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Big Tech Has an App for Fighting Political Scrutiny: $$$$

As Big Tech has worked to establish its hard and soft power throughout Washington, this week's regulatory hearings showed signs that lawmakers' understanding of Silicon Valley's influence may be catching up.

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These Nonprofits and Businesses Are Making Millions From Detaining Immigrant Children

Dozens of nonprofit shelter groups and several for-profit companies have made enormous amounts of money from detaining and transporting migrant kids.

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Who Is Making Money From CBP in Your State?

U.S Customs and Border Protection has been detaining children in squalid conditions at the border. See which companies sell their goods and services to the agency and where they’re headquartered.

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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.

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As He Blocks Election Security Bills, McConnell Takes Checks from Voting Machine Lobbyists

The bills McConnell is blocking would subject the voting machine vendors to new cybersecurity regulations and could reduce their overall sales to states.

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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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DCCC Vendors Work for Corporations Lobbying Against Democratic Policies

The DCCC has blacklisted vendors that work with progressive challengers, but it continues to pay those whose corporate clients work to block policies like net neutrality and Medicare for All.

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Joe Biden, Net Neutrality Skeptic, to Attend Fundraiser Held by Comcast’s Top Lobbyist

As a senator, Biden took thousands from Comcast employees and did not back bipartisan net neutrality legislation.

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How Kamala Harris Helped Her Hollywood Donors Censor the Web

Harris, who has taken more than $1 million in campaign contributions from the entertainment industry, was a key player behind SESTA-FOSTA, a bill that internet freedom advocates say threatens the open internet.