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PIE PERSON

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I am a pie person descended from a lineage of pie people.

From Tasteful Rude
On May 4, 2022
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The Lobbyists Who Make Filing Your Taxes a Nightmare

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Some of Intuit's lobbyists at a top D.C. firm recently held a swanky fundraiser for Senate Democrats.

From Sludge
On April 22, 2022
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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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House Democrats’ New Anti-Progressive PAC Is Funded by Corporate Lobbyists and PACs

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Over half of the funds raised by Team Blue PAC in the second half of last year came from corporate PACs.

From Sludge
On February 1, 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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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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Rocket Men

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“I’ve heard about space for a long time now,” the actor William Shatner announced last week on the blog of Blue Origin, the space exploration company founded by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. “I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle.”

From Popula
On October 11, 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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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
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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
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