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Watchdog - How we are ruining America  


Fat kids and drug cartels: The lessons 81 years after prohibition


It's been 81 years since the end of Prohibition, but big government at almost every level is still trying to sober us up.

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 Loss of entry-level jobs a tragedy for American workforce


The number of hourly workers making minimum wage, with the exception of a few upticks, has been on a downward trend since 1979.


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Wyden: No more ‘back doors’ in Americans’ computers, phones

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden wants to ban the practice of requiring back doors into phones and computers that allow the federal government to snoop on Americans.

Daily Signal - Obama Administration Now Has 1,000 Government Investigators Targeting Businesses for Minimum Wage Violations 

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Dec. 8, 2014

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Obama Administration Now Has 1,000 Government Investigators Targeting Businesses for Minimum Wage Violations

At the direction of President Obama, the U.S. Labor Department is "back in the enforcement business," Labor Secretary Thomas Perez boasted to a liberal audience.

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Why the Supreme Court Might Agree to Hear a Same-Sex Marriage Case After All

Daily Policy Focus: Last month, the Supreme Court surprised the national news media by refusing to hear any of the seven same-sex marriage cases that had been pending.

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21 Photos of Pearl Harbor and a Day That Will Live in Infamy

We honor the lives lost and remember the terrible day that, in President Franklin D. Roosevelt's words, will "live in infamy."

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CEI Today: Hillary's speaking fees, minimum wage, crowdfunding, and more 

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
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Hillary Clinton: Businesses Don't Create Jobs

Naturally it’s being said that Clinton’s statement was taken out of context, that she was talking about corporate tax breaks or something. Perhaps she was referring to her speaking bureau or to Chelsea’s former employer NBC News? Perhaps those corporations and businesses aren’t creating jobs, and that’s her reference point. > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews




Washington Examiner: Minimum wage, maximum damage

There are few policies more popular than increasing the federal minimum wage.

Yet most economists oppose the concept of a minimum wage at all, and data back them up. In fact, the minimum wage harms those it is intended to help. Breaking out of poverty is difficult for many people, and the evidence is that a minimum wage adds to the difficulty.   > Read more

> Interview Iain Murray



Forbes: Regulatory Barriers Are Holding Back Investing And Lending Opportunities For Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding could open up new opportunities in investing and lending—if only some of the antiquated securities regulations holding it back could be trimmed. > Read more

The 2014 Federal Paperwork and Red Tape Roundup

In Parts 1 through 4 of The 2014 Federal Paperwork and Red Tape Roundup we compiled a basic picture of federal paperwork costs with respect to independent agencies and federal tax collection, as well as took a look at taxation’s deadweight costs.

Now we will briefly visit the executive departments, agencies and commissions to see what might be appraised about their paperwork.

Part 5: Executive Agency Regulatory Costs

Part 4: Independent Agency Paperwork Costs

The Great Unknown - Federal Independent Agencies’ Regulatory Costs

Part 2: Billions of Dollars and 13,000 Lifetimes Annually

Part 1: Big Bucks for Pencil Pushers

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CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

It was business as usual, with new rules hitting the books on everything from political speech restrictions to butterflies to football broadcasts.



ALG files FOIL request to NY state AG on wage prosecution release 


Oct. 20, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a suit against a franchise restaurant operator alleging under-payment of employee wages issuing a release announcing the prosecution on October 16, which included a statement from union organizing activist Kendall Fells of the organization Fast Food Forward.   Americans for Limited Government filed a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request with the state Attorney Generals' office on October 20, 2014, seeking communications between the Office and Fells who was quoted in the political campaign style release. Nathan Mehrens, president of Americans for Limited Government, announced the FOIL request stating:


 "The New York State Attorney General's inclusion of union organizing activist Kendall Fells of the organization Fast Food Forward in a press release announcing a lawsuit for alleged under-payment of employee wages raises the question of whether the action is advocacy or law enforcement.


"If Fells was part of the AG's investigative team and privy to legal actions before they became public, this taints the investigation with the stench of labor union organizing politics.


"To discover whether the relationship between Fells and the New York AG's office tarnishes the activities of that office, Americans for Limited Government has filed a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request asking for all records of communication between any officer or employee in the Office of the Attorney General and Kendall Fells regarding the Attorney General's suit specific to the prosecution encompassed by the New York state AG's press release, as well as their communications regarding any other subject.


"The people of New York have the right to assume that the law is being prosecuted evenly, and that undue political influences are not tarnishing its prosecution.


"Unfortunately, the press release issued by the state's Attorney General announcing a lawsuit and including an advocacy group's comment lead a reasonable person to believe that there was collusion which may not have been lawful or ethical.  It is our hope that the FOIL request will erase any questions in this matter."


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"A.G. Schneiderman Sues Papa John's Franchisee For Underpaying More Than 400 Delivery Workers; Seeking More Than $2 Million," Oct. 16, 2014 at


Freedom of Information Law Request to NYS Attorney General's Office, Americans for Limited Government, Oct. 20, 2014 at


Information page on FOIL request, Oct. 20, 2014 at 


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


AUFC - Mon., Oct. 6 in Manchester & Nashua: U.S. Rep. Shea-Porter to Join the National 'Put the Middle Class First' Bus Tour 

The National ‘Put the Middle Class First’ Bus Tour Headed to the Granite State, To Be Joined by Congresswoman Shea-Porter 

18-State Tour to Underscore Clear Choice Voters Face in November:
Democrats’ Middle-Out Approach to Building an Economy That Works for Everyone vs. Scott Brown and Frank Guinta’s Top-Down Approach That Works Only for the Wealthy Few & Big Corporations

Washington DC – Americans United for Change is hitting the road with the national “Put the Middle Class First” bus tour to help drive home the clear choice before voters on November 4 between having a Democratic Congress that works for them or a Tea Party Congress that works for corporate special interests like the Koch brothers. The tour kicks off in New Hampshire on October 6th, first in Manchester at 10 a.m. ET followed by Nashua at 1 pm ET.  With the backdrop of a 45’ long ‘fair shot advocate on wheels’ and with invaluable support from the NH Democratic Party and Alliance for Retired Americans, Americans United will be joined by U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter in Manchester and State Senator Bette Lasky (D-NH District 13) in Nashua, as  well as local faith leaders, safety net advocates, and seniors who agree that a strong economy can only be built to last from the middle out, not the top down as Frank Guinta and Scott Brown (R-MA) insist. *SEE DETAILS BELOW.

While the economy is picking up speed, many American families are still struggling to climb into the middle class and stay there. The reason: incomes have been stagnant or even shrinking for more than a decade at the same time the cost of food, child care, college, housing, retirement security, and basic necessities has soared. That’s why all eyes are on Washington to make critical investments in education and infrastructure that will create more jobs, opportunity, and an economy that works for everyone. But instead, Tea Party Republicans have stood in the way of every reasonable proposal made by President Obama and Democrats to move the country forward and instead have made sure this Congress has been the least productive and most beholden to the special interests in U.S. history.

Four years in a row, House Republicans passed a budget plan that voucherizes Medicare, slashes Medicaid, Pell grants and child care services, and shortchanges badly needed repairs to America’s crumbling bridges and roads. At the same time the Ryan budget, which Frank Guinta voted repeatedly for, protects Big Oil subsides and gives away $5 trillion in new tax breaks for millionaires and corporations that outsource U.S. jobs. Not to be outdone, Republican Governors like Scott Walker and Rick Scott signed into law their own Robin Hood in Reverse policies, from tax breaks geared towards the super-wealthy, to gutting public education, to refusing to accept available Medicaid resources to cover thousands of vulnerable citizens living one health emergency away from bankruptcy.  The Koch brothers, Big Insurance and Wall Street are clearly satisfied customers judging by the millions of dollars they continue to funnel into Republican campaigns like that of Guinta and Scott Brown.

In contrast, Democrats in Congress have a detailed set of proposals that put the middle class first, giving more Americans a fair shot at getting into the middle class and achieving the American Dream, including: Ensuring women receive equal pay for equal work; Making college affordable; Raising the Minimum Wage; Creating jobs by investing in infrastructure; and Protecting Social Security and Medicare from benefit cuts, vouchers that don’t keep pace with seniors’ health costs, or privatization schemes.



WHO:             U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH-1st)
Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change

NHDP Chairman Raymond Buckley

Gail Kinney, Pastor, South Danbury (NH) United Church of Christ

Lucy Edwards, President of the New Hampshire Alliance for Retired Americans

WHERE:       Veterans Memorial Park, 889 Elm St, Manchester, NH


WHEN:          Monday, October 6, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. ET




WHO:             State Senator Bette Lasky (D-NH District 13)
Alderman Diane Sheehan

Brad Woodhouse, Americans United for Change

New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley


WHERE:       Parking lot outside Nashua Public Library, 2 Court Street, Nashua, NH


WHEN:          Monday, October 6, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. ET


Americans United for Change, known formally as Americans United to Protect Social Security, is a 501c4 issue-advocacy organization established in 2005 to beat back President Bush’s effort to privatize Social Security and that has been working ever since to advance a progressive agenda in Congress including Wall Street reform, protecting Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security from benefit cuts, and requiring millionaires and big corporations pay their fair share in taxes.