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The Center for Public Integrity is your source for intelligence on who’s trying to influence the direction of U.S politics in this extraordinary presidential election year.

This week our federal political reporters Michael Beckel and Carrie Levine are at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. As always our focus is on money and politics, who is paying to get access to your politicians and what are they receiving in return.

Michael and Carrie are updating “The Influence Diaries” we kicked off last week at at the Republican convention in Cleveland, detailing the corporations vying to get their messages in front of politicians at parties, receptions and other sorts of schmoozefests. Today, they’re writing about telecommunications giant Comcast, which has a huge presence in its home town. Among others pitching to the Democrats: Microsoft, AT&T and medical care provider Blue Cross Blue Shield.

There’s a much stronger corporate presence at the DNC than there was at the Republican get-together after several major companies apparently decided the messages from candidate Donald Trump were too divisive to risk associating their brands with at this juncture in the campaign.

Federal politics reporter Dave Levinthal reported from Cleveland last week, going where those who want to influence our politicians really didn’t want him to go.

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Our mission: To serve democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.

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Peter Bale was the Center for Public Integrity's CEO from 2015 to 2016.