3 big Trump donors are among business leaders influencing coronavirus response

Why rely on experts when you’ve got rich donors? Trump has sought and received advice on tackling the coronavirus crisis in private conversations with several of his allies in the business world, according to people familiar with the matter. There are at least four executives Trump and his team have been in regular contact with, […]

Coronavirus Relief: The U.S. plans to give $500 billion to large companies. It won’t require them to preserve jobs or limit executive pay.

Screw the working class. The Fed’s coronavirus aid program lacks restrictions Congress placed on companies seeking financial help under other programs A Federal Reserve program expected to begin within weeks will provide hundreds of billions in emergency aid to large American corporations without requiring them to save jobs or limit payments to executives and shareholders. […]

Coronavirus Stimulus: More Tax Breaks for the Rich

Many of the tax benefits in the stimulus are “just shoveling money to rich people,” said Victor Fleischer, a tax law professor at the University of California, Irvine. While the 2017 tax-cut package was a bonanza for big companies and wealthy individuals, in order to keep the law’s overall costs down it imposed a number […]

Coronavirus Put Her Out of Work, Then Debt Collectors Froze Her Savings Account

Working class wages have been stagnant since the 1970s, as the plutocrats’ share of the national wealth has increased. Instead of paying us increased wages, they lend us money, often at exorbitant interest rates. An example: Late last month, Kim Boatswain sat down at her computer in her southeast Austin home and logged into her […]

Keystone Pipeline Advocates Have Spent $611 on Lobbying for Every $1 by Opponents

Advocates of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline have spent more than 600 times the amount on lobbying over the last year than its opponents have mustered, according to a MapLight review of lobbying records. The pipeline, which is being built in the midst of a pandemic that has shut down a majority of American businesses, […]

32 millionaire CEOs who scooped up taxpayer money meant for struggling small businesses

Coronavirus: With the pandemic severely restricting economic activity, thousands of small businesses across the country are on the brink of collapse. Congress created the Paycheck Protection Program as a lifeline. The $350 billion fund was intended to rescue small businesses with forgivable loans to cover their payrolls for two months.   But just days after the […]

RW Astroturf Group: “The Convention of States”

Coronavirus protest group: A network of right-leaning individuals and groups, aided by nimble online outfits, has helped incubate the fervor erupting in state capitals across the country. The activism is often organic and the frustration deeply felt, but it is also being amplified, and in some cases coordinated, by longtime conservative activists, whose robust operations […]

Conservative Groups Involved in the Anti-Lockdown Protests

It’s not spontaneous grassroots. It’s coordinated. And often funded by the oligarchs. A coalition of influential conservative leaders and groups, some with close connections to the White House, has been quietly working to nurture protests and apply political and legal pressure to overturn state and local orders intended to stop the spread of the coronavirus. […]