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Elections Primary category in which blog post is published

Trump Settlement Admits Campaign Finance Crimes, Watchdog Says

Despite a signed settlement describing clear campaign finance violations, the FEC is unlikely to take action against President Trump because it lacks the quorum needed to make official decisions.

Judiciary Primary category in which blog post is published

McConnell Accelerates Judicial Confirmations After Taking a Quarter Million from Prominent Conservative Legal Activist

Federalist Society board member and Committee for Justice founder C. Boyden Gray recently gave his largest contribution ever to McConnell’s joint fundraising committee.

Net Neutrality Primary category in which blog post is published

Kyrsten Sinema, the Only Anti-Net Neutrality Dem, Linked to Super PAC Run by a Comcast Lobbyist

The super PAC has made independent political expenditures to support Sinema's elections, and Sinema has directed donations to it through a PAC she used to chair.

Health Primary category in which blog post is published

Chair of Pharma-Funded Blue Dogs Pushes for Drug Company Protections in New NAFTA

Freshman Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.) is advocating a 10-year exclusivity period for biologic drugs as the Blue Dog PAC takes maxed-out donations from the pharmaceutical industry.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

Super PAC Backing ‘Middle-Class Joe’ Is Led by Lobbyists, Corporate Consultants, and Democratic Fundraisers

Today, Unite the Country announced its top staffers, most of whom either work for major corporations or run groups funded by corporate interests.

Health Primary category in which blog post is published

CBO Health Panel Packed With Experts Tied to Anti-Medicare For All Groups

The 19-member panel that advises the Congressional Budget Office on health policy is flush with health insurance, pharmaceutical, and hospital interests.

Health Primary category in which blog post is published

After Record Fundraising Haul From Big Pharma, McConnell Vows to Block Drug Pricing Bill

The bill is backed by both Trump and Pelosi, so McConnell is standing in the way of a major bipartisan breakthrough that could lower drug prices for millions of Americans.

Astroturf Primary category in which blog post is published

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.

Quick Hits Primary category in which blog post is published

Here’s How Github Justifies Making Money from ICE

A leaked email from CEO Nat Friedman attempts to placate employees who opposed doing business with the agency.