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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Head of Facebook’s Calibra David Marcus takes his seat at a hearing before Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee July 16, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Big Tech Has an App for Fighting Political Scrutiny: $$$$

As Big Tech has worked to establish its hard and soft power throughout Washington, this week's regulatory hearings showed signs that lawmakers' understanding of Silicon Valley's influence may be catching up.

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Group Claiming to Speak for Rural Democrats is Tied to Fossil Fuel Lobbyists

Heidi Heitkamp’s One Country Project urges Democrats to take a moderate approach to climate change.

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This Pharma-Backed Astroturf Group Wants to Keep Your Drug Prices High

The Coalition Against Socialized Medicine, a project of the American Conservative Union, is advertising on Politico Playbook this week.

The Sludgy Career of Kurt Volker

The special envoy to Ukraine tried to have it both ways: Trump hatchet man and honorable public servant. He failed at both.