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1.  Gen Z candidates running have collectively raised over $734,000 for 2022 state races  

2022-08-05


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Gen Z candidates have collectively raised over $734,000 for state races so far this election cycle, an OpenSecrets analysis of campaign finance filings found.

3.  Senate races attract nearly $1 billion ahead of 2022 midterms  

2022-08-04


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U.S. Senate candidates running in 2022 midterms have collectively raised over $970 million for their campaigns.

4.  “Pop-up” super PAC spent over $2.4 million in weeks leading up to three states’ GOP congressional primaries  

2022-08-03


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Conservative Americans PAC spent $2.4 million on three states’ primaries but the “pop-up” super PAC won’t have to disclose its donors until after voters decide their party nominees.

5.  Thiel-backed Masters to face Kelly after Arizona’s record-setting GOP Senate primary  

2022-08-03


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Arizona’s Senate GOP primary attracted a record $15.7 million in outside spending, largely benefitting political newcomer Blake Masters.

6.  Planned Parenthood Action Fund sets new second quarter lobbying record amid fallout of Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade  

2022-08-02


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Planned Parenthood spent an unprecedented sum lobbying on second quarter lobbying around the time of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade overturn.

8.  Democrats leadership and corporate interests help Rep. Henry Cuellar fend off primary challenge  

2022-08-01


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The South Texas congressman’s donors list includes the oil and gas industry and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s campaign committee.

9.  Adam Schiff outraises other Democratic House Speaker hopefuls  

2022-08-01


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Lawmakers vying to lead the House Democrats if Speaker Nancy Pelosi retires after the midterms have raised millions.

10.  Campaign finance watchdog alleges WinRed processed billions in political contributions without disclosing operating expenses  

2022-07-29


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It is “virtually impossible” that WinRed processed billions of dollars in contributions without incurring substantial operating costs, alleged Campaign Legal Center in an FEC complaint filed Thursday.

11.  Fossil fuel industry lobbying increases as ConocoPhillips fights for more oil drilling in Alaska  

2022-07-28


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ConocoPhillips spent roughly $5.9 million on federal lobbying in the first half of 2022 as it sought to drill for more oil in Alaska.

12.  Unprecedented outside spending and self-financing in Michigan’s 13th District Democratic primary  

2022-07-27


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Outside groups are spending millions on the Democratic primary race in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District.

13.  Supreme Court curbs EPA regulatory power after Koch-tied groups’ push  

2022-07-25


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Several organizations that filed “friend of the court” briefs in the Supreme Court’s West Virginia v. EPA case have ties to the Koch network or oil giant Koch Industries.

14.  Top fundraiser Neil Parrott wins Republican primary in Maryland’s competitive 6th Congressional District to face Rep. David Trone after redistricting  

2022-07-22


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Maryland state legislator Neil Parrott outspent his primary opponents and won the GOP nomination to challenge incumbent Rep. David Trone (D-Md.) in the state’s 6th Congressional District.

15.  ‘Dark money’ group that helped sponsor Jan. 6 rally saw its revenue boom  

2022-07-22


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A “dark money” group that helped sponsor the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the Capitol attack reported rising revenue in its newest tax return.

16.  Gen Z candidates raise millions for the generation’s first federal campaigns  

2022-07-21


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Gen Z candidates are vying for federal office for the first time, and they’ve already raised millions of dollars for their upcoming primaries.

17.  Booz Allen disclosed lobbying on “antitrust policy” around proposed acquisition of EverWatch  

2022-07-21


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Booz Allen, which announced plans in March to acquire its sole competitor for an impending NSA contract, lobbied Congress and the White House on antitrust policy in the months leading up to a Justice Department antitrust suit to block the acquisition.

18.  Federal and state candidates who attended the Jan. 6 demonstrations attract millions in donations but face mixed election results  

2022-07-19


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While dozens of state and federal candidates in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021 have achieved fundraising success, they face mixed outcomes in their states’ primaries.

19.  Defense sector donors contributed $3.4 million to House Armed Services Committee members in the 2022 election cycle  

2022-07-13


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The defense sector has given $3.4 million to the lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee in the 2022 election cycle.

20.  Trump’s political operation continued to steer donor money to firm involved in the Jan. 6 rally  

2022-07-14


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Donald Trump’s political operation paid Jan. 6 organizers over $15 million since the 2016 election cycle, with $1.4 million going to a single firm in May of this year alone.

21.  Corporate PACs contributed over a million dollars to lawmakers who opposed abortion rights bill  

2022-07-14


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Corporate PACs of large companies commit to helping employees gain access to reproductive care, but simultaneously fund lawmakers who maintain an anti-abortion rights stance.

22.  Democrats spend millions on Republican primaries  

2022-07-15


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Democrats spent nearly $44 million on advertising campaigns to influence Republican primaries across five states.

23.  FEC commissioners clash over use of campaign funds to pay for certain childcare expenses  

2022-07-15


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FEC commissioners discussed whether Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) can use campaign donor money to pay for childcare while campaigning or traveling in his official capacity.

24.  GOP representatives who sought pardons after Jan 6. attack gain support from conservative PACs in reelection campaigns  

2022-07-07


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Republican House members who allegedly sought pardons now look to November’s midterm elections, but some are raising less money than last election cycle.

25.  Big donors fueled high profile recall of progressive San Francisco district attorney Chesa Boudin  

2022-07-07


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In San Francisco’s recall of progressive prosecutor Chesa Boudin, 80% of donations in favor of the recall came from contributors who gave $50,000 or more.

26.  Abortion rights groups consistently spent more on lobbying and political contributions than their counterparts. So what happened?  

2022-07-05


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The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade despite decades-long efforts by abortion rights groups to protect the right to abortion.

27.  New FEC complaint alleges gun manufacturing company violated federal contractor contribution ban  

2022-07-01


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This is the third Campaign Legal Center complaint in two years alleging illegal political contributions from gun manufacturers contracting with the federal government.

28.  Press Release: New OpenSecrets report highlights flood of state and federal lobbying spending in 2021  

2022-06-22


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WASHINGTON, JUNE 22, 2022 — A new OpenSecrets report examines how federal and state lobbying spending continued to grow in…

29.  Companies that claim to back the LGBTQ community send political contributions to state lawmakers who advanced anti-transgender bills  

2022-06-22


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Several companies calling on state lawmakers to oppose anti-LGBTQ legislation also contribute to governors and state lawmakers who advance anti-transgender bills.

30.  Gun control group political arms brought in more money in May than the first quarter of 2022 combined  

2022-06-23


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Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund, Giffords PAC and Brady PAC raised $3.2 million in May compared to just under $2.9 million in the entire first quarter of 2022.

31.  Super PAC attacking Rep. Liz Cheney boosted by alleged “straw donor” scheme  

2022-06-23


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Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint with the FEC Wednesday that alleges a straw donor used Snow Goose LLC to contribute $50,000 to Wyoming Values.

32.  Political candidates in Maine’s closely watched races rake in millions  

2022-06-24


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One of the most closely watched races in Maine of the 2022 election cycle is for the governor’s seat. Neither…

33.  OpenSecrets releases new state lobbying disclosure scorecard  

2022-06-28


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OpenSecrets released a scorecard ranking the quality of lobbying disclosure in each U.S. state.

34.  Illinois House races test crypto industry influence  

2022-06-29


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Political committees founded and funded by crypto industry leaders spent $4 million to boost candidates in four Illinois congressional races.

35.  Members of Congress call for an investigation of Intuit’s lobbying practices amid mounting TurboTax controversies  

2022-06-30


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Intuit ramped up lobbying as TurboTax controversies mounted. Now lawmakers are calling for a probe of its “revolving door scheme.”

36.  Private prison industry shifts focus to immigrant detention centers, funding immigration hawks  

2022-06-21


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The private prison industry has turned to for-profit immigrant detention centers and funding politicians who support border security.

37.  Trump’s political operation and Republican Party committees have paid over $12.6 million to Jan. 6 rally organizers since the 2020 election cycle  

2022-06-16


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Former President Donald Trump’s political operation and Republican committees paid millions more to Jan. 6, rally organizers than previously known.

38.  Police unions spend millions lobbying to retain their sway over big US cities and state governments  

2022-06-16


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While some states have more recipients than others, current officeholders in 44 out of 50 states have actively accepted police cash and endorsement from police unions during their careers.

39.  California primaries attract over $175 million after new redistricting map  

2022-06-14


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California primaries marked some of the 2022 midterms’ most expensive congressional races. They were also rife with shifting political influences, mud-slinging and head-to-head battles.

40.  Gun Owners of America pushes back on bipartisan gun control legislation  

2022-06-14


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The “no-compromise” gun rights group has spent over $43.2 million on lobbying since 1998.

41.  ‘Dark money’ group spends $600,000 to boost incumbent Democrats in three states  

2022-06-13


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Opportunity for All Action Fund poured “dark money” into digital ads supporting incumbent Democrats running against progressive challengers.

42.  Torrez won costly Democratic primary race for attorney general in New Mexico  

2022-06-09


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Candidates running to be New Mexico’s top law enforcement officer raised more than $3 million ahead of the state’s primary.

43.  Millions of dollars fuel political upset in the Iowa Senate Democratic primary  

2022-06-09


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Senate candidate Michael Franken raised millions ahead of the Iowa Democratic primary to best the expected nominee.

44.  Crypto industry executives spend millions on political contributions as Washington weighs industry regulations  

2022-06-06


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Crypto industry leaders have poured tens of millions of dollars into political contributions in the 2022 election cycle.

45.  Big Tech groups ramp up lobbying amid fight over social media content moderation  

2022-06-03


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“Big Tech” industry groups ramped up lobbying spending as they challenged laws cracking down on social media content moderation.

46.  ‘Guardian angel’ donors have poured more than $284 million into super PACs ahead of 2022 midterms  

2022-06-02


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Of the 2,163 super PACs that have raised money for the 2022 election cycle, 36 received most of their money from so-called “angel donors.”

47.  Press Release: New OpenSecrets report examines lobbying interest across state and federal levels  

2022-06-02


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An OpenSecrets report illustrates how big organizations spend millions of dollars to impact similar issues crossing state and federal levels.

48.  Incorporation records reveal new details about a ‘dark money’ group pouring millions into 2022 midterms  

2022-05-26


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Documents shed new light on a mysterious “dark money” group pouring millions of dollars from undisclosed donors into midterm elections.

49.  Outside Groups Spent Millions Shaping the Alabama Senate Race  

2022-05-26


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Super PACs funneled more than $24.5 million into spending to influence the Alabama Senate primary election.

50.  Texas is a top target for gun rights lobbying and political contributions  

2022-05-26


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More gun rights money went to members of Congress representing Texas than any other state from 2015 through 2021.

51.  Dark money gets darker with less disclosure in the 2022 election  

2022-05-19


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Dark money is pouring into U.S. elections, but the vast majority of it is not being disclosed to the Federal Election Commission.

52.  Republican super PACs spent big against Madison Cawthorn before his loss in the North Carolina primary  

2022-05-18


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Powerful political foes poured nearly $1.6 million into TV placement, digital ads and canvassing against the freshman congressman.

53.  Gun rights groups set new lobbying spending record in 2021  

2022-05-16


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With mass shootings becoming an increasingly common facet of American life, gun rights groups spent a record $15.8 million lobbying in 2021.

54.  Billionaire executives and out-of-state donors pour millions into pro-McCormick super PAC ahead of Pennsylvania’s Senate GOP primary  

2022-05-13


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Hedge fund executives from outside the Keystone State donated millions to Honor Pennsylvania ahead of Tuesday’s Senate GOP primary.

55.  Trump-endorsed Mooney beats McKinley in West Virginia primary battle between GOP incumbents  

2022-05-11


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Rep. Alex Mooney raised $1.4 million and snagged a key endorsement from Donald Trump to win the GOP primary in West Virginia’s 2nd District.

56.  ConocoPhillips ramps up lobbying spending during fight over an $8 billion Alaskan oil project  

2022-05-11


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Alaska’s leading oil producer spent $4.6 million on lobbying in the first quarter of 2022 as it sought approval for a massive oil project.

57.  Vance surges to victory in Ohio’s record-breaking Senate primary  

2022-05-04


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Outside groups spent over $40 million ahead of Ohio’s Senate primary, almost three times more than the previous record of about $15 million.

58.  Abortion fight brews ahead of 2022 midterms as Supreme Court expected to overturn Roe v. Wade  

2022-05-03


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A draft Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade is stoking the fight over abortion rights ahead of 2022 midterms, with both sides spending big money on politics.

59.  Blue Origin and SpaceX lobby for dominance and government contracts in billionaire space race  

2022-05-02


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Lobbying spending by Blue Origin and SpaceX has skyrocketed as Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk vie for dominance in the space economy.

60.  Dozens of members of Congress up for reelection in 2022 midterms received the majority of their campaign funds from PACs  

2022-05-02


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Several members of Congress running for reelection in 2022 midterms received at least half of their campaign funds from PACs this election cycle.

61.  Top Pentagon contractors spend less on lobbying as demand for weapons to Ukraine rises  

2022-04-28


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Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and General Dynamics spent $16.9 million on lobbying in the first quarter of 2022.

62.  Redistricting makes Michigan a battleground state for both parties, raising millions in multiple races  

2022-04-28


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Michigan representatives raise millions for their races as redistricting spurs incumbent face-offs and district switching.

63.  Billionaire Coachella-owner pours money into political contributions boosting Republicans  

2022-04-26


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Coachella-owner Philip Anschutz and his wife have given more than $5 million in state and federal political contribution.

64.  Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover adds to his corporate political influence and lobbying power  

2022-04-26


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Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover makes the social media giant his newest company with significant lobbying spending and political sway in Washington.

65.  The third-party brokers who make millions selling your data to political groups  

2022-04-21


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Campaigns and super PACs pay third-party data brokers millions of dollars each cycle for intel on voters they hope to reach.

66.  QAnon figure Ron Watkins gave a $95,000 loan to his House campaign in Arizona  

2022-04-21


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Ron Watkins, a central figure in the QAnon conspiracy theory, loaned $95,000 to his U.S. House campaign in Arizona.

67.  Top oil and gas companies increase lobbying spending amid global energy crisis  

2022-04-21


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Oil and gas companies spent millions lobbying Congress as the war in Ukraine spurred concerns over energy security.

69.  Rep. Fred Upton’s retirement leaves Rep. Bill Huizenga as the top fundraiser in Michigan congressional race  

2022-04-19


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Rep. Fred Upton’s retirement leaves fellow Republican Rep. Bill Huizenga as the top fundraiser in Michigan’s 4th Congressional District race.

70.  Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta registers as a foreign agent lobbying for Libya’s government  

2022-04-19


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Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta has returned to lobbying, growing his slate of clients to include Libya’s government.

71.  Conservative super PAC spends millions boosting Republican congressional candidates  

2022-04-19


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As super PACs backed by billionaire investors ramp up spending, Club for Growth is drawing from its multimillion-dollar war chest.

72.  Manchin visits Alberta as the Canadian province ramps up US lobbying amid energy crisis  

2022-04-14


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Justice Department filings shed light on the role of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)’s former aide in Alberta influence efforts targeting the U.S.

73.  Members of Congress increasingly receptive to stock trading ban  

2022-04-11


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Members of Congress are becoming increasingly open to the prospect of instituting a stock trading ban for lawmakers while they’re in office.

74.  New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin resigns after being charged with bribery and fraud in alleged straw donor scheme  

2022-04-12


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New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin resigned Tuesday evening after federal prosecutors indicted Benjamin for conspiracy to commit bribery, fraud and falsification of records.

75.  Biden’s FEC nominee pledges consensus building in Senate hearing  

2022-04-07


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President Joe Biden’s nominee for the Federal Election Commission touted herself as a “consensus builder” at a U.S. Senate hearing Wednesday.

76.  Democratic incumbents facing off in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District are raising big money  

2022-04-06


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Two Democratic incumbents are running to represent Michigan’s 11th Congressional District, making it one of the state’s most expensive races.

77.  The marijuana industry spent millions lobbying on legalization in 2021  

2022-04-04


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The marijuana and cannabis industry spent over $4.2 million lobbying on a variety of issues in 2021, including federal marijuana legalization.

78.  Intuit spends millions lobbying amid accusations of deceptive TurboTax advertising  

2022-03-31


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The FTC’s complaint accusing Intuit of deceptive TurboTax advertising follows decades of Intuit lobbying on government-backed free tax filing.

79.  Senators’ bill aims to ban corporate PACs following record-breaking business PAC giving in 2020  

2022-03-28


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Democratic Sens. Mark Kelly and Jon Ossoff’s bill would ban for-profit corporations from operating PACs in an effort to reduce corporate influence in Congress.

80.  The Walt Disney Company: the home of mice, magic and money  

2022-03-28


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While the Walt Disney Company is known best for its extravagant theme parks, children’s movies and media empire, it also wields immense political power.

84.  Annual K Street Classic bracket showcases the big higher education lobbying spenders in the March Madness tournament  

2022-03-24


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Lobbyists reaped big money from multiple colleges and universities with teams competing in this year’s March Madness but the NCAA’s top-ranking teams are not necessarily winning the game when it comes to lobbying.

85.  Russian oligarch made political contributions to Sen. Schumer and the oligarch’s associates spent millions on U.S. influence  

2022-03-22


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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) reported political contributions from Viktor Vekselberg and the Russian oligarch’s associates poured millions into currying influence in the U.S.

87.  North Carolina congressional candidates shuffle districts after new redistricting maps  

2022-03-10


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Armed with their 2021 fundraising hauls, some North Carolina congressional candidates are set to campaign in different districts than they previously represented or campaigned for.

88.  Millions of dollars poured into a ‘dark money’ group tied to billionaire-backed super PAC and efforts to expose voter rolls  

2022-03-10


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A “dark money” group tied to a billionaire-backed super PAC saw its revenue from secret donors swell by more than 5000% in 2020.

89.  Over $66 million raised by a diverse pool of congressional candidates in Texas primary elections  

2022-03-04


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A diverse pool of congressional candidates raised over $66 million in the lead up to Texas primary elections.

90.  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis breaks funding record in 2021, Citadel CEO contributes millions  

2022-03-04


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Governor DeSantis raised over $67 million last year, more than 2020 and 2019 combined, with $5 million from Citadel CEO Kenneth Griffin.

91.  CPAC bankrolled by Jan. 6 rally organizers and groups spreading 2020 election fraud claims  

2022-02-25


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Donald Trump’s political operation continues to steer money to a firm run by Jan. 6 rally organizers, other organizers are bankrolling CPAC.

92.  International companies spend millions lobbying on Senate bill targeting U.S. competitiveness  

2022-02-16


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Multinational companies spent money lobbying on the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) that passed the Senate in June.

93.  Indiana’s secretary of state race on track to be the most expensive in two decades  

2022-02-17


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Candidates for Indiana Secretary of State are raising money faster than in prior election cycles, meaning this race could wind up being the most expensive since 2002.

94.  House bill funding semiconductor manufacturing could give a boost to tech companies lobbying on chip shortage issues  

2022-02-15


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The America COMPETES Act could give a boost to tech companies that spent money lobbying on semiconductor chip issues last year.

95.  Rams and Bengals team owners pour money into political giving  

2022-02-11


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The Bengals play the Rams in the Super Bowl LVI on Sunday, and the owners of both teams have histories of using money to play politics.

96.  Russia pouring millions into foreign influence and lobbying targeting the U.S. amid escalating Ukraine conflict  

2022-02-02


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As tensions escalate between Russia and Ukraine, the Kremlin is pouring millions of dollars into foreign influence operations and propaganda.

97.  Beijing Winter Olympics’ corporate sponsors are also big lobbying spenders  

2022-02-03


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Beijing’s 2022 Winter Olympics is backed by the sponsorship of deep-pocketed corporate partners with histories of heavy lobbying spending in the U.S.

98.  GOP candidates who participated in the Jan. 6 rally are raising millions  

2022-02-04


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Republican candidates who attended the Jan. 6 rally preceding a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol raised more than $8.9 million in 2021.

99.  Incumbent congresswomen facing off in Georgia 7th’s Democratic primary raised millions in 2021  

2022-02-08


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The campaigns of two congresswomen battling in the race to represent Georgia’s 7th Congressional District raised millions in 2021.

100.  FTC sues to block Lockheed Martin’s acquisition of Aerojet following companies’ lobbying push  

2022-02-01


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After Lockheed Martin Corp. announced plans to acquire Aerojet Rocketdyne Inc. in December 2020, the two companies aggressively lobbied the…

101.  Lyft emerges as fundraising heavyweight in Massachusetts ahead of vote on gig work ballot initiative  

2022-02-01


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Gig work-based companies such as food delivery apps and rideshare services are pouring millions into supporting a Massachusetts ballot initiative…

102.  Amid rebrand as Meta, Facebook set a new lobbying spending record in 2021  

2022-01-31


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Meta, the new name adopted by Facebook in a recent rebrand, spent over $20 million on lobbying in 2021, breaking…

103.  Democrats’ election reform bill failed in the Senate. What’s next for campaign finance reform?  

2022-01-27


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The fate of campaign finance reform is once again in limbo after Senate Republicans last week quashed Democrats’ most recent…

104.  Fire fighters union political activities flourished under embattled former president with close ties to Biden  

2022-01-25


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Harold Schaitberger, former longtime general president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, is taking heat from federal authorities over…

105.  A look at the big money in some of the hottest Senate races of 2022  

2022-01-19


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Fundraising for the 2022 Senate races is ramping up, with more than a third of the 34 seats up for…

106.  How Senate Democrats’ election reform bill could overhaul campaign finance laws  

2022-01-19


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The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday on legislation that, if enacted, would not only expand access to the ballot…

107.  Youngkin’s cabinet shares ties to fossil fuels and energy companies  

2022-01-13


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The Virginia governor-elect’s incoming administration includes former lobbyists and executives with connections to fossil fuels and energy companies.

108.  ‘Dark money’-funded ‘persuasion machine’ raised record funds from secret donors before launching 2022 effort  

2022-01-13


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A “dark money” group raised record cash in 2020 shortly before it reportedly began touting digital operations aimed at electing…

109.  Election objectors are among the GOP’s highest fundraisers ahead of Jan. 6 anniversary  

2022-01-04


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A year after Jan. 6, many of the House members who objected to certifying the 2020 election are top GOP fundraisers.

110.  Liberal ‘dark money’ groups’ revenue soared ahead of 2020 elections  

2021-12-23


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Liberal “dark money” groups got a fundraising boost in 2020 as they funneled millions of dollars into political contributions and spending.

111.  As Jack Dorsey exits Twitter, company’s lobbying on the rise  

2021-12-03


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Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey announced on Monday he would resign as CEO of the social media company.

112.  Bob Dole, longtime Republican senator and standard-bearer, dies  

2021-12-06


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Bob Dole, the longtime Kansas senator and 1996 Republican presidential nominee, died on Sunday.

113.  Perdue announces bid for Georgia governor following record-breaking 2021 Senate runoff  

2021-12-07


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David Perdue’s 2021 loss helped give Democrats control of the Senate. Now, he’s running for Georgia governor.

114.  After winning one of 2020’s most expensive House races, Nunes resigns to lead Trump media company  

2021-12-07


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Devin Nunes will resign from Congress at the end of the year to lead Donald Trump’s social media company.