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Archive for the ‘CfA Blog Posts’ Category

29
Jul

By: Anne Weismann, Courier-Journal, 7/29/16 When it comes to pushing for legislation legitimizing discrimination against the LGBT community, all politics is not local. National organizations work hand in glove with local groups to craft and enact so-called “religious freedom” laws. A new report by my organization, Campaign for Accountability (CfA), documents coordination in Arizona, Texas, […]

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16
Dec

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2015 Contact: Daniel Stevens, dstevens@campaignforaccountability.org, (202) 780-5750 WASHINGTON D.C. – Earlier today, congressional leaders unveiled an omnibus spending bill that prohibits the SEC from requiring corporations to disclose their political spending. Congressional negotiators included the provision, known as a “policy rider,” despite overwhelming public support for increased disclosure of campaign […]

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22
Oct

Photo: Scott G Winterton, Deseret News By: Anne Weismann, Campaign for Accountability, 10/22/15 On Friday, Utah State Rep. Ken Ivory is scheduled to speak at the Western Freedom Festival in Cedar City, a daylong conference that purports to “honor, pay respect, and pledge continued support to preserve western culture, lifestyle, heritage, family values and freedom…”. In […]

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20
Jul

By: Anne L. Weismann Originally appeared in The Hill, July 15th, 2015 The idea that states can compel the federal government to return ownership and control of federal lands may seem far-fetched, but there are some in Western states who claim it is possible. Founded on convoluted and inaccurate interpretations of the Constitution and state […]

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26
Jun

Deferred prosecution agreements have been called a “middle ground” approach, somewhere between criminal prosecution and – what?  That’s the question:  just what is the point of deferred prosecution agreements?  To us they seem like just another way for fat-cat corporations to buy their way out of a finding of guilt. Take the case of JP […]

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18
Jun

Photo credit: Robert Hune-Kalter | Talk Radio News Service For four agonizing days in April 2010, the world awaited news of the fate of the 29 miners trapped as a result of an explosion in the Upper Big Branch mine then owned by Massey Energy Co.  The horror we all felt upon learning of their tragic […]

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12
Jun

When Campaign for Accountability first looked at the Macau gambling activities of the Las Vegas Sands (LVS) and its CEO Sheldon Adelson, we were struck by what seemed like a pattern of money laundering.  In 2013, the Justice Department reached an agreement with LVS where, to avoid criminal prosecution, LVS agreed to return more than […]

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03
Jun

By: Anne L. Weismann In a strongly worded letter to SEC Chair Mary Jo White, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) yesterday detailed the numerous ways in which Chair White has failed to implement the reforms she promised to bring to the SEC during her confirmation hearing.  Sen. Warren’s letter outlines four areas where the SEC Chair […]

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01
Jun

Image: Steve Griffin | Salt Lake Tribune file photo Utah State Rep. Ken Ivory is passionate about returning federal lands to state control and he has been traveling around the Western United States trying to convince local leaders to rally to his cause. But like a snake oil salesman of old, the public should be wary. […]

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