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The Revolving Door Project (RDP), a project of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), scrutinizes executive branch appointees to ensure they use their office to serve the broad public interest, rather than to entrench corporate power or seek personal advancement.
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July 08, 2020 | In These Times
How The Trump Administration's Small Business Program Has Failed Communities Of Color
Trump’s SBA not only failed to support businesses struggling the most in the midst of the pandemic, but it failed to fulfill its purpose as defined by Congress. When it first created the agency, Congress specifically outlined the SBA’s obligation to support entrepreneurs from socially disadvantaged groups, who faced (and continue to face) limited access to credit, lower credit scores, a lack of relationships with financial institutions and lower levels of personal wealth.
June 24, 2020 | The American Prospect
The Quiet Seizure Of Independent Agencies
Over the past several years, Trump has repeatedly nominated, and McConnell has confirmed, unpaired Republican nominees to independent agency boards, creating persistent imbalances across the regulatory apparatus.
June 19, 2020 | Washington Monthly
How Biden Can Prove He’s Serious About Busting Corporate Monopolies
At the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, Americans quickly learned just how unprepared the country was for a pandemic. One of the most alarming revelations was that the U.S. had nowhere near the number of ventilators and other life-saving medical equipment it needed to fight the virus. That’s largely because of a surprising culprit: the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
June 17, 2020
“Career” Trade Reps Solicit USMCA Consulting Gigs from Auto Industry
Jason Bernstein and Fred Fischer, both Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representatives, reached out to auto industry representatives offering to “assist companies directly with their USMCA implementation needs,” according to Bloomberg’s report. The report did not confirm whether Bernstein and Fischer asked for or received clearance to contact the auto companies, while ethics experts speculate that offering such services while still employed by the government might breach federal ethics requirements.
July 9, 2020
Ryan Cooper - The Week
Trump Ran Out The Clock On His Tax Returns. House Democrats Let Him.
July 6, 2020
Spencer Ackerman - The Daily Beast
The Proxy War Over A Top Biden Adviser
June 19, 2020
Greg Sargent - Washington Post
Democrats absolutely should demand that John Bolton testify
June 17, 2020
Kate Aronoff - The New Republic
Inside The Fight To Shape Biden's Climate Policy
June 11, 2020
Arnie Arnesen - The Attitude with Arnie Arnesen
Max Moran Joins the Attitude with Arnie Arnesen
May 24, 2020
Trevor Hunnicutt - Reuters
Months Before Election, Liberal Groups Press Biden On Picks For Economic Posts
RDP on Twitter
Yesterday the House Financial Services Subcommittee held a hearing on minority-owned businesses accessing capital during the pandemic. For a recap, check out @TakeOnWallSt s thread: (40/?) https://t.co/3DtxdbLCgy
Mnuchin reportedly "requested clearance to attend the dinner and received it" which, honestly raises some questions about the Treasury Dept.'s ethics safeguards (212/?) https://t.co/mmxUK3dxWB
But it still raised some eyebrows when he attended the "Government Sachs" retired partners dinner last year? (211/?)
By this time it should be clear that Mnuchin hasn't made much of an effort to distance himself from his private sector pals. (210/?)
How is it that this far into this crisis, testing remains a problem? (259/?)
As new hot spots emerge, some places are being forced to limit testing to those with symptoms - reducing experts knowledge about the viruses spread just when it's most necessary - because of limited capacity (258/?) https://t.co/2DNTAkLysU
" @RepRichardNeal effectively collaborated with this strategy of delay by dragging his feet on pressing this lawsuit. And that is only part of how Democrats have basically given up on presidential oversight." - @ryanlcooper https://t.co/kLum7Famag