Influence

Defense Primary category in which blog post is published

Dems Voting Against Pentagon Cuts Got 3.4x More Money From the Defense Industry

The Pocan amendment, rejected by defense-backed Democrats and all Republicans, would have cut next year's military budget by 10%.

Climate Primary category in which blog post is published

Following Sludge Report, Kennedy’s Trust Fund Sells Fossil Fuel Stocks

Rep. Joe Kennedy said this week that his family trusts had divested from oil and gas company stocks, though one of the funds recently bought stock in Berkshire Hathaway, a conglomerate which owns natural gas and coal companies.

Finance Primary category in which blog post is published

Joe Kennedy, a Top Recipient of Hedge Fund Cash, Declined to Back Tax Fairness Act

Unlike his Democratic Senate primary opponent Sen. Ed Markey, Rep. Joe Kennedy has declined in multiple sessions to co-sponsor legislation to end the carried interest tax loophole enjoyed by hedge fund and private equity managers.

Fossil Fuels Primary category in which blog post is published

Trump Admin Bails Out Oil and Gas Companies That Gave Millions to GOP Groups

As the economy collapsed in the pandemic, oil and gas companies that have donated over $10 million to Republican super PACs got tax breaks and lease pauses from Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, a former fossil fuel industry lobbyist.

Investments Primary category in which blog post is published

Justin ‘No Bailouts’ Amash’s Company Received Up To $2 Million in Coronavirus Bailout Funds

Amash was one of the only representatives to oppose the CARES Act, which established the PPP program. He also voted against the TRUTH Act, which sought to increase transparency around companies that receive PPP funds.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

Cattle Lobbyist Running for Congress Backed by Cattle Lobbyist-Funded Super PAC

Longtime lobbyist Josh Winegarner is benefiting from huge spending by his cattle industry employer in the Republican runoff against Ronny Jackson, former White House doctor to President Trump.

Investments Primary category in which blog post is published

As Markets Crashed, DeVos Sold Shares in Secretive Cayman Island Fund

Billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sold up to $5 million in securities through an offshore fund that appears in the Paradise Papers.

Law Enforcement Primary category in which blog post is published

Police Foundations Scrub Corporate Partners and Board Members From Their Websites

In at least four major U.S. cities, foundations affiliated with police departments have taken down information on their partners and board members after activists began calling on them to cut ties.

Law Enforcement Primary category in which blog post is published

Poorer Cities Spend More of Budget on Police, Even Where Crime Is Lower

Data analysis of 473 cities nationwide finds that spending on police takes up almost one-third of municipal budgets, independently of local crime rates—with poorer cities spending a higher share.