|The Presidential Pipeline|
by Brooke Shelby Biggs , CorpWatch Blog
December 21st, 2005
Raise a few hundred thousand dollars in campaign cash for a winning candidate, and expect millions in favorable policies.
|NIGERIA: Chevron Paid Troops After Alleged Killing
by David R. Baker
August 4th, 2005
Nigerian soldiers guarding Chevron oil rigs billed the company for $109.25 a day after they allegedly attacked two villages in the volatile country, killing four people and setting fire to homes.
|Banking on Elections|
by Lucy Komisar, Special to Corpwatch
October 6th, 2004
Finance sector invests heavily in candidates
When former Texas Senator Phil Gramm came out of the Tavern on the Green one recent August morning, his disposition turned edgy. Now a vice chairman of the Swiss financial corporation UBS, he had just left his colleagues at the Financial Services Roundtable breakfast. He wasn't keen on talking to waiting journalists, certainly not to the CorpWatch team.
by Stephen Miller, Special to Corpwatch
September 8th, 2004
Electronic Voting Machines Add Uncertainty to Close Election Race
Across the U.S., dozens of election commissions, county clerks and voting registrars are scrambling to maintain public confidence in an election system shaken by the Florida 2000 debacle and challenged by security flaws in hi-tech electronic solutions. In the swing states, where the presidential election is expected to be close, 14 of 20 states will be experimenting with untested technology.
|CorpWatch Covers the Conventions|
From New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Time-Warner extravaganza to New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici's connections to nuclear and fossil fuel companies, CorpWatch joins with Democracy Now! to reveal the facts, figures, and faces the corporate media won't cover.
by Sakura Saunders and Ben Clarke, Special to CorpWatch
August 25th, 2004
Media corporations give millions, receive billions. The cost for two weeks of ad-driven debate on Kerry's military record cost almost $1 million. Political advertising will bring over $1.5 billion to media corporations this election season. In turn they will invest millions in campaign contributions and lobbying. Meanwhile, substantive political coverage continues to decline.
by Pratap Chatterjee, Special to CorpWatch
August 4th, 2004
Rendon Group Wins Hearts and Minds in Business, Politics and War
The Rendon Group is a consulting firm whose services range from creating "a favorable environment before privatization begins" to helping justify war. Rick Rendon, a founding partner talks to CorpWatch about his latest project, "Empowering Peace."
|Soft Money Meltdown: Corporate Influence on the Election|
July 28th, 2004
CorpWatch.org published a new report today entitled Up in Smoke: Tobacco Industry Saves on Soft Money, Spends On Lobbyists. The article features a close look at campaign spending and influence peddling by the tobacco industry. The tobacco investigation is one in a series of reports detailing corporate influence on the U.S. elections system. The new series also features an extensive review of how corporations are coping with the McCain-Feingold Act ban on soft-money and live reports from the Democratic and Republican conventions
|Up in Smoke|
by Chris Berdik, Special to Corpwatch
July 28th, 2004
Tobacco Industry Saves on Soft Money, Spends On Advertising and Lobbyists
The quadrennial special-interest cash race is on. Although the McCain-Feingold Act has blocked some of the flow, the political system is still awash with tobacco dollars.
|Financing the Election
by Bill Mesler, Special to CorpWatch
July 22nd, 2004
John Kerry will accept the Democratic nomination to run for United States President at the Fleet Center, a sports and entertainment arena named after the powerful FleetBoston Corporation, the biggest donor to Kerry's Congressional career.
|A Cabinet That Looks Like (Corporate) America|
by Bill Mesler, Special to CorpWatch
Increasingly, the highest of government officials arrive directly from the executive offices of powerful corporations. Those who regulate and those supposed to be regulated have become almost indistinguishable. Here are a few egregious examples.
|US: Professors Back Kerry With Campaign Giving|
by Brian C. Mooney, Boston Globe
May 18th, 2004
Voting with their checkbooks, college professors are breaking overwhelmingly for Senator John F. Kerry over President Bush, with the Democratic challenger raising nearly three times as much in campaign contributions from college campuses. The fund-raising trend contrasts sharply with the 2000 presidential race, when Bush raised slightly more money from academia than Al Gore.
|US: Harvard Donors Aid Kerry|
by Kevin Joy, Boston Globe
April 13th, 2004
Professors and other employees of Harvard University have donated $140,600 to US Senator John F. Kerry's various campaigns since 1984, including several big donations from prominent academics in recent months, a review of campaign documents shows.
|US: Who Gives the Most Money|
by Alex Knott, Center for Public Integrity
February 13th, 2004
Investment companies dominated President George W. Bush's $47 million fourth quarter fundraising, driven by networks of top individual contributors, according to a recent supplement to "The Buying of the President 2004," a book by the Center for Public Integrity detailing the financial interests behind each presidential candidate.