The huge drone that could not be grounded

By Richard H.P. Sia and Alexander Cohen

A major defense contractor used its connections on Capitol Hill to keep a troubled drone aircraft aloft at a cost of billions of dollars.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… some lawmakers to resist the drawdown in military spending that President Obama and some military analysts say is needed to help shrink the federal defici …"

E-cigarette maker fires up lobbying efforts

By Reity O'Brien

Manufacturers of smoking alternative faces new government scrutiny.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Podesta Group":

"… d will lobby for NJOY. Ference also formerly worked at lobbying powerhouse Podesta Group and served as an aide to Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. Scofield, NJOY’s …"

Arizona still waiting for Fiesta Bowl fixes

By Kathleen Ingley

Fiesta Bowl scandal has brought outrage, but no fixes

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Legislative Exchange Council":

"… ght legislators received scholarships in 2011 to attend conferences of the American Legislative Exchange Council, which advocates limited government, free markets and federalism. ALEC hel …"

The Chairmen: New House leaders have familiar ties to business, revolving door

By Josh Israel

The Republican takeover of Congress not only apparently gives the Speaker’s gavel to John Boehner, it also elevates up to 25 senior GOP lawm

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jerry Lewis":

"… ties would be as chairman of the relevant committeeAppropriations CommitteeJerry LewisHal RogersAppropriations Subcommittee on DefenseC.W. Bill YoungArmed Servic …"

Jerry Lewis — Appropriations Committee?

By Amy Biegelsen

A California congressman since 1978, Jerry Lewis aims to regain the gavel of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee and all the federal bud

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jerry Lewis":

"… y spending has blown out of control” …"

Hal Rogers — Appropriations Committee?

By Peter H. Stone

Kentucky’s Hal Rogers, a prime candidate to take over the powerful U.S. House Appropriations Committee, which controls federal spending, has

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jerry Lewis":

"… ppropriations Committee, tried to win the chairmanship in 2005 but lost to Jerry Lewis of California. Lewis is again vying for the post, but is considered an und …"

New GOP chiefs of appropriations, energy panels may not be settled until after Thanksgiving

By Peter H. Stone

With Republicans expected to have an excellent shot at winning back the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, talk is rampant about whic

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ways and Means Committee":

"… mmittees. In most cases, the new chairmen of such powerful fiefdoms as the Ways and Means Committee and Budget Committee are considered done deals.But three GOP sources tell …"

The Murtha Method

By The Center for Public Integrity

For months, a cloud has swirled around Congressman John Murtha (D-Pa.), chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee,

Excerpts from this story referencing "PMA Group":

"… d the relationship that Murtha and other subcommittee members had with the PMA Group, a lobbying firm filled with former subcommittee aides.Murtha and fellow p …"

"… egal. The House ethics committee is also looking at the situation, and the PMA Group closed following an FBI raid late last year.Now, a computer analysis by th …"

"… ut never technically worked for him: Paul Magliocchetti of the now defunct PMA Group Inc. (PMA stood for Paul Magliocchetti Associates). Magliocchetti represen …"

"… e involved in similar circles with former staffers who later worked at the PMA Group.Visclosky, an Indiana Democrat in his 13th term in the House, is a former …"

'Top Gun' of travel

By Steve Henn and Robert Brodsky

Spy plane's maker spent roughly $660,000, targeted legislators' aides

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jerry Lewis":

"… members of Congress — Bob Riley, R-Ala. (now the state's governor), and Jerry Lewis, R-Calif. — took trips paid for by General Atomics [correction]. However …"

C.W. Bill Young — Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense

By Caitlin Ginley

C.W. Bill Young is the most senior Republican serving in the U.S. House and a fixture in Florida politics. First elected in 1970, he represe

A ‘Murtha Method’ encore

By Nick Schwellenbach

A review of the 2010 defense appropriations process reveals that most members of a key House of Representatives panel continue to engage in

Excerpts from this story referencing "PMA Group":

"… ethics committee inquiry swirling around a now-defunct lobbying firm, the PMA Group, that was filled with former subcommittee aides. PMA’s offices were raid …"

"… presented by ex-congressional office or committee staffers working for the PMA Group. When asked about the four former staffers who have registered as lobbyist …"

"… on, and a former Center staffer, wrote earlier this year that “while the PMA Group scandal is different from [convicted ex-lobbyist Jack] Abramoff, in many w …"

"… ny ways it’s more serious. … Abramoff’s excesses were fairly unique; PMA Group’s business model is standard operating procedure in Washington.”Indeed …"