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 "Lockheed Martin":

"… tee, received $40,400 from Larry Duncan, a lobbyist for defense contractor Lockheed Martin. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., the ranking Democratic member of the House Arm …"

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 "Podesta Group":

"… nd candidates. Among the PAC-less government affairs powerhouses are Podesta Group; Ogilvy Government Relations; Peck, Madigan & Jones; Prime Policy …"

"… haps there is no better example of this than No. 3 lobbying firm Podesta Group, whose leader, Tony Podesta, ranks among the most active individual politi …"

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 "Podesta Group":

"… DSCC this year include Democratic super lobbyist Tony Podesta of the Podesta Group ($145,000), as well as the political action committees of the firms B …"

E-cigarette maker fires up lobbying efforts

By Reity O'Brien

Manufacturers of smoking alternative faces new government scrutiny.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Podesta Group":

"… d will lobby for NJOY. Ference also formerly worked at lobbying powerhouse Podesta Group and served as an aide to Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. Scofield, NJOY’s …"

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 "Podesta Group":

"… Inc., maker of the eponymous beverage, has hired a well-connected team of Podesta Group lobbyists — nine in all — to press federal lawmakers on "legislation a …"

"… fellow energy drink maker Monster Energy Co., which late last year signed Podesta Group and Covington & Burling to lobby on its behalf, and Red Bull Nort …"

"… ll North America, Inc., which inked Heather Podesta + Partners last fall. Podesta Group spokeswoman Missi Tessier confirmed that her firm would be lobbying for Ro …"

"… a himself is also listed as one of Rockstar, Inc.'s registered lobbyists. Podesta Group's lengthy list of recent clients also includes other beverage compani …"

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 "Podesta Group":

"… sponsor federal PACs. They are Ogilvy Government Relations; Podesta Group; Peck, Madigan & Jones; Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti; Capi …"

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 "spokeswoman":

"… on in donations to candidates in the 2009-2010 election cycle.A CareFusion spokeswoman reaffirmed the accuracy of her company’s disclosures but offered no comm …"

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 "Apple":

"… to ask the company hard questions about the scandal. When news broke that Apple and Google smartphones have the capacity to track users as they move throu …"

“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 "Podesta Group":

"… added lobbying firms Marshall Brachman, Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, and the Podesta Group last year – all are lobbying on defense legislation.“The fight is just …"

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 "Podesta Group":

"… tigative arm of Congress, records show.In July 2009, McGraw-Hill hired the Podesta Group and its owner, Tony Podesta, one of Washington’s most influential lobbyi …"

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 "Enron scandal":

"… d the exemption for rating companies.‘On a Pedestal’In the wake of the Enron scandal, the raters finally braced for a change. The companies had left high grade …"

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 "Podesta Group":

"… In March, less than a month after hiring Gorelick, Sallie Mae retained the Podesta Group, founded by Tony Podesta, a legendary Democratic fundraiser whose bro …"

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 "Podesta Group":

"… hn Podesta’s group — paid Tony Podesta and five other lobbyists in his Podesta Group $50,000 in the second quarter to help represent its interests on the clima …"

"… e moves to the Senate.ACCCE is one of at least nine clients that hired the Podesta Group to work on the big climate legislation — the American Clean Energy and S …"

The climate lobbyists

By Matthew Lewis

A sampling of power players

Excerpts from this story referencing "Podesta Group":

"… r company Ameren Services, both based in St. Louis. Tony Podesta Chairman, Podesta Group The brother and former partner of John Podesta, who headed President Obama …"

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 "Podesta Group":

"… r while running the left-leaning Center for American Progress. Anthony’s Podesta Group is one of the most powerful lobbying entities in DC, with clients ranging …"

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 "American University":

"… rber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University, said that among the major players there are “no surprises”. But the t …"