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Finance Primary category in which blog post is published

Reps Questioning Megabank CEOs Own Stock in Their Companies

Ten of the Financial Services Committee members who will question the CEOs of the largest banks in the U.S. are personally invested in those banks and positioned to benefit from the companies’ growth.

Health Primary category in which blog post is published

Under Investigation for Marketing to Teens, Juul Hires a Powerful Insider in Massachusetts

Vape company Juul adds former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley to its government affairs team as current Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey, goes after the company for targeting teens.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

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.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

Shunning Corporate PACs Won’t End Corporate Influence in Elections

Swearing off corporate PAC money is "mostly symbolic," says one campaign finance expert.

Hate Primary category in which blog post is published

As They Profited From the Opioid Crisis, Sacklers Funded Anti-Muslim Network

The family that owns OxyContin producer Purdue Pharma donated to anti-Muslim hate groups and other organizations headed by well-known anti-Muslim figures.

Climate Primary category in which blog post is published

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.

Defeated by AOC, Crowley Now Pushes Trump’s Trade Deal for K Street

Crowley lends insider knowledge to his former-donors-turned-current-employers’ efforts to get Trump’s package of pro-corporate “trade” provisions passed.

Opinion
Hate Primary category in which blog post is published

Charles Koch Continues to Bankroll the Tucker Carlson-Founded Daily Caller

Two of Charles Koch’s foundations gave the Daily Caller News Foundation nearly $1 million in 2017, close to 40 percent of its annual revenue.

To Fix A Broken Press, Warren’s Plans For Big Tech Will Need To Do Much More

Saving a broken press from monopolies run amok is going to take more than just generalities.

Opinion