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Newly Released NRA Video Takes on NFL Protesters in Clash of Politics Vs. Sports

October 09, 2017 | dark money watch | Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

One of the nation’s most powerful political lobbying organizations is taking on the country’s most popular professional sport. In “We Stand,” a one-minute segment posted on the National Rifle Association’s website, former U.S. Navy SEAL Dom Raso explains that he stands during the singing of the national anthem at professional football games to honor the … Continue reading “Newly Released NRA Video Takes on NFL Protesters in Clash of Politics Vs. Sports”

Nation’s Biggest Lobbying Organization Plans 2018 Meeting At Trump National Doral

August 08, 2017 | dark money watch | Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

This story was produced in partnership with the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. An “elite” group of executives at U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s most powerful business lobby, will meet at a Trump hotel near Miami next year, according to the organization’s website. The conference for the Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, an … Continue reading “Nation’s Biggest Lobbying Organization Plans 2018 Meeting At Trump National Doral”

Watchdogs: HHS Secretary Tom Price May Have Violated Election Rules To Get His Job

July 11, 2017 | dark money watch | Andrew Perez

Two campaign finance watchdog organizations said Friday that Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price may have violated federal election rules by paying a company linked to an organization that boosted his Cabinet nomination. On Jan. 26, Price’s congressional campaign paid $40,000 to America Rising Corp., a Republican opposition research and communications organization, for research. … Continue reading “Watchdogs: HHS Secretary Tom Price May Have Violated Election Rules To Get His Job”

White House Relied Upon Dark Money Lobbyist To ‘Quarterback’ Gorsuch Confirmation

July 07, 2017 | dark money watch | Margaret Sessa-Hawkins and Andrew Perez

A lobbyist with extensive ties to secretive nonprofit organizations served as the “quarterback” for  the successful nomination of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, according to records reviewed by MapLight. Rob Collins, a Washington lobbyist and Republican strategist, claims on his professional biography at the S-3 Group that he worked with more than a half-dozen White … Continue reading “White House Relied Upon Dark Money Lobbyist To ‘Quarterback’ Gorsuch Confirmation”

Dark Money Organization Emerges As Major Financier For GOP Legislative, Electoral Agendas

June 22, 2017 | dark money watch | Andrew Perez and Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

This story is published in collaboration with the International Business Times. A secretive nonprofit closely linked to House Speaker Paul Ryan has begun playing a pivotal role in supporting Republican policies and candidates since the November 2016 election, a MapLight analysis has found. The American Action Network (AAN) has donated more than $6.5 million to … Continue reading “Dark Money Organization Emerges As Major Financier For GOP Legislative, Electoral Agendas”

Conservative Dark Money Helps Georgia Congressional Candidate Narrow Spending Gap With Ossoff

June 16, 2017 | dark money watch | Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

Conservatives are closing the fundraising gap in a Georgia congressional special election with millions in outside spending, according to Federal Election Commission records. Jon Ossoff, the Democratic nominee, has outspent his Republican opponent, Karen Handel, by a 7-to-1 margin. Ossoff reported spending $22.5 million; Handel has only spent $3.2 million. Independent expenditure organizations, however, have … Continue reading “Conservative Dark Money Helps Georgia Congressional Candidate Narrow Spending Gap With Ossoff”

Conservative Group Led By EPA Chief Pruitt Received Dark Money To Battle Environmental Regulations

June 07, 2017 | dark money watch | Andrew Perez and Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

This story was published in partnership with Fast Company. 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. Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, was … Continue reading “Conservative Group Led By EPA Chief Pruitt Received Dark Money To Battle Environmental Regulations”

In Fight Over Right To Repair Equipment, Farmers Are Outspent 28-to-1

June 06, 2017 | dark money watch | Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

This story was published in partnership with Civil Eats. When Tom Schwarz was growing up on his family’s 2,500-acre Nebraska produce farm and their International tractor broke down, fixing it was pretty simple. “You bought a new part,” said Schwarz, 58. “Or, you bought a used part. You replaced what was broken, and you moved … Continue reading “In Fight Over Right To Repair Equipment, Farmers Are Outspent 28-to-1”

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