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  • Legislation and Lobbyists…

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

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

    11/01/2017 5:44:10 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | 31 October 2017 | Theodoric Meyer
    Washington lobbyists who represent foreign powers have taken comfort for decades in the fact that the Justice Department rarely goes after them for potentially breaking the law. That all changed on Monday. The news of Tony Podesta’s resignation from his namesake firm and indictment of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates sent K Street scrambling, as lobbyists rushed to make sure they’re in compliance with the rules. The developments also renewed calls for Congress to pass legislation beefing up the Justice Department’s enforcement of the law, which lawmakers in both parties have derided for lacking teeth.
  • CNN, May 2017: Podesta group did not disclose work for Ukrainian campaign advised by Paul Manafort

    10/30/2017 8:32:55 AM PDT · by Fido969 · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | May 9, 2017 | Thomas Frank
    One of Washington's most powerful lobbying firms did not disclose the wide extent of its lucrative political work for a Ukrainian group tied to both onetime Trump adviser Paul Manafort and to pro-Russian politicians, new records show. The firm, the Podesta Group, said nothing in a 2012 lobbying report to Congress about at least 32 meetings, emails and other communications it had with the State Department, at a time when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was scrutinizing Ukraine's upcoming election, records show. The new disclosures shed light on the web of contacts between Russian-leaning Ukrainians, Washington lobbyists and U.S. policymakers...
  • Will the ethanol industry's hurricane lobbying pay off?

    09/09/2017 6:35:41 AM PDT · by Kay Ludlow · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/09/17 | John Siciliano
    ... "In this time of stress on our fuel supply system, why wouldn't we remove a barrier that would allow E15 to be sold less than two weeks before the allowable date of Sept. 15," said Paige Anderson, director of government relations at the Association for Convenience and Petroleum Retailing, representing gasoline station owners and convenience store chains that sell fuel. ...
  • All This 'True Conservative' Talk About 'Principles' Is Just Another Lie

    09/04/2017 5:42:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 4, 2017 | Kurt Schlichter
    After two years of lectures about “principles” and “the Rule of law” by the establishment-loving hacks furious that normal Americans rejected them and elected Donald Trump, their performance last week demonstrated that their high-minded dedication to conservatism is all a fraud. It’s not about “principles” or “the Rule of Law.” It’s only about holding on to power – theirs.            Let’s take the latest in a seemingly endless series of #fails from that smarmy dope Paul Ryan, King of the Fredocons. First, he rushed to help out the liberals with their ridiculous narrative about how Donald...
  • The Weekly Fix: Double Standard

    07/30/2017 1:08:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | July 28, 2017 | Adam Brandon
    The fix is in. Did you know, corporations like General Electric Co. (GE) spend more money on lobbyists than they pay in taxes? The federal government currently taxes corporations at 35 percent. While many argue the rate is too high, you don’t hear companies like GE complaining about it. That’s because they aren’t paying it. Over the past 15 years, GE’s federal income tax rate averaged only 5.2 percent. General Electric paid no federal taxes in 2010, despite earning $5.1 billion in U.S. profits. Instead, the company claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion. Meanwhile, GE executives awarded themselves more...
  • Number of Registered Lobbyists Falls 14% in 2017

    07/26/2017 10:14:39 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 25 July 2017 | Chriss W. Street
    The number of federally registered political lobbyists has fallen by 14 percent thus far in 2017 from the 2016 total. However, based on data provided by the non-partisan OpenSecrets.org, spending by lobbyists is on track to rise by about 3 percent in 2017. Mark Twain famously wrote: “We have the best government that money can buy.” That seemed to be the case in the Obama presidency, as registered lobbyists set an all-time spending record for any president of $26.7 billion, averaging over $3.3 billion a year. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has led the lobbying charge for globalization, was...
  • Are Big Pharma gifts to physicians an expensive problem, or a red herring?

    06/23/2017 2:07:19 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 23, 2017 | Brian C. Joondeph
    Physicians are influenced by marketing. That's no surprise. So are most consumers, as evidenced by television and radio commercials, billboards, pop up ads and targeted ads for drugs on your computer screen. Big Pharma markets not only to physicians, but also directly to consumers. In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Dr. Nicole Van Gronigen made the case that Big Pharma successfully influences physician prescribing behavior via marketing. Specifically, drug reps do with with free lunches provided by the pharmaceutical reps, or educational dinners at nice restaurants. She reported a JAMA study correlating industry-sponsored meals with increased promotion of branded medication...
  • Saudis Spent $270K At Trump Hotel In Lobbying Campaign Against 9/11 Bill

    06/05/2017 9:31:03 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 37 replies
    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has paid Trump International Hotel nearly $270,000 through its Washington, D.C. lobbying firm over the past several months, new foreign lobbying disclosure filings show. The payments, from Qorvis MSLGroup, were made for hotel rooms and catering services for dozens of U.S. veterans who the lobbying firm recruited as part of an influence campaign aimed at watering down legislation that could put Saudi Arabia on the hook financially for the 9/11 attacks. Disclosures filed with the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act show that Qorvis MSLGroup paid $190,272 to Trump International for lodging expenses,...
  • Part IV 2016 Prescient DC Lobbyists Talk Trump: “the end of life as we know it here"

    04/29/2017 6:07:32 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 28 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | April 29, 2017 | Sundance
    DC machine operator, Jack Burkman, who was contemplating the unthinkable prior to the unthinkable becoming a reality: Seismic panic has ensued on K Street as lobbying firms brace for a reality of a possible Donald Trump presidency and what that might mean for them and their futures. Prominent D.C. lobbyist Jack Burkman said today that he started assembling a delegation of lobbyists and lobbying firms to meet with the New York billionaire and begin building a bridge to the Trump organization. “Trump is a Washington outsider. We need the outreach now or Trump will bring in a whole new team...
  • PBS: 'Learning' to Love Suicide Bombers?

    04/14/2017 1:37:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2017 | Brent Bozell
    On April 5, The New York Times published an op-ed by retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal headlined "Save PBS. It Makes Us Safer." McChrystal now runs a big lobbying firm, so that may be why he cares so much -- he's a gun for hire. So how does the general think PBS makes us safer? And from what are we safer? The answer: commercialism. Parents like his son and daughter-in-law "are busy in the morning and busy at night," he says. "They want to protect their children from over-commercialized content." This argument is bizarre -- actually, let's call it what...
  • Bill: Make it unlawful for lobbyists to lie to lawmakers

    04/04/2017 7:20:44 AM PDT · by davikkm · 14 replies
    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine’s full Legislature will consider making it a misdemeanor crime for lobbyists to lie or conceal a “material fact” while testifying to lawmakers. The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2nT72rM ) the State and Local Government Committee voted in favor of a revised version of the bill on Monday. The bill no longer includes members of the public, state workers and lawmakers.
  • REPORT: GOP Establishment Senators Working With Business Lobby To Push Amnesty For Illegals

    03/25/2017 4:02:17 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 58 replies
    American Outlook ^ | March 25, 2017 | Neil Munro; Breitbart
    The GOP establishment and their friends in the big business community are still trying to push amnesty for illegal immigrants, even after President Donald Trump’s victory. Breitbart’s Neil Munro reports: Business advocates who want to import more foreign consumers and more foreign workers are developing plans to counter President Donald Trump’s popular call for a merit-based immigration reform. The emerging strategy is to pair offers of minor concessions to Americans and Trump with demands for giveaways to business, including a bigger supply of low-wage workers and welfare-funded consumers. The immigration “pairing” strategy is being pushed by the industry-backed Business Policy...
  • No One Mentions That The Russian Trail Leads To Democratic Lobbyists

    02/21/2017 4:55:35 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 18 February 2017 | Paul Roderick Gregory
    The media targeted former Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort, for consulting for deposed Ukrainian president’s (Yanukovich’s) Party of the Regions. He also worked for billionaire oligarch, Firtash, who stands accused of skimming billions in the Ukraine gas trade in league with Russian oligarchs. The media also singled out Trump’s former national security advisor, General Michael Flynn, for attending a dinner with Putin and appearing on Russia’s foreign propaganda network RT. Trump’s own Russian ties were the subject of intense media coverage of an unverified opposition-research report purportedly prepared by an ex-British spy, who remains in hiding. It seems no enterprising...
  • Iranian Dissidents Demand Investigation Into Islamic Regime’s Secret U.S. Lobbying Network

    02/20/2017 4:55:16 PM PST · by MarvinStinson · 16 replies
    freebeacon ^ | February 20, 2017 | Adam Kredo
    A group of nearly 100 prominent Iranian dissidents is demanding that Congress launch investigations into clandestine efforts by the Islamic Republic to influence U.S. policy using a network of lobbyists and propaganda pieces placed in Voice of America's Persian service, according to a letter sent to leading lawmakers and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The group of dissidents, composed of prominent Iranian voices that oppose the hardline regime in Tehran, says that Congress is not doing enough to expose the Iranian regime's lobbying efforts in D.C. and propaganda network, which is said to include some at VOA Persia. Iranian-American...
  • Integrity: POTUS TRUMP Signs 5 Yr. Lobbying Ban for Admin Officials

    01/28/2017 3:10:44 PM PST · by davikkm · 16 replies
    President Donald Trump signed a five year lobbying ban for administration officials Saturday afternoon in the Oval Office. The president was surrounded by several members of his administration including Kellyanne Conway, Vice President Mike Pence, Steve Bannon and Hope Hicks. The five year ban is something he spoke about frequently on the campaign trail. https://youtu.be/aaaJ27xkh5U
  • Lobbyists and Big Donors Shut Out From Trump Administration – DC Trembling…

    11/16/2016 5:01:06 PM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 44 replies
    The Conservative Tree House ^ | Nov 16, 2016 | Sundance
    Most Americans cannot fathom how fundamentally earth-shattering the Donald Trump administrative architecture is to the professional political class. “It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones” ~ Niccolň Machiavelli
  • Trump Enacts Five-Year Lobbying Ban for Administration Officials

    11/17/2016 6:30:23 AM PST · by mandaladon · 29 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 17 Nov 2016 | Jason Devaney
    People serving in President-elect Donald Trump's administration will be banned from working as lobbyists for five years, Trump's transition team said Wednesday. "It goes back to Mr. Trump's goal of making sure people aren't using government to enrich themselves," said Sean Spicer, the Republican National Committee's chief strategist and a member of Trump's transition team. Spicer made the announcement on a media call, according to The Hill. The website reported everyone appointed to Trump's administration will sign a contract that said they are not currently working as a lobbyist and will not do so within five years of leaving the...
  • Trump's lobbyist ban complicates administration hiring

    11/16/2016 8:38:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 16, 2016 9:22 PM EST | Julie Bykowicz
    President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promise to “drain the swamp” of Washington might make it difficult for him to fill all the jobs in his administration. Trump’s ethics plan would ban all executive-branch officials from lobbying for five years after leaving their government jobs — one of several policies aimed at curbing the influence of lobbyists. His campaign released his plan about three weeks before Election Day, and “drain the swamp” quickly became a favorite rallying cry and social media hashtag. The ban also applies to the transition team members charged with helping to find, vet and hire for the incoming...