Government Transparency Primary category in which blog post is published

Code for Democracy Debuts New Tool to Track Money in Politics

The web tool aims to make it easier to investigate campaign contributions, lobbying, nonprofit spending, and more, and to get alerts on new data.

Digital Primary category in which blog post is published

News Sites Are Renting Your Inbox to Spammy Political Groups

Mother Jones, The Daily Caller, and other news sites make money by selling access to your inbox to political groups that want your donations.

Health Primary category in which blog post is published

Top House Dem Buys Stock in Pharma Companies and Defense Contractors

House Budget Chair John Yarmuth is a frequent stock trader who recently purchased shares in companies that are lobbying against the Democrats' budget plan.

Climate Primary category in which blog post is published

Senators Cling to Fossil Fuel Stocks as World Heats Up

More than one in four senators is invested in the fossil fuel industry as the Senate strips major climate programs from the reconciliation bill.

Donate Primary category in which blog post is published

Donate to Sludge and NewsMatch Will Double Your Donation

We're asking our readers to support our work in the NewsMatch, a crucial matching drive for our investigative journalism, supported by the Institute for Nonprofit News.

Democracy Primary category in which blog post is published

Outside Groups Spend Big on Pennsylvania Supreme Court Race

The Republican Party's state campaign arm is running last-minute attack ads in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court election after taking large donations from Koch Industries, hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin, and Big Tobacco.

Influence Primary category in which blog post is published

Manchin Got Big Donations From Son-In-Law’s Oil & Gas Employer

As he stripped major climate programs, Sen. Joe Manchin received large donations from Enterprise Products, the energy giant where his son-in-law is a senior employee and whose lobbying groups are fighting the reconciliation bill.

Digital Primary category in which blog post is published

Scam PAC Exploits Electoral College Opponents

Abolish the Electoral College PAC, which has raised nearly $1 million, has donated only $2,500 to candidates. The rest of the money has gone to salaries and consultants.

Tech Primary category in which blog post is published

Senators Own up to $25 Million in Big Tech Stocks

Senators invested in tech stocks like Amazon, Apple, and Google may soon be voting on antitrust bills introduced in the Senate that would impact their portfolios.

Congressional Reform Primary category in which blog post is published

The Secretive Group Steering the Dems

The Democratic caucus group that puts corporate Dems in key committee seats won't release its rules or disclose its members.

Quick Hits Primary category in which blog post is published

The Insurance Industry’s Favorite Rep Delivers Again

Richard Neal, the top House recipient of insurance industry cash, rewrote the Democrats' family leave proposal so insurance companies can keep skimming profits.

Brick House Cooperative Primary category in which blog post is published

Democrats Have Lost Nine Senate Seats in Close Contests Since 2012

The populist economic message that kept Democratic voter turnout high in this year's Georgia Senate runoffs has largely been absent over the past decade of close losses.

Climate Primary category in which blog post is published

Manchin Got $400k From Fossil Fuel Donors Before Axing Climate Plan

Joe Manchin raised $1.6 million in the third quarter, including donations from many fossil fuel industry PACs as he announces he is strongly opposed to the major climate program in the reconciliation bill.

Tech Primary category in which blog post is published

Members of Congress Own Millions in Facebook Stock While Weighing New Tech Laws

Here are the senators and representatives who hold stock in Facebook.

Brick House Cooperative Primary category in which blog post is published

Ascending Dem Hawk Wants to Pre-Authorize War With China

In a Washington Post op-ed, Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) said Congress should preemptively authorize military action to defend Taiwan against China.

Brick House Cooperative Primary category in which blog post is published

Top Democrats Own Stock in AT&T, Funder of Far-Right OAN Network

A recent investigation revealed that 90% of the far-right network OAN's funding comes from AT&T-owned platforms.

Environment Primary category in which blog post is published

Four Waste Coal Provisions Manchin Put in the Infrastructure Bill

A review of legislative text shows that several provisions in a section drafted by Manchin’s committee would benefit companies involved in waste coal, which happens to be what the Manchin family coal brokerage specializes in.

DNC Primary category in which blog post is published

Harrison Nominates New Corporate Lobbyists to Join the DNC

DNC members say they were not allowed input on the nominees, who were put forward as a slate by Chair Jaime Harrison and will almost certainly be approved.

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