Lobbying disclosures leave public in the dark

By Marcelo Rochabrun and Dave Levinthal

Despite efforts to beef up laws regulating lobbyists, public is in the dark when it comes to what firms are up to in Washington.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… minating their registrations rather than doing less influencing. President Barack Obama’s executive actions against the profession may have prompted lobbyists t …"

Retailers band together to fight health reform law

By Erin Quinn

Companies, trade groups band together to lobby on issues of common interest.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jack Abramoff":

"… est group. Before Congress passed reforms in 2007 in the wake of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, these informal lobbying groups, formerly known as “ste …"

Banks seek to sway critical GAO report

By Alison Fitzgerald

Big banks say new regulation is unnecessary thanks to Dodd Frank reforms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lobbying":

"… the big banks can take on and how much bigger they’ll be able to grow. Lobbying the GAO is somewhat unusual, and it wasn’t something that the Congress c …"

New credit union cop tight with industry

By Daniel Wagner

Newest credit union overseer owes political career to industry he regulates.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Craig Holman":

"… , and he is now in charge of monitoring the credit union industry,” says Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen, which advocates for transparency in electi …"

Obama taps Goldman Sachs executive as ambassador to Canada

By Michael Beckel

Goldman Sachs executive is 20th campaign bundler nominated for an ambassadorship by Obama this year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Craig Holman":

"… itions at home and abroad are reserved for political appointees.” Added Craig Holman, a lobbyist for consumer group Public Citizen: “Diplomatic missions shou …"

Graham's campaign collects bundle from lobbyists

By Michael Beckel

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., collected 10 percent of campaign cash from lobbyists.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee":

"… ations had no such ban, and they outperformed their GOP counterparts. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee collected nearly three times more cash from lobbyist-bundlers ($2.8 millio …"

Non-political nonprofit's spending spikes in election years

By Dave Levinthal

Law says groups like Americans for Job Security cannot make politics its primary purpose.

Excerpts from this story referencing "operative":

"… ry. The organization, which was founded and run by a Republican political operative, also spent $11 million to help support passage of an anti-union Californi …"

"… cal stripes so often do. Its ties to Republican politicians and political operatives are well documented. In 2010, another election year, the group also saw …"

"… ter for Public Integrity in 2010 that its founder, New Hampshire political operative Dave Carney, explained to him, “If you have a candidate, a campaign or a …"

"… ” Dubke also runs the Black Rock Group with Carl Forti, a prominent GOP operative who occupied top positions at super PACs American Crossroads and pro-Mitt …"

Pro-environment group gave grant to conservative nonprofit

By Michael Beckel

Why would a pro-environment group give $125,000 to a pro-energy, anti-regulatory nonprofit?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nevada":

"… bsidiaries.Super donors Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino owner from Nevada, and Bob Perry, the millionaire home builder from Texas, have both given g …"

Campaign finance reformers gain new ally

By Michael Beckel

Moderate ex-senator Byron Dorgan joins ranks of campaign finance reforms endorsing public financinig.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Charlotte":

"… p-ed comes on the heels of the Democratic Party’s national convention in Charlotte, where officials rolled out a platform that supports “campaign finance r …"

Bailed-out banks, Freddie Mac, AIG gave $6 million to 2008 conventions

By John Dunbar and Michael Beckel

Corporate donors to 2008 party conventions included financial institutions bailed out by government.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Craig Holman":

"… tely ridiculous” that corporations are able to make such donations, says Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen. He calls it …"

Top defense oversight staffer received $1.6 million payout from Lockheed Martin

By Zach Toombs

Staffer for the Senate Armed Services committee is a veteran lobbyist for the defense industry.

Excerpts from this story referencing "John McCain":

"… of interest.Ann Elise Sauer, who was appointed to her present job by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., worked for more than a decade as a vice president and lobbyist f …"

Big business prefers GOP over Democratic super PACs

By Michael Beckel

Corporations have made big contributions to super PACs with conservative groups the biggest benefactors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ralph Nader":

"… an, a lobbyist for Public Citizen, the nonprofit advocacy group founded by Ralph Nader in 1971, disagrees.“Our elections should be run by individual Americans, …"

Vote set for quixotic bill that would reveal attack ad funders

By Rachael Marcus and Michael Beckel

The Senate is scheduled to consider a bill Monday that would require secretive groups that fund political ads to reveal their donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "John McCain":

"… Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine and John McCain of Arizona, who earlier this year warned that the public should expect “ …"

Violating the public trust?

By Maggie Mulvihill and Julia Waterhous

A five-year look at Massachusetts public servants charged with crimes and ethics violations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Craig Holman":

"… t’s going on here is that New England tends to enforce its laws,” said Craig Holman, a government ethics scholar with the citizens’ advocacy group Public Ci …"

Charities supporting AT&T’s buyout of T-Mobile have financial incentive

By Jason McLure

Charities that received big dollars from AT&T supporting phone giant's buyout of T-Mobile

Excerpts from this story referencing "James Cicconi":

"… bying and charitable efforts is reflected in the company’s organization. James Cicconi, AT&T’s chief lobbyist and a senior executive vice president of the …"

Health reform lobbyist mistakenly errs on side of transparency

By Joe Eaton

If numbers are to be trusted, longtime advertising lobbyist Jim Davidson of Polsinelli Shughart is the top dog of the 2009 health care refor

Excerpts from this story referencing "Craig Holman":

"… less paperwork,” Davidson said.The arrangement is common and legal, said Craig Holman of the Washington watchdog group Public Citizen. Lobby firms often set up …"

The Abstinence Lobby’s Lone Wolf

By Joe Eaton

Most rich people hoping to influence federal policy are content to write checks to fund political campaigns or shuffle cash to advocacy grou

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Soros":

"… thy people who are politically active either fund advocacy groups or, like George Soros, inject themselves directly into the debate without the help of lobbyists. …"

Thousands of free trips taken by Pentagon staff

By M.B. Pell and Aaron Mehta

DOD personnel took $26 million in travel from industry, foreign governments.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles":

"… an $4,500 to pay for seven trips by Marx to Manhattan Beach, New York, and Los Angeles, between 2001 and 2005. Marx described these trips as “all work,” meet …"

A vacation from the rules

By Anupama Narayanswamy

Some disclosure filings sketchy on details, tardy despite ethics oversight

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ohio":

"… alysis found that at least 25 of roughly 200 disclosure forms filed by the Ohio Republican's office did not list the destinations. The sponsored expenses …"

Unregistered advocates?

By Anupama Narayanswamy and Alex Knott

Influential groups sponsoring $20 million in travel not registered to lobby

Excerpts from this story referencing "Craig Holman":

"… that are paying for these trips are not following the lobbying laws," said Craig Holman, who analyzes special interests for the political advocacy group Public Ci …"

Privately sponsored trips hot tickets on Capitol Hill

By Jim Morris

Study finds almost $50 million spent on travel for lawmakers, aides

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… "In terms of private travel dollars spent, the office of Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, who resigned as House majority leader in January after being indicted on …"

"… the Carter, Bush, Clinton, and Bush II Administrations."Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas, accepted more than $175,000 in travel for himself and his wife, Helen, at …"

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss?

By Sam Stein

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2006 — When Representative John Boehner, R-Ohio, was elected House majority leader on February 2, he presented himself

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ohio":

"… ce of being competitive in the race.” …"

"… ent flyerSince Boehner came to Washington D.C., in 1991 from West Chester, Ohio, he has frequently traveled on private jets owned by corporations with a f …"