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Astroturf Primary category in which blog post is published

Delta’s Anti-Union Propaganda Came From PR Shop Busted for Posing as Journalists for ExxonMobil

The firm, FTI Consulting, has produced astroturf campaigns for some of the world’s biggest polluters including Exxon, BP, and Halliburton.

Finance Primary category in which blog post is published

Dems Overseeing Finance Industry Take Money from Group Supporting Racist Auto Lending

Alerted to the contributions, House Financial Services Chair Maxine Waters tells Sludge she will better vet her campaign contributors.

Taxes Primary category in which blog post is published

Fossil Fuel Giants Are Benefiting From Negative Effective Tax Rates

In 2018, fossil fuel-tied corporations that are driving our climate crisis disproportionately benefited from paying no federal income taxes.

FEC Dysfunction Now Threatens Democracy

As House Democrats call in witnesses to answer the questions raised by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report, Federal Election Commission officials should be at the top of their list.

Opinion
Hate Primary category in which blog post is published

Mainstream Charities Bankroll Islamophobic Hate Groups, New Report Shows

The Council on American-Islamic Relations’ new study analyzes the deep-pocketed donor networks behind the rise in American Islamophobia.

Climate Primary category in which blog post is published

Bank of America is Set to Profit from the Biggest Oil Industry Merger in Years

BofA is advising oil giant Occidental Petroleum on its attempted takeover of Anadarko. If they can help close the deal, the bank will rake in tens of millions of dollars in advisory and service fees.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

Obama Fundraisers-Turned-Ambassadors Are Back to Make It Rain for Biden

They were rewarded for their donations to Obama. Now they’re lining up to raise money for Biden.

Climate Primary category in which blog post is published

Reps Overseeing Pipeline Safety are Profiting From Pipeline Companies

American oil and gas pipelines continue to expand while the agency that’s supposed to oversee them sits idly by.

Climate Primary category in which blog post is published

California Climate Change Denier Has a Progressive House Challenger

Republican Rep. Doug LaMalfa has supported legislation to loosen environmental protections and increase post-fire logging, which can exacerbate forest fires, in his state.

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