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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.

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Lipinski ‘Proud’ of Endorsement From Railroad Lobbyist

Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) gave the railroad industry multiple benefits as chair of the Railroad Subcommittee before receiving the endorsement of CSX lobbyist Tom Livingston.

Buying Their Way Out of Environmental Regulations

Trump’s EPA lets big-time coal industry donors off the hook for the damage their mercury emissions inflict on children.