Rubio, Nelson come together on warrantless wiretapping

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog ORLANDO — Debts, deficits and doom were recurring themes during the New Year’s Day negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” but lost among the headlines was the extension of sweeping and expansive surveillance powers granted to the nation’s intelligence agencies during the Bush years. EAR ON YOU: The NSA […]

FL: PolitFact or Fiction: Double standard on the Mack Penny Plan

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog ST. PETERSBURG — If a Senate candidate criticizes a plan to cut government spending, and exaggerates those cuts over a decade to make them seem massive and frightening, is that misleading and deceptive? According to the self-described “fact-checking” organization PolitiFact, deception is not only welcomed and approved, but also […]

FL: Nelson’s anti-tax fraud bill would beef up local cops’ tax enforcement powers

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog ST. PETERSBURG — If Sen. Bill Nelson had his way, local police departments across the country would not only be empowered to go after criminals breaking local laws, but also enforce federal tax crimes related to fraud and identity theft. The Identity Theft and Tax Fraud Prevention Act, introduced by Nelson on July […]

FL: Bill Nelson put on defensive over foreign aid to Libya, Pakistan and Egypt

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog ST. PETERSBURG – As American embassies are overrun by protesters and ambassadors are put in harm’s way across the Middle East, Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida wants to continue sending foreign aid to nations who aren’t friendly to the United States. That’s the pitch of a new advertisement sent out by RANDPAC, the political action committee […]

Influence, earmarks persist in FL senator’s term

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog MIAMI — As a powerful member of the Senate Commerce, Finance and Intelligence committees and the former state treasurer of Florida, Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is no stranger to the intricacies of backroom politics. With 40 years of successive public service in Tallahassee and onCapitol Hill, the senator has garnered a reputation as a staunch […]

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