April 14, 2017 -
The Trump administration unveiled plans to expand offshore drilling at last week's conference of the National Ocean Industries Association. Launched by Exxon in the 1970s to represent the offshore drilling industry, NOIA has been investing in politicians from Southeastern states where its members would like to do business.
June 13, 2014 -
We tend to think that promoting anger at big business is a theme of the Left, but conservative libertarians such as David Brat, who defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor this week in Virginia's GOP primary, have their own version of this critique.
June 11, 2014 -
Rep. Eric Cantor's startling upset in Virginia's Republican primary may have been one of the few cases where Big Money suffered a defeat. But at the same time, it may also have been a message from voters signaling their frustration about the Big Money establishment's enduring power.
September 26, 2013 -
A record number of Americans receive food stamps, with residents of Southern states especially dependent on the anti-hunger program. So why are Southern politicians who in turn depend on the political support of hungry constituents so eager to cut the program's funding?
December 21, 2012 -
There are growing calls for better gun regulation in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre. But what are gun-control advocates up against when they take on the National Rifle Association?
February 10, 2012 -
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) would not allow his colleagues to vote on a stronger version of a law banning insider trading by members of Congress, instead offering a substitute that stripped out disclosure provisions objectionable to some of his biggest campaign donors.
December 15, 2011 -
A new analysis from the Sunlight Foundation shows the intense concentration of political campaign contributions in the United States.