The rich have more political clout in states, but stricter lobbying rules can narrow gap
State legislators are more attentive to wealthy citizens' political opinions compared to poor citizens' opinions when making policy decisions, but stricter regulations on professional lobbyists can promote more equal political ...
Newsroom cuts a boon for PR but a turnoff for readers, report finds
Widespread cost cutting in newsrooms has led to less investigative journalism, more weather and traffic reports and greater opportunities for lobbyists to get their message into the media, a US report has found. ...
Senate chairman calls for 'Do Not Track' bill
A top Senate Democrat says the advertising industry is ignoring consumers' requests not to be tracked online and that it's probably time for federal regulation.
Obama's fuel economy rules a job killer, auto dealers say
Flying squads of auto dealers descended on Washington, D.C., in late September. Amped up by a rabble-rousing talk by House Speaker John Boehner and clutching copies of a dealers' association pamphlet entitled "A Flawed Fuel ...
Better science, please
Just when you thought that the industry that made money on bisphenol A could not have been any cozier with the federal agency regulating the chemical comes another revelation. Cozy? How about joined at the hip?
Economists calculate true value of who you know, rather than what, in US politics
(Phys.org)—Economists at the University of Warwick have calculated the true value of US political lobbyists, proving the old adage 'it is not what you know, but who you know'.
House effort would legalize, tax online gambling
Americans looking to satisfy their gambling itch can do so now at the close to 1,700 casinos across the country. A bill in the House of Representatives could bring casino gambling to the approximately 86.8 million American ...
White House race spawns abundance of mobile apps
The race to the White House has spawned a flurry of mobile applications focusing on the presidential campaign—from the deadly serious to the light-hearted and fun.
Rice-run poll: Houstonians favor term limits for elected officials, but willing to modify them
(PhysOrg.com) -- Houstonians support term limits for the city's elected officials, but are willing to change the length of those limits, according to a new poll conducted by Rice University and its Center for Civic Engagement.
Professional lobbyists: Pragmatic operatives or just another partisan resource?
The thousands of professional lobbyists working in Washington, DC on issues tend to be professional partisans who mobilize resources for one preferred political party exclusively. So finds a new study which counters the common ...
Nonprofit aims to broaden reach of campaign data
(AP) -- A nonprofit group that specializes in databases tracking the influence of money in politics is making its information available to others.