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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.

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Democratic Leader Ben Ray Luján Endorses Green New Deal, Won’t Take Fossil Fuel Exploration Money

A spokesperson for Luján told Sludge that he won’t take money from fossil fuel PACs and executives, but he hasn’t signed the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge.

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Beto O’Rourke Says He Won’t Take Fossil Fuel CEO Money—But He Already Has

Two Houston-based oil and gas CEOs each gave the maximum allowed donation to O’Rourke’s campaign on March 29.

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As it Works to Stifle Primary Challengers, DCCC Takes More Money from Corporate Lobbyists

A number of lobbyists representing major health insurers and oil and gas giants are bundling big checks for the DCCC.

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Trade Group for Small, Independent Oil Producers Has Deep Ties to Big Oil

Through think tanks, academia, and its own public education website, the Independent Petroleum Association of America is intertwined with many of the largest oil and gas companies in the world.

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GOP Picks a Top Oil and Gas Money Recipient as Climate Committee Ranking Member

Only six House members took more money from the oil and gas industry in 2018 than their pick, Rep. Garrett Graves.

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Shadow Lobbyist Joe Crowley is Poised to Advance Shell Oil’s Tax Interests

The Bipartisan Policy Center announced that Crowley will lead an initiative to develop infrastructure funding proposals including ending the government's reliance on the gas tax. Crowley’s new lobbying firm has been pushing the same thing for years on behalf of Shell Oil.

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Dems Not Backing Green New Deal Took Far More Money From Oil and Gas Interests

The more oil and gas money a House Democrat has received, the less likely they are to support the Green New Deal

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Embracing the Swamp: Trump Elevates Official Who Violated His Ethics Order

A recently submitted ethics complaint alleges that David Bernhardt, who has been tapped to lead the Interior Department, violated at least two sections of Trump’s “drain the swamp” executive order.