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 "Democratic Party":

"… way by lobbyists. Lobbyist Tony Podesta of the Podesta Group ranked as the Democratic Party’s top fundraising ally on K Street, records show, bundling about $550,00 …"

The 'lobbyist' is dead

By Dave Levinthal

Long live the 'government relations professional'.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Podesta Group":

"… & Feld; Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Cassidy & Associates, the Podesta Group — the lobbyist’s moniker had been relegated or removed. Often in its p …"

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 "Raytheon":

"… azeera America, Comcast, drugmaker Merck, the PGA Tour, defense contractor Raytheon and ZTE USA, the American subsidiary of a Chinese telecom company that has …"

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 Congressional Campaign Committee":

"… irst quarter, records show, while one organization bundled $18,500 for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Top lobbyist bundlers for the DSCC this year include Democratic sup …"

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 "Congress":

"… nate, includes several people with significant experience working for Congress. They include: Israel Klein, former communications director for 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 "Raytheon":

"… strong Foundation, National Association of Broadcasters, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Visa and Wal-Mart, according to filings with the U.S. Senate. Meanw …"

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 "Combat":

"… Givens, a spokeswoman for the Army’s Program Executive Office for Ground Combat Systems, said that the Army can refurbish all 2,384 tanks it needs by the …"

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 "information technology":

"… exes to the private sector.  But even by Washington standards, health information technology companies seem exceptional; fully 70 percent of registered lobbyists who w …"

"… tablished in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for health information technology and quality [improvement] initiatives.”   Similarly, Alston &a …"

"… Elsevier).  Like Scully, Kamela said he did not do any actual health information technology lobbying, adding that the company includes anyone who might possibly lobby …"

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 "intelligence services":

"… ogle also has long-standing relationships with federal law enforcement and intelligence services, some shrouded in secrecy. The FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administratio …"

“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 "lobbying for the F-22 by April 2009":

"… E and Rolls Royce – are putting up a fight. Lockheed Martin Corp. ceased lobbying for the F-22 by April 2009; Lockheed is the maker of the Joint Strike Fighter as well.The companies h …"

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 "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… said.S&P’s lobbyists also have taken their case to the White House, Securities and Exchange Commission, FDIC, Federal Reserve, the Treasury Department, and even the Government A …"

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 "lawyer":

"… ment officers wanted access to some of their records. “That’s when the lawyers said, ‘No, that’s not going to happen,’” said Fons, who now consu …"

"… nning with those issued in 2007.Floyd Abrams, the renowned First Amendment lawyer who has defended Standard & Poor’s for more than 20 years, said that …"

"… .C,) and former Rep. Vic Fazio (D-Calif.) The company also has hired a new lawyer--constitutional heavyweight and Harvard professor Laurence Tribe. Tribe wa …"

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 "Sallie Mae":

"… an independent nonprofit journalism venture based in Washington, D.C. …"

"… t hired the best lobbyists money can buy. That was standard procedure for Sallie Mae, which for two decades has almost single-handedly stymied attempts to redu …"

"… he multibillion-dollar private student loan industry. This time, however, Sallie Mae has elected not to fight to preserve the current system. Rather, it is try …"

"… t half of the year according to disclosure reports released this month — Sallie Mae faces an uphill struggle in Congress. Legislation that would radically res …"

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 "House Appropriations Committee":

"… gston served a dozen terms in the House beginning in 1977, and chaired the House Appropriations Committee from 1995 through 1998. He serves on multiple boards, including that of ce …"

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 "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 …"