It Ain't Fair

Corporate America is shutting average Americans' voices out, while they help themselves to taxpayer dollars. The economic playing field is tilted against the middle class — and we have the power to change that.


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The Tug of War

Special Interest groups and big companies spent $3.22 billion in 2015 lobbying our elected officials, and have spent at least $ 3 billion each year since 2008. That money is spent to influence laws, rules, and policies that benefit themselves. Most of that money is not tax deductible for the companies. Therefore, they find it to be a good investment, since businesses don’t spend money that doesn’t yield a reasonable return.

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Abandoned Mines, No Royalties, Black Lung Disease Costs Taxpayers Billions

Due to under-payments and bankruptcies, the Black Lung Fund has borrowed around $4 billion from the U.S. Treasury. Three coal companies who recently filed bankruptcy posted $27.4 million of collateral and were able to push $865 million of liabilities on to the government, making it a taxpayer expense.

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Transfer Pricing Is Bad and We Should Stop It

Within large corporations there are accounting mechanisms that allow for a variety of creative practices designed to lower tax rates. One of these is called transfer pricing. According to Forbes, “Transfer pricing is the way firms use internal bookkeeping to allocate expenses among various affiliates. For a company like Apple, nearly all the value of its products is in its patents and other intellectual property. By charging a relative pittance to a foreign…