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 "retail":

"… n part-time, temporary and seasonal workers in the staffing, construction, retail and service industries sought a way to loosen those obligations. Enter th …"

"… iation. Christine Pollack, the vice president of government affairs at the retail group and chair of E-Flex said the coalition was created by an executive c …"

"… ions to E-Flex, but the exact amounts are hard to come by. One member, the retail clothing outlet Gap, voluntarily disclosed that it gave the coal …"

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 "Senate":

"… ed on the board of his own credit union. He won a seat in the Oregon state Senate with the help of thousands of credit union volunteers and tens of thousand …"

"… alem on behalf of his credit union board inspired him to run for the state Senate. “My issue was concern about citizens, ordinary citizens, having access …"

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 "Matthew Barzun":

"… r Public Integrity’s research. Two men — attorney Kirk W.B. Wagar and Matthew Barzun, who served as Obama’s 2012 national finance chairman — each bundled a …"

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 "energy":

"… ions and lobbyists whose positions Graham has supported. Among them are an energy giant, the film industry’s main trade association and a former U.S. amba …"

"… -bundler during the past two years was SCANA Corp., a South Carolina-based energy company that ranked among Fortune’s 500 largest as recently as 2011. Th …"

"… later, he said that rejecting the proposal would be “one of the biggest energy policy blunders in our history." Last year, he co-sponsored legislation t …"

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 "Republican primary":

"… 0,000 to oppose Eric Hovde, a U.S. Senate candidate in Wisconsin, during a Republican primary. The organization, which was founded and run by a Republican political op …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… k, former GOP Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota, former GOP Gov. Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania and former GOP Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida.Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the c …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… osal.“I really think we’ve reached a tipping point,” Dorgan told the Center for Public Integrity in a telephone interview.“I hope both political parties and people of al …"

"… gislation to “require greater disclosure of campaign spending,” as the Center for Public Integrity previously reported.The Citizens United ruling has also become a rallying …"

"… ersial court case five times in a direct mail solicitation obtained by the Center for Public Integrity.“Please do not let the hundreds of millions in Citizens United corporate …"

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 "J.P. Morgan Chase":

"… ($1 million), Goldman Sachs & Co. ($255,000), Wells Fargo ($250,000), J.P. Morgan Chase ($100,000) and Morgan Stanley ($100,000) and others.The Democratic host 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 "F-35":

"… of government watchdogs, most recently for its work on the problem-plagued F-35 and F-22 jet fighters. The Center wrote in June about the latest of those …"

"… ing $1 billion in cost overruns on four early production contracts for the F-35; it is the single most costly military program in U.S. history. A spokespe …"

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 "Arizona":

"… Restore Our Future include Colorado-based Hallador Energy Co. ($100,000); Arizona-based Apollo Group, the corporate parent of the for-profit University of P …"

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 "director":

"… represent is many times higher than official reports, said James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American Unive …"

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 "Education":

"… roup, including Christian Coalition of America and the National Abstinence Education Association.“It’s very uncommon,” said Craig Holman, an expert at Pu …"

"… 0,000 for pro-life efforts.A spokeswoman for the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, which opposes abstinence-only Education, sai …"

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 "director":

"… from the Washington suburbs? Mr. Millies worked for the Pentagon as deputy director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which runs th …"

"… Dennis Blair, then commander-in-chief of the U.S. Pacific Command, and now director of national intelligence, took a $3,600 trip to China paid for by the Peop …"

"… company VISA paid nearly $35,000 for the travel of a financial officer and directors of DOD’s human resource data agency. Exxon Mobil Corporation spent more …"

A vacation from the rules

By Anupama Narayanswamy

Some disclosure filings sketchy on details, tardy despite ethics oversight

Excerpts from this story referencing "James Dennis":

"… osing penalties."Alex Knott contributed to this report. …"

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 Inc.":

"… 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 energy c …"

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 "sponsored travel":

"… interest," Thompson said.A way of lifeFor some members of Congress, taking sponsored travel has become a way of life.Records show, for example, that the chairman of t …"

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 "Public Citizen":

"… .Craig Holman, a campaign finance lobbyist for the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, also disputes the trips’ stated objective.“Very rarely are these trip …"

"… al from day one, and we’ve always tried to run our operation that way.”Public Citizen’s Holman challenged that characterization, asserting that the transactio …"