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Biden’s Million-Dollar Inaugural Donors Lobbied Against His Agenda

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The Business Roundtable increased its lobbying spending last year by 70% over the previous year as its members pushed for the infrastructure bill.

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On January 25, 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 […]

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On January 20, 2022
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Corporate Consultants Voted for New Lobbyists on the DNC

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Executives at well-connected corporate consultancies voted to approve DNC Chair Jaime Harrison's slate of "at-large" members, which included several new corporate lobbyists.

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On January 18, 2022
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Ossoff to Intro Bill to Ban Members of Congress and Their Spouses From Trading Stocks

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Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-GA) is planning a bill to ban stock trading by federal lawmakers and their spouses, but it faces an uphill battle this year.

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On January 11, 2022
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Jan. 6 Foreshadowed in the Conspiracies of Tea Party Protests

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The election assaults of pro-Trump Republicans can be traced back to the conspiracy theories of the Tea Party protests and gerrymandering by GOP legislators.

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On January 4, 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 […]

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On December 30, 2021
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Senators Against Generic Covid-19 Vaccines Have Gotten 2x Pharma Cash

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In May, a group of 18 Republican senators sought to block U.S. support for an IP waiver for Covid-19 vaccines, one that is fiercely opposed by the pharmaceutical industry.

From Sludge
On December 20, 2021
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Dems Spent Half of 2021 Blocked by Filibusters of Voting Rights Bills

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Democracy activists are calling on the Biden White House to join talks about how the Senate can pass the Freedom to Vote Act this year.

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On December 14, 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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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On November 11, 2021
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Top House Dem Buys Stock in Pharma Companies and Defense Contractors

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The Build Back Better Act is in limbo in the U.S. House, with Democratic leaders delaying a vote on the bill on Friday, casting doubt over the fate of provisions added back into the plan that would curb prescription drug costs. In a dramatic late-night decision, Speaker Pelosi allowed a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure […]

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On November 9, 2021
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