Top ten Eyes on the Ties posts of 2013

This year we ramped up our blogging activity to bring you punchier hits of LittleSis research and analysis, covering topics that span energy, defense, finance, policy, and government. Be sure to subscribe to Eyes on the Ties in 2014! With no further ado, the top 10 Eyes on the Ties posts of 2013: …

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Regents Research Fund UPDATE

Two weeks ago I used LittleSis to look into the NYS Education Department’s shadow government, the Regents Research Fund.  The Fund’s interlocks show a clear pattern among the fellows: 13 (out of seventeen researched) had worked at Teach for America, New Leaders, College Board or the NYC Department of Education before joining the Fund.  Some …

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Banking on think tanks

Last week Jon Cowan, president of think tank Third Way, and Jim Kessler, Third Way’s senior vice president for policy, co-authored a Wall Street Journal op-ed blasting Senator Elizabeth Warren’s progressive economic agenda as irresponsible and even reckless. Third Way’s position should come as no surprise to those familiar with the think tank. Just a …

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Who’s who at Cuomo’s NYC and DC fundraisers

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo celebrated his Moreland Commission’s report decrying the influence of money in politics–and his 56th birthday!–at two pricey fundraisers in the past two weeks.  Some guests paid as much as $50,000 a pop to add to Cuomo’s $28 million campaign war chest. Thanks to the Buffalo News, we know the names of …

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Invisible REBNY

As if heeding the Pope’s call, the New York Times has published a new series, titled Invisible Child, on inequality and homelessness in New York City, focusing on the story of Dasani, a 12-year-old homeless child. The series is a remarkable piece of reporting, insightful and moving in its portrayal of Dasani and her family, …

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IOGA of New York reducing its lobbying profile

Last week, Capital New York reported on “belt-tightening” at the Independent Oil and Gas Association (IOGA) of New York that included downsizing its staff and severing its relations with the lobbying firm Hinman Straub and its affiliate Corning Place Communications. Brad Gill, director of IOGA of NY, told Capital New York that his group “doesn’t …

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Mapping Shadow Government: Regents Research Fund

Back in August we set up a Shadow Gov Working Group on LittleSis, inspired by Obama’s Open Government Working Group established in 2009 and his administration’s hot pursuit of Edward Snowden, who worked for NSA contractor Booz Allen Hamilton.  The research group investigates corporations that tend to profit from the privatization of government, first focusing …

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Where private prison profiteering meets social responsibility

There are plenty of predatory industries out there, but some have achieved extraordinary efficiencies in how they convert human misery to pure profit. The private prison industry is a good example. The abuses of private prison companies like Corrections Corp and the GEO Group have been well-documented, as have the skewed incentives that drive the …

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Who’s spying on nonprofits for corporate America?

The Center for Corporate Policy recently released a report demonstrating how large corporations hire former law enforcement officials to spy on nonprofit organizations considered to be a threat to them. We added all of the firms in the report to a list in LittleSis–Corporate Espionage Firms–to take a closer look at some of the people …

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