Posted in Accountability Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Accountability some fine day – make your own list

Hope is not a plan, but it’s something to hang on to now, so we can imagine a better future. by Wade Rathke Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Greenville Miss    Georgia is now a 45-45 tie between…

Click to read full article
Posted in Accountability Environment Government News Race for the White House 2020

Montana judge rules Trump’s illegal land manager’s decisions are invalid. ‘The Pendley Fire’

Illegal, unconfirmed acting official charade has consequences. Meteor staff Monday, October 19, 2020 Late last Friday, federal district judge Brian Morris ruled William Perry Pendley’s decisions as acting Bureau of Land Management director in Montana were…

Click to read full article
Sergio Escobar, and his sister, Mariana Escobar, join about 100 other protesters during a Harley Rouda rally against changes to the United States Postal Service in Newport Beach, California, on August 18, 2020. The event was organized by Indivisible OC. (Photo: Jeff Gritchen/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register)
Posted in Accountability Common Dreams Community Action News USPS

Nearly 700 Protests Planned for Saturday at Post Offices Across Country

“From the most remote village in the Alaskan tundra to the tiniest island in the Everglades, there’s one connection we’ve always depended on: the mail.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday, August 21 As of Friday…

Click to read full article
"The Federal Reserve was tasked with creating a massive program to protect workers' livelihoods during an intense economic and public health crisis. We should, at the very least, expect transparency about how the program is structured," said Food & Water Action attorney Adam Carlesco. (Photo: Tony Webster/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Fed refuses to release documents on fossil fuel industry’s Covid-19 bailouts

‘The Public Has a Right to Know’ “As the climate crisis demands an abrupt shift away from fossil fuels, the federal government should not be creating programs to bail out these polluters.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

Click to read full article
Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Columns Coronavirus Investigations Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The Paycheck Protection Program reveal

  by Wade Rathke Tuesday, July 7 New Orleans   The Paycheck Protection Program, known as PPP, was a major part of the Congressionally approved stimulus program as part of the CARES Act. After the Treasury…

Click to read full article
President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump taking questions about the Paycheck Protection Program with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on April 28. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Coronavirus Investigations News Pro Publica

Trump friends and family approved for millions in small business bailout

Beneficiaries of the PPP included a lettuce farming venture backed by Trump’s son, Kushner companies, and a dentist who golfs with the president. The figures were released after a lawsuit by several news organizations, including ProPublica….

Click to read full article
Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus Investigations News

Trump-connected lobbyists have raked in $10 billion in Covid-19 aid for corporate clients

“The crisis offered an especially lucrative opportunity for those lobbyists who enjoy close ties to President Donald Trump and his administration—and they seized it.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, July 7 In yet another sign…

Click to read full article
Emily Brown was director of the Rio Grande County Public Health Department in Colorado until May 22, when the county commissioners fired her after battling with her over coronavirus restrictions. “They finally were tired of me not going along the line they wanted me to go along,” she says. (Photo by Theresa Anselmo/Courtesy of Emily Brown)
Posted in Accountability Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News Public Health Public Policy

Public health officials face wave of threats, pressure amid coronavirus response

by Lauren Weber and Anna Maria Barry-Jester and Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press June 12, 2020 Emily Brown was stretched thin. As the director of the Rio Grande County Public Health Department in rural Colorado,…

Click to read full article
Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 News Podcast Pro Publica Trump Inc

“I can’t speak negatively about the President,” says Official charged with stimulus oversight

President Donald Trump’s purge of watchdogs is on the mind of one of the newly hired officials charged with overseeing the more than $2 trillion CARES Act. by Ilya Marritz and Katherine Sullivan, WNYC Wednesday, June…

Click to read full article
Lisa Larson-Walker/ProPublica
Posted in Accountability Congressional Oversight Coronavirus Misleading advertising News Pro Publica

A closer look at federal COVID contractors reveals inexperience, fraud accusations and a weapons dealer operating out of someone’s house

The Trump administration has promised at least $1.8 billion to 335 first-time contractors, often without competitive bidding or thorough vetting of their backgrounds. by Ryan Gabrielson, Lydia DePillis, J. David McSwane and Derek Willis, ProPublica, and…

Click to read full article
Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Coronavirus News

COVID bailout cash goes to big players that have paid millions to settle allegations of wrongdoing

by  Rachana Pradhan and Fred Schulte, Kaiser Health News May 9, 2020 The Trump administration has sent hundreds of millions of dollars in pandemic-related bailouts to health care providers with checkered histories, including a Florida-based cancer…

Click to read full article
Posted in Accountability Investigations News Reveal

Drug rehab ‘skirted compliance with the labor laws’ for financial gain, judge rules

By Shoshana Walter April 21, 2020 In a class-action ruling that could affect work-based rehabs across the country, a federal judge has ordered an Arkansas senator’s company and a drug rehab program to pay former participants…

Click to read full article
Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Trump puts UnitedHealth Group, a for-profit Insurer in charge of Covid-19 hospital funds

‘Never Heard of Anything Like This’ “It’s simply bizarre and unconscionable that the Trump administration would have United manage billions in relief to hospitals.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, April 22, 9:00 AM MST Watchdog…

Click to read full article
Decommissioned pumpjacks stand on what was once an Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway platform. (Corbin Hiar / E&E News)
Posted in Accountability Energy Environmental Justice Health News Off the wire Toxic Chemicals

Years of toxic leaks raise cancer risk in Western oil town.

The broader influence of the oil industry in Artesia, New Mexico is hard to miss.  Bronze statues venerate roughnecks and wildcatters, a brewpub downtown is named the Wellhead, and the walls of the local Chamber of…

Click to read full article
Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Congressional Oversight Coronavirus News

Coronavirus stimulus law allows the Federal Reserve to hold secret meetings on corporate bailouts

“That provision’s a body blow to transparency when we need it most.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer A brief and obscure provision buried in the nearly 900-page coronavirus stimulus package passed by Congress last month authorizes…

Click to read full article
Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Congressional Oversight Coronavirus Pro Publica

Trump Removed the head of the Coronavirus Bailout Oversight Board. Its members could be next.

Democrats are scrambling to stop the president from replacing independent government watchdogs after he quickly pushed aside the leader of coronavirus bailout oversight. by Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica April 9, 1:27 p.m. EDT In the wake of…

Click to read full article
Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Congressional Oversight Coronavirus News

Oversight of $4.5 trillion corporate bailout in ‘grave jeopardy’ as Trump fires independent watchdog

“A direct insult to the American taxpayers—of all political stripes—who want to make sure that their tax dollars are not squandered on wasteful boondoggles, incompetence, or political favors.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, April 7…

Click to read full article
Posted in Accountability Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report US Navy

Secretary “Lost” at Sea

“Acting” secretary of the Navy is right. He’s acting as if he knows what he’s doing. by Wade Rathke New Orleans   I’m way out of my lane when I start chiming in on how the…

Click to read full article
Posted in Accountability Common Dreams Coronavirus News

US Government’s handling of coronavirus crisis has likely led to severe undercounting of deaths, public health officials say

“Data erasure and the manufacture of mass confusion have already begun.”   by Julia Conley, staff writer Sunday, April 5 Decision-making by the U.S. government early on during the coronavirus outbreak has likely led to the…

Click to read full article
Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Corporate Influence News Politics Reveal While we were looking elsewhere

‘I’ll be the oversight,’ Trump says as his political appointees protect Wall Street, real estate

By Aaron Glantz / Reveal March 30, 2020 “I’ll be the oversight,” President Donald Trump declared last week as Congress debated the $2.2 trillion economic rescue package he signed into law Friday. The bill, the largest…

Click to read full article