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Immigrants Prove Highly Profitable for Private Prison Companies

The U.S. is locking up more illegal immigrants than ever, generating lucrative profits for the nation's largest prison companies, and an AP review shows the businesses have spent tens of millions of dollars lobbying lawmakers and contributing to campaigns.

Super PACs: New Rules, But an Old Political Game

Pundits have lately focused on the growth of super PACs -- and the power of the mega-rich men who fund them -- but the current business-sponsored presidential contest isn't unusual: There's a long and rich tradition of election-buying in American history.

Want to Influence Politicians? Stop Donating Money

Election season is coming, and politicians across the spectrum are already hunting for campaigns contributions. But with the vast majority of political donations coming from lobbies, corporations, and the wealthy, does it make sense for average taxpayers to contribute?