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Wolf-PAC: Citizens United, Corporate Personhood and the 28th Amendment

In 2010, the corporations and ultra-rich Americans who seek to influence the country’s political system with their wealth were granted a major victory by the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. FEC. In this case, the Court ruled that corporations and wealthy individuals could make unlimited contributions to independent political groups, such as PACs, and … Continue reading

The Energy Industry: Big Oil, Corporate Welfare and Climate Change

The oil and gas companies that dominate the American energy industry are among the most profitable and powerful corporations in the world. Of the five largest Fortune 500 companies, three are energy corporations, with ExxonMobil claiming the top spot. In the second quarter of 2011 alone, the Big Five oil companies (ExxonMobil, Shell, ConocoPhillips, BP … Continue reading

ALEC: State Legislatures and Corporate Corruption

When the role of money in politics is discussed, the conversation usually focuses on the effects that campaign contributions have on the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. However, corporate political influence and lobbying also cause significant corruption at the state level. One organization, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), has had the … Continue reading