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  • Facebook CEO Zuckerberg dines with senators in DC

    09/19/2019 7:36:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 18, 2019 | David Shepardson
    Facebook (FB.O) Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg met with a half-dozen U.S. senators on Wednesday for dinner as the company seeks to boost its reputation in Washington. The social media giant has been under fire on a number of fronts for more than a year and faces antitrust investigations by the Federal Trade Commission and a number of state attorneys general as well as numerous legislative proposals that seek to restrict how it operates.
  • Ted Cruz Praises AOC on banning lawmakers from becoming lobbyists: I AGREE with her

    05/30/2019 5:33:14 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 30 2019 | Joseph A. Wolfsohn
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex, seemed as surprised as everyone else when he admitted he agreed with a proposal put forward by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ✔ @AOC If you are a member of Congress + leave, you shouldn’t be allowed to turn right around&leverage your service for a lobbyist check. I don’t think it should be legal at ALL to become a corporate lobbyist if you’ve served in Congress. At minimum there should be a long wait period. Ted Cruz ✔ @tedcruz Here’s something I don’t say often: on this point, I AGREE with @AOC Indeed, I have...
  • BREAKING: Steele Dossier Reportedly Began As Early As 2007!

    05/18/2019 7:51:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 78 replies
    en Volve ^ | 5/18/2019 | Doyle Alexander
    Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) appeared on Fox News Hannity this week to discuss the origins of the Steele dossier. He said it should really be called the Simpson dossier. Although Christopher Steele likely contributed stories to the dossier, and his years of experience in British intelligence lent credence to the document, Nunes believes that Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson may actually have written the majority of it. In his book Spygate, journalist Dan Bongino makes the same case. He points out the striking similarities between articles Simpson and his wife, Mary Jacoby wrote for the Wall Street Journal in 2007...
  • Paul Manafort Was an Agent of Ukraine, Not Russia

    03/09/2019 7:32:00 PM PST · by NorseViking · 27 replies
    NR by Yahoo ^ | March 9, 2019
    Have you ever noticed what Paul Manaforts major crime was? After two years of investigation, after the predawn raid in which his wife was held at gunpoint, after months of solitary confinement that have left him a shell of his former self, have you noticed what drew the militant attention of the Obama Justice Department, the FBI, and, ultimately, a special counsel who made him the centerpiece of Russia-gate? According to the indictment Robert Mueller filed against him, Manafort was an unregistered agent of the Government of Ukraine. He also functioned as an agent of Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraines president from...
  • Texas Taxpayers Shouldnt Have to Pay for Lobbyists Who Work to Raise Their Taxes

    01/21/2019 12:34:09 PM PST · by JeepersFreepers · 9 replies
    Texas Public Policy Foundation ^ | 11/29/2017 | Chuck DeVore
    Local governments’ use of taxpayer dollars to lobby for higher taxes, greater spending, and more regulatory power is nothing more than taking taxpayer dollars to take more taxpayer dollars. Individual Texas taxpayers are largely outgunned by this lobbying firepower. Unfortunately, many local jurisdictions, from counties, to cities, to school districts, and even municipal utility districts (MUDs), have outsourced a very basic part of their job as elected officials by hiring professional lobbyists to lobby state government. Even worse, the up-to-$41 million in taxpayer money spent on hired lobbyists to influence the state government in 2017 was often spent on behalf...
  • House floor erupts after lawmaker shouts Go back to Puerto Rico

    01/17/2019 5:00:45 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 86 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 1-17-2018 | griffinconnolly@cqrollcall.com griffinconnolly@cqrollcall.com
    The House floor erupted Thursday after Congress adjourned for the week when an unidentified Republican congressman yelled a controversial and potentially racially charged remark across the aisle as Democratic Rep. Tony Crdenas was at the podium. Go back to Puerto Rico! the lawmaker shouted, punctuating a stream of Republican whooping and hollering at the Democratic majority for holding a voice vote instead of the normal roll call vote to pass a continuing resolution that would reopen nine Cabinet departments through Feb. 28. Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and other Democrats in the chamber shot out of their seats...
  • 30 Democrats in Puerto Rico with 109 lobbyists for weekend despite shutdown

    01/13/2019 5:55:44 PM PST · by ptsal · 38 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11 Jan 2019 | Paul Bedard
    Some 30 Democratic lawmakers left the government shutdown behind Friday on a chartered flight to Puerto Rico for a winter retreat with 109 lobbyists and corporate executives during which they planned to see the hit Broadway show Hamilton and attend three parties including one with the shows cast. Those attending the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC winter retreat in San Juan planned to meet with key officials to discuss the cleanup after Hurricane Maria at a roundtable Saturday. But the weekend is packed with free time for the members and their families on the trip. We are excited for you...
  • Manafort Indictment Also Implicates Tony Podesta, The Clinton-Connected Superlobbyist

    09/14/2018 12:46:57 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    Thepoliticalinsider.com ^ | September 14, 2018 | Chuck Ross
    Clinton-connected lobbyist Tony Podesta knew he was working with Paul Manafort on behalf of a Ukrainian politician, according to an indictment released Friday by the special counsels office. Podesta, Manafort and Mercury Public Affairs all failed to register as foreign agents of Ukraine for the work. Manafort entered a plea agreement with the special counsel Friday. Two lobbying firms, including one owned by Democratic superlobbyist Tony Podesta, knowingly worked with Paul Manafort at the direction of the Ukrainian government, according to an indictment released Friday by the special counsels office. The indictment, which was released ahead of an expected plea...
  • Did Christopher Steele work for a Russian oligarch AND Hillary?

    08/10/2018 10:42:11 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 39 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-09-18 | DrJohn
    The information is coming, er, fast and furious over the last few days. That sound you hear, is the creaking of the roof over the heads of democrats. Oleg Deripaska is a Russian oligarch who was banned from entering the US in 2006. He wanted to be able to re-enter the US. His advocate? Christopher Steele. Who did Steele contact? Bruce Ohr.Emails in 2016 between former British spy Christopher Steele and Justice Department official Bruce Ohr suggest Steele was deeply concerned about the legal status of a Putin-linked Russian oligarch, and at times seemed to be advocating on the oligarch's...
  • Feds probing Tony Podesta, Obama lawyer, ex-rep on foreign lobbying after Mueller referral

    08/02/2018 6:52:20 AM PDT · by Kevin in California · 22 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 08-02-2018 | Bill Mears
    The U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan is investigating whether three prominent Washington power players engaged in illegal foreign lobbying, after Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office referred the matter to federal prosecutors, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.
  • Federal prosecutors said to be investigating lobbyist Tony Podesta after special counsel referral

    07/31/2018 6:52:18 PM PDT · by Phillyred · 43 replies
    Federal prosecutors are investigating former lobbyist Tony Podesta, former Rep. Vin Weber, R-Minn., and former Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig, NBC News confirmed, citing multiple sources familiar with the matter. CNN first reported the existence of the investigation. Prosecutors for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York opened the investigation following a referral from the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, the sources told NBC. NBC previously reported that Mueller had been looking into Podesta and his Democratic-leaning lobbying firm as part of its broader investigation into the finances of former Trump campaign chairman Paul...
  • Former Minnesota congressman eyed in Muellers Manafort investigation

    11/03/2017 9:18:31 AM PDT · by toast · 13 replies
    Twin Cities Pioneer Press ^ | Nov 3, 2017 | AP
    WASHINGTON Special counsel Robert Muellers grand jury is investigating a prominent Democratic lobbyist and a former GOP congressman from Minnesota for their involvement in an influence campaign on behalf of Ukrainian interests tied to Paul Manafort, according to a person with direct knowledge of the investigation. At the center of the widening probe are Tony Podesta, a longtime Democratic operative, and Vin Weber, a former Republican congressman from southwestern Minnesota and leader of his own high-powered lobbying firm, Mercury LLC. The two men were hired as part of a multimillion-dollar lobbying effort directed by Manafort and longtime associate Rick...
  • Former Skadden Associate Charged in Mueller Probe

    02/20/2018 8:20:55 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    law.com ^ | Feb 20, 2018 | Cogan Schneier
    Skadden partner Gregory Craig, the former White House counsel under President Barack Obama, also worked on the report, as did partners Cliff Stone and Margaret Krawiec. Associates who worked on the report included Alex Haskell, Paul Kerlin, Kara Roseen and Allon Kedem, who is now a lawyer in the solicitor generals office. Manaforts indictment claims he likely lobbied and paid at least in part for the report. Van der Zwaans case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who also oversees the case against Manafort and Gates. The charges are the latest from Mueller as his activity appears...
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Launches Yet Another Financial Campaign Against U.S. Workers & Main Street

    07/03/2018 7:42:53 AM PDT · by xzins · 36 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 2 Jul 18 | Sundance
    Today U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue announced another campaign to protect and defend his Wall Street contributors against initiatives that benefit Main Street U.S.A. This is not the first time, and unfortunately it will likely not be the last time.For a great historic reference consider THIS ARTICLE from 2014; when the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced their direct attack against the Tea Party backed candidates that threatened to remove the massive lobbying power of Tom Donohue’s corrupt officials. That 2014 reference point has two parts. I strongly urge anyone who would defend the U.S. CoC approach to...
  • What Is Stand With Parkland?...A Brand New Organization

    06/29/2018 5:49:30 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Bustle ^ | 6/28/18 | Molly Longman
    ....Now the parents and partners of the victims are making that conversation their own, launching Stand With Parkland, the newest nonprofit group that's lobbying... ....this new endeavor is run by those who were most affected the parents of 13 of the 14 student victims and family members of all three school staff members... ...Tony Montalto, father of 14-year-old Parkland victim Gina Montalto, told Rolling Stone that Stand With Parkland will be bipartisan. Although Democrats have traditionally been more supportive of gun control... ....the nonprofits launch garnered a response from the National Rifle Association. Chris W. Cox, director of the...
  • J Street opposes Pompeo for Secretary of State.

    03/14/2018 5:05:16 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 34 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/3/18
    'Pompeo is a hawkish ideologue'The far-left J Street lobby announced that it opposes CIA Director Mike Pompeo's nomination for Secretary of State and urged Senators to scuttle appointment. "We oppose Pompeos nomination and urge Senators to vote against his confirmation," said J Street. "Pompeo is deeply ill-suited to manage US foreign policy and, in particular, the future of the JCPOA nuclear agreement with Iran." "Even in an administration known for its fundamental hostility to diplomacy, Pompeo stands out as a hawkish ideologue and an extreme advocate for the use of military force," continued the statement. "He called for the use...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Radical Dem Worked For Russian Lawyer Who Met With Trump, Jr.

    07/13/2017 6:48:49 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 23 replies
    Radical left-wing icon former California Democratic Rep. Ron Dellums was a hired lobbyist for Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. June 9, 2016, the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned. Dellums, who represented liberal San Francisco and Oakland, Calif., is a long-time darling of left-wing political activists. He served 13 terms in Congress as an African-American firebrand and proudly called himself a socialist. He retired in 1996. The former congressman is one of several high-profile Democratic partisans who was on Veselnitskayas payroll, working to defeat a law that is the hated object of...
  • Foreign Lobbyists Contributed More Than $4.5 Million to Candidates in 2016 Elections (Hillary #1)

    12/04/2017 10:27:18 AM PST · by deplorableindc · 13 replies
    Maplight ^ | December 4, 2017
    Since Donald Trump won the presidency, concerns about whether Russia played a hidden role in the 2016 election have simmered, and lawmakers have warned about the prospect of stealth foreign influence over American politics. But data compiled by International Business Times and MapLight show that foreign influence is hardly confined to the shadows. Its a big, open, bipartisan business, with foreign government lobbyists delivering millions of dollars of campaign cash to elected officials in Washington. In all, during the last election, those lobbyists gave more than $4.5 million to federal lawmakers and candidates. Foreign lobbyists and their firms political action...
  • Legislation and Lobbyists

    11/17/2017 7:00:57 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 2 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | November 16, 2017 | Sundance
    There are many people taking notice of modern politics for the first time in their lives. There is also some confusion noticed between two groups who talk above and around each other. Two groups communicating from two entirely different sets of understanding. Perhaps it is valuable to reset the larger frames of reference and provide clarity. Many, heck, most people think when they vote for a federal politician -a representative- they are voting for a person who will go to Washington DC and write or enact legislation. This is the old-fashioned schoolhouse rock perspective based on decades past. There is...
  • Scarlet Letter Passports Are Unjust and Irrational

    11/01/2017 10:33:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 1, 2017 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- The news broke early Monday that Paul Manafort, a longtime Washington establishment figure and Republican political strategist, had been indicted by a grand jury on 12 counts as a result of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible Russian interference in last year's U.S. presidential election. People hear "Russia collusion investigation," "grand jury indictment" and "former Trump campaign manager," and that's all it takes in this soundbite world to connect these things in people's minds, regardless of the reality. Many of the facts outlined in the indictment stem from Manafort's involvement in Ukraine during the political tug-of-war in...