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Former Biden Chief of Staff is Fox News’ Top Lobbyist

A former key Biden official began lobbying for the rightwing news channel in July, a recent filing shows.

Climate Primary category in which blog post is published

Joe Biden Has Multiple Ties to Liquefied Natural Gas Pioneer Cheniere Energy

Biden’s Sep. 5 fundraiser, co-hosted by natural gas company co-founder Andrew Goldman, brings into focus his several connections to the natural gas giant.

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DSCC Raked In Cash From Health Care and Fossil Fuel Lobbyists Before Endorsing Hickenlooper

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is intervening in Colorado’s crowded Senate primary to boost a candidate who opposes Medicare for All and the Green New Deal.

Health Primary category in which blog post is published

Bernie Sanders Challenges Joe Biden to Stop Taking Money from Pharma and Health Insurance Executives

Biden, who opposes Medicare for All, got large donations from at least 15 top executives of pharmaceutical and health insurance companies from April through June.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

A Lobbyist Raising Money for Biden Is Fighting Measures to Crack Down on Foreign Election Influence

Ken Jarin, who is raising money for Biden's campaign, leads Ballard Spahr’s government affairs operation, which lobbies for subsidiaries of foreign companies opposing efforts to improve lobbying transparency and prevent foreign election influence.

Health Primary category in which blog post is published

These Corporations and Public Charities Funded the State Abortion Bans

A Sludge investigation has uncovered the sources of millions of dollars behind advocacy efforts to pass a slew of state abortion bans this year.

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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.

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Health Industry Lobbyists Pump More Money into Democrats’ Congressional Campaign Arm

Lobbyists who represent health industry companies and trade groups campaigning against Medicare for All have become valuable fundraising assets for the DCCC.

Health Primary category in which blog post is published

Top Hospital Lobbyist Predicts Pelosi Will Block Vote on Medicare for All

Medicare for All opponents have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Pelosi and House Democratic leaders.