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  • ATR and AWF Call for the Investigation of SEIU President Andy Stern

    11/16/2009 8:32:07 AM PST · by U of IL Conservative · 8 replies · 660+ views
    Americans for Tax Reform ^ | Monday, November 16, 2009 | Brian Johnson
    Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and the Alliance for Worker Freedom (AWF) formally requested an investigation by the acting United States Attorney Channing D. Phillips, Esq., into the potentially illegal lobbying activities of the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) President Andy Stern. In a letter hand delivered to the U.S. Attorney’s office, the Senate Secretary and the House Clerk, ATR President Grover Norquist and AWF Executive Director Brian Johnson wrote: By this letter, we urge you to investigate the activities of Mr. Andy Stern, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), regarding meetings and other lobbying contacts with...
  • John Cox, Former Presidential Candidate and Successful Businessman, Says Lobbying Out Of Control

    11/11/2009 4:40:14 AM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 4 replies · 317+ views ^ | Nov. 11, 2009 | John Cox
    Career Politicians Rely on Lobbying For Reelection: Founding Fathers Foresaw This Problem Op-Ed by John Cox John Cox is a highly successful businessman. Cox ran in the Illinois GOP U.S. Senate Primary in 2004 and was a presidential candidate in 2008. Marty Russo was my Congressman many years ago. He is correct; the Constitution does give us the right to address our grievances and lobbying on issues does serve a good purpose. The problem is not with the lobbyists; it is with the career politicians we elect who agree to be bought. Why? Because they want to get re-elected and...
  • Study: Lobbyists are quitting at record pace

    11/02/2009 10:54:08 AM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies · 806+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11/2/2009 | Eric Zimmerman
    Lobbyists are quitting the business at a record pace, according to a study released Monday. Over 1,400 lobbyists "deregistered" with Congress in the second quarter of 2009, according to a study conducted jointly by the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) and OMB Watch. Typically, only a few hundred lobbyists quit each quarter. The giant spike in resignations came just after the Obama administration instituted strict new rules on lobbyist activity. The White House banned employees from receiving gifts from lobbyists and announced that any lobbyist hired by the executive branch could not work on the same issues on which he...
  • AT&T lobbyist asks employees, their families and friends to protest net neutrality rules

    10/21/2009 10:42:06 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 3 replies · 312+ views
    Washingon Post ^ | 20 October 2009 | Cecilia King
    AT&T's top lobbyist, Jim Cicconi, sent a letter to all of the telecom giant's 300,000 employees on Sunday, urging them to express their concerns over a net neutrality proposal under consideration by the Federal Communications Commission. Check out his letter and comments on the Actuarian Outpost Web site. The letter was the latest move in a lobbying frenzy days before the FCC votes on a proposal to create new net neutrality regulations. High-tech giants wrote to the agency to support the rules, while dozens of lawmakers from both parties have protested the rules as potentially dangerout to economic growth. "We...
  • Commentary: Ethics Reform Under Scrutiny

    10/16/2009 10:42:26 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 253+ views
    Campus Report ^ | October 16, 2009 | Brittany Fortier
    Commentary: Ethics Reform Under Scrutiny Brittany Fortier, October 16, 2009 During his campaign last year, President Obama said that he was “running to tell the lobbyists in Washington that their days of setting the agenda are over.” With numerous questionable Cabinet appointees, 32 czars (and counting) who do not have to answer to Congress, and scandals involving organizations affiliated with the President (e.g., Acorn), how effective has Obama been at keeping his promise? Norm Eisen, Special Counsel for Ethics and Government Reform at the White House, spoke about President Obama’s sweeping ethics reform plan at the Center for American Progress...
  • Hobby Lobby

    10/15/2009 9:52:01 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 9 replies · 423+ views
    Campus Report ^ | October 15, 2009 | Brittany Fortier
    Hobby Lobby Brittany Fortier, October 15, 2009 Are lobbyists discouraging some of the best and brightest in the private sector from working for the government? The Center for American Progress (CAP) hosted a conference on September 14, 2009 to discuss the role that special interests have in shaping American policy and whether current laws are effective in restraining excessive abuses of the system. Bob Kaiser, Associate Editor and Senior Correspondent for the Washington Post and author of So Damn Much Money: The Triumph of Lobbying and the Corrosion of American Government, argued that the main purpose of today’s lobbyist is...
  • 'Now we have proof' jihadis infiltrating D.C.

    10/14/2009 8:22:52 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 30 replies · 1,727+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | October 14, 2009 | WorldNetDaily
    In the wake of the sensational ACORN video sting operation by two young investigators, an even more daring, dangerous and devastating undercover investigation – this one infiltrating the nation's most aggressive Muslim "civil rights" organization for six months – has resulted in stunning revelations about the supposedly "moderate" group, backed up by 12,000 pages of documents and 300 hours of covert video obtained during the secret op. As revealed in a new book detailing the operation and its findings, the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, is not the beneficent Muslim civil-rights group it claims to be. Rather,...
  • House Republicans accuse Muslim group of trying to plant spies

    10/14/2009 8:37:31 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies · 1,714+ views
    House Republicans accuse Muslim group of trying to plant spies By Jordy Yager - 10/14/09 11:01 AM ET Four House Republicans are accusing a Muslim advocacy group of trying to plant spies. Republican members of the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus say the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), tried to plant “spies” within key national security committees to shape legislative policy in its favor. Reps. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.), John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) and Paul Broun (R-Ga.), and Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) - citing the recently released book, “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld that's Conspiring to Islamize America” – called for the House...
  • Wall Street Money Rains on Schumer

    09/28/2009 10:14:11 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 543+ views
    NBC New York ^ | Mon, Sep 28, 2009 | LISA LERER and VICTORIA MCGRANE
    Democrat's $1.65 million take from the financial services industry is nearly twice that of any other senator's Wall Street has showered nearly $11 million on the Senate since the beginning of the year, and more than 15 percent of it has gone to a single senator: Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York. Schumer’s $1.65 million take from the financial services industry is nearly twice that of any other senator's — and more than five times what the industry gave to any single Republican senator. While the industry has scaled back its political spending in the wake of last year’s economic...
  • Bailed-out banks lobby hard to stave off limits

    09/27/2009 9:19:46 PM PDT · by Saije · 3 replies · 428+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 9/27/2009 | Michael Kranish
    The meeting with Bank of America executives came less than a year after American taxpayers rescued the institution with a $45 billion emergency bailout. The subject was derivatives, the complex securities that helped trigger Wall Street’s crisis and drag the country to the edge of an economic abyss. The guest of honor: Barney Frank. The bankers wanted to be sure that Representative Frank, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, would not attempt to clamp down excessively on derivatives trading. Frank said he left the session pledging to keep in mind their “legitimate’’ concerns. “It was not lobbying politically,’’...
  • Help Figure Out Who Has Been Lobbying Obama

    09/06/2009 10:04:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies · 1,420+ views
    NBC ^ | Sun, Sep 6, 2009 | BILL DEDMAN
    Here's your chance to find out who has been visiting the White HouseHere's your chance to help figure out who has been visiting the people's house during the early months of the Obama administration. Although President Barack Obama has announced that he will make public the names of visitors to the White House, there's a catch. Under the new White House policy, names of visitors during the first eight months of the administration will be released only if the requests include specific names to be checked against the visitor logs. In other words, if you don't know who visited, or...
  • Adding it up: The Top Players in Foreign Agent Lobbying

    08/18/2009 1:17:16 PM PDT · by BGHater · 1 replies · 258+ views
    ProPublica ^ | 18 Aug 2009 | Anupama Narayanswamy and Luke Rosiak
    It isn’t just U.S. companies or groups that push for their causes on Capitol Hill. Thousands of times each year, lobbyists for foreign governments and other overseas organizations reach out to members of Congress and other U.S. leaders to make their case on issues important to them.But counting up those thousands of contacts hasn’t been easy. Records detailing what foreign entities are lobbying, who they’re contacting and why are filed on paper forms, sometimes in handwriting that’s little more than a scrawl. After prodding from open-government groups, the Department of Justice put scanned copies of the forms on its Web...
  • Obama Staffer Speaks at Planned Parenthood Event, Urges Pro-Abortion Lobbying

    07/23/2009 8:50:46 AM PDT · by julieee · 7 replies · 395+ views ^ | July 23, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Obama Staffer Speaks at Planned Parenthood Event, Urges Pro-Abortion Lobbying Washington, DC -- A top official with the administration of pro-abortion President Barack Obama spoke to gathering of Planned Parenthood activists last week. There, she promised leaders of the abortion business that Obama is a pro-abortion president and urged them to continue their pro-abortion lobbying efforts. See
  • GM is lobbying at 98.6% of its prior levels

    07/20/2009 12:34:48 PM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 6 replies · 612+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 07-20-2009 | Timothy P. Carney
    General Motors reduced its lobbying spending in the second quarter by only 1.4% compared to the first quarter, even though the second quarter saw the company go bankrupt, be taken over by the government, and announce it was cancelling its outside lobbying contracts. In April, May, and June, GM spent $2,760,000 on lobbying according to its Q2 lobbying filing, compared to $2,800,000 in the first quarter.
  • Lobbying Probe Of Bridgeport Diocese Loses Momentum

    07/01/2009 6:21:53 AM PDT · by CT-Freeper · 1 replies · 328+ views
    The Hartford Courant ^ | 07/01/2009 | JOSH KOVNER
    State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has advised ethics officials to drop an investigation of whether a protest rally and other actions by the Diocese of Bridgeport constitutes lobbying, saying that the lobbying law is too broad and could violate freedom of religion in this instance. Blumenthal said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon that it's possible the church's activities fall under the lobby registration law — the diocese, for example, might have spent over the threshold of $2,000 booking buses to take parishioners to a rally at the Capitol in March to protest a bill that would have dramatically changed...
  • Lobbyists Help SEC Celebrate

    06/30/2009 11:34:11 AM PDT · by AIM Freeper · 240+ views
    Accuracy In Media ^ | June 30, 2009 | Don Irvine
    The Securities and Exchange Commission celebrated its 75th anniversary with lavish gala largely paid for by law firms and lobbyists. From the Politico By all accounts, it was an excellent evening. For the 75th anniversary of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the SEC’s Historical Society — an independent, nonprofit organization — threw a lavish dinner for 950 at the National Building Museum. Critics, though, might gawk at the spectacle of a commission that’s been criticized as too close to industry celebrating itself in a dinner paid for largely by firms that have business before it.
  • Obama’s stimulus: The Lobbyist Enrichment Act ( Lobbying = unintended consequence of big government

    06/20/2009 3:25:04 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 3 replies · 402+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 17th | Timothy P Carney
    For example, the National Association of Home Builders hired Baker & Hostetler a week after Barack Obama’s inauguration to lobby explicitly on the stimulus bill, which, in the end, included an $8,000 credit for home purchases. Better Place Inc. is an electric car company that hired its first lobbyist — Steve McBee, a former staffer for House appropriator Norm Dicks, D-Wash. — to push for electric car incentives in the stimulus. The resulting cornucopia included an expanded tax credit for plug-in cars, $2 billion in funding for electric car batteries and $400 million to build an electric car infrastructure, complete...
  • Auto lender GMAC spent $410,000 lobbying federal government in first quarter

    06/04/2009 9:43:17 AM PDT · by lifeisacarnival · 4 replies · 367+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 06-04-2009 | AP
    Big auto and mortgage lender GMAC LLC, which has received $12.5 billion in federal bailout aid, spent $410,000 lobbying in the first quarter on legislation putting restrictions on companies receiving the rescue money, its restructuring as a bank holding company and other issues, according to a recent disclosure report.
  • 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...
  • Obama’s hidden bailout of General Electric ( Cap and trade taxes )

    05/27/2009 2:29:12 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 21 replies · 1,633+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 3rd | Timothy P Carney
    While many companies hire lobbyists to win earmarks, General Electric’s unmatched lobbying force has secured a tax increase — or its equivalent — in President Barack Obama’s budget. Labeled “climate revenues” and totaling $646 billion over eight years, this line item in Obama’s budget has inspired confidence in GE Chief Executive Officer Jeff Immelt. As Immelt put it in a letter this week, he believes that the Obama administration will be a profitable “financier” and “key partner.” On page 115 of Obama’s fiscal 2010 budget is Table S-2, titled “Effect of Budget Proposals on Projected Deficits.” The chart forecasts the...
  • Democrats not shy about chasing cash

    05/24/2009 3:58:32 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 3 replies · 343+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | May 24, 2009 | Jim Siegel
    Democrats not shy about chasing cash Despite recession, lobbyists note increase in requests for campaign contributions Sunday, May 24, 2009 3:38 AM By Jim Siegel Ohio House Democrats returned to power in January after 14 years in the minority and brought with them an aggressive fundraising style that some lobbyists wish they had left behind. More than a half-dozen lobbyists, some independent and some representing influential trade groups, say House Speaker Armond Budish and his team are asking for "outrageous" amounts of campaign cash -- setting unprecedented goals and telling some groups they need to give House Democrats as much...
  • Congressional Corruption Outlined

    05/20/2009 12:40:59 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 204+ views
    Campus Report ^ | May 20, 2009 | Bethany Stotts
    Congressional Corruption Outlined by: Bethany Stotts, May 20, 2009 Does lobbying represent a corrupt special interest, a neutral force, or a beneficial component of democracy in Washington, DC? George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley defended lobbying as a beneficial part of Madisonian political competition in a May speech at GWU. “In fact the lobbyists fit within the Madisonian view. Lobbyists are perfect,” Prof. Turley argued, later continuing, “That’s a good thing because it allows factional interests to be expressed clearly and effectively in Congress and what you have to do is try to make sure every one has that...
  • Despite meltdown, lobbying a growth industry in NY

    05/08/2009 7:29:06 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 2 replies · 248+ views
    News Day ^ | May 7th
    A lobbying report shows special interests spent nearly $174 million last year trying to sway policy in New York state government. The annual report from the state Commission on Public Integrity says that's a $3 million increase and compares to a $20 million jump in lobbyist spending from 2006 to 2007.
  • The Obama era brings boom times for lobbyists

    03/17/2009 9:29:55 PM PDT · by advance_copy · 8 replies · 471+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/17/09 | Timothy P. Carney
    Early numbers suggest that the first quarter of 2009 has seen lobbying in the nation’s capital spike by nearly 22 percent over last year, which would be the largest ever increase in lobbying activity — and a strong indication that President Barack Obama has helped usher in a Golden Era for K Street. Between Jan. 1 and March 16 this year, the Senate Office of Public Records received 1,381 new lobbying registrations, which include new lobbying firms, new clients at existing firms, and businesses hiring their first lobbyists. This is the largest batch of new registrations since 1999, the first...
  • Ethanol Producers Press for Higher Limits(ethanol for 15% of motor fuel)

    03/08/2009 1:28:40 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 31 replies · 760+ views
    WP ^ | 03/06/09 | Steven Mufson
    Ethanol Producers Press for Higher Limits By Steven Mufson Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, March 6, 2009; Page D01 The nation's ethanol producers are urging the Obama administration to raise the 10 percent limit on ethanol in motor fuel to 15 percent or more, a move they hope will create new demand at a time when many distilleries are idle. The producers say higher ethanol blends would help create jobs and reduce petroleum imports. Moreover, without a change in the 10 percent limit, ethanol makers say it could be difficult to fulfill a congressional mandate for renewable fuel use and...
  • Obama’s New Jobs Success: For Creating New Lobbyist Jobs, That Is

    03/03/2009 9:57:45 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 5 replies · 395+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 3/03/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    Well, President Obama really does have some success at new jobs creation that he can proudly point to as evidence that his "stimulus" is working. Apparently, Democrat staffers are fleeing the Hill for K Street, that swanky address where so many lobbying firms have taken up residence in D.C. Not only have Democrat aides been finding some great new jobs in lobbying firms, but they’re getting premium salaries, to boot. These Democrat aids turned lobbyists are commanding $350,000 to $450,000 salaries on K Street. Chris Frates of Politico is reporting that Democrat aides are "hot commodities" as new employees for...
  • Murtha PMA Lobbying scandal: Dems vote not to investigate

    03/01/2009 12:28:06 PM PST · by AndrewWalden · 7 replies · 658+ views
    Hawai`i Free Press ^ | 2-26-09 | National Republican Campaign Committee
    Washington– Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) today continued to back-track on his empty promises to clean up corruption in Congress when he voted to kill a resolution introduced by Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) that would “investigate the relationship between earmark requests already made by Members and the source and timing of past contributions.” The resolution came after a series of reports in the media indicated there was a vast network of corrupt Democratic lawmakers engaging in pay-to-play schemes on behalf of the PMA Group. As indicated in the resolution, the Washington Post reported on February 14, 2009 that they “examined contributions...
  • Michigan Proposed House Bill No. 6394 (Very Dangerous)

    02/21/2009 5:07:20 AM PST · by paratrooper82 · 22 replies · 1,691+ views
    Michigan Registar ^ | September 03, 2008 | Kevin Elsenheimer
    HOUSE BILL No. 6394 September 3, 2008, Introduced by Reps. Elsenheimer and Walker and referred to the Committee on Intergovernmental, Urban and Regional Affairs. A bill to amend 2006 PA 110, entitled "Michigan zoning enabling act," (MCL 125.3101 to 125.3702) by adding section 409.
  • Texas Businessman (Sir Alan Stanford) Sought Influence in Corridors of Capitol

    02/18/2009 3:25:33 AM PST · by Zakeet · 9 replies · 1,050+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 18, 2089 | Glenn R. Simpson and T.W. Farnam
    Texas businessman R. Allen Stanford, whose multibillion-dollar investment empire was ordered seized Monday by a federal judge, has long enjoyed big influence in Washington thanks to a steady supply of campaign contributions, Caribbean trips for lawmakers and fees to lobbying firms. Mr. Stanford and his affiliated companies have spent more than $5 million on lobbying fees since 2000, federal records show. The businessman and his top executives have also contributed at least $2 million to candidates, including key lawmakers, and additional thousands of dollars on jets and resorts. The businessman's primary goal for the last three to four years...
  • CA: Interest groups’ lobbying tally tops $500 million (during the 2007-08 legislative session)

    02/12/2009 9:30:44 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 313+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 2/12/09 | Anthony York
    California labor unions, business associations and other interest groups spent more than $558 million – about $764,000 a day – to influence California government during the 2007-08 legislative session, according to state records analyzed by Capitol Weekly. Leading the way was the Service Employees International Union which spent $10.9 million over the two-year period. The Western States Petroleum Association, which represents oil and gas companies, spent $10.5 million over the same biennial span. Rounding out the list of top five spenders was the California Teachers Association ($7.9 million), the Bromine Science and Environmental Forum ($6.5 million), and the California Hospital...
  • Is Daschle’s Nomination DOA?

    02/03/2009 5:43:40 AM PST · by theothercheek · 37 replies · 809+ views
    The Stiletto Blog ^ | February 2, 2009 | The Stiletto
    Tom Daschle, Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services, may be that proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back.Timothy Geithner’s chiseling was overlooked by a Senate more driven by fear that they won’t be re-elected if their constituents are all jobless than by disgust that a man who consciously avoided paying his fair share of taxes for years will be running the I.R.S. Then Obama immediately made exceptions to his executive order barring lobbyists from the executive branch by tapping Raytheon lobbyist William J. Lynn III to be Deputy Secretary of Defense and anti-tobacco lobbyist...
  • Lobbying Rules Complicate Lynn Nomination

    01/21/2009 8:05:48 PM PST · by Perdogg · 3 replies · 563+ views
    CQ politics ^ | Jan. 21, 2009 – 6:55 p.m. | By Josh Rogin, CQ Staff
    President Obama’s new lobbying rules are fueling the concerns of senators from both parties regarding the nomination of William Lynn to become deputy defense secretary. Obama signed an executive order Wednesday strengthening the restrictions on lobbyists and former lobbyists entering his administration. “If you are a lobbyist entering my administration, you will not be able to work on matters you lobbied on, or in the agencies you lobbied, during the previous two years,” Obama said in a press conference.
  • Obama’s secret telecom advisor pushing his company’s interest

    01/17/2009 9:56:56 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 8 replies · 583+ views ^ | 1/16/09 11:04 AM | Timothy P. Carney
    telecommunications company has confirmed for this columnist that its vice president for policy—who is also an Obama donor and a former lobbyist—is advising Barack Obama’s transition team on telecom policy. Obama’s transition team, which has failed to disclose this executive’s involvement, happens to have proposed a significant change in telecom policy that will profit that very company, called Clearwire. By pushing to delay the long-scheduled transition of television broadcasting from analog signals to digital signals, president-elect Obama is directly aiding Sprint and its partner Clearwire while hurting Verizon. Clearwire’s executive vice president for “Strategy, Policy and External Affairs” is R....
  • How "Something For Nothing" Ideas Become Policy

    01/02/2009 8:56:39 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 299+ views
    How "Something For Nothing" Ideas Become Policy /snip 1) Those with money control policies in Congress. In return for sponsoring policies that make no economic sense, corporations pour massive amounts of money into campaign coffers of those who will support whatever legislation the corporations want. The first thing corporations want is government sponsorship at taxpayer expense. The last thing corporations want is a free market. 2) Inflation (expansion of money and credit) is a stealth tax (theft), demolishing the middle class over time. Inflation allows government to collect more every year in property taxes, sales taxes, income taxes, etc., typically...
  • Kennedy camp reigns in Bloomberg adviser Kevin Sheekey’s Senate seat lobbying efforts

    12/31/2008 2:15:32 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 582+ views
    Kennedy camp reigns in Bloomberg adviser Kevin Sheekey’s Senate seat lobbying efforts BY KENNETH LOVETT, ELIZABETH BENJAMIN and ADAM LISBERG DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS Wednesday, December 31st 2008, 12:47 AM Caroline Kennedy's advisers have told Mayor Bloomberg's political pit bull to tone down his lobbying efforts for her for fear it will kill her chances to be named to the Senate. "There had been huge missteps in the way [City Hall] constructed this," said a source involved in the Kennedy effort to muzzle Bloomberg operative Kevin Sheekey. "It's just a dialing down of anything that would be harmful to her,"...
  • 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...
  • After Attacking McCain for Them, Suddenly Newsweek Finds Lobbyists Are Just Fine After All

    12/18/2008 7:46:11 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 5 replies · 547+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 12/18/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    During the recently completed presidential campaign, Newsweek's Michael Isikoff was all excited over his "web exclusive" piece on staffers with the McCain campaign that had connections with past lobbying efforts. Back in those days Newsweek was all about the evils of those darn lobbyists. For their part, Obama supporters at the time ballyhooed the pledges that Barack Obama had made stating that his was going to be a kinder, gentler campaign, one that chased those evil lobbyists away. Phooey on those lobbyists, became the popular mantra. But, now that The One has made a successful and historic run for the...
  • UAW Gave $1 Million+ to Pro-Bailout Congressmen

    12/15/2008 12:08:41 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 3 replies · 661+ views ^ | December 15, 2008 | Jeff Poor
    The proposed automaker bailout has a big stamp on it that says “union-built,” but the news media hasn’t noticed. Over the past month, accusations have been flying against several Southern senators who oppose a $14 billion bailout for the beleaguered big three automakers and support the the alternative of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. These senators, critics say, are representing the interests of foreign automakers that donate heavily to their campaigns. But what has been largely ignored is the other side of the equation – the influence of the United Auto Workers (UAW) on the members of Congress that voted for the...
  • Los Angeles County D.A. scrutinizes lobbying activity by two former L.A. officials (Alatorre, Wong)

    11/29/2008 10:35:04 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 302+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11/29/08 | David Zahniser
    Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley has opened an inquiry into the lobbying work of former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre and whether he violated city laws by failing to disclose those activities, several sources said. Cooley's Public Integrity Division, joined by investigators with the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, also have been seeking information about any lobbying work by former city commissioner Leland Wong, who was sentenced last month to five years in prison. Both Alatorre and Wong have been influential figures in city politics and, in separate cases, have faced lengthy corruption probes. Alatorre pleaded guilty...
  • 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...
  • WA: Public Disclosure Commission's "stakeholder" meeting regarding Internet lobbying

    11/13/2008 10:50:53 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 27 replies · 991+ views ^ | 11/12/2008 | BY: Mike Reitz
    Attention bloggers, please file your lobbyist forms... I just got out of the Public Disclosure Commission's stakeholder meeting regarding Internet lobbying. As I blogged yesterday, the PDC is asking whether Internet activities such as email or blogging qualify as lobbying. Goldy has this succinct reply: "Um ... hell, no." The purpose of today's meeting was to solicit public comment. Nancy Krier, the PDC's general counsel, ran the meeting and about a dozen folks showed up. I shared EFF's concern: that the Internet, which has become the new town square, is a forum where many citizens voice opinions about legislation and...

    10/23/2008 8:49:45 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 276+ views
    NY Post ^ | 10/23/08 | JOHN CRUDELE
    <p>INSURER American Interna tional Group got into trouble for wastefully spending money on extravagant trips right before taxpayers had to bail out the company.</p> <p>Now the hard-up insurance giant is wasting money on a high-priced public-relations firm to make that bad image go away.</p>
  • AIG Still Lobbies to Relax Oversight Rules (bailout recycled back to lobbying)

    10/17/2008 7:50:33 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 551+ views
    OCTOBER 16, 2008 AIG Still Lobbies to Relax Oversight Rules After Receiving Federal Aid, Insurer Focuses on Laws Aimed at Keeping Tabs on Mortgage OriginatorsBy ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON WASHINGTON -- Even after receiving an emergency loan that gave the government an 80% ownership stake, American International Group Inc. is spending money to lobby states to soften new controls on the mortgage industry. When the U.S. took control of failing mortgage titans Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, it prohibited them from lobbying. But it hasn't banned the practice at AIG, a huge insurer that is still 20%-owned by public shareholders. AIG is...
  • Democrats Receive Over 71% of Wall Street Donations (Vanity)

    10/06/2008 11:14:53 AM PDT · by Entrepreneur · 23 replies · 835+ views
    10-06-2008 | Entrepreneur
    Maybe I'm feeling masochistic today because I tuned into CSPAN, watching the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee grill Richard Fuld from Lehman Brothers. It seems obnoxious to listen the Democrats grill Fuld about compensation he received or paid to his employees over the years and the repeated leading questions asking for Fuld to blame things on a lack of regulation. The only guy on the committee who doesn't come across as an idiot is John Mica (R-Fla). Anyway, it crossed my mind that Fuld might be a Democrat. It seems most of the finance bigwigs and uber wealthy who...
  • The Politics of Personal Enrichment – How the Biden Boys Got a Leg Up On Life, Thanks to Dad

    09/27/2008 7:41:51 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 15 replies · 744+ views
    9/27/2008 | dirtboy
    <p>It’s normal for a father to want to give his children every advantage in life. But when you are a Democratic Senator, that position can provide some unique opportunities to help the kids get ahead. Especially if the Senator in question is ethically challenged to begin with.</p>
  • Is there a connection b/w Goldman Sachs and the $700 billion BAILOUT???? (Vanity)

    09/27/2008 6:22:15 AM PDT · by zimfam007 · 59 replies · 1,539+ views
    me ^ | 9/27/08 | me
    Just wondering if anyone else smells a link b/w Goldman Sachs and the many people pushing this $700 billion dollar TAXPAYER bailout. Buffett offers his dire warnings re:the market and this bailout... but he just invested $5 billion into Goldman Sachs. It just seems EXTREMELY interesting to me that Paulson was the former CEO over at Goldman, the memo forwarded to Obama's team, regarding the House's Republican plan, before the meeting at the WH on Thursday afternoon came from a "reliable" sourse over at Goldman, Jim Johnson is on the board over at Goldman, Buffett is an advisor to the...
  • Congress Has 43,457,362 Reasons to Help Goldman Sachs

    09/26/2008 3:41:46 PM PDT · by Leisler · 7 replies · 391+ views
    ABC News ^ | September 26, 2008 | AVNI PATEL and BRIAN ROSS
    Not all their money has gone for mansions and Ferraris. The embattled Goldman Sachs investment banking firm and its employees have spent more than $43 million dollars on lobbying and campaign contributions to cultivate friends and buy influence in Washington, D.C. since 1989, according to an ABC News analysis of campaign finance records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. As a group, Goldman Sachs bankers have been the country's top political campaign contributors this year and have given $29.5 million in contributions since 1989, according to the Center. "They are almost in a class by themselves," said Sheila Krumholz,...
  • Watch the money flow. Obama dollars can tell us a lot.

    09/23/2008 10:56:39 AM PDT · by vortigern · 6 replies · 117+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 23, 2008 | Mac Fuller
    1. $120,349. Other People's Money. Senator Obama received more political contribution money from now-collapsed mortgage banks Fannie Mae [Federal National Mortgage Association] and Freddie Mac [Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp] than all but one of the 353 other senators and congressmen who received political contributions from these two entities which were recently taken over by the federal government. Even more dramatic is the fact that 19 years (from 1989 - 2008) of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac political contribution statistics show Senator Obama received his $120,349 despite having been in the U.S. Senate for just three years. Only Senator Chris...
  • Biden's son quits lobbying work

    09/12/2008 11:31:26 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 31 replies · 522+ views ^ | September 13, 2008 | Associated Press
    The son of Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden is getting out of the federal lobbying business. Hunter Biden's work has made him a Republican target in the presidential contest.
  • Biden Son, Brother Invested With Firm That Lobbied Him.

    09/02/2008 11:28:53 AM PDT · by freedomwarrior998 · 6 replies · 163+ views
    CBS News ^ | 08-27-2008 | Glenn Thrush
    The L.A. Times is just popped a big story the Obama-Biden folks don't want to be reading the night the Delaware senator introduces himself to the nation: a potential conflict of interest involving Biden and one of the nation's biggest asbestos litigation law firms — which also happens to be his top contributor.