David Moore

House to Vote on the Largest Defense Budget in History

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House progressives have again introduced amendments to significantly reduce the massive Pentagon budget of at least $768 billion.

From Sludge
On September 23, 2021

Manchin Removes Ethics Provisions From Democratic Reform Bill

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The For the People Act passed by the U.S. House in March, filibustered in the Senate in June, contains over a hundred pages of ethics legislation, along with changes to campaign finance laws and election access. All of the government ethics provisions have now been stripped out of the Senate Democrats’ compromise version, the Freedom […]

From Sludge
On September 20, 2021

Democrats’ Budget Plan Would Cost Only Half of One Percent of GDP

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The Biden admin's $3.5 trillion spending plan over ten years would have a net cost of $1-1.75 trillion, budget groups say, far less than the Trump tax cuts of 2017.

From Sludge
On September 9, 2021

News Outlet Founded by Blue Dog Dem Operatives Promotes Big Pharma’s Lobbying Aims

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Leaders of a centrist advocacy group with funding from the pharmaceutical industry founded outlet The Well News and have editorial input on its promoted posts.

From Sludge
On September 7, 2021

Defense Contractors Are Top Donors to House Election Objectors, Report Finds

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The top Fortune 500 donors this year to House GOP election objectors are weapons companies whose revenue comes overwhelmingly from defense contracts.

From Sludge
On August 31, 2021

General Electric Gets Billions in Defense Contracts While Reps Hold Its Stock

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Texas Republican Michael McCaul owned up to $6 million in G.E. shares as he sits on the Foreign Affairs and Homeland Security Committees.

From Sludge
On August 25, 2021

It’s Not Just Manchin: The Top Energy Dem in the House Also Has Fossil Fuel Conflicts

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Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, benefits from investments in the fossil fuel industry while crafting climate policies.

From Sludge
On August 17, 2021

Blue Dogs Seek to Delay Democratic Budget Plan After Their PAC Takes Millions From Corporate America

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The House Blue Dog PAC has received donations from pharmaceutical giants, health care companies, and the fossil fuel industry this year as nearly half of their members seek to delay a vote on the Democrats’ budget plan.

From Sludge
On August 10, 2021

U.S. Has Worst Health Care Despite Spending the Most On It

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Half of lower-income Americans face cost barriers to healthcare access, according to a new report.

From Sludge
On August 5, 2021

Congress Won’t Stop Trading Stocks

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Researchers studying congressional stock ownership have found that the practice has effects on lobbying activity and potentially on market movements.

From Sludge
On July 27, 2021

Corporate Giants Mum on Chamber’s Lobbying Against Voting Rights Bill

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As the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spends big on lobbying against the For the People Act, some member companies earned low grades on a new voting rights scorecard.

From Sludge
On July 20, 2021

Pharma Companies Spend Billions More on Stock Buybacks Than Developing Drugs, House Report Finds

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The largest drugmakers spent $56 billion more on stock buybacks and dividends than on research and development from 2016 to 2020, according to a new House committee report.

From Sludge
On July 13, 2021

Infrastructure Month in Congress, For Real, This Time, Maybe

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Democrats have given themselves just a few weeks to pass a preliminary budget resolution for one of two infrastructure bills moving in tandem.

From Sludge
On July 8, 2021

Paul Pelosi Invests in Alphabet as Congress Weighs Breaking Up Big Tech

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Days before the House of Representatives took its first votes on legislation to break up big technology companies, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul Pelosi exercised a call option and bought 4,000 shares of stock in Google parent Alphabet, worth nearly $5 million.  The Alphabet investment was disclosed this morning in a periodic transaction report […]

From Sludge
On July 6, 2021

Big Tech-Funded Groups Lobby Against Antitrust Bills

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Last week, a House committee approved a sweeping package of antitrust bills, one overcoming opposition from Democrats hailing from tech industry-heavy California.

From Sludge
On June 29, 2021