Friday, June 26, 2009

Corporations and democracy in the news...

Lobbyists for the health care industry are pouring cash over Capitol Hill--NPR's All Things Considered aired this piece yesterday, and plans followups on lobbyist activities on finance reform and energy. The web page also features a panorama shot of the audience at a recent Heath, Education, Labor and Pensions hearings with pop-up tags identifying some of the lobbyists in attendance, the firms they work for, and the money they've earned from their health care clients.

Often the deepest line in the sand against corporate rule has been drawn by rural communities with the most to lose--culturally and environmentally--when corporations take charge of the land and water. Here's a coal country example from Orion Magazine's online edition, spotlighting community-based opposition to mountaintop removal coal mining and support of clean energy.

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