Articles By Alex Kotch

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Jon Kyl Voted for New Nukes After Taking Payments From Nuclear Company

The senator-turned-lobbyist-turned-senator-turned-lobbyist had a paid board seat at one nuclear company and lobbied for two others. Then he joined the Senate.

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New House Foreign Affairs Chair Receives Money from Weapons Contractors He Oversees

Rep. Eliot Engel’s committee has jurisdiction over arms exports, and he’s gotten significant campaign donations from the defense industry and pro-Israel interests.

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New Chair of Climate Crisis Committee Owns Shares in Fossil Fuel Fund

Rep. Kathy Castor has a good environmental record, but she and her husband are profiting from gas, oil, and coal-powered utilities.

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Who Funds PragerU’s Anti-Muslim Content?

The right-wing educational website PragerU has published videos that discriminate against immigrants and Muslims. Sludge found out who’s funding them.

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Likely Head of Global Warming Committee Will Reject Fossil Fuel Donations

The likely chair of a revived global warming committee tells Sludge she’ll reject campaign donations from the fossil fuel industry to “build confidence in her leadership.”

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STOCK TICKER: Tom Carper’s Spouse Invests in Marathon Petroleum

The wife of the ranking member on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee bought stock in an oil company in November.

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Facebook Took Money From White Nationalist Candidate to Promote Neo-Nazi Podcast

A white nationalist candidate for U.S. House paid for a number of Facebook ads, including one promoting the podcast of a prominent neo-Nazi.

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Beto O’Rourke Removed From ‘No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge’ Following Sludge Report

In the wake of a Sludge investigation showing multiple contributions from oil and gas executives, Oil Change USA took O’Rourke’s name off the list of political candidates who promised to reject fossil fuel donations over $200.

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Democrats on Key Energy Subcommittees Have Financial Stakes in Oil and Gas Companies

Seven Democratic members of the House Energy Committee’s Energy and Environment subcommittees collectively own at least $2.3 million worth of stock in the oil and gas industry.