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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… efforts has also slipped each year since 2010, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The drop, some have theorized, may be due to more lobbyists terminating …"

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 "Bank of America":

"… ly on, represent or supply the mailing industry, such as American Express, Bank of America, Conde Nast, the Envelope Manufacturers Association, FedEx, the National R …"

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 "Washington":

"… to the board in May. He ended the contract just weeks before he arrived in Washington to be sworn in on Aug. 23. Ethics watchdogs question whether someone with …"

"… says Kathleen Clark, an expert in government ethics and professor at Washington University School of Law.  It’s a common problem when regulators ar …"

"… til earlier that month. Bill Cheney, the industry’s top lobbyist in Washington, was a director of the two credit unions whose losses after the financial …"

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 "Denmark":

"… aign’s 2012 finance director, was nominated to be the next ambassador to Denmark. Former Office of Management and Budget head John Berry has been nominated …"

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 "Republican National Committee":

"… to requests for comment. Party committees benefit Unlike Romney and the Republican National Committee, Obama’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee pro …"

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 "New Hampshire":

"… ie Black telling the Center for Public Integrity in 2010 that its founder, New Hampshire political operative Dave Carney, explained to him, “If you have a candid …"

"… ” Americans for Job Security’s president is Stephen DeMaura, a former New Hampshire Republican Party executive director. He declined to answer questions about …"

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 "Van Hollen":

"… ederal court ruling that campaign finance reformers had cheered. The case, Van Hollen v. Federal Election Commission, is challenging whether groups that run iss …"

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 "Bank of America":

"… oldman Sachs and Citigroup; $150,000 from Morgan Stanley and $100,000 from Bank of America.Most of the banks and other institutions that made contributions to the co …"

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 "Kansas":

"… ,000); Florida-based defense contractor B/E Aerospace, Inc. ($50,000); and Kansas-based payday lender QC Holdings ($25,000).For-profit colleges for RomneyTh …"

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 "Christina Sterling":

"… cuting public corruption is the top national priority for the F.B.I., said Christina Sterling, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz in Boston. Sterling said she …"

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 "Philip Morris":

"… corporate interests is not a new phenomenon. In the 1990s, cigarette-maker Philip Morris asked arts groups that received its funding to oppose new smoking restrict …"

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 "Raymond Ruddy":

"… ns or shuffle cash to advocacy groups that lobby for their causes. But not Raymond Ruddy.Ruddy, a 66-year-old retired businessman who runs a pro-life charity in su …"

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 "Center for Defense Information":

"… barred without a loop hole,” says Winslow Wheeler of the nonprofit Center for Defense Information. Even some of the travelers are cautious of outside sponsorship. “Some f …"

"… relationships these people are trying to create,” argues Wheeler of the Center for Defense Information. “Governments and people drool at the idea of getting in the head of peo …"

"… on favors from people who want something from the government,” says the Center for Defense Information’s Wheeler. “Even a meal is the first step down that slippery slope, an …"

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 "Clear Channel":

"… r Rep. Ed Towns, D-N.Y., flew from Washington to Los Angeles on the tab of Clear Channel Communications for what was simply described as a "congressional staff vis …"

"… 550 per night.Grimaldi said he could not recall details of the trip, and a Clear Channel representative did not return calls seeking comment.The agenda designates …"

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 "Barcelona":

"… them were trips to such foreign locales as Edinburgh, Venice, Brussels and Barcelona, as well as to golfing hotspots Boca Raton, Fla., and Scottsdale, Ariz.Rec …"