In-depth research on President Trump, his team and their activities.
Formerly a critic, Trump now exemplifies big-money politics.
How the chaos-creating Trump administration has turned cruelty to children into official government policy.
President Trump often claims that cutting back on regulations will help the U.S. economy. But the Trump administration’s zeal for slashing “red tape” ignores the massive benefits that regulations provide to consumers, workers and the economy.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the infamous billionaire political donor with a Cayman Islands-chartered yacht, has been awfully busy lately.
One year after Charlottesville, corporate executives crawl back to Trump.
More than 140 high-ranking Trump administration officials have ties to the corporate coalition pushing to roll back an Environmental Protection Agency rule on chemical plant safety.
Far from a tough guy, Trump is a softie on enforcement policies that protect Americans from lawbreaking corporations.
At Trump’s businesses, you can check out any time you like, but the conflicts of interest never disappear.
Trump has scuttled hundreds of public protections.
Coal baron and climate change denialist Robert Murray developed six deregulatory executive orders and submitted them to the Trump administration suggesting ways to prop up the coal industry.
We found 77 high-ranking government positions filled by oil and auto industry lobbyists, lawyers, former employees and others with conflicts.
Trump’s penchant for self-dealing has validated every bit of the public’s disenchantement with our nation’s leaders.
This Trump Official Now Regulates Oil and Gas Companies Who Showered Him With Campaign Contributions
Guess what happens when a longtime oil and gas industry ally takes over a federal watchdog.
Inconvenient Information: How the Trump Administration Squelches Data, Uses Pseudo-Statistics, Stifles Expert Views and Cancels Important Studies
Information suppression, deletion and silence are hallmarks of the Trump administration.
Under the Trump administration, the revolving door between the U.S. government and law firms that represent big, powerful corporations is spinning like never before.
Trump’s tax bill was a big boon for the K Street crowd.
After a year in office, the Trump administration has put our country on the path to oligarchy.
Presidency for Sale: 64 Trade Groups, Companies, Candidates, Foreign Governments and Political Groups Spending Money at Trump’s Properties
From hotels to golf courses, restaurants and real estate developments, Trump presidency’s has created an unprecedented set of conflicts.
With Trump Pushing To Lower Corporate Rates, More Than Half Of D.C. Lobbyists Plunge Into Tax Debate
6,243 lobbyists are working on tax issues this year.
The Koch Brothers infiltrate the White House.
Our analysis finds the Trump administration has withdrawn 457 rulemakings, the most on record.
How One Section of the Trump Tax Scam Showers Wall Street, Silicon Valley and Big Pharma with Billions
President Trump and Republicans in Congress are poised to reward the biggest corporate tax shirkers with a “tax holiday” worth billions.
Big Pharma, Big Tax Savings
Trump stands to profit from his administration’s actions.
How’s that whole swamp-draining thing working out?
Repealing the estate tax would be a yuuuge tax break for the super-wealthy
Our deep dive into Donald Trump’s finances.
Trump has met with 317 executives since the election.
Six months of corporate giveaways.
Former lobbyists populate the Trump administration.
Nearly 70 percent of Trump’s sub-Cabinet officials have a corporate connection
Will energy efficiency requirements disappear under Trump?
Those rubbing elbows with the president work for corporations that are far from upstanding citizens.
An oil and gas lobbyist works on energy policy, financial lobbyists to work on financial regulatory matters and corporate lawyers engage with their former colleagues.
Mick Mulvaney’s concerns over deficits applies only to spending on programs for the poor and disadvantaged, but not the wishes of the wealthy and corporations.
Giant corporations have exerted far too much influence over government decision-making for decades. But we’ve never seen anything quite like the Trump administration.
Never before has a presidential transition been so in need of a safeguards to ensure adherence to ethical standards and prevent the appearance of impropriety.
Since his inauguration, President Trump has met with at least 190 corporate executives – averaging more than two a day.
Why “drain the swamp” turned out to be empty rhetoric.
Month One of Trump’s Presidency: Enriching His Private Business, Carrying Out a Corporate Takeover, Putting Profits Before People
From day one, President Trump has used his position to expand and enrich his private businesses, install CEOs and corporate cronies at the highest levels of government and advance policies that prioritize profit at the expense of the public interest.
As a candidate, President-Elect Donald Trump railed against the “rigged political establishment” and promised to “drain the swamp” and “send the special interests packing.” But the incoming administration’s Inaugural Committee suggests the entrenched establishment of corporate interests and Republican big money donors will have significant influence over the incoming administration. We have previously investigated the […]
Despite the incoming administration of President-Elect Donald Trump’s efforts to keep inauguration donors secret, The New York Times has reported seven of the event’s corporate donors: AT&T, Bank of America, Boeing, Chevron, Deloitte, JPMorgan Chase and United Parcel Service. In exchange for the contributions, donors are to receive unprecedented access to the senior members of […]
President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to direct the Office of Management and Budget, U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), is unfit and unqualified to run the office, according to a report (PDF) by Public Citizen. Mulvaney holds extreme and often hypocritical views on federal budgeting, social insurance programs, financial reform, public health, protections for women and disaster relief – […]
The failure of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to combat corporate crime and wrongdoing as Alabama’s top law enforcement official in the mid-1990s casts serious doubt on whether Trump’s attorney general nominee would be tough on corporate crime if confirmed, a Public Citizen report shows. Sessions’ history of racism and hostility to civil rights is well documented, but […]
As a candidate, President-Elect Donald Trump railed against the “rigged political establishment” and promised to “send the special interests packing.” The federal agency landing teams announced by the President-Elect’s Transition Team, however, suggest the entrenched establishment of corporate interests, Republican insiders and former lobbyists will have significant influence over the incoming administration. Click here for […]
Donald Trump rode to the White House by raging about alleged rampant corruption in Washington and pledging to “drain the swamp.” Each of the five points in the ethics platform he issued in October focused on diminishing the influence of lobbyists. These included a promise to impose a five-year ban on former executive branch officials […]
During President-Elect Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, the media personality-turned-politician called out opponents real and perceived as “dishonest and corrupt,” “hypocrites” and “liars.” Because Trump campaigned on contrasting his supposed trustworthiness with political opponents Republican and Democrat alike, the consistency between the politician’s words and deeds bear special scrutiny, in particular with regards to campaign promises […]