Donald Shaw

Fossil Fuel-Funded Think Tank Takes Tonko to Coal Country

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The Bipartisan Policy Center is a D.C. think tank that presents itself as being above the fray of petty politics and concerned instead with the very serious business of crafting policies built on “the best ideas from both parties.” It was founded in 2007 by four former Senate majority leaders who had moved into the […]

From Sludge
On June 17, 2021

Dems Pass on Using Key Power to Kill Trump Rules

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Unfilibusterable bills to reverse Trump rules have been left to die.

From Sludge
On June 10, 2021

Joe Crowley Will Lobby for RIAA Front Group

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Crowley's first client is a RIAA front group.

From Sludge
On June 3, 2021

Clyburn’s Corporate Foundation

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Donors include PhRMA, Altria, and Fluor.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
From Sludge
On May 25, 2021

Fossil Fuel Industry Lobbied Against Pipeline Cybersecurity Regulations

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In the years before the Colonial Pipeline incident, the company’s trade group lobbied the government against mandatory cybersecurity regulations.

From Sludge
On May 20, 2021

Dems Signaling Opposition to Pelosi’s Drug Pricing Bill Got 2.5x More Pharma Money

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On average, the signers received $93,275 from the OpenSecrets-defined pharmaceutical/health products industry in the 2020 election cycle, according to Sludge’s analysis, far more than the average for House Democrats during that period of $37,788.

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From Sludge
On May 13, 2021

Kerry Cashes in on Oil and Gas Stocks

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The climate czar sold his fossil fuel stocks on March 11, collecting as much as $825,000 from them.

From Sludge
On May 4, 2021

Caucus Forms to Help Mansion and Yacht Owners Lower Their Tax Bills

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In a press release announcing their formation, the SALT Caucus said they are fighting for “tax relief for middle class families.” However, that’s not true.

From Sludge
On April 29, 2021

Biden Interior Nominee Worked for MBS’s Murderous NEOM Company

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NEOM, which is slated to have an artificial moon, flying drone taxis, robot maids, and glow-in-the dark beach sand, is being constructed on land that for hundreds of years has been occupied by the Huwaitat tribe.

HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, chairman of the NEOM​ Company board of directors, announces THE LINE at NEOM.
From Sludge
On April 22, 2021

These Companies Claim to Support Expanding Voting Rights. Their Actions Say Otherwise.

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce warned U.S. senators against voting for the Democrats’ election reform bill.

From Sludge
On April 14, 2021

Military Equipment Transfers to Police Have Picked Back Up

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After dipping in the back three quarters of 2020 amid a nationwide focus on policing, the transfer of military weapons and equipment to civilian police has picked back up in the first quarter of 2021.

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From Sludge
On April 8, 2021

House Dem Celebrates the Launch of a Big Tech Lobbying Group

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It’s unusual for an elected representative to give an industry lobbying group a quote to use for its launch press materials.

New Democrat Coalition Vice Chair for Outreach Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.)
From Sludge
On April 1, 2021

GOP Recruits Trump Conspiracy Theorists to Fight the ‘For the People Act’

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Republican reps took a posh trip to Miami to hear messaging strategy from a conservative nonprofit.

Cleta Mitchell
From Sludge
On March 25, 2021

Blaine and the Banks

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Corporate PAC money helps bank owner and representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) keep his seat as top Republican on the panel overseeing bank regulators and banking law.

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) speaks during a House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on Capitol Hill on July 31, 2020 in Washington, DC.
From Sludge
On March 19, 2021

Congratulations, Senator Sinema!

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Kyrsten Sinema got two awards from the US Chamber of Commerce recently.

From Sludge
On March 9, 2021