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Capitol Coin: Number of Cryptocurrency Lobbyists Nearly Tripled Since 2018 and Spending Quadrupled, With Help from Revolving Door Lobbyists and Corporate Allies

March 8, 2022

Cryptocurrency speculation mania has seized a subset of Americans and a small army of crypto lobbyists has descended on Congress. Among the crypto proponents pushing the industry's interests in Washington, D.C. are scores of revolving door lobbyists and officials, including the former heads of multiple financial regulation agencies under former president Donald Trump. Recent disclosures offer an eye-opening look at this volatile industry's rapidly escalating lobbying presence.

The Corporate Sponsors of Voter Suppression

April 5, 2021

Corporate America was quick to demonstrate its disapproval of members of Congress who supported Donald Trump's attempt to overturn the 2020 election and disenfranchise millions of voters. At least 123 corporations and corporate trade associations altered their political giving policies after the January 6 Capitol riot, such as by suspending giving to the 147 members of Congress who voted to block the certification of presidential electors or pausing campaign contributions to all federal candidates.Which is why it's noteworthy that so many businesses and business associations backed the mostly Republican state lawmakers who are now pushing about 250 bills that would make voting in the next election more difficult – and which would disproportionately disenfranchise Black Americans and other groups of voters who typically support Democratic candidates.This report looks at the corporations and trade associations supporting state legislators who are proposing and backing these bills and analyzes three main datasets: Voter suppression bills, voter suppression bill supporters, and state level corporate contribution data.