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  • Meeks Pushed for Iran Sanction Exemption After Azerbaijan Junket

    08/03/2014 9:10:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    NLPC | August 3, 2014 | Peter Flaherty
    There’s fallout from the July 27 Houston Chronicle exposé of a trip to Azerbaijan by 10 member of the House that violated House rules. The trip was ostensibly sponsored by nonprofit groups but was actually funded by oil companies BP, Conoco Phillips and SOCAR, the national oil company of Azerbaijan. According to the New York Post today: Rep. Gregory Meeks pushed to let an Iran-backed natural-gas project dodge US sanctions — after attending an illicit junket paid for by energy companies. Also from the Post: “Congressman Meeks went on a 2013 Congressional trip to Baku, Azerbaijan, subsidized in part...
  • 16 year old programmer made something awesome that has politicians terrified

    06/23/2014 8:12:03 AM PDT · by Library Lady · 37 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | Josh Riddle
    Now when you hear babbling on about the Koch Brothers, you can see the hypocrisy and look at who he is bankrolled by. From Engadget: The murky world of lobby groups bankrolling politicians is garnering more attention, but is there a way to find out which representatives are in the pocket without a lot of tedious research? A 16-year-old programmer has developed a browser plugin that, when you mouse-over the name of a US lawmaker, will serve up a list of which parties have donated to their campaign funds, and the quantities. Greenhouse (geddit?) is currently available for Chrome, Firefox...
  • Divorce Beltway Style.. The Democratic breakup that exposes Washington’s rotten core

    04/11/2014 11:36:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 11, 2014 | Matthew Continetti
    how obscene wealth can be amassed through rent-seeking and influence-peddling in Washington D.C., and of the hoary means by which the princelings of the capital and their consorts maintain and grow that wealth. They tell stories not only of an ugly divorce, but of the power of lobbying, of how one family maneuvered to the center of the nation’s dominant political party, of the transactional relationships, gargantuan self-regard, and empty posturing that insulates, asbestos-like, the D.C. bubble. That the broken couple now uses the tools of their trade—the phone-call to a friend, the selective leaking of documents, the hiring of...
  • Washington's Rotten Core "We Know People"

    04/11/2014 11:22:24 AM PDT · by A'elian' nation · 4 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/11/2014 | Matthew Continetti
    Tony Podesta (brother of John Podesta ) and wife Heather formed The Podesta Group and Heather Podesta + Partners in 2007. John Podesta's Center for American Progress completed the three-pronged Podesta empire. Brother John is currently a senior advisor to President Obama. Heather launched her lobby firm with the catchy slogan "We Know People." One of her party invitations read as follows: “The prix fixe includes the Select Committee on Intelligence for the first course followed by your choice of Appropriations, Judiciary, or Rules Committees.” Now two-thirds of that empire is crumbling because of the divorce case of Tony Podesta....
  • Pushing Back Against PARCC/Achieve Inc. Lobbyists

    04/04/2014 3:31:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Attention, class: A Common Core mouthpiece wants to rap my knuckles with his Gates Foundation-funded ruler. In response to my column two weeks ago about the marketing overlords pushing the Fed Ed racket, Chad Colby of Achieve Inc. demanded corrections. Let's go to school. "I wanted to take a moment to highlight two points that were incorrect regarding Achieve," Colby complained. "Contrary to Ms. Malkin's assertion, Achieve employs no lobbyists and we never have." No? Never? Someone didn't do his homework. Mr. Colby, meet Patricia Sullivan. She's the founding executive director of Achieve and a career lobbyist who has bounced...
  • Revolving Door Crony Capitalism Spins Washington

    03/14/2014 7:34:17 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/13/2014 | Jack McHugh
    Tim Carney covers the crony capitalism beat for the Washington Examiner, and reported recently that former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has joined the board of a company that during his tenure benefited from extensive subsidies from the department he headed. Carney summed it up: "So LaHood used his power as a top government official to give taxpayer money to Proterra. Now he stands to personally benefit if the company succeeds." Similar revolving door relationships are seen in this state as well. A few weeks ago former state representative Andy Coulouris appeared before a legislative committee in Lansing where...
  • Lobbying Is A Critical Skill In Today's Crony Economy

    02/26/2014 6:31:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    IBD ^ | 02/26/2014 | Daniel J. Smith
    U.S. business schools are failing to provide students the skills to succeed in today's business environment. The textbooks, case studies and even the experience of entrepreneurs-turned-professors are proving irrelevant in the current marketplace. Today it is increasingly politicians who pick the winners in the businesses world — not creativity, grit, determination and a little elbow grease. So while my suggestion that business schools should update their curriculums is tongue-in-cheek, the reality is that knowing how to lobby politicians, procure economic incentive packages, secure bailouts in the event of temporary setbacks and use taxes and regulations to undercut competitors are, unfortunately,...
  • French ad giant buys Washington PR firm [K-street controlled by overseas ad agencies]

    01/11/2014 6:42:34 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 11, 2014 | Kevin Bogardus
    The French company Publicis Groupe has acquired Qorvis Communications, one of Washington’s more active public relations firms in politics and lobbying. Publicis will wrap Qorvis into MSLGROUP, its strategic communications and engagement firm. Publicis is one of the world’s biggest marketing companies and is headquartered in Paris. Qorvis will now operate under the name of MSLGROUP in Washington with the firm’s managing partner and CEO, Michael Petruzzello, as its new president. Petruzzello will also be the agency’s North America practice director of public affairs. Qorvis has more than 80 employees and is expected to increase Publicis’s reach into the Washington...
  • The Five Types of Elected Officials

    01/02/2014 12:53:16 PM PST · by Drew McKissick · 9 replies
    DrewMcKissick.com ^ | 12/31/13 | Drew McKissick
    If you've been paying attention to politics for any length of time you've probably noticed that there are several different types of elected officials. Not just in terms of partisanship or ideology, but in the sense of how active or vocal they are. If you've ever done any lobbying, you've noticed a difference in how reliable they are in terms of their vote and how hard you have to work to nail them down. Here's a shorthand way to categorize elected officials: Hopeless: These are the guys (and gals) that are so far on the other side of the street...
  • K Street sizes up retiring lawmakers

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

    11/24/2013 3:57:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2013 | David Williams
    Throughout the history of the country, Congress has done some pretty dumb things and their recent abysmal approval ratings shows that the American public is losing faith. Not to say it’s an institution built on imprudent thoughts and actions. No. In reality it’s a venerable institution responsible for some of the most important legal, social and political advancements in modern history. But it’s hasn’t always been smooth sailing. For example, Congress once earmarked $50,000 in taxpayer money to support a museum honoring mules? Congress also spent $1.9 million on a Center for Public Service that would eventually honor a member...
  • Capital gains: Spending on contracts and lobbying propels a wave of new wealth in D .C.

    11/18/2013 7:26:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 18, 2013 | Greg Jaffe and Jim Tankersley
    "...........The signs of the new Washington are everywhere — from the Tiffany & Co. store that Fairfax County development officials boast is the most profitable in the country to the new Tesla dealership in Tysons Corner. Every morning on the Beltway, contractors, lobbyists and some of the country’s highest-paid lawyers sit in the nation’s worst traffic. Sports talk radio crackles with rants about the Redskins and the latest ads from Deltek, a firm that advises companies on “capture strategies” for winning government contracts. The radio signal doesn’t extend much beyond the Washington commute. It doesn’t have to. The ad barely...
  • 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...
  • Academic Lobbying: Ivy is is not the Only Green for Universities

    06/17/2013 9:15:46 AM PDT · by William Tell 2
    MainStreet.com ^ | 6-17-13 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Generally speaking, the nation's colleges and universities portray themselves as institutions engaged only in the pursuit of knowledge. So who would have guessed that universities are some of the biggest lobbyists in Washington D.C.? Apparently, the green of money...
  • Bloomberg pressures donors over gun control votes

    06/12/2013 10:01:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 12, 2013 12:51 PM EDT | John Christoffersen
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is stepping up his gun control campaign by asking donors not to support four Democratic senators who opposed a bill to expand background checks. Bloomberg’s made the request in a letter to about 1,100 New York City residents. It comes as a mayor’s group that he co-founded plans a national bus tour aimed at getting senators who voted against the proposed legislation in April to change their minds. …
  • U.S. tax dollars promote Monsanto's GMO crops overseas: report

    06/02/2013 6:10:29 PM PDT · by opentalk · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 14, 2013 | Carey Gillam
    U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill for overseas lobbying that promotes controversial biotech crops developed by U.S.-based Monsanto Co and other seed makers, a report issued on Tuesday said. A review of 926 diplomatic cables of correspondence to and from the U.S. State Department and embassies in more than 100 countries found that State Department officials actively promoted the commercialization of specific biotech seeds, according to the report issued by Food & Water Watch, a nonprofit consumer protection group. The officials tried to quash public criticism of particular companies and facilitated negotiations between foreign governments and seed companies such as...
  • Public School Lobbying Worse Than 'Skunk Works'

    05/03/2013 6:45:36 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/30/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    A group of charter public school advocates, private-sector business people and state employees have been meeting to come up with ideas on how to provide better public education at a lower cost through technology and competition. The group hopes to provide a “value school” model costing about $5,000 per pupil, reports The Detroit News, which broke the story. If it works, this would mean an education at substantially less than the $13,000 school districts receive now in per-student revenue or even the roughly $7,000 per pupil they receive strictly from the state. Most of the criticism of the program has...
  • How Taxpayers Are Funding Political Lobbying

    04/29/2013 5:35:22 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/28/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    Michigan law requires public school districts to report publicly on their website how much taxpayer money they use to lobby the Legislature. But districts in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne County have found a way to work around the law. In practice, this means that these public school districts can appear less politically active than they really are, while simultaneously spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on political lobbying. The Setup Enter the Tri-County Alliance. The TCA is a 501c(4) non-profit, which means it is a tax-exempt organization that can lobby for or against legislation. The organization spends its money on...
  • Newtown families: Victims turn lobbyists [Politico Thinks This is NEW?]

    04/12/2013 8:01:01 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/11/13 | MIKE ALLEN and JIM VANDEHEI
    When a lobbyist for families of Newtown shooting victims called the office of Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) to set up a meeting, the first response was a standard D.C. offer. They could get a meeting with her staff, and a quick and simple “hello” from Collins herself, they were told. The families’ answer: not good enough. According to their lobbyists, the families have a rule against staff-only meetings: They won’t do them. They insist on sitting down with the senators themselves.
  • Gas trade group seeks lobbying probe of Artists Against Fracking over fracking (Yoko, Deniro, etc)

    03/30/2013 5:42:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    ALBANY, N.Y. - A formal complaint filed with New York's lobbying board asks it to investigate whether Artists Against Fracking, a group that includes Yoko Ono and other A-List celebrities, is violating the state's lobbying law, according to the document obtained by The Associated Press. The Independent Oil & Gas Association, an industry group that supports gas drilling, filed the complaint Tuesday with the state's Joint Commission on Public Ethics. The complaint is based on an AP story that found that Artists Against Fracking and its members, including Ono, her son Sean Lennon, actors Mark Ruffalo and Robert De Niro...
  • NY lobby board asked to investigate Yoko Ono, other Artists Against Fracking

    03/30/2013 5:28:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 30, 2013 | AP
    ALBANY, N.Y. – A formal complaint filed with New York's lobbying board asks it to investigate whether Artists Against Fracking, a group that includes Yoko Ono and other A-List celebrities, is violating the state's lobbying law, according to the document obtained by The Associated Press. The Independent Oil & Gas Association, an industry group that supports gas drilling, filed the complaint Tuesday with the state's Joint Commission on Public Ethics.
  • How New Mexicans Beat State Gun Control Legislation; How Others Can Do The Same

    03/17/2013 11:37:13 AM PDT · by forty_years · 16 replies
    War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | March 17, 2013 | netWMD Staff
    ... It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of...
  • Critics hold the line on pro-Obama lobbying group: 'Shut it down' (secret 'dark money')

    03/10/2013 1:49:33 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/09/13 | Kevin Bogardus
    Organizing for Action has given up corporate cash, but watchdog groups won’t be satisfied until the pro-Obama nonprofit is shut down for good. The lobbying group, which was built from the remnants of President Obama’s reelection machine, has come under intense pressure from good-government advocates who say it’s ripe for corruption. “We continue to call on President Obama to shut it down,” said Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21. “President Obama should have never gotten into this in the first place, but it's not too late for him to correct this by having this entity shut down promptly.” When Organizing...
  • Prof forces students to lobby government to ban soda

    03/08/2013 12:04:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 8, 2013 | Robby Soave
    If students want to pass John Banzhaf’s law class, they’ll have to fight for increased government regulation in the food and beverages industry.Banzhaf, a law professor at George Washington University, will require his students to lobby state and local governments to ban sugary beverages, according to a press release. The release was put out by Banzhaf himself, who summarized the objective as “Undergrads Required to Lobby for Obama Policy.”“Some 200 undergrads will be asked to contact legislators in their home cities, counties, or states asking them to adopt legislation similar to that already adopted in New York City … banning...
  • Health industry pushes GOP states toward Obamacare [Republican assent explained, simply]

    03/04/2013 5:55:46 AM PST · by Dysart · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3-4-13 | Tim Carney
    Excerpt: Comb through the campaign finance disclosures of most Idaho state senators and you'll see gifts from drugmakers (GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer), insurers (Blue Cross of Idaho and PacificSource Health Plans) and industry groups (Idaho Hospital Association, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, and the Idaho Health Care Association). All these companies benefit from a state-run exchange... Pearce thinks this industry push helped persuade Republicans to overcome their general opposition to Obamacare and big government....What do the companies stand to gain? Insurers and providers both benefit from the federal subsidies that come with a state exchange. Insurers also get protection...
  • The Company Sen. Sleaze-Bob Menendez Keeps

    02/06/2013 3:25:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    Put on your shocked faces: Since my bipartisan call last week for Democratic women to join the Ladies Against Senator Sleaze-Bob movement, not a single Democratic woman in Washington has signed up. Here's the thing. The brewing scandal involving N.J. Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, the new chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is not just a "sex scandal." It's a crony corruption scandal of sordid, soap operatic proportions. Maybe if Menendez were a contestant on "The Bachelor," he'd finally command more widespread female attention. For their part, the Democratic women on Capitol Hill seem as uninterested in the alleged...
  • Lobbying Muscle and Green Agenda Blinded Boeing to Reality

    01/31/2013 11:52:13 AM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    NLPC ^ | January 31, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    With the revelation that All Nippon Airways replaced defectivelithium ion batteries 10 times,Japan Air Lines replaced“quite a few,” andUnited Airlines replaced “multiple batteries,” in the months preceding the smoke emergency that grounded their Dreamliners, is there anything that can be said about the technology that can overcome its now-horrible reputation? Boeing has worked on the 787 for 10 years or so, with an ample amount of time to determine what kind of battery technology would be functional with the“super-efficient” jet with “exceptional environmental performance.” Had the Chicago-based manufacturer –and its airline customers – concerned themselves more with achievable plans that...
  • Rep. ROHRABACHER (1999) -- How the Clinton Administration brought the Taliban to power

    09/28/2001 7:01:18 PM PDT · by Nita Nupress · 40 replies · 2,520+ views
    Senate testimony | April 14, 1999 | Rep. Dana Rohrabacher
    April 14, 1999, Wednesday COMMITTEE HEARING SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS: SUBCOMMITTEE ON NEAR EASTERN AND SOUTH U.S. SENATOR SAM BROWNBACK (R-KS) HOLDS HEARING ON THE CRISIS IN AFGANISTAN  WASHINGTON, D.C. SPEAKERS: U.S. SENATOR SAM BROWNBACK (R-KS), CHAIRMAN U.S. SENATOR JOHN ASHCROFT (R-MO) U.S. SENATOR GORDON H. SMITH (R-OR) U.S. SENATOR ROD GRAMS (R-MN) U.S. SENATOR CRAIG THOMAS (R-WY) U.S. SENATOR PAUL DAVID WELLSTONE (D-MN), RANKING MEMBER U.S. SENATOR ROBERT G. TORRICELLI (D-NJ) U.S. SENATOR PAUL S. SARBANES (D-MD) U.S. SENATOR CHRISTOPHER J. DODD (D-CT) U.S. REPRESENTATIVE DANA ROHRABACHER (R-CA) THE HONORABLE KARL F. INDERFURTH ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR SOUTH ...
  • Siljander pleads guilty in Islamic American Relief Agency lobbying case

    07/09/2010 9:23:47 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 5 replies
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 A former congressman pleaded guilty Wednesday to serving as an unregistered agent in Washington for a Missouri-based Islamic charity that the federal government said had ties to international terrorism. It was an odd outcome for Mark D. Siljander, who said he wanted to help bridge the gulf between Muslims and Christians. A Republican who attained one of Michigan's congressional seats from 1981 to 1987 with assistance from the Moral Majority, Siljander was outspoken about conservative social issues. Siljander confirmed in a Kansas City, Mo., court that he contacted members of Congress in an effort to lift...
  • Would You "Roll" Pelosi for $4 Billion? Big Pharma Did.

    08/05/2012 12:28:47 PM PDT · by rightjb · 5 replies
    RantPolitical.com ^ | 8-5-2012 | PolitiJim (@politiJim)
    The news from the “Caribou Coffee” emails has centered almost exclusively around the likely illegal acts by the White House to conduct lobbying offsite to deceive and subvert lobbying disclosure laws. That’s bad. But White House lobbying at Caribou Coffee isn’t the most criminal of the email disclosures. What is much more damning to me is this excerpt from those emails: “I will roll [P]elosi to get the 4 billion,” Messina told Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America lobbyist Jeffrey Forbes.“As you may have heard I am literally rolling over the house. But there just isn’t 8-10 billion.” Aside from...
  • 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...
  • Government wants more people on food stamps

    06/25/2012 1:54:16 PM PDT · by kingattax · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | June 25, 2012: | Tami Luhby
    More than one in seven Americans are on food stamps, but the federal government wants even more people to sign up for the safety net program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been running radio ads for the past four months encouraging those eligible to enroll. The campaign is targeted at the elderly, working poor, the unemployed and Hispanics. The department is spending between $2.5 million and $3 million on paid spots, and free public service announcements are also airing. The campaign can be heard in California, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, and the New York metro area. "Research...
  • White House visitor logs provide window into lobbying industry [Obama more than any president]

    05/20/2012 7:06:21 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 10 replies
    ... It was an unremarkable January day, with a steady stream of lobbyists among the thousands of daily visitors to the White House and the surrounding executive office buildings, according to a Washington Post analysis of visitor logs released by the administration. The Post matched visits with lobbying registrations and connected records in the visitor database to show who participated in the meetings, information now available in a search engine on the Post’s web site. The visitor logs for Jan. 17 — one of the most recent days available — show that the lobbying industry Obama has vowed to constrain...
  • Lobbyists Arranged N.Y. Congressman’s $20,000 Trip To Taiwan

    05/14/2012 4:07:30 AM PDT · by DaoPian · 8 replies
    Pro Publica ^ | 5/10/12 | Justin Elliott
    Two days after Christmas last year, Rep. Bill Owens, D-N.Y., and his wife, Jane, boarded a first-class flight to Taiwan for a four-day tour of the island. Owens and his wife roomed at $500-a-night luxury hotels and enjoyed fine meals between meetings with Taiwanese officials and a day trip to Taipei’s famed National Palace Museum. Interactive Timeline How Lobbyists Arranged Rep. Bill Owens’ Trip to Taiwan The Chinese Culture University in Taiwan had ostensibly invited the congressman and his wife “to promote international cultural exchange.” In fact, lobbyists for Taiwan’s government had organized the trip. Congressional ethics rules prohibit members...
  • White House Allowed Hilary Rosen Back-Door Lobbying Privileges

    04/15/2012 1:52:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/15/12 | staff
    Hilary Rosen, the Democratic National Committee consultant who told CNN last week that Ann Romney had “never worked a day in her life,” has used her power with the White House to swing special lobbying privileges for her friends – all without meeting reporting requirements. One senior Democrat told Ben White at Politico: Serious Dem operatives are aghast at Hilary Rosen’s misguided attack on Ann Romney’s work history. She and others at PR firm SKD Knickerbocker have represented many clients that have raised hackles with senior White House staff. It’s an open secret in the Dem consultant community that SKD...
  • Newt Gingrich's Freddie Mac Contract Released

    Document Shows No Lobbying By Former Speaker ATLANTA - The Gingrich Group, LLC today announced it is releasing a contract written by Freddie Mac for consulting services it contracted with the organization. “Subject to a conversation between our counsel and Freddie Mac, we have received permission to release the attached contract,” said Nancy Desmond, Chairman and CEO of the Gingrich Group. “As noted under the scope of work section on Page 14, the contract was solely for consulting purposes and not lobbying. “Freddie Mac and The Gingrich Group have agreed that this release is limited to the contract alone and...
  • Duluth City Council takes stand against 'corporate personhood' ruling

    12/31/2011 11:23:42 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 8 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-31-11 | Peter Passi
    Duluth made history last week when it became the first city in the state to pass a resolution in support of a constitutional amendment that would essentially overturn a U.S. Supreme Court decision, namely Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission. The court ruled in 2010 that corporations are entitled to the same constitutional rights as individual U.S. citizens. A majority of justices also concluded that political spending was a form of free speech and that corporations should be able to spend an unlimited sum of money to influence voters, without disclosing financial details of their activities. Although Duluth is...
  • Two claim Gingrich lobbied in ’03

    12/28/2011 2:42:05 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    DesMoines Register | December 28, 2011 | Tony Leys
    Link only due to posting restrictions The LINKED article describes Newt Gingrich and a meeting in 2003 with members of Congress urging their support on the Medicare Expansion Bill after he'd left Congress. (It passed -- barely) The people interviewed are U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake (AZ- 6th) and former congressman Butch Otter (both have endorsed Romney). Otter is now the governor of Idaho. They feel Newt Gingrich was lobbying. Newt and others dispute this. You can decide.
  • 30 Major U.S. Corporations Paid More to Lobby Congress Than Income Taxes, 2008-2010

    12/12/2011 6:34:56 PM PST · by Bokababe · 36 replies · 1+ views
    International Business Times ^ | 12/9/11 | Ashley Portero
    By employing a plethora of tax-dodging techniques, 30 multi-million dollar American corporations expended more money lobbying Congress than they paid in federal income taxes between 2008 and 2010, ultimately spending approximately $400,000 every day -- including weekends -- during that three-year period to lobby lawmakers and influence political elections, according to a new report from the non-partisan Public Campaign....
  • Jon-Bubba twist (Clinton's profitable consulting work for MF Global)

    12/06/2011 2:44:59 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 6, 2011 | JOSH MARGOLIN
    FRIEND$ AT THE TOP: Former President Bill Clinton and British ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair both sit on the advisory board of Teneo Holdings, which was paid at least $625,000 to do public-relations and financial-consulting work for Jon Corzine’s failed brokerage, MF Global. ....Clinton spokesman Matt McKenna said “President Clinton does not advise clients on the firm’s behalf.” Clinton does make money from Teneo, but has declined to disclose the sum. Corzine and the former president have been close for years. Clinton campaigned for Corzine repeatedly and Corzine, in turn, became the first sitting governor to endorse Hillary Rodham Clinton’s bid...
  • Catholic Church Lobbying Called Improper

    12/03/2011 10:17:40 AM PST · by John Semmens · 19 replies
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) denounced efforts by the Catholic Church to persuade the Department of Health and Human Services to rescind new regulations that will force Catholics to engage in activities that violate their faith. The regulations would require all Americans to purchase coverage for services—like abortion—that are banned by Catholic tenets. The regulations also require all health service providers to offer these services regardless of any personal, religious, or ethical objections. “The Church’s attempt to meddle with affairs of state is offensive to our system of government,” Pelosi contended. “We don’t live in a theocracy. In America,...
  • Gingrich Says He Was Acting as a Citizen, Not a Lobbyist

    12/01/2011 2:20:51 PM PST · by Lazlo in PA · 62 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | 12-01-11 | JIM RUTENBERG
    Newt Gingrich said on Wednesday night that his advocacy with state and federal legislators for policies that would help his paying clients was in keeping with his role as a citizen, and was not evidence that he ever acted as a lobbyist. Speaking in an interview with the Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity, Mr. Gingrich appeared to be referring to an article in The New York Times on Wednesday detailing how he has made millions of dollars while helping his corporate clients promote themselves to — and gain access to — state and federal officials. He referred to a...
  • Scarborough: Newt 'Not Fit To Be President Of The United States'

    12/01/2011 5:42:15 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 37 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If Newt Gingrich is the Republican presidential candidate, will Joe Scarborough abstain on election day? The question arises because on Morning Joe today, Scarborough flatly declared that Gingrich "is not fit to be the President of the United States." It was Newt's acceptance of $1 million-plus in fees from Freddie Mac, while subsequently suggesting that "politicians who profited" from the environment surrounding Fannie and Freddie should go to jail, that set Scarborough off. View the video here.
  • (Kevin) Ring sentenced to 20 months in lobbying scandal

    10/26/2011 12:06:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/26/11 | Nedra Pickler - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A former lobbyist who was a rising star under Jack Abramoff's tutelage was sentenced Wednesday to nearly two years in prison for giving public officials meals and event tickets. Kevin Ring argued up until his emotional sentencing hearing that he was operating in a corrupt Washington environment controlled by people with money and that he did not break the law. "I found a ridiculous system full of gray areas and I manipulated it," a sobbing Ring told the judge in asking her not to lock him up. It was the first time he spoke about the charges...
  • LightSquared doubles size of its lobbying team in 2011 (already spent $830,000 in first 6 months)

    09/27/2011 9:21:31 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/27/11 | Rachel Leven and Kevin Bogardus
    LightSquared doubles size of its lobbying team in 2011By Rachel Leven and Kevin Bogardus 09/27/11 06:00 AM ET LightSquared, the wireless telecom firm facing Republican complaints that it has benefited from political ties to the White House, has significantly boosted its lobbying this year. The company has more than doubled the number of lobbying firms on its payroll, from four to nine K Street shops, in the first half of 2011. LightSquared has already spent $830,000 on lobbying in the first six months of year, and is on pace to more than double its K Street expenditures of $695,000 in...
  • 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...
  • (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...
  • American Traffic Solutions(ATS) - suspends exec for posting pro-camera comments under fake identity

    07/11/2011 11:24:32 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 8 replies
    Texas Watchdog ^ | Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 03:14PM CST | Mark Lisheron
    Full headline: American Traffic Solutions -- red-light camera vendor for Houston, Fort Worth, Arlington, Irving and Amarillo --- suspends exec for posting pro-camera comments under fake identity -- As far as anyone can tell, American Traffic Solutions Inc. has resorted only to the conventional lobbying method of throwing money around to grow its red-light camera business in Texas. Until last week, at least one business development executive was making inroads in Washington state by cheerleading for the company and personally attacking opponents under an assumed name in dozens of comments left on the website of a local newspaper, according to...
  • Lobbying for Terrorists

    06/15/2011 12:18:34 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    American Enterprise ^ | June 15, 2011 | Danielle Pletka
    The Hill reported on Sunday that the U.S.-designated terrorist group the Mujahedin e Khalq (aka the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, aka the National Council of Resistance) has acquired lobbying help from Democratic powerhouse Akin Gump to support its removal from the State Department’s Foreign Terrorist Organization list. To be fair to Akin Gump, plenty of GOPers have taken up cudgels for the MEK, though the direct cash payoff to them is less clear. The MEK has for years lobbied aggressively via a myriad of front groups to be taken off the terrorism list. Shrewd lobbyists, they have moved well beyond...