• Donald Trump July 15, 2019 10:36 pm

    Harris Blasts Epstein's Law Firm, Takes Money From Its Attorneys

    Kamala Harris bemoaned the influence of the powerful and connected elite last Tuesday when she called on top Justice Department officials to recuse themselves from any matter related to Jeffrey Epstein. She said work done by their former law firm, which represented the financier accused of sexual abuse, “calls into question the integrity of our legal system.” Yet the same...

  • Donald Trump May 11, 2018 1:30 pm

    Q&A: Cohen's Ties to Trump, Corporate Clients Raise Questions

    Attorney Michael Cohen’s simultaneous relationship with Donald Trump and several blue chip companies that paid him for insight into the new president strikes legal experts as unusual and has triggered questions about client confidentiality. Cohen’s arrangement stands out, even in Washington where corporations, trade associations and other organizations spend upward of $3 billion annually to influence legislation and get access...

  • Massachusetts December 19, 2017 9:09 pm

    Across the US, Citizens Speak and Lawmakers Don't Listen

    Joyce Scott made hundreds of phone calls and knocked on countless doors, helping persuade South Dakota voters to approve a ballot measure last year tightening campaign contribution limits and creating a government ethics watchdog. Republican lawmakers quickly torched the new rules this year and instead are seeking changes that would make it far tougher for residents to bypass the statehouse...

  • Common Cause March 17, 2017 1:05 am

    US Taxpayers Might Be on the Hook for Pipeline Protest Costs

    North Dakota officials appear poised to go after the U.S. government — and thus U.S. taxpayers — to recoup more than $38 million in state expenses related to months of protests against the Dakota Access pipeline, though a longstanding offer from the project’s developer to pay up is still on the table. One taxpayer watchdog group questions why the state...

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