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Conservative Dark Money Helps Georgia Congressional Candidate Narrow Spending Gap With Ossoff
Margaret Sessa-Hawkins | June 15, 2017
An influx of outside spending has turned the race to replace former Rep. Tom Price -- now head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services -- into the most expensive House contest in U.S. history, with a price tag that's topped $55 million and is still rising.
Sponsors of Bill to Weaken Financial, Consumer Protections Boosted by Campaign Money from Big Banks
Alec Saslow | June 08, 2017
Sponsors of a bill to roll back the landmark Wall Street reform law passed after the financial crisis received almost three times more money during the 2016 election cycle from commercial banks and holding companies than representatives who are not sponsors of the legislation.
Conservative Group Led By EPA Chief Pruitt Received Dark Money To Battle Environmental Regulations
Andrew Perez and Margaret Sessa-Hawkins | June 07, 2017
An organization once led by the nation’s top environmental regulator raised more than $750,000 from conservative dark money groups to battle federal regulators, including officials at the agency he now leads, a MapLight investigation has found.
In Fight Over the Right To Repair Equipment, Farmers are Outspent 28-to-1
Margaret Sessa-Hawkins |
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.
Chemical Industry Backs Supporters of Pesticide Permit Changes with Campaign Money
Alec Saslow |
The House of Representatives voted to eliminate a permit requirement for pesticides last week, as sponsors of the measure received 12 times more in campaign contributions from the agricultural chemical industry than the bill’s opponents.
Ken Salazar Working For Anadarko After Promising To Honor Federal Ethics Law
Andrew Perez |
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.
Is There A Gas Line Near Your House? How Anadarko Petroleum Killed A Bill Forcing Fossil Fuel Companies To Tell Homeowners
Andrew Perez |
After after a gas line linked to an Anadarko Petroleum well ignited a deadly home blast in Colorado, the company moved to fight a new bill that would have forced it to tell Colorado homeowners how close they live to oil and gas operations.
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