Joe Crowley, former Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, became a "shadow lobbyist" with D.C. giant Squire Patton Boggs after his 2018 primary defeat, before now being allowed to directly lobby his former colleagues after his one-year "cooling off" period. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Ban Members of Congress From Lobbying For Life

The massive corporate bailout shows that lobbyists have their grip on Washington. Congress' next ethics reform package needs to slam shut the revolving door.

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Baltimore County Grassroots Groups Look To Continue a Public Financing Wave

Voters in Baltimore County will soon have their say on a ballot measure that would join several other large Maryland counties, as well as the city of Baltimore, in adopting a voluntary public financing program for elections.

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Blue Dog-Affiliated Group Runs Ads for Big Pharma

Center Forward, a "dark money" group with major funding from Big Pharma, is running a Facebook ad campaign touting the pharmaceutical industry as its super PAC spends millions to re-elect Blue Dog Democrats.

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Arizona Judge Reinstates GOP Law Shielding ‘Dark Money’

The state's clean elections commission will now be required to defer to the IRS on which political spending groups can keep their donors secret.