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Tech

Tech Primary category in which blog post is published

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.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

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.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

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.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

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.

To Fix A Broken Press, Warren’s Plans For Big Tech Will Need To Do Much More

Saving a broken press from monopolies run amok is going to take more than just generalities.

Opinion
Surveillance Primary category in which blog post is published

Echoing Defense Industry Donors, Democrats Call for a Surveillance Wall

Democratic appropriators are promoting an increase in spending on border surveillance technologies to solve the impasse over Homeland Security funding. Their donors from the defense industry have been lobbying for these funds for years.

Space Primary category in which blog post is published

Here Are the Industry Reps Pushing Corporate Interests in Space

The panel created to advise the President on space policy is packed with individuals tied to the defense industry.

Hate Primary category in which blog post is published

Facebook Took Money From White Nationalist Candidate to Promote Neo-Nazi Podcast

A white nationalist candidate for U.S. House paid for a number of Facebook ads, including one promoting the podcast of a prominent neo-Nazi.

Net Neutrality Primary category in which blog post is published

Here’s How Much Money Dems Not Backing Net Neutrality CRA Get from Comcast, Verizon and AT&T

All but 17 House Democrats have signaled they want to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to restore net neutrality rules.