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  • Obama hires veteran Senate hand to deal with Republican Congress

    12/20/2014 2:01:34 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 19, 2014 | Ramsey Cox with Justin Sink
    The White House is hiring a veteran legislative hand as it prepares to deal with the new Republican Congress. President Obama has brought on Martin Paone as deputy assistant for legislative affairs, plucking him from the Washington firm Prime Policy Group, where he has been lobbying as executive vice president. He brings nearly three decades of Senate experience to the White House, having worked under four Democratic leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). “No one knows the Senate better than Marty, who started his career parking cars here and rose to be one of the most senior and...
  • U.S. diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation (Robin L. Raphel Again)

    11/07/2014 5:04:24 AM PST · by csvset · 23 replies
    WP ^ | November 6 2014 | Anne Gearan and Adam Goldman
    A veteran State Department diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation as part of a counterintelligence probe and has had her security clearances withdrawn, according to U.S. officials. The FBI searched the Northwest Washington home of Robin L. Raphel last month, and her State Department office was also examined and sealed, officials said. Raphel, a fixture in Washington’s diplomatic and think-tank circles, was placed on administrative leave last month, and her contract with the State Department was allowed to expire this week. Two U.S. officials described the investigation as a counterintelligence matter, which typically involves allegations of spying...
  • Dick Durbin's wife discovered to be a Lobbyist

    10/05/2014 10:21:41 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 5, 2014 | James Longstreet
    The Chicago Tribune headlines that Dick Durbin’s wife is a lobbyist, and that there may have been instances in which her clients received federal funding. We are quickly told that this was just a coincidence (and that our fly is open). Durbin explained that he and his wife “take pains” to be certain there are no conflicts of interest. The imagery of sleepless nights and “Honey, what shall we do?” conversations wrought with forehead wiping and hand wringing come to mind. How could they ever get in such situations? The Tribune reports that despite all the painstaking efforts assuredly taken...
  • NFL hires new D.C.-based lobbyist (Biden stooge)

    09/16/2014 10:23:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    NBC Sports ^ | September 16, 2014 | Mike Florio
    At a time of unprecedented public scrutiny that will serve only to attract further interest of the folks who have a habit of looking for causes to support that will score points with the public, the NFL has hired a new lobbyist. The press release doesn’t describe former Deputy Assistant to the President and Counsel to the Vice President of the United States Cynthia Hogan as a lobbyist. But that’s what she’ll be. And lobbyists work their contacts aggressively within the political universe to advance the causes of their clients. (Officially, Hogan is the NFL’s Senior Vice President of Public...
  • Harry Reid Took Money from Koch Lobbyist

    04/07/2014 4:28:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/07/14 | Andrew Stiles
    Add Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) to the list of Senate Democrats who have benefitted from Koch money. In fact, he might as well pay one of his grandchildren to stitch Koch insignias onto his suit to denote their sponsorship: According to campaign finance records, former Koch Industries lobbyist Robert P. Hall III donated $500 to Reid’s campaign in 2003. Hall worked for Koch Industries from 1998 to 2004, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. He was previously a lobbyist for INVISTA, the Koch Industries subsidiary that Democrats are targeting in their latest campaign to “other” the...
  • Major G.O.P. Donor Tests His Influence in Push to Ban Online Gambling[Sheldon Adelson]

    03/27/2014 12:25:01 PM PDT · by Theoria · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 27 Mar 2014 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and ERIC LIPTON
    A push by the casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson to outlaw online gambling has ignited a bitter civil war in the gambling industry, dividing one of Washington’s most powerful interest groups and posing a major test of the Republican megadonor’s political clout. Mr. Adelson’s effort officially kicked off on Wednesday, when lawmakers, including a senator, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who has accepted tens of thousands of dollars from the businessman and his family, introduced legislation originally drafted with Mr. Adelson’s lobbyist. The bill would close a three-year-old loophole in federal law, banning online gambling — a growing industry that Mr....
  • The Wages of Cronyism, Big Government, and Corruption

    02/11/2014 8:45:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | February 11, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    The Bible says that “the wages of sin is death,” but the same can’t be said of Washington, DC. The bureaucrats, lobbyists, politicians, contractors, insiders, cronyists, and influence peddlers have rigged the system so that they get rich by diverting money from people in the productive sector of the economy. How bad is the disconnect between Washington and real America? Well, according to Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index, people in every state have a negative outlook. But there is one outpost of giddy prosperity, and that’s the District of Columbia, where residents have a 20-point gap compared to the most optimistic...
  • Video: A Lobbyist and a Senator Walk Into a Restaurant...

    10/19/2013 11:14:12 AM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 10/19/13
    Click on the link and push play.
  • K Street group ready to drop ‘lobbyist’

    10/15/2013 8:14:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 15, 2013 | Megan R. Wilson
    An advocacy group for K Street is moving forward with a rebranding effort that will remove the word “lobbyist” from its name. The board of the American League of Lobbyists (ALL) on Tuesday announced it has recommended to members that the group change its name to the Association of Government Relations Professionals. The group says the board “overwhelmingly” backed the name change as a way to more accurately “represent the range of associated professions involved in the government affairs, lobbying and public affairs community.” ALL officially began moving forward with the rebranding effort last month, as first reported by The...
  • Lisa Jackson Contacted Lobbyist from Private Email

    08/14/2013 4:00:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 8/14/13 | CJ Ciaramella
    Former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson used her private email to conduct official business, including with a lobbyist, in a possible violation of federal record laws. The emails were part of the latest batch of documents released through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). The conservative nonprofit has been digging through Jackson’s correspondence for months after it discovered she used a secret EPA email address under the pseudonym “Richard Windsor.” Alison Taylor, a vice president for the multinational company Siemens, emailed Jackson’s “Richard Windsor” account in December 2009 asking if...
  • 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...
  • DC Lawmakers afraid they might be subject to their own legislation

    06/14/2013 8:57:26 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/14/13 | Doug Book
    Few fair minded Americans would argue that the tenants of Capitol Hill should suffer the slings and arrows which complicate the lives of mere commoners. After all, seeing to the 24/7 needs of the underclasses is burden enough for anyone. But thanks to an amendment to the Affordable Care Act, members of the political ruling class and their congressional staff will soon join the little people in suffering the financial distress promised in a 2,700 page law read and understood by very few within the beltway. And the DC elite do not like it one bit. Before ObamaCare was rammed...
  • Cook County Republicans,United Republican Fund Welcome Grover Norquist May 14, 2013

    04/22/2013 11:43:53 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 26 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | April 22, 2013 | United Republican Fund
    Please Join Cook County Republicans,Lake County Federation, United Republican Fund and Friends of Jim Oberwies for a luncheon with Grover Norquist. Kindly RSVP Sally Nyhan 847-904-7060
  • GOP Hits Obama on Lobbyist Meetings at ‘Caribou’

    08/02/2012 5:13:52 PM PDT · by lowbridge ^ | august 2, 2012
    In an election-year effort to cast President Obama as a “typical politician,” Republicans are highlighting the administration’s alleged hypocrisy on transparency in holding meetings with lobbyists off White House grounds in order to keep them secret. While the meetings have been extensively reported before by ABC News and the New York Times, a new report published Tuesday by House Republicans exposed a raft of email messages between industry lobbyists and Obama administration officials deliberately making plans to rendezvous off-site to avoid detection. In several cases, the officials’ messages were sent from non-governmental, personal email accounts, which Republicans allege was intended...
  • Top secret: $80B a year for food stamps, but feds won’t reveal what’s purchased

    06/25/2012 11:03:52 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 75 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 24,2012 | Luke Rosiak
    Americans spend $80 billion each year financing food stamps for the poor, but the country has no idea where or how the money is spent. Food stamps can be spent on goods ranging from candy to steak and are accepted at retailers from gas stations that primarily sell potato chips to fried-chicken restaurants. And as the amount spent on food stamps has more than doubled in recent years, the amount of food stamps laundered into cash has increased dramatically, government statistics show. As a result, fraud is hard to track and the efficacy of the massive program is impossible to...
  • Rick Santorum launches conservative PAC ("defeating Obama is first priority")

    06/09/2012 8:16:41 AM PDT · by Innovative · 89 replies
    Capitol Column ^ | June 9, 2012 | Captiol Column Staff
    Former Republican presidential contender and Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum announced the formation of a new conservative group Friday, saying it will seek to thwart President Obama's bid for re-election in 2012. "The defeat of Barack Obama, and those who support his policies, will be our first priority."
  • Former presidential candidate Santorum forms conservative group

    06/08/2012 8:49:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jun 8, 2012 6:53pm IST | (Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Eric Beech and Doina Chiacu)
    Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum launched a new conservative group on Friday with the goal of recruiting 1 million members to help get Democratic President Barack Obama out of the White House. The former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania said the group, Patriot Voices, is committed to promoting "faith, freedom and opportunity" and will offer financial and other support to conservative candidates in the November 6 general election. "We're going to be holding candidates accountable and getting involved with candidates, supporting them and, of course, supporting Mitt Romney and making sure Mitt is the next president of the United States,"...
  • In D.C., low-cost apartments disappearing at rapid rate

    05/07/2012 9:02:38 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/6/12 | Annys Shin
    For a year, Julio Benitez, 61, has complained to his landlord about the unpatched walls, leaky bathtub and broken electrical outlets in his apartment. Down the hall, where Paul Fisette, 28, moved in a month ago, everything is new, from the paint to the appliances. When the garbage disposal broke recently, the landlord replaced it by 11 a.m. the next day. Welcome to the New Hampshire, where the underprivileged and upscale exist under the same roof, part of a shift in the District’s housing stock that experts say is likely to change the face of the city for decades to...
  • Solid in Kansas, Santorum Seeks to Build Margin [“We Chased All The Candidates Out of Kansas!”]

    03/09/2012 8:52:44 PM PST · by Steelfish · 41 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 09, 2012 | TRIP GABRIEL
    Solid in Kansas, Santorum Seeks to Build Margin By TRIP GABRIEL March 9, 2012 WICHITA, Kan. — “We chased all the candidates out of Kansas!” Rick Santorum boomed as he took the podium one day before Saturday’s caucuses in the state, which his two leading rivals are not seriously pursuing. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have largely bypassed Kansas and its 40 delegates to the Republican convention, instead focusing on the bigger prizes of Alabama and Mississippi, whose primaries are on Tuesday. But that did not stop Mr. Santorum from laying into both rivals with biting words as he sought...
  • Rick Santorum says Barack Obama is 'a rock star' ruling America like King George III

    02/22/2012 2:35:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 22, 2012
    Leading in the national polls and within striking distance of scoring big victories in Michigan and Arizona next Tuesday, Rick Santorum is portraying himself as the little 'guy from a steel town' who will stop Barack Obama from accumulating regal powers. 'Back in 2008, the American public at a time of crisis went for a rock star that they believed could solve their problems, someone that they believed in to make a difference in their lives,' he said at the Maricopa County Lincoln Day lunch in Phoenix, Arizona. 'This election, Americans are going to go back to what we've done...
  • An Obama-Santorum matchup would be good for the country

    02/14/2012 7:26:22 PM PST · by writer33 · 38 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 02/14/12 | Kyle Scott
    Mitt Romney was the inevitable nominee — until he wasn't. In order to sustain a lead, a candidate's message must resonate with the heart and the mind. Mr. Romney's cakewalk to the nomination has been stymied by the inability to get anyone excited about his campaign. He has supporters but not believers. Rick Santorum's message resonates with voters' hearts and minds (this week at least), because he is a true believer. He believes in his message, and his message is consistent with core Republican values. What gave Mr. Santorum the edge in Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri can give him...
  • Mitt Romney Had Ethics Problems as Governor?

    02/06/2012 8:14:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies ^ | 2/6/12 | Mark
    This is the first I’ve heard of this, but if true, it’s troubling because it’s one more reason that experience in business really doesn’t translate to governance. Right Across the Atlantic is reporting that Romney went on a trip while governing Massachusetts, paid by Pfizer, the pharmaceutical giant, that ultimately looked like a sort of crony capitalism deal, but Romney side-stepped it by going on vacation so that his Lt. Governor would sign the bill, relieving him of any ethics investigation worries. In fact, the whole manner of the episode is troubling, and you should check out the article in...
  • Why Newt's lobbying matters

    12/15/2011 7:13:53 PM PST · by Fred · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 121511 | Tim Carney
    Whenever I write that Newt was, in fact, a lobbyist, I get lots of responses reading "who cares!?" or something to the same effect. The reason it matters, though, is not because being a lobbyist is inherently bad. The problem is twofold: 1) Newt says he didn't lobby. He did. That means Newt is not telling the truth. A candidate serially telling untruths is a reason to not like that candidate. 2) Newt didn't simply lobby for businesses. He lobbied for businesses that were trying to profit at the expense of everyone else by increasing the size of government. This...
  • Jennifer Palmieri Spins Through Revolving Door Again, Back to White House

    12/07/2011 12:01:57 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 5 replies
    Open Secrets ^ | December 7, 2011 | Michael Beckel
    The White House press shop will soon have a new edition: Jennifer Palmieri, who will be the deputy communications director. Palmieri is a veteran of the Clinton White House, where she worked for eight years, including a stint as the deputy press secretary. She also worked in the press shop for the Democratic National Committee before going on to work as the national communications director for Democrat John Edwards' presidential bid during the 2004 election cycle. She later served as the communications director of Democrat John Kerry's presidential campaign. Since 2005, though, she's worked for the Center for American Progress,...
  • Why a Newt Gingrich Candidacy Would Doom the Tea Party

    12/06/2011 7:35:10 PM PST · by Fred · 158 replies
    The Altantic ^ | 120611 | Conor Friedersdorf
    Gallup finds that 82 percent of Tea Party affiliated voters deem Newt Gingrich an acceptable Republican presidential nominee in 2012. They don't seem to realize that if he wins the nod their movement is doomed, regardless of how the general election goes. The Tea Party cannot support Gingrich without betraying its core principles. But the movement also cannot disclaim him once he is the Republican nominee. Tea Partiers with a better instinct for self-preservation would see that none of the Mitt Romney alternatives still running would be as corrosive to their cause as the former Speaker of the House. Why?...
  • Herman Cain to Endorse Newt Gingrich For President After Suspending Campaign

    12/04/2011 9:04:07 PM PST · by TitansAFC · 229 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12-4-2011 | Staff - AP
    With the Republican field’s first major test just weeks away, the failed presidential bid of Herman Cain is throwing his support behind the current frontrunner. Sources told Fox 5 Atlanta that Herman Cain will endorse the presidential bid of Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Several sexual harassment allegations and a claim of a long-term affair left the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO’s White House bid all but destroyed.
  • Gingrich Instructs Team Not to Attack Romney

    12/01/2011 1:15:20 PM PST · by TBBT · 35 replies
    realclearpolitics ^ | 12/1/2011 | Erin McPike
    ew GOP presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich, anticipating an attack from fellow contender Mitt Romney, has instructed his campaign staff and advisers not to respond in kind to the former Massachusetts governor, RCP has learned. According to Gingrich campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond, “In response to the dynamics over the last 24 hours about the attacks coming our way, his instructions to us were to not say anything bad about Mitt Romney.” Hammond explained that the campaign has received inquiries about how it will respond to attacks on Gingrich, given the searing Web ad Ron Paul’s operation has released and a reading...
  • Audio: Gingrich pitched consulting clients to Florida lawmakers

    12/01/2011 12:30:29 AM PST · by Fred · 18 replies
    Newt Gingrich specifically urged the Florida Legislature to consider projects initiated by clients of his Center for Health Transformation, an audio recording of the 2006 meeting shows. The audio raises more questions about Gingrich's claims to have never engaged in lobbying. The 2006 health "summit" was noted in a New York Times story tonight. The Buzz tracked down the audio, which was archived on the Florida House website. "We urge you look to look at a Travelocity model of buying drugs with real-time information, building with what you've already done with My Florida Rx," Gingrich told a packed audience in...
  • Cementing the case that Gingrich lobbied

    11/30/2011 3:02:11 PM PST · by Fred · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1130111 | Timothy P. Carney
    Again and again Newt Gingrich says he never lobbied. Bit by bit, more evidence surfaces that he did in fact lobby. Blog posts today by Ben Smith at Politico and Jen Rubin at the Washington Post help waterproof the case that Gingrich isn't speaking truthfully about his lobbying. Here are some of the facts of the case: I reported that Gingrich was paid by players in the drug industry to help pass the Medicare drug bill, and he visited Capitol Hill to convince lawmakers to vote for the bill. The New York Times reports that Gingrich actively worked to pass...
  • Newt Gingrich was a lobbyist, plain and simple

    11/20/2011 6:56:38 PM PST · by Fred · 122 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 112011 | Tim Carney
    When Newt Gingrich says he never lobbied, he's not telling the truth. When he was a paid consultant for the drug-industry's lobby group, Gingrich worked hard to persuade Republican congressmen to vote for the Medicare drug subsidy that the industry favored. To deny Gingrich was a lobbyist requires an Obama-like word parsing over who is and who isn't a lobbyist. Gingrich stated last week on Fox News, "I do no lobbying of any kind. I never have. A very important point to make. I have never done lobbying of any kind." But the facts contradict that claim. First of all,...
  • Gingrich Takes The Lead (Was the candidate to beat Obama there all along?)

    11/14/2011 1:50:04 PM PST · by Patrick1 · 66 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | November 14, 2011 | Tom Jensen
    Newt Gingrich has taken the lead in PPP's national polling. He's at 28% to 25% for Herman Cain and 18% for Mitt Romney. The rest of the Republican field is increasingly looking like a bunch of also rans: Rick Perry is at 6%, Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul at 5%, Jon Huntsman at 3%, and Gary Johnson and Rick Santorum each at 1%.
  • Gingrich campaign insists no lobbying on behalf of Freddie Mac

    11/11/2011 7:43:07 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 42 replies
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2011-11-11 | Justin Sink
    Newt Gingrich's campaign is pushing back against criticism that the former Speaker consulted with embattled mortgage lender Freddie Mac, insisting that Gingrich did not lobby on behalf of the government corporation. Gingrich was pressed on the ties during Wednesday evening's Republican debate — the Speaker was paid $300,000 in 2006 — but insisted that he only met with Freddie in his capacity as a historian, not as a lobbyist. "I have never done any lobbying," Gingrich said. "Every contract was written during the period when I was out of the office, specifically said I would do no lobbying, and I...
  • Question for Freepers / Cain Supporters (Please Read)

    11/09/2011 12:17:49 PM PST · by parksstp · 101 replies
    Me ^ | 11-09-2011 | parksstp
    FReepers / Cain Supporters, Question for you. Like I said last week, I figured out the identity of the NJ Accuser (she hasn't come forward yet). I have said before and will continue to refrain from revealing her identity on a public forum until she decides to come forward or another media link outs her. However, since it was easy for me to find her, I thought about emailing her and letting her know that both Politico/Google Search has compromised her anonymity and show her how I was able to identify her without being a journalist, hacker, investigator, etc. I...
  • 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...
  • Do Obama's big donors break his no-lobbyist pledge?[How phony is Obama?]

    10/28/2011 10:39:01 AM PDT · by Righting · 9 replies
    CBS ^ | Oct 28, 2011
    Do Obama's big donors break his no-lobbyist pledge? CBS News President Obama's re-election campaign is pushing back against a New York Times report that suggests Mr. Obama may not be meeting his own standards when it comes to keeping corporate lobbyists out of his campaign.
  • Obama defies base, hires Wall Street lobbyist for re-election campaign

    10/25/2011 10:54:09 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 4 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Oct. 25, 2011 | Matthew Boyle
    President Barack Obama’s new senior campaign adviser is a longtime Wall Street lobbyist, and has the potential to damage the president’s aspirations to appeal to the protesters currently “occupying” New York City’s Zuccotti Park. Obama’s new adviser, Broderick Johnson, has an extensive history of lobbying for big banks and corporations, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In 2007, he lobbied for JP Morgan Chase and in 2008 Johnson lobbied for Bank of America and Fannie Mae. From 2008 through 2010, he lobbied for Comcast and in 2011 he lobbied for Microsoft. Johnson is currently a partner at D.C.-based communications...
  • Cain, Now Running as Outsider, Came to Washington as Lobbyist [NYT:Opposed Patient's Bill of Rights]

    10/23/2011 2:56:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 52 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 22, 2011 | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    Cain, Now Running as Outsider, Came to Washington as Lobbyist SHERYL GAY STOLBERG October 22, 2011 WASHINGTON — Herman Cain, the Republican presidential candidate with the sharp wit and easy-to-remember tax plan, is a cancer survivor, radio host and former chief executive of Godfather’s Pizza. On the campaign trail, he talks up his business experience, casting himself as a “problem solver” and Washington outsider. But the role that helped propel Mr. Cain into politics was that of an ultimate Washington insider: industry lobbyist. From 1996, when he left the pizza company, until 1999, Mr. Cain ran the National Restaurant Association,...
  • Pending bankruptcy didn’t keep Solyndra from sending cash to lobbyists

    09/16/2011 4:28:07 PM PDT · by bronxville · 9 replies ^ | 09-16-2011 | Ed Morrissey
    The collapse of Solyndra looks inevitable in retrospect — and for auditors who reviewed their loan application that the Obama White House expedited and to the employees who worked there, it looked inevitable before it happened, too. This has many wondering just what business model Solyndra used to keep the company going as long as it did. The New York Times figures out that Solyndra’s execs used a tested-and-true business method called Lobby For Dollars — and that they kept using this model even as the company disintegrated: According to records filed with the Clerk of the House and a...
  • 'Supercommittee’ members get plenty of funds from lobbyists

    08/22/2011 7:33:44 AM PDT · by CharlyFord · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Aug 21, 2011 | Luke Rosiak
    When congressional leaders earlier this month named six lawmakers from each party to a debt reduction “supercommittee,” investing unprecedented power in a tiny cadre to slash funding, they set off a wild scramble among special interest groups to gain access and protect their interests. Yet many groups with the most at stake didn’t have to change their plans. Some members of the supercommittee received more campaign contributions in July from political action committees controlled by corporations, unions and other lawmakers than anyone else in Congress, disclosures filed this weekend show. Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican who chairs the tax-writing House...
  • (D-CA) Becerra fundraiser touts super committee nod

    08/12/2011 2:07:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 8/11/11 | ANNA PALMER
    Rep. Xavier Becerra — or, to be more precise, lobbyists working on his behalf — wasted no time Thursday capitalizing on the California congressman’s appointment to the congressional super committee. A little over two hours after Becerra was named to the powerful panel, Investment Company Institute’s Jim Hart sent out an email encouraging attendance for the trade group’s upcoming $1,500 per person fundraiser based on Becerra’s new found status as one of the elite 12. “We will host an event for Congressman Xavier Becerra, not only Vice Chairman of the Democratic Caucus but also who has just been named to...
  • Lansing’s Littlest Lobbyists and the Official State Fruit

    05/20/2011 12:29:25 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/20/2011 | Tom Gantert
    Lobbyists are trained at an early age in Michigan. Elementary school children win over the hearts of politicians from both parties when it comes to official state designations for such things as reptiles, mammals, fruit and more. It happened recently when Michigan Senator Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, introduced a resolution to name the cherry as the official state fruit. The inspiration was a fourth-grade class from Ann Arbor’s Bach Elementary School. They put together a PowerPoint presentation about cherries that Warren saw and then asked the senator if she would submit a bill designating the cherry as a state fruit....
  • FCC's Baker Defends Her Move to Lobbying

    05/13/2011 10:12:34 PM PDT · by Eyes Unclouded · 3 replies
    National Journal ^ | 5/13/2011 | Josh Smith
    Republican Federal Communications Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker on Friday defended her decision to leave the agency for a lobbying job with cable provider Comcast and pushed back against critics who questioned her impartiality. Baker, who voted to allow Comcast to merge with NBC Universal last January, attracted considerable criticism this week when she said she was going to work for the newly merged company. Baker denied that she was compromised by any discussion with Comcast. “Not once in my entire tenure as a Commissioner had anyone at Comcast or NBC/Universal approached me about potential employment,” she said in a statement....
  • Former Bush AG Gonzales chides Republicans on immigration

    05/08/2011 5:14:28 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 47 replies
    Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales chided fellow Republicans on immigration, urging them to work toward comprehensive immigration reform. Gonzales, the first Hispanic attorney general of the U.S., said it was a "failure" by both parties to have not achieved immigration reform yet, and warned against a proposal favored by some Republicans to amend the U.S. Constitution to deny birthright citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants. "My recommendation not just to the Republican Party but also the Democratic Party is that this country, our federal leaders need to pass comprehensive immigration reform," Gonzales said Sunday on Univision's "Al Punto" program....
  • Firm says it erred on Libya consulting- Cambridge company will register as lobbyist

    05/06/2011 10:22:23 AM PDT · by Palter · 1 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 06 May 2011 | Farah Stockman
    A Cambridge consulting firm’s controversial bid to bolster the image of Moammar Khadafy and Libya should have been registered with the US government as a lobbying effort, an internal company investigation found. Company officials with Monitor Group, which enlisted prominent professors from Harvard University in the effort from 2006 to 2008, said the inquiry also concluded that public relations work for foreign governments is not part of its core mission and should be avoided. “We are putting in place new systems to make sure we do not repeat a mistake we fully acknowledge we made here,’’ said Eamonn Kelly, a...
  • No degree, little experience pay off big. Scott Walker gives gov't. job to lobbyist's kid.

    04/05/2011 4:22:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 04/03/2011 | Daniel Bice
    Just in his mid-20s, Brian Deschane has no college degree, very little management experience and two drunken-driving convictions. Yet he has landed an $81,500-per-year job in Gov. Scott Walker's administration overseeing environmental and regulatory matters and dozens of employees at the Department of Commerce. Even though Walker says the state is broke and public employees are overpaid, Deschane already has earned a promotion and a 26% pay raise in just two months with the state. How did Deschane score his plum assignment with the Walker team? It's all in the family. His father is Jerry Deschane, executive vice president and...
  • Senate report to reveal mortgage crisis details: WSJ

    04/03/2011 12:17:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 105 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/3/11 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Senate will soon issue findings of a probe of the US mortgage meltdown that fueled the global financial crisis, with Goldman Sachs likely to face fresh embarrassment over its role, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, whose high-profile inquiry commission subpoenaed Goldman's and other executives last year, is due to release its report on the subprime implosion of 2007 and 2008. The paper, citing people familiar with the matter, said the report was expected to release emails from securities firms that developed or sold subprime mortgages and financial vehicles including...
  • Report: Car Headlights Suspect in Death of White House Adviser's Wife

    02/09/2011 2:54:05 AM PST · by crosslink · 531 replies
    Fox news ^ | Feb 9 2011 | Fox news
    <p>Several sources familiar with the ongoing investigation tell WTOP fire and police investigators believe the radiator in Turton's 2008 BMW X5 was punctured when it rolled into a workbench. The halogen headlights, which emit a bluish light and illuminate the road better than conventional headlights, stayed on after the radiator was punctured.</p>
  • Former Capitol Hill Aide, Wife of White House Staffer Found in Burned Car

    01/10/2011 7:09:55 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 42 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan.10, 2011 | HUMA KHAN
    Ashley Turton, a former aide to Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and the wife of White House staff member Dan Turton, was found dead this morning in her burned-out car in the garage of her home in Southeast Washington, D.C. Turton, a mother of 3-year-old twins and a 1-year-old, worked as a lobbyist for Progress Energy. The Metro police and fire department received a call at 4:49 a.m. from a neighbor about a fire in a garage at the intersection of Eighth Street and A Street in Southeast Washington, near Capitol Hill. The D.C. Fire Department arrived at Turton's row house...
  • Science the GOP can't wish away

    11/22/2010 7:18:56 PM PST · by libs_kma · 130 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Friday, November 19, 2010 | Sherwood Boehlert
    Watching the raft of newly elected GOP lawmakers converge on Washington, I couldn't help thinking about an issue I hope our party will better address. I call on my fellow Republicans to open their minds to rethinking what has largely become our party's line: denying that climate change and global warming are occurring and that they are largely due to human activities. National Journal reported last month that 19 of the 20 serious GOP Senate challengers declared that the science of climate change is either inconclusive or flat-out wrong.
  • Nudie-scan CEO an Obama ally

    11/21/2010 3:40:12 PM PST · by bushwon · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/14/2010 | Timothy P. Carney
    Rapiscan is one of the two companies that makes the nudie-scanners at airports for the TSA. Rapiscan CEO Deepak Chopra (who has the same name as the more famous Deepak Chopra, M.D.) recently was tapped by Obama to accompany the administration on Obama’s trip to India. Also, Chopra is an Obama donor. Read more at the Washington Examiner: