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With Endless Muck to Rake, Sludge Turns Three

Our nonprofit newsroom has stayed paywall-free, allowing our money-in-politics stories to be shared widely. We're asking more of our readers to help by becoming Sludge members.

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To ‘Electrify Everything,’ Blockchain Projects Dial Up Green Energy

Decentralized technology is being used to swap carbon offsets internationally, create peer-to-peer energy trading, and promote greater renewable energy in power grids.

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Politicians Can Raise Unlimited Money to Repay Themselves, Court Rules

In a case brought by Ted Cruz, a D.C. court determined that capping loan repayments violated donors’ free speech rights.

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Biden’s $6 Trillion Budget, in Context

The White House budget proposal, with its infrastructure and families plans, would only spend about a quarter of GDP, less than other wealthy countries spend.

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Tom Perez Revolves to Corporate Law Firm

The firm where Perez is now a partner advertises anti-union work and lobbies for companies including Lockheed Martin.

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Senate Republicans Propose Cuts to Rural Broadband Plan

Three lead negotiators of the Senate GOP's counter-proposal to Biden's infrastructure plan represent states ranked in the bottom 10 for broadband access.

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Clyburn’s Corporate Foundation

Donors include PhRMA, Altria, and Fluor.

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Conservation Caucus Gives ‘Green Cover’ to Fossil-Friendly Lawmakers

The International Conservation Caucus Foundation's partners include ExxonMobil, the National Audubon Society, and Coca-Cola.

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GOP Megadonors Fund Andrew Yang Super PAC

Almost all of the PAC's money comes from finance industry billionaires who have given millions to national GOP groups.

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Frontera Spent $1 Million on Lobbying While Its Georgian Workers Went Unpaid

The Texas-based oil and gas company donated to multiple members of Congress who made public statements in the company's defense as it faced international arbitration over a breach of contract.

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Fossil Fuel Industry Lobbied Against Pipeline Cybersecurity Regulations

In the years before the Colonial Pipeline incident, the company’s trade group lobbied the government against mandatory cybersecurity regulations.

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Groups Call on Congress: Fund Your Staff

The average Hill staffer stays for only about three years, with many moving to become lobbyists.

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Dems Signaling Opposition to Pelosi’s Drug Pricing Bill Got 2.5x More Pharma Money

On average, the signers received $93,275 from the pharmaceutical & health products industry in the 2020 cycle, far more than the average for House Democrats of $37,788.

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Lockheed-Backed Reps Lobby Against F-35 Spending Cuts

As the F-35 fighter comes under Pentagon review for potential cuts, bipartisan groups of lawmakers are calling to continue high levels of spending on the troubled $1.7 trillion program.

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Biden’s Likely Ambassador to China Is Entangled In Tech and Defense

Nicholas Burns’s senior position with the Cohen Group consultancy blurs public service and private-sector work.

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Koch Group Fights Drug Price Reforms After Taking Big Pharma Money

Americans for Prosperity is hitting six key moderate House Democrats with digital ads opposing reintroduced drug pricing measures.

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Facebook Runs Hate Group’s Ads Attacking Campus Anti-Racism

The "Jew Hatred on Campus" page, which is sponsoring the ads, is a project of anti-Muslim hate group the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

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