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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.

From Sludge
On January 25, 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.

From Sludge
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.

From Sludge
On January 4, 2022
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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.

From Sludge
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 […]

From Sludge
On December 8, 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 […]

From Sludge
On November 24, 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 […]

From Sludge
On November 9, 2021
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Senators Own up to $25 Million in Big Tech Stocks

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Senators invested in tech stocks like Amazon, Apple, and Google may soon be voting on antitrust bills that would impact their portfolios.

From Sludge
On October 26, 2021
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Top Democrats Own Stock in AT&T, Funder of Far-Right OAN Network

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A recent investigation revealed that 90% of the far-right OAN's funding comes from AT&T-owned platforms.

From Sludge
On October 12, 2021
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Deficit Fears Have Deep History in Corporate-Funded Democratic Party Groups

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As corporate-backed Democrats threaten to block the party's reconciliation bill, their talking points draw on support from deficit scold allies among party leaders and well-funded ideological groups.

From Sludge
On September 28, 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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Democrats’ Budget Plan Would Cost Only Half of One Percent of GDP

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The Biden admin's $3.5 trillion spending plan over ten years would have a net cost of $1-1.75 trillion, budget groups say, far less than the Trump tax cuts of 2017.

From Sludge
On September 9, 2021
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