Lobbyists boost Senate Democrats

By Michael Beckel

Democrats have outraised their GOP counterparts in terms of money coming from lobbyists doubling as fundraisers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oregon":

"… ated with ideological groups that also lobby. Hawaii’s Brian Schatz and Oregon’s Jeff Merkley both disclosed bundling activity by the League of Conserv …"

The 'lobbyist' is dead

By Dave Levinthal

Long live the 'government relations professional'.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… s creep. The government sometimes tossed him in jail. His friends in Congress stopped offering him food and drink. The president shunned him, giving him …"

Bob Casey bucks fundraising trend with beer bash

By Dave Levinthal

Sen. Bob Casey skirts trendy political fundraisers, throws beer bash with lobbyists.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Podesta Group":

"… oftop 1001 G St. NW in Washington, D.C., a property that plays home to the Podesta Group, the nation's No. 3 firm last year in terms of lobbying income. "We'll ha …"

"… nbsp;Daniele Baierlein, Izzy Klein and Andy Lewin, all Podesta Group principals.  Also: Sean D'Arcy, a partner at law and lobbying f …"

Lobbying firm PACs start 2013 slow

By Dave Levinthal

Few raising or spending big money early in 2013 — if at all.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boeing":

"… lients this year include corporate titans such as insurer Aetna, Barclays, Boeing, Citigroup, ExxonMobil, General Electric, insurer MetLife, Microsoft, New …"

Lobbyists make it rain for Democrats

By Michael Beckel

DSCC, DCCC collect nearly $1 million from lobbyist-bundlers during first quarter.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic National Committee":

"… rejects donations or contribution bundles from lobbyists, as does the Democratic National Committee. The Center's analysis found that the DSCC raised nearly three times as m …"

E-cigarette maker fires up lobbying efforts

By Reity O'Brien

Manufacturers of smoking alternative faces new government scrutiny.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… ts to do its bidding on Capitol Hill, according to records filed with U.S. Senate. Jeff Shockey and John Scofield — formerly senior staffers on the House …"

"… a-based headquarters did not respond to requests for comment. And NJOY’s Senate filing notes only that it intends to lobby on “FDA administration of P.L …"

"… s, including the regulation of smokeless tobacco products last year,  Senate filings reveal. “There are no requirements for ingredient disclosure. N …"

Rockstar Energy Drink targets beverage laws

By Dave Levinthal

Energy drink maker hires sizable government affairs team to influence beverage laws.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tony Podesta":

"… er legislative assistant for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. Firm leader Tony Podesta himself is also listed as one of Rockstar, Inc.'s registered lobbyists. P …"

Lobbyist PACs hurting for cash following election

By Dave Levinthal

Political cash machines of many top government affairs shops see a slow start to 2014 election cycle.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boeing":

"… amp; Young lobbying clients include Aetna, Airlines for America, Barclays, Boeing, Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Pfizer,  …"

The Army tank that could not be stopped

By Aaron Mehta and Lydia Mulvany

Corporate cash and adroit lobbying have helped crush the Army’s effort to stop work on its premier tank.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pennsylvania":

"… factory in Lima, Ohio as well as halt work at dozens of subcontractors in Pennsylvania, Michigan and other states.Opposing the Pentagon’s plans is Abrams manuf …"

"… freeze work on the tanks. Less than a quarter were from Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania — the rust belt states with small subcontractors that would be directly …"

Top health information technology firms prefer 'revolving door' lobbyists

By Josh Israel

Top health information technology firms want lobbyists with Capitol Hill or executive branch experience

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… mong others, Katie Pahner, a former legislative analyst in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Legislation.  In a November 12, 201 …"

U.S. lawmakers frustrated by lack of answers about Google Street View Wi-spying

By Chris Thompson

Obama administration barely takes notice of Google Wi-spy incident

Excerpts from this story referencing "San Francisco":

"… administer a proposed but ultimately abandoned municipal Wi-Fi network for San Francisco, to turn the entire city, in effect, into one vast hotspot. Under Google …"

“Founders” rally for change in election finance

Led by actors dressed as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross, two good-government groups today sought to draw a

Excerpts from this story referencing "Podesta Group":

"… Betsy Ross stopped at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Podesta Group lobbying firm, and the Capitol Hill Club asking lobbyists, members of Cong …"

"… try to any of the offices it visited — except for a brief foray into the Podesta Group’s lobby — and tried to make its message heard on the streets outside.O …"

"… — and tried to make its message heard on the streets outside.Outside the Podesta Group, which counts BP as one of its most prominent clients, the actors declared …"

Lobbyists stage Capitol Hill dogfight over joint strike fighter engine

By Nick Schwellenbach

An intense spending fight over a second engine for the Joint Strike Fighter has partners General Electric and Rolls Royce and rival Pratt &

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rolls-Royce Group":

"… those, at least 33 are registered to work on the engine issue specifically.Rolls-Royce Group, which hired Mattoon & Associates last year, added mCapitol Management …"

Facing crackdown, credit raters bring on heavy hitters

By Ben Protess

Breaking their own spending records, the biggest credit raters pull out the stops on lobbying budgets

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tennessee":

"… byist, Cynthia Braddon, met last month with Republican Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Judd Gregg of New Hampshire. Corker joined the committee’s chairman …"

How credit raters fended off oversight from Congress and SEC

By Ben Protess and Lagan Sebert

Sen. Schumer flip-flopped his position on credit ratings agencies

Excerpts from this story referencing "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… ngs.” At a Senate hearing that spring, he encouraged the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission not to ignore the raters’ central argument against government inter …"

Lobbying showdown over the future of student loans

By Danielle Knight

Sallie Mae's plan to retain their majority share of the student loan industry? Lobbyists

Excerpts from this story referencing "House Financial Services Committee":

"… butions to fiscally conservative "Blue Dog" Democrats and Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee. The objective, as Sallie Mae's strategy document put it, was simple: "gro …"

The Podestas' hot seats on climate change

By Marianne Lavelle

It’s Washington’s version of Family Feud, starring those well-connected Podestas. Today’s category: global warming....

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for American Progress":

"… ouse chief of staff to President Clinton. John Podesta’s think tank, the Center for American Progress, has been an ardent voice in favor of Congress taking bold steps to addres …"

"… oble cause,” said Dan Weiss, director of climate change strategy for the Center for American Progress and its action fund. “But I’m confident that the majority of the Senat …"

The climate lobbyists

By Matthew Lewis

A sampling of power players

Excerpts from this story referencing "radiation":

"… 990 Clean Air Act Amendments and was appointed to head the EPA’s air and radiation office in 2001. Climate clients: Power companies Southern Company, Duke En …"

Top 5 lobbyist bundlers; power couple Tony and Heather Podesta top the list

By Aaron Mehta

Bundler lobbyists line up to bundle money from other lobbyists

Excerpts from this story referencing "powerful lobbyist":

"… prises ever.”*In second place is Heather Podesta, Anthony’s wife and a powerful lobbyist in her own right. Like her husband, her bundled donations have gone exclus …"

Washington lobbying giants cash in on health reform debate

By Joe Eaton, M.B. Pell and Aaron Mehta

While patients, taxpayers and lawmakers debate the impact of the health care reform law President Obama signed on Tuesday, one result of the

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dutko Worldwide":

"… and Manufacturers of America, for example, hired Capital Tax Partners LLP, Dutko Worldwide, Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, Inc. and 22 other outside firms, in addition t …"

"… n U.S. cities, China, Israel, Mexico, UAE, and Venezuela.No. 5 (Tie): Dutko Worldwide LLC25 clientsHow much clients spent on health care and other issues in 200 …"