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Past articles by Lee:

Kids May Be Using Laptops Made With Forced Labor This Fall

The Lenovo computers were manufactured under a Chinese government program to provide cheap labor from persecuted Uyghurs. → Read More

Meat Industry Campaign Cash Flows to Officials Seeking to Quash Covid-19 Lawsuits

Two meat giants, Smithfield and Mountaire Farms, are among the interests pushing for laws waiving wrongful death suits — also a priority for Republicans. → Read More

Facebook Pitched New Tool Allowing Employers to Suppress Words Like “Unionize” in Workplace Chat Product

Facebook Workplace is used by employers as large as Walmart. The new tool would allow “content control” to prevent certain topics from trending internally. → Read More

New Poll Shows Political Risks of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Bailout of Corporate Lobbyists

New polling conducted by Data for Progress for the Democratic Policy Center reveals there is little public appetite for prioritizing the lobbyist bailout. → Read More

Federal Government Buys Riot Gear, Increases Security Funding, Citing Coronavirus Pandemic

The orders are for disposable cuffs, gas masks, ballistic helmets, riot gloves, and equipment for federal police assigned to Veterans Affairs facilities. → Read More

Wall Street Titans Finance Democratic Primary Challenger to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Several prominent private equity executives and investment bankers made early donations to Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a former CNBC contributor. → Read More

Debt Collection Industry Deems Itself Essential to “Financial Health” of Consumers, Fights Covid-19 Shutdown

Lobbyists argue that debt collection must not be suspended during the pandemic, citing an “ethnically diverse” and women-majority workforce. → Read More

Silicon Valley Megadonor Karla Jurvetson Fueled Elizabeth Warren’s Super PAC with $14 Million Donation

Jurvetson has made over 500 donations in the last year, and provided 96 percent of Persist PAC’s financing. → Read More

Bloomberg’s Investment Portfolio Includes Bets on Private Equity, Fracking

Little is known about Mike Bloomberg’s personal investments. The Intercept has identified a number of firms backed by the billionaire. → Read More

Congress Quietly Adopts Exxon Mobil-Backed Law Promoting New Gas Pipeline, Arms to Cyprus

The authorization of support for a new pipeline in the Mediterranean never received a hearing, up-or-down vote, or open debate. → Read More

The Pesticide Industry’s Playbook for Poisoning the Earth

Though neonicotinoids are banned in the EU, a sophisticated information war has kept these insecticides — toxic to bees and birds — on the U.S. market. → Read More

Joe Biden’s Super PAC Is Being Organized by Corporate Lobbyists for Health Care Industry, Weapons Makers, Finance

Among the individuals are Steve Schale and Larry Rasky. The Super PAC could inject badly needed cash into the Biden campaign. → Read More

David Koch’s Most Significant Legacy Is the Election of Donald Trump

Efforts made by Koch, largely ignored by the mainstream press, primed key states to elect a GOP president. Trump was simply the beneficiary. → Read More

GOP Lobbyists Help Brazil Recruit U.S. Companies to Exploit the Amazon

Documents reveal that efforts to clear the Amazon are being pushed by Trump-friendly lobbyists. → Read More

Emails Show Monsanto Orchestrated GOP Effort to Intimidate Cancer Researchers

Documents suggest the firm has antagonized regulators and applied pressure to shape research of the world’s leading herbicide. → Read More

Oil Lobbyist Touts Success in Effort to Criminalize Pipeline Protests, Leaked Recording Shows

In leaked audio obtained by The Intercept, AFPM conceded its behind-the-scenes role in crafting state laws to criminalize oil and gas pipeline protests. → Read More

Hacked Emails Show GOP Demands on Border Security Were Crafted by Industry Lobbyists

Demands that CBP spend millions to upgrade cameras used to read license plates were orchestrated in part by a company that hoped to profit. → Read More

How Lobbyists and Insiders Could Override Voters to Choose the Democratic Presidential Nominee

The new superdelegate rules, combined with a crowded field and early elections, could lead to a brokered convention in 2020. → Read More

As San Francisco District Attorney, Kamala Harris’s Office Stopped Cooperating With Victims of Catholic Church Child Abuse

Thanks to Kamala Harris's predecessor, the San Francisco DA's office had files on clergy sex abusers. But Harris refused to share them with victims. → Read More

A Major Coal Company Went Bust. Its Bankruptcy Filing Shows That It Was Funding Climate Change Denialism.

Cloud Peak Energy gave contributions to leading think tanks that have attacked the link between the burning of fossil fuels and climate change. → Read More