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IRS Announces Policy Shift Allowing Dark Money Nonprofits to Go Almost Pitch-Black
Frank Bass | July 17, 2018
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
Frank Bass | July 12, 2018
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.
Corporate Political Action Committees Back 30 Percent of Federal Candidates
Alec Saslow and Laura Curlin | July 10, 2018
Corporate political action committees have contributed to 30 percent of all federal candidates in the 2018 election cycle, according to a new MapLight analysis.
Countries Hosting Trump Businesses Have Added Lobbyists at Rapid Pace Since Inauguration
Frank Bass |
More than one-third of lobbyists who have registered as foreign agents with the Justice Department since President Donald Trump took office are representing countries with Trump-related business interests.
Four Things to Know About the Next Supreme Court Fight
Andrew Perez |
The public may never know whose money helped secure Gorsuch’s confirmation -- or whose money will ensure a lifetime appointment to the next Trump nominee.
Internet Service Providers Pour $1 Million into California Assembly As Net Neutrality Debate Rages
Laura Curlin and Alec Saslow |
California’s major internet service providers and their trade association have contributed more than $1 million to members of the California Assembly since January 2017.
Tobacco Money Fuels Controversial Pro-Trump Policy Group
Andrew Perez |
The country’s second-biggest tobacco company has been a top funder of the controversial “dark money” organization created to promote President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda,
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