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2020

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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.

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Co-Chair of Conservative Blue Dogs Hosts Fundraiser for Joe Biden

The Blue Dog Coalition, led by Biden fundraiser Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.), often votes with Republicans to block Democratic policies.

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Democratic Party Backs ALEC-Tied Rep Against Progressive Challenger

Arizona Democrat Rep. Tom O’Halleran is an alumnus of corporate front group the American Legislative Exchange Council, but Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, and the DCCC are helping him beat back a primary challenge from Democrat Eva Putzova.

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Buttigieg Bundler Is an Executive at Vulture Fund Holding Puerto Rican Debt

William Rahm, a senior managing director at the "vulture fund" Centerbridge Partners, was omitted from the original bundler list released by the Buttigieg campaign.

Bundlers, Lobbyists, and Access: What Studies Show About Big-Money Influence

Recent academic studies have found that large contributions do work to ensure access for corporate lobbyists and that fundraising influences key committee assignments.

Opinion
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Here Are the Corporate Elites Hosting Biden’s Manhattan Fundraisers

More than a dozen high-powered lawyers and executives, including the man who inspired Gordon Gekko, will help “Middle-Class Joe” raise campaign cash in early January.

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Buttigieg Bundler is a Natural Gas Consultant at McKinsey

No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge organizers say the bundler’s personal contribution breaks the spirit of the pledge.