Casinos and offshore companies battle for billions in online gambling push

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Congress, states and a rich mix of characters argue over regulation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "lobbyist":

"… the industry pressed Christie to veto the bill. David Satz, Caesars’ top lobbyist, was a member of Christie’s transition team in 2009 and helped write&nbs …"

"… gs on the issue. The Rational Group, the firm that owns PokerStars, hired lobbyists in at least six states last year, including New York, where the company …"

"… n at least six states last year, including New York, where the company’s lobbyist met with an adviser to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in November, according to a repor …"

"… s of thousands of dollars to Pennsylvania candidates last year, though the lobbyists represent many other clients as well. Pennsylvania lawmakers say that bec …"

William Koch emerges from shadow of famous siblings

By Michael Beckel

William Koch's steadily increasing political activity has gotten relatively little notice compared to that of brothers Charles and David.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tennessee Valley Authority":

"… amounts of coal over the years to both the U.S. Department of Defense and Tennessee Valley Authority. This relationship prompted controversy when Koch’s companies began giv …"

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 "Koch Industries":

"… but he does not own a stake in the billionaire brothers’ privately held Koch Industries.Oxbow’s interests include coal, natural gas and petroleum.Energy interes …"

Top 5 lobbyist bundlers; power couple Tony and Heather Podesta top the list

By Aaron Mehta

Bundler lobbyists line up to bundle money from other lobbyists

Excerpts from this story referencing "powerful lobbyist":

"… prises ever.”*In second place is Heather Podesta, Anthony’s wife and a powerful lobbyist in her own right. Like her husband, her bundled donations have gone exclus …"

The Podestas' hot seats on climate change

By Marianne Lavelle

It’s Washington’s version of Family Feud, starring those well-connected Podestas. Today’s category: global warming....

Excerpts from this story referencing "Heather Podesta":

"… ide to ex-New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley and other Hill Democrats. Her firm, Heather Podesta + Partners, LLC, represents Southern Company, Marathon Oil, United States …"

Rockstar Energy Drink targets beverage laws

By Dave Levinthal

Energy drink maker hires sizable government affairs team to influence beverage laws.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coca-Cola":

"… is is, perhaps, no better illustrated than in 2009, when companies such as Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, and their affiliated trade groups, spent exponentially more t …"