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Rick Scott Invested in the Same Financial Firms As Florida’s Pension System
Florida Gov. Rick Scott and his wife have invested at least $18 million in three financial firms managing money for the state’s pension system that Scott oversees -- a situation that intertwines the governor’s personal finances with his responsibility for supervising state employees’ retirement savings.
Ohio, N.J. and California Pension Funds Invested $885 Million in Hedge Fund That Controls National Enquirer Parent
Taxpayers in New Jersey and Ohio have a large financial stake in the owner of the media company that allegedly helped the Trump campaign bury negative stories.
MapLight Suing New Jersey, Chris Christie for Release of Jared Kushner Correspondence
MapLight filed a lawsuit today to force New Jersey officials to release copies of correspondence between former Gov. Chris Christie’s office and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner.
Charter School Advocates Spend Record High in CA Governor’s Race
A political committee backed by wealthy donors who support charter schools has spent more than $15 million on the California governor’s race -- the most by any single independent expenditure committee in a California governor’s race since online data has been available.
During First Year, Pruitt Met With 39 Donors Who Gave $286K to OK Campaigns and PACs
Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt has met during the last year with more than three dozen organizations that donated to his past campaigns and political committees, according to a MapLight analysis.
Donors Lobbying EPA Gave $181K to Pruitt Oklahoma Committees, Now Reaping Benefits
As an Oklahoma politician, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt received $181,000 in political contributions from donors who lobbied the EPA last year, according to a MapLight review.
Republican Attorneys General Call On Revolving Door Cases For Advice
Last month, an association of Republican top law enforcement chiefs brought together a group of state officials-turned-lobbyists to advise conservative attorney general hopefuls how to staff and lead a business-friendly office if they get elected.
MapLight Analysis Finds Small Group of Donors Responsible for Oakland Campaign Money
A new MapLight analysis of campaign finance records for Oakland, California found that local candidates raised more than $4 million over the past three election cycles - with the vast majority of funding coming from a minute fraction of the city's overall population.
Oil and Gas Interests Pour $170 Million Into California Political Campaigns Since 2001
A trade association representing oil and gas interests and its members have contributed $170 million to California political campaigns since 2001, according to a new data analysis from MapLight.
GOP Law Enforcement Chiefs Invited Donors To Help Set Policy Via Secret Bulletin Board
An association of top Republican law enforcement officials has created a secret online bulletin board called the "Briefing Room" that's allowing big donors to help shape legal policy, according to records reviewed by MapLight and The Intercept.