PowerLinks 07.19.13

July 19, 2013 • by Joe Carter

PowerLinks 07.19.13

How Big Government Co-Opted Charities James Piereson, Wall Street Journal The website www.opensecrets.org, which tracks money in politics, reports that many of the institutions that receive these large grants and contracts—including Johns Hopkins, the University of Washington and the University of Pennsylvania—maintain lobbying operations in Washington. Continue Reading...

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