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2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

Democratic Leaders Rake in Corporate Cash as ‘the Squad’ Sticks With Small Donors

A Sludge analysis of new second-quarter campaign finance reports has found that the Democratic leaders in the House combined to take in nearly $1.2 million in contributions from corporate and trade association PACs.

After Supreme Court Refusal, It’s Up to the People to End Gerrymandering

The first step is to transfer redistricting power away from legislators to independent commissions.

Opinion
Private Prisons Primary category in which blog post is published

GEO Group Donated to the Trump-Tied Turning Point USA, Then Got Rave Review

TPUSA’s communications director visited a GEO Group detention facility and called it nicer than public schools she’d attended.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

A Lobbyist Raising Money for Biden Is Fighting Measures to Crack Down on Foreign Election Influence

Ken Jarin, who is raising money for Biden's campaign, leads Ballard Spahr’s government affairs operation, which lobbies for subsidiaries of foreign companies opposing efforts to improve lobbying transparency and prevent foreign election influence.

Health Primary category in which blog post is published

These Corporations and Public Charities Funded the State Abortion Bans

A Sludge investigation has uncovered the sources of millions of dollars behind advocacy efforts to pass a slew of state abortion bans this year.

Election Security Primary category in which blog post is published

As He Blocks Election Security Bills, McConnell Takes Checks from Voting Machine Lobbyists

The bills McConnell is blocking would subject the voting machine vendors to new cybersecurity regulations and could reduce their overall sales to states.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

Presidential Candidate Who Attacked Medicare for All is Invested in Health Care Companies

Former Rep. John Delaney assailed Medicare for All and asked Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to debate him. Turns out he has a financial stake in the for-profit health care industry.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

DCCC Vendors Work for Corporations Lobbying Against Democratic Policies

The DCCC has blacklisted vendors that work with progressive challengers, but it continues to pay those whose corporate clients work to block policies like net neutrality and Medicare for All.

Koch Primary category in which blog post is published

Conservative Democrat Continues to Take Koch Cash

Rep. Henry Cuellar of oil-rich Texas got another campaign donation from the PAC of GOP megadonor Charles Koch’s fossil fuel conglomerate, Koch Industries.