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Elections

2018 Midterms Primary category in which blog post is published

Hedge Fund Billionaires Were Democrats’ Main Bankrollers in 2018

A new report shows that three-quarters of the money that individuals donated to pro-Democrat outside spending groups in 2018 came from finance founders and executives.

Dark Money Primary category in which blog post is published

NJ Gov. Phil Murphy Vetoes Popular ‘Dark Money’ Disclosure Bill

The bill now goes back to the legislature, but advocates worry the veto may spell its doom.

Gillibrand’s ‘Democracy Dollars’ Could Break Big Money’s Stranglehold on U.S. Politics

But it will only work if it takes a cue from the successful Democracy Voucher Program in Seattle

Opinion
Climate Primary category in which blog post is published

Biden’s Climate Adviser Earned $1 Million From Natural Gas Company

Current 2020 frontrunner Joe Biden has a “middle-ground” climate approach that will promote natural gas, potentially enriching his adviser’s former employer.

Finance Primary category in which blog post is published

Dems Overseeing Finance Industry Take Money from Group Supporting Racist Auto Lending

Alerted to the contributions, House Financial Services Chair Maxine Waters tells Sludge she will better vet her campaign contributors.

FEC Dysfunction Now Threatens Democracy

As House Democrats call in witnesses to answer the questions raised by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report, Federal Election Commission officials should be at the top of their list.

Opinion
Hate Primary category in which blog post is published

Mainstream Charities Bankroll Islamophobic Hate Groups, New Report Shows

The Council on American-Islamic Relations’ new study analyzes the deep-pocketed donor networks behind the rise in American Islamophobia.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

Obama Fundraisers-Turned-Ambassadors Are Back to Make It Rain for Biden

They were rewarded for their donations to Obama. Now they’re lining up to raise money for Biden.

Climate Primary category in which blog post is published

California Climate Change Denier Has a Progressive House Challenger

Republican Rep. Doug LaMalfa has supported legislation to loosen environmental protections and increase post-fire logging, which can exacerbate forest fires, in his state.