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NO EXCUSE FOR IGNORING ALEC–NY Times and Others. WHAT MIGHT THEY HAVE PREVENTED?

This media release stopped the NY Times (among others) from covering ALEC despite entreaties from many people investigating ALEC. Heck, Bruce Fealk had an e-mail about ALEC returned to him by the NY Times as “deleted, unopened” The news media needs to be vigilant, not cowed by a press release (and whatever support it may […]

Exposé Tracks ALEC-Private Prison Industry Effort to Replace Unionized Workers with Prison Labor

Based on “The Hidden History of ALEC & Prison Labor.” By Mike Elk and Bob Sloan (The Nation, August 1, 2011) which you can read here. “Many of the toughest sentencing laws responsible for the explosion of the U.S. prison population were drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council, which helps corporations write model legislation. […]

Proof That America’s Criminal Justice System Discriminates Against Minorities

written by VLTP’s Bob Sloan for PolicyMicWith criminal justice legislation, statutes, and applications of both, the wording of legal documents and proposed bills have been used to basically disenfranchise minorities. The enactment of drug laws provides an easily recognized form of such disenfranchising of African Americans and Hispanics in the U.S. As with many U.S. […]

Walmart Scrambles Lobbyists in Response to Mexico Bribery Report

By Kate Ackley and Eliza Newlin Carney Roll Call Staff April 24, 2012 After several years of relative calm, Walmart is once again in Capitol Hill’s cross hairs. Despite Cummings and Waxman’s interest in an investigation, House Republicans have signaled that they have no interest in probing the matter. Roll Call reports that Wal-Mart enlisted […]

Wal-Mart Deploys Lobbyist Who Used To Work For Congressman Cummings To Fight Cummings’ Investigation Of Bribery Scandal

By Lee Fang | Apr 25th 2012 This morning, Oversight Committee members Congressman Elijah Cummings and Henry Waxman announced that they will begin a probe of Wal-Mart’s lobbying. In a press release, Cummings announced that he has sent letters to Tom Donohue and Greg Steinhafel, leaders of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Retail […]

If Corporations Were People, Wal-Mart Would Be In Jail

By: Sarah Jones | April 23, 2012 The Depart of Justice is investigating Wal-Mart for possible violations of a federal law. To put this in perspective, in 2008, Siemens AG paid a $450 million fine for violating the FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act). Apparently, money can buy more than elections – money can also buy […]

After Its Subsidiary Bribed Mexican Officials, Wal-Mart Lobbies To Weaken Anti-Bribery Laws

By Zaid Jilani posted Apr 23rd 2012 The details of Wal-Mart’s complicity in bribery are shocking, but there is one important element that the  (New York) Times did not report. While Wal-Mart’s largest subsidiary spent millions of dollars systematically bribing Mexican officials, the company back home has been working, through big business groups like the U.S. Chamber […]