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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.

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.

Climate Primary category in which blog post is published

GOP Picks a Top Oil and Gas Money Recipient as Climate Committee Ranking Member

Only six House members took more money from the oil and gas industry in 2018 than their pick, Rep. Garrett Graves.

Energy Primary category in which blog post is published

Shadow Lobbyist Joe Crowley is Poised to Advance Shell Oil’s Tax Interests

The Bipartisan Policy Center announced that Crowley will lead an initiative to develop infrastructure funding proposals including ending the government's reliance on the gas tax. Crowley’s new lobbying firm has been pushing the same thing for years on behalf of Shell Oil.

Dark Money Primary category in which blog post is published

Group That Sponsored Anti-Ocasio-Cortez Billboard Tied to Koch and Other Billionaires

The Job Creators Network claims it’s “the voice of Main Street,” but a review of its donors and partners says it’s anything but.

Climate Primary category in which blog post is published

Dems Not Backing Green New Deal Took Far More Money From Oil and Gas Interests

The more oil and gas money a House Democrat has received, the less likely they are to support the Green New Deal

Influence Primary category in which blog post is published

Embracing the Swamp: Trump Elevates Official Who Violated His Ethics Order

A recently submitted ethics complaint alleges that David Bernhardt, who has been tapped to lead the Interior Department, violated at least two sections of Trump’s “drain the swamp” executive order.

Climate Primary category in which blog post is published

Senators Who Will Impact Green New Deal Own Stock in Fossil Fuel Companies

Several members of the Senate Energy and Environment committees collectively own millions of dollars worth of stock in companies such as Chevron, Exxon, and ConocoPhillips.

Climate Primary category in which blog post is published

Members of House Committee Overseeing the Environment Have Millions Invested in Fossil Fuels

A large number of representatives on the Energy and Commerce Committee have as much as $16 million personally invested in oil, gas, and coal companies and investment funds.