Politics

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.

militarized police
From Sludge
On April 8, 2021

Nearly 200 CEOs Oppose Biden and Yellen Corporate Tax Plans

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Dozens of U.S. companies have paid zero federal income tax while claiming to lead on "inclusive prosperity."

From Sludge
On April 6, 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

House Progressives Ask Biden to Significantly Cut the Pentagon Budget

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Over 50 members of Congress are calling on President Biden to "significantly" cut military spending in next year's budget and invest in social needs.

From Sludge
On March 30, 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

Cuomo’s Hidden Billions in Corporate Welfare

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Opaque state subsidies of more than $4.4 billion per year have helped Gov. Cuomo to consolidate his political power over the past decade.

From Sludge
On March 23, 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

Blumenthal’s Spouse Stows Away Cargo Company Stock

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As he serves on the subcommittee overseeing ports of entry, Richard Blumenthal’s wife is investing in a cargo security company that says it is the only company that can satisfy the scanning requirements recommended by Congress.

From Sludge
On March 16, 2021

How Gerrymandering Silences the Environmental Vote

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A case study in North Carolina

From Sludge
On March 11, 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

You Could Look Up Who Funds the Dumb Ads if HR 1 Passes

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House Democrats' reform bill would let anyone follow the money behind election ads.

From Sludge
On March 4, 2021

Luria Seeks to Block Public Campaign Financing

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Her amendment would gut the heart of H.R. 1.

Rep. Eliane Luria (D-Va.) speaks on the floor and is broadcasted by C-SPAN
From Sludge
On March 1, 2021

The World’s Most Expensive Weapon Has Flopped

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The F-35 program could soon be scaled back—and possibly phased out—after gobbling up hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars.

From Sludge
On February 26, 2021

Newsom Called on the Companies Lobbying Him to Fund His Pandemic Response

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Newsom requested $226 million in donations in 2020.

From Sludge
On February 23, 2021

Here Are the Companies Behind Trump’s Rollback of Shareholder Rights

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A new report found that ExxonMobil and GM led big business groups in supporting rules that made it harder for shareholders to submit proposals.

From Sludge
On February 18, 2021

Google is Giving People Bad, Fossil Fuel-Funded Info on the Green New Deal

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A conservative think tank funded in part by the fossil fuel industry put out a cost estimate seemingly intended to cause sticker shock atop search results.

From Sludge
On February 16, 2021

How Corporations Gave Republicans Permission to Deny Reality

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Big companies donated to climate deniers in Congress – even while claiming to care about climate change. When those same lawmakers denied the results of the election, the bill came due.

From Sludge
On February 11, 2021

Former PAC Rejector Elaine Luria Is Now Taking Checks From Raytheon and Rolls-Royce

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Luria was recently elected vice chair of the House Armed Services Committee after taking contributions from the PACs of several defense contractors to pay off her campaign's debt.

From Sludge
On February 9, 2021

Chevron’s Climate Lobbying Report is a Joke

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The oil supermajor’s first ever report on its political activities greenwashes its own shareholders.

From Sludge
On February 4, 2021

Joe Manchin Backed Filibuster Reform A Decade Ago. What Changed?

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Manchin said the rules change would ensure "the views of regular Americans are better represented in the Senate."

From Sludge
On February 2, 2021