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Dark Money

Health Primary category in which blog post is published

This Pharma-Backed Astroturf Group Wants to Keep Your Drug Prices High

The Coalition Against Socialized Medicine, a project of the American Conservative Union, is advertising on Politico Playbook this week.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

Turning Point USA Blurs the Line Between Charity and Pro-Trump Political Group

TPUSA President Charlie Kirk attacked several of Trump’s potential 2020 opponents at an official event hosted by his charitable nonprofit.

Climate Primary category in which blog post is published

Koch-Backed Republicans Want to Tax Your Electric Car

The free-market economics devotee who owns an oil giant is bankrolling campaigns attacking electric car buyers and light rail systems.

Elections Primary category in which blog post is published

Democrats Lose in NC-9 After Being Dramatically Outspent

The DCCC has raised $20 million more than its Republican counterpart this year, but it barely showed up to back Dan McCready in the toss-up special election race.

Dark Money Primary category in which blog post is published

Meet the Oligarchs Funding Campaign to Kill Anti-Poverty Programs

Top funders behind a campaign against food stamps and Medicaid include some well-known rightwing political megadonors.

ALEC Primary category in which blog post is published

These Companies Promised to Be Socially Responsible, But They Are Pushing ALEC’s Right-Wing Agenda

Just days before their CEOs pledged to work for all Americans, a dozen major corporations sent lobbyist to ALEC’s annual retreat to work in secret with lawmakers on bills to promote fossil fuels and bust unions.

Koch Primary category in which blog post is published

As Charles Koch Cultivates Anti-War Image, Koch Industries Profits from Defense Contracts

The right-wing billionaire has teamed up with unlikely ally George Soros on “military restraint,” but Koch Industries subsidiaries make millions by supplying the Navy with circuitry.

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.

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.