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Exposed: Whole Foods' and the Biggest Organic Foods Distributor's Troubled Relationships with Workers

- by Ronnie Cummins of the Organic Consumers Association and Dave Murphy of Food Democracy Now!

The union is like having herpes. It doesn't kill you, but it's unpleasant and inconvenient, and it stops a lot of people from becoming your lover. --John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market

Don’t Put a Fork in It: On the Perils of Genetically Engineered Salmon

-- by Wenonah Hauter, Food and Water Watch

While most Americans were enjoying the holiday season or stressing out over the nation's imminent leap off the so-called fiscal cliff, the Food and Drug Administration delivered some big news as quietly as possible. Fishy Genes.

Money OUT, Voters IN: Tell the Wisconsin Legislature We Want a Statewide Referendum on Citizens United

  • Topics: Democracy
  • The Center for Media and Democracy is joining forces with a statewide coalition to put Wisconsin on the record opposing the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United v FEC decision and to put us on the path towards reclaiming our democracy.

    The Wisconsin Legislature Is Now in Control of Credentialing Capitol Journalists: Who Gets to Cover the Capitol?

  • Topics: Journalism, Media
  • by Dylan Brogan

    At the height of the collective bargaining protests, when nearly all the doors at the Capitol were locked and guarded by police officers from every corner of the state, Dick Wheeler -- the unquestioned leader of the Wisconsin Capitol press corps -- ensured that members of the media were not denied access to the building.

    Duke Energy Flip-Flop: ALEC Leads Attack on North Carolina Clean Energy with Duke Funding

    -- by Connor Gibson, Greenpeace

    Corporate polluters are taking aim this year at states with renewable energy laws, starting with an attack on North Carolina's clean energy economy by American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) politicians and member companies.

    CoalSwarm: A Clearinghouse for Shared Information on King Coal

    The article below was written by Ted Nace, who founded CoalSwarm. Since 2008, the Center for Media and Democracy has been hosting the CoalSwarm wiki project on CMD's website. SourceWatch is a sister site of this site,, and other sites of CMD, which include and the

    Corporations in Illinois: What Have You Got to Hide?

    -by George Goehl, National People's Action

    Tax fairness has become a centerpiece of national debate, from the president's reelection to the recent deal surrounding the so-called fiscal cliff. In Illinois, taxpayers want to make sure corporations in the State are paying their fair share as well. According to the Internal Revenue Service, the federal corporate tax rate from 1952-63 -- a period of prosperity and a significant rise in the middle class -- was 52 percent. Today it's 35 percent. By working loopholes and exceptions many corporations are able to reduce their effective tax rate to as low as zero. As it stands corporations doing business in Illinois do not have to disclose to the public what taxes, if any, they contribute to the state.

    CMD and Allies Win "BENNY" Awards for ALEC Campaigning

    The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) and its allies have been honored by the Business Ethics Network, which celebrates outstanding contributions to the advancement of corporate ethics, with two awards -- the BENNY Award and the Populist Category BENNY -- for our campaign asking corporations to "Dump ALEC".

    CMD's Lisa Graves Honored by Wisconsin Association for Justice

    CMD's Executive Director Lisa Graves was honored recently by the Wisconsin Association for Justice (WAJ). WAJ is the largest voluntary bar organization in Wisconsin representing the trial bar profession. WAJ presented Lisa with the President's Award for her ongoing work exposing the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), particularly ALEC's "tort reform" efforts which make it harder to hold corporations accountable when their products injure or kill consumers. She was presented with the award at WAJ's Winter Seminar and Annual Meeting at the Pfister Hotel and Tower in Milwaukee.

    At ALEC Meeting, Indiana Regulator Advises Coal Companies on Delaying EPA Climate Rules

    -- by Connor Gibson, Greenpeace

    You're probably familiar with the old "fox in the hen house" story, but what about when a hen joins the fox den?

    This is the case with the recent American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) meeting in Washington, DC. Leaked documents obtained by Greenpeace reveal that ALEC's anti-environmental jamboree was inundated with coal money and featured an Indiana regulator advising coal utilities on delaying US Environmental Protection Agency rules to control greenhouse gas emissions and hazardous air pollution.

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