Articles By Jay Cassano

2018 Midterms Primary category in which blog post is published

Comcast’s Favorite Congressman Doesn’t Need the Money

Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon is in a safely Republican district. But as a staunch opponent of net neutrality who chairs the committee overseeing the FCC, his campaign has continued to be rewarded with telecom cash.

2018 Midterms Primary category in which blog post is published

Members of Congress Have Raised $150 Million for Potential “Slush Funds” This Cycle

In recent years, millions of dollars that corporations and interest groups give to politicians’ leadership PACs gets spent on meals, resorts, gulf outings, and other personal expenses.

South Dakota Primary category in which blog post is published

Opposition to South Dakota Amendment to Regulate Lobbyists Funded by… Lobbyists

Meanwhile, six people from outside of South Dakota account for $150,000 of the roughly $400,000 that the support campaign raised.

Dark Money Primary category in which blog post is published

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.

Finance Primary category in which blog post is published

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.

Influence Primary category in which blog post is published

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.

Influence Primary category in which blog post is published

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.

Defense Primary category in which blog post is published

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.