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Beatty and Gottheimer Funnel Private Equity Donations Through Pop-up Committee

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The reps had campaigned to overturn a Trump-era tax hike on the wealthiest Americans.

From Sludge
On February 3, 2022
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Manchin Sits on Foundation Board With Lobbyists

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Joe Manchin, one of the errant Democrats blocking President Biden’s agenda in the Senate, is well known for having close ties to the Big Business political influence machine. He’s a former state chairman and national director of the corporate political influence group American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and a top recipient of PAC money from […]

From Sludge
On January 27, 2022
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Biden Re-Nominates Trump Pick and GOP Donor Jennifer Rearden as a Federal Judge

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President Joe Biden yesterday nominated a slate of judges, including a controversial selection in Jennifer Rearden, who was first nominated for the federal bench by former President Donald Trump.  Rearden, a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP with the firm’s litigation and crisis management practices group, was nominated by Biden to serve as a […]

From Sludge
On January 20, 2022
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Leading Congressional Stock Trading Ban Bill Has Spouse Loophole

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Dozens of members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, have signed onto bills that would ban members of Congress from trading stocks, something that more than two-thirds of Americans want, according to a bipartisan poll recently conducted by the Campaign Legal Center. But most of those lawmakers have gotten behind a bill that would keep […]

From Sludge
On December 30, 2021
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The Bank-Funded Dems That Spiked Omarova’s Nomination

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Biden’s pick for leading the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Saule Omarova, withdrew from the nominating process this week. Omarova, who was raised in the Soviet Union, was repeatedly attacked by Banking Committee Republicans as a communist, but that’s not why she was forced to withdraw.  Omarova had to withdraw because several bank-funded […]

From Sludge
On December 8, 2021
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Barrett’s Ridiculous Abortion Case Conflicts

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SCOTUS judges get to decide their own recusals.

From Sludge
On December 2, 2021
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Mass Dems Gerrymander for Richie Neal

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In many states, new congressional maps are being drawn up to help the political parties that control the legislatures win more federal seats by packing people who vote for the opposing party into a single district or splitting them up widely to dilute their power. But in a state like Massachusetts, where the vast majority […]

From Sludge
On November 24, 2021
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News Sites Are Renting Your Inbox to Spammy Political Groups

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Have you found solicitations in your inbox from scammy-seeming political groups that you never signed up for? There are many ways these groups may have gotten your email—campaign finance data shows dozens of obscure data brokerage companies like Fluent LLC and Preferred Communications that get paid millions to rent lists to political campaigns and PACs. […]

From Sludge
On November 11, 2021
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Josh Mandel’s Bitcoin

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Republican Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel posted a tweet over the weekend engaging in the identity politics around values like self-reliance and family.  We’ll have to take his word on his meat, gun, and baby, but we can check his financial holdings, and according to his candidate financial disclosure filed with the Senate on August […]

From Sludge
On October 28, 2021
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The Secretive Group Steering the Dems

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How did Democrats in the House of Representatives decide that the top House recipient of corporate PAC money should run the tax code-writing committee, or that the top recipient of defense industry cash in their caucus should be in charge of Armed Services? There’s no way to know, because House Democrats have not made public […]

From Sludge
On October 21, 2021
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Ascendant Dem Hawk Wants to Pre-Authorize War With China

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Virginia Democrat Rep. Elaine Luria, who early this year was elevated within the House Armed Services Committee, wants Congress to pre-authorize President Biden to take military action to defend Taiwan against China.  “The president has no legal authority to react in the time necessary to repel a Chinese invasion of Taiwan and deter an all-out […]

From Sludge
On October 14, 2021
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Four Waste Coal Provisions Manchin Put in the Infrastructure Bill

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While he’s been demanding large cuts to the Democratic reconciliation package, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) has consistently urged the House to take up and pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill that the Senate passed in August.  Many of the business lobbying groups that fund Manchin’s campaigns back the infrastructure  bill, but there may be another incentive […]

From Sludge
On October 8, 2021
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Oil and Gas Groups Use Facebook to Fight Climate Measures

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Oil and gas lobbying groups are reaching new highs in their Facebook ad spending as they organize people across the country to lobby their senators and representatives against climate and tax provisions in the Democrats’ reconciliation bill.  Since August 11, when the Senate passed a resolution authorizing itself to fast-track a reconciliation bill, the American […]

From Sludge
On September 30, 2021
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