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Google is Giving People Bad, Fossil Fuel-Funded Info on the Green New Deal

A conservative think tank with funding from the fossil fuel industry put out a cost estimate seemingly intended to cause sticker shock atop search results.

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Dysfunctional NYC Elections Board Staffed Through Pay-to-Play System

For employees of New York City's Board of Elections, donations to party bosses are often the key to professional advancement.

Seattle’s Unique Campaign Finance System Is Boosting Donor Diversity

Democracy vouchers are increasing small-donor participation in local elections and diversifying the donor pool.

Opinion
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How Corporations Gave Republicans Permission to Deny Reality

Big companies donated to climate deniers in Congress – even while claiming to care about climate change. When those same lawmakers denied the results of the election, the bill came due.

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Reps Would Have to Resign From Corporate Boards Under Democrats’ Ethics Bill

At least 15 House reps currently sit on the boards of private companies.

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Former PAC Rejector Elaine Luria Is Now Taking Checks From Raytheon and Rolls-Royce

Luria was recently elected vice chair of the House Armed Services Committee after taking contributions from the PACs of several defense contractors to pay off her reelection campaign's debt.

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Chevron Greenwashes Shareholders on Climate Lobbying

The oil supermajor’s first ever report on its political activities greenwashes its own shareholders.

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Michigan Has a Conflict of Interest Problem. A New Bill Would Begin Fixing It

The state's legislators have previously passed laws that benefited their family businesses, but a new ethics bill would bar voting where personal financial interests are involved.

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Manchin Backed Filibuster Reform in the Past

While Sen. Joe Manchin proclaimed in recent media appearances that he will not consider ending the filibuster, 10 years ago he voted in favor of rules reforms that would have significantly reduced the obstructive tactic.

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AT&T and Boeing Named Chairs of Biden Inauguration

For donating $1 million, the companies are also invited to future in-person events.

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Trade Groups Decline to Cut Off GOP Objectors

Sludge asked over two dozen corporate trade associations if they would follow their member companies in cutting off PAC donations to the Republican election objectors. Most declined to say they would.

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Corporate America Should Immediately Cease All Political Spending, Says Reform Coalition

More than 50 groups signed a letter asking companies to go beyond pausing their PACs if they want to demonstrate a commitment to democracy.

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Companies Are Pausing Their PACs, But Their Trade Groups Aren’t

Dozens of companies paused their PAC donations to Republican election objectors, but a loophole could continue sending them funds through corporate trade associations.

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Eleven Years Later, Democrats Will Try Again to Address Citizens United’s Dark Money Problem

Both chambers of Congress are planning to vote on the For the People Act, which would force dark money groups to reveal their donors.

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Biden’s Huge Inaugural Donations Would be Banned Under Democrats’ Ethics Bill

Government watchdog groups called on Biden's presidential inaugural committee to reject million-dollar donations from corporations seeking to influence the new administration.

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