The Art Newspaper: Andrea Fraser aims to hold US museum boards to account

The Art Newspaper: Andrea Fraser aims to hold US museum boards to account. “In March, a group of protesters led by photographer Nan Goldin threw pill bottles and staged a die-in at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Sackler Wing. Their objective? Convincing members of the Sackler family, who have donated money and art to the museum as well as many other art institutions, to help combat the opioid crisis that its company, Purdue Pharma, helped stoke with the development of the painkiller OxyContin. At a time of intense political polarisation and extreme economic inequality in the US, people are starting to pay closer attention to the money behind their museums—where board members’ wealth comes from and where else they spend it.”

Open Secrets: Foreign interests have spent over $530 million influencing US policy, public opinion since 2017

Open Secrets: Foreign interests have spent over $530 million influencing US policy, public opinion since 2017. “Foreign lobbyists and agents acting on behalf of foreign interests have reported hundreds of millions of dollars in payments since January 2017, an analysis of OpenSecrets’ exclusive new Foreign Lobby Watch data reveals. Today we’re making available, for the first time, a searchable database of foreign interests spending on lobbying and influence in the United States.”

Motherboard: Telecom Lobbyists Have Stalled 70 State-Level Bills That Would Protect Consumer Privacy

Motherboard: Telecom Lobbyists Have Stalled 70 State-Level Bills That Would Protect Consumer Privacy. “On July 27, Washington, DC’s Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment proposed a set of rules restricting the city’s internet service providers from selling customer data and browsing history without their consent. The proposal seems basic, commonsense and broadly supported by the public. And, if recent history is any judge, it’s doomed to failure.”

Business Insider: Facebook, Amazon, and Google just spent record amounts of cash on lobbying Washington, DC

Business Insider: Facebook, Amazon, and Google just spent record amounts of cash on lobbying Washington, DC. “Amid increased scrutiny from major politicians and activists, tech giants Facebook, Amazon, and Google each set records during the second quarter of 2018 for dollars spent on lobbying in Washington, DC, disclosures showed. Facebook, a company that has faced backlash over privacy concerns, the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and fake news on its platform, spent $3.67 million on lobbying in the quarter. That’s the largest single-quarter sum the company has ever spent, Politico reported.”

Bloomberg Quint: Google Aims at Privacy Law After Facebook Lobbying Failed

Bloomberg Quint: Google Aims at Privacy Law After Facebook Lobbying Failed. “While Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg were publicly apologizing this month for failing to protect users’ information, Google’s lobbyists were drafting measures to de-fang an Illinois law recognized as the most rigorous consumer privacy statute in the country. Their ambition: to strip language from a decade-old policy that regulates the use of fingerprints, iris scans and facial recognition technology, and insert a loophole for companies embracing the use of biometrics.”

Consumer Watchdog: Google’s First-Quarter Lobbying Expenditures top $5 million; AT&T, Comcast Each Surpass $4 Million (PR Newswire PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Consumer Watchdog: Google’s First-Quarter Lobbying Expenditures top $5 million; AT&T, Comcast Each Surpass $4 Million (PRESS RELEASE). “Google’s lobbying expenditures in the first quarter of this year topped $5 million, as the Internet giant sought to influence federal policymakers on issues including online privacy, competition, online advertising and online sex-trafficking, Consumer Watchdog said today. Google increased its 2018 first-quarter federal lobbying a whopping 42.6 percent, spending $5.02 million compared to $3.52 million spent in the comparable 2017 period. Among 18 major technology and communications companies tracked by Consumer Watchdog, Google spent the most on lobbying, according to mandatory disclosure reports filed Friday with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives.”

MSN: “Pre$cription for Power” database exposes Big Pharma

MSN: “Pre$cription for Power” database exposes Big Pharma. “Pharmaceutical companies gave at least $116 million to patient advocacy groups in a single year, reveals a new database logging 12,000 donations from large publicly traded drugmakers to such organizations. Even as these patient groups grow in number and political influence, their funding and their relationships to drugmakers are little understood. Unlike payments to doctors and lobbying expenses, companies do not have to report payments to the groups.”