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Thursday
Jan282016

ALG urges rejection of Energy Policy Modernization Act 

Jan. 27, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging rejection of Senate legislation, the so-called "EnergyPolicy Modernization Act":

"Americans for Limited Government urges the Senate to reject the Energy Policy Modernization of 2015.  There is no excuse for the Senate to move forward with legislation that continues the practice of picking energy winners and losers, expands federal government authority and fails to turn control of federal lands back to the states. Rather than creating a Working Group on Energy Markets that will be abused by a future President intent on conducting a future war on energy, the Senate should focus on policies that strip the federal government's control over energy producers."

To view online: http://getliberty.org/alg-urges-rejection-of-energy-policy-modernization-act/

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Thursday
Jan282016

CEI Today: Climate investigations, Obama energy policies, Internet sales tax, and more

Thursday, January 28, 2016
In the News Today

UNCONSTITUTIONAL INVESTIGATIONS - HANS BADER


State Attorney General Climate Change Investigations Are Unconstitutional

Should government officials be able to cut off donations to groups because they employ people disparaged as “climate change deniers”? > Read more

> Interview Hans Bader

OBAMA ENERGY POLICIES - WILLIAM YEATMAN

Is Any Component of Obama's Energy Policy Not Shrouded in Obfuscation?


So much misdirection and sleight of hand is employed by the Obama administration when it comes to energy and environmental policy.  > Read more


> Interview William Yeatman

INTERNET SALES TAX - JESSICA MELUGIN


20 Organizations Oppose Utah Internet Sales Tax Proposal


This misguided plan (SB 65) is a nuisance reporting requirement in order to give Utah tax collectors information that they'd then use to collect use tax, and would create host of economic, logistic, and Constitutional problems. > Read more

 

    

 

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Thursday
Jan142016

CEI Today: Self-driving cars, Obama's energy and labor policies, and more

 

Thursday, January 14, 2016
In the News Today

OBAMA'S ENERGY POLICIES - WILLIAM YEATMAN


SOTU Response: Fisking O's Climate Spiel

 
President Obama is now claiming that the “majority of the American people” want him to implement climate policies. Of course he is being disingenuous. If he believed this was true, he would have run on the issue in 2012. > Read more 

SELF-DRIVING CARS - MARC SCRIBNER

Ushering in Self-Driving Cars


The Obama administration today is scheduled to announce new policies to boost self-driving cars. CEI transportation expert Marc Scribner says it's time to modernize motor vehicle codes, auto safety regulations, infrastructure investment, products liability law, and local transportation service regulations. > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner

GOVERNMENT ROADBLOCKS - TREY KOVACS

 
How Do We Give Workers a Fair Shot? Remove Regulatory Roadblocks

One way President Obama could have a productive final year in office and work toward expanding opportunity is by directing the National Labor Relations Board to stop making it more difficult for employers to hire and entrepreneurs to get started. > Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs

ANSWERS FOR OBAMA - IAIN MURRAY

Three Economists Had the Answer to the President's Questions

Tuesday night at the State of the Union, the President asked three questions regarding domestic policy. The questions are best answered by three great economists, Joseph Schumpeter, Ronald Coase, and Friedrich Hayek. > Read more

> Interview Iain Murray

 

 

    

 

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Sunday
Dec132015

OpenDemocracy - Report Finds Kinder Morgan Spent Millions of Dollars on Lobbying and Political Donations 

 

As NED Pipeline Fight Heats Up, Report Finds Kinder Morgan Spent Millions of Dollars on Lobbying and Political Donations Since 2014

MANCHESTER, NH – Texas-based energy giant Kinder Morgan has spent over $2.5 million in lobbying and campaign donations since 2014, even as it is seeking approval for a controversial new natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New Hampshire and Massachusetts, according to a new analysis of lobbying and campaign finance records by the nonpartisan organization Open Democracy. 

The analysis finds that Kinder Morgan Inc. and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP began lobbying in New Hampshire and Massachusetts concurrent with the introduction of its Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline proposal in each state. The company spent $53,500 to lobby New Hampshire state government officials in 2014 and an estimated $70,780 in 2015, more than any single public interest, non-profit, or labor organization. 

Fig. 1: Kinder Morgan Lobbying Expenditures in NH and MA since 2011 (2015 data incomplete)  

 

The company also spent $148,500 to lobby Massachusetts officials in 2014 and $301,334 in 2015, prior to year-end disclosures. No lobbying expenditures were reported in New Hampshire prior to 2014 when the proposed pipeline route was changed to include seventeen southern NH towns. Kinder Morgan reported $20,000 and $60,000 in Massachusetts state lobbying in 2012 and 2013, respectively. 

Analysis of federal lobbying expenditures finds several Kinder Morgan companies including Kinder Morgan, Inc., Kinder Morgan Co2, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP, and Kinder Morgan Bulk Terminals have engaged in extensive lobbying activities over the last twelve years. Kinder Morgan reported spending $170,000 to-date in 2015, including $110,000 specifically targeted at the NED pipeline proposal which is pending before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The five-member commission of presidential appointees is expected to approve or reject the proposal next year.

In addition to its reported federal and state lobbying activities in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and other states, Kinder Morgan executives have made significant campaign contributions in recent years, according to the Open Democracy analysis. At least ten Kinder Morgan employees made state and federal campaign contributions totaling more than $3 million in 2014-16. Company Chairman Richard Kinder and his wife Nancy accounted for the bulk of the contributions, giving $2 million to the Right to Rise Super PAC supporting presidential candidate Jeb Bush. 

Texas Senator Ted Cruz received $11,400 in campaign contributions from Kinder Morgan employees to his 2012 Senate campaign and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received a $1,000 contribution in 2015. Former House Speaker John Boehner received $90,200 in campaign contributions. 

Fig. 2: Kinder Morgan Contributions to 2016 Presidential Candidates 

Candidate

Amount

Year

Jeb Bush

$2,205,829

2015

Hillary Clinton

$1,000

2015

Ted Cruz*

$11,400

2012

TOTAL

$2,218,229

 

At the state level, NH Governor Maggie Hassan and MA Governor Charlie Baker received $2,000 and $1,000 in campaign contributions, respectively, from Richard and Nancy Kinder in 2014. 

All told, the analysis found $397,950 in federal and $557,000 in state campaign contributions from Kinder Morgan executives in 2014, and at least $2,211,269 in contributions to 2016 federal campaigns to-date. Analysis of campaign contributions over time finds a total of estimated $5.3 million since 2000, 87 percent of which was given to Republicans (2014-16 partisan contributions breakdown is estimated).

Fig. 3: Kinder Morgan Contributions to State and Federal Candidates and Super PACs, 2000-2015

Year

Total Amount

Republican

Democrat

2000

$329,388

97%

3%

2002

$315,996

99%

1%

2004

$375,562

96%

1%

2006

$126,061

82%

18%

2008

$152,555

63%

36%

2010

$433,849

61%

38%

2012

$389,110

97%

1%

2014

$982,689

92%

3%

2016

$2,211,269

99%

1%

TOTAL

$5,316,479

87%

11%

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Open Democracy is a Concord, NH-based nonpartisan organization that works for transparent and accountable governance in the Granite State. Learn more at www.OpenDemocracy.me.

Thursday
Nov262015

AFP - The Thanksgiving debate can wait... Simple Answers if it doesn't!

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AFP's GUIDE TO WINNING THE DEBATE...ALL YEAR ROUND!

Thanksgiving is upon us, coming with it a flood of articles from the Left about how to combat your crazy uncle's political talking points.

But at AFP, we believe family and community are sacred. We don't suggest starting a squabble over the green bean casserole...but, we DID put together a handy guide you can use over the rest of the year! 

Sure, the typical big-government talking points may make your face scrunch up...but here's how to make them eat their words, long after the turkey and stuffing are gone!

We need to invest in alternative energy sources to shape the energy marketplace. 


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If we want abundant, affordable energy, the government shouldn't use our tax dollars to give handouts to politically-connected corporations. In fact, we shouldn't be subsidizing any forms of energy.


ObamaCare will succeed if conservatives just let it.


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Since being passed in 2009, ObamaCare has only gotten less popular, and for good reason: it has broken nearly every promise made, and led to rising costs, worse care and more bureaucracy.


States need to stop holding out on Medicaid expansion so people can get the care they need.

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ObamaCare was supposed to make healthcare better and more affordable, but has only made things worse. Medicaid is a broken system that forces our poorest to the back of the line; why would we force more people onto that? Another failing government program isn't the answer.


Right-to-work supporters want to break unions because they support rich corporations over the average worker.
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Right-to-work is about one thing only: more choice. The truth is, workers deserve the freedom to choose whether they want to join a union or not, and nobody should lose their job because they decide the union isn't serving their needs or representing them well. 


We're out of money for roads and bridges. We need to raise taxes, but Americans for Prosperity won't let us!
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Before politicians reach for our wallets, we need to make sure they're using our tax dollars wisely. We know politicians love funding goofy pet projects and handing over billions to political allies. Your gas tax doesn't just go to fixing roads...have you ever heard of squirrel sanctuaries? Turtle tunnels? Time to cut the waste.  

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We hope this guide helps you win over your friends and neighbors any time of year...just don't let it ruin a wonderful holiday!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!