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Dark Money Attacks Judges for Being ‘Soft on Crime’

Scaremongering advertisements in state court races were paid for by shadowy groups whose true funding sources weren’t available to voters.

Media Primary category in which blog post is published

Campus Reform Group Is Funneling Koch Money To Groom Right-Wing Reporters

Student supported by Campus Reform are often fast-tracked to jobs with conservative lawmakers, think tanks or media outlets.

SLUDGE REPORT Primary category in which blog post is published

A Decade Later, Dems Again Say They’re Ready to Do Campaign Finance Reform

We spoke with Rep. John Larson, the House sponsor of previous versions of the Fair Elections Now Act, about the last time Democrats had a chance to pass campaign finance reform in 2009.

Democracy Primary category in which blog post is published

Here’s How Much Dark and Gray Money Was Spent on Congressional Races

Use these interactive maps to see how much money dark and gray money groups spent on congressional races in your state.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

Record ‘Dark Money’ Donations Help GOP Retake House Seats

A Republican-linked nonprofit was the top donor to House Republicans' super PAC, which spent big in a number of swing races that saw the GOP retake seats lost to Democrats in 2018.

Gerrymandering Primary category in which blog post is published

With Deceptive Measure, Missouri GOP Wins Back Power to Gerrymander

Voters approved a measure from state Republicans that reverses redistricting reforms passed on the ballot on 2018 while also making virtually meaningless tweaks to lobbying and campaign finance laws.

Investments Primary category in which blog post is published

Congressman’s First Bill Would Benefit His Own Real Estate Business

A bill introduced by Rep. Chris Jacobs' (R-N.Y.)—his first since joining Congress in July—would shield real estate owners from liability for workplace injuries. Jacobs owns real estate throughout Buffalo worth up to $33 million.

Quick Hits Primary category in which blog post is published

Qualcomm Billionaires Launch Last Minute Attack on Granddaughter’s Progressive Opponent

Sara Jacobs' billionaire grandparents have given $3 million to the super PAC now attacking her opponent, Bernie Sanders-endorsed Georgette Gomez.

Donate Primary category in which blog post is published

Sludge’s First NewsMatch Is On

This NewsMatch drive is the best time to support our non-profit newsroom and help us continue to follow the money, relentlessly.

Wall Street’s Biggest Supporter Could Lose Her House Seat

Ann Wagner, a senior Republican on the House Financial Services Committee, is in danger of losing a seat in suburban St. Louis, despite millions in bank donations.

Finance Primary category in which blog post is published

Tillis Pushed Deregulation That Helps His Top Donor, Blackstone Group, Bilk Small Investors

Besides being Tillis’ top campaign donor, Blackstone’s CEO has given $20 million to a super PAC attacking Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham.

Democracy Primary category in which blog post is published

Republican Texas Judges Get Big Money Boost Ahead of Redistricting

Oil and gas billionaires, private equity firms, and GOP megadonors are funding ads that aim to keep the Texas Supreme Court entirely in Republican hands as state voting trends shift from red to purple.

Democracy Primary category in which blog post is published

Campaign Against ‘Dark Money’ Disclosure in Alaska Keeps Hiding Its Donors

The donors include the super PAC arm of Charles Koch's main political nonprofit and the Republican State Leadership Committee.

Health Primary category in which blog post is published

Anti-Abortion Ad Barrett Signed Is Tied To Group Working To Bring Abortion Cases To the Supreme Court

Federal statute instructs judges to disqualify themselves when they have a personal bias concerning a party.

Democracy Primary category in which blog post is published

The ‘Dark Money’ Behind a Pro-Gerrymandering Measure in Missouri

The campaign behind a ballot measure to reverse Missouri's voter-approved redistricting reforms did not raise money from a single Missouri resident, instead relying on funding from GOP party groups and nondisclosing conservative nonprofits.

Quick Hits Primary category in which blog post is published

Billionaire Trump Megadonors Behind Group That Promoted Scott Atlas as an Anti-Fauci

It's the same group that promoted hydroxychloroquine to the president in March.

Defense Primary category in which blog post is published

House Dem in Charge of Military Budget Opposes Cuts Favored by Progressives

House Armed Services Committee chair Adam Smith (D-Wash.), a top recipient of PAC money from weapons makers, has called some Democrats "extremists" for wanting to reduce the Defense Department's $740.5 billion budget.

Democracy Primary category in which blog post is published

Baltimore County Grassroots Groups Look To Continue a Public Financing Wave

Voters in Baltimore County will soon have their say on a ballot measure that would join several other large Maryland counties, as well as the city of Baltimore, in adopting a voluntary public financing program for elections.

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