Politics

Companies Are Pausing Their PACs, But Their Trade Groups Aren’t

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Dozens of companies paused their PAC donations to Republican election objectors, but a loophole might continue sending them funds through corporate trade associations.

From Sludge
On January 22, 2021

Corporate America Rewards Trump Enablers With Cushy Jobs

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Trump staffers are worried that the insurrection might hurt their career opportunities, but many of their former colleagues had no trouble finding nice jobs in the political influence industry.

From Sludge
On January 19, 2021

Cruz and AOC Said They Would Propose a Lobbying Ban. So What Happened?

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They got a lot of attention for agreeing to work together on a bill to close the revolving door, but they never actually did what they said they would.

From Sludge
On January 14, 2021

DNC Finally Releases Rules for Next Week’s Chair Election

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Sludge obtained two memos sent by the DNC to national members outlining the election rules for the next party chair.

From Sludge
On January 11, 2021

The Tea Party Origins of ‘Stop the Steal’

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The pro-Trump protests were the culmination of over a decade of investment in conservative groups by the right-wing Koch network and large corporations.

From Sludge
On January 8, 2021

Biden’s State Department Nominee Is a Walking, Talking Conflict of Interest

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Blinken recently worked as a consultant for companies with business before the department.

From Sludge
On January 4, 2021

Corporate Lobbyist Bailout: DENIED

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A startup watchdog group beat back legislation that would have allowed corporate trade groups that lobby the government to access PPP funding.

From Sludge
On December 31, 2020

GOP Reps Who Voted Against $2,000 Checks Received Millions in COVID Bailout Funds

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Mitch McConnell's in-laws received a $417,000 PPP loan.

From Sludge
On December 29, 2020

Ford: A Tradition of Greenwashing

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The automaker is touting its climate consciousness, but the vast majority of its production will still be fossil-fuel-powered SUVs and trucks.

From Sludge
On December 24, 2020

The TV Lobby Does Not Want You to See the Sun

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Their reasoning is simple: If it’s dark out after work, you’re more likely to plop your ass on the couch.

From Sludge
On December 21, 2020

Pop-up Group in Texas Democratic Primary Funded by Big Oil

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The American Petroleum Institute spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to fend off a progressive challenger.

From Sludge
On December 18, 2020

Richard Neal Got a Surprise Billing Deal for His Private Equity Donors

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You’ll pay through higher insurance premiums.

From Sludge
On December 15, 2020

These Four States Can Kill the Electoral College

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The undemocratic institution may be closer to dead than you think.

From Sludge
On December 12, 2020