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    USA Today

    In a Twitter rant, Trump called Messing "a bad 'actress'" and accused her of wanting to create a blacklist of Trump supporters. He also slammed her as "a McCarthy style Racist." California has never been Trump territory. He lost the state to Democrat Hillary Clinton by more than 4 million votes during the 2016 presidential election. Even so, Trump continues to turn to California for campaign cash. His re-election campaign has already raised $4.3 million there, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign contributions.

    The Wall Street Journal

    Hosting such an event for the Trump campaign has become particularly fraught after developer Stephen Ross's decision to hold a fundraiser for the president in the Hamptons this summer set off boycotts of companies in which he invests. The topic is even more charged in Silicon Valley, where many Republican donors were hesitant to join Mr. Trump's ranks in 2016 and have largely kept their distance since then.


    Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso, whose state imposes the second-highest current electric vehicle tax, recently sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging him to block a bipartisan bill to renew federal electric vehicle tax credits, a move that the Wall Street Journal editorial board applauded. Here's some context: Over Barrasso's 11-year Senate career, oil and gas PACs have donated over $670,000 to his campaigns, more than any other industry, and during the 2018 election cycle, these PACs contributed $314,000 to his Senate campaign, according to data analyzed by the Center for Responsive Politics. The PACs of companies such as Koch Industries ($30,000), Chevron ($30,000), and ExxonMobil ($27,000) are some of Barrasso's largest corporate contributors.

    Capitol Research Center

    In a recent Wall Street Journal column, Kimberly Strassel wrote about liberal activists and nonprofits funding public policy initiatives. Strassel cites a report from the Capital Research Center about how progressive nonprofits outspend conservative ones. Beth Rotman, Director of Money in Politics & Ethics for Common Cause, said most Americans don't know who is funding what, and why. Groups like CPI, the National Institute on Money in Politics, the Center for Responsive Politics and the Capital Research Center are working to build bigger databases tracking funding and donors to charities and nonprofits that educate or advocate about various public policy initiatives.


    In 2011, Crowe sent Warren two separate checks, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. These donations were each for $2,500, the most a donor could give directly to a campaign. Crowe has lobbied for firms such as Google, which is one of the big tech companies that Warren has called to be broken up. He's also represented Ameresco, a publicly traded renewable energy company.

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