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 "Chuck Hagel":

"… om two influential House lawmakers to newly installed Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, reminding him of the requirement to buy three more of the drone aircraft. …"

E-cigarette maker fires up lobbying efforts

By Reity O'Brien

Manufacturers of smoking alternative faces new government scrutiny.

Excerpts from this story referencing "aide":

"… Food and Drug Administration on behalf of NJOY. Scofield also worked as an aide to former Sen. Mark Hatfield, R-Ore., and Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R …"

"… formerly worked at lobbying powerhouse Podesta Group and served as an aide to Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. Scofield, NJOY’s lobbyist, declined to comm …"

Arizona still waiting for Fiesta Bowl fixes

By Kathleen Ingley

Fiesta Bowl scandal has brought outrage, but no fixes

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Loredo":

"… said the group’s lobbyist, Norris Nordvold.That’s just the point to John Loredo, a partner in Southwest Policy Advisors consulting firm and a Democratic l …"

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 "Darrell Issa":

"… al Resources CommitteeDoc HastingsOversight and Government Reform CommitteeDarrell IssaTransportation CommitteeJohn MicaWays and Means CommitteeDave Camp …"

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 "Earmark":

"… here she lobbies on behalf of General Dynamics, Hewlett Packard, and othersEarmarksBetween 2008 and 2010, Lewis secured almost $325 million in Earmarks, acco …"

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 "Earmark":

"… Medical Center, Lions Clubs International, and Zerco Systems InternationalEarmarksBetween 2008 and 2010, Rogers obtained $246.4 million in Earmarks, accordi …"

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 "Jerry Lewis":

"… de until after Thanksgiving.Why the delay? In both cases, powerful members Jerry Lewis of California and Joe Barton of Texas, who respectively ran those committe …"

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 "Jerry Lewis":

"… nto earmarks and lobbying relationships involving the firm and Congressman Jerry Lewis, the ranking Republican on the full appropriations committee. Lewis is als …"

'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 "Italian government":

"… presence suggests that the United States Congress will grant favors to the Italian government or the Australian government if they buy this particular weapon from this …"

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 "lobbyist":

"… inue to engage in controversial relationships involving ex-staffers-turned-lobbyists, contractors, campaign cash, and earmarks — the sorts of relationships …"

"… ty of the public spending process.The Center’s new review — relying on lobbyist registration and campaign finance data — found similar relationships inv …"

"… ecently employing former personal or subcommittee staffers who have become lobbyists. These lawmakers also all have received campaign cash from the earmark re …"

"… makers also all have received campaign cash from the earmark recipients or lobbyists. As in 2008, the 2010 earmarks are for projects that were not requested i …"