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Republicans Are Outspending Democrats on Google Ads, Analysis Shows

In a Sludge exclusive, Data for Progress’ new report shows a big advantage for advertisers backing Republicans.

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Under Threat of Regulations, Facebook Increases Lobbying in State Legislatures

Social media giant Facebook increased its state-level lobbying expenditures by 31 percent following the 2016 election.

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After Years of Obstruction, Congress Passes Electronic Filing Requirement for Senate Candidates

Despite opposition from McConnell, legislation ending the use of paper forms for campaign finance reporting is close to becoming law.

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FEC Opens Door for Corporations to Give In-Kind Campaign Donations

An advisory opinion allowing Microsoft to give campaigns free software could set a precedent allowing companies to give in-kind donations, despite the ban on corporate political contributions.

Net Neutrality Primary category in which blog post is published

AT&T’s Top California Lobbyist Dodges Gift Ban and Ethics Requirements

By hiding his lobbying and not registering, AT&T’s Bill Devine can lobby the Legislature without following the restrictions of California’s Political Reform Act, a new complaint alleges.

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DNA Testing Companies Increase Lobbying as Privacy Concerns Mount

The increase in lobbying comes months after the arrest of the suspected Golden State Killer by using familial DNA data from a genealogy research site.

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Sludge Runs on Civil + CVL

Civil announced this past Friday that its public CVL token sale is now open for registration on Token Foundry, and will commence on September 18th.

Net Neutrality Primary category in which blog post is published

Telecom-Funded Groups Ask Congress to Oppose the Net Neutrality CRA on ‘Behalf of Conservatives Everywhere’

Despite claiming to speak for all conservatives, the letter comes from a particular subset of groups on the right—those that have received funding from the telecommunications industry.