Sam Osborn is a multimedia journalist, currently in his second year as a graduate student at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. A lifelong Californian, he was raised in Northern California and completed his undergraduate studies at Occidental College in Los Angeles, earning a B.A. in History. Prior to graduate school, Sam worked for Havoc Television in Los Angeles, and later interned at West Park Pictures in London. In addition to his work as a Carnegie-Knight Fellow with News21, he currently serves as the Supervising Producer of Impact, a television news magazine produced by the University of Southern California. Sam also hosts This Week In Books, a weekly internet television program that covers developments in the publishing industry. An avid waterman, Sam fills his free time with the pursuit of the life aquatic; kayaking, scuba diving, and surfing whenever possible.
If approved on Tuesday, Measure H could go a long way toward preventing "pay-to-play" politics in Los Angeles, at least according to its supporters.
Specifically, the measure would prohibit bidders on city contracts worth $100,000 or more from contributing to city political campaigns.
"Measure H is one incremental step for getting money out of politics," said Jessica Levinson, director of political reform at the Center for Governmental Studies. "Measure H targets that group whose spending is most likely to give rise to actual or apparent corruption — city contractors."
The now high-profile billionaire brothers, Charles and David Koch, are not only major funders of conservative causes and candidates but also exert significant influence over media outlets and public opinion generators.
In June of 2010, the Koch brothers, who together own the second largest privately held company in America, held a conference in Aspen to plot strategy for the November 2010 elections. The list of attendees was leaked, revealing some interesting ties the Koch brothers have to the mainstream media.
The Sierra Club, the oldest and largest grassroots environmental group in the United States, has launched a social media campaign targeting Koch Industries, the second largest privately held company in the nation according to a 2010 Forbes ranking.
In an effort to increase public awareness of what it alleges are environmental transgressions by the industrial giant, the organization has called on its 1.4 million members to take to social networking services such as Twitter and Facebook to express their sentiments and "dislike" Koch Industries.
"The Kochs have a lot of money, which they are using to try and buy our government and undermine common sense protection of clean air and water," said Rachele Huennekens, a Grassroots Media Coordinator for the Sierra Club. "We can't match them in terms of resources, so we have to turn to the passion of our supporters."