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  • Did Justice Kagan embarrass herself during the Hobby Lobby oral arguments?

    03/30/2014 11:39:03 AM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 3/30/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    If Betsey McCaughey is correct (and I bet she is, because she has not only read the entire ObamaCare bill, she has written a book about it), Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan publicly humiliated herself during the oral arguments on the Hobby Lobby case, revealing that she either did not read the law, or failed to comprehend it if she did so. Writing in the New York Sun, McCaughey lays out what is wrong with the Justice’s declaration about Obamacare: she asserted that the statute itself mandates provision of birth control. Not one word in the Affordable Care Act guarantees...
  • What's at stake in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby

    01/26/2014 5:49:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1/26/14 | Hobby Lobby Case Hobby Lobby Case
    Video produced for the Hobby Lobby case vs. Obamacare.
  • Illinois Defend Marriage Lobby Day on Wednesday, October 23rd in Springfield, IL 9AM-3PM.

    10/10/2013 8:53:27 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 7 replies
    Illinois Family Institute ^ | October 10, 2013 | David Smith
    Contact Your State Legislator Today! Written By David E. Smith | 10.10.13 The second Defend Marriage Lobby Day of the year is less than two weeks away on Wednesday, October 23rd in Springfield. Whether you’re able to come or not, we need you to contact your state legislator today. If you are able to join us in Springfield, please let your legislators know that you’re coming and look forward to speaking with them about protecting marriage in Illinois. If you’re unable to come, please send your legislator a message to protect marriage by clicking HERE. Tell them that you wish...
  • Russia may send lawmakers to lobby Congress on Syria

    09/02/2013 3:10:11 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/02/13 | Justin Sink
    Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes to send Russian lawmakers to lobby Congress against a strike against Syria. According to a report by the Interfax news agency, Putin has signaled his support for a proposal made by two Russian lawmakers to send a delegation to Washington. The initiative, championed by Russian legislators Valentina Matvienko and Sergei Naryshkin, still requires formal approval by the country's Foreign Ministry — although an informal group of Russian lawmakers may decide to travel on their own. There's precedent for Russian parliament members to travel to the U.S., according to the Associated Press. Last summer, a delegation...
  • Fox News’ Growing Pro-Homosexual Bias and the National Gay & Lesbian Journalists Association

    08/16/2013 7:13:25 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 39 replies
    http://americansfortruth.com ^ | August 16, 2013 | By Peter LaBarbera
    It is difficult to overstate the impact of wide-scale liberal media bias in the advancement of the pro-homosexual and pro-“transgender” revolution in American society. In the last two decades, media imbalance (and de facto censorship) on the issue has morphed into frequent media celebration of homosexuality — thus leaving citizens starved for impartial and accurate information on this critical topic. “Journalism” has become pro-homosexual propaganda, with many media stories appearing as if they were written by LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) activists. By effectively joining the “gay” activists’ crusade, major media outlets – and even “conservative” Fox News — have...
  • Italian Journalist Charges that Vatican Bank Prelate is Protected by 'Gay Lobby'

    07/18/2013 6:56:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    An influential Vatican journalist has explicitly charged that the newly installed prelate of the Vatican bank has engaged in homosexual misconduct, and has been protected by other officials at the Vatican. Sandro Magister of L’Espresso reports that Msgr. Battista Ricca provided room and a job for a male companion while he was assigned as a Vatican diplomat in Uruguay between 1999 and 2001. The Italian cleric also frequented gay bars, and was once beaten in an altercation at a bar. Magister goes on to charge that although these incidents were well known, there were not noted on Msgr. Ricca’s personnel...
  • Shape-shifters are Changing America

    06/25/2013 5:37:56 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 4 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6-25-2013 | Fay Voshell
    In the case of the madness of transgenderism parading as civil rights, the entire societal structure is at stake. The eradication of sexual identity in the supposed interest of "equality" produces liminality, a disorientation and ambiguity preceding the collapse of society as new gods replace the God of Judaism and Christianity. The political and cultural changes demanded by the new gods involve the dissolution of social hierarchies, the trashing of tradition, and the complete disjointing of male/female relationships. In addition, they add total uncertainty when contemplating and planning for the future. Of course, the total confusion concerning identity may well...
  • Pediatricians have a new mission: Fight ‘homophobia’

    06/24/2013 12:40:17 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 75 replies
    http://www.washingtontimes.com ^ | june 24, 2013 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    In its first sexual-orientation policy update in nearly a decade, the nation’s largest pediatricians group said its members should do more to fight “heterosexism” and “homophobia,” as well as step up their care of teens with same-sex attractions. “Sexual-minority youth should not be considered abnormal,” the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said in its new materials on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youths, released Monday. The policy statement and technical report — which updates a 2004 policy — is nonbinding but recommends that pediatricians create offices that are “teen-friendly and welcoming to all adolescents, regardless of sexual orientation...
  • New Kansas law backed by NRA seeks to clamp down on lobbying

    06/07/2013 11:11:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5 June, 3013 | AP
    TOPEKA, Kan. – Fresh off a series of legislative victories across the country, the National Rifle Association has launched a new effort starting in gun-friendly Kansas seeking to clamp down on the use of government money to lobby on gun-control issues.
  • Sebelius Asked Companies to Support Health Care Law

    06/04/2013 1:14:47 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 6-4-2013 | Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON — Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, disclosed on Tuesday that she had made telephone calls to three companies regulated by her department and urged them to help a nonprofit group promote President Obama’s health care law. She identified the companies as Johnson & Johnson, the drug maker; Ascension Health, a large Roman Catholic health care system; and Kaiser Permanente, the health insurance plan. At a Congressional hearing, Ms. Sebelius said she had not explicitly asked the companies for money, but urged them to support the work of the nonprofit group, Enroll America. The group, led...
  • 'Israel Lobby' Author Addresses State Department- Coauthor of 'The Israel Lobby' tells State

    03/03/2013 2:28:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/3/13 | Adam Kredo
    A controversial author and longtime critic of the U.S.-Israel alliance lectured at the State Department Friday on the eve of the AIPAC policy conference, Washington’s largest annual pro-Israel gathering. Stephen Walt, coauthor of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy and professor of international affairs at Harvard University, was the featured speaker at the Secretary’s Open Forum on Friday afternoon. His topic: “Top reasons American foreign policy fails,” according to a copy of the event flyer posted in the hallways of Foggy Bottom. It is unclear how high the U.S.-Israel relationship ranked on Walt’s list. One State Department insider provided...
  • DEFEND MARRIAGE Lobby Day Wednesday February 20th, 2013 State Capitol Springfield, IL 10:30-1:30

    02/17/2013 9:14:17 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 2 replies
    DEFEND MARRIAGE Lobby Day Click HERE for a PDF version of the lobby day instructions. When: Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 Where: Illinois State Capitol Address: 401 S. 2nd Street, Springfield, IL 62701 Time: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm Rally: At the Lincoln statue in front of the Capitol (10:30 AM) Things are really heating up in Springfield. The pension crisis? Illinois’ financial trouble and inability to pay its bills? No, liberal lawmakers want to legalize homosexual marriage and have actually put it on a fast track. Join Illinois families from all over the state on Wednesday, February 20th, to stand...
  • Obama: Gun Lobby "Ginning Up Fear" That Government Will Take Away All Your Guns

    01/14/2013 12:33:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 1/14/13 | staff
    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I think, for example, how we are gathering data, for example, on guns that fall into the hands of criminals and how we track that more effectively -- there may be some steps that we can take administratively, as opposed -- through legislation. As far as people lining up and purchasing more guns, you know, I think that we’ve seen for some time now that those who oppose any common-sense gun control or gun safety measures have a pretty effective way of ginning up fear on the part of gun owners that somehow the federal government’s about...
  • Tea Party announces Congressional Advocacy Team!

    01/04/2013 8:18:47 AM PST · by Baynative · 72 replies
    Tea Party News Network ^ | 1/4/12 | Press release
    Washington D.C. - The nation’s largest Tea Party group announced today the creation of its new advocacy arm — the first of its kind. With over 600,000 members and over 1.3 million supporters on Facebook, TheTeaParty.Net has been a leading opponent of any legislation that increases taxes or raises the debt, including this week’s deal on the fiscal cliff.
  • Did Congress kill the Twinkie? The tariff tale behind the Hostess demise.(+video)

    11/19/2012 8:12:59 PM PST · by grundle · 26 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | November 16, 2012 | Patrik Jonsson
    <p>And that, economists say, may come down to one sweet little word: sugar.</p> <p>Since 1934, Congress has supported tariffs that benefit primarily a few handful of powerful Florida families while forcing US confectioners to pay nearly twice the global market price for sugar.</p>
  • Watchdog Group Calls on 12 State Attorneys General to Investigate Deceptive Fundraising of HSUS

    07/17/2012 4:48:50 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 17 July, 2012 | HumaneWatch.org
    Washington, DC –-(Ammoland.com)- Today, HumaneWatch.org, a project of the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), petitioned twelve state Attorneys General to investigate the deceptive fundraising practices of the animal rights group Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). HumaneWatch.org released a full report today exposing HSUS’s misleading telemarketing, direct mail, and television appeals. The new analysis reveals that the animal rights group’s fundraising activities might be more than just dishonest, speculating that these tactics could violate some charitable solicitation or consumer protection laws in several states. The new report delves into years of HSUS’s direct mail, telemarketing, and television appeals,...
  • Taxpayer-funded gun control gets huge foundation boost

    06/01/2012 5:41:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 31 May, 2012 | Ron Arnold
    Gun rights advocates recently discovered that the gun control group Mayors Against Illegal Guns has burrowed its "gun violence prevention coordinators" (read "anti-gun lobbyists") into city payrolls from Augusta, Maine to Seattle, Washington, at taxpayer expense. MAIG is the brainchild of New York City's zealous anti-gun billionaire mayor, Michael Bloomberg, who formed the group at a 2006 gun control summit held in Gracie Mansion and co-hosted by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. MAIG touts an agenda of "commonsense reforms" that gun rights advocates see as being somewhere on the far side of repealing the Second Amendment. With a membership that started...
  • Arab oil handouts waste billions (skimps on poor, distorts economy)

    05/07/2012 5:37:50 AM PDT · by Milagros · 3 replies
    System skimps on poor, but Arab rulers dare not roll back political hot potato Agence France-Presse April 20, 2012 Arab countries are wasting tens of billions of dollars on subsidies for fuel and energy but dare not roll them back for fear of a political backlash, a UN report said. The UN Development Program (UNDP) report said six of the world's 10 biggest subsidizers are in the Arab world, led by Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. People in the three countries pay less than a third of world prices for car fuel and electricity. The annual cost for Saudi Arabia...
  • Mitt Romney Had Ethics Problems as Governor?

    02/06/2012 8:14:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    MarkAmerica.com ^ | 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...
  • Le Gun Lobby C’Est Moi

    12/22/2011 3:34:11 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 21 December, 2011 | Bruce W. Krafft
    Jeff Knox wrote an interesting piece the other day titled Attention Lamestream Media: I am the ‘gun lobby’. It was positively cheerworthy. I, too, get irritated with the way the nefarious “Gun Lobby” is portrayed in the media. I personally know several of the people in the Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance (GOCRA) who were instrumental in getting the Minnesota Citizens’ Personal Protection Act (our “shall-issue” law) passed, and I met some of the opposition, including Heather Martens, the Executive Director of Citizens for a Safer Minnesota (CSM)… There were a couple of big differences between the GOCRA folks and...
  • H.R.1681 & S.1770: “Catholic Charities- Dump Forever,” beats “Every Child Deserves a Family Act”

    12/08/2011 1:16:25 AM PST · by John Roco · 14 replies
    Saint Damien Advocates ^ | 12/7/2011 | John P. Roco
    H.R.1681 & S.1770: “Catholic Charities- Dump Forever,” beats “Every Child Deserves a Family Act” by John P. Roco December 7, 2011 10:10 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time on Oahu The name, “Every Child Deserves a Family Act,” implies there are children with no families. Further, every child, pertaining to those without a family, deserves a family. In terms of gay and lesbian foster and adoptive children and parents, many foster family and adoption agencies already ‘accept’ gay and lesbian couples and single parents. In fact, that is exactly what 2006 laws in Massachusetts, 2010 laws in the District of Columbia, and...
  • Homeschoolers emerge as Republican foot soldiers

    10/04/2011 7:32:45 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10.3.11 | Andy Sullivan
    As the girls dig in to their math problems, Farrier contemplates the Republican presidential candidates who are vying for the support of homeschoolers like her. "They're wooing us. It feels really good," she says.
  • Thank Walmart for Your New Bank Card Fee

    10/03/2011 6:30:23 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 46 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 2 October 2011 | Timothy P. Carney
    When Bank of America announced last week that it would charge $5 a month to customers who make purchases with their debit card, customers railed against the bank. Many conservatives and libertarians said the anger should be aimed at Congress and the Obama administration, which, through last year's Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill, effectively outlawed the old debit card business model, spurring Bank of America to make this change. But the real culprit is Walmart and the retail lobby, which used government to squeeze banks and fatten their own bottom line. Walmart won, banks lost, and now customers are stuck with...
  • Unions spent $6.3 million to Lobby Against Walker Bill (WI)

    09/17/2011 9:43:27 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 16 replies
    JS Online ^ | September 15, 2011 | Scott Bauer
    Madison - The top four spenders on lobbying the Legislature during the first half of 2011 were labor unions fighting against Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to curb collective bargaining, a report released Thursday showed. The four unions spent $6.3 million in the first six months of the year, the Government Accountability Board reported. Walker introduced his plan in February and the Republican-controlled Legislature passed it in March. The unions helped organize rallies at the Capitol in protest over the bill that grew as large as 100,000 people. The debate, which captured the nation's attention, also spurred Democratic senators to leave...
  • '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...
  • Pakistan’s Military Plotted to Tilt U.S. Policy, F.B.I. Says

    07/20/2011 11:20:52 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 19, 2011 | By CHARLIE SAVAGE and ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON — Pakistan’s military, including its powerful spy agency, has spent $4 million over two decades in a covert attempt to tilt American policy against India’s control of much of Kashmir — including funneling campaign donations to members of Congress and presidential candidates, the F.B.I. claimed in court papers unsealed Tuesday. Representative Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania was among the politicians who may have unwittingly received donations that originated from Pakistan's military. Representative Dan Burton of Indiana is another politician who may have unknowingly received money funneled from Pakistan's military. The allegations of a long-running plan to influence American elections and...
  • Complaint Against Montana Shooting Sports Association President Dismissed

    07/16/2011 7:23:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Ammoland.com ^ | 15 July, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    Missoula, MT --(Ammoland.com)- You may remember that following the 2009 legislative session, Helena Mayor and lobbyist for the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (MSPOA), Jim Smith, filed a complaint against me with the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices (CPP). In that complaint, Smith alleged that I had violated Montana law by illegally lobbying the Legislature without having been registered as a lobbyist with the CPP. I responded that I was merely exercising my First Amendment rights to speak to legislators and to you. Montana law requires people to register as lobbyists if they are paid to influence the Legislature...
  • How Palestinians became the baby seals of the Western human rights lobby

    06/17/2011 6:48:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/17/11 | Brendan O'Neill
    This new interview with American author Alice Walker gives a brilliant insight into what motivates trendy pro-Palestinian sentiment in the West today. Notice how effortlessly she flits between talking about Palestinians in Gaza and chickens in factory farms. In one breath she talks about the “cruel and inhuman” treatment meted out to Palestinians, who are “frazzled and suffering everyday”. And in the next she talks about chickens that are “raised under horrible, torturous conditions”, and the fact that people who tuck into chicken dinners don’t realise that they are eating “something precious, beautiful, rare”. Palestinians and chickens – these seem...
  • Bribery charges upset Qatar's soccer field of dreams [Arab lobby, money - Why US lost]

    06/02/2011 7:31:27 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 4 replies · 1+ views
    arcamax, ^ | May 24, 2011
    Bribery charges upset Qatar's soccer field of dreams - News Britain's Sunday Times newspaper earlier this month alleged that two members of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) took bribes of $1.5 million to back Qatar's 2022 bid.
  • Did Muslim Lobby Force Firing of Popular Radio Host

    03/05/2011 10:47:30 AM PST · by NWFLConservative · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | March 3, 2011 | Cliff Kincaid
    Washington, D.C. radio station WMAL is once again being accused of firing a popular talk show host because of his criticism of radical Muslims. The station, a major source of news and information for the nation’s capital, claims that popular morning host Fred Grandy resigned on his own, but Grandy tells AIM that he was essentially forced to leave after his wife, who is also outspoken about radical Islam, was cut from the program...........
  • Clinton’s Efforts on Ethanol Overlap Her Husband’s Interests

    02/25/2011 7:23:47 AM PST · by USSR Didnt Fall · 20 replies
    NYT ^ | 02/28/2008 | Mike McIntire
    To big rounds of applause, three of the world’s richest men — Richard Branson, Ronald W. Burkle and Vinod Khosla — trooped onto a New York ballroom stage with former President Bill Clinton to pledge support for renewable energy projects to combat global warming and create jobs. It was September 2006, and the Clinton Global Initiative, the annual star-studded networking event for philanthropists and investors, had generated commitments to spend billions on ethanol and other alternative fuels. Cast as good works, many were also investments by businessmen hoping for a profit. And sitting in the audience was an influential public...
  • Oil refineries sue EPA over ethanol plan

    01/04/2011 8:03:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 131 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | January 4, 2011 | Ken Thomas (Associated Press)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A ruling by the Obama administration allowing the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol is running into legal hurdles from trade groups opposing the plan. The National Petrochemical and Refiners Association sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday over the decision to allow the sale of gasoline containing higher blends of corn-based ethanol, the second major group to protest the ruling. The Obama administration said in October that gas stations could start selling the ethanol blend for vehicles built since the 2007 model year, increasing it from the current blend of 10 percent ethanol.
  • ABC News Continues Lobby Effort for ObamaCare

    01/01/2011 7:43:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    big journalism ^ | 1/1/2011 | Larry O'Connor
    ABC News continues to behave like they are working hand-in-hand with the Obama Administrations’ health care take-over message machine. The latest effort came from ABC News Political Director Amy Walter as she offered a harsh warning to Republicans: Don’t mess with ObamaCare (video below). In 2009, ABC News reporter Linda Douglass was named the Director of Communications for the White House Office of Health Reform. Her infamous warning against mis-information from the right about ObamaCare with her plea for Americans to report their fellow citizens who spread the conservative message on the health care legislation to “Flag@WhiteHouse.gov” got most of...
  • The 'Arab Lobby' = most powerful in the world! (e.g. Qatar won, U.S. lost!)

    12/06/2010 10:13:11 PM PST · by PRePublic · 9 replies
    Stil doubting the 'power' of the ARAB LOBBY, after the giant U.S. lost to 'bad sportsmen' of Qatar? Think again! US World Cup snub shows Qatari lobbying power | ProSports Colorado Dec 2, 2010 ... In Qatar, FIFA officials saw an opportunity to accomplish two goals in ... The reality is that Qatar is the uber-elite of the Arab world, ...http://www.prosportscolorado.com/2010/12/02/3839-us-world-cup-snub-shows-qatari-lobbying-power/ And this is just a tip of the iceberg of global Arab lobby. Of course it's not just about sports. Now, understand how the [international arena, like: the] United Nations and Amnesty work, and for whom - most of...
  • Obama weighs lobby group speech to court business

    11/21/2010 8:41:04 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/21/10 | Jeff Mason
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is considering giving a speech in January to the Chamber of Commerce, a major business lobby, as part of a new outreach to corporations, a White House official said on Saturday. The White House and the chamber have tussled repeatedly during the first two years of Obama's administration over policies that the group has portrayed as unfriendly to business. After the November 2 congressional elections, which handed Republicans control of the House of Representatives and shrank Democrats' majority in the Senate, Obama said he had to do a better job of making sure the...
  • Doctors' lobby urges Congress to prevent steep Medicare cut

    11/09/2010 7:58:16 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/9/10 | Mike Lillis
    Blaming congressional inaction, the nation's largest doctors' lobby is urging lawmakers this month to block a steep cut scheduled to hit Medicare doctors at the start of December. The American Medical Association (AMA) is warning that a failure to prevent the cut would be "a catastrophe for seniors" because many doctors would stop seeing Medicare patients altogether. Physicians are facing a 23 percent cut on Dec. 1, and an additional 1.9 percent cut is scheduled for Jan. 1. "This is not about doctors," AMA President Cecil Wilson told reporters on a press call Monday. "It's about access to care for...
  • The Arab Lobby: The Invisible Alliance That Undermines America's Interests in the Middle East (book)

    10/21/2010 7:40:22 PM PDT · by Milagros · 8 replies
    Google books ^ | 2010 | M. Bard
    Today, Bard shows, the Arab lobby's goals include feeding America's oil addiction, obtaining more sophisticated weaponry, and weakening our alliance with a democratic Israel. [...] The most powerful member of the Arab lobby is Saudi Arabia, which has a nearly eighty-year relationship with the United States. From the earliest days, when American companies first discovered oil in the Arabian Peninsula, the Saudis have used a variety of tactics, including threats and bribes, to coerce U.S. policy makers to ignore their human rights abuses, support of terrorism, and opposition to American interests. Today, Bard shows, the Arab lobby's goals include feeding...
  • Texas Lobbyists Plan to "Pack Heat" at Capitol

    07/21/2010 6:44:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    The New American ^ | 20 July, 2010 | James Heiser
    Success or failure for a political lobbyist often comes down to access; without easy access to legislators, it is naturally much harder to apply the pressure to drive legislation in the desired direction. But lobbyists in Austin, Texas, may soon begin applying a variation on Chairman Mao’s saying, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun” — albeit not in the way the Marxist dictator had in mind. The possible trend toward lobbyists “packing heat” may come about due to an aspect of Texas’ laws regulating concealed handgun licenses (CHL). Over 402,000 Texans have been issued a CHL,...
  • White House aide failed to disclose $40K payout

    06/29/2010 6:35:21 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | By JAKE SHERMAN
    President Barack Obama’s political director failed to disclose that he was slated to receive a nearly $40,000 payout from a large labor union while he was working in the White House. Patrick Gaspard, who served as the political director for the Service Employees International Union local 1199, received $37,071.46 in “carried over leave and vacation” from the union in 2009, but he did not disclose the agreement to receive the payment on his financial disclosure forms filed with the White House. . .
  • Obama Campaign Promoted “Israel Lobby” as Code for “Jewish Lobby”

    06/13/2010 10:02:31 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 11 replies · 434+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 6/11/10 | Bill Levinson
    Also sanctions a call to "Throw the Jews in the ovens"Jeremiah Wright's dislike for "them Jews" and Israel is well known, and perhaps Barack Obama--who belonged to Wright's racist church for more than 20 years--shares this dislike as shown by the fact that his campaign staff officially sanctioned the phrase "Israel lobby" as code for "Jewish lobby." From My.BarackObama.com, Hi [EMK], Thank you so much for your involvement in the My.BarackObama online community. Your voice is valued here; however, we were forced to remove your recent blog post that referred to the “Jewish lobby.” Please use the more specific and...
  • Gun-ban lobby losing its shot

    03/26/2010 7:45:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies · 362+ views
    dailycaller.com ^ | 25 March, 2010 | Alan Gottlieb
    Daley’s vehement opposition to private handgun ownership exemplifies the demagoguery which the entire gun prohibition movement embraces in its campaign of public disarmament. The people have wised up. As a result, anti-gun groups have lost so much momentum that they have been unable to push their agenda even with a Congress controlled by the far left fringe of the Democrat party, and with an anti-gun president in the White House. Americans are not as gullible as the gun prohibition lobby thought. The public has seen restrictive gun laws fail. Gun-free zones haven’t stopped shootings at schools or shopping malls. Gun...
  • 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...
  • Virginia gun rights group to lobby Richmond on Martin Luther King day

    01/13/2010 10:15:01 PM PST · by majstoll · 2 replies · 548+ views
    The Examiner.com ^ | January 13, 2009 | Mike Stollenwerk
    For years the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) has been rallying members to attend its annual Lobby Day at the Virginia General Assembly on Martin Luther King Day. In one respect this year is no different in that the League's Lobby Day is scheduled to start at 9AM on Monday, January 18, 2010 (Martin Luther King day). But in another respect 2010 is different - following impressive victories by pro-gun candidates for the House of Delegates, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General, VCDL's 2010 VCDL Lobby Day theme is "Transforming Gun Rights in Virginia." And the group is expecting results....
  • J-Street: Obama's Jewish Lobby

    10/27/2009 5:59:48 PM PDT · by conservativeauditor · 1 replies · 429+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 27 October 2009 | Jamie Weinstein
    On Sunday evening at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C., J-Street opened its first ever-national policy conference. Officially founded over a year ago, the self-proclaimed "pro-Israel, pro-peace" lobby was birthed amid controversy. While J-Street positioned itself as the voice of mainstream American Jewish opinion on Israel, critics (myself included) argued it was a left-wing front far from the mainstream.
  • Constitution Day celebration in Boston, and lobby day

    09/15/2009 5:12:45 AM PDT · by Billg64 · 6 replies · 445+ views
    vanity | 9/15/09 | billg64
    Hello to all, Thursday, Sept. 17, the MassLPA will be hosting a celebration of the constitution and all of our liberties at Nurse's hall on Beacon hill. The event will start with a flag raising ceremony and the "Pledge of Allegience"at 9:00AM. Starting at 10:00AM there will be speakers, most are members of the LPA, some will be semi-celebrity (politicians). There will be members of the Western Mass 912 project in attendance and some will be speaking. After the speaking event we will have a coffee hour and then move on to lobbying efforts. This should be a wonderful celebration...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Financial lobby gears up effort against Obama plan (Still no investigation of the Banking Queen)

    07/02/2009 3:01:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies · 488+ views
    The Hill ^ | 7/02/09 | Silla Brush
    Financial lobby gears up effort against Obama planBy Silla Brush Posted: 07/02/09 12:35 PM [ET] A coalition of financial services interests is in the process of organizing a major lobbying campaign against the Obama administration's plan for a Consumer Financial Protection Agency. The plans are not yet final, but among the groups and firms in the discussion are the American Financial Services Association, Financial Services Roundtable, Mortgage Bankers Association and Community Bankers Association, according to two industry sources familiar with the plans. The budget could be as high as several millions of dollars to organize grassroots opposition to the plan,...
  • Obama Picks Anti-gun Judge for the Supreme Court.

    05/29/2009 9:20:40 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 12 replies · 681+ views
    Gun Owners of America ^ | Friday May 29, 2009 | Gun Owners of America
    Unless you've taken a very long Memorial Day vacation, you've no doubt heard the big news. President Obama has picked an anti-gun radical to replace Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court. Obama's pick is Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who is currently on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second District. There she has racked up an anti-Second Amendment record and has displayed contempt for the rule of law under the Constitution. The Heller decision put the Supreme Court in support of the Constitutional protection of the individual right to keep and bear arms. Sotomayor, a politically correct lover of...
  • Update on Lobbyist Contacts Regarding the Recovery Act

    04/27/2009 3:33:13 PM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 161+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.GOV ^ | April 27, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM • THE BLOG Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 1:03 pm Update on Lobbyist Contacts Regarding the Recovery Act In the spirit of transparency, Norm Eisen, special counsel to the president for ethics and government reform, asked us to pass along this update on the President’s restrictions on lobbyist contacts regarding the Recovery Act. President Obama has made historic commitments to putting the public interest first and to cracking down on special interests and, in particular, lobbying abuses. To accomplish that, he has put forward the toughest rules in history closing...