Articles By Jay Cassano

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Former Dark Money Lobbyist Who Guided Kavanaugh Will Provide Critical Confirmation Vote

Watchdog groups call on Sen. Jon Kyl to recuse himself after recent work as a lobbyist for the Judicial Crisis Network and serving as Kavanaugh's 'sherpa' through the confirmation process.

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New York Pension Chief Cashes in on Natural Gas

New York state’s chief investment officer invested millions of retirement dollars in a fossil fuel company – and then joined the company’s board the same week she retired.

FEC Considers Barring Politicians From Using Leadership PACs as Slush Funds

The Federal Election Commission wants to hear from the public about whether lawmakers should be allowed to spend money from their PACs on golf clubs and luxury resorts.

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Chief Justice Roberts Keeps ‘Dark Money’ Dark

Starting tomorrow, political groups were going to have to reveal their anonymous donors—until Chief Justice Roberts stepped in.

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Cuomo Received $25,000 From Weinstein Lawyer’s Firm as He Suspended Probe

The contribution from Weinstein's former lawyer was made the same month Cuomo suspended an investigation into the New York district attorney's failure to prosecute Harvey Weinstein in 2015.

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Republican Senator Blocks Amendment to End US Support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen

The biggest campaign contributors to Senator Shelby, who blocked the amendment, are defense contractors that have major arms deals with Saudi Arabia.

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Alaskan Natives Caught in Japan Whale Lobby’s Net

As Japan seeks to drum up support for its whaling program, signs point to it once again using indigenous Alaskans as political leverage.

Defense Primary category in which blog post is published

Pentagon’s Artificial Intelligence Programs Get Huge Boost in the NDAA

The controversial Project Maven received a 580% funding increase in this year’s defense bill.

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Bob Goodlatte May Be the First Member of Congress to Disclose Owning Bitcoin

Goodlatte, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, owns as much as $80,000 in cryptocurrency. His son is an angel investor in cryptocurrency trading platform Coinbase.