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A ground assistant of the Alitalia airline company wearing a protective mask waits to assist passengers at Terminal 3 of the Leonardo Da Vinci international airport of Rome Fiumicino on March 17, 2020 in Rome, Italy.Marco Di Lauro / Getty Images

After Buyback Spree, Airlines Look to Record Lobbying to Secure Bailout

Airlines spent more than ever on lobbying and campaign contributions in 2019. The spending could help grease the skids for a bailout.

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Avoid Taxes, Receive Federal Bailouts

It’s the common thread among a host of companies lining up to feed on a rescue package.

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Tom Perez Put Corporate Lobbyists in Charge of the DNC’s Budget

Six of the ten members of the DNC Budget and Finance Committee are at-large, put forward by Chair Tom Perez, and several are lobbyists or investment heads for the fossil fuel industry.

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Top Democratic Law Firm Helps Oil Companies Dodge Climate Regulations

Perkins Coie, a law firm with deep ties to the Democratic Party, is lobbying for fossil fuel clients to win exemptions from a federal program to limit greenhouse gas emissions.