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Oakland Voters to Decide on Fair Elections Measure
Wed, 28 Sep 2022 20:48:00 +0000
In a few weeks, voters in Oakland, California will start to receive their ballots in the mail for the November 8 general election. One of the questions they’ll be deciding on is the Oakland Fair Elections Act, a measure that would bring a new public campaign financing program to city elections, as well as lower […]
Democrats’ Stock Ban Bill Has a Major Loophole, Ethics Expert Says
Wed, 28 Sep 2022 14:12:49 +0000
Democratic House leaders have unveiled the text of their bill to ban congressional stock trading. While the bill appears strong on many levels—it would force divestiture and it would apply not only to members of Congress but also their spouses and dependent children, among others—it contains language that could potentially open up a major new […]
Steve Wynn Makes Biggest Political Donation Yet
Tue, 20 Sep 2022 16:01:43 +0000
Casino and hotel industry billionaire Steve Wynn made his largest ever political donation in August. According to records filed this morning with the Federal Election Commission, Wynn donated $10 million on August 24 to a pro-Trump super PAC called Our American Century. The donation is in addition to $350,000 that Wynn donated to the PAC […]
Sugar Industry-Backed Senators Urge No Action on High Sugar Prices
Thu, 15 Sep 2022 18:34:07 +0000
A dozen U.S. senators, including the top recipients of donations from the sugar industry, recently wrote to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to urge him not to make changes to the federal government’s system of support for sugar prices, even as the price of food is increasing at rates not seen since the 1970s. “It is […]
Maine’s Biggest City to Vote on Clean Elections Measure
Fri, 09 Sep 2022 20:32:00 +0000
With campaign spending on the rise in their city’s elections, voters in Portland, Maine will decide this November on a ballot question that aims to level the playing field for local office seekers. The ballot question, called Clean Elections, would create a voluntary public campaign financing program for candidates running for municipal office in Portland—one […]
The Conflicted: Reps Own Stock in Companies While Serving on Committees Overseeing Them
Fri, 02 Sep 2022 17:50:00 +0000
Polls show Americans want to crack down on the glaring ways that members of Congress could enrich themselves with insider information, after several lawmakers were caught in 2020 making stock trades following privileged briefings on the coronavirus pandemic. The issue of senators and representatives trading stocks has popped up in the North Carolina Senate contest […]
Manchin Delivered ‘Game Changer’ to His Top Donor
Mon, 29 Aug 2022 14:13:39 +0000
While forcing his fellow Democrats to scale back their climate and health care legislation, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) made sure the bill included a lucrative gift for his biggest donor: a fossil fuel company whose CEO recently called the legislative gift a potential “game changer” for its business. Critics say the provision — tax credits for […]
Seattle Residents Make Record Use of ‘Democracy Voucher’ Program
Tue, 23 Aug 2022 23:02:00 +0000
Seattle residents made record use of the city’s public campaign financing system in the 2021 elections, with more people donating “democracy vouchers” than ever before in the first contest where vouchers could be given to candidates for Seattle mayor. A review of the program found that not only did democracy voucher use hit a record […]
GM, Ford, and DTE Among Companies Funding Michigan Republicans Behind Voter Suppression Measure
Thu, 18 Aug 2022 23:14:00 +0000
The Defend Black Voters Coalition is running a grassroots campaign calling on large Michigan companies to drop their financial support for state lawmakers who are trying to pass laws that could make it harder for people to vote. Michigan Republicans are attempting to enact a package of voting restrictions they call Secure MI Vote by […]
Mysterious Super PAC Attacks Biaggi in Homestretch of Primary Against DCCC Chair Maloney
Wed, 10 Aug 2022 03:06:00 +0000
In New York’s Hudson Valley, progressive state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi is being attacked in her primary against Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney by a mysterious new super PAC that is sending mailers to voters criticizing her past statements on law enforcement. In the past week, a group called Our Hudson PAC […]
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