News: Trump Administration

Under Fire By U.S. Regulators, Chinese Telecom Giant Lobbying Jumped Sixfold in 2018
A Chinese telecommunications giant banned from purchasing key electronic components from the United States increased its Capitol Hill lobbying sixfold last year, according to federal records examined by MapLight.
Secretive Conservative Legal Group Funded By $17 Million Mystery Donor Before Kavanaugh Fight
The conservative “dark money” organization that spearheaded controversial Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation received $22 million in anonymous donations in the year before the 2018 court fight.
Former Democratic Senators’ Rural Voter Project Tied To “Medicare For All” Opponents
A “dark money” organization designed to help Democrats win rural votes in 2020 is getting support from anti-“Medicare for All” forces -- and pushing their message with a pair of former Democratic senators.
Family Fund Gifted $3.2 Million to Conservative Nonprofits During DeVos’ First Year in Office
A foundation funded by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her billionaire husband gave or pledged almost $3.2 million to conservative nonprofits during her first year in office, including gifts to politically oriented organizations that favor school choice, oppose abortion, and question the urgency in mitigating climate change.
Interior Nominee And His Lobbying Firm Have Donated Almost $1 Million To Senators
President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. Interior Secretary and his former lobbying firm have donated almost $1 million to senators who will vote on his confirmation since 2013.
Net Neutrality Potentially Gains Powerful Foe in Top Justice Candidate
Corporations that have spent millions to gut Obama-era net neutrality laws may soon get more influential help to thwart state measures aimed at protecting consumers from having to pay extra for internet “fast lanes.”
Why Michael Cohen’s Campaign Law Violations Are Crimes
MapLight Senior Fellow and former Federal Election Commission Chair Ann M. Ravel traces the purpose of campaign finance laws following Michael Cohen's guilty plea to having knowingly provided payments in order to influence the election.
Dark Money Group Leading Kavanaugh Confirmation Not Authorized To Operate In D.C.
The secretive dark money organization leading the campaign to confirm President Donald Trump’s latest Supreme Court pick hasn’t been authorized to operate in Washington, D.C., for much of the past year.
IRS Announces Policy Shift Allowing Dark Money Nonprofits to Go Almost Pitch-Black
The Treasury Department announced late Monday that it will stop requiring 501(c)(4) and (c)(6) nonprofit organizations to provide the names of their donors to the Internal Revenue Service.
Infant Formula Makers Sweetened Mother’s Milk of Politics With $60 Million in Lobbying Funds
Three of the largest infant formula companies -- U.S.-based Abbott Laboratories, Swiss-based Nestle, and U.K.-based Reckitt Benckiser -- have spent $60.7 million lobbying U.S. lawmakers and officials during the last decade.