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Intro: "The American Petroleum Institute, the Big Oil industry's chief lobbying organization, will start directly backing political candidates in the second quarter of this year."

House Republican leadership holds a press conference after a weekly meeting, 02/09/11. (photo: republicanconference/flickr)
House Republican leadership holds a press conference after a weekly meeting, 02/09/11. (photo: republicanconference/flickr) your social media marketing partner


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+6 # DPM 2011-02-25 00:00
And people actually believe they have a voice and a choice? Fascism is fast completing it's take over of our homeland.
What should be our course of action? Idea's?
In a minor action, I will be marching in a rally for the Wisconsin protesters, Saturday. What about you?
+8 # Progressive_Patriot 2011-02-25 00:37
Time to end corporate personhood, before it destroys what is left of America.
+5 # granny 2011-02-25 10:24
So Big Oil is going to give directly, rather than under the table. Hmm, novel! And this is a surprise? Thank you, you lying, dishonest Supreme Court, for giving over the Land of the Free. Hope you feel good about it in Church on Sunday, you hypocrites.
0 # Larry D 2011-03-13 19:55
Is there any way to create a steady drumbeat on lobbyist giving, and naming names of Reps. & Senators who are on the take?
I thought Mike Moore was on a fast track to spill the beans on all of the blood suckers inside the beltway.
We're all hurting because of the instant millionaires elected to serve the people, ooops, big business.

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