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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Biggest Lobbying Cash Flow Since 2010 Floods Trump’s Swamp

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue. Lobbyists are flocking to Washington, D.C., and flooding the city with more money seeking to buy influence than has been spent in seven years. The dynamic where businesses are spending more to pay off politicians and other public figure coincides with a parade of unethical action and behavior from Donald […]

January 27, 2018

Trump Transition Team Knew About Flynn’s Lobbying

The top Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform told Vice President-elect Mike Pence in a November letter that the man Donald Trump had chosen to be his national security adviser was lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.

March 11, 2017
A FanDuel logo is displayed on a board inside of the DFS Players Conference in New York

Fantasy Sports Bet On The Legislature In Florida

Fantasy sports companies have spent more than $220,000 to recruit top Florida legislators on behalf of FanDuel, DraftKings and other daily fantasy leagues.

February 1, 2016
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Knives Are The New Guns In Lawmakers’ Second Amendment Expansion

Second Amendment advocates are pushing for a “right to slice” as repeals on knife and blade laws gains an edge across the nation.

May 7, 2015
Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell meet in the U.S. Capitol January 7, 2015. (Official Photo by Caleb Smith; Speaker Boehner/Flickr)

Net Neutrality Moves To Congress

Opponents of net neutrality have spent big money on lobbying.

March 26, 2015

Private Plane Rides Have Bumpy Congressional History

Aaron Schock is hardly the first congressman to get in trouble with a private plane.

February 27, 2015

Slow Down The Revolving Door From Congress To Lobbying Firms

Unlike on ‘House of Cards,’ corruption in real Washington usually just takes a job offer.

February 18, 2015
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Americans For Prosperity Legislative Agenda Is Koch Industries Wishlist

Surprise! The “grassroots” Tea Party group wants the exact same policies as the Koch brothers do.

January 19, 2015

House Approves Volcker Rule Delay Despite Obama Veto Threat

The House is continuing to chip away at Wall Street regulations.

January 14, 2015

Watchdog Groups: Ex-Lawmakers Find Easy Ways Around Lobbying Curb

Former congressmen have little trouble finding loopholes to let them make big money as lobbyists.

January 13, 2015

Citigroup Becomes Its Own Self-Serving Lawmaker

It’s easy to dodge government regulation when you write the laws yourself.

December 24, 2014

Blackwater Lobbyist Will Manage The House Intelligence Committee

The revolving door is spinning furiously on Capitol Hill.

December 19, 2014

Just How Did Big Banks Get That Win In Washington?

The inside story of how Wall Street won. Again.

December 15, 2014

At UN Summit, Businesses Back Climate Reforms While Quietly Financing Lobby To Kill Them

How big business plays both sides in the climate change debate.

December 12, 2014

Understanding Net Neutrality: We Need A Better Analogy

“Free market” advocates can’t answer this one simple question about Net Neutrality.

November 17, 2014

Wall Street Speculators Wall Off Young Farmers

How Wall Street is getting rich off of America’s farmland, without getting its hands dirty.

September 24, 2014

Senator Vitter Report Claims Cancer Prevention, Wildlife Nonprofits Are Part Of Nefarious Cabal

by Lee Fang, Republic Report. Louisiana senator David Vitter made headlines with conservative websites in the last few days by releasing a report called “Chain of Environmental Command: How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA.” Below the lengthy title is a report that claims breathlessly that environmental and public health […]

August 7, 2014

U.S. Gas Exports Flow Through D.C. Lobbying’s Revolving Door

by David Halperin, Republic Report. Even as President Obama pursues an aggressive new public effort to fight global warming by regulating U.S. power plants, his administration is quietly advancing an energy policy — exporting America’s liquid natural gas (LNG) — that may well raise the volume of climate-increasing greenhouse gases even more than emphasizing coal, while at the […]

June 27, 2014

The Fracking Candidate: It’s All In The Family For Rep. Shelley Moore Capito

In May of last year, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, now considered the favorite to win West Virginia’s open Senate seat, stood on a small platform in Charleston, behind a row of tiny trophies in the shape of drilling rigs. She was there to congratulate the Energy Corporation of America, a major gas exploration and distribution […]

June 25, 2014

Leader Of Attack On Obama Global Warming Plan? Rudy Giuliani’s Firm

by David Halperin, Republic Report. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, New York’s Rudolph Giuliani became “America’s Mayor,” mobilizing his city and standing as a defiant foe of the forces of terrorism. Then, after the devastating force in the New York area of Superstorm Sandy, Giuliani, campaigning in 2012 for Mitt Romney, again presented […]

June 9, 2014

Last Remaining Populist House Republican Faces K Street’s Own Wolf Of Wall Street

by Lee Fang, Republic Report Congressman Walter Jones, a Republican who represents a wide swath of eastern North Carolina, might not strike you as a populist. But as a lawmaker, the veteran politician with a slow Southern drawl has become a gadfly in his own party for thumbing his nose at powerful political interests. He is the […]

April 17, 2014

TurboTax Maker Linked To ‘Grassroots’ Campaign Against Free, Simple Tax Filing

by Liz Day, ProPublica. Over the last year, a rabbi, a state NAACP official, a smalltown mayor and other community leaders wrote op-eds and letters to Congress with remarkably similar language on a remarkably obscure topic. Each railed against a long-standing proposal that would give taxpayers the option to use pre-filled tax returns. They warned […]

April 14, 2014

Jeb Bush To Address Convention Of Predatory For-Profit Colleges

by David Halperin, Republic Report Former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) will be the keynote speaker at the Las Vegas annual convention of the trade association of for-profit colleges, APSCU, according to the group’s website.  Although some reputable, responsible colleges are members of APSCU, the organization is dominated by large companies, many of which — Corinthian, ITT, Education Management Corp., […]

April 9, 2014

Marijuana Industry Finds New Allies Among Conservatives

By Evan Halper, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Hoping to get marijuana legalized in Nevada, an investment company specializing in the fast-growing marijuana industry invited the ballot initiative’s backers to pitch 150 financiers at a Las Vegas symposium. Within 10 minutes, they raised $150,000. Political contributors are not the only ones taking notice of the […]

March 23, 2014