Congress

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

How Gerrymandering Silences the Environmental Vote

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A case study in North Carolina

From Sludge
On March 11, 2021

Congratulations, Senator Sinema!

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Kyrsten Sinema got two awards from the US Chamber of Commerce recently.

From Sludge
On March 9, 2021

The World’s Most Expensive Weapon Has Flopped

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The F-35 program could soon be scaled back—and possibly phased out—after gobbling up hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars.

From Sludge
On February 26, 2021

Former PAC Rejector Elaine Luria Is Now Taking Checks From Raytheon and Rolls-Royce

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Luria was recently elected vice chair of the House Armed Services Committee after taking contributions from the PACs of several defense contractors to pay off her campaign's debt.

From Sludge
On February 9, 2021

Joe Manchin Backed Filibuster Reform A Decade Ago. What Changed?

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Manchin said the rules change would ensure "the views of regular Americans are better represented in the Senate."

From Sludge
On February 2, 2021

Companies Are Pausing Their PACs, But Their Trade Groups Aren’t

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Dozens of companies paused their PAC donations to Republican election objectors, but a loophole might continue sending them funds through corporate trade associations.

From Sludge
On January 22, 2021

The Tea Party Origins of ‘Stop the Steal’

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The pro-Trump protests were the culmination of over a decade of investment in conservative groups by the right-wing Koch network and large corporations.

From Sludge
On January 8, 2021

Corporate Lobbyist Bailout: DENIED

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A startup watchdog group beat back legislation that would have allowed corporate trade groups that lobby the government to access PPP funding.

From Sludge
On December 31, 2020