Using data made available by the National Institute on Money in State Politics, I downloaded and compiled a history of political spending in state politics by anti-gun control interests like the NRA. I did this for all 50 states and for the years 2006-2012. My goal was to be able to answer a simple question: [...]
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I recently looked into donations made by corporate members of The Business Council to New York State Senators. This research was done in support of the push for fair elections in New York State. Some of what I compiled got picked up by the media. For example, an article in the Times Union from Albany [...]
To illustrate the large difference in the amount of money needed to win a US Senate seat (quite a lot) and the amount needed to win a state Senate seat (much, much less), a recent Mother Jones article used some calculations that I thought were somewhat lacking – so I decided to make improvements. To [...]
Today was May Day and though the day isn’t yet over, I’m pretty sure that Occupy Wall Street’s goal of “halting the flow of capital” wasn’t really achieved. That does not lessen, however, how awe-inspiring it was to see thousands of people take to the streets in support of labor and immigrant rights. My photographer [...]
There is a fantastic website that looks like a copy of Bank of America’s website. If you look closer, you realize that something is up. The design elements are the same, but something is not quite right. It seems that the goal of the parody website, Your Bank of America, is to embarrass the bank [...]
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Last week, I joined residents, activists, and politicians in Brooklyn’s Borough Hall to call for fair elections in New York State. This was one in a series of town halls that happened across the state.