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DEMOCRACY KILLER: Visual Representation Of How Much Election Spending Has Increased Since 1996

Since the 1996 presidential election, special interest money has increased 129-fold. At this rate, imagine how big the circle for 2016 could be. It looks like democracy is for sale, and lobbyists are definitely buying. What do you think? Is reform necessary or is this just the way it's gonna be from here on out?

DEMOCRACY KILLER: Visual Representation Of How Much Election Spending Has Increased Since 1996
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A Medford, Oregon sushi restaurant tried to pull a fast one on its employees but it didn't get past the U.S. Department of Labor. The agency has recovered $280,124 in back pay from Misoya Bistro that will be split among 36 employees.

Federal investigators say that for the past two years, the restaurant paid its employees an hourly "tip wage" that was "significantly lower" than what they earned in tips.

"I think employers sometimes may think that because they pay the state minimum wage which is higher than the federal minimum wage, means that they can be involved in tips," Carrie Aguilar, district director for the Wage and Hour Division – Portland office, told NBC5. "That's just not the case. Tips should always go to the employees."

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