Congressional Reform

Climate Primary category in which blog post is published

Senators Cling to Fossil Fuel Stocks as World Heats Up

More than one in four senators is invested in the fossil fuel industry as the Senate strips major climate programs from the reconciliation bill.

Congressional Reform Primary category in which blog post is published

The Secretive Group Steering the Dems

The Democratic caucus group that puts corporate Dems in key committee seats won't release its rules or disclose its members.

Brick House Cooperative Primary category in which blog post is published

Manchin Removes Ethics Provisions From Democratic Reform Bill

Senate Democrats' Freedom to Vote Act would no longer strengthen conflict of interest rules that prevent members of Congress from working on legislation primarily for their own financial interests.

Defense Primary category in which blog post is published

Lawmakers Benefit From Booming Defense Stocks

Here are the members of Congress who own stock in defense contractors like Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.

Brick House Cooperative Primary category in which blog post is published

The Roadblocks to Banning Congress From Trading Stocks

Active stock traders Zoe Lofgren and Gary Peters chair the committees where bills banning congressional stock trades are being left to die.

Brick House Cooperative Primary category in which blog post is published

Congress Won’t Stop Trading Stocks

Researchers studying congressional stock ownership have found that the practice has effects on lobbying activity and potentially on market movements.

Donate Primary category in which blog post is published

With Endless Muck to Rake, Sludge Turns Three

Our nonprofit newsroom has stayed paywall-free, allowing our money-in-politics stories to be shared widely. We're asking more of our readers to help by becoming Sludge members.

Democracy Primary category in which blog post is published

Manchin’s Proposal Cuts Campaign Finance and Ethics Reforms From S1

Joe Manchin seeks to strip the For the People Act of a public campaign financing option, conflict of interest rules, and key criteria for preclearance of election procedures.

Brick House Cooperative Primary category in which blog post is published

Groups Call on Congress: Fund Your Staff

The average Hill staffer stays for only about three years, with many moving to become lobbyists.