Multiple Tax Day Events, This Time on the Progressive Side

By: Tuesday April 17, 2012 7:35 am

Over the past few years, Tax Day has meant protests by people in tri-corner hats waving Don’t Tread on Me flags. This year, however, while the Tea Party founders, groups affiliated with the 99% Spring, the labor and progressive-based complement to the Occupy movement, will gather in over 40 states to call for economic justice [...]

Foreclosure Fraud Activist Lisa Epstein Runs for Clerk of Courts in Palm Beach County

By: Thursday April 12, 2012 6:00 am

It’s a quiet story that most progressive groups operating out of Washington, DC don’t want to talk about: they can’t attract votes anymore. In two recent primary races, in Illinois and Maryland, the more liberal candidate was overwhelmed by the establishment, despite widespread support from labor and online progressive groups. Since a high-water mark in [...]

Progressive Groups Were Had on Foreclosure Fraud

By: Wednesday April 11, 2012 10:58 am

Ilyse Hogue takes a look at the missing task force on securitization abuses, which has done almost nothing since coming into being and announcing a few subpoenas a couple months ago. According to the liberal group CREDO, investigators for the task force have not yet been deployed. CREDO’s petition asking President Obama to staff up [...]

More Corporate Entities Drop ALEC

By: Tuesday April 10, 2012 12:58 pm

The coalition trying to force corporations to disassociate from ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, a right-wing group responsible for modeling and writing a substantial portion of the bills that come through the Republican side of state legislatures, has notched a couple more victories. First, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which hooked up with [...]

Democracy Alliance Pulls Support for Organizations that Don’t Play Ball

By: Tuesday February 28, 2012 12:22 pm

Apropos of our discussion about membership and sustaining progressive support, here’s an example of the corruption of that process, and how worthiness of support can get conflated with how well you regurgitate talking points: The Democracy Alliance, a private network of major progressive and Democratic donors, has dropped a number of prominent organizations, according to [...]

Progressive Groups Call for Firing of FHFA Head DeMarco

By: Thursday February 16, 2012 12:59 pm

Progressive groups have turned their guns on Federal Housing Finance Agency acting director Ed DeMarco, arguing that he is holding back the housing recovery by refusing to allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to engage in principal reductions on the loans they own or guarantee. MoveOn.org sent out an email message to supporters today with [...]

How the Schneiderman Panel Could Work

By: Thursday January 26, 2012 7:35 am

I got a lot of response to my post on the new federal financial fraud unit (not to be confused with the old financial fraud unit) looking into mortgage origination and securitization abuses. I criticized New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for walking into a bear trap, as co-chair of a panel where three of [...]

The Schneiderman Gambit: Financial Fraud Unit Appears Designed to Fail, and Grease Skids for Foreclosure Fraud Settlement

By: Wednesday January 25, 2012 6:15 am

I’ll pepper in my thoughts on the State of the Union Address throughout the day, but I would be remiss if I didn’t start with the announcement of a Unit on Mortgage Origination and Securitization Abuses (UMOSA) to investigate bank practices during the financial crisis. The unit will be co-chaired by Eric Schneiderman, the New [...]

Center for Responsible Lending Offers Misguided Praise of Proposed Foreclosure Fraud Settlement

By: Tuesday January 24, 2012 12:32 pm

Over the next couple weeks, as more dribbles out about the settlement terms on the table for foreclosure fraud, you’re going to see more of the institutional groups take positions. And there are going to be some conflicts of interest in those positions. I’m not saying that’s what’s at work with this Center for Responsible [...]

Health Care Advocates Mute Criticism On Essential Benefits Exchange Package

By: Monday December 19, 2011 11:35 am

As Scarecrow revealed over the weekend, the Obama Administration basically punted on the essential benefits package for the insurance exchanges in the Affordable Care Act, allowing states to tailor their own benefits themselves. This will almost certainly lead to a wide variety between states on essential benefits packages – needless to say, I don’t think [...]

Walker Recall: Over Halfway to Signature Goal in 12 Days

By: Tuesday November 29, 2011 6:14 am

Another milestone has been hit by United Wisconsin, the group organizing the recall of Scott Walker. Though there was some concern that enthusiasm for the recall would be dampened this far out from Walker’s initial sin of assaulting worker’s rights, that cannot be seen in the number of people willing to sign a petition to [...]

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