White House in Chaos: Koch Brothers In Position for the Next Phase
2017-06-20
Kochs Grow Stronger: Why It Matters   (For a printable version of this graphic, click HERE.) While people are focused on President Trump, day-by-day, with little notice, the Koch Brothers are getting stronger. And their deep ties to Vice President Mike Pence are paying off. David Koch has demonstrated his appreciation of Pence by giving… Read more »
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Bakersfield CA Councilmember Bob Smith Subject of Public Records Inquiry
2017-06-14
A Local Spotlight on the National Effort to Undermine Property Assessed Clean Energy Recent reports have called our attention to what appears to be a coordinated attack on Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE). PACE allows homeowners to finance residential and commercial energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, as well as hurricane-mitigation and other improvements, through… Read more »
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Neil Sharkey
New Tip Raises Questions About Penn State V.P. Neil Sharkey
2017-05-25
A Cover-Up of Play-to-Play Academic Research? We received an anonymous tip from a concerned member of Penn State community that raises a new question about how the relationship between Vice President Neil Sharkey, College of Health and Human Services Dean Ann C. “Nan” Crouter and School of Hospitality Management (SHM) Professor John W. O’Neill may… Read more »
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Property Assessed Clean Energy
Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs Are Under Attack
2017-05-9
Morningstar Dismissed Misconceptions, Yet U.S. Senator Tom Cotton and Others Take Up the Cause of the Mortgage Bankers and Real Estate Lobbies Over the years, Checks and Balances Project has investigated special interest lobbies, often aligned with government officials, working to preserve and grow powerful, incumbent industries and block the growth of energy efficiency and… Read more »
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ShareBetter
Metropolitan Transit Authority Records Show Improper Use of Counter-Terrorism Trademark by Anti-Home Sharing Group
2017-05-4
ShareBetter failed to obtain permission to use “See Something, Say Something”  Anyone who has ridden a bus, subway or railroad in the U.S. has probably seen a sign warning, “If You See Something, Say Something.” Trademarked by the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and licensed to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the… Read more »
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biased research
C&BP Expands Probe of Hotel Lobby Influence To Univ. North Carolina, Florida International University and Rutgers
2017-04-20
New York Times Story Reveals Efforts by AHLA to Build Upon Pay-to-Play Research at Penn State Since October 2016, we’ve been investigating the relationship between Pennsylvania State University Professor John W. O’Neill and the hotel industry’s lobbying arm, the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA). Now, new reporting shows that AHLA has expanded its efforts… Read more »
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