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[[File:CorporateCaptureRoundtable Spinwatch-page-001.jpg|left|450px]]'''[[Powerbase:About|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 [http://www.spinwatch.org Public Interest Investigations and Spinwatch]. [[About_Powerbase |Read more...]]'''
Welcome to [[SpinProfiles:About|Spinprofiles]]&mdash;your guide to networks of power, lobbying and deceptive PR.  
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Spinprofiles documents the PR and propaganda  activities of [http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php/Category:Public_relations_firms public relations firms] and the [http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php/Category:PR_Industry public relations industry]] engaged in managing and manipulating public perception, opinion and policy. Spinprofiles also includes profiles on [[think tanks]], [http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php/Category:Front_Groups Front Groups] funded by industry and [[industry-friendly experts]] who work to influence public opinion and public policy on behalf of [http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php/Category:Transnational_Corporations Transnational Corporations] or other special interests.  
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'''Powerbase is overseen by an [[User:David|editor]], [[User:Melissa Jones|managing editor]] and associate portal editors. We have a policy of [[Powerbase:A Guide to Referencing|strict referencing]] and on dealing with [[Powerbase Corrections and Right of Reply|corrections]].'''
  
Spinprofiles focuses on transparency issues by profiling and cataloging the activities of [http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php/Category:Lobbyists lobbyists], [http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php/Category:Lobbying_firms lobbying firms] and other [http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php/Category:Corporate_Lobby_Groups Corporate lobby groups]
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Propaganda in war and peace and the activities of states in deceptive communications and special interest lobbying is also a focus with major collections of articles on  [http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php/Category:British_Propaganda British Propaganda], the theory and practice of [http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php/Category:Counterinsurgency Counterinsurgency], the [http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php/Category:Neocons Neoconservatives], the [http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php/Category:Israel_Lobby Israel Lobby] and the [http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php/Category:Terrorologist Terror experts] and the associated [http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php/Category:Terrorism_Industry terrorism industry], which do so much to distort public policy in the 'war on terror'. Spinprofiles also documents the propaganda, disinformation, and covert action activities of states, [http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php/Category:Spooks intelligence agencies], and their associated networks.
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'''[[Alcohol:Portal|Alcohol]] | [[Arms Trade Lobbying Portal|Arms Trade Lobbying]] | [[Brexit Portal|Brexit]] | [[Climate_Portal|Climate]] | [[Counter-Terrorism Portal|Counter-Terrorism]] | [http://powerbase.info/index.php/Category:Counterjihad Counterjihad] | [[Finance_Lobbying_Portal|Finance Lobbying]] | [[Foodspin_Portal|Foodspin]] | [[Fracking_Portal| Fracking]] | [[GM_Watch:_Portal|GMWatch]] | [[Health_Portal|Health]] | [[Israel Lobby Portal|Israel Lobby]] | [[Lobbying_Portal|Lobbying]] | [[MEPedia]] | [[Mining and Metals]] | [[Neoconservatives_Portal|Neoconservatives]] | [[Northern_Ireland_Portal|Northern Ireland]] | [[Nuclear_spin|Nuclear Spin]] | [[Pharma Portal|Pharma]] | [[Propaganda Portal|Propaganda]] | [[Revolving Door| The Revolving Door]] | [[Schools Portal|Schools]] | [[Scotland:_Portal|Scotland]] | [[Spooks Portal|Spooks]] | [[State Violence and Collusion Project]] | [[Terrorism_Expertise_Portal|Terror Expertise]] | [http://powerbase.info/index.php/Category:Think_Tanks Think Tanks] | [[Water_Portal|Water]] |''' and hosting since 2015...the '''[[UndercoverResearch_Portal|Undercover Research Group]] |
  
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'''Our [[Brexit Portal|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.
  
[http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php/category:Propaganda Propaganda] | [http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php/category:Terrorexpertise Terror Experts and institutions]  | [http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php/Category:Neocons Neoconservative networks] | [http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php/Category:Counterinsurgency Counterinsurgency]
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Our '''[[Fracking Portal]]''' tracks the companies, people and lobbyists behind the all-out push for shale gas exploration in the UK and worldwide. <br>
  
* [http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php/Category:Transnational Corporations Transnational Corporations] The organisations pushing corporate globalisation.
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It sheds light on who is influencing the debate over fracking and the tactics used to persuade the public and our politicians. '''[[Fracking Portal|Read more...]]'''
* [http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php/Category:Scotland Scotland]: think tanks and lobbyists pushing corporate interests in Scotland.
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*[http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php/Category:Lobbying Lobbying]: How corporations and special interests pull strings | [[Corporate Memberships Database]] the lobby groups funded by the largest corporations | [[PR and lobbying consultancies client database]]: Check up on who PR and lobbying firms work for.
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{{#ev:vimeo|https:// vimeo.com/219533611|450|center|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 [[:Category:British_Propaganda|British propaganda]], [[:Category:Counterinsurgency |counterinsurgency]], the [[:Category:Neocons |neoconservatives]], [[:Category:Terrorologist |terror experts]] and the associated [[:Category:Terrorism_Industry| terrorism industry]], which can influence public opinion and policy in the 'war on terror'. It also documents disinformation and covert action by states, [[:Category:Spooks |intelligence agencies]], and their networks. 
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*[[Lobbying regulation - chronology 2010-2019‏‎ |Lobbying regulation - chronology 2010-2019]]
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==Most Wanted pages==
 
# [[Conservative Party]] ([http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php?title=Special:Whatlinkshere&target=Conservative_Party 46 links])
 
# [[George W. Bush]] ([http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php?title=Special:Whatlinkshere&target=George_W._Bush 39 links])
 
# [[Ronald Reagan]] ([http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php?title=Special:Whatlinkshere&target=Ronald_Reagan 35 links])
 
# [[General Motors]] ([http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php?title=Special:Whatlinkshere&target=General_Motors 34 links])
 
# [[Bill Clinton]] ([http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php?title=Special:Whatlinkshere&target=Bill_Clinton 33 links])
 
# [[United Nations]] ([http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php?title=Special:Whatlinkshere&target=United_Nations 32 links])
 
# [[AT&T]] ([http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php?title=Special:Whatlinkshere&target=AT&T 32 links])
 
# [[John Major]] ([http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php?title=Special:Whatlinkshere&target=John_Major 28 links])
 
# [[National Security Council]] ([http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php?title=Special:Whatlinkshere&target=National_Security_Council 28 links])
 
# [[The Times]] ([http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php?title=Special:Whatlinkshere&target=The_Times 28 links])
 
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Welcome to Powerbase - your guide to networks of power, lobbying and deceptive PR

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

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