The parent organization of a Democratic "dark money" behemoth received nearly $70 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2020 as it financed super PACs boosting Joe Biden's presidential campaign.
After raising millions from corporate executives through joint fundraising committees, Problem Solvers Caucus members are threatening to block Biden's infrastructure package unless a tax cut for the rich gets added.
Secret pay-to-play systems used by both parties have led to key committees being run by the most corporate PAC-reliant members of Congress.
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.
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.
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.
For donating $1 million, the companies are also invited to future in-person events.
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.
Dozens of companies paused their PAC donations to Republican election objectors, but a loophole could continue sending them funds through corporate trade associations.
Both chambers of Congress are planning to vote on the For the People Act, which would force dark money groups to reveal their donors.