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Welcome to Powerbase - your guide to networks of power, lobbying and deceptive PR

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Powerbase is a free guide to networks of power, lobbying, public relations and the communications activities of governments and other interests. It is a project of Public Interest Investigations and Spinwatch. Read more...

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Powerbase portals

Alcohol | Arms Trade Lobbying | Brexit | Climate | Counter-Terrorism | Counterjihad | Finance Lobbying | Foodspin | Fracking | GMWatch | Health | Israel Lobby | Lobbying | MEPedia | Mining and Metals | Neoconservatives | Northern Ireland | Nuclear Spin | Pharma | Propaganda | The Revolving Door | Schools | Scotland | Spooks | State Violence and Collusion Project | Terror Expertise | Think Tanks | Water | and hosting since 2015...the Undercover Research Group |

Brexit Portal -


Our guide to Brexit lobbying aims to shed light on the people and organisations jostling for position to use this 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity' to advance their own interests.

We reveal the networks of lobbyists-for-hire and think tanks working for big business and the politicians aiding them. Read more...

Fracking Portal

Watch and share: 'Meet the Frackers: a Spinwatch lobbying tour'

Our Fracking Portal tracks the companies, people and lobbyists behind the all-out push for shale gas exploration in the UK and worldwide.

It sheds light on who is influencing the debate over fracking and the tactics used to persuade the public and our politicians. Read more...

Schools Portal

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Our Schools Portal examines the vast global education industry that has sprung up to profit from our schools.

It has been described as ‘the largest market opportunity’ since healthcare was privatised. 'Let's all go forth. Let's all make hay,' as one private equity investor at a 2015 UK conference succinctly put it. Read more

Propaganda, conflict and war

Watch: What is Propaganda?
Powerbase focuses on communication, spin and propaganda in party politics and in war and peace. The database contains collections of articles on British propaganda, counterinsurgency, the neoconservatives, terror experts and the associated terrorism industry, which can influence public opinion and policy in the 'war on terror'. It also documents disinformation and covert action by states, intelligence agencies, and their networks.

Propaganda | Terror Experts and institutions | Neoconservative networks

Regional conflicts

Israel Lobby | The Conflict in the North of Ireland | Iraq War 2003 | Targeting Iran

The alcohol industry and policy

Powerbase's alcohol portal examines governance processes on alcohol and public policy. It reveals the connections between the industry and public policymakers and their relationships with the media, scientists. We focus largely on the alcohol industry - and its personnel, and aim to expose its links with alcohol lobby groups and alcohol lobbyists and PR people.

We review current research and debates within the field. The role alcohol science and scientists play in the policy process is also examined.

We also cover the alcohol NGOs, which are often poorly funded and struggle to raise public health issues against the plethora of other alcohol policy groups and the often covertly industry-funded alcohol front groups.

Visit all pages on alcohol in the alcohol category.

Elite networks and corporate power

Industry sectors

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How to research front groups | Resources for studying propaganda | Research using the web

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Powerbase history

Powerbase was originally set up by Spinwatch in 2010 in collaboration with Lobbywatch, GM Watch Red Star Research and Corporate Watch, but put into effect by a wide variety of volunteers and independent researchers.

Contributors are now working on 18,500 articles.

Disclaimer: Powerbase is an encyclopedia of people, issues and groups shaping the public agenda. It is a project of the non-profit Public Interest Investigations—email melissa.jones AT

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