Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly speaks to the media in the briefing room at the White House, on May 2, 2017 in Washington, D.C.Mark Wilson/Getty Images

SLUDGE REPORT: Baby Jail Grifting, Ripping Off Trump Fans, and Luxury Lobbyist Retreats

Your biweekly summary of the most shameful corruption in politics.

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Trump Admin Finalizes Rule That Could Protect Foreign Dark Money in Elections

The rule, which takes effect today, allows dark money nonprofits to cease reporting information to the IRS that the government would need to enforce campaign finance laws.

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Arati Kreibich vs. the Human Fundraising Machine

A progressive challenge for Trump’s favorite New Jersey Democrat

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Three More States Expand Vote-By-Mail, Leaving Five Holdouts

With preparation time running short, Connecticut, Kentucky, and South Carolina recently expanded access to absentee ballot requests, as court challenges play out in Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas around vote-by-mail during the pandemic.