The king of shadowy campaign spending this election is the nation’s leading big business lobby, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
“When large corporations decide they want to get their own candidates into office but they don’t want to be seen doing it, they call the U.S. Chamber,” said Lisa Gilbert. “These politicians then push for anti-environmental, anti-consumer, and anti-health policies.”
As of October 25, the Chamber has spent $31.8 million.
The World Economic Forum lists the U.S. at No. 20 in its 2014 Global Gender Gap Report. In some categories, the U.S. ranking was even lower, like 47th for equal labor force participation and 65th on equal pay for similar work. Then there’s the matter of paid family leave, something offered in most nations. There’s still no requirement for this benefit in the United States.read more
Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp has not processed registrations for at least 40,000 new voters who were signed up under a program to register minorities.
A lawsuit forcing him to do so hit a wall in the form of Fulton Judge Christopher Brasher, who denied the plaintiffs’ petition.
“All in all – a Republican appointed judge has backed the Republican Secretary of State to deny the right to vote to a largely African American and Latino population,” said NAACP's Dr. Francys Johnson.read more
“We are extremely concerned and find it unacceptable that the FBI misappropriated the name of The Associated Press and published a false story attributed to AP,” said AP's Paul Colford. “This ploy violated AP’s name and undermined AP’s credibility.”
ACLU's Christopher Soghoian said the FBI’s actions demonstrate that the “ends do not justify the means. It’s a dangerous road impersonating the media. If people do not trust the news media, then our democracy cannot function properly.”
“We see from Denmark that it’s possible to run a profitable fast-food business while paying workers these kinds of wages,” said U.S. economist John Schmitt.
“We Danes accept that a burger is expensive, but we also know that working conditions and wages are decent when we eat that burger,” noted Soren Kaj Andersen of Copenhagen.
“We can still make money out of it — and McDonald’s does, too," added Martin Drescher. "Otherwise, it wouldn’t be in Denmark.”