U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Number of Registered Lobbyists Falls 14% in 2017

The number of federally registered political lobbyists has fallen by 14 percent thus far in 2017 from the 2016 total. However, based on data provided by the non-partisan OpenSecrets.org, spending by lobbyists is on track to rise by about 3 percent in 2017.

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IRS Used Donor Lists From Conservative Organizations to Select Audit Targets

Judicial Watch notes that a lawsuit to squeeze documents about the targeting of individuals for audits out of the IRS was unsuccessful, even though a previous FOIA suit forced the agency to admit it was indeed keeping lists of individual donors to Tea Party and other conservative groups, for use in some sort of “secret research project,” even though IRS officials admitted “such information was not needed.”

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Arizona Chamber of Commerce: ‘Dump the Trump’

Hamer’s attack on Trump is consistent with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s wholehearted support of amnesty for illegal immigrants – a way for big business in the United States to enjoy years of cheap labor within the country itself.

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Walker Defunds Smarter Balanced Test, But Replacement Exam Also Aligned With Common Core

Walker, a likely 2016 contender, has recently affirmed what has been true of Wisconsin school districts all along – that they can choose their own standards. To his credit, he has also proposed defunding the Smarter Balanced test, a product of one of the federally funded, interstate Common Core test consortia. Grassroots parents groups, however, say Walker’s proposed new state exam – called the “Badger Exam,” is also aligned with the Common Core standards.

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Desperation: Common Core Proponents Run Ads in Iowa to Prop Up Jeb Bush

With conservative grassroots activists having educated parents, teachers, and lawmakers about the nature of the Common Core standards initiative, proponents of the education reform are desperate to bolster a possible presidential run for Jeb Bush, who was recently booed at CPAC by conservatives for being a champion of the now grossly unpopular plan.

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