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 "Africa":

"… re pressed quickly into service over Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, the Horn of Africa, Japan and Haiti while still technically under development. The reason is …"

E-cigarette maker fires up lobbying efforts

By Reity O'Brien

Manufacturers of smoking alternative faces new government scrutiny.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jim Inhofe":

"… ed at lobbying powerhouse Podesta Group and served as an aide to Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. Scofield, NJOY’s lobbyist, declined to comment on his client …"

Arizona still waiting for Fiesta Bowl fixes

By Kathleen Ingley

Fiesta Bowl scandal has brought outrage, but no fixes

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona Cardinals":

"… on of the football stadium that the bowl ultimately came to share with the Arizona Cardinals. The measure was killed in committee.Lawmakers can argue that they support …"

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 "transportation":

"… es, homeland security, natural resources, oversight and government reform, transportation and infrastructure, and ways and means. The Center also included the power …"

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 "California":

"… al years, non-defense, discretionary spending has blown out of control” …"

"… ttee and all the federal budget power that comes with it. Lewis represents California’s 41st District, which stretches from the Nevada border across the Mojav …"

"… m the Justice Department in 2006 after Randy “Duke” Cunningham, also a California Republican, went to jail for accepting $2.4 million in bribes. The investi …"

"… tigating the relationship between Lewis and lobbyist Bill Lowery, a former California congressman who served on the Appropriations Committee with Lewis. Some of …"

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 "BP":

"… sources because of his widely publicized apology to the chief executive of BP at a July hearing.Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Minority Leader Joh …"

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 "adviser":

"… warfare.” SAIC had employed as a lobbyist Steve McBee, who worked as top adviser on military affairs for Dicks before beginning his K Street career. McBee …"

'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 "General Atomics":

"… d promises of billions of dollars in federal business.San Diego-based General Atomics largely targeted congressional staff members, spending roughly $660,0 …"

"… es of [the plane] with them," said Tom Cassidy, chief executive officer of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, the company's aircraft-manufacturing subsidiary.Denn …"

"… taffers participating in sales meetings."According to a company spokesman, General Atomics has about 4,000 employees worldwide — small in comparison to the roughly …"

"… nd the 150,000 of Boeing. But political ties have been a key ingredient in General Atomics' success.Chairman and CEO James Neal Blue, who bought the company in 1986 …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "St. Petersburg":

"… d in 1970, he represents Florida’s 10th district and the coastal city of St. Petersburg on the Gulf of Mexico.Young is the likely pick to head the powerful House …"

"… and was instrumental in bringing the Bay Pines Veterans Medical Center to St. Petersburg.When Republicans last controlled the chamber, Young served as chairman of …"

"… g earmarks,” and announced it had dropped its probe earlier this yearThe St. Petersburg Times reported in 2008 that Young directed almost $45 million to defense c …"

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 "Washington":

"… stitute of Technology, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Washington. These entities used the same means of influence employed by more traditio …"

"… Dicks, for instance, obtained a $5.8 million earmark for the University of Washington’s Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies. A university s …"

"… ior. But government reform groups say the practices represent the worst of Washington’s revolving door culture, and are little more than legalized corruption. …"

"… ly unique; PMA Group’s business model is standard operating procedure in Washington.”Indeed, even with the closing of PMA earlier this year, the resilience …"