South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) during the Democratic presidential primary debate on December 19, 2019.Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Bundlers, Lobbyists, and Access: What Studies Show About Big-Money Influence

Recent academic studies have found that large contributions do work to ensure access for corporate lobbyists and that fundraising influences key committee assignments.

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Dems Hire Oil and Gas Astroturf Group Lobbyist for Environment Subcommittee

Kristi Parrott is joining the Subcommittee on Environment from HBW Resources, where she lobbied Congress on behalf of an astroturf group for oil majors.

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GOP Effort to Subvert Democracy Heads to SCOTUS

The conservative Supreme Court majority may hand state legislatures unchecked control over federal elections.

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Hochul’s Stadium Swindle

The New York governor’s billion-dollar subsidy deal for a new Buffalo Bills stadium could reward her husband—and is the latest example of the state squeezing the Seneca Nation.