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#EndorseThis: Seth Meyers Ventures Into Trump’s Undrained Swamp

Checking in on the president’s often-repeated campaign promise to reform the business of government — by banning lobbyists, enforcing ethics, and stemming the influence of big money — Seth Meyers finds that the swamp is just as dank and dismal as ever.

May 25, 2017
DeVos appointed lobbyists at Department of Education

Former Lobbyist With For-Profit Colleges Quits Department Of Education

On the day Taylor Hansen resigned, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)., sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, citing ProPublica’s reporting. “Mr. Hansen’s recent employment history clearly calls into question his impartiality in dealing with higher education issues at the Department of Education, and raises alarming conflict of interest concerns,” she wrote.

March 21, 2017
Trump. White House, Press Corps, Shill

Meet The Swamp Denizens Trump Has Quietly Installed Across The Government

Unlike appointees exposed to the scrutiny of the Senate, members of these so-called “beachhead teams” have operated largely in the shadows, with the White House declining to publicly reveal their identities.

March 9, 2017
California, Trump, Ethics

How The Trump Administration May Be Skirting Its Own Ethics Rules

The hiring of three former lobbyists to work in the White House raises questions about how the Trump administration is enforcing the president’s executive order on ethics.

March 4, 2017
loyalty

This Washington ‘Swamp’ Has No Drain!

For an industry premised on dealmaking, the return of one-party rule in Washington offers the welcome end to political gridlock. That means major policy changes are in the works, which promise to fundamentally alter billion-dollar industries. Far from draining the swamp, the Trump administration is poised to make it rain.

February 9, 2017
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) shows company documents to Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf during his testimony before a Senate Banking Committee hearing on the firm's sales practices on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Warren Slams Clinton’s Revolving-Door Donors

In a speech to the Center for American Progress — which was set up and is run by former Clinton aides — the Massachusetts Democratic senator said groups backing Clinton’s election campaign should be focused on making sure that a prospective Clinton administration is run by those who intend to enact a progressive agenda.

September 22, 2016

Conservative Opposition To Overtime Pay Brought To You By The National Retail Federation

Published with permission from Media Matters. Right-wing media and Republican politicians blasted the Labor Department’s decision to update and expand overtime protections, clearly taking their cues from the National Retail Federation (NRF) — a business association known for spreading falsehoods on worker rights. The NRF and its allies are portraying overtime expansion as something that […]

May 20, 2016

Analysis: Donald Trump Is Right About One Thing

Congress, Donald Trump is on to you. He knows you’re taking campaign donations and he knows you are doing something in return for the cash.

January 13, 2016
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NRA And Michael Bloomberg Square Off Over Guns; Who’s Winning?

Both sides of the gun issue claim to be winning the hearts, minds and votes of Americans.

November 2, 2015

More Than Phones Are On The Line

Regardless of where you live in America, the old promise of access is being replaced with new rules that give all power to telecommunications giants.

May 17, 2015

Lobbyists Work To Kill California Bill That Would Outlaw Flimsy Plastic Grocery Bags

By Jessica Calefati, San Jose Mercury News SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Lobbyists have launched a frenzied eleventh-hour effort to kill a bill that would make California the first state to outlaw flimsy plastic grocery bags, delaying a key vote and setting up one of the fiercest legislative battles of the year. Last week, the bill seemed […]

August 21, 2014

Eric Cantor’s Opponent Beat Him By Calling Out GOP Corruption

by Lee Fang, Republic Report “All of the investment banks, up in New York and D.C., they should have gone to jail.” That isn’t a quote from an Occupy Wall Street protester or Senator Elizabeth Warren. That’s a common campaign slogan repeated by Dave Brat, the Virginia college professor who scored one of the biggest political upsets in […]

June 12, 2014

GOP Senate Candidate Gillespie Made $3 Million ‘Advising’ Big Oil And Gas Lobbyists

You won’t find Ed Gillespie, the likely Republican nominee to challenge Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) this fall, on the official list of lobbyists maintained by the Secretary of the Senate’s database. That’s because Gillespie isn’t registered. But not being registered doesn’t mean he doesn’t help big corporations and lobbying firms advance their interests in Washington. […]

May 16, 2014
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VIDEO: Chief Coal Industry Lobbyist Won’t Say If Coal Causes Climate Change

by Lee Fang, Republic Report Does burning coal, one of the most carbon-intensive fuel sources on the planet, contribute to climate change? That simple question stumped the industry’s most prominent advocate, Robert “Mike” Duncan, at a Colorado mining conference last week. Asked twice by Republic Report, Duncan first said that a “lot of people believe” that coal […]

April 28, 2014

NRA’s Top 5 Gun Industry Donors

Here are five of the NRA’s biggest gun industry backers who have contributed $1 million or higher.

January 11, 2013

Big PACs Throw Money At Supercommittee Members

Want to get a huge influx of cash? Looks like all you have to do is be part of the supercommittee. From the time the six Republicans and six Democrats were appointed to the special committee to reduce the deficit, suspicions about lobbyists’ influence on these politicians arose. AP reported in August that the 12 […]

October 6, 2011

Politicians, Watchdog Groups Call For Supercommittee Transparency

Pressure is rising on the deficit reduction “Supercommittee” to operate with greater transparency as it seeks to slash more than $1 trillion from the budget this fall. The 12 members of the Supercommittee — who have received millions of dollars of contributions from special interests over the past five years — will be under intense […]

September 16, 2011

Coming Lobbyist Brawl May (Really) Fix Our Taxes

Lobbyists, of all people, may soon inadvertently bring us what lobbyists have long fought against – – a flatter, simpler tax code that offers fewer gifts for special interests. As a bonus, it would also help bring down the deficit. To understand why this happy result may be in reach, we must return to a […]

August 5, 2011

Party of Banks and Wall Street Struggling to Raise Money

Despite intense anti-Obama sentiment and the conservative wave of last fall’s midterms, Republican presidential contenders are struggling in the fundraising battle, even as they do the bidding of bankers and lobbyists for Wall Street. After taking the House last November in a wave of conservative opposition to President Obama, Republicans now appear to be struggling to […]

July 8, 2011