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The Cranberry Caucus is Insanely Powerful

Dan Nosowitz Modern Farmer
You may not know that there is such a thing as the Congressional Cranberry Caucus. ...the cranberry industry is saying that it is unfair for them to have to correctly label their added sugars, because a product, like raisins naturally have a high sugar content, and thus (correctly) do not need to use the “added sugar” phrasing.

How Robo-Callers Outwitted the Government and Completely Wrecked the Do Not Call List

Simon van Zuylen-Wood Washington Post
In 2015, the call-blocking app YouMail estimated that close to a billion robo-calls were being placed every month. Two years later, that number has leapt to 2.5 billion. At best, these calls annoy. At worst, they defraud. By far, they constitute the top consumer complaint received by the FTC.

DNC Rolls Back Restrictions on Lobbyists

Megan R. Wilson The Hill
With the DNC now accepting all lobbyist and PAC donations, it has reversed the policies that were adopted in 2008, when Obama vowed to curb the influence of special interests in Washington.

Why Alcohol Doesn't Come With Nutrition Facts

Ever wonder why almost everything you buy has a nutrition label, but alcoholic beverages don't? It's all thanks to some crazy regulations and powerful industry lobbyists.

Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General

Eric Lipton New York Times
Attorneys general in at least a dozen states are working with energy companies and other corporate interests, which in turn are providing them with record amounts of money for their political campaigns, including at least $16 million this year. They share a common philosophy about the reach of the federal government, but the companies also have billions of dollars at stake. And the collaboration is likely to grow.

Where Have All the Lobbyists Gone?

Lee Fang The Nation
On paper, the influence-peddling business is drying up. But lobbying money is flooding Washington, DC like never before. What’s going on?

Wal-Mart's 'Invisible Army' of Lobbyists

Al Norman Huffington Post
Last year alone, Wal-Mart spent a staggering $8.68 million on lobbying expenses -- 70 percent of which was spent on its own platoon of internal company lobbyists. In addition to buying lobbyists, Wal-Mart also makes corporate contributions to presidential and Congressional candidates: $9.5 million between 2000 and 2012. Wal-Mart created a political action committee to handle these contributions, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. PAC for Responsible Government.
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