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Kerry Cashes in on Oil and Gas Stocks

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The climate czar sold his fossil fuel stocks on March 11, collecting as much as $825,000 from them.

From Sludge
On May 4, 2021

Caucus Forms to Help Mansion and Yacht Owners Lower Their Tax Bills

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In a press release announcing their formation, the SALT Caucus said they are fighting for “tax relief for middle class families.” However, that’s not true.

From Sludge
On April 29, 2021

How Michael Bloomberg’s Former Campaign Manager Became Andrew Yang’s Favorite Fixer

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Andrew Yang's campaign chiefs are employees of Tusk Strategies, a consulting firm whose clients have included AT&T, Uber, and private equity giant Blackstone.

From Sludge
On April 27, 2021

Biden Interior Nominee Worked for MBS’s Murderous NEOM Company

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NEOM, which is slated to have an artificial moon, flying drone taxis, robot maids, and glow-in-the dark beach sand, is being constructed on land that for hundreds of years has been occupied by the Huwaitat tribe.

HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, chairman of the NEOM​ Company board of directors, announces THE LINE at NEOM.
From Sludge
On April 22, 2021

Blue Dog Rep Jim Cooper Gets Progressive Primary Challenger

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The Nashville Democrat, chair of the House subcommittee overseeing nuclear weapons programs, received max contributions last cycle from the PACs of several top defense contractors.

From Sludge
On April 20, 2021

These Companies Claim to Support Expanding Voting Rights. Their Actions Say Otherwise.

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce warned U.S. senators against voting for the Democrats’ election reform bill.

From Sludge
On April 14, 2021

After Assessing the Insurrection, Toyota’s PAC Donates to Election Objectors

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The automaker took just three weeks to assess the Jan. 6 riots before restarting PAC donations to Republican election objectors.

From Sludge
On April 13, 2021

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