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Accountability | Michigan

GOP Millionaire John James Says Washington Doesn’t Need More Millionaire Politicians

By Chai Karve on August 5, 2020.

Michigan GOP Senate candidate John James has frequently spouted the campaign tagline “we don’t need more millionaires in Washington.” But according to a review by American Ledger, James is a millionaire who inherited his wealth from his father’s company and trust fund, suggesting the talking point he frequently uses on the campaign trail is far from genuine. 

Accountability

Trump Gives Billionaire Buddies a Boost With COVID-19 Small Business Loans

By Chai Karve on August 4, 2020.

Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic that has led to the deaths of over 150,000 Americans and a historic recession that has left millions unemployed, President Donald Trump has continued funneling money to himself and several of his ultra-wealthy associates in an attempt to quietly grow their fortunes while most of America suffers. 

Corruption & Secrecy | Georgia

Exclusive Footage: Perdue Launched Political Career Under Confederate Flag

By Chai Karve on July 28, 2020.

According to previously unreported footage obtained by American Ledger, in July 2014 Georgia Republican Senator David Perdue launched his first campaign for the United States Senate under the shadow of the Confederate flag. 

Accountability | New Hampshire

Sununu Nominees Have Deep Ties To Anti-Environmental Interests

By Chai Karve on July 16, 2020.

For years, Republican Governor Chris Sununu attempted to stack various New Hampshire environmental oversight authorities with a slew of anti-environmental appointees in favor of the Northern Pass power line, a controversial construction project that was bankrolled by one of his largest donors.

Accountability | North Carolina

Thom Tillis Promotes Hydroxychloroquine While Holding Stock In Its Producer

By Cole Driver on April 30, 2020.

North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis has been promoting a dangerous and untested “miracle” drug, Hydroxychloroquine  - which has not proven effective in remedying coronavirus - as he holds a major financial stake in several of its pharmaceutical producers, including Sanofi and Novartis. 

Accountability

Trump’s Economic Task Force Loaded With Conflicts of Interests, CEO Mega-Donors

By Cole Driver on April 16, 2020.

According to new FEC filings, several CEOs appointed by President Trump to help manage the White House task force to reopen the country previously donated millions to underwrite the president’s reelection campaign, raising questions about the ability of wealthy donors to buy access to influence federal policy during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Accountability | Virginia

Trump Hits the Links While Coronavirus Ravages America

By Cole Driver on April 8, 2020.

According to reporting by the Washington Post, in late March the Secret Service signed a $45,000 contract to rent fleet golf carts in Northern Virginia near one of the president’s frequently visited golf courses in Sterling. Although the contract does not list the president by name in the rental, it is a near carbon copy of the previous orders used by the Secret Service for Trump’s golf visits in Florida and New Jersey.

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