lobbying

Right to Repair

Apple Is Telling Lawmakers People Will Hurt Themselves if They Try to Fix iPhones

An Apple lobbyist brought an iPhone to meetings with California lawmakers and said consumers could hurt themselves by puncturing a lithium-ion battery.
Jason Koebler
4.30.19
Weed Week

The Weed Industry Is Burning Millions on DC Lobbyists and Getting Nowhere

Cannabis companies are learning that deep pockets aren't enough to influence Congress.
Chris Roberts
4.24.19
lobbying

Big Oil Defeats a Carbon Fee By Arguing It Doesn't Go Far Enough

It would have been the first carbon fee enacted in the US. Oil lobbyists fought it by making a novel, hypocritical argument, and it worked.
Caroline Haskins
11.8.18
Digital Politics

How Facebook and Google Win By Embedding in Political Campaigns

A new report from the Campaign for Accountability details the questionable role of internet platforms in election races.
Sarah Emerson
8.15.18
Broadband

Telecom Lobbyists Have Stalled 70 State-Level Bills That Would Protect Consumer Privacy

In 2018 alone, the telecom lobby has killed or stalled a whole host of legislation that would prevent ISPs from selling your data.
Michael Gaynor
8.6.18
Corruption

Robert Mueller Is Going After Shady Democrats Now, Too

The swamp might actually be getting drained.
Matt Taylor
8.1.18
sex work

'They Think They Have a PhD in Whoreology:' How Lobbying for Sex Worker Rights Helps Educate Us All

Sex worker and activist Phoenix Calida on how talking to politicians about her rights on Capitol Hill was a little scary, but well worth it.
Phoenix Calida
6.11.18
sex work

As a Trafficking Survivor, Lobbying for Sex Worker Rights Gave Me Hope

Queer sex worker and trafficking survivor Laura LeMoon on the power of coming together, even when the odds are against you.
Laura LeMoon
6.8.18
sex work

What it Was Like to Lobby on Capitol Hill as a Sex Worker

Activist, cam model and queer pornographer Anna Moone writes about her experiences lobbying for sex workers' rights in Washington, DC.
Anna Moone
6.6.18
Corruption

Democrats Will Finally Do What Clinton Couldn't: Attack Trump's Corruption

The party just took its most important step yet to move on from the brutal hangover of 2016 and actually win back Congress.
Matt Taylor
5.22.18
The VICE Guide to Right Now

The NRA Now Says 'Nothing Could've Been Done' to Prevent Vegas

The organization offered the response after backtracking on calls for bump stock regulation.
Drew Schwartz
10.9.17
Internet Insecurity

Telecom Lobbyists Downplayed ‘Theoretical’ Security Flaws in Mobile Data Backbone

According to a confidential document obtained by Motherboard, wireless communications lobby group CTIA took issue with an in-depth report by the Department of Homeland Security on mobile device security, including flaws with the SS7 network.
Joseph Cox
7.19.17
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