2020

Democracy Primary category in which blog post is published

Anti-Marijuana Lawmakers Exploit Technicalities to Overrule Voters

In states where voters overwhelming approved ballot measures liberalizing marijuana laws, anti-legalization lawmakers and interests are pursuing a range of legal options to thwart the will of voters.

Brick House Cooperative Primary category in which blog post is published

Former PAC Rejector Elaine Luria Is Now Taking Checks From Raytheon and Rolls-Royce

Luria was recently elected vice chair of the House Armed Services Committee after taking contributions from the PACs of several defense contractors to pay off her reelection campaign's debt.

Brick House Cooperative Primary category in which blog post is published

Manchin Backed Filibuster Reform in the Past

While Sen. Joe Manchin proclaimed in recent media appearances that he will not consider ending the filibuster, 10 years ago he voted in favor of rules reforms that would have significantly reduced the obstructive tactic.

Quick Hits Primary category in which blog post is published

AT&T and Boeing Named Chairs of Biden Inauguration

For donating $1 million, the companies are also invited to future in-person events.

Influence Primary category in which blog post is published

Trade Groups Decline to Cut Off GOP Objectors

Sludge asked over two dozen corporate trade associations if they would follow their member companies in cutting off PAC donations to the Republican election objectors. Most declined to say they would.

Brick House Cooperative Primary category in which blog post is published

Companies Are Pausing Their PACs, But Their Trade Groups Aren’t

Dozens of companies paused their PAC donations to Republican election objectors, but a loophole could continue sending them funds through corporate trade associations.

Democracy Primary category in which blog post is published

Eleven Years Later, Democrats Will Try Again to Address Citizens United’s Dark Money Problem

Both chambers of Congress are planning to vote on the For the People Act, which would force dark money groups to reveal their donors.

Democracy Primary category in which blog post is published

Biden’s Huge Inaugural Donations Would be Banned Under Democrats’ Ethics Bill

Government watchdog groups called on Biden's presidential inaugural committee to reject million-dollar donations from corporations seeking to influence the new administration.

Democracy Primary category in which blog post is published

Companies Pause PACs While Fighting Democracy Reforms

Many of the companies that grabbed headlines by suspending their PAC donations after the assault on the Capitol Building are members of industry groups that oppose ethics and campaign finance reforms.