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Here are the senators and representatives who own stock in Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and other top defense contractors. Read more

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As dire climate change projections mount, one in four members of Congress is invested in oil, gas, or coal interests. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge organizers say the bundler’s personal contribution breaks the spirit of the pledge. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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The staffers, several of whom work for reps on the subcommittee overseeing pharmaceuticals, met with executives from drug companies Merck and Genentech. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Attorney Jessica Cisneros is taking on the fossil fuel–friendly Democratic Texas Representative Henry Cuellar in the 2020 primary. Read more

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Executives from the consulting firm’s energy, banking, and health care practices have maxed out to Mayor Pete’s presidential campaign. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Federalist Society board member C. Boyden Gray recently gave his largest contribution ever to McConnell’s joint fundraising committee. Read more

Law and Justice


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The super PAC has made independent political expenditures to support Sinema's elections, and Sinema has directed donations to it through a PAC she used to chair. Read more


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This week, Unite the Country announced its top staffers, most of whom either work for major corporations or run groups funded by corporate interests. Read more

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The tech giant appears to only be enforcing part of its hate speech ad policy when it comes to anti-immigrant hate group FAIR. Read more

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NYC’s biggest shelter contractor makes millions, offers shoddy facilities. Read more

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The Coalition Against Socialized Medicine, a project of the American Conservative Union, is advertising on Politico Playbook this week. Read more

Health and Social Policy


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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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Jack Reed’s campaigns and leadership PAC have taken $362,400 from four defense contractors that have sold 90% of the American weapons bought by Saudi Arabia. Now he has a key role in negotiations around banning the companies’ Saudi sales. Read more

America and the World


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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

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Juul says it wants to “make a meaningful, positive impact on our communities,” but by participating in the influential right-wing state legislative lobby it is working with a group that helps corporations violate the public interest. Read more

Health and Social Policy


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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

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

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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

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