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From Alaska to Alabama, corporations spend money to shape their local business environments, resources and regulations. Douglas Rissing/ iStock / Getty Images Plus

Corporate spending in state politics and elections can affect everything from your wallet to your health

Businesses can spend huge amounts of money to influence Congress. But sizable lobbyist and campaign donations also go to state campaigns and lawmakers to influence policymaking.
Corporations are increasingly calling on governments to act on climate change, even if it doesn’t benefit them. EdG2s/Wikimedia

Here’s how to convince CEOs to support government climate action at the expense of their own profits

Research suggests that corporate leaders can be encouraged to lobby for climate action by personally experiencing the effects of climate change.
Fishermen on the shore by decommissioned oil rigs in Port Aransas, Texas (March 11, 2019). Loren Elliott/AFP

Fact check US: Would Joe Biden’s energy plan really cause the loss of 10.3 million jobs in the oil and gas industry?

Republicans claim that Biden’s clean-energy program would mean massive job losses in the oil-and-gas sector. The figures cited are not supported by the facts.
Government should be held accountable for its role in addressing obesity and diet-related diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, in South Africa. Shutterstock

How South African food companies go about shaping public health policy in their favour

The food industry’s tactics are designed to reduce the likelihood of the government adopting global recommendations to tackle obesity.
Protesters rally to have Colorado’s then-incoming governor put an up-to-nine-month moratorium on oil and gas development. Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Money talks: Big business, political strategy and corporate involvement in US state politics

Millions of dollars are spent every election by corporations that want to influence state regulations and policies, and that’s likely to continue in the upcoming election.
Former ministers Christopher Pyne and Julie Bishop have appeared before a Senate committee to defend their post-parliamentary jobs. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Australia’s political lobbying regime is broken and needs urgent reform

Australian politics’ ‘revolving door’ is undermining efforts to counter lobbying and potential corruption, and the regulation system is hopelessly flawed.
GetUp has been in the Coalition’s firing line for a number of years now, which is not surprising, given its lobbying efforts for left-wing causes. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Yes, GetUp fights for progressive causes, but it is not a political party – and is not beholden to one

GetUp is already subject to the same type of regulation as a political party. By challenging its links to left-wing parties, though, the Coalition is seeking to strip away its claim of independence.
Questions have been raised about the new private-sector roles of former ministers Christopher Pyne and Julie Bishop. Lukas Coch/Mick Tsikas/AAP

Why Christopher Pyne and Julie Bishop fail the ‘pub test’ with their new jobs

One in four former ministers go on to take lucrative roles with special interest groups after leaving politics. Our current standards regulating this practice aren’t being enforced adequately.

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