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What's New

March 8, 2017 - The White House and Exxon: A Trump trifecta of cronyism, dishonesty, and incompetence
February 23, 2017 - U.S. Chamber of Commerce: GOP’s Best (and oldest) Ally in the War on Safety Net
January 19, 2017 - A Clean Ethics House
January 3, 2017 - What is the REINS Act and why do we oppose it?

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Recent Reports

February 20, 2017 - For-Profit President
February 16, 2017 - The Devil in the Details
January 5, 2017 - Jeff Sessions as Alabama Attorney General
November 16, 2016 - The People Shaping the Trump Administration
Sept. 15, 2016 - The Company They Keep
September 14, 2016 - The Historic Campaign for Corporate Political Spending Disclosure

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Combat Conflicts of Interest

Tell the SEC: Force Disclosure


The Financial Services Conflicts of Interest Act would block the revolving door between Washington and Wall Street. Learn more and take action.
 
The SEC is considering the public's request to require publicly traded companies to disclose political contributions. Tell the agency to finalize a rule this year. Take action. 
   

The Bright Lines Project

Big Spenders, Local Elections


Much of the dark money in elections comes from nonprofits. The Bright Lines Project seeks regulatory and legislative solutions to clarify the role of nonprofits in elections. Read the report.
  In this report explores several local elections that the 501(c)(4) group Americans for Prosperity sought to influence with outside spending. Read the report.
   

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