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Spotlight on New Hampshire
Hamsini Sridharan and Laura Curlin | September 18, 2018
Democracy reform is brewing in New Hampshire, where, in 2019, legislators will introduce a “Voter Dollars” bill to create a voluntary public funding system for state elections.
Despite Concentration of Donations, California Net Neutrality Bill Awaits Brown’s Signature
Frank Bass |
The 11 California lawmakers who let amendments that would have gutted a landmark net neutrality measure pass through a key committee received almost $1 of every $6 contributed by internet service providers during the current election cycle.
Rick Scott Invested in the Same Financial Firms As Florida’s Pension System
Andrew Perez and David Sirota | September 14, 2018
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.
Why Michael Cohen’s Campaign Law Violations Are Crimes
Ann M. Ravel |
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.
Ohio, N.J. and California Pension Funds Invested $885 Million in Hedge Fund That Controls National Enquirer Parent
Andrew Perez and David Sirota |
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.
Top Republican on Tax Subcommittee Received Yacht Loan From Foreign Bank Lobbying on 2017 Tax Bill
Andrew Perez and David Sirota |
As Republicans were finalizing tax cut legislation in late 2017, a foreign-owned bank seeking to shape the bill gave a seven-figure yacht loan to a top GOP lawmaker on the committee writing the measure.
Dark Money Group Leading Kavanaugh Confirmation Not Authorized To Operate In D.C.
Andrew Perez |
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.
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