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Posted Tue Mar 1 2011: from Center for Public Integrity:
Issa Oversight Committee Staffs Up with Industry Insiders
First as ranking minority member and now as chairman of one of the most powerful committees in Congress, San Diego Republican Darrell Issa has built a team that includes staff members with close connections to industries that could benefit from his investigations. Issa took control of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform last month, and asked companies, nonprofits and industry associations for guidance on federal regulations. The committee, which includes 23 Republicans and 17 Democrats, has broad powers to investigate government and industry, and to issue subpoenas. Issa's staff already has released findings sympathetic to industries bent on softening or eliminating certain government regulations.
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'Doc Michael says:
This is what happens when power shifts to the GOP: the environment goes to shit!
Not that the Demos are all that effective. And whatever happened to the Green Party? We need a Middle East-style revolution FOR THE PLANET. And we need it yesterday.

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