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  • Executive Order on the Revocation of Executive Order 13770

    01/19/2021 11:04:27 PM PST · by ransomnote · 7 replies ^ | 1/20/2021 | President Donald J Trump
    By the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and sections 3301 and 7301 of title 5, United States Code, it is hereby ordered as follows:Section 1. Revocation. Executive Order 13770 of January 28, 2017, “Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Appointees,” is hereby revoked, effective at noon January 20, 2021. Employees and former employees subject to the commitments in Executive Order 13770 will not be subject to those commitments after noon January 20, 2021.Sec. 2. General Provisions....
  • WikiLeaks: Re: Foreign registered agents

    10/16/2016 4:05:05 PM PDT · by smitty2012 · 38 replies
    Wikileaks ^ | 10/16/2016 | Wikileaks
    Re: Foreign registered agents To: Date: 2015-04-17 01:38 Subject: Re: Foreign registered agents Take the money!! Sent from my iPhone On Apr 16, 2015, at 9:44 PM, Robby Mook wrote: Marc made a convincing case to me this am that these sorts of restrictions don't really get you anything...that Obama actually got judged MORE harshly as a result. He convinced me. a complete U-turn, I'm ok just taking the money and dealing with any attacks. Are you guys ok with that? ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Dennis Cheng Date: Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 6:13 PM Subject:...
  • Warren Vows Lobbying Crackdown, But It Could Hit Roadblocks. The Massachusetts Democrat wants to end the revolving door between government and the influence industry, ban lobbying for foreign governments

    12/21/2019 6:43:07 AM PST · by karpov · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 21, 2019 | Joshua Jamerson, Brody Mullins and Sabrina Siddiqui
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren has put a crackdown on Washington’s lobbying industry at the heart of her 2020 candidacy, arguing that she couldn’t enact much of her liberal legislative agenda as president unless she first curbed the influence of lobbyists and corporations. Running against Washington is a longstanding campaign strategy employed by Republicans and Democrats. But the Massachusetts Democrat has put forth a unique and sweeping set of new rules, including a tax on companies that spend heavily on lobbying, as well as restrictions to keep people from cycling between certain public-service jobs and the influence world. It is a vision...
  • Groups forging messages to Elected Officials

    10/19/2019 11:44:40 AM PDT · by johnsmom · 4 replies
    self | 10/19/19 | self
    A heads up for patriots. I received a notification from the offices of NC pols Richard Burr, Thom Tillis, and Virginia Foxx that they had received and would soon reply to correspondence from me. I had NOT (this time) created the correspondence. Turns out a group called “Seniors Speak Out” (SSO) and “Voter Voice” (VV) had forged my name and email address to the correspondence delivered to Burr, Tillis, and Foxx. I found the administrator of SSO “Nona Bear” and SSO’s blog, twitter, and Linkedin accounts. None of the direct message functions allowed contact. Turned out that VV had a...
  • Sununu vetoes 3 gun bills, citing NH’s ‘culture of responsible gun ownership, individual freedom'

    08/09/2019 9:24:39 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 44 replies
    WMUR ^ | 8/9/2019 | John DiStaso
    CONCORD, N.H. — Gov. Chris Sununu on Friday vetoed three bills that advocates said would have added “commonsense” protections for Granite Staters against gun violence but opponents said would have done nothing to stop mass shootings and would have infringed on the constitutional rights of citizens. Sununu vetoed House 109, which closes the so-called gun show loophole and requires background checks for virtually all commercial firearms sales or transfers; House Bill 514, which requires a three-day waiting period before the purchase and delivery of a firearm; and House Bill 564, which prohibits carrying a firearm on school property. “New Hampshire...
  • Facebook, Google Pour Big Money Into Lobbying Congress While Blacklisting Conservatives

    05/04/2019 9:39:38 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 May 2019 | Sean Moran
    Facebook and Google increasingly influence Congress as the social media giants censor conservative and alternative voices, dominate the Internet, and violate Americans’ privacy. Facebook announced on Thursday that they have banned several conservative personalities such as Infowars host Alex Jones, Infowars contributor and YouTube personality Paul Joseph Watson, journalist and activist Laura Loomer, and Milo Yiannopoulus. The social media giant also banned Louis Farrakhan from its platforms. Facebook said that they banned these personalities because they were “dangerous.” Amid calls for greater regulation of social media companies’ potential anticompetitive behavior, censorship of conservative and alternative voices, and privacy violations, Facebook...
  • The modern day DC foreign bribery industry:(my title)

    04/22/2019 11:28:38 PM PDT · by bitt · 9 replies
    twitter ^ | 4/22/2019 | BRIAN CATES
    ......"These foreign governments/factions don't just pay bribes to our politicians for favorable policy; they give money to media outlets like the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post - and those are only the print media. Also networks take this $. Here's why President Trump is so confidently predicting most of the Fake News media is going to be out of business in just six years: When ad revenues dropped and subscriptions dropped back in the mid 2000's, they discovered a lucrative new revenue stream. Many top Fake News outlets are now very, very dependent on the cash they...
  • (FL Senator) Rick Scott: Time to Permanently Ban Members of Congress From Lobbying

    03/04/2019 7:08:44 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 49 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | March 4th 2019 | Kevin Derby
    U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is pushing an effort to ban former members of Congress from lobbying once they are out of office. Scott announced on Friday that he is backing U.S. Sen. Mike Braun’s, R-Ind., “Banning Lobbying and Safeguarding Trust (BLAST) Act” to ensure a lifetime ban preventing former members of Congress from lobbying. “I’m proud to introduce this bill that imposes a permanent ban on members of Congress becoming lobbyists,” Scott said on Friday. “Rather than serving the public, too many in Washington spend their political careers preparing for a lucrative job at a DC lobbying firm where...
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says ‘Shock Doesn’t Begin To Cover’ This Lobbying Tactic

    02/14/2019 12:48:51 PM PST · by EveningStar · 35 replies
    HuffPost ^ | February 14, 2019 | Lee Moran
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) continues to pull back the curtain on what Congress is really like. On Wednesday, the freshman lawmaker highlighted the way in which lobbyists and others who can afford it pay people — including some who are homeless — to wait in line for them outside committee hearings. “Shock doesn’t begin to cover it,” tweeted Ocasio-Cortez. Initially, she wrote, she believed the “tons of people” she saw outside the committee room were part of a demonstration. But an aide set her straight, explaining how “lobbyists pay the homeless + others to hold their place so they can...
  • Liz Warren Picks a Fight With Trey Gowdy Over Lobbying. He Had a Quick Response.

    01/05/2019 11:01:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies ^ | January 5, 2019 | Cortney O'Brien
    Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) is used to sparring with the best of 'em in Congress, so he had no problem clapping back at Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-MA) attacks on Twitter Friday. Warren, who recently announced her plans to run for president in 2020, for some reason picked a fight with the now former representative over his career change. Gowdy recently announced his plans to work for Nelson Mullins, a South Carolina-based law and lobbying firm. He had previously worked at the firm until 1994.Aha! Sen. Warren said on Twitter (paraphrasing). .@TGowdySC foamed at the mouth with power in Congress, then...
  • Is there any point in writing to a congressperson? Are...they actually likely to affect...choices?

    12/28/2018 6:32:12 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 63 replies
    Is there any point in writing to a congressperson? Are letters or calls they receive actually likely to affect their choices? Greg Beuke, former Congressional Intern at U.S. Senate (2004) Answered Dec 12 · Featured on Quora's Twitter · Upvoted by Carter Moore, Degree in Political Science, former Congressional aide and Federal employee and Kate Rothwell, writer with books published by Kensington, Ellora's Cave, Simon and Schuster, Carina, Samhain and o… As a former intern for a United States Senator, I can tell you exactly what happens when you write to a congressperson. One of my key intern duties was...
  • Scotland Set to Mandate “LGBT-Inclusive” Education

    11/20/2018 4:04:12 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Activist Mommy ^ | Novemer 19, 2018 | The Activist Mommy
    We knew this day would come and sadly, this is likely to follow elsewhere. In Scotland, a plan has been approved to mandate so-called “LGBT-inclusive” education into government-run schools. NBC News reports:
  • Interstate 68 Meetings Continue in Washington

    08/30/2018 10:18:15 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Wheeling News-Register ^ | July 17, 2018 | Joselyn King
    MOUNDSVILLE — Trump Administration officials are continuing to listen as West Virginia officials push for an expanded Interstate 68 from Morgantown through Marshall County. Marshall County Commissioner Robert Miller led a contingent to Washington, D.C., last week to meet with Brittany Carter, the White House assistant director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. Miller said the group discussed the I-68 project’s prospects of being included within Trump’s expected $200 billion infrastructure improvement plan, which should be presented to Congress by the end of this year. The I-68 project is expected to cost at least $1 billion. “$200 billion isn’t a...
  • Maryland Bill Seeks to Drive Out Airbnb, Other Hotel Competition

    03/22/2018 12:31:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 56 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | March 21, 2018 | Romina Boccia and Lauren Bowman
    Over the last decade, short-term rental platforms like Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO have expanded and provided an economic boom to many communities. Yet several localities are pursuing onerous zoning rules and other regulations that would restrict short-term rental activity. For many homeowners, short-term rental provides a critical source of additional income to help them pay their mortgages and to meet other financial obligations. States can protect their residents from overzealous, local bureaucrats with state pre-emption. Short-term rental helps local communities by growing the number of tourists that visit the area. A recent study published by the National Bureau of Economic...
  • George Soros Spent Record Amount Lobbying During Trump’s First Year

    01/24/2018 7:37:19 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 18 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/24/2018 | Joe Schoffstall
    Liberal billionaire George Soros spent more on lobbying during President Donald Trump's first year in office than he has in any previous year, disclosure forms show. The Open Society Policy Center, a D.C.-based 501 (c)(4) nonprofit that focuses on domestic and international advocacy efforts and is a separate entity from Soros's Open Society Foundations, poured $16.2 million into lobbying throughout the entirety of 2017. Soros's group reported spending $4.6 million during the first half of 2017 on its lobbying efforts. During the third quarter, Soros added $1.25 million to the total. Most of the lobbying expenditures—$10.3 million—were spent during the...
  • 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...
  • Trump's Infrastructure Plan Is Actually Pence's—And It's All About Privatization

    09/28/2017 4:28:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Newsweek ^ | September 4, 2017 | Lydia O'Neal and David Sirota
    President Donald Trump’s $1 trillion plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure may be unprecedented in size and ambition, but it mimics a controversial scheme championed by Vice President Mike Pence when he was the governor of Indiana. That’s why Pence is the public face of the Trump initiative, and executives from financial firms that helped privatize Indiana’s toll road are in the White House, busily sculpting Trump’s national plan. Pence and his allies like to boast about how Indiana sold control of major roads to private firms, claiming the move prompted corporations to invest money in infrastructure that would otherwise have...
  • Hanson: Silicon Valley Billionaires Are the New Robber Barons

    08/17/2017 10:08:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Progressives used to pressure U.S. corporations to cut back on outsourcing and on the tactic of building their products abroad to take advantage of inexpensive foreign workers. During the 2012 election, President Obama attacked Mitt Romney as a potential illiberal “outsourcer in chief” for investing in companies that went overseas in search of cheap labor. Yet most of the computers and smartphones sold by Silicon Valley companies are still being built abroad — to mostly silence from progressive watchdogs. In the case of the cobalt mining that is necessary for the production of lithium-ion batteries in electric cars, thousands of...
  • Soros Group Ramps Up Lobbying Efforts in 2017

    08/16/2017 10:56:00 AM PDT · by Oatka · 19 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | Aug 14, 2017 | Joe Schoffstall
    Soros pushed resources to counter laws described as direct attack on the liberal billionaire. Liberal billionaire George Soros's advocacy arm is ramping up its lobbying efforts this year, disclosure forms show. The deep-pocketed Democratic financier increased lobbying expenditures on a range of foreign issues, including efforts to oppose laws described as a direct attack on his funding of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in his native country of Hungary. The Open Society Policy Center, a D.C.-based nonprofit that focuses on advocacy efforts and is a separate entity from the Soros grant making Open Society Foundations, has spent nearly as much on lobbying...
  • The Resistance Tries to Use America First Language to Suck up to Trump

    06/29/2017 8:30:33 AM PDT · by 54fighting · 2 replies
    Big League Politics ^ | 06/29/17 | Patrick Howley
    Top Democrats in Washington hate President Donald Trump and are determined to stop him. That is, until their corporate lobbying clients — like the major airlines — need to pressure Trump to get rid of “unfair competition” in their industry. Then, all of a sudden, they become populist nationalists.