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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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Hedge Fund Billionaires Power New Democratic Super PAC

The group's top donor has a history of backing Republicans.

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A Christian Nationalist Group Is Quietly Shaping Bills for State Legislatures

Seemingly disparate anti-LGBTQ, anti-choice bills can all be traced to Project Blitz, an elaborate legal strategy devised by a coalition of Christian Right groups.

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Buttigieg’s Antitrust Adviser is a Wells Fargo Attorney

The campaign has also had advisers sign non-disclosure agreements, and in at least one case attempted to lock someone up with a non-compete agreement.