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  • Ex-Lobbyists Have Key Obama Roles.

    WASHINGTON POST: Ex-Lobbyists Have Key Obama Roles. "Barack Obama campaigned on a pledge to change Washington, vowing to upend the K Street lobbying culture he encountered when he joined the U.S. Senate. But more than a dozen members of President-elect Obama's fast-growing transition team have worked as federally registered lobbyists within the past four years. They include former lobbyists for the nation's trial lawyers association, mortgage giant Fannie Mae, drug companies such as Amgen, high-tech firms such as Microsoft, labor unions and the liberal advocacy group Center for American Progress." Plus this artful phraseology: In a 2007 speech, he said...
  • Lobbyists struggle with Trump reality

    05/06/2016 8:21:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 6, 2016 | Megan R. Wilson
    Republican lobbyists in Washington are struggling to come to grips with the possibility of a Donald Trump presidency. “A lot of people woke up [on Wednesday] and went, 'Oh gosh. This is not a dream,’ ” said Jeff MacKinnon, a principal at Farragut Partners. “I don't think downtown was really prepared for it happening so quickly. It did catch people off guard.”
  • Bill Kristol: I Would Rather See Hillary Win Than Trump

    03/15/2016 2:15:31 PM PDT · by tflabo · 153 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Wednesday, 02 Mar 2016 | Todd Beamon
    Donald Trump would make "a terrible nominee and a terrible president" — and The Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol said Wednesday that he would rather have Hillary Clinton in the White House than the Republican front-runner.
  • Donald Trump: The lobbyists' dream come true

    01/28/2016 6:38:06 AM PST · by Isara · 60 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/26/16 | Timothy P. Carney
    "He's got the right personality," Bob Dole said of billionaire Donald Trump, "and he's kind of a deal-maker." Dole was the Republicans' Senate leader in the 1990s, and was the party's presidential candidate in 1996. Dole today is a corporate lobbyist. Dole's view - that Trump is fine, but conservative Sen. Ted Cruz is unacceptable - is the standard view in the Republican parts of K Street. Lobbyists prefer Trump to Cruz for many reasons, but the core of the issue is this: Trump will preserve the lobbyists' incomes and power, while Ted Cruz might crimp K Street's style. "We...
  • Opinion : Former US Congressman Makes Historic Visit to Iran

    02/12/2015 8:45:39 PM PST · by piasa · 30 replies
    Payvand Iran News ^ | February 12, 2015 | Barbara Slavin
    With little fanfare, another taboo in U.S.-Iran relations has shattered. Jim Slattery, a former six-term Democratic Congressman from Kansas, late last year became the first former or current American legislator to visit the Islamic Republic of Iran. In Tehran to attend a conference on countering violent extremism, Slattery encountered a largely friendly reception from both officials and ordinary Iranians and came back equipped to present a more realistic and upbeat depiction of Iranians than is usually found on Capitol Hill. Speaking Monday at the Atlantic Council in Washington, Slattery conceded that there are elements in Iran that still oppose any...
  • Don’t you worry about Mary Landrieu. She’ll be just fine [Hot commodity on K-street]

    12/10/2014 7:26:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/10/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Starting next month, Mary Landrieu is going to have a lot more time on her hands. That can be a great thing if you’re really looking forward to finally catching up on the Grand Theft Auto online game series, but such pursuits don’t really do much to pay the bills. The soon to be former Senator probably won’t have to worry about that too much, though. She’s reportedly a very hot topic on K Street . Mary Landrieu may have lost her Senate seat, but the Louisiana Democrat is a hot commodity on K Street. Several headhunters, veteran lobbyists...
  • ObamaCare’s architects reap windfall as Washington lobbyists (newly relevant)

    11/18/2014 4:40:33 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 25 August 2014 (relevant now) | Megan R. Wilson
    ObamaCare has become big business for an elite network of Washington lobbyists and consultants who helped shape the law from the inside. More than 30 former administration officials, lawmakers and congressional staffers who worked on the healthcare law have set up shop on K Street since 2010. ObamaCare has become big business for an elite network of Washington lobbyists and consultants who helped shape the law from the inside. More than 30 former administration officials, lawmakers and congressional staffers who worked on the healthcare law have set up shop on K Street since 2010.
  • House GOP Setting the Stage for Massive Crony Capitalist Pay Backs in a Lame Duck

    09/09/2014 10:54:17 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies ^ | 9/9/14 | Erick Erickson
    House Republicans are preparing a continuing resolution to keep the government open. In doing so, they’ve decided to be total sluts for K Street and Wall Street. The Crony Capitalists, emboldened by the Chamber of Commerce’s help during primary season, are doing some very unusual things. Here’s what I hear is happening. First, they will reauthorize the Ex-Im bank, which is something K Street is desperate to see happen. Second, current reports are that they will spend more than the original Paul Ryan — Patti Murray deal that had included a tax hike. However, that is subject to change. Third,...
  • The K Street President

    08/13/2014 6:11:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | August 13, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Wonder of wonders: The Washington press corps woke up. Finally, mainstream journalists are onto Barack Obama's game. Their breaking-news shocker? Turns out all that "hope and change" stuff was just hot air. A new report from the D.C.-based press shows that -- gasp -- the White House is infested with Beltway lobbyists. Good morning, sleepyheads! According to Politico's analysis published on Monday, the "Obama administration has hired about 70 previously registered corporate, trade association and for-hire lobbyists. And many of these former lobbyists work at the highest levels of government." Wait, there's more. The "most transparent administration ever" is playing...
  • Three Reasons Eric Cantor Quit Early

    08/05/2014 2:25:53 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 14 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 1, 2014 | Robert Tracinski
    Eric Cantor just announced that he is quitting his House seat on August 18. The remainder of his term is likely to be filled by a special election held on the same day as the election for the next term. It’s almost certain that Dave Brat, the Republican firebrand who beat Cantor in the primary, will win both and take office immediately after November 4. Why did Cantor quit? There are three reasons, and Larry Sabato notwithstanding, “generosity” to his successor isn’t one of them. 1) He’s given up on the lame duck session. The last week of this legislative...
  • Eric Cantor parties in Hamptons, campaigning for Wall Street job: report

    07/16/2014 1:16:08 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 7/16/14 | Terrence Cullen
    Pick a job, any job. Outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s career in Congress might be over, but he’s got plenty of suitors on Wall Street and in the National Republican Committee. Cantor was recently spotted at an exclusive Hamptons party, rubbing elbows with Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfien and billionaire investor Carl Icahn, according to Politico, and seemed to be pining for a finance job in New York. The seven-term congressman from Virginia lost his primary last month to Tea Party favorite Dave Brat. Cantor will step down from his leadership role at the end of July, but will...
  • John Boehner’s Brendan Buck joins AHIP as vice president

    05/13/2014 7:46:19 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | May 12, 2014 | By Mike Allen
    Brendan Buck, press secretary for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), on Monday was named vice president of communications for America’s Health Insurance Plans. “Brendan’s experience and skill set will allow him to hit the ground running on Day One,” AHIP President and CEO Karen Ignagni said. “He’s an effective communicator who knows how to tackle complex policy issues and skillfully navigate an ever-changing health care and media environment.”
  • Lobbyists kick in for Ready for Hillary

    04/05/2014 10:55:08 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 5 Apr 2014 | ANNA PALMER
    K Street is coming out for Hillary Clinton. Nearly 20 consultants and lobbyists are co-hosting a Ready for Hillary PAC fundraiser Thursday night at Capitol Hill restaurant Johnny’s Half Shell. Hosts and attendees are expected to contribute $2,500 and $1,000, respectively. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) is the “special guest” for the event. Many of the co-hosts for the event played prominent roles in the Bill Clinton administrations or have strong Democratic ties on Capitol Hill. David Jones, finance committee member of Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid, now at Capitol Counsel, along with veteran Clinton administration loyalists like Harold Ickes and Janice...
  • Chamber spent $50 million on lobbying amid push for immigration reform

    01/21/2014 12:13:12 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/21/14 | Kevin Bogardus
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent more than $50 million on lobbying last year as it pushed for action on immigration reform. Typically the biggest K Street spender in Washington, the business group funneled about $52.7 million toward lobbying efforts in 2013, according to disclosure records. In the last quarter of the year, the group spent almost $16.5 million. Some of that money went toward lobbying on immigration reform, which is a top legislative priority for the business community. The Chamber played an instrumental role in getting a comprehensive immigration reform bill through the Senate last year by helping the...
  • K Street sizes up retiring lawmakers

    12/22/2013 6:41:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 21, 2013 | Kevin Bogardus
    Retiring lawmakers are likely to find a tough job market next year on K Street. Several lawmakers — many of them veterans with centrist bonafides — plan to retire after the 2014 election, making them prime recruits for lobby firms, trade groups and corporate boards. While corporate headhunters see a future on K Street for many of the retiring lawmakers, they warn that sluggish lobbying revenues and gridlock on Capitol Hill are depressing demand. “With revenues down, it's not going to be as fruitful. It will slowly pick up but we are still in a slump when it comes to...
  • Why lawmakers love lobbyists and hate 'outside groups'

    12/17/2013 4:04:08 PM PST · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/17/2013 | TIMOTHY P. CARNEY
    Politicians like to say they hate lobbyists. This is false. They love lobbyists and they love being lobbied. What politicians hate is being lobbied in public, in earshot of their constituents.Keeping disagreements and policy debates behind the closed doors of Capitol Hill and K Street animates Democrats' fight for campaign finance restrictions. But it also lies at the heart of the Republican leadership's war with Tea Party groups.Take Byron Dorgan, the former Democratic senator. In his 2006 book he complained of “legions of lobbyists” bringing “barrels of political donations.” Dorgan's wife, Kimberly, has since 1999 been a lobbyist for the...
  • The Fight Remains About Obamacare

    10/11/2013 8:47:04 AM PDT · by JSDude1 · 7 replies
    Redstate ^ | October 11th, 2013 | Erick Erickson
    I stepped out last night, away from politics, to be the celebrity chef at a cooking school. It was refreshing to tune out the political world. But when I checked into my hotel after eleven last night, there was a backlog of weepy, crying emails from people ready to surrender. Why? Because the GOP has gone from being not liked to being not liked? Because this Congress has gone from being the worst ever to the worst ever? Surrender should not be an option. This fight has been and remains about Obamacare. A Republican Party fretting over polling should consider...
  • Tea Party loosens K Street's stranglehold on the GOP

    10/06/2013 12:04:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 5, 2013 | Timothy P. Carney
    How did the Republican Party become so splintered and so infused with hard-line conservatives? Don't blame redistricting. Don't chalk it up to anti-Obama fervor.Republicans have become an unruly bunch of scorched-earth conservatives because the Tea Party smashed the business lobby's monopoly on GOP fundraising.Here's a story of where the GOP used to be:Back in 2006, I asked a couple of conservative Republican congressmen to give blurbs for my book on corporate welfare. “My boss loves the book,” one of their top aides said, “but we’re not going to put his name on it." Why not, I asked. "Who do you...
  • There Are No Indispensable Men

    07/17/2013 4:45:05 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 20 replies
    Red State ^ | 7-16-2013 | Erick Erickson
    There are no indispensable men, but go to Washington and everyone treats everyone else as indispensable. Mitch McConnell and John Boehner have been in the United States Congress since 1985. In that time the national debt has grown from $1,823,103,000,000.00 to $16,066,241,407,385.89. In that time the GOP went from being the part of small government to the party of slightly smaller than the Democrats. No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, TARP, the General Motors bailout, and so much more happened on their watch. But they remain and voters who vote party and not person keep supporting them. But they...
  • K Street and GOP centrists: A Washington love story

    07/16/2013 7:33:35 PM PDT · by Bratch · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 16, 2013 | Timothy P. Carney
    Congressman-turned-lobbyist Steve LaTourette, speaking for moderate Republicans, has attacked the free-market and the stridently anti-establishment Club for Growth as "a cancer on the Republican Party."It's K Street versus the Tea Party again in the bitter civil war within the Republican Party.The Club for Growth came up as the scourge of liberal Republicans. In 2000, the group got behind conservative state legislator Scott Garrett, who was challenging liberal Republican Marge Roukema for the second time in a northern New Jersey district.Roukema edged out Garrett in the primary, but the threat of another primary challenge, backed by a more powerful Club for...
  • Sen. Marco Rubio on immigration bill: No 'parades' for me

    06/20/2013 5:41:15 AM PDT · by Old Yeller · 52 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/20/13 | Tal Kopan
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is defending his participation in the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill efforts, saying he knows it won’t win him any “parades” among conservatives, but it’s necessary. Speaking Wednesday night with Fox News’s Sean Hannity, Rubio said he understands why conservatives are skeptical of immigration reform. “Look, it’s obvious I didn’t do this for political gain. This is not something that’s going to gain me any parades. People are frustrated, and I do understand it. What I hope they understand is that I studied this issue carefully for almost two years and I concluded that what we...
  • History repeats itself, and this time, we are the NATIVES! Who is Cesar Conda?

    04/13/2013 12:55:35 PM PDT · by AuntB · 71 replies
    TheTownCrier ^ | April 13, 2013 | TheTownCrier
    A few years ago, I wrote a book, "Jesus Wept" an American Story. The story, in part, was about Cherokee Chief John Ross, a 1/8th Cherokee blood, white, blue eyed greedy tyrant. The more time goes on, the more he reminds me of Barak Obama. He was put in power by Major Ridge and some other realistic Cherokees, who thought the tribe, which functioned under a constitutional government, would fare better in Washington DC if represented by Ross who would be identified more with the white leaders. And for a time, that seemed to work. Until Ross got the taste...
  • K Street Republicans’ war on Palin

    07/31/2012 12:42:32 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | Tuesday July 31, 2012 | Rick Manning
    I’m getting sick of the rewriting of 2008 presidential campaign history as K Street Republicans continue to assault Sarah Palin in the fear that a similarly conservative Republican will rise to the top of the VP sweepstakes.   It has been so fashionable in D.C. Republican circles to bash the Palin nomination as a mistake, ill-conceived or even disastrous, that even Dick Chaney has gotten into the act.   These self-serving attempts to change history are nothing more than a smear campaign designed to influence the Romney VP pick by obscuring the truth that the choice of Sarah Palin to...
  • Tea With Terrorists?

    07/08/2010 5:47:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 8, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Homeland Security: President Obama promised lobbyists wouldn't run his White House. They're just doing it from across the street — at a Shariah-compliant coffee chain tied to a radical jihadist group. That's right: According to the New York Times, prominent K Street lobbyists are buttonholing Obama officials at a Caribou Coffee shop on Pennsylvania Avenue, raising far more than just ethics questions. What the Times story neglects to mention is that Caribou Coffee is a Shariah-compliant firm owned by an Islamic bank based in Bahrain. One of its founders and a current adviser are leaders in the radical Muslim Brotherhood....
  • How Hatch forced Microsoft to play K Street's game

    06/25/2012 7:00:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 24, 2012 | Timothy P. Carney
    "If you want to get involved in business," Sen. Orrin Hatch warned technology companies at a conference in 2000, "you should get involved in politics." Hatch was referring to the shortcomings of then-software king Microsoft, which he had spent most of the previous decade harassing from his perch as Judiciary Committee chairman. The message was clear: If you become successful, you must hire lobbyists, you must start a political action committee, and you must donate to politicians. Otherwise Washington will make your life very difficult.
  • K Street and Tea Party again fight for soul of GOP

    04/18/2012 7:28:20 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 4 replies ^ | 18 Apr 2012 | Timothy P. Carney
    Big business and the Tea Party are at swords' points once again, with GOP Senate primaries for the second straight election becoming proxy battles in the war over the soul of the Republican Party. Conservative insurgents pose serious threats this year to establishment Republicans in at least three open-seat Senate races. In every case, political action committees and lobbyists have hugely favored the establishment pick with contributions. One reason: The GOP establishment rallies industry donors behind the Republican seen as stronger in November. A deeper reason: The revolving-door clique of K Street and Capitol Hill operatives needs Republicans elected to...
  • Tester’s Bounty - Montana Dem tops in K Street Cash

    04/13/2012 12:25:11 PM PDT · by BigSkyFreeper · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 13, 2012 | Bill McMorris
    The lobbying industry’s favorite senator has turned Big Bank protections into a flood of campaign cash. Sen. Jon Tester (D., Mont.) received nearly $300,000 from lobbyists in 2012, making him the top recipient of K Street dollars, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Tester has denied the fact on multiple occasions, saying it is “not true.” But a Washington Free Beacon review of campaign contributions reveals that Tester leads all Senators in lobbying cash. He is also flush in contributions from Wall Street firms and big banks, ranking second in the Senate for commercial bank donations, third for credit...
  • Romney leads Santorum in lobbyist support

    Report highlights which lobbying firms back Romney in 2012 Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is the clear front-runner in picking up support from lobbyists at some of K Street’s most profitable firms, according to a report released last week by First Street Research Group. That’s based on the number of lobbyists in those firms who are advising Romney’s campaign, collecting or “bundling” contributions for him, and contributing money to the campaign. First Street, the political intelligence unit of CQ Press, compiled data from Federal Election Commission filings and conducted independent research on individual lobbyists who Romney and Rick Santorum have...
  • Santorum's provocative language could be obstacle

    02/15/2012 6:55:30 PM PST · by Mariner · 118 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 15th, 2012 | Ros Krasny
    BOSTON (Reuters) - Republican candidate Rick Santorum has won support from American conservatives for his views on social issues but a habit of hyperbole may lead to stumbles in his White House bid. In Boise, Idaho, on Tuesday, Santorum compared contraception to deodorant and soap when making a point about why he believes birth control should not be covered by health insurers. "Let's mandate that every insurance policy covers toothpaste. Deodorant. That might be a good idea, right? Have everyone cover deodorant, right? Soap. I mean, where do you stop?" Santorum also fell back on a well-worn Republican criticism that...
  • Romney doesn't rule out Santorum as veep

    02/15/2012 8:01:07 PM PST · by Fred · 77 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 021512 | Byron York
    Mitt Romney, whose campaign is preparing a multi-million dollar wave of negative advertising to persuade voters that Rick Santorum should not be president, says he is open to the possibility of choosing Santorum to be his running mate should Romney win the Republican nomination. Romney appeared on Fox News Wednesday morning and was asked, "You and Rick Santorum, we haven't seen you go head-to-head yet…In the big picture, could you see a scenario where you two team up?" "Oh, I think it's always possible to have people come together in our party, whether it's Rick and I, or others in...
  • Santorum revels in sudden support-but how deep?

    02/14/2012 9:03:29 PM PST · by VinL · 17 replies
    Star Telegram ^ | 2-14-12 | Peoples
    The latest Republican to surge in polls, Rick Santorum is trying to turn his newfound strength into something lasting. Curious Republicans now pack his rallies. Supporters have funneled nearly $4 million to his formerly empty campaign account over the past seven days. And his staff is plotting an aggressive strategy to challenge Mitt Romney in Romney's native Michigan and beyond. But things don't look so strong just beneath the surface. Santorum is underfunded and outmanned. He's still lacking in organization, a month and a half into the primary season. And, after he won three contests in a single day last...
  • Gingrich says Santorum 'completely misunderstands' modern warfare

    02/14/2012 7:20:22 PM PST · by VinL · 142 replies · 4+ views
    First Read ^ | 2-14-12 | Moe
    Newt Gingrich criticized Republican rival Rick Santorum on Tuesday afternoon for his “complete misunderstanding of modern warfare” over the former Pennsylvania senator’s remarks on women in combat. Santorum on Thursday said he had “concerns about women in frontline combat.” “I think that could be a very compromising situation … where people naturally, you know, may do things that may not be in the interests of the mission because of other types of emotions that are involved,” Santorum told CNN’s John King. Gingrich fired back at Santorum, calling his credentials to be commander in chief into question during a press availability...
  • Richard A. Viguerie: Romney’s Real Bain Capital Problem is His Hypocrisy

    01/13/2012 1:16:41 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Politico - Arena ^ | January 12, 2012 | Richard A. Viguerie
    Mitt Romney has been quick to justify his record of laying-off workers and closing plants as CEO of Bain Capital by wrapping himself in the “creative destruction” of free market capitalism But Romney’s idea of capitalism is that you can fire workers and strip companies on the way up, and then if you are big and influential enough, demand taxpaying workers bail you out on the way down. While Romney’s supporters are putting up a heavy smoke screen, Tea partiers should understand that, as a supporter of the TARP Wall Street bailout, Romney’s “creative destruction” only applies to Main Street,...
  • Rick Perry casts Mitt Romney as a greedy Wall Street 'vulture'

    01/10/2012 2:01:16 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 10, 2012 | Michael Finnegan
    ....Perry started slashing away at Romney’s record as chief executive at Bain Capital on Monday, but was more caustic Tuesday in condemning the firm’s practice of making money in corporate takeover deals that sometimes triggered job losses. "They’re vultures that are sitting out there on the tree limb, waiting for the company to get sick, and then they sweep in, they eat the carcass, they leave with that, and they leave the skeleton,” Perry told about 100 seniors here at the Sun City retirement complex. ......Perry went on to castigate the Obama administration for allegedly failing to stop “self-dealing” on...
  • Bush energy advisers go to Romney (Bushbot RINOs lining up to kneel before Romney)

    11/13/2011 8:08:11 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 2011-11-13 | Darren Samuelsohn
    George W. Bush-era energy policy wonks are finding a new home with Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor can count on support from a who’s who of former Bush officials willing to raise money, brainstorm policy ideas and generally help spread the word among the ranks of like-minded GOP energy experts. Already on board the Romney train are Jim Connaughton, who ran Bush’s White House Council on Environmental Quality for all eight years; former Assistant Energy Secretary Andy Karsner; former EPA air chief Jeff Holmstead; and former EPA congressional affairs liaison Edward Krenik. The former Bush officials all told POLITICO...
  • CBS, Jack Abramoff Interview Highlights DC Corruption

    11/09/2011 9:17:25 AM PST · by radioone · 5 replies
    A Time For Choosing (wordpress) ^ | 11-8-11 | Stacy Drake
    On October 29th, when I sat on a panel during the first ever Grizzly Fest Summit, I spoke about being “disillusioned” with the state of politics and Washington DC prior to learning about Governor Palin in 2007. Disgraced former high-power DC lobbyist Jack Abramoff had a lot to do with that because as the Washington Post described back in 2006 (emphasis): Former Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison on March 29, after pleading guilty to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials in a deal that requires him to cooperate...
  • Bundlers poised for power over supercommittee (Patty Murray)

    09/20/2011 12:08:38 PM PDT · by bronxville · 7 replies
    politico ^ | 09-18-2011 | ANNA PALMER & MANU RAJU |
    [...]Take AT&T, for example. The telecommunications giant is pushing for the supercommittee to increase wireless spectrum, reform corporate tax and minimize government regulation. The company, which is also in the midst of fighting for its merger with T-Mobile, bundled $71,000 for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee through the first six months of this year and $20,750 last year for Washington Sen. Patty Murray, who co-chairs the supercommittee and runs the campaign arm that is charged with maintaining a Senate majority next November. In fact, Murray received the most bundled contributions of any individual supercommittee lawmaker since last year, also taking...
  • Cowardly Republican Senate Aides Begin Attacking Jim DeMint

    09/16/2010 6:25:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    RedState ^ | September 16, 2010 | Erick Erickson
    It has begun. Republican Senate aides who desperately want the majority back so they can add an extra zero to their eventual K-Street salary package once they stop prostituting themselves to lobbyists and instead become lobbyists prostituting themselves to squishy Republicans are attacking Jim DeMint. In addition to their own self-interest, you can be sure they are expressing their bosses’ frustrations.Now, you and I both know that Jim DeMint swooping in at the last minute to endorse Christine O’Donnell had as much to do with her victory as a butterfly flapping its wings in China 340 years ago last Monday....
  • White House Accused of Violating Disclosure Laws With “Off-Campus” Lobbyist Meetings

    06/29/2010 10:25:11 AM PDT · by · 4 replies
    Eyeblast TV ^ | 7/29/2010 | Joe Schoffstall
    The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a government watchdog group, says the White House is committing “willful violations” of federal and presidential records acts, along with violating disclosure laws, and is calling for a congressional oversight hearing into administration officials meetings with lobbyists. The problem arises from White House officials having met with K- Street lobbyists hundreds of times over the past 18 months at “off-campus” coffee shops. Some lobbyists claimed they frequently receive e-mails from White House staff members’ personal accounts, rather than from their official White House accounts. CREW says this is “an apparent attempt...
  • K Street reaps major rewards from healthcare reform legislation

    03/26/2010 9:11:15 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 225+ views
    The Hill ^ | 3/26/10 | Jim Snyder
    K Street appears to have cashed in on the lengthy battle over healthcare reform. About 1,750 businesses and organizations spent at least $1.2 billion in 2009 to lobby on health reform and other issues, according to a study from the Center for Public Integrity released Friday. A precise figure isn’t available because lobbying disclosure forms don’t require companies or other groups to itemize how much they spend to lobby on a particular issue. The largest lobbying firm in terms of revenue, Patton Boggs, set the pace in healthcare lobbying too, according to the Center. Fifty-three clients paid Patton Boggs $7.68...
  • J Street launches campaign in support of tough U.S. stand on Israel

    03/17/2010 9:41:44 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 11 replies · 232+ views
    Haaretz ^ | March 17, 2010 | Natasha Mozgovaya
    J Street has launched a campaign in support of Washington's firm stance on Israel's latest approved building plan in East Jerusalem, the dovish U.S. pro-Israel lobby announced on Tuesday. Israel's announcement of plans to build 1,600 housing units in East Jerusalem strained ties with the U.S., which has said it regarded last week's decision - made public while Vice President Joe Biden was in Israel - as an insult. Recent U.S.-Israel tensions were used by "hawkish pro-Israel activists," according to the announcement posted on J Street's website, "to attack the Obama Administration over Israel, urging the Administration to slow down...
  • Big bucks for K St. in 2009

    01/21/2010 6:34:28 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 2 replies · 256+ views
    The Hill ^ | January 21, 2010 | Kevin Bogardus
    K Street prospered in 2009 despite the lingering recession, as many firms reported sharp revenue increases thanks to a busy Democratic agenda. On Wednesday, at least 19 firms reported growth in their lobbying revenue from 2008 to 2009, according to new records released under the Lobbying Disclosure Act. Lobbyists credited the surge in revenue to Washington actively looking to turn around the downturn as well as an aggressive legislative agenda by the incoming Obama administration and substantial Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress. “It was an amazing year in terms of the number of things that came up and...
  • Countrywide inquiry broadens (the net widens including mid-level Hill staffers and bureaucrats)

    10/26/2009 4:57:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 985+ views ^ | 10/26/09 | Jake Sherman
    A wide ranging congressional investigation into Countrywide Financial will dig into how the mortgage giant went about picking government officials to offer its VIP program, according to aides involved with the inquiry. Thanks to an agreement between Republicans and Democrats reached late Friday night, any name of a member of Congress involved in the VIP program will head straight to the ethics committee, while redacted copies of those documents will be given to the House Oversight and Government Reform. But the committee has cast a much wider net, looking into whether lobbyists or others in Washington helped identify mid-level Hill...
  • K Street, watchdogs praise new lobbying rules

    05/30/2009 4:11:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 332+ views
    The Hill ^ | 5/30/09 | Kevin Bogardus
    Lobbyists and government watchdogs are applauding revisions made by the White House on Friday to lobbying restrictions on stimulus funds. After completing a 60-day review last week, the administration modified the rules to extend a speaking ban not just to lobbyists but to others who contact government officials about specific stimulus projects. But that ban only occurs now after a grant application has been filed for the project. Those interested in the project have to file their views in writing with administration officials, which will then be disclosed on the Internet. All contacts with lobbyists will still have to be...
  • Washington lobbying booms as economy tanks

    12/23/2008 12:20:08 PM PST · by BGHater · 2 replies · 372+ views
    The Hill ^ | 23 Dec 2008 | Alexander Bolton
    Washington’s influence industry is humming steadily while the national economy is declining in what several economists predict will be the worst recession in 50 years. More than half a million Americans lost jobs last month, and the value of most 401(k) plans plunged, yet government and public-relations pros in town expect to make a lot of money over the next two years. Fueling the industry along K Street is an anticipation of sweeping changes that President-elect Obama and the newly emboldened Democratic Congress will pursue together — from ending Bush-administration tax cuts to enacting the broad health reforms proposed during...
  • DC: Trade groups change leaders on K Street

    11/14/2008 5:15:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 180+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11/14/08 | Kevin Bogardus
    Three major trade associations announced a changeover in leadership Friday as Washington prepares for a new administration and a Congress with extended Democratic majorities in both houses. Frank Bowman resigned as president and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute. Bowman was selected as the leader of NEI in August 2004. “After much deliberation about the right course of leadership for our industry and the Nuclear Energy Institute during this period of dramatic change in Congress and the White House, I am resigning as president and chief executive officer at the Nuclear Energy Institute,” Bowman wrote in his resignation...
  • Hillary's Mystery Money Men (Alan Quasha, Hassan Nemazee)

    10/18/2007 4:19:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies · 3,744+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 10/18/07 | Russ Baker & Adam Federman
    Hillary's Mystery Money MenRuss Baker & Adam Federman Thu Oct 18, 2:04 PM ET The Nation -- In the Clintons' pursuit of power, there is no such thing as a strange bedfellow. One recently exposed inamorata was Norman Hsu, the mysterious businessman from Hong Kong who brought in $850,000 to Hillary Clinton's campaign before being unmasked as a fugitive. Her campaign dismissed Hsu as someone who'd slipped through the cracks of an otherwise unimpeachable system for vetting donors, and perhaps he was. The same cannot be said for the notorious financier Alan Quasha, whose involvement with Clinton is at least...
  • UNPRECEDENTED AND SECRETIVE (The Obama team's secretive K Street Project.)

    11/07/2008 2:27:08 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 49 replies · 3,148+ views
    Lost amid all of the jubilation of the Obama victory was the announcement by the Obama transition team that it had set up a separate transition program beyond the one that is paid for by the American taxpayer. Called the "Obama/Biden Transition Project," it is a 501(c)4 tax-exempt organization, with no limits on the contributions it can receive and no requirements to divulge the names of individuals or organizations that give it money. Traditionally, the victorious campaign has set up inaugural funds, as well as funds to deal with legal costs and other expenses to close down the campaign. Others...
  • Obama win means change for K Street

    11/06/2008 5:55:24 AM PST · by flattorney · 13 replies · 1,361+ views
    The Hill ^ | November 5, 2008 | Jim Snyder/Kevin Bogardus
    A Barack Obama presidency and stronger Democratic majorities on Capitol Hill signal a power shift beyond the White House and Congress. Expect new faces in corporate offices and trade association suites downtown, even if Democrats don’t imitate the K Street Project, the campaign by Republicans to fill lobbying slots with their own. The shift was already under way before Tuesday, prompted by the Democratic takeover of Congress two years ago, though the impact of that victory has been mostly limited to a move away from the all-GOP business model and toward shops that offered well-connected Democrats. Corporate offices and trade...
  • Ex-lobbyist Abramoff sentenced to four years by judge

    09/04/2008 1:37:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 172+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/4/08 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, whose corruption scandal shook up Washington's power elite and contributed to the Republican loss of control in Congress, was sentenced on Thursday to four years in federal prison. Judge Ellen Huvelle issued the sentence on conspiracy and other charges after federal prosecutors recommended leniency due to Abramoff's cooperation in pursuing corruption cases against lawmakers and former administration officials. He faced a maximum of 11 years under a plea deal reached in 2006.