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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 02: U.S. President Donald Trump (C) leads a meeting of his Cabinet, including acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt (L) and acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, in the Cabinet Room at the White House
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 02: U.S. President Donald Trump (C) leads a meeting of his Cabinet, including acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt (L) and acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, in the Cabinet Room at the White HouseChip Somodevilla / Getty Images

Embracing the Swamp: Trump Elevates Official Who Violated His Ethics Order

A recently submitted ethics complaint alleges that David Bernhardt, who has been tapped to lead the Interior Department, violated at least two sections of Trump’s “drain the swamp” executive order.

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As it Cultivates a Socially Responsible Image, Juul Sends Lobbyist to ALEC’s Annual Meeting

Juul says it wants to “make a meaningful, positive impact on our communities,” but by participating in ALEC it is working with a group that helps corporations violate the public interest.

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Congressional Black Caucus Institute Takes CoreCivic Cash, Boosts Policies That Help Private Prisons

As it benefits from the corporate coffers of private prison giant CoreCivic, the institute advocates privatized reentry programs from which the company profits.

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Guaidó Defends Chevron, Funder of U.S. Regime Change Organization

Chevron has been a loyal donor to the International Republican Institute, a nonprofit with ties to the U.S. Republican party that has worked for decades to strengthen the political opposition in Venezuela.