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Judiciary Primary category in which blog post is published

McConnell Accelerates Judicial Confirmations After Taking a Quarter Million from Prominent Conservative Legal Activist

Federalist Society board member and Committee for Justice founder C. Boyden Gray recently gave his largest contribution ever to McConnell’s joint fundraising committee.

Investments Primary category in which blog post is published

Ethics Committee Republicans Defy Committee’s Own Financial Disclosure Recommendations

Three out of the five GOP members of the House Ethics Committee file paper disclosures, even as the committee “strongly urges” members to file electronically.

SLUDGE REPORT Primary category in which blog post is published

🚨 SLUDGE REPORT: Billionaires’ Class Solidarity 🚨

Your regular summary of the most shameful corruption in politics.

Revolving Door Primary category in which blog post is published

Facebook Lobbyists Have Close Ties to Democratic Leaders

Several Facebook lobbyists have worked for top Democrats like Pelosi and Schumer, while none have worked for members of the Republican leadership.

Net Neutrality Primary category in which blog post is published

Kyrsten Sinema, the Only Anti-Net Neutrality Dem, Linked to Super PAC Run by a Comcast Lobbyist

The super PAC has made independent political expenditures to support Sinema's elections, and Sinema has directed donations to it through a PAC she used to chair.

Dark Money Primary category in which blog post is published

Who’s Behind Dems’ New $75 Million Ad Campaign?

The campaign is run by Acronym, a dark money group, but here are some clues as to who’s funding it.

Health Primary category in which blog post is published

Chair of Pharma-Funded Blue Dogs Pushes for Drug Company Protections in New NAFTA

Freshman Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.) is advocating a 10-year exclusivity period for biologic drugs as the Blue Dog PAC takes maxed-out donations from the pharmaceutical industry.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

Super PAC Backing ‘Middle-Class Joe’ Is Led by Lobbyists, Corporate Consultants, and Democratic Fundraisers

Today, Unite the Country announced its top staffers, most of whom either work for major corporations or run groups funded by corporate interests.

Health Primary category in which blog post is published

How to Pay For Medicare for All Without Raising Taxes: Cut the Pentagon’s Budget

With a clearer picture of how Medicare for All can be financed through reducing military spending, voters can debate the merits of a single-payer system without needing to consider any new taxes.