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Drain the swamp!
Quote:The American Chemistry Council represents the interests of the chemical industry—companies that "make the products that make modern life possible," as the group's web site somewhat haughtily puts it. Member companies include Big Oil subsidiaries Chevron Phillips Chemical and ExxonMobil Chemical, the Saudi chemical giant SABIC, pesticide behemoth Bayer and its pending merger partner, Monsanto, as well as DuPont and its pending merger partner, Dow Chemical. A report found that Beck attempted to edit an EPA statement on a class of chemicals in ways that "appear to enhance uncertainty or reduce profile of the [harmful] effect being discussed."

In a bold move, the Trump administration has named the ACC's senior director of regulatory science policy, Nancy Beck, as the deputy assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency office that regulates the chemical industry. It's known as the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, and it exists to "protect you, your family, and the environment from potential risks from pesticides and toxic chemicals."
Trump Just Appointed a Chemical Industry Honcho to Protect Us From Chemicals | Mother Jones
Quote:In March, a slew of Democratic lawmakers introduced the MAR-A-LAGO Act, which would require disclosure of the visitor logs at the White House and Trump properties where the president frequents for government business. "This stunning decision from the Trump White House raises an obvious question: what is President Trump trying to hide?" Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico, the lawmaker who introduced the legislation, said in a statement. "Once again, this administration is stonewalling information that Congress and the American people have a right to see."

"Americans simply deserve to know who has access to the president and who is working to influence policy at the highest levels," he continued. "The president brings unprecedented conflicts of interest to the White House, and he already has taken actions in office that suggest he is more concerned with helping people like him – the wealthy and well–connected – than he is with empowering ordinary Americans. By refusing to release the White House visitor logs, President Trump is confirming widespread concerns that the special interests are getting special treatment in this administration. The president’s promise to 'drain the swamp' has never rung more hollow than it does today."
White House announces it will keep its visitor logs secret - Business Insider
A Republican proposes allowing anonymous campaign funding, getting rebuffed by another Republican, Karen Handel. The latter however...

Quote:Karen Handel, then Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, said she was “adamantly” opposed to Wiles’ political maneuver—she had recently launched a “transparency in government” program. Eyeing a run for governor, Handel vowed to work with both the state House and Senate to restore the ban, according to her spokesperson at the time.

Fast forward eight and a half years, through failed campaigns for governor and for the Senate, Handel is now the Republican candidate taking on fundraising-juggernaut Jon Ossoff in the special election for Georgia’s sixth congressional seat. As individual donors pour money in, trying to flip the historically solid conservative district to Ossoff, Handel is relying heavily on the same kind of spending she so recently fought against.

Outside groups have spent roughly $9 million supporting Handel’s campaign during the primary and leading up to the June 20 runoff. More than $250,000 of that total has been spent on anonymous direct mail.
Dark money is fueling Karen Handel’s campaign for Congress
Quote:House Republicans are backing several provisions that could reshape campaign finance rules ahead of next year’s midterm elections as spending negotiations continue this fall. The measures are tucked into a GOP package of spending bills currently being debated in the House. While the House package is unlikely to advance in the Senate, its provisions could become bargaining chips in the negotiations leading up to the next government funding deadline, now Dec. 8. The inclusion of the deregulatory measures in the spending package is prompting pushback from campaign-finance watchdogs, who worry they may ultimately become law. If they do, churches may be able to contribute to candidates without fear of losing their tax-exempt status, furthering President Donald Trump’s promise to “get rid of and totally destroy” a law that forbids such activity. Corporations would be able to ask their employees to donate to unlimited numbers of trade associations’ political action groups instead of limiting employee solicitations to one group per year.
Republicans tuck new deregulation of campaign financing into House spending bills - MarketWatch
Billionaires for what? For themselves, on the back of you know who..

And all the while there are shady hangers-on profiting..

Quote:Like sharks sensing blood in the water, conservative political operatives have set out to cash in on the mounting anger among both populist Republican voters and big GOP donors, sometimes pulling in big salaries for themselves while doing little to help candidates or elected officials. The Republican National Committee’s record $100 million haul so far this year, a take fueled by low-dollar donors loyal to President Trump, has raised GOP hopes of a windfall on the far right. In some cases, as with the RNC’s swelling coffers, this will assist Trump. But some GOP operatives raising money off Trump’s name are actually backing candidates whom he opposes, or simply lining their own pockets as they stoke GOP extremism and infighting.

Take Citizens for Trump, which despite its name endorsed Christian rightist Roy Moore in the GOP Alabama Senate primary, even as Trump publicly backed Moore’s opponent, Luther Strange. A mysterious group that has filed no public disclosures with the Federal Election Commission, Citizens for Trump is also eyeing contests in Florida and Ohio, and told BuzzFeed that GOP divisions might once again place it at odds with Trump. Another group that spent $21 million to support Trump in last year’s election, Rebuilding America Now, has raised more than $1 million this year but spent zero on contributions to candidates or campaign expenditures. A super PAC that faces no contribution limits, the group has spent hundreds of thousands on travel, meals and fat salaries for its chief organizers, both former Trump campaign aides. This includes $385,000 in the first six months of this year for Laurance Gay, and $210,000 for Kenneth McKay, both for “political strategy consulting.” Neither one could be reached for comment..
Bannon’s Revolution Is About Power -- and Money

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