How Corporate Lawbreakers Get a Leg Up at the Justice Department

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) revealed in August that top political appointees at the Justice Department’s headquarters in Washington, DC, overruled career federal prosecutors who sought to bring a felony charge against biotech giant Monsanto for illegally spraying a highly toxic pesticide in Hawaii. This happened after attorneys for Monsanto, including a former head…

Commissioner Jackson on Disclosure of Political Contributions

November 18, 2019 The Honorable Carolyn B. Maloney Chair, Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets United States House of Representatives 2308 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515-3212 VIA ELECTRONIC DELIVERY Dear Chair Maloney: Thank you for your July 15 letter regarding my research on the need for transparency in corporate political spending—and…

More Smoke and Mirrors from the Main Street Investors Coalition

Thanks to our prodding, the fake dark money front group Main Street Investors Coalition is now admitting that it has no connection to Main Street or investors and is in fact funded by corporations. Yet, in an essay by Advisory Board Chair Bernard Sharfman in P&I (accompanied by a disclaimer disavowing any editorial approval), MSIC…

Vigilant companies can avert Watergate scandal replay | TheHill

Karl Sandstrom and Bruce Freed write in The Hill about liability and reputational risk from corporate dark money political contributions. NextEra, a Florida-based utility giant, has faced sharp questions about its $1 million contribution to Jeb Bush’s presidential Super PAC. The ex-governor had earlier given public support to a rate hike sought by the company,…

Big Oil’s master class in rigging the system – The Washington Post

Democratic Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Elizabeth Warren express in the strongest terms their objections to Republican efforts to silence state attorneys generals’ investigations of alleged oil company fraud relating to climate change. So now the attorneys general of Massachusetts and New York are investigating whether ExxonMobil violated state laws by knowingly misleading their residents and…

Corporate Money Is Playing a Shadowy Role in 2016 Politics – US News

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, billionaire investor George Soros and hedge fund manager Robert Mercer have grabbed headlines so far this election with seven- and eight-figure donations to political super PACs. Yet this media attention obscures perhaps the most-overlooked story of the 2016 elections: the corporate dominance of political spending across all levels of government.With their…