How much money can a lobbyist make?

By Dave Levinthal and Marcelo Rochabrun

Hourly pay of four figures is possible at one D.C. firm, court filings show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "General Services Administration":

"… former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and administrator of the General Services Administration. In 2005, the Carmen Group said it would charge Louisiana Construction Sy …"

Lobbying activity declines among top special interests

By Dave Levinthal

Three-fifths of nation's top 100 lobbying entities spent less on influence in the second quarter compared to a year ago.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Thad Cochran":

"… ciaries so far include Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.; Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga. and Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., accord …"

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 "American Express":

"… ssociations who rely on, represent or supply the mailing industry, such as American Express, Bank of America, Conde Nast, the Envelope Manufacturers Association, FedE …"

'Lobbyist' not curse word to all influencers

By Dave Levinthal

Some government influencers wish the Association of Government Relations Professionals had kept its old name.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nick Allard":

"… t. I'd embrace and celebrate being a lobbyist."     …"

American League of Lobbyists changes name

By Dave Levinthal

The American League of Lobbyists will now go by Association of Government Relations Professionals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… ry, which has endured high-profile scandals and been targeted by President Barack Obama. Lobbyists have meanwhile witnessed an industry-wide decline in revenue a …"

IMPACT: LePage, lawmakers push for a passing grade in Maine

By Naomi Schalit and John Christie

Failing mark from State Integrity Investigation leads to ethics reforms.

IMPACT: Georgia governor signs bills limiting gifts from lobbyists

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Gov. Deal signs measure setting limits on lobbyists

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 "Craig Holman":

"… rd time passing muster in the courts,” citing First Amendment concerns. Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the consumer rights group Public Citizen, supports the ide …"

Pentagon claims $757 million overbilling by contractor in Afghanistan

By Richard H.P. Sia

Lawmakers are upset that the Pentagon kept giving billions of dollars to a food supplier for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Air show lobbyists to buzz Capitol Hill

By Dave Levinthal

Air show lobbyists to press Congress on sequestration's grounding of military plane demonstrations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate Armed Services Committee":

"… lso has worked as a special assistant to the National Security Council and Senate Armed Services Committee. Michael W. Schupp will also lobby on the International Council of Air Sh …"

Easter has friends on K Street

By Reity O'Brien

From confectioners to egg cooperatives, a basketful of political influencers press agenda.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… t with vocal advocates in Washington. Smithfield Foods, a top producer of Virginia ham, hired 13 lobbyists spent nearly $1.4 million on political advocacy in …"

University of Alabama plays politics as well as football

By Michael Beckel

BCS champ Alabama spent $370,000 on federal lobbying in 2012, records show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… nbsp; …"

Data transparency advocates register lobbyist

By Dave Levinthal

Coalition pressing government for free, standardized information registers first lobbyist.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Transparency":

"… ittee on Oversight and Government Reform, will lobby on behalf of the Data Transparency Coalition, which wants the federal government to institute "greater effici …"

"… also founder and executive director of the nonprofit coalition. The Data Transparency Coalition, whose members include firms such as Teredata, SAP, Adaptive and …"

"… t push for passage of a revamped version of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, which died during the last congressional session.   The gr …"

Georgia House approves ethics reform package

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Calls for change followed F from State Integrity Investigation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… state-by-state ranking of accountability and ethics laws conducted by the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International. A coalition of reform g …"

"… milar trip. After Ralston proposed the reforms in January, Perry told the Center for Public Integrity that the package was, “an old political trick with a poison pill.”&nbs …"

Senate lobbying data revamp causing problems for data watchdogs

By Dave Levinthal

Links to old documents broken as Senate revamps disclosure database.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lobbying":

"… e of the issue and working to fix it.) …"

Georgia speaker wants new ethics rules - with a twist

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Speaker proposes bill limiting gifts, but reform groups cry foul

Excerpts from this story referencing "lobbyist":

"… usual. Speaker David Ralston introduced a bill that would ban gifts from lobbyists to lawmakers and restore the state ethics commission’s rule making auth …"

"… pped years ago. But the bill would also broaden the definition of who is a lobbyist to ensnare citizen volunteers, a move that has infuriated both liberal and …"

"… es nearly anyone who tries to influence a public official to register as a lobbyist, a step that requires hundreds of dollars in annual fees and as well as re …"

"… t. The central piece of Ralston’s bill is a measure that would ban most lobbyist gifts to individual members of the legislature. Currently, Georgia is one …"

Fix the Debt Coalition lobbies up

By Dave Levinthal

Fix the Debt Coalition hires government affairs professionals to press financial reform agenda.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dave Levinthal":

"… election cycle. Why is 2013 an important year for campaign finance? Dave Levinthal and Michael Beckel will answer that, and many other questio …"

Lobbyist for lobbyists steps away

By Dave Levinthal

Government relations group ends contract with former president, eyes new representation.

Ethics bill would slam Maine's 'revolving door'

By Naomi Schalit and John Christie

Ethics legislation would require 'cooling off' period

Influence chic: Urban Outfitters bags K Street help

By Dave Levinthal

Former GOP Sen. Spencer Abraham's firm to represent company known for risqué clothing.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Voting":

"… president, Bob Carey, the former director of the Department of Defense’s Federal Voting Assistance Program and a one-time Senate aide to both Abraham and ex- …"

Fiscal cliff, elections boost spending on lobbying

By Dave Levinthal

Year-end reports show outlays on influence by most active groups went up.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Hospital Association":

"… General Electric, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, American Hospital Association, the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, Google, North …"

Bank of America, unions among newly named inauguration sponsors

By Dave Levinthal

Sponsors of Obama's second inaugural have spent nearly $283 million on lobbying since 2009.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coca-Cola":

"… mmission until 90 days after Monday’s inauguration. …"

"… edEx has spent more than $64 million on federal lobbying since 2009, while Coca-Cola has spent nearly $25 million and Bank of America more than $12.8 million, …"

Obama inauguration sponsors spent millions influencing government

By Dave Levinthal

Obama's inauguration, brought to you in part by corporate America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George W. Bush":

"… ns and employers — disclosure levels somewhat akin to those of President George W. Bush’s inaugural committees. Don’t wait up late for Obama’s information, …"

Lawmakers in Southeast call for ethics reform

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Legislators in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina want change

Excerpts from this story referencing "lobbyist":

"… ake aim at independent political spending, asset disclosure and gifts from lobbyists in an effort to bolster transparency and rein in the spiraling costs of r …"

"… improves. Legislators have also proposed increasing registration fees for lobbyists, which together with other fees generate most of the commission’s budge …"

"… ope with $10,000 in it,” he said, citing the state’s ban on gifts from lobbyists. “It gives the impression of ethics laws, without the teeth.”Weatherf …"

"… asure will pass this session, and no one is discussing tightening rules on lobbyist disclosure, which the State Integrity Investigation identified as a weak s …"

Revolving door swings freely in America's statehouses

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Anything goes in some states; lawmakers skirt rules in others

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… ssion has ended (most legislatures meet for only part of the year). But in North Carolina, the timing can help circumnavigate the state’s six-month cooling off pe …"

"… I come visit you in the future, just say ‘Yes.’”The move shows that North Carolina’s six-month cooling off period, which advocates won only after a hard ba …"

"… in 2005, is “badly in need of change,” said Jane Pinsky, who heads the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform. State Sen. Richard Stevens s …"

"… campaign funds. Lobbyists are barred from making campaign contributions in North Carolina, but there’s nothing saying a future lobbyist can’t. Brubaker still ha …"

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":

"… nd it isn’t over.The parade of bad news began in December 2009, when the Arizona Republic exposed the Fiesta Bowl’s scheme of urging employees to make ca …"

"… by legislators.Now, as the 2013 state legislative session approaches, many Arizonans believe the Legislature has not one Fiesta Bowl scandal, but two.The fir …"

"… n as if nothing ever happened.Rules, loopholes and historyAt first glance, Arizona would seem to have one of the nation’s strictest gift laws: a $10 annual …"

"… 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 th …"

Georgia's ethics commission: A sad tale of dysfunctional state government

By Jim Walls

Georgia commission can't seem to avoid controversy.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bill Thompson":

"… ”Within a few months, Thompson fired his new director of investigations, Bill Thompson (no relation), saying he missed deadlines and failed to follow direction. …"

"… (no relation), saying he missed deadlines and failed to follow direction. Bill Thompson responded with a whistleblower lawsuit, charging that the real reason for …"

"… ssal was his insistence on pursuing sensitive cases.In a sworn deposition, Bill Thompson said his former boss initially told him to pursue criminal cases that woul …"

"… e.“I want to scare the bejesus out of those guys under the Gold Dome,” Bill Thompson said Rick Thompson told him.But Rick Thompson’s resolve soon wavered, Bi …"

Bipartisan group of lawmakers demands better Pentagon auditing

By Zach Toombs

A Republican-led effort threatens to block major weapons systems if the military services cannot account properly for their expenditures.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. military":

"… ny that has received an audit during their tenure there.Each branch of the U.S. military has had difficulty meeting a set of interim auditing deadlines. A report f …"

Florida reforms targeted by 'good government' group

By Caitlin Ginley

'Good government' group wants more light to shine on lawmakers in the Sunshine State

'Drastic' defense cuts would set the clock back only to 2006

By Zach Toombs

The Congressional Budget Office suggests that budget sequestration may not gut the defense budget.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Defense Department":

"… e two parties cannot agree on a more balanced budget would still leave the Defense Department with more funding than it received six years ago, according to a repo …"

"… for health care and pay for soldiers and civilian personnel. Although the Defense Department’s five-year projection through FY 2017 sets aside $615 billion for these …"