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Familiar faces lobbied Trump and congressional leaders on COVID-19
August 19, 2020

Powerful interests deployed former aides to President Donald Trump and top congressional leaders to influence the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
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OpenSecrets News

GOP groups, healthcare industry attack Democrats’ public option

September 30, 2020 | Republican super PACs are attacking Democratic Senate challengers over their support for a public health insurance option using talking points from a well-funded healthcare industry group.

Media Citations: Recent Stories

  • The Washington Post

    Cambridge Analytica database identified Black voters as ripe for ?deterrence,? British broadcaster says

    Matt Braynard, who served as the Trump campaign's data director in 2016, said his team did not use the categorizations featured in the report, relying instead on material from the party and from the firm L2 Political. He also said, "Deterrence doesn't mean suppression and it doesn't mean deterrence from voting. It just means deterrence from voting for Hillary Clinton." James Barnes, a former Facebook employee embedded with Trump's team, said he had "no exposure to a 'deterrence' segment in 2016." Trump's 2016 campaign paid Cambridge Analytica $5.9 million, according to Federal Election Commission data tallied by the Center for Responsive Politics.
  • Business Insider

    Elon Musk says campaign donations from oil and gas companies 'limit' Trump's support for Tesla and electric vehicles

    Trump received $1,231,110 in campaign contributions from oil and gas interests in 2016, and $1,642,808 in 2020, according to data from OpenSecrets, a division of the Center for Responsive Politics. Of the $50 million that the oil and gas industry has donated to federal candidates ahead of the 2020 election, 90% has gone to Republican candidates, according to a report from OpenSecrets.
  • Westchester & Fairfield County Business Journals

    Show me the money: Mandels, McMahons are CT?s leading political donors

    Topping the Center for Responsive Politics list are Richard and Elizabeth Uihlein, founders of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, packing supply company Uline, who gave over $58.3 million to Republicans, followed by hedge fund manager and former Democratic presidential candidate Thomas Steyer and his wife, Kathryn Ann, who donated over $54.5 million to Democrats. Other notable names on the list include Las Vegas Sands Corp. founder, Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam (3rd, $53 million to Republicans); Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, co-founder of Bloomberg LP, and briefly a Democratic candidate for president (10th, $19 million to Democrats); News Corp. owner/media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who despite being famously conservative gave $11 million to Democrats, according to the report (15th); Soros Fund Management founder George Soros (26th, $8 million to Democrats); "Family Guy" creator and Litchfield County native Seth MacFarlane (53rd, $3.3 million to Democrats; and "Lost" co-creator and movie producer/director J.J. Abrams (93rd, $2 million to Democrats).
  • Newsweek

    Big Pharma Backs Joe Biden, But People Don't Think He'll Fix Drug Pricing

    The pharmaceuticals and health products industry has donated more than $5.9 million to Biden's presidential campaign, according to OpenSecrets.org, a site run by the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political donations. President Donald Trump has garnered less than $1.5 million in donations from the industry, based upon FEC figures up to September 21. This stark contrast may be explained by the widespread criticism of Trump's approach to drug pricing.
  • The Daily Mining Gazette

    Democrats will win at all costs: just like the Republicans

    The Center for Responsive Politics reported on May 19, that "Liberal groups aired nearly three times as many of these dark money ads during the 2020 election cycle than their conservative counterparts. This comes after the first election cycle where Democratic dark money groups reported more spending to the Federal Election Commission than their counterparts on the right."

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