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Spouses of Congressional Staffers Are Lobbying Congress—and It’s Perfectly Legal

A Sludge investigation finds more than 20 top legislative aides are married to registered lobbyists who represent special interests before members of Congress, and quite possibly the very offices of their spouses.

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Group Claiming to Speak for Rural Democrats is Tied to Fossil Fuel Lobbyists

Heidi Heitkamp’s One Country Project urges Democrats to take a moderate approach to climate change.

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This Pharma-Backed Astroturf Group Wants to Keep Your Drug Prices High

The Coalition Against Socialized Medicine, a project of the American Conservative Union, is advertising on Politico Playbook this week.

The Sludgy Career of Kurt Volker

The special envoy to Ukraine tried to have it both ways: Trump hatchet man and honorable public servant. He failed at both.