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 "Michael Bennet":

"… n-season communications if they employ registered federal lobbyists. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., aims to compel more people to register as lobbyists an …"

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 Express":

"… ssociations who rely on, represent or supply the mailing industry, such as American Express, Bank of America, Conde Nast, the Envelope Manufacturers Association, FedE …"

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 "Office of Management and Budget":

"… nance director, was nominated to be the next ambassador to Denmark. Former Office of Management and Budget head John Berry has been nominated to be the next ambassador to Australia. …"

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 "South Carolina":

"… ration issues, according to spokesman Bishop, not campaign finance reform. …"

"… am’s No. 1 lobbyist-bundler during the past two years was SCANA Corp., a South Carolina-based energy company that ranked among Fortune’s 500 largest as recently …"

"… more than three decades. A month later, when it awarded two of them to the South Carolina Electric & Gas Company, a SCANA Corp. subsidiary, Graham hailed the ac …"

"… . Graham support his policies, views and leadership on issues important to South Carolina and the United States,” Bishop wrote in an email to the Center for Publi …"

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 "Rick Perry":

"… ion in 1997 by Carney, who himself has maintained close ties to Texas Gov. Rick Perry. It also shares Alexandria, Va., office space with Crossroads Media, whic …"

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 "Koch Industries":

"… clear Energy Institute, the Edison Electric Institute, energy conglomerate Koch Industries, oil refining giant Valero Energy and Exelon, which is the largest nuclear …"

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 "Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee":

"… Earlier this month, for instance, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, referenced the controversial court case five times in a direct mail solic …"

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 "U.S. Treasury":

"… n theory, anyway. For 2012, each party has received $18.2 million from the U.S. Treasury to help defray costs.But both parties are permitted to operate nonprofit c …"

"… ed $3.4 million in donations from banks that received investments from the U.S. Treasury. Donations came from U.S. Bancorp ($1 million), Goldman Sachs & Co. ($ …"

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 "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 Crossroads":

"… wo super PACs — the pro-Mitt Romney Restore Our Future and Karl Rove’s American Crossroads — have raised nearly $24 million in contributions from companies so far …"

"… Meanwhile, about two-dozen companies have combined to give $9.4 million to American Crossroads, the super PAC co-founded by top GOP strategists Rove and Ed Gillespie, wh …"

"… uper PAC co-founded by top GOP strategists Rove and Ed Gillespie, who left American Crossroads in April to become a senior adviser to Romney’s presidential campaign. T …"

"… Apollo Group plays in American higher education."Like Restore Our Future, American Crossroads has also drawn Fortune 500 backing.Alpha Natural Resources gave $100,000 t …"

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 "American Future Fund":

"… e American Action Network, Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies and the American Future Fund have spent millions on advertisements critical of President Barack Obama a …"

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 "Communication":

"… ssion, a homeless shelter and clinic in Louisiana, would lobby the Federal Communications Commission.“It is important that we, as Christians, never stop working …"

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 "United States":

"… s.A spokeswoman for the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, which opposes abstinence-only education, said the Hatch amendment was not …"

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 "Kuwait":

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

A vacation from the rules

By Anupama Narayanswamy

Some disclosure filings sketchy on details, tardy despite ethics oversight

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jack Abramoff":

"… added disclosure was all the allegations of abuses of travel, specifically Jack Abramoff."While amendments allow officials to alter the details disclosed about a t …"

Unregistered advocates?

By Anupama Narayanswamy and Alex Knott

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… y is one embraced by Charles Koch, chairman and chief executive officer of Koch Industries Inc., who is on the group's board of directors. (Koch Industries is an ene …"

"… fficer of Koch Industries Inc., who is on the group's board of directors. (Koch Industries is an energy corporation that has paid at least $50 million for Clean Air …"

"… oken of the need for more refineries — both scenarios that could benefit Koch Industries."Neither the congressman nor his staff has ever had a single conversation …"

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 "United States Congress":

"… undamental rights around the globe find that the direct involvement of the United States Congress is essential to the effort to effect change in some of the harshest areas …"

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 "Craig Holman":

"… Ellis Brachman, a spokesman for Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., told the Center.Craig Holman, a campaign finance lobbyist for the consumer advocacy group Public Citize …"