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Fossil Fuel-Funded Think Tank Takes Tonko to Coal Country

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The Bipartisan Policy Center is a D.C. think tank that presents itself as being above the fray of petty politics and concerned instead with the very serious business of crafting policies built on “the best ideas from both parties.” It was founded in 2007 by four former Senate majority leaders who had moved into the […]

From Sludge
On June 17, 2021

To ‘Electrify Everything,’ Blockchain Projects Dial Up Green Energy

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Decentralized technology is being used to swap carbon offsets internationally, create peer-to-peer energy trading, and promote greater renewable energy in power grids.

From Sludge
On June 15, 2021

Dems Pass on Using Key Power to Kill Trump Rules

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Unfilibusterable bills to reverse Trump rules have been left to die.

From Sludge
On June 10, 2021

Former ALEC State Chair Joe Manchin Continues to Do the Group’s Bidding

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Manchin echoes ALEC in calling the For the People Act too partisan.

From Sludge
On June 8, 2021

Joe Crowley Will Lobby for RIAA Front Group

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Crowley's first client is a RIAA front group.

From Sludge
On June 3, 2021

Biden’s $6 Trillion Budget, in Context

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The White House budget proposal, with its infrastructure and families plans, would only spend about a quarter of GDP, less than other wealthy countries spend.

From Sludge
On June 1, 2021

Senate Republicans Propose Cuts to Rural Broadband Plan

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Three lead negotiators of the Senate GOP's counter-proposal to Biden's infrastructure plan represent states ranked in the bottom 10 for broadband access.

From Sludge
On May 27, 2021

Clyburn’s Corporate Foundation

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Donors include PhRMA, Altria, and Fluor.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
From Sludge
On May 25, 2021

Frontera Spent $1 Million on Lobbying While Its Georgian Workers Went Unpaid

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The Texas-based oil and gas company donated to multiple members of Congress who made public statements in the company's defense as it faced international arbitration over a breach of contract.

From Sludge
On May 21, 2021

Fossil Fuel Industry Lobbied Against Pipeline Cybersecurity Regulations

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In the years before the Colonial Pipeline incident, the company’s trade group lobbied the government against mandatory cybersecurity regulations.

From Sludge
On May 20, 2021

Groups Call on Congress: Fund Your Staff

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The average Hill staffer stays for only about three years, with many moving to become lobbyists.

From Sludge
On May 18, 2021

Dems Signaling Opposition to Pelosi’s Drug Pricing Bill Got 2.5x More Pharma Money

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On average, the signers received $93,275 from the OpenSecrets-defined pharmaceutical/health products industry in the 2020 election cycle, according to Sludge’s analysis, far more than the average for House Democrats during that period of $37,788.

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From Sludge
On May 13, 2021

Lockheed-Backed Reps Lobby Against F-35 Spending Cuts

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As the F-35 fighter comes under Pentagon review for potential cuts, bipartisan groups of lawmakers are calling to continue high levels of spending on the troubled $1.7 trillion program.

From Sludge
On May 12, 2021

Koch Group Fights Drug Price Reforms After Taking Big Pharma Money

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Americans for Prosperity is hitting six key moderate House Democrats with digital ads opposing reintroduced drug pricing measures.

From Sludge
On May 6, 2021

Facebook Runs Hate Group’s Ads Attacking Campus Anti-Racism

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The "Jew Hatred on Campus" page, which is sponsoring the ads, is a project of anti-Muslim hate group the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

From Sludge
On May 5, 2021