change, Common Cause, People for the American Way and the Center for Media and Democracy.

The campaign — which has also prevailed against the likes of Amazon.com, Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods, McDonald’s and Procter & Gamble — is already one of the most successful corporate accountability initiatives ever undertaken, and more wins are likely to occur. Yet there are also high hurdles to overcome.

Those companies that have succumbed to the anti-ALEC pressure are pretty much all consumer products firms concerned about the possibility of boycotts by customers outraged at ALEC’s role in promoting “stand your ground” laws like the one in Florida at the center of the controversy over the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

A decisive win against ALEC will require splitting off a much larger portion of ALEC’s sizeable corporate membership, including companies that are not fazed by consumer unrest. Quite a few firms of this sort are represented on ALEC’s Private Enterprise Board, whose membership roll reads like a rogue’s gallery of corporate irresponsibility.

The Investor is Always Right

by Benjamin Olshin Despite our vast majority, many members of the 99 Percent have missed a sea change in American business and political circles...

Spec Forces NCO Stole Afghan Funds

By Smedley Butler A U.S. Special Forces soldier pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing about $210,000 from the federal funds entrusted to his team in Afghanistan...

Trump to moderate GOP debate

The reality TV show called the "Republican presidential primary" has reached a new low with the revelation that television business brand Donald Trump will...

Lobbyists Draw Bead on Occupy Wall Street

No group has profited more from the status quo than the fast-growing political lobbyist industry, which is now drawing a bead on the Occupy...

Vets backstabbed by corporate oligarchy

The Veterans of Foreign Wars has issued a "call to action" to its 2 million members, according to this Military.com article, asking them to plead with Congress to spare military and veterans benefits as a bipartisan committee looks to trim $1.2 trillion from the federal budget.

Why soldiers have to beg their own government to keep its promises is another story. One that begins and ends with its apparent takeover in a bloodless coup d'etat by business leaders with a legal obligation to maximize profits. These business interests are raiding the federal treasury every chance they get and creating regulations that help the few and hurt the many, while dodging their fair share of taxes.

The painful truth is that military service is about as pure an example of socialist activity as you're going to find anywhere in the U.S. - soldiers literally put their individual needs second to those of the mchairsany. They risk their lives for the greater good, not for the money they may never get to spend.

That heroic attitude is diametrically opposed to the "greed is good" mantra of savage capitalists like the Koch Brothers, who are strictly out for themselves.

Fiery Obama Lifts Middle Class Hopes

President Barack Obama took the figurative gloves off Monday with a stinging rebuke of America's pay-to-play political system and the gaping deficit it has...

Economic Superhero Joe Stiglitz Slams G.W. Bush

Joe Stiglitiz is a somebody. The Nobel Laureate is one of the greatest economists ever to walk the planet and he takes a stand...

FBI: Pakistan Sought to Influence U.S. Politics

It's no surprise non-Americans are purchasing influence in our corrupt political system through soft-money political donations (aka legalized bribes), as reported in this New...

Let Them Eat Pork!

This super NYT story paints a powerful picture of the sins of our archaic political machines, which exist to serve no one but themselves....

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