How Uber and Lyft Are Buying Labor Laws

California’s Prop 22 could set back labor standards, particularly for nonwhite workers, for decades.

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STOCK Act 2.0: New Bill Would Shed Light on Congress’ Stock Trades

Senator and reps would no longer be able to bury their financial details on hand-written and poorly scanned paper filings.

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Bank Lobby’s Pro-Tillis Ad Follows Legislative Favors from the Senator

Deregulatory provisions from the banking industry's wishlist were sponsored by Tillis and added to the CARES Act.

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Ohio GOP Leader Co-Wrote Bailout Bills With Lobbyists for Energy Companies Behind Alleged Bribery Scheme

Ohio House Leader Bill Seitz, the third-ranking Republican who is considering a run for speaker next year, advanced energy industry bailout bills since 2017 that are now part of a federal investigation.

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Congressional Leader Lays Down Marker in Revolving-Door Battle

Rep. Raúl Grijalva has built a coalition of outside groups committed to barring corporate insiders from executive branch positions. Now he wants House members to sign on.

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Chris Coons’ Support of Corporate Immunity Could Benefit His Private Equity Donors

A subsidiary of Apollo Global Management—Sen. Coons’ second largest donor—backs a chain of nursing homes in New Jersey that have had high rates of infection and death during the pandemic.

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STOCK TICKER: A Critic of Trump’s Postal Policies, Wyden Stands to Benefit from Privatization

A new financial document shows Sen. Ron Wyden's (D-Ore.) spouse has been investing money with the post office's private competitors.

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Trump Admin Did Little to Prevent PPP Fraud, New Report From House Dems Concludes

Tens of thousands of PPP loans issued by the administration could be subject to fraud, waste, or abuse, House Democrats found by analyzing program details.

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Richard Neal’s Inner Circle of Corporate Lobbyists

Friends, family, and staff of Rep. Richard Neal have all benefited from the revolving door linking Springfield and K Street, at great cost to Massachusetts residents.

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Neal’s CARES Act Bailed Out Hospitals But Not Hospital Workers

Neal secured millions for his hospital industry donors with no requirements for them to assist workers.

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NBA Partner AT&T is No Friend of Black Lives Matter

Through donations to police foundations and partnerships with law enforcement groups, AT&T helps the police further militarize and execute the War on Drugs.

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Oregon Voters To Decide on Limitless Corporate Political Donations

In one of only five states with no limits on corporate contributions to candidates, a coalition of grassroots groups seeks to enshrine the ability for voters to pass campaign finance laws.

Neal Sends Cease and Desist Letter Over Ad Highlighting His Corporate PAC Donors

The ad features a headline from a Sludge article that found that Neal was the top recipient of corporate PAC donations in 2019.

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Introducing Brick House, a Co-Op Against the Wolves That Killed Your Favorite Websites

Today, Sludge is one of nine member publications announcing The Brick House Cooperative, working to build an ad-free, corporate-executive-free collective for independent media.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

Kennedy Fails to Return Fossil Fuel Lobbyist Donations

The Joe Kennedy campaign told Sludge it would refund fossil fuel lobbyist donations that violate the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge, which Kennedy signed, but it appears it did not follow through.

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Congressional Leaders Are Raising More Dark Money Than Ever Through Their Super PACs

The super PACs affiliated with the Democratic leaders have raised particularly large sums this cycle from organizations that don't disclose their donors.

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