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The Federal Election Commission headquarters October 24, 2016 in Washington, DC.Chip Somodevilla / Getty

Government Contractors Are Making Political Contributions, Despite Longstanding Ban

Federal election law prohibits these kinds of donations because of concerns over pay-to-play government contracting, but contractors are still making them—and the FEC is not actively working to stop them.

Influence Primary category in which blog post is published
2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

A Lobbyist Raising Money for Biden Is Fighting Measures to Crack Down on Foreign Election Influence

Ken Jarin, who is raising money for Biden's campaign, leads Ballard Spahr’s government affairs operation, which lobbies for subsidiaries of foreign companies opposing efforts to improve lobbying transparency and prevent foreign election influence.

To Reassert Its Lost Power, Congress Must Join the 21st Century

An obscure congressional committee may help make Congress relevant again.

Opinion
Health Primary category in which blog post is published

These Corporations and Public Charities Funded the State Abortion Bans

A Sludge investigation has uncovered the sources of millions of dollars behind advocacy efforts to pass a slew of state abortion bans this year.