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Finance Sector Lobbied for Money

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points to twelve deregulatory steps that led to the financial meltdown. It also does an analysis of the amount of money Wall Street poured into Washington in campaign contributions and lobbying over the last ten years. Their answer? A staggering $5.1 billion over the past decade. [includes rush transcript] Guest: Robert Weissman , Director of Essential Action and editor of the Multinational Monitor . He is author of the new report "Sold Out: How Wall Street and Washington Betrayed America." AMY GOODMAN: The Obama administration is making a concerted effort to boost confidence in the US economy amidst waves of continued layoff ...
which could be implemented globally, regionally or unilaterally by individual nations. The tax has been supported by economists, politicians and civil society organisations from around the world. Conceptually similar to the Tobin tax , it would affect a wider range of asset classes including the purchase and sale of stocks, bonds, commodities, unit trusts, mutual funds, and derivatives such as futures and options. The Tobin tax was proposed for foreign currency exchange only. A UK based campaign for the Robin Hood tax was launched on 10 February 2010 1 and is being run by a coalition of over 50 charities and organisations, including
Owls and Roosters: Wall government refusing to disclose latest ...
The results of the first review to be conducted under the Saskatchewan Party government of the province’s minimum wage are being withheld from the public. The Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety turned down an access to information request made in June for a copy of any final report or recommendations by the Saskatchewan Minimum Wage Board concerning its recent review of the minimum wage. “Access to the records relevant to your request is denied, pursuant to section 16(1)(a) of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act ,” said Mike Carr, the deputy minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, ... market research, surveys and trends
DEMOCRATS for SALE: BP Lobbied Brits Ahead of Lockerbie Bomber Release
"The sum of good government," said Thomas Jefferson, is not taking "from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned." For government to advantage some at others' expense, said he, "is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association." UPDATE from the Washington Examiner Morning Reads : The Hill -- Senate Democrats blame BP and Britain for Lockerbie bomber’s release The well is capped, but not capped, as the feds and BP continue to squabble over the safety of clamping down the new lid. At one point, BP even stopped drilling on the relief wells for safety fears. It’s hard to ... market research, surveys and trends


Finance Sector Lobbied for Money...Without the Money to Lobby ...
The surge of activity in the nation's capital to revive the country's economy apparently hasn't caused a torrent of lobbying funds by the insurance companies, investment banks, mortgage companies and savings and loans central to the government's actions. While unions, companies and organizations across all industries increased their lobbying expenditures 2 percent in the 3rd Quarter of this year compared to the first three months of 2008, the finance, insurance and real estate sector apparently scaled back, decreasing its spending by 9 percent, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Essay Winner: Campaign Contributions Stoked the Fire Behind Wall ...
The Center for Responsive Politics is pleased to announce that Kristin Schaaf, a freelance writer from Altoona, Iowa, is the winner of's second Citizen Journalism Contest. Below is her winning essay on this topic: "Did campaign contributions and lobbying by the financial sector contribute to the meltdown on Wall Street?" Kristin's essay was selected for a $100 prize by the Center's staff, although the views she expresses are her own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Center, which is nonpartisan. Our partner in the contest, Helium, has hosted the other entries on its site . ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Millions of Influential Dollars Later, Senate Passes Wall Street Reform
After Democrats crafted 2,300 pages of legislation to tackle financial regulatory issues in the aftermath of the economic collapse that brought behemoths like AIG and Lehman Brothers to their knees, they were met with resistance from one of their own. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) spoke out against the bill championed by President Barack Obama because he thought it wasn�t strong enough to prevent another economic meltdown. And on Thursday, Feingold became the lone Democrat to vote against it. Feingold was in a position to stand up to Wall Street like few other senators. Contributions from the finance, insurance and real estate sector market trends, news research and surveys resources
Politics live blog - Monday 19 July
It's the last full week before MPs begin their summer recess and there are only two big items on the agenda at the moment. • David Cameron explains the "Big Society". The prime minister is delivering a speech on the subject at 10.15am in Liverpool, but Downing Street has already released large chunks of it to the media and Cameron has been speaking about it this morning on BBC Breakfast. From what I've seen, it's the most interesting speech Cameron has given since the election. My colleague Allegra Stratton has written about the main news announcement - a plan to create four "vanguard ... market trends, news research and surveys resources


The Finance Sector in Transition: A Motor for Economic Reform?
The trade unions, moreover, have lobbied very effectively .... trading securities has become much more attractive than lending money. For large ..... An unprecedented thrust in legislative activity in the finance sector since the mid- ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Statement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Sep 17, 2009 ... The U.S. Chamber of Commerce lobbied for the creation of the TARP program and ... collapse was avoided, the financial sector is stabilizing, ... expenditure of government monies through an expedited process. ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Avoiding another financial collapse - Research news at London ...
The worldwide economic downturn sprang largely from the US and, more specifically, from the investment banks, rating agencies, Washington regulators and other players in big-time Wall Street finance. So at this juncture — when the US Congress is considering financial regulation reform and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has at last brought action against all-purpose bad guy Goldman Sachs — we would do well to take a look back at what we learned about the origins and unfolding of the American financial crisis, so we may take an informed look ahead at whether we may reasonably expect reform of US ...
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Since the Gulf Coast oil spill is a private sector mishap, why are ...
If you take a quick look through Y!A, many cons are blaming Obama for the oil leak. Why? Well, it's not clear. But why are the "govt too big" conservatives trying to say that the feds aren't doing enough when it was a private sector company (BP) who are the culprits for this mess? Seems funny to me. @pfo...yes, but you can't put a natural disaster in the same bag as a massive oil leak. BP knew the risks. 3 months ago 3 months ago @ peace ... Oh, c'mon. where do you get this stuff from. Please share. 3 months ago @ cookie monster....Well, sure. He'll make himself look dumb within weeks ...
Dems block banking regulations? | Ask MetaFilter
In a discussion that I had with my brother over the holidays, he explained to me how the banking /investment failure was all the democrats fault. After picking myself up off the floor, he continued to explain to me how the dems blocked a bill that the republicans were trying to get through the senate to increase regulations on banks and their investment practices. After much googling, I am still unable to find what he could be referring to. Does this bill sound familiar to anyone? I'm pretty sure he wouldn't have made this up, and there is a chance that something like this happened that I wasn't aware of, but it ...