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Articles By Donald Shaw

2018 Midterms Primary category in which blog post is published

Hedge Fund Billionaires Were Democrats’ Main Bankrollers in 2018

A new report shows that three-quarters of the money that individuals donated to pro-Democrat outside spending groups in 2018 came from finance founders and executives.

Dark Money Primary category in which blog post is published

NJ Gov. Phil Murphy Vetoes Popular ‘Dark Money’ Disclosure Bill

The bill now goes back to the legislature, but advocates worry the veto may spell its doom.

Astroturf Primary category in which blog post is published

Delta’s Anti-Union Propaganda Came From PR Shop Busted for Posing as Journalists for ExxonMobil

The firm, FTI Consulting, has produced astroturf campaigns for some of the world’s biggest polluters including Exxon, BP, and Halliburton.

Climate Primary category in which blog post is published

Reps Overseeing Pipeline Safety are Profiting From Pipeline Companies

American oil and gas pipelines continue to expand while the agency that’s supposed to oversee them sits idly by.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

Joe Biden, Net Neutrality Skeptic, to Attend Fundraiser Held by Comcast’s Top Lobbyist

As a senator, Biden took thousands from Comcast employees and did not back bipartisan net neutrality legislation.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

How Kamala Harris Helped Her Hollywood Donors Censor the Web

Harris, who has taken more than $1 million in campaign contributions from the entertainment industry, was a key player behind SESTA-FOSTA, a bill that internet freedom advocates say threatens the open internet.

Finance Primary category in which blog post is published

Reps Questioning Megabank CEOs Own Stock in Their Companies

Ten of the Financial Services Committee members who will question the CEOs of the largest banks in the U.S. are personally invested in those banks and positioned to benefit from the companies’ growth.

Influence Primary category in which blog post is published

Government Contractors Are Making Political Contributions, Despite Longstanding Ban

Federal election law prohibits these kinds of donations because of concerns over pay-to-play government contracting, but contractors are still making them—and the FEC is not actively working to stop them.

Hate Primary category in which blog post is published

Republicans Criticizing Ilhan Omar Donated to Duncan Hunter’s Islamophobic Campaigns

At least three of the Republicans calling out Omar for anti-Semitism donated to Rep. Hunter’s campaign after it ran ads falsely tying his Mexican-Palestinian American opponent to Islamic terrorism.