2018 Midterms Primary category in which blog post is published

Koch Brothers’ New Super PAC Spends $4 Million on Midterms Without Disclosing Donors

A new independent spending group tied to the billionaire Koch brothers has already spent millions of dollars on election ads but won’t reveal its funders until later this month.

California Primary category in which blog post is published

Multimillion-Dollar Contributions Dominate California Rent Control Initiative

In the first five days of October, contributions to the campaigns opposing and supporting Prop 10 reached nearly $13.8 million, putting it on track to surpass the $23.7 million contributed in August.

Dark Money Primary category in which blog post is published

Former Dark Money Lobbyist Who Guided Kavanaugh Will Provide Critical Confirmation Vote

Watchdog groups call on Sen. Jon Kyl to recuse himself after recent work as a lobbyist for the Judicial Crisis Network and serving as Kavanaugh's 'sherpa' through the confirmation process.

Tech Primary category in which blog post is published

Impacts of Sludge’s Reporting (So Far)

Sludge's investigative journalism has already had impacts to date: a public hearing and new legislation in the NYC Council, an elections complaint submitted by a watchdog group to the New York Board of Elections, donations returned from white supremacist candidates, and more.

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Influence Primary category in which blog post is published

Koch-Backed SEC Commissioner Claims Corporate Law is in the Public Interest

A lawyer whose academic career was funded by billionaire libertarian Charles Koch is now on the SEC. She thinks corporate lawyers are doing God’s work.

2018 Midterms Primary category in which blog post is published

Dems in ‘Toss-up’ Races Turn to Wall Street for Campaign Funds

After voting to deregulate the banks, Senate Democrats in close races are funding their campaigns with bank industry money

Elections Primary category in which blog post is published

“Dark Money” Film Can’t Stop Following The Money

"Dark Money", a documentary about shadowy election spending in Montana and transparency in campaign finance, is available online through October 31st on the POV Docs website.

Influence Primary category in which blog post is published

Revolving Door: Lobbyists-Turned-USDA-Officials Work With Junk Food Industry to Keep Soda, Candy in SNAP Program

Two top USDA officials in charge of SNAP policy who previously lobbied for grocers, soda and snack food trade groups were in frequent communication with the groups’ chief lobbyists.

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