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US: US charges oil-for-food chief
by Brooke Masters and Mark TurnerFinancial Times
January 16th, 2007
Benon Sevan, the administrator who was in charge of overseeing the United Nation's oil-for-food programme for Iraq, was indicted on Tuesday on federal charges of bribery and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, as part of a growing attempt by prosecutors to hold UN employees accountable to US laws.

SAUDI ARABIA: Arms deal probe stopped over Saudi threat to cease terror help
Agence France Presse
December 18th, 2006
A British investigation into a controversial arms deal with Saudi Arabia was stopped because Riyadh threatened to withdraw all co-operation on security and intelligence, a newspaper has reported.

KAZAKHSTAN: Oil, Cash and Corruption
by Ron StodghillThe New York Times
November 5th, 2006
In February, the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan is scheduled to go to trial in the largest foreign bribery case brought against an American citizen. It involves a labyrinthine trail of international financial transfers, suspected money laundering and a dizzying array of domestic and overseas shell corporations. The criminal case names Mr. Nazarbayev as an unindicted co-conspirator.

US: Congressman's Favors for Friend Include Help in Secret Budget
by John R. WilkeWall Street Journal
November 1st, 2006
With Rep. Gibbons's Backing, An Ex-Trader for Milken Wins Millions in Contracts A Lawsuit's Sensitive Subject

EU: Chemicals: A tale of fear and lobbying
by Matthew SaltmarshInternational Herald Tribune
October 27th, 2006
Three years ago, Margot Wallstrom, who was then the European Union's environment commissioner, revealed to a startled Brussels press corps that a blood test had found the presence of 28 artificial chemicals in her body, including DDT, a pesticide banned from European farms since 1983, when it was found to harm wildlife and attack the nervous system.

EU: Lobbying, European style
by Matthew SaltmarshInternational Herald Tribune
October 27th, 2006
If the European Union's eight-year effort to tighten laws governing chemicals testing has spawned one of the biggest and most costly industry lobbying campaigns that Brussels has ever seen, it has also given new impetus to efforts to regulate how lobbying is done at the European Commission.

INDIA: "Bribery scandal could harm defense ties with India"
by Ran DagoniGlobes (Israel)
October 24th, 2006
Allegations made by the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation that Israeli defense firms bribed Indian officials so that they would prefer Israeli products could chill defense ties between the two countries, warns US magazine “Defense Week.”

by Tom FowlerHouston Chronicle
October 23rd, 2006
Former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling was sentenced today to 24 years in prison for his role in the energy company's 2001 collapse in what has become one of the nation's biggest corporate scandals.

US: Mailed Diebold Disks Raise Voting Machine Fears
Associated Press
October 20th, 2006
Disks containing what appears to be software code used in Maryland's touchscreen voting machines in 2004 were delivered anonymously to a former state legislator, raising fresh concerns about the reliability of the voting system.

LIBERIA: Mittal accused of creating a state within a state in Liberia
by David PallisterThe Guardian (UK)
October 2nd, 2006
A damning report on Mittal Steel's acquisition of an impoverished African country's iron ore reserves is published today, accusing the world's largest steelmaker of offering an inequitable "raw deal" that has created an unaccountable "state within a state".

US: Rep. Ney Admits Selling Influence
by James V. Grimaldi and Susan SchmidtWashington Post
September 16th, 2006
Rep. Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio) agreed yesterday to plead guilty to corruption charges after admitting to performing a variety of official acts for lobbyists in exchange for campaign contributions, expensive meals, luxury travel, sports tickets and thousands of dollars in gambling chips. He is the first elected official to face prison time in the ongoing influence-peddling investigation of former GOP lobbying powerhouse Jack Abramoff.

US: Lieberman Finds Favor Among Donors That Usually Support G.O.P.
by Mike McIntire and Jennifer MedinaThe New York Times
July 21st, 2006
When it comes to supporting candidates for public office, the Associated General Contractors of America gives 90 percent of its campaign contributions to Republicans. And then there is Senator Joseph I. Lieberman.

UK: Blair admits link between party donations and seats in Lords
by George Jones and Graeme WilsonThe Telegraph
July 17th, 2006
Tony Blair admitted yesterday that there was a direct link between donating large sums of money to the Labour Party and being nominated for a seat in the House of Lords.

US: Once an Enemy, Health Industry Warms to Clinton
by Raymond Hernandez and Robert PearThe New York Times
July 12th, 2006
Some of the same interests that tried to derail Mrs. Clinton’s health care overhaul are providing support for her Senate re-election bid. The Health Insurance Association of America ran the famous “Harry and Louise” commercials mocking the Clinton health care plan as impenetrably complex. Some companies that were members of that group are now donating to Mrs. Clinton.

US: Lawmaker Criticized for PAC Fees Paid to Wife
by Jonathan Weisman and Jeffrey H. BirnbaumThe Washington Post
July 11th, 2006
In the past two years, campaign and political action committees controlled by Rep. John T. Doolittle (R-Calif.) paid ever-larger commissions to his wife's one-person company and spent tens of thousands of dollars on gifts at stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Tiffany & Co. and a Ritz-Carlton day spa.

US: Lay's Death Could Set Skilling Free
by Barrie McKennaThe Globe and Mail (Canada)
July 7th, 2006
Kenneth Lay's sudden death could prove to be an unexpected legal bequest to Jeffrey Skilling, his co-defendant in the landmark Enron Corp. fraud case.

US: Lay's Death Complicates Efforts to Seize Assets
by Simon RomeroThe New York Times
July 6th, 2006
In yet another bizarre twist to the Enron saga, the sudden death of Kenneth L. Lay on Wednesday may have spared his survivors financial ruin. Mr. Lay's death effectively voids the guilty verdict against him, temporarily thwarting the federal government's efforts to seize his remaining real estate and financial assets, legal experts say.

US: Jury Convicts HealthSouth Founder in Bribery Trial
by Carrie JohnsonThe Washington Post
June 30th, 2006
An Alabama jury yesterday convicted HealthSouth Corp. founder Richard M. Scrushy -- acquitted last year of federal accounting-fraud charges -- of paying half a million dollars in bribes to former governor Don Siegelman in exchange for a seat on a state health-care board.

FRANCE: France's shareholder revolt
by Henri AstierBBC
June 29th, 2006

US: Ex-Governor and Executive Convicted of Bribery
Associated Press
June 29th, 2006
Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy were convicted Thursday in a bribery scheme that derailed Siegelman's campaign to retake his former office.

MEXICO: TV spots throw Mexican business into election fray
by Chris AspinReuters
June 28th, 2006
Mexico's most powerful business group is putting its money where its mouth is only days before Sunday's presidential vote, with thinly-veiled TV ads critical of the leftist front runner.

US: SEC Lawyer Claims Firing Over Fund Inquiry
Associated Press
June 28th, 2006
A former government attorney told Congress on Wednesday that he was fired for investigating a hedge fund too aggressively and said law enforcement is failing in its duty to protect investors in the growing hedge fund industry.

US: SEC Lawyer Dismissed for a Donor?
by Ari BermanThe Nation
June 28th, 2006
Last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) began investigating one of the nation's largest hedge funds, Pequot Capitol Management, for possible insider trading. Up until last summer, the inquiry was headed by SEC lawyer Gary Aguirre. His investigation proceeded smoothly, Aguirre claims, until he asked for testimony from former Pequot chairman and Morgan Stanley CEO, John Mack, a top Bush donor.

US: Justices Reject Campaign Limits in Vermont Case
by Linda GreenhouseThe New York Times
June 27th, 2006
Vermont's limits on campaign contributions and on campaign spending by candidates are unconstitutional, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a splintered 6-to-3 decision suggesting that efforts to limit the role of money in politics might face considerable resistance in the Roberts court.

KATRINA: 'Breathtaking' Waste and Fraud in Hurricane Aid
by Eric LiptonThe New York Times
June 27th, 2006
Among the many superlatives associated with Hurricane Katrina can now be added this one: it produced one of the most extraordinary displays of scams, schemes and stupefying bureaucratic bungles in modern history, costing taxpayers up to $2 billion.

AUSTRALIA: Government Invests in Philip Morris
June 26th, 2006
The government of New South Wales has made a large investment in the Altria Group, which owns Philip Morris. Critics say the government can't preach health and invest in tobacco simultaneously.

US: Federal contracts up 86% under Bush; Halliburton rises 600%
Raw Story
June 20th, 2006
Top contractor Lockheed got contracts larger than budget of Congress, Dept. of Interior

US: Homeland Security Inc.: Company Ties Not Always Noted in U.S. Security Push
by Eric LiptonThe New York Times
June 19th, 2006
As a growing number of Department of Homeland Security employees exit the agency, the practice of former officials joining prestigious research or academic institutions while working on behalf of for-profit companies is not uncommon in Washington.

US: 2 Utilities to Pay Enron $50 Million in Settlement
by David Cay JohnstonThe New York Times
June 14th, 2006
Two small utilities are set to pay more than $50 million to Enron for electricity that they agreed to buy but that Enron will never deliver, under terms of a settlement that raises larger issues.

US: Investigation exposes dots connecting Lewis, Lowery
by George WatsonInland Valley Daily Bulletin
June 11th, 2006
The investigation into Lewis and Lowery stems from a federal probe of former Rep. Randy "Duke'' Cunningham, R-Escondido, who was sentenced to eight years in prison in November after admitting he accepted more than $2.4 million in bribes from businessmen seeking federal contracts.

US: Release ordered for 2 executives
by John C. RoperThe Houston Chronicle
June 9th, 2006
Two Merrill Lynch executives convicted for their roles in a Nigerian barge deal that inflated Enron's profits have been ordered released from prison pending their appeal.

US: In Las Vegas, They're Playing With a Stacked Judicial Deck
by Michael J. Goodman and William C. RempelThe Los Angeles Times
June 8th, 2006
When Judge Gene T. Porter last ran for reelection, a group of Las Vegas lawyers sponsored a fundraiser for him at Big Bear in California. Even by Las Vegas standards, it was brazen. Some of the sponsors had cases before him. One case was set for a crucial hearing in four days.

US: Taking Sides on 'Net Neutrality'
by Jim PuzzangheraThe Los Angeles Times
June 6th, 2006
Former White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry is no stranger to well-aimed political attacks. After all, he held down the briefing room podium for Bill Clinton during the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, a task he compared to being a "human pinata."

US: Privately Funded Trips Add Up on Capitol Hill
by Jeffrey H. BirnbaumWashington Post
June 6th, 2006
Over 5 1/2 years, Republican and Democratic lawmakers accepted nearly $50 million in trips, often to resorts and exclusive locales, from corporations and groups seeking legislative favors, according to the most comprehensive study to date on the subject of congressional travel.

US: Playing Politics With Federal Contracts
OMB Watch
May 17th, 2006
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Alphonso Jackson suggested at a forum in Dallas that federal contracts would not be awarded to those who have political disagreements with President Bush.

US: Congressman's Condo Deal Is Examined
May 17th, 2006
At the center of a federal inquiry into Representative Alan B. Mollohan, Democrat of West Virginia, is his real estate investment with a bankrupt distant cousin who touted his connections to one of Mr. Mollohan's nonprofit organizations to win work, including a federal contract in his district.

US: Big Corporate Tax Breaks Upheld
by David G. SavageThe Los Angeles Times
May 16th, 2006
The Supreme Court threw out a taxpayers' lawsuit Monday that challenged the widespread practice of states giving big tax breaks to lure manufacturers to build new plants within their borders.

US: Scientists Call Diebold Security Flaw 'Worst Ever'
by Ian HoffmanInside Bay Area
May 11th, 2006
Computer scientists say a security hole recently found in Diebold Election Systems' touch-screen voting machines is the "worst ever" in a voting system.

US: Katherine Harris in Hot Water Over Defense Contractor
Associated Press
May 4th, 2006
A political strategist who left U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris (news, bio, voting record)'s Senate campaign last month said Harris ignored her staff's recommendation to reject a defense contractor's $10 million appropriation request, now being challenged by a congressional watchdog group.

US: Red Lights on Capitol Hill
by Ken SliversteinHarpers
May 3rd, 2006
I reported last Thursday that Shirlington Limousine and Transportation, Inc., a firm allegedly used by defense contractor Brent Wilkes to provide prostitutes to ex-Rep. Duke Cunningham, is headed by a man who has a long criminal rap sheet and is also a contractor for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It was Mitchell Wade, another defense contractor who has acknowledged bribing Cunningham, and who is cooperating with investigators, who reportedly told prosecutors about Shirlington's relationship with Wilkes and the latter's alleged pimping scheme. (Wilkes's attorney denies the charge.)

US: Enron Prosecutor Questions Skilling's Story
by Vikas Bajaj and Alexei BarrionuevoThe New York Times
April 17th, 2006
A prosecutor tried to poke holes in the testimony of Jeffrey K. Skilling, the former Enron chief executive, today by boring in on stock sales he made in the months after he left the company and before the energy company declared bankruptcy.

US: The Enron Standard
by Lee
April 13th, 2006
In a Houston courtroom this week, former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling took the witness stand to plead his innocence, telling jurors that “My life is on the line.”

US: Unwitting Shoppers Recruited for Wal-Mart PR Fight
by Marilyn GeewaxCox News Service
April 4th, 2006
Last December, Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Ark., created its own grassroots group, Working Families for Wal-Mart. It hired Edelman, a global public relations firm, to organize the group out of its Washington office and launch a nationwide campaign.

LIBERIA: Before UN Sanctions Are Lifted, a Timber Industry Clean-Up
by Abdullah DukulyInter Press Service News Agency
March 31st, 2006
Liberia's newly-elected but cash-strapped government has begun to find ways that the U.N. sanctions can be lifted to allow the country to exploit its immense timber resources for the benefit of its war-ravaged people.

EQUATORIAL GUINEA: Equatorial Guinea hosts ethics workshop
by DONNA BRYSONAssociated Press
March 27th, 2006
Is a traditional tribal leader a government official, and could giving money to him be considered bribery? These questions, which oil and gas company executives grappled with recently during a workshop in Equatorial Guinea, are more than an academic exercise.

US: Proposals Call For Disclosure of Ties to Lobbyists
by Jonathan WeismanWashington Post
March 27th, 2006
As long as there is no explicit quid pro quo, lawmakers can channel clients to lobbyists, who help secure home-district pet projects, or "earmarks," and in turn, those lobbyists can send part of their fees back in the form of campaign contributions. But in the wake of the corruption scandals of former representative Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.) and former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, congressional reformers want to shine a light on dealings that have even a whiff of impropriety.

US: Vague Law and Hard Lobbying Add Up to Billions for Big Oil
by Edmund L. AndrewsThe New York Times
March 27th, 2006
Last month, the Bush administration confirmed that it expected the government to waive about $7 billion in royalties over the next five years, even though the industry incentive was expressly conceived of for times when energy prices were low. And that number could quadruple to more than $28 billion if a lawsuit filed last week challenging one of the program's remaining restrictions proves successful.

US: Former DeLay aide enriched by nonprofit
by R. Jeffrey SmithWashington Post
March 25th, 2006
A top adviser to former House Whip Tom DeLay received more than a third of all the money collected by the U.S. Family Network, a nonprofit organization the adviser created to promote a pro-family political agenda in Congress, according to the group's accounting records.

KATRINA: FEMA breaks promise on Katrina contracts
Associated Press
March 25th, 2006
Officials said they awarded the four contracts last October to speed recovery efforts that might have been slowed by competitive bidding. Some critics, however, suggested they were rewards for politically connected firms.

US: Pentagon Orders Investigation Of Cunningham's MZM Earmark
by Walter Pincus Washington Post
March 24th, 2006
Undersecretary of Defense Stephen A. Cambone ordered an internal study of how funding earmarked in a bill by then-Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.) led to contracts for MZM Inc. to do work for the Pentagon's new agency: the Counterintelligence Field Activity.

KATRINA: House Panel to Review Several Post-Katrina Contracts for Waste and Abuse
Associated Press
March 21st, 2006
A House committee said Monday it would review several post-Katrina hurricane contracts for waste and abuse, citing recent concerns about limited oversight and the haste in which they were awarded.

US: Did a Group Financed by Exxon Prompt IRS to Audit Greenpeace?
by Steve StecklowThe Wall Street Journal
March 21st, 2006
Two and a half years ago, Public Interest Watch, a self-described watchdog of nonprofit groups, wrote to the Internal Revenue Service urging the agency to audit Greenpeace and accusing the environmental group of money laundering and other crimes. What is clear is where PIW has gotten a lot of its funding: Exxon Mobil Corp., the giant oil company that has long been a target of Greenpeace protests.

US: Google hires D.C. lobbyist with a friend in high places
by Verne KopytoffSan Francisco Chronicle
March 16th, 2006
Facing increasing congressional scrutiny, Google Inc. has hired a lobbying firm that includes the son of U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.

US: Frist a frequent flier on drug companies' jets
by Bill TheobaldThe Dickson Herald
March 9th, 2006

US: Fastow grilled about 'smoking gun' document
by Greg FarrellUSA TODAY
March 9th, 2006
A defense lawyer in the trial of former Enron CEOs Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling spent Thursday morning trying to undermine the testimony of the government's star witness and questioning the authenticity of a "smoking gun" document.

US: Fastow: "I was being a hero for Enron."
by John C. RoperHouston Chronicle
March 7th, 2006
Andrew Fastow considered himself "a hero for Enron'' for hiding losses and bolstering earnings for the company through partnership deals he created.

US: Enron Secretary Defends Her Criticism of Executives
by Alexei BarrionuevoThe New York Times
February 23rd, 2006
For the first time in the four-week trial of two former Enron executives, the actions of the company's directors in a critical month in 2001 came under scrutiny during a cross-examination.

US: Skilling's Lawyer Portrays an Accuser as Out of Touch
by Alexei BarrionuevoThe New York Times
February 16th, 2006
A lawyer for Jeffrey K. Skilling, a former Enron chief executive, tried Wednesday to portray the head of the company's broadband unit as an out-of-touch manager who was criticized for his free-spending ways and did not even know how many employees were working under him.

THAILAND: Thai PM shrugs off shares sale protests
by Amy KazminFinancial Times
February 6th, 2006
Thaksin Shinawatra, Thai prime minister, this weekend declared he would not bow to pressure and step down from office, even as tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Bangkok to demand his resignation.

US: 10 Enron Players: Where They Landed After the Fall
by staffThe New York Times
January 29th, 2006
KENNETH L. LAY and his second in command, Jeffrey K. Skilling, were the public faces of Enron, painting a rosy picture of strong profits and healthy businesses. But as the facts began to tumble out, in the fall of 2001, the company swiftly collapsed, taking with it the fortunes and retirement savings of thousands of employees.

US: Big Test Looms for Prosecutors at Enron Trial
by Kurt EichenwaldThe New York Times
January 26th, 2006
"For the government, if they lose the Enron case, it will be seen as a symbolic failure of their rather significant campaign against white-collar crime," said John C. Coffee Jr., a professor at Columbia Law School. "It will be seen as some evidence that some cases are too complicated to be brought into the criminal justice process."

KATRINA: CH2M Hill Gets Another Clean-up Contract
by Gordon Russell and James VarneyThe Times-Picayune
January 20th, 2006
CH2M Hill, a national company based in Denver, landed the deal for the collection and disposal of about 30,000 damaged and abandoned cars, trucks, buses and boats littering public streets and rights of way.

US: Taking Enron to Task
by Carrie JohnsonWashington Post
January 18th, 2006
Sean M. Berkowitz and a small group of government lawyers will be in the spotlight in the Jan. 30 trial of Enron's former leaders. The case is the capstone in the cleanup after an era of business misconduct that left investors billions of dollars poorer. The outcome could shape the public's -- and history's -- judgment of how effective it was.

US: Blunt, DeLay shared connections to lobbyist Abramoff
USA Today
January 11th, 2006
Roy Blunt, R-Mo., wrote at least three letters helpful to Abramoff clients while collecting money from them. He swapped donations between his and DeLay's political groups, ultimately enriching the Missouri political campaign of his son Matt.

US: Prosecutors Shift Focus on Enron
by Alexei BarrionuevoThe New York Times
January 11th, 2006
Government lawyers who will try the case against Enron's former chief executives, Kenneth L. Lay and Jeffrey K. Skilling, have signaled that they intend to spend less time befuddling jurors with talk of Enron's accounting.

US: DeLay Tried, Failed to Aid Abramoff Client
by Suzanne GamboaAssociated Press
January 10th, 2006
Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay tried to pressure the Bush administration into shutting down an Indian-owned casino that lobbyist Jack Abramoff wanted closed — shortly after a tribal client of Abramoff's donated to a DeLay political action committee.

US: Lobby Firm Is Scandal Casualty
by Jeffrey H. Birnbaum and James V. GrimaldiWashington Post
January 10th, 2006
One of Washington's top lobbying operations will shut down at the end of the month because of its ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and former House majority leader Tom DeLay.

US: Fines in mining deaths cut back
by Thomas FrankUSA Today
January 10th, 2006
The nation's coal mines have been required to pay only a fraction of the federal fines imposed after deadly accidents since 1999, a USA TODAY analysis shows.

US: Lobbyist's Work for Publishers of Magazines Under Scrutiny
by By Katherine Q. Seelye KATHARINE Q. SEELYEThe New York Times
January 9th, 2006

US: Call It the Deal of a Lifetime
by Landon Thomas, Jr.The New York Times
January 8th, 2006
It has been a wrenching professional and personal reversal for Michael Kopper, who three years ago became the first Enron executive to plead guilty to criminal charges and cut a deal with the government. Mr. Kopper was also the first high-ranking Enron employee to publicly admit to lying and stealing - in his case, more than $16 million - from the company.

US: Under Bush, mine-safety enforcement eased
by Seth Borenstein and Linda J. JohnsonPhiladelphia Inquirer
January 8th, 2006
A Knight Ridder investigation shows the number of major fines has dropped and the dollar amounts have plunged. But deaths and injuries from accidents are near record-low levels in recent years.

US: Officials Focus on a 2nd Firm Tied to DeLay
by Anne E. Kornblut and Glen JusticeThe New York Times
January 8th, 2006

US: Lobbyist's Firm Escapes Fallout From a Scandal
January 8th, 2006
Greenberg Traurig was a politically well-connected law firm long before Jack Abramoff, the disgraced lobbyist who pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy, fraud and tax evasion, joined it about six years ago.

US: Contractor Supplies IRS with Citizens' Political Affiliations
by Mary DalrympleAssociated Press
January 5th, 2006
The Internal Revenue Service said Thursday it had told a contractor to stop sending the agency information about political party affiliation in databases used to track down delinquent taxpayers.

US: Lobbyist's Guilty Plea Seen as Threat to DeLay Return
by Carl Hulse and Adam NagourneyThe New York Times
January 5th, 2006
The decision by Mr. Abramoff to cooperate in a broadening federal inquiry reaching deep into Mr. DeLay's inner circle led some influential Republicans on Wednesday to issue new calls for Mr. DeLay to abandon his goal of regaining his post.

US: Four Years Later, Enron's Shadow Lingers as Change Comes Slowly
by Stephen LabatonThe New York Times
January 5th, 2006
Four years after the company's ignominious collapse, Enron's former top executives are about to head to a climactic criminal trial later this month, serving as a reminder that changes in the behavior of many American companies have been more muted than many once expected.

US: Enron Prosecutors, After Plea Bargain, Can Reduce Technical Jargon in Trial
by John R. EmshwillerThe Wall Street Journal
January 4th, 2006
The plea bargain last week by former Enron Chief Accounting Officer Richard Causey gives federal prosecutors the chance to present a shorter and less technical case against former company Chairman Kenneth Lay and former President Jeffrey Skilling. The pair's trial on conspiracy, fraud and other charges is scheduled to start in Houston on Jan. 30.

US: Lobbyist Pleads Guilty in Florida; Second Plea in 2 Days
by Abby Goodnough and Anne E. KornblutThe New York Times
January 4th, 2006
A day after he pleaded guilty to three felony counts in Washington, Jack Abramoff, a once prominent Republican lobbyist, pleaded guilty today to two felony charges of conspiracy and fraud in a case stemming from his purchase of a casino boat line in 2000.

US: U.S. says Skilling mislead the SEC
January 4th, 2006
Prosecutors intend to argue that former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling attempted to deceive the Securities and Exchange Commission in a deposition he gave soon after the company's bankruptcy about his reason for selling 500,000 shares of Enron stock, according to a motion filed in a Houston federal court Tuesday.

US: Lobbyist admits kickbacks, influence peddling
January 3rd, 2006

US: Opposition to Drug Co. Liability Protection Grows
by  Brendan CoyneThe New Standard
January 2nd, 2006
With enactment of a $453 billion defense spending bill at hand, opposition is growing over a provision granting pharmaceutical companies wide protection from lawsuits.

US: The DeLay-Abramoff Money Trail
by R. Jeffrey SmithThe Washington Post
December 31st, 2005
The U.S. Family Network, a public advocacy group that operated in the 1990s with close ties to Rep. Tom DeLay and claimed to be a nationwide grass-roots organization, was funded almost entirely by corporations linked to embattled lobbyist Jack Abramoff, according to tax records and former associates of the group.

US: Former Top Enron Accountant Pleads Guilty to Fraud
by Simon Romero and Vikas BajasThe New York Times
December 28th, 2005
The former chief accounting officer of Enron pleaded guilty today to a single felony charge of securities fraud and agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors, giving a significant lift to the government's case against the two leading figures in the scandal over Enron's collapse.

US: HealthSouth Founder Is Arraigned
Associated Press
December 22nd, 2005
Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth Corp. Chairman Richard Scrushy both proclaimed their innocence Wednesday at an arraignment on government corruption charges.

ROMANIA: PM advises Bechtel contract could be annulled
by Adrian HamzescuBucharest Daily News
December 22nd, 2005
Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu warned the American company Bechtel that the contract for the Brasov - Bors (Transylvania) highway could be annulled if the company does not follow the laws to the letter.

US: The Presidential Pipeline: Kerry Backers Still Feel Sting of Losing 2004 Presidential Contest
by Christopher D. Kirkpatrick and Mike WilkinsonThe Toledo Blade
December 20th, 2005
Tort reform partly explains why 152, or 27 percent, of Mr. Kerry's 563 top fund-raisers, dubbed Vice Chairs and Chairs, are listed as lawyers. They raised at least $50,000 each for the Kerry-Edwards campaign.

US: Donors underwrite DeLay's luxury lifestyle
by Larry Margasak and Sharon TheimerAssociated Press
December 20th, 2005
As Tom DeLay became a king of campaign fundraising, he lived like one too. He visited cliff-top Caribbean resorts, golf courses designed by PGA champions and four-star restaurants - all courtesy of donors who bankrolled his political money empire.

US: The Presidential Pipeline: Bush Money Network Rooted in Florida, Texas
by Steve Eder and Jim DrewToledo Blade
December 19th, 2005
Long before George W. Bush began campaigning for the White House, his family built a fund-raising network of wealthy supporters to bankroll his political ambitions and propel him to the presidency.

US: Presidential Pipeline: Bush's Top Fund-Raisers See Spoils of Victory
by Jim Tankersley, Joshua Boak and Christopher D. KirkpatrickToledo Blade
December 18th, 2005
President Bush's corporate champions see the spoils of his administration in coal. And timber. And credit-card payments, Afghan electric lines, Japanese bank transfers and fake crab.

US: Diebold Sued by Two Groups of Investors
by Connie MabinAssociated Press
December 16th, 2005
Two groups of investors are suing Diebold Inc., claiming that misleading comments about the company's electronic voting machine business artificially inflated share prices.

US: Phone Company Bars Reporter From Its Shareholder Meeting
by Richard SiklosThe New York Times
December 16th, 2005
The IDT Corporation, a telecommunications and entertainment company that is under pressure for its languishing share price, barred a New York Times reporter from its shareholder meeting yesterday.

US: Shining Light on Corporate Political Gifts
by Floyd NorrisThe New York Times
December 16th, 2005
Which politicians - and which political causes - are your companies financing? Will those contributions come back to haunt them as prosecutors go after lobbyists for expenditures that could be deemed contributions - or bribes?

ENRON: Ken Lay's Very Public Appeal
by Kate MurphyBusinessWeek
December 14th, 2005
Soon heading to trial, the former Enron CEO implores -- before a wealthy crowd -- company employees to "stand up" for him.

US: Bush Pal O'Dell Resigns As Diebold CEO, Chairman
Associated Press
December 12th, 2005
Bush booster Walden O'Dell has resigned from Diebod Inc. - maker of ATMs and electronic voting machines - for "personal reasons."

US: Poll Shows Americans Distrust Corporations
by Claudia H. DeutschThe New York Times
December 10th, 2005
Pollsters, researchers, even many corporate chiefs themselves say that business is under attack by a majority of the public, which believes that executives are bent on destroying the environment, cooking the books and lining their own pockets.

US:Texas Town Adopts Corporate Name
by Matt SlagleAssociated Press
November 17th, 2005
Texas Town Renamed 'DISH' As Part of Corporate Marketing Deal With Satellite TV Company

US: Document Says Oil Chiefs Met With Cheney Task Force
by Dana Milbank and Justin BlumThe Washington Post
November 16th, 2005
Executives from big oil companies met with Vice President Cheney's energy task force in 2001 -- something long suspected by environmentalists but denied as recently as last week by industry officials testifying before Congress.

US: Cheney's Halliburton Options Up 3,281% Last Year
The Raw Story
October 11th, 2005

US: Delay Is Indicted in Texas Case and Forfeits G.O.P. House Post
by Philip Shenon and Carl HulseThe New York Times
September 29th, 2005
Representative Tom DeLay, the House majority leader and a driving Republican power in Washington, was forced to step aside from his leadership post on Wednesday after a grand jury in Texas indicted him on a charge of conspiring to violate election laws in his home state.

Britain: British Upset by Scale of Iraqi Ministry Corruption
The Guardian
August 23rd, 2005
British officials are seriously concerned about the level of corruption in the Iraqi defense ministry, after the embezzlement of vast amounts of money earmarked for the country's security forces. Officials from the British Ministry of Defense had already warned US and Iraqi authorities against the squandering of money -- and have been proved right, on a catastrophic scale.

Ghana: Comparing "Hotel Kufuor" to other Presidential Scandals
by Katie Bell Home Page Ghana
August 21st, 2005
COUNTS of massive corruption within governments weave their way through almost every nation. Yet, the accusations surrounding President Kufuor’s involvement in the ‘Hotel Scandal’ seems negligible and overhand when compared to past and ongoing corruption scandals hitting the headlines elsewhere. It seems a bit of underhand dealing comes with the job. The question arises however, of where does one draw the line?

US: Politicians' private-jet uses raises questions
by Dean Calbreath San Diego Union-Tribune
August 5th, 2005
Although the flights may be legal, critics say they serve as prime examples of how federal contractors and lobbyists use travel and other perks to make friends on Capitol Hill.

US: The Big Tug of War Over Unocal
by Steve LohrNew York Times
July 6th, 2005
As the lobbying heats up in Washington over Unocal, a midsize American oil company, the battle lines in the takeover contest are now drawn clearly, if oddly, by its suitors.

US: Democrats Say White House again Cozy with Big Oil
June 17th, 2005
Democrats say that the resignation of a former official on the White House Council on Environmental Quality to join ExxonMobil was an example of coziness between the Bush administration and the oil industry.

US: J. P. Morgan Chase to Pay Investors $2.2 Billion
by Julie CreswellNew York Times
June 15th, 2005
J. P. Morgan Chase announced that it had agreed to pay $2.2 billion to Enron investors who accused the bank of participating in the accounting scandal that led to Enron's collapse.

US: How Oil Giant Influenced Bush
by John VidalThe Guardian
June 8th, 2005
White House sought advice from Exxon on Kyoto stance

BRAZIL: Paving the Amazon
by Marcelo BallveAlterNet
March 5th, 2005
In the aftermath of the assassination of Dorothy Stang, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva is scrambling to appear green. But many fear that an unholy alliance between government and agribusiness will bring more forest destruction.

MEXICO: First Lady's Foundation Leaves Grey Areas
by  Sara SilverFinancial Times
February 24th, 2005
Marta Sahagún de Fox, Mexico's first lady, has repeatedly denied using her philanthropic foundation (which has ties to Coca-Cola) to advance political ambitions. So it may be nothing more than coincidence that as the country moves towards elections next year, Vamos Mexico's media campaign has moved into high gear.

US: Of, By and For Big Business
by Robert ScheerAlterNet
February 22nd, 2005
Here's the agenda, as laid out by the president and the Republicans who control Congress: First, limit people's power to right wrongs done to them by corporations. Next, force people to repay usurious loans to credit card companies that make gazillions off the fine print. Then, for the coup de grace, hand over history's most successful public safety net to Wall Street.

US: A New Target for Advisers to Swift Vets
by Glen JusticeNew York Times
February 19th, 2005
Taking its cues from the success of last year's Swift boat veterans' campaign in the presidential race, a conservative lobbying organization has hired some of the same consultants to orchestrate attacks on one of President Bush's toughest opponents in the battle to overhaul Social Security.

US: Corporations Painted in Red and Blue
by Joe GarofoliSan Francisco Chronicle
February 15th, 2005
Having taken a beating at the ballot box, the left is redirecting its post-election energy at corporate boardrooms with campaigns like and

US: California OKs $80 Million in Tax Refunds to Companies
by Evan HalperLos Angeles Times
January 26th, 2005
A powerful California state tax board has awarded a group of companies that paid no corporate income taxes in recent years $80.6 million in refunds. Activists threaten lawsuit.

GERMANY: Volkswagen forced to stop paying salaries to ex-workers in politics
by Bertrand BenoitFinancial Times
January 14th, 2005
Volkswagen, the German car maker, bowed to public pressure yesterday, saying it would abolish its controversial practice of paying salaries to employees who leave work for full-time politics.

US: Former JP Morgan Vice President Will Plead Guilty
by Jon HurdleReuters
January 12th, 2005
Anthony Snell, a former vice president of the Wall Street firm, will on Thursday plead guilty to wire fraud offenses, after previously denying the charges, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Patrick Meehan of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

US: War is Bad for Business
by Jim LobeForeign Policy In Focus
December 31st, 2004
On top of the human and financial costs of the war in Iraq, the Bush administration's foreign policy may be costing U.S. corporations business overseas, according to a new survey of 8,000 international consumers released this week by the Seattle-based Global Market Insite (GMI) Inc.

EU: Corporate Lobbying Grows
by Stefania BianchiInter Press Service
December 22nd, 2004
Groups say corporate lobby groups, which include industrial associations, political consultants and cross-industry groups, are gaining "far too much political influence" in the European Union (EU) decision-making process, and are calling for the European Commission, the EU executive, "to curb the excessive influence" of such groups.

US: Departing Lawmakers Cash in Years of Service for Big Bucks
by Matt StearnsKnight Ridder
December 22nd, 2004
With the 108th Congress now passed into history, another Washington tradition is playing out this month as departing members of Congress, rather than returning home, trade their years of service for big paychecks from lobbying groups, investment banks and law firms.

by Steven Weiss Center for Responsive Politics
December 15th, 2004
President Bush's Domestic Agenda Appeals to His Campaign Contributors

US: Lobbyists Try to Kill Philidelphia Inexpensive Wireless Plan
by Marc LevyAssociated Press
November 24th, 2004
Philadelphia's plan to offer inexpensive wireless Internet as a municipal service — the most ambitious yet by a major U.S. city — has collided with commercial interests including the local phone company, Verizon Communications Inc.

SERBIA: European Agency Survives Allegation it was Bribed by Siemens
by Lisbeth KirkEuropean Union Observer
November 20th, 2004
Balkan agency is plagued by corruption allegations.

UK: Export Credit Agency Faces Legal Challenge
by Thomas Catan Financial Times
November 20th, 2004

UK: British Companies Demand Relaxed Regulations
by David Hencke and Terry MacalisterGuardian (UK)
November 17th, 2004
Three of Britain's blue chip companies told the government they would boycott its export guarantee scheme unless tough new rules over bribery and corruption were relaxed.

RUSSIA: Bankruptcy court still a case of "Russian Roulette"
The Deal
November 15th, 2004

CHINA: Lucent Execs face bribery charges in China and Saudi Arabia
Wire Services
November 10th, 2004
Beijing's anti-graft investigators are expected to launch a probe into the multibillion-dollar deals Lucent Technologies and other foreign telecom equipment makers have secured to supply the country's vast telecom market.

RUSSIA: Minister faces telecoms accusation
by Andrew JackFinancial Times
November 8th, 2004

ITALY: Corporate Governance Lessons from Europe's Enron
by By Michael Gray, Compensation Analyst; Carlotta Amaduzzi, Global Analyst; and Stephen Deane, Publications DirectorInstitutional Shareholder Services

BRITAIN: Citigroup faces regulatory probe
by August, 2004BBC News

US: Rewriting Coal Policy; Friends in the White House Come to Coal's Aid
by Christopher Drew and Richard A. Oppel Jr. and Claire HoffmanThe New York Times
August 9th, 2004
Bush administration policies have abandoned a series of Clinton-era safety proposals favored by coal miners while embracing others favored by mine owners.

USA: Western Business: CEO Will Get Salary, Bonus In Prison
by William McCallAssociated Press
August 1st, 2004

USA: Breathing Down Neck Of White-Collar Crime
by Caitlin LiuLos Angeles Times
August 1st, 2004

IRAQ: U.S. Authorities Didn't Keep Track Of Iraq Reconstruction Spending, Audit Says
by Matt
July 30th, 2004

USA: Corporate America Shelling Out Big Bucks For Convention Visibility
by Sharon Theimer Associated Press
July 24th, 2004

IRAQ: Iraq Oil-For-Food Probe Spreads
June 21st, 2004

US: Ex-Rite Aid Chief Sentenced to 8-Year Prison Term
Associated Press
May 27th, 2004

US: New York Times Admits Iraq Faults
by Jannat JalilBBC
May 26th, 2004

US: EPA Relied On Industry For Plywood Rule
by Alan C. Miller, Tom HamburgerLos Angeles Times
May 21st, 2004

US: Union Plans Four-Day Strike Against SBC
Associated Press
May 19th, 2004
The union representing 102,000 employees of SBC Communications Inc. said Wednesday it would stage a four-day strike starting Friday because of a deadlock in contract negotiations with the nation's second biggest local phone company.

US: Professors Back Kerry With Campaign Giving
by Brian C. MooneyBoston Globe
May 18th, 2004
Voting with their checkbooks, college professors are breaking overwhelmingly for Senator John F. Kerry over President Bush, with the Democratic challenger raising nearly three times as much in campaign contributions from college campuses. The fund-raising trend contrasts sharply with the 2000 presidential race, when Bush raised slightly more money from academia than Al Gore.

Iraq: Oil-Slick James Baker
by Greg PalastAlterNet
April 28th, 2004
There's nothing in the Iraq Strategy about democracy or voting. But there's plenty of detail about creating a free-market Disneyland in Mesopotamia, with "all" state assets and that's just about everything in that nation to be sold off to corporate powers. The Bush team secret program ordered: "... asset sales, concessions, leases and management contracts, especially those in the oil and supporting industries."

US: Diebold Apologizes for Failure
by Ian HoffmanOakland Tribune
April 22nd, 2004
Poll workers in Alameda and San Diego counties hadn't been trained on ways around their failure, and San Diego County chose not to supply polls with backup paper ballots, crippling the largest roll-out of e-voting in the nation March 2. Unknown thousands of voters were turned away at the polls.

UK: Secretary Stole From Goldman Bankers
by Nikki TaitNew York Times
April 20th, 2004
A former personal assistant to top Goldman Sachs bankers in London was behind bars on Tuesday night after being found guilty of stealing 4.4m from the personal accounts of her boss Scott Mead and two other bankers.

US: Harvard Donors Aid Kerry
by  Kevin JoyBoston Globe
April 13th, 2004
Professors and other employees of Harvard University have donated $140,600 to US Senator John F. Kerry's various campaigns since 1984, including several big donations from prominent academics in recent months, a review of campaign documents shows.

US: Nuclear Industry Powers Back Into Life
by David TeatherThe Guardian
April 13th, 2004
Twenty-five years after the United States suffered its worst nuclear accident, the moribund atomic energy industry has begun to show signs of life. A consortium of seven of the biggest companies in the business, including a division of British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL), now says it intends to apply for the first licence to build a commercial nuclear plant in the US since the near disaster at Three Mile Island.

US: Higher Wages Mean Higher Profits
by Stanley Holmes, Wendy ZellnerBusiness Week
April 12th, 2004
Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST ) handily beat Wall Street expectations on Mar. 3, posting a 25% profit gain in its most recent quarter on top of a 14% sales hike. The warehouse club even nudged up its profit forecast for the rest of 2004. So how did the market respond? By driving the Issaquah (Wash.) company's stock down by 4%. One problem for Wall Street is that Costco pays its workers much better than archrival Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT ) does and analysts worry that Costco's operating expenses could get out of hand. "At Costco, it's better to be an employee or a customer than a shareholder," says Deutsche Bank (DB ) analyst Bill Dreher.

UK: Cooking the Books at Parmalat
by Fred KapnerFinancial Times
April 12th, 2004
Eight billion reasons to destroy Parmalat 'Account 999': Damning computer file survives to reveal the enormous scale of accounting irregularities at the Italian dairy group,

US: Domestic Oil Companies, Not OPEC, Mostly to Blame for High Gas Prices
Consumers Union
April 7th, 2004
Domestic Oil Companies' Consolidation, Restricting Supplies Biggest Cause of Soaring Gas Prices OPEC Actions Only Part of the Reason For Record Pump Prices In testimony today before the Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee, two leading consumer groups placed much of the blame for higher gasoline prices on domestic oil companies. The groups noted that consolidation in the refining industry has enabled large oil companies to restrict the supplies that make it to the pump, sending gas prices higher and leading to windfall profits.

US: Many Companies Avoided Taxes While Profits Soared
by John D. MckinnonWall Street Journal
April 6th, 2004
More than 60% of U.S. corporations didn't pay any federal taxes for 1996 through 2000, years when the economy boomed and corporate profits soared, the investigative arm of Congress reported. The disclosures from the General Accounting Office are certain to fuel the debate over corporate tax payments in the presidential campaign. Corporate tax receipts have shrunk markedly as a share of overall federal revenue in recent years, and were particularly depressed when the economy soured. By 2003, they had fallen to just 7.4% of overall federal receipts, the lowest rate since 1983, and the second-lowest rate since 1934, federal budget officials say."

Iraq: Safety Fears Halt Iraq Trade Fair
April 1st, 2004
A massive trade fair in Baghdad has been cancelled just days before it was to start, after the US State Department warned it could by targeted by rebels.

China: Chip Makers Exchange Barbs in Corporate Espionage Suit
by Laurie J. FlynnLos Angeles Times
March 25th, 2004
Semiconductor Manufacturing International, China's largest maker of custom chips, accused Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing on Wednesday of conducting a "smear campaign" after Taiwan Semiconductor filed new documents this week in its lawsuit accusing the Chinese company of corporate espionage.

Australia: Watchdog Condemns NAB
March 24th, 2004
Australia's financial watchdog has said the country's biggest bank put profit before probity, leading to a US$184m (102m) currency trading scandal. National Australia Bank "failed at every level" to implement proper controls on risk management, the regulator said.

Belgium: European Union Fines Microsoft $613m
by Paul GeitnerAssociated Press
March 24th, 2004
The European Union slapped Microsoft Corp. with a $613 million fine Wednesday for abusively wielding its Windows software monopoly and ordered sanctions that go well beyond the U.S. antitrust settlement -- setting up what could be another lengthy court battle.

US: For Wall Street Chiefs, Big Paydays Continue
by Patrick McGeehanNew York Times
March 23rd, 2004
As investor outrage over executive compensation rattled corporate boardrooms last year, some companies changed the way they set pay for their top officers. But the message apparently did not register on Wall Street, where chief executives like Sanford I. Weill of Citigroup and E. Stanley O'Neal of Merrill Lynch collected their biggest paychecks ever in 2003 - $44 million and $28 million.

US: FleetBoston, BofA To Pay $675 Million
by Josh FriedmanLos Angeles Times
March 16th, 2004
Bank of America Corp. and FleetBoston Financial Corp. agreed Monday to pay $675 million in fines and restitution in the biggest settlement yet in the scandal over mutual fund trading abuses.

US: Technically Speaking Still a Hub
by Joseph MennLos Angeles Times
March 15th, 2004
The Silicon Valley remains a land of headquarters, but much of the work has shifted to cheaper labor markets overseas. The house is pretty much the same as the others on Woodford Drive, except for the plastic sign on the wall that says "Easic Corp." Inside, in the dining room and family room, there's a daybed for the dog, brass plaques memorializing the chip-design firm's patents and five employees setting strategy, reviewing software and sending e-mail to programming colleagues in Romania.

Canada: Black Sues Hollinger For $173m
by Saeed ShahThe Independent
March 10th, 2004
Lord Black of Crossharbour, the disgraced media baron, has launched a new round in his legal battle with Hollinger International, with a $173m claim for fees and damages.

Germany: World Cup Organisers Shaken By Alpine Bribery
by Erik KirschbaumReuters
March 10th, 2004
Germany's World Cup organisers said on Wednesday they were "shaken" and deeply hurt by charges of corruption that have been levelled at top Munich soccer executives over the construction of the city's new stadium.

Mexico: Color It Green And See How It Fills Politicians' Pockets
by Ginger ThompsonThe New York Times
March 10th, 2004
The airwaves have been flooded with grainy, muffled videotapes that appear to show some of Mexico's leading politicians and their operatives involved in egregious acts of venality. For the most part, the tapes show the same old misdeeds long considered signatures of Mexican politics. But one of the tapes confirmed a new development - small parties have become big businesses too.

US: Kool Cigarettes in New Flavors Draw Criticism
by Nat IvesNew York Times
March 9th, 2004
Brown & Williamson Tobacco has begun promoting new versions of Kool cigarettes that are likely to draw attention not just for their high-design packages but also for their flavors: Caribbean Chill, Midnight Berry, Mocha Taboo and Mintrigue. As much as the new Kools may bolster the company's bottom line, their sugary names seem certain to raise the voltage further in the already charged debate on cigarette marketing and teenagers.

US: Nissan Sued Over Theft-Prone Headlights
by Ronald SmothersNew York Times
March 8th, 2004
State consumer regulators and the attorney general sued the automaker Nissan North America on Monday, charging that the company had deliberately concealed from owners of some of their Maxima models that its ultrabright xenon headlamps were a popular target for thieves.

Saudi Arabia: Foreign Concerns Make Deals to Search for Gas
by Simon RomeroNew York Times
March 7th, 2004
Saudi Arabian officials said on Sunday that they were seeking to strengthen ties with China and Russia after allowing energy companies from those countries to be among the first foreign businesses to explore Saudi natural gas reserves in more than three decades.

South Korea: Kia Plans Car Plant in Slovakia
by Samuel LenNew York Times
March 3rd, 2004
The move, which had been expected, was the latest by Hyundai in expanding overseas as its home market becomes increasingly crowded. Kia's decision is another coup for Slovakia, where cheap labor and proximity to Western Europe are making it a popular destination for automakers.

US: Fleet Specialist To Pay $59.4 Million Fine
Associated Press
March 2nd, 2004
Fleet Specialist, one of the five New York Stock Exchange specialist firms that have settled illegal trading charges with the Securities and Exchange Commission, will pay $59.4 million in fines and restitution, its parent company said Tuesday.

US: FERC Claims Jurisdiction on Gas Plant
by Deborah SchochLos Angeles Times
February 27th, 2004
The federal position on a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Long Beach sets up a possible conflict with state regulators.

UK: California Seeks Say in Long Beach Gas Terminal Plan
by Deborah SchochLos Angeles Times
February 26th, 2004
In an unusual protest filed with federal regulators this week, the state Public Utilities Commission complained that it had tried -- and failed -- since October to get Mitsubishi to apply to the agency for permission to build a terminal for liquefied natural gas in the Port of Long Beach.

Kazakhstan: Oil Majors Agree to Develop Field
by Heather TimmonsThe New York Times
February 26th, 2004
A consortium of international oil companies formally agreed on Wednesday to proceed with a $29 billion development of the Kashagan oil field in Kazakhstan, the largest oil discovery since Prudhoe Bay in Alaska more than 30 years ago.

USA: Tyson Hit With $1.28 Bn Verdict
by Bob BurgdorferReuters
February 17th, 2004
Tyson Foods Inc., the nation's largest meat producer, was hit with a $1.28 billion judgment on Tuesday by a federal jury that said the company manipulated the cattle market and must change its buying practices.

US: Who Gives the Most Money
by Alex KnottCenter for Public Integrity
February 13th, 2004
Investment companies dominated President George W. Bush's $47 million fourth quarter fundraising, driven by networks of top individual contributors, according to a recent supplement to "The Buying of the President 2004," a book by the Center for Public Integrity detailing the financial interests behind each presidential candidate.

Kuwait: Halliburton Deal Brings Probe
February 11th, 2004
Kuwait's parliament agreed Wednesday to investigate whether the government misused public funds when it signed a contract with Halliburton Corp. to supply fuel to U.S. troops in Iraq.

Romania: Commission Investigating How Bechtel Won Contract
by Phelim McAleerFinancial Times
February 5th, 2004

The European Commission is investigating the award - without a tender - of a $2.5bn (2bn, 1.4bn) Romanian motorway contract to the politically well-connected US company Bechtel. Gnther Verheugen, EU enlargement commissioner, is examining the contract for a 450km road that would be Romania's key transport link with central Europe. He is responding to complaints by Bucharest-based EU diplomats who claim the process was not transparent.

Israel: Sharon Says Says He Won't Quit Over Bribe Scandal
by Harvey MorrisFinancial Times
January 21st, 2004
Ariel Sharon attempted on Thursday to quell speculation that might be forced out of office by a corruption scandal after a businessman was charged with bribing him, telling an Israeli newspaper that he had no intention of resigning.

UK: Foreign Aid Goes to Neoliberal Recipients
by George MonbiotGuardian (London)
January 6th, 2004
The Adam Smith Institute, the ultra-rightwing lobby group, now receives more money from Britain's Department for International Development (DfID) than Liberia or Somalia, two of the most desperate nations on Earth.

Italy: Berlusconi Plans Decree After Media Bill Fails
New York Times
December 17th, 2003
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi moved Tuesday to protect one of his family's television businesses after President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi rejected a bill that critics say would have benefited Mr. Berlusconi's media empire. On Monday, Mr. Ciampi refused to sign the bill, which would relax limits on media ownership, and sent it back to Parliament in a setback for Mr. Berlusconi's political and media interests. The prime minister said Tuesday that his cabinet would adopt an emergency decree to shield Mediaset, the biggest private broadcaster in Italy, from the fallout. The Berlusconi family controls the company.

South Korea: Conglomerates Involved in Slush Scandal
December 15th, 2003
The man who narrowly lost last year's presidential race in South Korea has admitted his campaign finances included $42m in illegal donations. Lee Hoi-chang, of the Grand National Party, made the admission in a televised news conference, then turned himself in to state prosecutors. The shock statement is the latest twist in a scandal which also threatens President Roh Moo-hyun, since four former aides have been implicated.

Kenya: Officials, Banks in $1bn Corruption Probe
by William Wallis and David WhiteFinancial Times
December 15th, 2003
At least $1bn of illegal gains made by former and serving politicians and civil servants in Kenya has been uncovered in a secret international investigation over the past six months, according to Kenyan anti-corruption officials.

US: For Dean, 'Captive' Insurance a Vermont Boon
by Michael KranishBoston Globe
December 12th, 2003
During Dean's 11 years as Vermont governor, he enacted tax breaks that attracted to the state a "Who's Who" of corporate America -- including Enron -- to set up insurance businesses. Indeed, Dean said in 2001 that he wanted Vermont to "overtake Bermuda" as the "world's largest" haven for a segment of the insurance industry known as "captives," which refers to firms that help insure their parent companies.

Thailand: Prime Minister Mixes Business and Politics
by Shawn W. CrispinFar Eastern Economic Review
December 11th, 2003
Former telecommunications tycoon Thaksin Shinawatra has used his great popularity to pursue a variety of business-friendly policies. But critics say that the appearance is growing of policies that favour friends and family.

Russia: Why Business Votes with its Wallet
by James ArnoldBBC
December 4th, 2003
An intriguing revelation following the recent arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky was the news that the billionaire tycoon gave money to nearly all political parties - including the communists. It's odd that Russia's richest man felt the need to subsidise the organisation dedicated to destroying his privileges. More interesting still is the question of just what Mr Khodorkovsky thought he was getting in return for his largesse. In post-Soviet Russia, links between business and politics have always been both close and murky.

US: Bush's Brother Has Contract to Help Chinese Chip Maker
by Warren Vieth and Lianne HartLos Angeles Times
November 27th, 2003
Neil Bush, a younger brother of President Bush, has a $400,000-a-year contract to provide business advice to a Chinese computer chip manufacturer, according to court documents. At the same time the Bush administration is promising to crack down on alleged trade abuses by the Chinese, Neil Bush as agreed to strategize with China's Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp., the documents show.

France: Sleaze Scandal Winds Up as Oil Chiefs are Jailed
by Jon HenleyThe Guardian
November 13th, 2003
France's mammoth Elf corruption case, probably the biggest political and corporate sleaze scandal to hit a western democracy since the second world war, drew to a close yesterday as three key former executives of the oil giant were jailed for up to five years.

Russia: State Freezes Shares of Oil Giant
by Andrew Jack, Arkady Ostrovsky and Lina SaigolFinancial Times
October 30th, 2003
Russian prosecutors on Thursday froze a 44 per cent block of shares in Yukos, the country's largest oil group, in a sharp escalation of the crisis surrounding the company and its owners. The move, which was immediately denounced as illegal by the company, followed the arrest on Saturday of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the chief executive and largest shareholder, on criminal charges of fraud and tax evasion totalling $1bn.

World: Company Is Foreign at Tax Time, but Seeks Americans-Only Work
by David Cay JohnstonNew York Times
October 18th, 2003
A big oil-well drilling company that has used one law to escape American taxes by taking addresses in Bermuda and Barbados is now trying to use another law to qualify for business open only to American companies. Competitors are crying foul, saying they cannot survive if the Bermuda-Barbados company, Nabors Industries, is allowed to vie for contracts while paying little or nothing in taxes.

Kazakhstan: ChevronTexaco Quizzed in Bribery Probe
by Joshua ChaffinFinancial Times
September 11th, 2003
ChevronTexaco is being questioned by the Justice Department as prosecutors broaden an investigation into alleged bribery in Kazakhstan's oil industry. The US oil company received a subpoena from federal prosecutors in New York asking it to testify before a federal grand jury about a Kazakh oil and gas project in which the company was participating.

US: Southern Co. Hires Clean Air Act Regulator
by Margaret MewkirkAtlanta Journal-Constitution
September 4th, 2003
Southern Co. hired a new congressional lobbyist this week, and a Washington-based environmental group is crying foul. The lobbyist is John Pemberton, chief of staff of the division of the federal Environmental Protection Agency that delivered a key Clean Air Act victory last week to the nation's coal-fired utility industry, led by Southern Co.

USA: Political Parties Take Money from Crooks
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert
July 9th, 2003
The two major political parties are crooked. Without shame, they take big money from criminals. Corporate Crime Reporter last week released a report documenting $9.3 million given by convicted criminals to the Democrats and the Republicans in the 2002 election cycle.

USA: Westar Energy Review Finds Efforts to Sway Key Republicans
by Pete YostAssociated Press
June 5th, 2003
Key Republicans, including House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, solicited campaign donations from a financially strapped utility that was seeking their help in winning an exemption from a federal law, according to internal company records.The lawmakers denied on Thursday there was any connection between the donations and the exemption. Federal law forbids the seeking or granting of government business in exchange for donations.

USA: Enron Used U.S. Government to Bully Developing Nations
by Emad MekayInter Press Service
May 30th, 2003
Defunct energy giant Enron used the U.S. government to coerce the World Bank and poor nations to grant concessions and resolve its investment problems, according to documents and correspondence released by the Treasury Department.

USA: Interior Department Investigates Official's Role as Oil Lobbyist
by Katharine Q. SeelyeThe New York Times
May 12th, 2003
Responding to a request from Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, Democrat of Connecticut and a candidate for president, the inspector general of the Interior Department is investigating possible conflicts of interest involving a top Interior official who used to be a lobbyist for the oil, gas and mining interests he now regulates.

Nigeria: Halliburton Pays Bribes to Lower Taxes
by David IvanovichHouston Chronicle
May 8th, 2003
WASHINGTON -- A Halliburton Co. subsidiary paid bribes totaling $2.4 million to a tax official in Nigeria in an effort to obtain favorable tax treatment, the company has revealed.

USA: Bechtel to Rebuild Iraq
by David R. BakerSan Francisco Chronicle
April 18th, 2003
Bechtel Corp., the San Francisco construction giant known for its global reach and high-powered political connections, won a contract Thursday worth up to $680 million to rebuild Iraqi roads, schools, sewers and hospitals damaged in the war.

Cheney, Halliburton and the Spoils of War
by Lee Drutman and Charlie CrayCitizen Works
April 4th, 2003
Why Dick Cheney's wartime conflicts of interest are among the most troubling in Washington.

Iraq: Reconstruction and U.S. Interest
Globe and Mail
April 1st, 2003
Even before winning the war, the United States appears intent on managing the peace and the costly reconstruction on its own. This opens Washington to criticism that the conflict is partially about profiteering, rather than simply the removal of a vile dictator and the introduction of some stability to a volatile region.

China: Chip Makers Exchange Barbs in Corporate Espionage Suit
by Laurie J. FlynnNew York Times
March 25th, 2003
Semiconductor Manufacturing International, China's largest maker of custom chips, accused Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing on Wednesday of conducting a "smear campaign" after Taiwan Semiconductor filed new documents this week in its lawsuit accusing the Chinese company of corporate espionage.

CENTRAL AMERICA: Experts, Citizens Fear Economic Fallout of Iraq War
by Nfer MuozInter Press Service
March 21st, 2003
Ral Carballo, a nearly-blind street vendor in the capital of Costa Rica, is just one of the 4.3 million Central Americans working in the informal economy who have already begun to feel the indirect effects of the war on Iraq.

USA: Cheney is Still Paid by Pentagon Contractor
by Robert Bryce in Austin, Texas and Julian Borger in WashingtonThe Guardian
March 12th, 2003
Halliburton, the Texas company which has been awarded the Pentagon's contract to put out potential oil-field fires in Iraq and which is bidding for postwar construction contracts, is still making annual payments to its former chief executive, the vice-president Dick Cheney.

USA: General/Defense Contractor to Rebuild Iraq
by David LazarusSan Francisco Chronicle
February 26th, 2003
The retired general tapped by the Bush administration to oversee rebuilding of post-war Iraq was, until just a few weeks ago, an executive at a leading defense contractor working on missile systems that would be used to bomb Baghdad.

USA: GOP Threats Halt GAO Cheney Suit
by Peter Brand and Alexander BoltonThe Hill
February 20th, 2003
Threats by Republicans to cut the General Accounting Office (GAO) budget influenced its decision to abandon a lawsuit against Vice President Dick Cheney, The Hill has learned.

US: Water Industry's Cash to Political Campaigns Helps Fuel Effort to Privatize
February 12th, 2003
Most of that came from a core group of seven of the nation's largest water companies and the industry association that represents them, said the article.

USA: US Begins Secret Talks to Secure Iraq's Oilfields
by Nick Paton Walsh in Moscow, Julian Borger in Washington, Terry Macalister and Ewen MacAskillThe Guardian/UK
January 23rd, 2003
The US military has drawn up detailed plans to secure and protect Iraq's oilfields to prevent a repeat of 1991 when President Saddam set Kuwait's wells ablaze.

US: Bush Proposal May Cut Tax on S.U.V.'s for Business
by Danny HakimNew York Times
January 21st, 2003
The Bush administration's economic plan would increase by 50 percent or more the deductions that small-business owners can take right away on the biggest sport utility vehicles and pickups.

Italy: Police Arrest Parmalat Fraud Suspects
by John TagliabueNew York Times
January 1st, 2003
The S.E.C. has filed a complaint against Parmalat, accusing the company and Mr. Tanzi of selling about $1.5 billion of securities to American investors while engaging in fraud. People close to the company said the investigation was increasingly focused on financial institutions. One institution, Bank of America, became involved in the case earlier this month after it declared that documents appearing to certify an account it supposedly held of a Parmalat subsidiary in the Cayman Islands with the equivalent of $4.2 billion in it were forgeries.

USA: Congress Rewards Corporate Tax Evaders With US Taxpayers' Money
by Arianna HuffingtonAlterNet
December 2nd, 2002
As the war on terror shows troubling signs of becoming a war of error, the Bush administration is waging a far more successful war on behalf of its corporate backers. The latest victory comes courtesy of Congress' 11th hour reversal of a provision in the Homeland Security Bill banning government contracts for companies that move offshore to avoid paying U.S. taxes.

USA: Drug Industry Poised to Reap Political Dividends
by Vicki KemperLos Angeles Times
November 8th, 2002
Few industries campaigned harder than pharmaceutical manufacturers to elect Republicans to the new Congress, and few industries are better positioned to reap the rewards of the election returns, analysts said Thursday.

USA: Enron Election Fallout Expected to be Minor
by Michael HedgesHouston Chronicle
October 22nd, 2002
WASHINGTON -- After Enron went through its high-profile collapse, elected officials trembled at the price they might have to pay this November.

USA: Harken and Halliburton Back in the News
The Daily Enron
October 10th, 2002
First, the Wall Street Journal and Boston Globe let loose on W. Bush. The papers disclosed that while a director and paid consultant for Harken Energy Bush had actively participated in the creation of off-the-books accounting gimmicks to hide company debt and raise the company's stock price. The deal, which the company did in conjunction with Harvard Management, created an off-the-books partnership strikingly similar to the kind Enron used to accomplish the same goals -- and which Bush has condemned.

USA: Bush Oil Firm Did Enron-Style Deal
by Greg FrostReuters
October 9th, 2002
BOSTON -- President Bush's former oil firm formed a partnership with Harvard University that concealed the company's financial woes and may have misled investors, a student and alumni group said in a report on Wednesday.

USA: Beach Banking Babylon
by Molly IvinsCreators Syndicate
September 26th, 2002
AUSTIN, Texas -- The economy is a mess. We are now in the second dip of a double-dip recession. (''Looks like a W,'' say the economists, another reason why economists are not famous for their humor.) Six and a quarter trillion dollars has disappeared from the stock markets. We have so far to go in cleaning up corporate corruption, it makes the Augean stables look like spilt milk.

US: Recasting the Web, Info Commons to Cash Cow
by Karen CharmanExtra!
August 26th, 2002
If the Bush administration lets large media conglomerates and local telephone companies have their way, the Internet as we know it -- that free-flowing, democratic, uncensored information superhighway -- could soon be a thing of the past.

USA: Chief Economic Advisor Undermines Bush on SSI Reform
by Stephen PizzoDaily Enron
August 19th, 2002
Was I the only editorial writer that noticed the remarkable comment by President Bush's chief economic advisor Saturday? Lawrence Lindsey was doing his bit this weekend to put the best possible face on last week's embarrassingly vacuous Waco economic summit. One of his stops was CNN's Novak, Hunt & Shields.

Uzbekistan: PricewaterhouseCoopers Advises on US-Government Relations
O'Dwyer's PR Daily
July 16th, 2002
ricewaterhouseCoopers is providing government relations services to Uzbekistan, the Central Asian country that is a prime ally in President Bush's ''War on Terror.''

US: In Tough Times, a Company Finds Profits in Terror War
by Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr.New York Times
July 12th, 2002
The Halliburton Company, the Dallas oil services company bedeviled lately by an array of accounting and business issues, is benefiting very directly from the United States efforts to combat terrorism.From building cells for detainees at Guantnamo Bay in Cuba to feeding American troops in Uzbekistan, the Pentagon is increasingly relying on a unit of Halliburton called KBR, sometimes referred to as Kellogg Brown & Root.

USA: Corporate Misdeeds Foment Corruption in Developing Countries
by Emad MekayInter Press Service
July 12th, 2002
WASHINGTON -- The multinational firms recently fingered for corrupt practices in the United States may be practicing similar operations on a larger scale in developing countries, say long-time corporate watchdogs.

US: Tech Industry Pushes Homeland Security Legislation
by D. Ian HopperAssociated Press
July 10th, 2002
The companies making new homeland security devices, such as bomb detectors and biological weapon alarms, want the government to pick up the tab if their products fail and they are sued.

USA: Bush Wall Street Road Show Flops
by Stephen PizzoThe Daily Enron
July 10th, 2002
There was more than a little of the surreal to President Bush's speech yesterday. The speech, billed as a major policy address on Bush's get-tough-on-corporate-crime agenda, came amidst days of news revelations of President's own questionable behavior as an executive of Harken Energy.

USA: Can Bush Scold Wall Street with a Straight Face?
by Robert ScheerLos Angeles Times
July 9th, 2002
For President Bush to pretend to be shocked that some of the nation's top executives deal from a stacked deck is akin to a madam feigning surprise that sexual favors have been sold in her establishment. Dubya may have gaps in his education, but ignorance of ''aggressive accounting'' techniques and other scams they don't teach in Biz 101 is not one of them.

USA: In Effort to Save Self Bush Undermines Reform
The Daily Enron
July 9th, 2002

Over the 4th of July weekend, stories about Bush's questionable behavior as an executive of Harken Energy became grist for the weekend talk shows. With today's Wall Street policy speech looming, the President and his men hoped that addressing the inevitable press questions about Harken the day before would take the steam out of the issue today.

USA: Cracking Down on Corporate Crime, Really
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert
July 4th, 2002
Here is one of the most remarkable aspects of the still-unfolding financial scandals swirling around Worldcom, Xerox, Global Crossing, Enron, Arthur Andersen, Tyco and a growing number of other companies: The fraud occurred in the most heavily regulated and monitored area of corporate activity

USA: Memo Cited Bush's Late SEC Filings
by Mike AllenWashington Post
July 3rd, 2002
An internal Securities and Exchange Commission memo from 1991 says President Bush repeatedly failed to file timely reports of his business interests and transactions before his election as Texas governor.

US: Energy Task Force Documents Show Industry Influence
by Cat LazaroffEnvironment News Service
May 22nd, 2002
Vice President Richard Cheney's energy task force met with industry representatives 25 times for every one contact with conservation and public interest groups, shows a review by the group whose lawsuit prompted the release of thousands of Energy Department documents. The review was released the same day that the energy agency delivered another 1,500 pages of previously withheld task force information.

US: Internal Memos Connect Enron to California Energy Crisis
by Mark MartinSan Francisco Chronicle
May 7th, 2002
Energy traders for Enron used elaborate schemes with nicknames like ''Death Star'' and''Get Shorty'' to manipulate California's electricity market and boost profits, according to internal company memos released by federal regulators Monday.

USA: DeLay, Enron and the Marianas
The Daily Enron
April 4th, 2002
House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX) relishes in describing the Marianas as his personal Galapagos Islands. The 14-island chain of Pacific Islands has long been DeLay's image of a perfect business environment -- virtually devoid of business or environmental regulations. Only one other entity, Enron, curried more favor with DeLay.

US: New Hot Line Links CEOs to White House
by Tiffany KaryCNET
April 3rd, 2002
A high-security communications network linking government leaders to some of technology's biggest names in the event of a national disaster will be unveiled early next month, officials say. Inspired by the breakdown in communication on Sept. 11, when frantic calls overwhelmed phone lines, the so-called CEO Link will be used to shuttle high-priority news between government officials and executives.

USA: Documents Show Bush Energy Plan Fuelled By Industry
by Danielle KnightInter Press Service
March 28th, 2002
The administration of President George W. Bush relied exclusively on the advice of energy companies - many of which donated large sums of money to the Republican Party - in formulating its controversial energy strategy, according to government documents released this week.

USA: Employees Win Round in Enron Suit
by Christian MurrayNewsday
February 21st, 2002
The thousands of Enron employees who saw their 401(k) plans wiped out will be able to take the energy trader to court Monday, following a federal bankruptcy ruling in Manhattan yesterday.

US: Microsoft's Lobbying Efforts Eclipse Enron
by Matt LoneyZDNet (UK)
February 12th, 2002
Microsoft's budget for political lobbying exceeded that of Enron, the judge residing over the antitrust case has heard. The software giant's budget for its Political Action Committee (PAC) increased from about $16,000 in 1995 to $1.6 million in 2000, according to Edward Roeder, a self-styled expert on efforts to influence the U.S. government, and founder of Sunshine Press Services, a news agency devoted to investigating money in politics.

USA: Enron Lobbyist Plotted Strategy Against Democrats
by Mark Z. BarabakLos Angeles Times
February 11th, 2002
While the Bush administration was drafting its national energy policy, a leading lobbyist for Enron Corp. was plotting strategy to turn the plan into a political weapon against Democrats, according to a newly obtained memo.

US: Bush Sr.'s Ties to Global Crossing
by David LazarusSan Francisco Chronicle
February 11th, 2002
President Bush had good reason to take an interest in Enron's demise. Aside from his close personal ties to the Houston energy giant, nearly three dozen of his senior appointees owned Enron shares upon arriving at the White House last year.

USA: Enron Chair Gave List of Favored Names to White House
by Marcy GordonAssociated Press
February 1st, 2002
A few months after the White House got a list of recommended candidates from former Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay, a friend and backer of President Bush, two of them were appointed to a federal energy commission.

USA: Enron Got Its Money's Worth
by Robert ScheerLos Angeles Times
January 24th, 2002
The administration's energy program, developed by Vice President Dick Cheney in secret meetings -- six of them with Enron officials -- could have been written by lobbyists for the now failed company.

USA: Fired Andersen Partner Refuses to Testify on Enron
by Kevin Drawbaugh and Susan CornwellReuters
January 24th, 2002
A fired partner of auditor Andersen refused to testify to Congress on the destruction of evidence in the collapse of energy giant Enron, prompting lawmakers to say he was frustrating their probe.

USA: Enron's New $5 Billion Black Hole
by Jamie DowardThe Observer (UK)
January 20th, 2002
Investigators probing the accounts of collapsed energy giant Enron are examining what happened to more than $5 billion in loans and investments the company made to subsidiaries kept off its balance sheet. The scale of the black hole opening up looks as if it could dwarf previous estimates.

USA: VP Tried to Aid Enron in India
by Timothy J. BurgerNew York Daily News
January 18th, 2002
Vice President Cheney tried to help Enron collect a $64 million debt from a giant energy project in India, government documents obtained by the Daily News show.

USA: Bush Faces Flak Over Links to Defense Contractor
by Jason NissThe Independent (UK)
January 13th, 2002
President George W Bush's administration, already on the back foot over its connections with the collapsed energy giant Enron, faces questions over a massive defence contract which aided an investment firm with Bush family links.

USA: Bush Advisers Cashed in on Saudi Gravy Train
by Maggie Mulvihill, Jack Meyers and Jonathan WellsBoston Herald
December 11th, 2001
Many of the same American corporate executives who have reaped millions of dollars from arms and oil deals with the Saudi monarchy have served or currently serve at the highest levels of U.S. government, public records show.

US: Enron's Legacy
by David MorrisAlterNet
December 3rd, 2001
Kenneth Lay is living proof that one person can change the world. His company, Enron, may be in shambles. In three months, it may no longer exist. But for the rest of our lives we will live in a world redesigned by Kenneth Lay.

USA: Lobbyists Asked Which Regulations to Cut
by Michael GrunwaldWashington Post
November 4th, 2001
Republican congressional aide Barbara Kahlow sent the e-mail to a dozen business lobbyists on Sept. 26: ''Here's our non-public chart,'' it said. She underlined ''non-public'' and put it in boldface.

US: Economic Stimulus With Corporations in Mind
by Gretchen MorgensonNew York Times
October 27th, 2001
Late last winter, when President Bush was shaping his $1.35 trillion tax cut, corporate lobbyists were told to wait, their turn would come. And now, their turn is here. The $100 billion tax-cut bill narrowly passed by the House this week and sent to the Senate has been lauded by the White House as a broad stimulus package that will pull the United States economy out of a stall made worse by the terrorist attacks.

US: Opportunists Use the Crisis to Push Agenda
by Naomi KleinThe Herald (Glasgow, Scotland)
October 4th, 2001
There are many contenders for biggest political opportunist since the September 11 atrocities. Politicians ramming through life-changing laws while telling voters they are still mourning; corporations diving for public cash; pundits accusing their opponents of treason.

USA: Wartime Opportunists
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert WeissmanFocus on the Corporation
September 6th, 2001
Corporate interests and their proxies are looking to exploit the September 11 tragedy to advance a self-serving agenda that has nothing to do with national security and everything to do with corporate profits and dangerous ideologies.

USA: Big Oil, Gas Funding Ads for Bush's Energy Policy
by William E. GibsonOrlando Sentinel
August 19th, 2001
The big oil and gas companies that spent nearly $2 million to help elect President Bush last year are pouring millions more into an advertising campaign this summer to help sell his energy policy in Congress.

USA: Bush Administration OKs Drilling on Native Lands
by Geoffrey MohanLos Angeles Times
May 22nd, 2001
A federal land agency on Monday upheld billionaire Philip Anschutz's right to drill an exploratory oil well in an area of south-central Montana where Native American tribes want to preserve sacred rock drawings.

USA: African Governments Spend Millions on Lobbying
by Jim LobeInter Press Service
May 20th, 2001
African governments are paying millions of dollars to lobbyists in hopes of influencing Washington's policy, according to an examination of US government files.

US: Media Giants Lobbying to Privatize Airwaves
by Jeremy RifkinThe Guardian (London)
April 28th, 2001
Imagine a world in which a handful of global media conglomerates like Vivendi, Sony, BskyB, Disney, and News Corporation own literally all the airwaves all over the planet and trade them back and forth as 'private electronic real estate'. A strategy is beginning to unfold in Washington DC to make that happen.

Africa: U.S. Covert Action Exposed
by Eric Ture MuhammadFinal Call
April 25th, 2001
Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) led the voices of castigation that claimed the U.S. Government, the UN, private militias and western economic interests possessed complete knowledge of pending civil unrest in Africa and fed the fray between African nations. Their aim was to use war, disease, hunger and poverty as covers while continuing the centuries-old practice of rape and exploitation of the continent's human and mineral resources, testimonies charged.

USA: The Dioxin Deception
by Tamara StrausAlterNet
April 3rd, 2001
Behind Closed Doors reveals that year after year the publication of the EPA's report on dioxin has been stalled due to pressure from the chemical industry.

USA: 500 Protest Enron Plant
by David FleshlerSun-Sentinel
March 27th, 2001
More than 500 people packed the Pompano Beach Civic Center on Monday night in a formidable display of opposition to Enron Corp.'s plans for a power plant next to Florida's Turnpike.

USA: Corporate Power in Overdrive
by Robert B. ReichNew York Times
March 18th, 2001
There's no longer any countervailing power in Washington. Business is in complete control of the machinery of government. The House, the Senate and the White House are all run by business-friendly Republicans who are deeply indebted to American business for their electoral victories.

USA: Federal Worker Fired For Posting Refuge Map
by Lisa GetterLos Angeles Times
March 15th, 2001
Last week, Ian Thomas posted a map on a U.S. government Web site of the caribou calving areas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an area the Bush administration wants to open up for oil exploration. This week, Thomas is looking for a new job.

USA: Mom vs. Mastercard
by Jennifer
February 27th, 2001
Bankruptcy laws were originally established to give people like the Trapps an opportunity to overcome financial misfortunes with a ''fresh start.'' But credit card companies, banks and other lending institutions -- some of President George W. Bush's and Congress's strongest campaign contributors -- say people are abusing the system.

USA: The Pharmaceutical Industry Stalks the Corridors of Power
by Julian BorgerThe Guardian Unlimited
February 13th, 2001
In this pantheon of corporate muscle, no industry wields as much power as the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA), a pressure group breathtaking for its deep pockets and aggression, even by the standards of US politics.

USA: Bush Cabinet Ties to Tobacco Lobby
by Marc KaufmanWashington Post
January 21st, 2001
Thompson, Ashcroft and Norton are among a number of figures in the Bush administration who have been relatively helpful to the tobacco industry and who could take positions that would signal a marked change in the federal government's approach to cigarette makers.

World: WHO Denounces Interference by Tobacco Industry
by Gustavo CapdevilaInter Press Service
January 16th, 2001
The tobacco industry exerted pressure in Switzerland throughout recent decades to prevent the approval of stricter measures against smoking, says a study sponsored by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

US: The Corporate Conservative Administration
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert WeissmanFocus on the Corporation
January 11th, 2001
Pushing beyond the corporate corrupting frontiers blazed by the Clinton administration, the Bush team is making clear that it intends to deliver on its campaign promises to strengthen Big Business's grip over government policy-making.

USA: Corporate Friendly Lobbyists Set to Overhaul Policy
by Michael KranishBoston Globe
January 8th, 2001
As President-elect Bush's campaign chairman, Don Evans helped raise nearly $100 million by relying heavily on corporate chieftains who became Bush ''pioneers.'' Now, the commerce secretary nominee is in an extraordinary position to help the business of the pioneers.

USA: Protests Planned at Bush Inauguration
Associated Press
December 22nd, 2000
Demonstrators who shut down a global trade meeting in Seattle last year and brawled with police at the Republican National Convention plan to show up in force for President-elect Bush's inauguration next month.

USA: Critics Warn Bush Presidency Disastrous for Environment
by Brian HansenEnvironment News Service
December 13th, 2000
Bush briefly outlined a number of issues he plans to address as president, including public education, social security, prescription drug coverage for seniors, tax relief, and strengthening the military. He made no mention of the environment.

USA: Cheney Made Millions Off Oil Deals with Hussein
by Martin A. LeeSan Francisco Bay Guardian
November 13th, 2000
During former defense secretary Richard Cheney's five-year tenure as chief executive of Halliburton, Inc., his oil services firm raked in big bucks from dubious commercial dealings with Iraq. Cheney left Halliburton with a $34 million retirement package last July when he became the GOP's vice-presidential candidate

USA: Gore Campaign Challenges Florida Vote
by Daniel J. WakinReuters
November 9th, 2000
Vice President Al Gore's campaign announced an all-out effort today to contest Florida's presidential election result, demanding a recount by hand in four counties and promising to support legal challenges as the dispute grew increasingly bitter.

USA: Ralph Nader's No Pat Robertson
by Gregory PalastLeft Labour Review (Britain)
November 8th, 2000
I cast the vote that dare not speak its name: so shoot me, I voted Nader. But my shame is not in electing George W. I'm more nagged by an unflattering parallel between Nader's campaign and the 1988 run for President by that Bible-banging, sticky-fingered televangelist Pat Robertson.

USA: Green Voters Create American Presidential Cliffhanger
Environment News Service
November 8th, 2000
It all comes down to Florida. Despite winning the popular vote by an estimated 220,000 votes, Democratic candidate Vice President Al Gore may yet lose the presidential election, based on a handful of absentee ballots in Florida and the turnout of Green Party voters.

USA: Ex-EPA Head Reilly Accuses Gore of Sell-Out
U.S. Newswire
November 2nd, 2000
Former EPA Administrator William Reilly testified on Tuesday that a top Gore aide encouraged him to issue a trial-burn permit for the WTI incinerator located in East Liverpool -- despite Gore's promises not to before the people of the Ohio River Valley.

USA: Lesser-Evil Voting Is a Hard Sell to His Sons
by Robert ScheerLos Angeles Times
October 31st, 2000
Being a columnist is hardly the influential position it's cracked up to be. For weeks I've been trying to convince Ralph Nader voters that they have an obligation to vote for Al Gore or risk right-wing domination of government's three branches. For me, it's a no-brainer since George W. Bush has named Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia as his role models for the three to five Supreme Court appointments he's likely to make.

USA: Nader Challenges Presidential Debate Funding
by Leslie GevirtzReuters
October 6th, 2000
Lawyers for Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader sought on Thursday to toss out corporate financing of the presidential debates, arguing before a federal appeals panel that such funding was illegal.

USA: Government Ties Helped Cheney and Halliburton Make Millions
by John RegaBloomberg News
October 6th, 2000
While the comment came in a light-hearted exchange with his Democratic opponent Joe Lieberman, Cheney's reply left out how closely Dallas-based Halliburton's fortunes are linked to the U.S. government. The world's largest oil services firm is a leading U.S. defense contractor and has benefited from financial guarantees granted by U.S. agencies that promote exports.

USA: Nader Campaign Draws Big Crowds
by Damian WhitworthTimes of London
October 3rd, 2000
If the race for the White House was won by whoever drew the biggest crowd there would be no contest. The next president would be a gaunt man in a crumpled suit who travels on discounted senior citizen's tickets and delivers long, rambling speeches. He is Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate turned Green Party presidential candidate.

USA: Koch Industries Indicted for Air, Hazardous Waste Violations
by Brian HansenEnvironment News Service
October 2nd, 2000
A Texas based oil conglomerate and four of its employees were indicted last week on 97 counts of violating federal clean air and hazardous waste laws. The charges come less than one year after the company was slapped with the largest civil penalty ever levied under federal environmental statutes.

USA: Ralph Nader's Racial Blindspot
by Vanessa DanielColorlines
September 1st, 2000
By contrast, Ralph Nader is actually addressing some of the big issues affecting people of color. In tackling thorny topics such as corporate globalization, environmental abuse and child poverty, Nader often speaks to problems that have their most devastating affects in communities of color.

USA: Corporate Media Misses Protest Story, Focuses on Violence
by Tamara StrausAlterNet
August 16th, 2000
It was an odd fact of the demonstrations surrounding the Democratic Convention in Los Angeles that the only protests to get mass media coverage were those where cops moved in and arrested people.

USA: Los Angeles Police Defend Crackdown on Protest
by Arthur SpiegelmanReuters
August 15th, 2000
Civil liberties groups threatened to sue the Los Angeles Police Department Tuesday, saying it shot innocent people in the back with rubber bullets as they peacefully left a Democratic Convention protest, but the city's top cop said he felt good about police actions.

USA: Los Angeles Activists Target Corporate Greed
by Christine HanleyAssociated Press
August 14th, 2000
Activists organized protests against corporate greed, oil company abuses and the lack of campaign finance reform to mark Monday's opening of the Democratic National Convention.

USA: Oil Corporations Woo Democrats
Associated Press
August 14th, 2000
While Democrats will be partying all across Tinseltown this week, these events go far beyond typical convention-week soirees. Each is aimed at the Democrat who would take over a key committee if the party managed to regain control of Congress in the November elections.

USA: U'wa March Trashes Gore
by Tamara StrausAlterNet
August 14th, 2000
To put it mildly, the U'wa are a touchy issue for Gore. The presidential candidate owns between $500,000 and $1 million in Occidental stock and his father, Al Gore Sr., served as chair of the board for 28 years, earning an annual salary of $500,000. The elder Gore was such a close political ally of the company that Armand Hammer, Occidental's founder and CEO, liked to say that he had Gore ''in my back pocket.''

USA: Lieberman's Big Donations From Big Businesses
by Elizabeth ShogrenLos Angeles Times
August 9th, 2000
An analysis of campaign-finance records released yesterday by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics also showed that Lieberman has received more contributions this election cycle from insurance companies than any other senator.

USA: Reform Party Suffers Raucous Split
by Megan GarveyLos Angeles Times
August 9th, 2000
A meeting of Reform Party leaders in Long Beach erupted in chaos Tuesday, with screaming, shoving matches, a walkout by loyalists to party founder Ross Perot and a declaration that social conservative Pat Buchanan is now guaranteed the fractured party's presidential nomination.

USA: Joe Lieberman, Bad For The Jews, Bad For The Country
by Michael LernerExcerpted from
August 7th, 2000
Among the candidates considered by Al Gore for the vice-presidential nomination, Joseph Lieberman is likely to accelerate the process in which the two major parties seem to be merging into one pro-business, pro-wealthy, elitist, and morally tone-deaf governing force.

USA: Bush the Main Act for TV Convention
by Frazier MooreAssociated Press
August 4th, 2000
Humorist Bill Maher began ABC's ''Politically Incorrect'' Thursday with rousing words. ''We finally had the big moment tonight that America was waiting for at the Republican National Convention,'' he said. ''The end.''

USA: Protests Rock GOP, End in 282 Arrests
by John NicholsThe Nation
August 1st, 2000
''Whose streets? Our streets!'' chanted thousands of activists as they poured into the downtown Philadelphia for what may well have been the most raucous day of demonstrations outside a national convention since Chicago in 1968.

USA: GOP's Empty Promises to People of Color
by Richard FellingerPhiladelphia Weekly
August 1st, 2000
This marks the second consecutive convention in which the GOP is trying to sell itself to minorities and progressive whites. Remember that patronizing ''big-tent'' rhetoric from San Diego four years ago?

USA: Anti-Poverty Activists March in Philadelphia
by David MorganReuters
July 31st, 2000
Thousands of protesters, led by people in wheelchairs, marched on the Republican National Convention on Monday to demand economic rights for people oppressed by poverty and homelessness.

USA: Touring the Real Philly
by Jennifer BleyerAlterNet
July 30th, 2000
''There are 250,000 families living below the poverty line in Philadelphia, and 40,000 abandoned houses that the city has boarded up. That's an incredible disconnect that the Republicans won't be talking about this week!'' shouts activist Tamzin Cheshire.

Burma: Cheney, Milosevic and Premier Oil Do Business with Junta
The Guardian (London)
July 28th, 2000
What do Dick Cheney, Slobodan Milosevic and the British company Premier Oil have in common? Answer: they all firmly believe in doing business with Burma, home to perhaps the world's most oppressive regime.

USA: African-American Community Takes a Deeper Look at Ralph Nader
by Cedric
July 28th, 2000
The logic, according to Democrats and Gore supporters is that by voting for Ralph Nader, people are only taking votes away from Al Gore and helping Gov. Bush walk into the White House -- directly benefiting from Gore's loss of the traditional Democratic votes that Nader represents. But can any self-respecting Black honestly say that Blacks have benefited under Clinton-Gore -- enough to automatically extend their reign for another 4 years -- with no questions asked?

USA: Dick Cheney's Oil Connections
Drillbits and Tailings (Project Underground)
July 25th, 2000
Having ensured the continued flow of cheap oil from the Gulf by waging a war with Iraq, and after his boss, George Bush's ouster from office by Clinton in 1992, Dick Cheney turned his attention to the corporate world.

USA: Former Monsanto Lobbyist Appointed to Represent Consumers on GE Food Issues
by Tom AbateSan Francisco Chronicle
July 24th, 2000
Leading consumer and environmental groups are fuming because the Clinton administration has appointed a former Monsanto Corp. lobbyist to represent U.S. consumers on a transatlantic committee set up to avoid a trade war over genetically engineered foods.

USA: Health Care Firms Spend Big to Head Off Reforms
by Jeff LeedsLos Angeles Times
July 23rd, 2000
With billions of dollars in profits on the line, the health care industry is waging the largest national advertising campaign ever conducted by a political special interest, with a price tag for the election cycle that could approach $90 million--more than either of the major presidential candidates is expected to spend.

USA: Army of Protestors Prepare to Greet GOP
by Thomas GinsbergPhiladelphia Inquirer
July 9th, 2000
Three weeks before Republicans hold their national convention, it appears the number of protesters gathering in Philadelphia could rival the 30,000 delegates and party members attending the convention itself.

AFRICA: Illegal Diamond Trade Funds War in Sierra Leone
April 19th, 2000
Peace cannot be sustained in Sierra Leone until controls are imposed on the illegal selling of diamonds used to finance its civil war, according to a recent study.

India: Clinton's Corporate Entourage
by Amit SrivastavaSpecial to CorpWatch
March 20th, 2000
Violence in Kashmir and nuclear proliferation are dominating the mainstream headlines on President Clinton's trip to South Asia. And while security issues are clearly on the agenda in Clinton's meetings with Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, the press is ignoring an equally significant part of the trip: trade.

CHINA: Lucent Execs face bribery charges in China and Saudi Arabia

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