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Alex Kotch

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Alex Kotch is a North Carolina native, musician, research associate at the Institute for Southern Studies and Facing South. Follow him on Twitter: @AlexKotch

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A former key Biden official began lobbying for the rightwing news channel in July, a recent filing shows. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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Top funders behind a campaign against food stamps and Medicaid include some well-known rightwing political megadonors. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is intervening in Colorado’s crowded Senate primary to boost a candidate who opposes Medicare for All and the Green New Deal. Read more

, Money, Politics and Power

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As it benefits from the corporate coffers of private prison giant CoreCivic, the institute advocates privatized reentry programs from which the company profits. Read more

, Civil Rights in America

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Sludge and Data for Progress analyzed the Democratic presidential candidates' donors by income, race, gender, age, and ideology. Read more

, Money, Politics and Power

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Companies and other entities that make money from Immigration and Customs Enforcement contracts are flush in 2019, thanks to President Trump's harsh immigration operation. Read more

Civil Rights in America

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The right-wing billionaire has teamed up with unlikely ally George Soros on “military restraint,” but Koch Industries subsidiaries make millions by supplying the Navy with circuitry. Read more

America and the World

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A Sludge analysis of new second-quarter campaign finance reports has found that the Democratic leaders in the House combined to take in nearly $1.2 million in contributions from corporate and trade association PACs. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

U.S Customs and Border Protection has been detaining children in squalid conditions at the border. See which companies sell their goods and services to the agency and where they’re headquartered. Read more

Civil Rights in America

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A Sludge investigation has uncovered the sources of millions of dollars behind advocacy efforts to pass a slew of state abortion bans this year. Read more

Health and Social Policy

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McConnell has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the tobacco industry, and some of his former staffers now lobby for tobacco giant Altria. Read more

Law and Justice

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Alerted to the contributions, House Financial Services Chair Maxine Waters tells Sludge she will better vet her campaign contributors. Read more

, Economic Policy

The increase in corporate money in elections has favored one party over the other. Read more

Money, Politics and Power