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July 10, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Court Upholds Federal Ban on Pay-to-Play



Photo of Donkey Hotey Campaign Finance Reform cartoon A federal appeals court unanimously upheld the ban on contractor campaign contributions. The court ruled that the ban is supported by the compelling interest of preventing corruption.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 9, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Katz Calls for Elimination of Dark Money from Corporations



Photo of The Influence Machine book cover In her new book, The Influence Machine, Alyssa Katz reports on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its work to keep corporate political spending veiled from the public.

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Topics: Open Government

July 8, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

POGO Asks the House to Protect Oil and Gas Reform



Oil Rig in front of Sunset POGO urged the Members of the House of Representatives to vote against an amendment to HR 2822 that would prohibit the use of funds to increase oil and gas royalty rates, meaning that Americans could miss out on millions of dollars in revenue.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

July 7, 2015

By Daniel Shlien

Bureau of Land Management Updating Drilling Royalty Rules



Oil drilling in San Ardo oil field, California For decades, the Bureau of Land Management in the Department of the Interior has regulated the use of public lands for oil and gas drilling by private companies.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

July 7, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Federal Small Business Contracting: Fact or Fiction?



Shopping carts The Small Business Administration touted the federal government's small business contracting success last year, claiming $91.7 billion, or 25 percent of all contract dollars, was awarded to small businesses. Are the numbers too good to be true?

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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