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Posted inNational Security

Outsourcing Big Brother

Commentary — Total information awareness: A chance encounter raises questions By Charles Lewis December 17, 2002 The Total Information Awareness System, the controversial Pentagon research program that aims to gather and analyze a vast array of information on Americans, has hired at least eight private companies to work on the effort. Since 1997, those companies […]

Posted inDemocracy

Club 100: Over 100 Americans gave more than $100,000 to state political parties

Political party organizations will never do business quite the same way again. Since November 6, the national political parties are no longer permitted to raise and spend “soft money,” the large, unrestricted donations from corporations, unions and wealthy individuals. The ban is the most sweeping change in campaign finance law in the past 25 years. […]

Posted inDemocracy

Impending ban hasn’t stopped soft money rush by presidential hopefuls

Potential candidates for the 2004 presidential primaries have raised more than $7.6 million in unregulated soft money contributions since the 2000 elections through their non-federal, 527 committees, the Center for Public Integrity has found. Under the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, better known as McCain-Feingold, such contributions will be banned after the November 5 elections. Documents […]

Posted inMaking a Killing

The field marshal

The merchant of death By André Verlöy November 20, 2002 By the bloody standard set in Africa in the last decade, the 1997 conflict in Congo-Brazzaville between forces loyal to Pascal Lissouba, the elected president of the country, and Denis Sassou Nguesso, who succeeded him, was a small war. It barely merited mention in the […]

Posted inMaking a Killing

Conflict diamonds are forever

Making a killing By Phillip van Niekerk October 28, 2002 The adventure capitalist By Mungo Soggot and Phillip van Niekerk November 11, 2002 Drugs, diamonds and deadly cargoes By Alain Lallemand November 18, 2002 Until the Kimberley Diamond Exchange opened in 1999 – with tight security, surveillance cameras and two double sets of iron gates […]

Posted inMaking a Killing

Marketing the new ‘Dogs of War’

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have been fighting one of the world’s longest and bloodiest terrorist wars, but July 24, 2001, marked their most devastating attack in 18 years of fighting against the Sri Lankan government. In virtually destroying Bandaranaike International Airport in the capital of Colombo, the Tamil Tigers cut the country’s only […]

Posted inMaking a Killing

Making a killing

Privatizing combat, the new world order By Laura Peterson October 28, 2002 Conflict diamonds are forever By Mungo Soggot November 8, 2002 In February 2002, Belgian authorities issued an international arrest warrant for Russian arms dealer Victor Bout on charges of money laundering and conspiracy. Days later, Bout – who allegedly also supplied weapons to […]

Posted inDemocracy, Elections, Party Lines

National GOP exchanges soft money for hard in Florida

Party of one By Robert Morlino March 25, 2004 Undisclosed By Katy Lewis, Robert Moore, Leah Rush and MaryJo Sylwester September 26, 2002 Disclosure ranking By The Center for Public Integrity September 26, 2002 Federal Election Commission By The Center for Public Integrity September 26, 2002 The National Republican Senatorial Committee sent more unregulated soft […]

Posted inDemocracy, Elections, Party Lines

Soft money primer

State bans on soft money By Eric Marx September 26, 2002 Campaign funds in the U.S. political party system are divided into two categories—”federal” and “non-federal.” Federal “hard” money is spent on campaigns for federal office. Contributions are limited and disclosed. The McCain-Feingold election reform law actually doubles the amount of hard money an individual […]

Posted inDemocracy, Elections, Party Lines

State bans on soft money

The dispersion of disclosure By MaryJo Sylwester and Katy Lewis September 26, 2002 Soft money primer By John Dunbar September 26, 2002 Among the 50 states, only Connecticut has a campaign finance law that prevents the national parties from flooding its elections with transfers of unregulated, soft money donations. Like the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, […]

Posted inDemocracy, Elections, Party Lines

Operating accounts

Undisclosed By Katy Lewis, Robert Moore, Leah Rush and MaryJo Sylwester September 26, 2002 Federal Election Commission By The Center for Public Integrity September 26, 2002 Four states explicitly permit political parties to maintain financial accounts where unlimited donations can be received with no disclosure to the public. And a total of 18 states allow […]

Posted inDemocracy, Elections, Party Lines

Washington state

Undisclosed By Katy Lewis, Robert Moore, Leah Rush and MaryJo Sylwester September 26, 2002 Even where disclosure laws are among the strongest in the country, political party committees have succeeded in keeping millions of dollars in receipts off the books and hidden from public view. In the 2000 election cycle, the Washington State Democratic Central […]

Posted inDemocracy, Elections, Party Lines

Disclosure ranking

National GOP exchanges soft money for hard in Florida By John Dunbar October 24, 2002 The Center for Public Integrity conducted a nationwide survey of state agencies that collect and monitor campaign finance reports. The survey focused on the reporting, filing, public access and enforcement of campaign finance reports filed by state-wide political party committees. […]

Posted inDemocracy

Fat Cat Hotel still open for business

The White House released last week a list of guests who stayed overnight in the presidential mansion since George W. Bush’s inauguration in January 2001. The list, according to the Associated Press, includes six “pioneers”—the Bush supporters who raised more than $100,000 for his presidential campaign. Ethical questions about hosting donors and friends in official […]