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Articles By Donald Shaw

The DNC is Taking Thousands From Fossil Fuel Executives

As it rejects a climate debate, the DNC is taking big contributions from individuals who own and run companies that profit from the burning of oil, gas, and coal.

Quick Hits Primary category in which blog post is published

As it Cultivates a Socially Responsible Image, Juul Sends Lobbyist to ALEC’s Annual Meeting

Juul says it wants to “make a meaningful, positive impact on our communities,” but by participating in ALEC it is working with a group that helps corporations violate the public interest.

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Congressional Black Caucus Institute Takes CoreCivic Cash, Boosts Policies That Help Private Prisons

As it benefits from the corporate coffers of private prison giant CoreCivic, the institute advocates privatized reentry programs from which the company profits.

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Guaidó Defends Chevron, Funder of U.S. Regime Change Organization

Chevron has been a loyal donor to the International Republican Institute, a nonprofit with ties to the U.S. Republican party that has worked for decades to strengthen the political opposition in Venezuela.

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Wealthy, White, and Over 50: The Demographics of the Democratic Presidential Donors

Sludge and Data for Progress analyzed the Democratic presidential candidates' donors by income, race, gender, age, and ideology.

Climate Primary category in which blog post is published

Facing a Green New Deal Backer, Lipinski Gets a Boost From Oil and Gas PACs

Fossil fuel company PACs flocked to centrist Democrat Rep. Dan Lipinski after his progressive primary challenger entered the race.

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Days After Taking Money from Big Pharma, Bucshon Criticized Trump’s Drug Price Disclosure Rule

Bucshon's recent donors include the PACs of drug companies that sued the government to block the disclosure rule.

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Rep. Gottheimer Asks Regulators to Deregulate Banks He’s Invested In

At the behest of a big-bank trade group, Gottheimer rallied 16 of his fellow Democrats to join him in urging financial regulators to gut a provision of Dodd-Frank that protects insured depository institutions from risky trading.

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Burning Man’s ‘Radical Inclusion’ Makes Room for Weapons Lobbyists

One of Burning Man’s new lobbyists is a former Trump campaign staffer who organized efforts to defend Trump’s Muslim ban.