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 "Manufacturers of America":

"… xon's clients include the likes of trade group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, tobacco giant Philip Morris International and the city of Houston. Some …"

The 'lobbyist' is dead

By Dave Levinthal

Long live the 'government relations professional'.

Excerpts from this story referencing "food":

"… imes tossed him in jail. His friends in Congress stopped offering him food and drink. The president shunned him, giving him no work or shelter. …"

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 "Comcast":

"… 's long lobbying client list includes broadcaster Al Jazeera America, Comcast, drugmaker Merck, the PGA Tour, defense contractor Raytheon and ZTE USA, t …"

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 "Jack Abramoff":

"… ts was required by a 2007 law prompted by the scandal surrounding lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who served three-and-a-half years in federal prison after pleading guilty …"

E-cigarette maker fires up lobbying efforts

By Reity O'Brien

Manufacturers of smoking alternative faces new government scrutiny.

Excerpts from this story referencing "China":

"… bject to little federal regulation since they entered the U.S. market from China in 2007. NJOY, formerly Sottera Inc., successfully sued the FDA in 2009 t …"

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 "Food and Drug Administration":

"… nds such as "Rockstar Juiced" and "Rockstar Punched." And it comes as the Food and Drug Administration is investigating the safety of energy drinks. Lawmakers, including Se …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… lobbying firms hurting for cash, a Center for Public Integrity analysis of Federal Election Commission records indicates. The PAC sponsored by Patton Boggs, for example, t …"

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 "Podesta Group":

"… omenon now common among veterans of both political parties.GD has paid the Podesta Group more than $1.5 million since 2009 to lobby on the defense approp …"

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 "Podesta Group":

"… s in-house lobbying team, and Stephen Northrup and Thomas Sparkman of the Podesta Group (representing Elsevier).  Like Scully, Kamela said he did not do any …"

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 "District Judge":

"… anything their cars happened to drive past. Just last week, however, U.S. District Judge James Ware in San Jose, Calif., rejected Google’s request to dismiss the …"

“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 "actor":

"… em in D.C. but they don’t know there’s a chance to change it.” …"

"… om supporters.Members of Public Campaign and of Common Cause assembled the actors dressed in colonial garb to highlight what they called “dependence day …"

"… e Podesta Group, which counts BP as one of its most prominent clients, the actors declared Tony Podesta to be the “most powerful man in Washington,” to …"

"… thers lamented, “I used to be the most powerful man in Washington.”The actor playing Thomas Jefferson declared, “230 years ago brave patriots across …"

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 "Carl Levin":

"… the White House, and influential Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), led to its cancellation. But this time around, that consensus i …"

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 "Tony Podesta":

"… ords show.In July 2009, McGraw-Hill hired the Podesta Group and its owner, Tony Podesta, one of Washington’s most influential lobbyists, to tackle “liability …"

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 "Lauch Faircloth":

"… ody’s has spent $820,000 this year on lobbyists that include former Sen. Lauch Faircloth (R-N.C,) and former Rep. Vic Fazio (D-Calif.) The company also has hired a …"

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 "Obama administration":

"… loans, saw the possibility of its own extinction in a plan advanced by the Obama administration, it did what just about any big corporation would do: It hired the best lo …"

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 "Sunoco":

"… ct — this spring. The roster also includes oil giant BP America, refiner Sunoco, flooring manufacturer Shaw Industries Group, as well as the Sacramento Me …"

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 "Center for American Progress":

"… resident Obama’s transition team co-chair while running the left-leaning Center for American Progress. Anthony’s Podesta Group is one of the most powerful lobbying entities i …"

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 "Patton Boggs":

"… year reveals a host of high-profile Washington concerns — companies like Patton Boggs LLP, Alston & Bird, LLP, Holland & Knight LLP and the Podesta Grou …"

"… e firms, in addition to its in-house lobbyists. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. hired Patton Boggs LLP, Podesta Group Inc, Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, Inc, and Bryan Cave LLP …"

"… much money in a given contract is devoted to a specific issue.No. 1: Patton Boggs LLP53 clientsHow much clients spent on health care and other issues in 200 …"

"… are and other issues in 2009: $7,675,000Washington’s biggest lobby firm, Patton Boggs represented Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Florida’s Pinellas County, and Bristol …"