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Fracking Activists Could Face Felony Charges as "Ag-Gag" Laws Spread

-- by Jacob Chamberlain, Common Dreams

The same "Ag-Gag" laws that make it a crime to film or document egregious abuses on industrial farms may soon be used to criminalize anti-fracking activists who seek to expose environmental harms brought on by the gas drilling industry -- if a bill recently proposed in Pennsylvania passes.

Special Offer from CMD: New Book by John Nichols and Bob McChesney on How to Beat the "DOLLAROCRACY"

  • Topics: Democracy, Media
  • In an era when traditional journalism is collapsing and all limits on campaign spending have been removed by the courts, spin is becoming more powerful and permanent than ever before.

    Report by Progress Missouri Highlights ALEC Infiltration in MO

    -- By Drew Curtis

    More than forty bills introduced in the Missouri state legislature echo American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) model legislation, and at least 60 legislators are ALEC members, according to a new report from Progress Missouri.

    Anti-Worker "Paycheck Protection" Bills Moving in Missouri

  • Topics: Democracy, Labor
  • Missouri is the latest front in the attack on organized labor with so-called "paycheck protection" bills moving through the legislature, with backing from the usual array of corporate interests. But according to the Washington D.C.-based Economic Policy Institute, the bills primarily disadvantage workers while preserving privileges for corporations.

    Remembering Common Cause President Bob Edgar

    CONTACT: Nikolina Lazic,

    Statement from Lisa Graves, Executive Director, Center for Media and Democracy

    It is with enormous sadness that we learned about the passing earlier today of Common Cause President Bob Edgar. The Center for Media and Democracy has been honored to work with Bob over the past few years, and in particular we have appreciated his energy in our joint efforts to expose the American Legislative Exchange Council.

    Join CMD at the National Conference for Media Reform in Denver!

    If you are going to the National Conference for Media Reform (NCMR) in Denver, CO on April 5-7, 2013, please join the Center for Media and Democracy for a special session "Exposing ALEC: How Corporate Special Interests Control State Legislatures." The workshop will be on Saturday, April 6 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm in the Plaza Ballroom E.

    Worms, Pond Scum and Economists

  • Topics: Economy
  • -- Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research

    The effort to blame the awful plight of the young on Social Security and Medicare is picking up steam.

    ALEC Corporate Bill Mill Posts (Some) Model Bills Online for First Time; Watchdogs Say Move Falls Far Short on Transparency

  • Topics: ALEC Exposed
  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 15, 2013

    CONTACT: Brendan Fischer,

    A two-year campaign by a coalition of public interest groups has pushed the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to release hundreds of pieces of "model" state legislation secretly developed and pushed into law by corporate interests. The coalition includes the Center for Media and Democracy, ColorOfChange, Common Cause, Greenpeace, People For the American Way, Progress Now, Voters Legislative Transparency Project, and a variety of labor organizations.

    New Report: ALEC Exposed in Iowa

    Des Moines -- Today a group of open government advocates released a new report called "ALEC Exposed in Iowa: How Corporate Influence Subverts Our Democratic Process" that details the American Legislative Exchange Council's influence on Iowa lawmakers and the legislative process in the state.

    Have a Cold One, Brought to You by the Foodopoly

    - by Wenonah Hauter

    Tonight, millions of people will enjoy a beer. What the vast majority of them probably won't realize is that the variety of brands they see in the stores come from just two foreign-based multinational companies that control 80 percent of the market here in the U.S.

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