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.

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 "Twitter":

"… ss during this year’s second quarter, Comcast Corp. is most well-known. Twitter spent $90,000 on lobbying during the second quarter — a pittance compare …"

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 "health insurer":

"… ssociation are among those named in E-Flex’s reports to Congress, as are health insurer Aetna, the Food Marketing Institute and the National Restaurant Associatio …"

'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 "current president":

"… ws, nor do we have one for defending lobbyists." Not so, says Monte Ward, current president of the newly renamed Association of Government Relations Profess …"

American League of Lobbyists changes name

By Dave Levinthal

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

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting":

"… in 14 categories, from procurement to campaign disclosure to lobbying. The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting conducted the research on which Maine’s score was based. Stung by the b …"

"… Maine League of Women Voters, is also a board member of, and donor to, the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting is a nonpartisan, non-prof …"

"… mber of, and donor to, the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting is a nonpartisan, non-profit news service based in Hallowell. Email: maine …"

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 "Harry Reid":

"… the 2012 election, including the leadership PAC of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Money well spent? According to FEC filings, Graham’s No. 1 lob …"

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 "U.S. military":

"… they've had to deal with. We've seen a 100 percent cut in the support the U.S. military can provide air shows." Cudahy argues that air shows generate up to $1.5 …"

Easter has friends on K Street

By Reity O'Brien

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

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.

Data transparency advocates register lobbyist

By Dave Levinthal

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

Georgia House approves ethics reform package

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Calls for change followed F from State Integrity Investigation

Senate lobbying data revamp causing problems for data watchdogs

By Dave Levinthal

Links to old documents broken as Senate revamps disclosure database.

Georgia speaker wants new ethics rules - with a twist

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Speaker proposes bill limiting gifts, but reform groups cry foul

Fix the Debt Coalition lobbies up

By Dave Levinthal

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

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.

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 "social media":

"… seven-figure threshold for the first time during a three-month period. The social media company, which didn’t invest a cent in federally reportable lobbying unt …"

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 "Texas":

"… -Okla.; Reps. Vic Fazio, D-Calif., Jim McCrery, R-La. and Henry Bonilla, R-Texas; and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a Republican. Second term, no limits …"

Lawmakers in Southeast call for ethics reform

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Legislators in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina want change

Excerpts from this story referencing "GOP House":

"… imits. In 2010, for example, lobbyists funded a $17,000 trip to Europe for GOP House Speaker David Ralston and his family to learn about high-speed rail projec …"

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 "Texas":

"… Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Texas, Vermont and Wyoming. Some states have different rules for members of the …"

Arizona still waiting for Fiesta Bowl fixes

By Kathleen Ingley

Fiesta Bowl scandal has brought outrage, but no fixes

Excerpts from this story referencing "Phoenix":

"… ts have become a football extravaganza that kicks off the new year for the Phoenix area with national publicity and a hefty  economic boost.But over the …"

"… g, not legislation.And there was reluctance to give up perks, according to Phoenix Democratic Sen. Steve Gallardo, whose reform proposals were shot down.“Y …"

"… ould have trouble getting tickets to.” They include the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament, NASCAR events at Phoenix International Raceway and s …"

"… nclude the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament, NASCAR events at Phoenix International Raceway and season tickets to university football games.Sen. …"

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

By Jim Walls

Georgia commission can't seem to avoid controversy.

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 "The Pentagon":

"… h new accounting software systems have led to $8 billion in cost overruns. The Pentagon’s inspector general said recently that deadlines for completing the work …"

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.

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