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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.

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On April 22, 2022
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New App Helps You Opt Out of Corporate Media

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The OptOut news aggregation app, launched last month, aims to level-up the distribution of independent journalism and more uncompromising content.

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On April 7, 2022
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Biden Requests Record Defense Budget Even Before Congress Boosts It

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President Biden proposed a record $813 billion in defense funding, which experts called a boon to weapons contractors developing nuclear weapons.

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On March 29, 2022
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Navy Seeks to Quietly Mothball Billions Worth of Faulty Ships

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The expensive Littoral Combat Ships, only seven years old, were expected to serve for 25 years.

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On March 25, 2022
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Tech Industry Groups Push to Stall Antitrust Bills After Record 2020 Donations

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On Feb. 3, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed its second tech antitrust bill in as many months, part of the upper chamber’s efforts to address anti-competitive practices among big technology companies. The bipartisan Open Markets App Act (S. 2710) would focus on companies that run app stores with more than 50 million users in the […]

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On February 22, 2022
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Manchin and Sinema Donors Gave Millions to Republican PACs

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Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema stood out last year by holding up their party’s signature Build Back Better Act, a package of social spending and climate measures that would have raised taxes on large corporations and people making at least $10 million a year. Manchin eventually came out against it, saying that he […]

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On February 15, 2022
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Big Business PACs Gave Millions to Dem Party as Biden Agenda Collapsed

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The PACs of Business Roundtable member companies like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and NextEra Energy donated millions to the DCCC and DSCC last year.

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On February 10, 2022
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Biden Boosts Gas Exports, Profiting Reps With Pipeline Stocks

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Lawmakers purchased stock in gas and oil pipeline companies last year as the U.S. became the world's top exporter of liquid natural gas.

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On February 8, 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.

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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.

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On February 1, 2022
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Manchin Sits on Foundation Board With Lobbyists

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Joe Manchin, one of the errant Democrats blocking President Biden’s agenda in the Senate, is well known for having close ties to the Big Business political influence machine. He’s a former state chairman and national director of the corporate political influence group American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and a top recipient of PAC money from […]

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On January 27, 2022
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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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