Jack Abramoff Explains How He ‘Owned’ Members of Congress and Their Staff

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Lee Fang: In a simple explanation of how the revolving door, Abramoff said he would use promises of jobs on K Street to lure Capitol Hill staffers into his pocket.

Shutting Cities Down: Now and Then

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Lee Fang: The American political and economic system is falling apart. No matter who wins an election, in many cases, the outcomes are the same: well-heeled corporate interests dictate policy.

Student Protesters Locked Out in Occupy DC

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Lee Fang: Friday afternoon, a group of about seventy-five students mobilized at the OccupyDC camp at McPherson Square to raise the issue of crushing student debt.

New York Times Smacks Down Darrell Issa’s Demand

Lee Fang: In responding, Dean Baquet, the assistant editor of the Times, debunked claims of factual inaccuracies listed by Issa spokesman concerning a major investigation it had published two weeks ago.

Warren Congressional Foe in Bed with Banksters

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Lee Fang: Rep. McHenry received $63,800 from lobbyists and executives from banks, mortgage companies, payday lenders, and other predatory lenders in the last three months alone.

Oil Industry Manipulating Iowa Republican Primary

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Lee Fang: As the Republican presidential candidates tour Iowa hoping to lock up the 2012 nomination, they will hear an assortment of questions on energy policy. Some of them will be planted by the oil and natural gas lobby to steer the candidates toward pro-Big Oil policies.

GOP Still in Bed with Religious Right

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Lee Fang: With Republicans lining up to kiss Reed’s ring this weekend, they cannot divorce their appearance at the event with Reed’s lobbying interests. Even Reed doesn’t bother concealing the connection — his Faith and Freedom Coalition is housed in the same office as his lobbying firm.

“Give to Israel or Lose God’s Hand”

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Lee Fang: Rather than making a policy-based argument to back up his firm belief in giving billions in foreign aid to Israel, Webster said the money is necessary to ensure “God’s hand” stays with America.

How Koch Industries Manipulates Oil Market

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Lee Fang: Koch along with Enron pioneered a number of complex financial products to leverage its privileged position in the energy industry.

Issa’s Own Earmarks

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Lee Fang: Issa has said that an “earmark is tantamount to a bribe.” While Issa has handed out earmarks to his campaign donors in the past, in this case, he appears to be helping himself.

The Pro-Bullying Lobby

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Lee Fang: Despite a growing number of LGBT suicides, conservatives are claiming “that anti-bullying measures are nothing more than insidious tools of the ‘homosexual agenda.’”

Muslim Hater Explains ‘Muslim Messenger’ Strategy

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Lee Fang: Despite his media savvy “Muslim messenger” approach, King cannot hide his ties to bigoted figures like Gabriel or their toxic ideas.

Issa Issues First FOIA Subpoena on Obama

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Lee Fang: Issa has so far ignored a request by a group called the IssaFiles to respond to serious ethical questions raised by a New Yorker article by Ryan Lizza. The ten questions relate to a suspected arson at a factory insured by Issa earlier in his career.

The Fortune Behind Scott Walker’s Union-Busting Campaign

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Lee Fang: It should be no surprise that Walker’s radicalism is boosted by Bradley money. Today, the Bradley Foundation is controlled by a group of establishment Republicans, along with Washington Post columnist George Will.

Koch Industries Orchestrating Wisconsin Anti-Teacher Protest

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Lee Fang: In response to the growing protests in Madison, Koch fronts are busing in Tea Party protesters to support Walker and his union-busting campaign.

Subprime School Industry Lobbying

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Lee Fang: Dozens of these for-profit schools systematically defraud their students by showing them fake job placement rates, providing false claims about the types of jobs they can attain, misrepresenting that their credits will transfer to state universities, and giving false promises that students do not have to pay back their loans.

Why Has Every Pro-Repeal GOP Lawmaker Given Their Congressional Staff Taxpayer-Funded, Government Health Care?

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Lee Fang: Evan as they rip the bill as some sort of “monstrosity” of “socialism,” nearly every Republican lawmaker eagerly accepts government health benefits afforded to them as members of Congress.

As Tea Party Koch Brothers Earned $11 Billion, They Laid Off Thousands

Lee Fang: While the Koch brothers were enjoying spectacular financial gains, Koch Industries laid off well over 2,000 people. Using the same approximate “jobs multiplier” Koch Industries used in its study last week, that means Koch Industries extinguished nearly 8,000 jobs in recent years

The Stimulus, Koch Meeting Attendees Guarded By Police Saved By Stimulus

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Lee Fang: Koch Industries takes advantage of government money for the same reason it funds climate change-denying journalists, academics, front groups, and think tanks: its goal is to maximize profit, even if it comes at the expense of the American public.

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