Defense

Democracy Primary category in which blog post is published

Rules Package Closes Witness Conflicts Loophole

For the first time, witnesses to Congress will have to disclose all entities they are affiliated with that have an interest in the topic of the hearing.

Defense Primary category in which blog post is published

House Dem in Charge of Military Budget Opposes Cuts Favored by Progressives

House Armed Services Committee chair Adam Smith (D-Wash.), a top recipient of PAC money from weapons makers, has called some Democrats "extremists" for wanting to reduce the Defense Department's $740.5 billion budget.

Defense Primary category in which blog post is published

Hawkish Dem Sherman is Next in Line to Replace Engel as Foreign Affairs Chairman

With the ouster of Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), progressives are calling for the position to be filled by someone not beholden to special interests. Next in line for the position by seniority, however, is Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) who is heavily funded by the defense industry and pro-Israel PACs.

Defense Primary category in which blog post is published

Dems Voting Against Pentagon Cuts Got 3.4x More Money From the Defense Industry

The Pocan amendment, rejected by defense-backed Democrats and all Republicans, would have cut next year's military budget by 10%.

Law Enforcement Primary category in which blog post is published

Law Enforcement PACs Give Millions to the Politicians Who Set Their Budgets

Police groups have donated almost $15 million to state and local elected officials since 2015, with two-thirds going to Democrats, according to new data from the NoMoreCopMoney project.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

Engel’s Top Donor is an AIPAC-Tied Group That Backs Powerful GOP Politicians

Pro-Israel America PAC has given Engel at least $127,981 this cycle.

Dark Money Primary category in which blog post is published

‘Dark Money’ Groups Back Engel Against Progressive Challenger Bowman

Two nonprofits, recently incorporated in Delaware, have spent $260,000 on ads and mailers backing Engel. The groups are not required to reveal their donors.

Defense Primary category in which blog post is published

Verizon and AT&T Partner With Pro-Police Militarization Lobbying Group

The National Sheriff's Association, which counts the telco giants as "platinum partners," lobbies Congress to make the Defense Department's 1033 military equipment transfer program permanent.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

As His District Became a Coronavirus Hotspot, Engel Jetted to Florida Resort

The Florida fundraiser was just the beginning of Rep. Eliot Engel’s (D-N.Y.) absence from his district as it suffered from one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the country.