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2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

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.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

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.

Climate Primary category in which blog post is published

Members of Congress Own Up to $93 Million in Fossil Fuel Stocks

As dire climate change projections mount, one in four members of Congress is invested in oil, gas, or coal interests.

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
2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

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.

Health Primary category in which blog post is published

Blue Dog Consultant Working With Anti-Health Care Reform Lobbying Group

Kristen Hawn, a communications consultant, appears on emails with industry-backed groups strategizing against health care changes.

Health Primary category in which blog post is published

Pharma-Funded ‘Dark Money’ Group Hosts House Staffers for California Junket

The staffers, several of whom work for reps on the subcommittee overseeing pharmaceuticals, met with executives from drug companies Merck and Genentech.

SLUDGE REPORT Primary category in which blog post is published

🚨 SLUDGE REPORT SPECIAL: Billionaires Are…Actually Good For Democracy? 🚨

This special edition focuses on some interesting developments in the Democratic presidential primary.