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Fact Check: Does Bernie Sanders Get Support From Big-Money Super PACs?

Elizabeth Warren lumped Sanders in with fellow contenders who are getting millions of dollars worth of help from outside groups funded by corporate executives.

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Buttigieg Skirts Anti-Corruption Laws by Campaigning With ‘Dark Money’ Group

Despite ban on coordination between PACs and campaigns, Pete Buttigieg appeared at an event hosted by a "dark money" affiliate of a super PAC that is backing him.

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Iowa Democratic Party Consultants Have Deep Clinton Ties

The state party turned down outside help from security experts as it paid longtime political consultants who built their careers working on the campaigns of Hillary Clinton.

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Bloomberg Surrogates Have Seats on DNC Rules Committees

After DNC Chair Tom Perez unilaterally changed the Feb. 19 presidential debate requirements, opening the door for Mike Bloomberg, two campaign surrogates are in position to propose changes to superdelegate voting rules for the July DNC Convention.

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Biden and Buttigieg Take Big Bucks From Union-Busting Lawyers

Attorneys at law firms with notable histories of anti-worker actions have been coalescing around the moderate Democratic presidential candidates.

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Buttigieg Backed by Pharma Lobbyist Who Sought Drug Price Hikes in Poor Countries

In touting the endorsement of Josh Black, the Buttigieg campaign declined to mention that Black now works for the pharmaceutical industry’s top lobbying group.

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MSNBC’s Owners Shower Biden With Campaign Cash

94% of Comcast executives’ and vice presidents’ contributions to Democratic presidential candidates have gone to Joe Biden, a Sludge review of FEC records finds.

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Hedge Fund Billionaires Power New Democratic Super PAC

The group's top donor has a history of backing Republicans.

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Buttigieg’s Antitrust Adviser is a Wells Fargo Attorney

The campaign has also had advisers sign non-disclosure agreements, and in at least one case attempted to lock someone up with a non-compete agreement.