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Finance

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

Here Are the Lobbyists and Corporate Execs Collecting Checks for Pete Buttigieg

As the Buttigieg campaign stops releasing its bundler names and blocks press from fundraising events, here are some of the pharmaceutical and finance executives behind its rise in the big money race, and three attorneys whose donations were returned.

Finance Primary category in which blog post is published

House Dems Try to Sneak Through Weak Financial Regulator Bill

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is a critical derivatives regulator, and a House reauthorization fails to fortify it.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

McKinsey Employees Open Their Wallets for Alumnus Pete Buttigieg

Executives from the consulting firm’s energy, banking, and health care practices have maxed out to Mayor Pete's presidential campaign.

Climate Primary category in which blog post is published

Presidential Candidates Get Cash From Major Fossil Fuel Investors

Upper-level employees and executives at 14 hedge funds and private equity firms that are propping up the oil and gas industry have made large contributions to eight Democratic White House hopefuls, most who have taken the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge.

Finance Primary category in which blog post is published

Mike Pence Set to Mingle With Wall Street Billionaires at Major Financial Conference

Pence will attend the Delivering Alpha conference along with hedge fund billionaires tied to some of the gravest problems humanity faces today.

Finance Primary category in which blog post is published

Hedge Fund Cash Flows to Presidential Candidates—at Puerto Rico’s Expense

Of the Democratic field, only Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have returned the money.

Health Primary category in which blog post is published

Delaney Super PAC’s Biggest Donor is Wife of Former Health Care CEO

The $50,000 donation is one of many ways individuals tied to the health care industry are supporting the anti-Medicare for All candidate.

Ditch the Unemployment Rate

Does President Trump really have the benefit of a strong economy heading into the 2020 election year?

Opinion
Immigration Primary category in which blog post is published

Big Banks Are Divesting From Private Prisons, Thanks to Anti-ICE Activism

So far this year, six major bank have made broad public commitments to no longer provide new financing to the private prison industry after current financial agreements expire.