The ‘democracy problem’ - links

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Information / campaigning organisations

ALEC Exposed how corporate lobbyists produce ‘model bills’ for US politicians to introduce as their own – in secret, and funded by taxpayers
ATTAC working towards global democratic alternatives
Center for Corporate Policy US group ‘working to curb corporate abuses and make corporations publicly  accountable’
Center for Science in the Public Interest monitoring corporate influence in science
Corporate Europe Observatory exposing the power of corporate lobbying in the EU
Corporate Watch UK not-for-profit researching the social and environmental effects of corporate power
Corporate Watch US ditto in the US
Democracy Without Borders promoting global democracy
Lobby Watch monitoring corporate influence on democracy
Open Secrets US site exposing money’s influence on US elections and public policy
Organic Consumers’ Association fighting the corporate food industry
Political Compass find out if you are left-wing, right-wing, authoritarian or libertarian – also find out which people and political parties are closest to you
Reclaim Democracy US group offering information and training in citizen participation in real democracy
Source Watch information about the unelected individuals and groups who shape the public agenda
Tax Justice Network campaigning for a fairer tax system, including closing tax haven loopholes
Tescopoly alliance of organisations fighting the growing power of supermarkets
Think Tank Watch listing of corporate think tanks working to extend and strengthen corporate influence

Media, advertising & PR

Adbusters global network changing the way information flows, and producing spoof ads
GM Watch exposing deceptive PR campaigns to promote GM food
Media Lens monitoring the objectivity of the mainstream media
Project Censored project based at a US university, to highlight news stories that are under-reported or censored in the mainstream media
PR Watch exposing corporate corruption – esp. the Koch brothers

Corporate organisations

Bildeberg Group annual, secret meeting of around 130 of the world’s top industrialists, financiers, politicians and opinion-formers; we can’t say what the meeting is for exactly, as it’s secret
Council on Foreign Relations corporate group with a mission to remove democratic control over corporations
Trilateral Commission corporate group founded by David Rockerfeller to, well, to undermine democracy, it seems

Corporate information

Campaigners’ Guide to Financial Markets lots of useful advice about obtaining information about corporations and financial institutions
The Network of Global Corporate Control mathematical model that shows how the global economy is controlled by a tiny group of enormous financial institutions
Transnationale huge database of multinational corporations, who owns them and what brands they own

Articles & information

CounterPunch how corporate power killed democracy
the Guardian the corporate take-over of American schools
the Guardian article on how billionaires prevent democracy in the US via ‘superPAC’ funding
the Guardian article on how McDonald’s and Pepsico help write UK health policy information about think tanks that exist to increase corporate power
Reclaim Democracy branded: corporations in our schools
TED James Glattfelder on who controls the world
Vampire Squid 1 Famous Matt Taibbi ‘giant vampire squid’ article about Goldman Sachs’ political influences
Vampire Squid 2 BlackRock – the new giant vampire squid

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