Nearly three-quarters of contributions in state elections come from large donors and PACs, but small-dollar donations could make up that share if states move to adopt public financing for campaigns.
With preparation time running short, Connecticut, Kentucky, and South Carolina recently expanded access to absentee ballot requests, as court challenges play out in Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas around vote-by-mail during the pandemic.
In Connecticut and Maine, legislators who participated in public campaign financing programs led breakthroughs in passing paid sick leave policies for workers.
Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) received $54,000 from lobbyists for private equity and pharmaceutical interests that opposed a bipartisan surprise medical billing deal in the weeks after he stymied the deal with a last-minute counterproposal.
Seventeen more Wisconsin communities recently endorsed a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics, bringing the state total of passed referendums to 163 and the nationwide total to 820.
Despite President Trump’s inveighing against vote-by-mail, many states—including over a dozen led by Republicans—are expanding absentee voting during the pandemic.
In the week before the election, incumbent Daniel Kelly has benefited from a last minute surge in spending by groups with ties to the Judicial Crisis Network.
As she votes on regulations impacting the pharmaceutical industry, Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel's spouse works as a consultant for companies that seek to influence the department's regulatory rulemakings.
The DNC Executive Committee, which can adopt changes to the convention superdelegate process, contains lobbyists for companies that oppose progressive policies like Medicare for All and a Green New Deal.
Two of the Paul Weiss attorneys who successfully defended ExxonMobil in New York against charges that it hid costs related to climate change have given maximum donations to former Vice President Joe Biden.