“How corporations are still playing politics more than a century after President Theodore Roosevelt and the Tillman Act”

Michael Beckel for Issue One:

For instance, last year in Nevada, the app-based ride-sharing company Uber sponsored campaign mailers and e-mail messages to its riders and drivers urging the reelection of Republican Assemblyman Derek Armstrong, as veteran journalist Jon Ralston reported.

Meanwhile, at the federal level, roughly three-dozen publicly traded companies donated to super PACs ahead of the 2016 election, according to research by the Committee on Economic Development. About a dozen of these were Fortune 500 companies.

The most prominent of these corporate super PAC donors? Oil giant Chevron, which has donated $7.75 million to super PACs focused on electing Republicans to Congress since the Citizens United decision in 2010, including roughly $1 million so far this year.


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