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Two-liter bottles of regular and diet soda are seen for sale at a Manhattan store on May 31, 2012 in New York City.Mario Tama/Getty Images

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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Blue Dog Consultant Working With Anti-Health Care Reform Lobbying Group

Kristen Hawn, a communications consultant, appears on emails with industry-backed groups strategizing against health care changes.

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Pharma-Funded ‘Dark Money’ Group Hosts House Staffers for California Junket

The staffers, several of whom work for reps on the subcommittee overseeing pharmaceuticals, met with executives from drug companies Merck and Genentech.

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Lawyers Defending ExxonMobil Are Big Biden Donors

Two of the Paul Weiss attorney who successfully defended ExxonMobil in New York against charges that it hid costs related to climate change have given maximum donations to former Vice President Joe Biden.