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  • Eric Cantor parties in Hamptons, campaigning for Wall Street job: report

    07/16/2014 1:16:08 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 7/16/14 | Terrence Cullen
    Pick a job, any job. Outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s career in Congress might be over, but he’s got plenty of suitors on Wall Street and in the National Republican Committee. Cantor was recently spotted at an exclusive Hamptons party, rubbing elbows with Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfien and billionaire investor Carl Icahn, according to Politico, and seemed to be pining for a finance job in New York. The seven-term congressman from Virginia lost his primary last month to Tea Party favorite Dave Brat. Cantor will step down from his leadership role at the end of July, but will...
  • Bill Clinton Reportedly Smashed a Mirror After Hearing Qatar Won the 2022 World Cup Bid

    06/03/2014 12:35:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 71 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Marissa Payne
    If the “well-placed” source found by The Sydney Morning Herald is to be believed, it seems former President Bill Clinton went into Hulk mode on a Swiss hotel mirror after hearing Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup. The Morning Herald reports : “Bill Clinton looked anything but happy as he strode into the Savoy Baur en Ville hotel in Zurich in December 2010. The receptionists could tell he was irritated, but had no idea just how angry he was. After closing the door to his suite, he reached for an ornament on a table and threw it at a...
  • How Google Got States To Legalize Driverless Cars

    05/30/2014 11:13:25 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 85 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 5/30/14 | Justin Pritchard
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) -- About four years ago, the Google team trying to develop cars driven by computers - not people - concluded that sooner than later, the technology would be ready for the masses. There was one big problem: No state had even considered whether driverless cars should be legal. And yet this week, Google said it wants to give Californians access to a small fleet of prototypes it will make without a steering wheel or pedals. The plan is possible because, by this time next year, driverless cars will be legal in the tech giant's home state.
  • Senators Opposing Net Neutrality Receive More ISP Lobbying Cash

    05/19/2014 10:02:23 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 11 replies
    DSL REPORTS ^ | Monday May 19 2014 | by Karl Bode
    Surprising nobody, data from Maplight shows that the Republican and Democrat lawmakers opposing both Title II ISP reclassification and net neutrality rules receive 2.3 times more campaign contributions from the cable industry than average. Twenty-nine members of Congress own stock in Comcast, making Comcast the 25th most held stock among members of Congress. Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) owns more Comcast stock than any other member. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology has received more money from the cable industry than any other member of the House of Representatives: $109,250 over the last...
  • Employees of private groups that lobby Albany qualify for state pensions

    05/11/2014 6:11:13 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 7 replies
    Post Standard Syracuse NY ^ | May 11, 2014 at 2:40 AM | By Michelle Breidenbach | mbreidenbach@syracuse.com
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. - New York state taxpayers are funding the retirement pensions for more than 100 private employees of groups that lobby Albany on behalf of local governments even though they are not public employees. The state is already paying for the retirement of 65 employees who counted one of the following nonprofits as their employers: New York State Conference of Mayors, New York State School Boards Association, New York State Association of Counties and the New York State Association of Towns. Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, and Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, have introduced bills in each house this spring to...
  • Can We Divorce Our Elites?

    04/13/2014 6:06:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Daily Beast ^ | April 13, 2014 | James Poulos
    They say Washington, D.C. is Hollywood for ugly people. And the biggest story splashed across the political tabloids is the now very ugly divorce of Tony and Heather Podesta, lobbyists extraordinaire. It’s not ugly in the way we’re used to. This is a decoupling carried out with a conscious air of respect and admiration, tarnished only by the soulless machinations of lawyers that we have come to expect wherever nontrivial sums are involved. No, it’s ugly because of the lifestyle being revealed around these rich and famous power-brokers. And no, it’s not just a matter of the “museum-quality art” they...
  • Pay Boost for Congress Given High Priority

    04/05/2014 11:00:44 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 Apr 2014 | John Semmens
    Calling the current $174,000 annual salary (not counting perks) an “injustice,” Representative James Moran (D-Virginia) vowed to “right this wrong.” “Congress is like the board of directors of the largest economic entity in the world,” Moran contended. “With a GDP of over $16 trillion we preside over the distribution of more wealth than any other board of directors. We deserve a bigger piece of this pie.” The Congressman suggested that “a salary of $2 million per year might be a good starting point. In total, that would only amount to around a billion per year share of our $16 trillion...
  • What’s the most expensive ingredient in beer? Taxes! (VIDEO)

    04/01/2014 3:38:43 PM PDT · by TheProducer · 2 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | 4/1/2014 | Ian Huyett
    Obama's & His Dark Sayings; The Wrath of God On America http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rrp6wUkTGjY
  • Former McDonnell staffers lobbying on Medicaid

    03/22/2014 6:45:55 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 7 replies
    Virginian Pilot Online ^ | March 13, 2014 | Julian Walker
    Three high-level veterans of former governor Bob McDonnell's administration, two with South Hampton Roads ties, have newly registered as lobbyists for the pro-Medicaid expansion Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association. They are Janet Vestal Kelly, a past secretary of the commonwealth who attended Regent University, and her husband, Ryan; former U.S. Rep. Thelma Drake of Norfolk, who was McDonnell's public transit director; and Matt Cobb, a deputy health secretary under McDonnell.(snip) The hospitals are leading a push to expand Medicaid, a government subsidized health care program, to as many as 400,000 uninsured low-income, Virginians newly eligible under the federal Affordable Care...
  • New ethics complaint against Wendy Davis, hid income and ties to lobbyists

    01/31/2014 4:15:47 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Examiner ^ | 1/31/14
    Democrat nominee for the Governor's Mansion in the Lone Star State is finding herself at the receiving end of a new ethics violation complaint filed with the Texas government, as reported by Fox News on Jan. 30, 2014 via Watchdog.org on Jan. 29, 2014 State Senator and darling of the left since her recent pro-abortion filibuster in the Texas State Legislature, Wendy Davis has just been figuratively slapped with accusations that she failed to disclose income as well as ties to lobbyists as required by state law for those seeking elected office. The editor of the citizens rights/journalism activists group...
  • Chamber spent $50 million on lobbying amid push for immigration reform

    01/21/2014 12:13:12 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/21/14 | Kevin Bogardus
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent more than $50 million on lobbying last year as it pushed for action on immigration reform. Typically the biggest K Street spender in Washington, the business group funneled about $52.7 million toward lobbying efforts in 2013, according to disclosure records. In the last quarter of the year, the group spent almost $16.5 million. Some of that money went toward lobbying on immigration reform, which is a top legislative priority for the business community. The Chamber played an instrumental role in getting a comprehensive immigration reform bill through the Senate last year by helping the...
  • It’s a Very Merry Christmas for Washington’s Parasite Class

    12/24/2013 8:23:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Last year, while writing about the sleazy and self-serving behavior at the IRS, I came up with a Theorem that explains day-to-day behavior in Washington. It might not be as pithy as Mitchell’s Law, and it doesn’t contain an important policy prescription like Mitchell’s Golden Rule, but it could be the motto of the federal government. Simply stated, government is a racket that benefits the DC political elite by taking money from average people in America I realize this is an unhappy topic to be discussing during the Christmas season, but the American people need to realize that they are...
  • 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...
  • Why lawmakers love lobbyists and hate 'outside groups'

    12/17/2013 4:04:08 PM PST · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/17/2013 | TIMOTHY P. CARNEY
    Politicians like to say they hate lobbyists. This is false. They love lobbyists and they love being lobbied. What politicians hate is being lobbied in public, in earshot of their constituents.Keeping disagreements and policy debates behind the closed doors of Capitol Hill and K Street animates Democrats' fight for campaign finance restrictions. But it also lies at the heart of the Republican leadership's war with Tea Party groups.Take Byron Dorgan, the former Democratic senator. In his 2006 book he complained of “legions of lobbyists” bringing “barrels of political donations.” Dorgan's wife, Kimberly, has since 1999 been a lobbyist for the...
  • K St. mints money from regs surge

    12/18/2013 5:06:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 18, 2013 | Megan R. Wilson
    Lobbyists are minting money from the surge in government regulations. Top K Street officials say their regulatory work has accelerated in recent years thanks to the sprawling rule-making from the healthcare and financial reform laws. “We’re in this situation now, where we have this strong executive branch [that is] taking full advantage of being able to do whatever they want,” said Rich Gold, a partner at Holland & Knight. While revenue from traditional lobbying work has flatlined, K Street firms say their regulatory practices are thriving. Several lobbyists said federal agencies are increasingly “where all the action is.” The increase...
  • Business Community Backing Moderates over Tea Party in GOP Civil War (Crony capitalists pile on)

    10/19/2013 10:34:20 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/19/2013 | Tony Lee
    Fed up with conservatives who do not want comprehensive immigration reform and more government expansion, business groups like the Chamber of Commerce will seek to oust conservative lawmakers in Congress. “We are going to get engaged,” Scott Reed, a senior political strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, told Bloomberg News. “The need is now more than ever to elect people who understand the free market and not silliness.” The chamber reportedly "spent $35.7 million on federal elections in 2012," and they are researching which races they can impact in 2014. Finding candidates who support comprehensive immigration reform seems to...
  • Tea Party loosens K Street's stranglehold on the GOP

    10/06/2013 12:04:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 5, 2013 | Timothy P. Carney
    How did the Republican Party become so splintered and so infused with hard-line conservatives? Don't blame redistricting. Don't chalk it up to anti-Obama fervor.Republicans have become an unruly bunch of scorched-earth conservatives because the Tea Party smashed the business lobby's monopoly on GOP fundraising.Here's a story of where the GOP used to be:Back in 2006, I asked a couple of conservative Republican congressmen to give blurbs for my book on corporate welfare. “My boss loves the book,” one of their top aides said, “but we’re not going to put his name on it." Why not, I asked. "Who do you...
  • Lobbyists question motivation behind take-down of websites (maximum pain)

    10/06/2013 4:33:57 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/06/13 | Kate Tummarello, Brendan Sasso
    Lawyers and lobbyists are accusing regulatory agencies of unnecessarily blocking access to websites during the government shutdown. "I can't help wondering whether this is a political call," a Republican telecom lawyer said. "Is it really necessary to completely cut off Internet access?" Agencies including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have entirely shut down their websites, preventing the public from accessing regulations, filings and other documents. Congressional Republicans have accused the Obama administration of “maximizing the pain” of the shutdown to increase Democrats’ leverage in negotiations. “It's a source of enormous frustration for those who...
  • Stop Picking on the D.C. Elite! This Town is No Worse Than Your Town (Must read)

    09/15/2013 12:32:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The New Republic ^ | September 14, 2013 | Nicholas Lemann
    've been having an argument with a friend of mine, a veteran Washington journalist, about whether it can really be true that where I live (an apartment building on the Upper West Side of New York, all of whose residents are Columbia faculty members), people arenÂ’t talking about This Town. My friend thinks IÂ’m playing the country bumpkin, but I swear it! This Town has a powerful infinity-of-mirrors quality: itÂ’s proudly, defiantly obsessed with a particular Washington subculture, which it persuasively portrays as being self-obsessed, and the subculture obsesses over This Town right back, because the book plays into the...
  • Last free football tickets for Ga. lawmakers

    09/14/2013 8:34:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 14, 2013 11:11 AM EDT | Ray Henry
    One college football tradition in Georgia will soon disappear: Letting politicians into the stadium for free. A new law taking effect next year bans lobbyists from giving Georgia’s politicians free college football tickets, a rite as well-established as Game Day beer and barbecue in the football-obsessed South. … Disclosure reports show that lobbyists have given Georgia politicians nearly $1,400 in college football tickets and related entertainment since the start of the season in late August. That’s just the beginning. … Many lawmakers get tickets in Georgia because the Legislature controls the $6.4 billion higher education budget, including the roughly $1.9...
  • ObamaCare's Gift To Lobbyists

    08/27/2013 5:14:51 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 1 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 08/26/2013 | IBD Staff
    Influence Peddling: Recall how Obama blustered about closing the revolving door of government and lobbyists? Well, ObamaCare has flung it wide open, as the people who wrote the law are now cashing in on their expertise. For years, Obama complained about "the revolving door that lets lobbyists come into government freely" and use their time in government "to promote their own interests over the interests of the American people whom they serve." Now, the Hill reports how Obama's signature law is making former government officials fabulously rich as corporate lobbyists and consultants.
  • The Hill's 50 Most Beautiful People [barf]

    07/31/2013 3:00:48 PM PDT · by kevcol · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 31, 2013 | Hill Staff
    Welcome to The Hill's annual 50 Most Beautiful list! This year marks the 10th anniversary of the list and brings in a slew of new faces as, for the first time, White House and executive branch employees were eligible for consideration.
  • Top GOP donors tell party to legalize illegal immigrants

    07/30/2013 11:11:46 AM PDT · by markomalley · 140 replies
    Nearly a hundred top Republican officials sent a letter to the House GOP on Tuesday urging lawmakers to pass a bill that legalizes illegal immigrants, arguing that the current system is already allowing them to stay and so it makes sense to register them and bring them into the system. The donors, led by former Bush administration Cabinet officials Carlos Gutierrez and Spencer Abraham, also said that immigrants are potential Republican voters who can be won over — if the party can be seen as welcoming to immigrants. “Doing nothing is de facto amnesty. We need to take control of...
  • USDA OKs Greek yogurt for school lunch pilot program

    07/24/2013 6:12:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | July 24, 2013 | David Paulin
    First, Michelle Obama called for healthier school lunches -- and kids complained that the first lady's menus left them hungry. Now, the United States Department of Agriculture has green-lighted a pilot program to serve trendy Greek yogurt in school cafeterias in New York, Idaho, Arizona, and Tennessee. If all goes well this fall, Greek yogurt may became a staple in Washington's $11 billion school lunch program in some 100,000 schools. In one sense, it's an example of America's growing European Union-style nanny state -- not to mention crony capitalism and insider influence. Two of the biggest cheerleaders of Greek yogurt...
  • K Street and GOP centrists: A Washington love story

    07/16/2013 7:33:35 PM PDT · by Bratch · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 16, 2013 | Timothy P. Carney
    Congressman-turned-lobbyist Steve LaTourette, speaking for moderate Republicans, has attacked the free-market and the stridently anti-establishment Club for Growth as "a cancer on the Republican Party."It's K Street versus the Tea Party again in the bitter civil war within the Republican Party.The Club for Growth came up as the scourge of liberal Republicans. In 2000, the group got behind conservative state legislator Scott Garrett, who was challenging liberal Republican Marge Roukema for the second time in a northern New Jersey district.Roukema edged out Garrett in the primary, but the threat of another primary challenge, backed by a more powerful Club for...
  • Hospital Lobby Driving Medicaid Expansion

    07/12/2013 7:09:31 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/9/2013 | Jack McHugh
    People should understand the real reason we're here today. It's not "to help the poor," or because "Obamacare is the law," or because the reforms the House bill would supposedly require are so awesome. We are here because a politically powerful special interest stands to collect billions of dollars if this Legislature approves the Medicaid expansion — and it is willing do almost anything to make that happen. It's explained by the Medicaid expansion "1-2-3": 1. The medical services industry has become far more concentrated due to Obamacare, with a relative handful of big hospital corporations absorbing many formerly independent...
  • Lawyer says convicted lobbyist won't go to jail

    06/02/2013 1:02:00 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 2, 2013 | SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press
    Harvey Whittemore, with his wife, Annette, on his right, jokes with his lead defense attorney, Dominic Gentile, during a news conference in Reno, Nev., on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, shortly after he was convicted of three federal counts of breaking campaign contribution laws by funneling nearly $150,000 to U.S. Sen. Reid, D-Nev., in 2007. Photo: Scott Sonner RENO, Nev. (AP) —Harvey Whittemore's lawyer says despite his client's illegal campaign fundraising conviction, the man prosecutors called "King of the Hill" in Nevada politics is a long way from prison.Whittemore, former head of a billion dollar development company, was convicted recently of...
  • Warning: Label Fatigue

    06/02/2013 4:04:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 2, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    Sen. Barbara Boxer says she is co-sponsoring the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act in part because, with 26 states trying to pass legislation requiring said labeling, it makes more sense to have a uniform federal law. California's junior Democratic senator has a point. It's probably better for the folks who keep affordable food on American tables to have one big gun pointed at their collective head than 26 guns. Except that most of these guns aren't loaded, including the big gun. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., introduced a farm bill provision, which was designed to protect states that require labeling for...
  • Wall Street Writes Bills, Washington DC Passes Them

    05/26/2013 7:19:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 05/25/2013 | By BRIANNA EHLEY
    In a stunning sign of the political resurgence of bankers, Wall Street lobbyists not only have the ear of lawmakers, they have their pens as well. Rather than leaving it to members of Congress to draft legislation that softens financial regulations, bank lobbyists are helping to write it themselves, emails reviewed by The New York Times show. One bill that sailed through the House Financial Services Committee this month was essentially written by lobbyists for giant Citigroup. After the House committee drafted a bill that would force regulators to exempt trades of certain types of derivative trading from the new...
  • Sikh-American Congressional caucus formed in US

    04/25/2013 11:37:33 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 29 replies
    A bipartisan group of 28 influential lawmakers have establish the first Sikh-American Congressional Caucus in the House of Representatives, with the objective of fighting hate crimes against the community and to work towards enlisting them in the army. Formally launched at the Capitol Hill yesterday, the first ever Sikh-American Congressional caucus is co-chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu from the Democratic Party and David G Valadao from the Republican. Attended by eminent Sikh American leaders and organisations from across the country, the lawmakers also hosted a reception at the Capitol Hill in the evening. "Sikhs are suffering because many people do...
  • History repeats itself, and this time, we are the NATIVES! Who is Cesar Conda?

    04/13/2013 12:55:35 PM PDT · by AuntB · 63 replies
    TheTownCrier ^ | April 13, 2013 | TheTownCrier
    A few years ago, I wrote a book, "Jesus Wept" an American Story. The story, in part, was about Cherokee Chief John Ross, a 1/8th Cherokee blood, white, blue eyed greedy tyrant. The more time goes on, the more he reminds me of Barak Obama. He was put in power by Major Ridge and some other realistic Cherokees, who thought the tribe, which functioned under a constitutional government, would fare better in Washington DC if represented by Ross who would be identified more with the white leaders. And for a time, that seemed to work. Until Ross got the taste...
  • Our Massively One-Sided Immigration Debate

    03/26/2013 3:46:58 PM PDT · by posterchild · 3 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | Tues Mar 26, 2013 | John Carney
    With Congress once again slouching toward immigration reform, it makes sense to look for who is lobbying lawmakers to shape the coming legislation. As it turns out, while Americans remain divided on immigration, the lobbyists are not. The Sunlight Foundation, a do-gooder government transparency and accountability outfit formed in 2006, on Monday released "Untangling the Webs of immigration Lobbying," a report examining the organizations that have led the charge for changing the rules on immigration to the United States. Sunlight dug through 8,000 lobbying reports filed since the last big push for immigration reform in 2007. Six-thousand seven-hundred and twelve...
  • W.H.: 'No set price' for meeting with Obama

    03/04/2013 10:29:17 AM PST · by null and void · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/4/13 12:53 PM EST | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    There is no "set price" to meet with President Obama, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday amid continued outcry over the role of Organizing for Action, the outside group supporting the president's agenda. "Any notion that there is a set price for a meeting with the president of the United States is just wrong," Carney said during his daily briefing. Since OFA is intended to back the president's agenda, it makes sense that Obama would meet with the group, Carney said. "As anyone would expect, the president would likely meet with their representatives to discuss his agenda." "But,...
  • The VERY cozy relationship between President Obama and Facebook – plus check out the lobbyists

    02/15/2013 1:23:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Gretawire ^ | 2/15/13 | Greta VanSusteren
    I received the info below from FNC’s Thomas Firth but it caught my attention so I thought I would post it. Note that Facebook played it both ways (also giving to Repubs, including Gov Romney) but gave generously to President Obama (numbers below.) Why does Facebook give to both political parties? Just in case Republicans won and they would then want a cozy relationship with the Republicans…and because it can (it has a ton of money.) Note also the info about its lobbyists…check out the jobs they held before became lobbyists for Facebook. Read and tell me what you think.
  • Report: Podesta Group Urges Military Contractors to Give Money to Support Hagel (Gangster Gov't)

    01/07/2013 11:25:51 AM PST · by kristinn · 11 replies
    Big Government ^ | Monday, January 7, 2013 | Kerry Picket
    SNIP Hagel, however, has friends in Democratic lobbying circles. The powerful Washington D.C. organization known as the Podesta Group is reportedly asking defense contractors for financial support to run ads defending the Hagel nomination. Fox News White House Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry reported on Friday: (2:15 in) "Sources confirm to Fox [that] Democratic super lobbyist Tony Podesta has been hired by a firm known as the Bipartisan Group to help mobilize support for Hagel. And defense contractors received calls this week urging them to be ready for a Hagel pick as soon as Monday, and asking them for...
  • Obama to take corporate cash for inauguration

    12/07/2012 10:28:58 AM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/2/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    But the sources say the new decision is driven by pragmatism: The president and his team just wrapped up the most expensive campaign in history — with costs topping $1 billion — and they’ve determined that their donors are simply tapped out. The cost of an Inauguration can run into the tens of millions. Obama spent $47 million in 2009. And raising that in a matter of six weeks is too difficult without throwing open the flood gates, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The inaugural fundraising team will be screening each corporate donation. Those determined to...
  • NEW: RI (Democrat) Lobbyist Gave $300,000 Loan to Sister of Jill Kelley

    11/13/2012 3:10:16 PM PST · by Arthurio · 108 replies
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 GoLocalProv News Team A prominent Rhode Island lobbyist and Democratic fundraiser gave a $300,000 personal loan to the twin sister of Jill Kelley, the woman tied to the love affair that ended CIA Director David Petraeus’ career, court documents show. Bankruptcy records filed by Natalie Khawam last April list Gerald Harrington, the founder of the Capitol City Group, as an unsecured creditor on the loan. Khawam owes nearly $4 million in total. The loan was first reported by the New York Post. A message left at Harrington’s Providence law firm was not immediately returned. The Post...
  • Rick Santorum: An American Ayatollah?

    03/14/2012 1:22:10 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 43 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | Mar 13th, 2012 | Robert Spencer
    It’s the latest Leftist talking point: Rick Santorum is a bit dangerous, a bit unhinged, deeply religious and dangerously fanatical, not to be trusted with the governance of our pluralistic republic, and certainly not with guardianship of the First Amendment protection of the freedom of religion. The prominent Leftist Muslim writer Reza Aslan has recently become a foremost exponent of these claims, although they did not by any means originate with him. Leftist journalists and Islamic supremacist spokesmen always march in lockstep, using the same talking points, as I’ve pointed out previously in connection with Islamic supremacist boy Reza Aslan’s...
  • US exposes ISI subversion of Kashmir cause; FBI arrests US-based lobbyist [Pakistani Lobby]

    07/19/2011 1:05:47 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 13 replies
    The Times of India ^ | July 19, 2011 | The Times of India
    WASHINGTON: Federal authorities on Monday arrested a prominent US-based pro-Pakistan activist associated with the Kashmiri separatist movement, accusing him of funneling money from the Pakistani spy agency ISI to lobby US decision-makers. In the process, the Obama administration's law enforcement brigade also blew open the Pakistan and its spy agency's two-decade long subversion of the so-called Kashmir cause. The FBI swooped down on the Virginia residence of Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, a well-known representative of Kashmiri separatists in the US and detained him on charges of ''participating in a long-term conspiracy to act as agents of the Pakistani government in...
  • FBI looks for man who held Clinton, Boxer fundraisers

    03/03/2007 2:00:22 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 90 replies · 2,664+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | March 3, 2007 | ROBIN FIELDS AND CHUCK NEUBAUER
    WASHINGTON // A Pakistani immigrant who hosted fundraisers for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is being sought by the FBI on allegations that he funneled illegal contributions to Clinton's political action committee and to Sen. Barbara Boxer's 2004 re-election campaign. Authorities say Northridge, Calif., businessman Abdul Rehman Jinnah, 56, fled the country shortly after being indicted on charges of engineering more than $50,000 in illegal donations to the Democratic committees. A business associate charged as Jinnah's co-conspirator has entered a guilty plea and is scheduled to be sentenced in Los Angeles next week. ...The case has transformed Jinnah from a political...
  • The new authoritarians

    03/08/2012 10:05:53 AM PST · by Joe the Pimpernel · 1 replies
    World Magazine ^ | March 10, 2012 | Mindy Belz
    Through their U.S. front groups, Muslim radicals overtaking the Middle East have found support in the Obama administration The last time we saw one whole despotic region of the world come tumbling down we could name the heroes and the moments that propelled it: An electrician named Lech Walesa, jumping a wall at the Gdansk shipyard. Boris Yeltsin atop a tank in front of the Russian White House, defying the Communist old guard in 1991. Pastor Laszlo Tokes, refusing an eviction notice from his Romanian flat as crowds of demonstrators gathered. A playwright named Vaclav Havel before a joint session...
  • 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...
  • White House officials caught out with lobbyists

    08/01/2012 6:00:36 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 15 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:07PM BST 01 Aug 2012 | By Raf Sanchez, Washington
    Aides to President Barack Obama used personal email accounts to contact pharmaceutical companies and deliberately scheduled meetings in coffee shops away from the White House in order to skirt disclosure rules, according to a Congressional report on Wednesday. Among the most damaging findings are emails from Jim Messina – the former White House deputy chief of staff who now manages the president's re-election campaign – to a drugs lobbyist in the days before Mr Obama's health care reforms passed Congress in 2010.In an email from his personal account, Mr Messina promised "I will roll [Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi]...
  • K Street Republicans’ war on Palin

    07/31/2012 12:42:32 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | Tuesday July 31, 2012 | Rick Manning
    I’m getting sick of the rewriting of 2008 presidential campaign history as K Street Republicans continue to assault Sarah Palin in the fear that a similarly conservative Republican will rise to the top of the VP sweepstakes.   It has been so fashionable in D.C. Republican circles to bash the Palin nomination as a mistake, ill-conceived or even disastrous, that even Dick Chaney has gotten into the act.   These self-serving attempts to change history are nothing more than a smear campaign designed to influence the Romney VP pick by obscuring the truth that the choice of Sarah Palin to...
  • Health Care Lobbyist Throws White Trash Party on Capitol Hill: NASCAR Rednecks Mocked

    07/10/2012 10:00:32 AM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 4 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 7-10-12 | Maggie@Maggie'sNotebook
    Providing "suds and grub" at a townhouse on Capitol Hill, a lobbying firm for Barack Obama's ObamaCare is asking supporters to get "gussied up in your Sunday jorts, mullets, and fullets and come on down to the White Trash Reception." Mocking NASCAR is a big belly laugh with elitists on Capitol Hill.  Sounds racist to me. See a Jack Abramhoff video below. Lobbyists are gearing-up for a major push, even though many backed-off awaiting the Supreme Court ruling. Considering that not a single Republican voted for ObamaCare, and every Democrat voted for it, how will lobbying be effective...now? Are they...
  • Tea With Terrorists?

    07/08/2010 5:47:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 8, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Homeland Security: President Obama promised lobbyists wouldn't run his White House. They're just doing it from across the street — at a Shariah-compliant coffee chain tied to a radical jihadist group. That's right: According to the New York Times, prominent K Street lobbyists are buttonholing Obama officials at a Caribou Coffee shop on Pennsylvania Avenue, raising far more than just ethics questions. What the Times story neglects to mention is that Caribou Coffee is a Shariah-compliant firm owned by an Islamic bank based in Bahrain. One of its founders and a current adviser are leaders in the radical Muslim Brotherhood....
  • WH Logs Reveal Obama Met With AFL-CIO & ACLU Lobbyists Over 50 Times Each

    05/21/2012 1:53:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/21/12 | Wynton Hall
    An interactive and searchable database of White House visitor logs is turning up some interesting findings and reveals a “steady stream of lobbyists” visiting the Obama White House, reports the Washington Post. For example, AFL-CIO lobbyist Bill Samuel visited the White House over 50 times, and American Civil Liberties Union lobbyist Laura Murphy visited almost as frequently. By comparison, Speaker of the House John Boehner has only visited the White House 23 times.
  • Donor Cash For White House Access

    04/16/2012 7:28:03 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 3 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 16, 2012
    Corruption: A new study documents that access to the White House is based on how much money is put into the president's campaign coffers. At least the Lincoln Bedroom isn't for rent — yet. During the Clinton administration, when the Lincoln Bedroom in the White House became a favorite place for campaign contributors to rest their weary wallets, the infamous Johnny Chung made the observation that the White House was like a subway turnstile: You put your token in and you got inside. An analysis of White House access by the New York Times suggests that hope and change has...
  • Romney leads Santorum in lobbyist support

    Report highlights which lobbying firms back Romney in 2012 Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is the clear front-runner in picking up support from lobbyists at some of K Street’s most profitable firms, according to a report released last week by First Street Research Group. That’s based on the number of lobbyists in those firms who are advising Romney’s campaign, collecting or “bundling” contributions for him, and contributing money to the campaign. First Street, the political intelligence unit of CQ Press, compiled data from Federal Election Commission filings and conducted independent research on individual lobbyists who Romney and Rick Santorum have...
  • FCC chairman’s books contain undocumented meetings with left-wing lobbyists

    02/21/2012 4:22:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    daily caller ^ | 2/21/12 | Josh Peterson
    In the months leading up to the Federal Communications Commission’s December 21, 2010 “net neutrality” vote, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s appointment book contained two key meetings not listed in Commission’s legal filings, The Daily Caller has learned. Genachowski’s appointment book, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and provided to TheDC by the National Legal and Policy Center, showed two meetings that were not listed in the Commission’s ex parte filings in the month prior to the “net neutrality vote.” “Net neutrality” is where Internet traffic management policies of Internet service providers (ISPs) are governed by the FCC....