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A week after announcing its refusal to release a section of its 2016 tax return that could be used to determine the number of large donations it received, the flagship political organization of the billionaire libertarian Koch brothers indicated it would also attempt to shield basic information about its 2014 and 2015 contributions from public view.
A new report by MapLight tells the story of a successful 2016 campaign to reform local elections in Berkeley, California, showing how individuals can improve their government. With the 2018 elections on the horizon, the report provides tips for activists who want to improve democracy in their own communities by creating public financing programs for elections.
Many of the nation’s farmers are faced with tractors that can only be fixed by a manufacturer -- a situation that benefits manufacturers but puts added burdens on farmers. A MapLight analysis of state lobbying reports found proponents of "right to repair" legislation designed to address the issue have been outspent by a 28-to-1 margin.
Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has been working for a major oil and gas company as it has sought to limit political damage after a deadly explosion near one of its Colorado wells, according to a spokesperson for Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper and emails obtained by International Business Times and MapLight.