Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island used the time allotted to him for questioning of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett to make an expansive argument about conservatives’ activist efforts to influence the judiciary.

Without asking Barrett a single question, Whitehouse laid out what he said was a strategy by small group of influential conservatives to cement control of the federal judiciary. He displayed a series of charts drawing connections between organizations that promote the careers of favored judges and also write amicus briefs supporting conservative causes that appear before those same judges.

“This, more and more, looks like it’s not three schemes, but it’s one scheme. With the same funders selecting judges, funding campaigns for the judges, and then showing up in court in these orchestrated amicus flotillas to tell the judges what to do,” Whitehouse said.

Whitehouse also rebutted claims from Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee that Barrett’s nomination was unrelated to the Affordable Care Act case set to be heard on the Supreme Court later this year.

“Don’t act as if we’re making this stuff up,” Whitehouse said. “This is what President Trump said. This is what your party platform says. Reverse the Obamacare cases. Senator after senator, including many in this committee, filed briefs saying that the Affordable Care Act should be thrown out by courts. Why is it surprising for us to be concerned that you want this nominee to do what you want nominees to do?”

It’s an argument that Whitehouse has made before. Last month, for example, he called the situation “a problem of court capture.”

“This has been the product of a very orchestrated scheme to control who gets nominated, to provide funding, to provide political cover, to run certain cases before the Supreme Court,” he said then. “The big donors

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A long-awaited stock-market rotation back to value stocks might benefit oil and gas companies in the short-term, but long-term there are concerns about the sustainability of the energy industry as it now exists. The sector’s woes are such that at the end of August 2020, energy stocks accounted for just 2.6% of the S&P 500 (SPX) , down from more than 16% in 2008. 

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The systemic risk surrounding energy companies due to climate change underscores the difference in approach between active managers and their index-fund counterparts and large retirement funds, as well as the tools active managers can use to make a persuasive case for meaningful change. While active fund managers increasingly are avoiding the energy sector and its risk of permanent capital impairment, many passive-fund investors recognize that as universal owners of the market and, by default, the economy, they have a stake in encouraging a successful energy-sector transition to renewables.

Eschewing the entire industry is short-sighted and misguided. While some investors have divested from fossil fuels, many continue to hold these investments in the hope of driving change through engagement. Active managers, drawn by seemingly low valuations, are engaging alongside them, with the combined weight of their collective voices leading to better reporting and some shift in strategy towards redirecting capital expenditure to renewables. The challenge will be if the change being supported by engagement will be enough to avoid fossil fuel stocks becoming “value traps.”

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Active managers have distinct advantages when it comes to proxy voting and engagement, the most obvious being that active managers have a far smaller number of securities to cover than a passive manager. Further, through their research processes, active managers can incorporate

Campaign finance records fall quickly these days, as big money gets bigger and new records are set each election cycle. Still, what’s happening in 2020 is staggering.

According to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, over $3 billion has been raised so far for the presidential race, breaking previous records, and “dark money” groups whose largesse is harder to track are spending “unprecedented amounts of money to influence the 2020 election.” Deep blue California won’t see Donald Trump or Joe Biden on this year’s campaign trail, but its deep-pocketed donors from both parties are playing huge parts in the race for the White House.

And it’s not just federal spending charting new territory. Money to sway voters on statewide ballot measures is also flowing fast, with more than a half-billion dollars spent so far, according to an analysis by this news organization — the bulk of that on just three hotly contested propositions.

And there’s more than three weeks left before Election Day.

Here’s a look at where that big money comes from, and where it’s going:

 

Five mega-donors spent more than $100 million total electing Democrats

  1. Tom Steyer – $57,502,386
  2. Karla Jurvetson – $22,961,590
  3. George Marcus – $10,518,200
  4. Reid Hoffman & Michelle Yee – $9,583,374
  5. Edythe & Eli Broad – $6,178,800

The top five California contributors to Democrats have spent over $106 million on presidential and congressional races so far in the 2019-2020 federal election cycle, as of the first week of October.

The biggest individual spender from California is Tom Steyer, who funneled tens of millions of dollars into his own unsuccessful presidential campaign, as well as efforts to undermine and unseat President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress. The second biggest contributor is Karla Jurvetson, a Silicon Valley-based doctor and Democratic fundraiser who spent more than $14

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LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / September 30, 2020 / Compare-autoinsurance.org ( https://compare-autoinsurance.org ) has launched a new online guide that presents the top influential factors for auto insurance premiums.

The life of many would be harder without a car. To legally drive on the public roads of the US, drivers need car insurance. Insurance companies will analyze multiple factors before grating coverage to a driver. Some of these factors are under drivers’ control, while others are not.

The most influential factors that affect car insurance are the following:

  • The car drivers choose to insure. Drivers that have a perfect driving history, excellent credit score and they made no claims for a long time, will still pay a large amount of money if the cars they are driving are not considered safe. To lower their insurance premiums, drivers should avoid insuring expensive sports cars, limousines or cars that are considered unsafe by the insurers. Instead, they should insure slightly used minivans, sedans or SUV’s that are already equipped with several safety devices.
  • Driving experience. Drivers who just begun driving will be considered high-risk by the insurers and they will have to pay a lot on their insurance premiums. On the other hand, mature drivers between 40 and 65 years old that have some experience behind the wheel are considered to be the best drivers. For this reason, mature drivers will pay the lowest insurance premiums.
  • Driving history. Even a parking ticket can increase the price of insurance. Policyholders that didn’t receive any traffic fines or caused any car accidents in the past years will pay significantly lower insurance premiums than drivers that have multiple traffic violations in their driving history.
  • Policy

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