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Quick Hits Primary category in which blog post is published

As it Cultivates a Socially Responsible Image, Juul Sends Lobbyist to ALEC’s Annual Meeting

Juul says it wants to “make a meaningful, positive impact on our communities,” but by participating in ALEC it is working with a group that helps corporations violate the public interest.

Climate Primary category in which blog post is published

National Grid Asks Customers to Help it Lobby for a New Fracked Gas Pipeline

The utility company implemented a moratorium on new service in the NYC area after a billion-dollar fracked-gas pipeline project was rejected by New York and New Jersey governments, and is now pressing its customers in a last-ditch lobbying effort.

Dark Money Primary category in which blog post is published

NJ Gov. Phil Murphy Vetoes Popular ‘Dark Money’ Disclosure Bill

The bill now goes back to the legislature, but advocates worry the veto may spell its doom.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

Obama Fundraisers-Turned-Ambassadors Are Back to Make It Rain for Biden

They were rewarded for their donations to Obama. Now they’re lining up to raise money for Biden.

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.

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.

Hate Primary category in which blog post is published

Twenty House Republicans Donated to Duncan Hunter’s Islamophobic Campaign

Rep. Hunter falsely painted his Mexican-Palestinian American opponent as an infiltrator with ties to terrorists. But prominent House Republicans continued to back his campaign with big donations.

Dark Money Primary category in which blog post is published

Bill Criminalizing Dark Money Disclosure is Passed by Michigan House

The bill now heads to to Gov. Snyder for his signature or veto.

2018 Midterms Primary category in which blog post is published

Mystery Donor Revealed: Republican Estée Lauder Heir Spent $100,000 to Boost Green Party Candidate

Yep, you read that right: A businessman and GOP megadonor gave big bucks to an obscure Texas-based super PAC that typically backs Republicans.