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 "Craig Holman":

"… epartment of Justice, not the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. Craig Holman, a lobbyist with Public Citizen, supports one working model that already e …"

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 "American Financial Group":

"… sed insurance firms, half of which are Fortune 500 companies. They include American Financial Group, Berkshire Hathaway, Chubb, Hartford Financial Services Group, Liberty Mut …"

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 "Craig Holman":

"… nts. “It’s a sharp strategy, if you know what you’re doing,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist on government ethics at Public Citizen. GAO auditors are exper …"

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 "Craig Holman":

"… rd time passing muster in the courts,” citing First Amendment concerns. Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the consumer rights group Public Citizen, supports the ide …"

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 "Craig Holman":

"… operating as a trade association with impunity, unafraid of the IRS, said Craig Holman, the government affairs lobbyist for reform advocacy group Public Citizen, …"

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 "Craig Holman":

"… GOP Gov. Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania and former GOP Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida.Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the consumer group Public Citizen — which has also recei …"

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 "Craig Holman":

"… Democrat would come out in support of a constitutional amendment,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the consumer rights group Public Citizen. “Adding his vo …"

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 "Craig Holman":

"… kind of person we would want to have in his job. We are lucky to have Tom."Craig Holman, a lobbyist at the nonprofit watchdog group Public Citizen, had a differen …"

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 "American Financial Group":

"… t coal mining disaster in the United States since 1970.In 2010, Ohio-based American Financial Group, another Fortune 500 firm, donated $400,000 to the conservative super PAC. …"

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 "Craig Holman":

"… .“I would expect the Republicans are going to march in lockstep,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the consumer rights group Public Citizen.“The Republican …"

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 "Dighton town official":

"… sed of insurance fraud to a Lawrence police officer charged with rape to a Dighton town official sanctioned for hiring his relatives, hundreds of ordinary individuals paid …"

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 "Craig Holman":

"… member.“This is taking influence peddling to a whole new level,” says Craig Holman, a lobbyist with Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group. “It’s sort …"

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 "Craig Holman":

"… National Abstinence Education Association.“It’s very uncommon,” said Craig Holman, an expert at Public Citizen on the impact of money in politics, of Ruddy …"

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 "Italy":

"… Strategic Studies who has taken dozens of the trips to Great Britain, Italy, Kuwait, and Qatar.Regulations governing the travel are subject to interpr …"

"… o popular vacation spots such as San Diego, Las Vegas, Honolulu, San Remo, Italy, and Jeju Island, South Korea. Among the guests were spouses, who particip …"

"… loymentsThe beaches of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro and the canals of Venice, Italy, are not exactly typical military deployment destinations. But these were …"

"… Italian navy paid for Admiral Michael Mullen and his wife to visit Venice, Italy, for a “Regional Seapower Symposium.” The admiral, now chairman of the …"

A vacation from the rules

By Anupama Narayanswamy

Some disclosure filings sketchy on details, tardy despite ethics oversight

Excerpts from this story referencing "Craig Holman":

"… ssions are "a reflection that nobody was watching until now," according to Craig Holman of the watchdog group Public Citizen."The form was reviewed by the ethics …"

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 "Italy":

"… ostly excursions — at least 200 trips to Paris, 150 to Hawaii and 140 to Italy. While some of these trips might qualify as legitimate fact-finding missio …"

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 "Sallie Mae":

"… ), UST Inc. (seven), Swisher International Inc. (seven), FedEx (five), and Sallie Mae (four).Travel by corporate jet is luxurious and very costly, but no matter …"

"… the same Boehner campaign and leadership PAC funds to which R.J. Reynolds, Sallie Mae and other corporations contributed. According to Federal Election Commissi …"

"… o Board of Trade, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, CSX Corporation and the Sallie Mae Foundation.Boehner has been a proponent of such trips, noting their educat …"