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Climate Primary category in which blog post is published

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.

Influence Primary category in which blog post is published

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.

Health Primary category in which blog post is published

Biden Sides With Big Pharma Against Plan That Could Make Coronavirus Vaccine Affordable

In contrast with Sanders and other Democrats, Biden has not embraced a key executive authority for driving down the cost of pharmaceuticals developed with federally-funded research, like the coronavirus vaccine that is currently being tested.

Climate Primary category in which blog post is published

Barred From Former Clients, Bernhardt Met With Groups That Represent Them

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt agreed to recuse himself from matters involving Halliburton and other former lobbying and legal clients, but he met with lobbying groups that work to further their interests.

Health Primary category in which blog post is published

Massachusetts’ Top Health Official Has Major Conflicts of Interest With Big Pharma

As she votes on regulations impacting the pharmaceutical industry, Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel's spouse works as a consultant for companies that seek to influence the department's regulatory rulemakings.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

A Billionaire Heiress and a Bernie-Backed Progressive Face off in California Primary

Sara Jacobs, heiress to the Qualcomm fortune, is leading in the polls thanks in part to a super PAC funded entirely by her billionaire grandparents.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

Biden, Buttigieg, and Klobuchar Backed By Vulture Funds Set to Profit From Puerto Rico

The candidates say they support Puerto Rico, but they are holding onto campaign contributions from executives at hedge funds that recently negotiated an agreement that would force Puerto Rico to make cash payments, limiting funds available for the island's rebuilding efforts.

Quick Hits Primary category in which blog post is published

Richard Neal Is #1 in Corporate PAC Donations

Neal, who chairs the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, got money from PACs of several corporations that had negative effective tax rates in 2018.

Transportation Primary category in which blog post is published

Lipinski ‘Proud’ of Endorsement From Railroad Lobbyist

Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) gave the railroad industry multiple benefits as chair of the Railroad Subcommittee before receiving the endorsement of CSX lobbyist Tom Livingston.