Sludge
Relentlessly uncovering corruption.

Influence

Climate Primary category in which blog post is published

To Quash Green New Deal, Big Oil Pushes a Corporate-Friendly Carbon Tax

Backed by top global corporate powerhouses, the plan is driven by an industry-friendly logic firmly within the bounds of the neoliberal imagination.

Tech Primary category in which blog post is published

McConnell’s Tobacco 21 Bill Exposes States to Big Tobacco’s Wishlist

McConnell has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the tobacco industry, and some of his former staffers now lobby for tobacco giant Altria.

Trump’s FAA Is Captured by Boeing, and Only Ted Cruz is Outraged?

Boeing is providing Trump-level cooperation with the House Transportation Committee, but no subpoena has been issued.

Opinion
2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

DCCC Vendors Work for Corporations Lobbying Against Democratic Policies

The DCCC has blacklisted vendors that work with progressive challengers, but it continues to pay those whose corporate clients work to block policies like net neutrality and Medicare for All.

Koch Primary category in which blog post is published

Conservative Democrat Continues to Take Koch Cash

Rep. Henry Cuellar of oil-rich Texas got another campaign donation from the PAC of GOP megadonor Charles Koch’s fossil fuel conglomerate, Koch Industries.

Influence Primary category in which blog post is published

Republicans Abandon Election Security

Republicans used to back election security, but now GOP leaders are taking their cue from the White House.

2018 Midterms Primary category in which blog post is published

Hedge Fund Billionaires Were Democrats’ Main Bankrollers in 2018

A new report shows that three-quarters of the money that individuals donated to pro-Democrat outside spending groups in 2018 came from finance founders and executives.

Gillibrand’s ‘Democracy Dollars’ Could Break Big Money’s Stranglehold on U.S. Politics

But it will only work if it takes a cue from the successful Democracy Voucher Program in Seattle

Opinion
Climate Primary category in which blog post is published

Biden’s Climate Adviser Earned $1 Million From Natural Gas Company

Current 2020 frontrunner Joe Biden has a “middle-ground” climate approach that will promote natural gas, potentially enriching his adviser’s former employer.