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 "West Virginia":

"… gue of Conservation Voters, while Kentucky’s Alison Lundergan Grimes and West Virginia’s Natalie Tennant reported collecting bundled contributions from the Cou …"

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 "American League":

"… ke sense for firms to operate PACs, said Monte Ward, president of the American League of Lobbyists.   "Firms are better served if their clients have PACs …"

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 "lobbyist":

"… -cigarette manufacturer, has hired a team of congressional staffers-turned-lobbyists to do its bidding on Capitol Hill, according to records filed with U.S. S …"

"… and served as an aide to Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. Scofield, NJOY’s lobbyist, declined to comment on his client’s specific legislative or government …"

"… s no wonder: Government regulators are skeptical of e-cigarettes, health lobbyists aren’t convinced they’re safe and established tobacco companies are a …"

"… smoking cessation products before reaching consumers. Health advocates and lobbyists are concerned and have themselves lobbied the federal government on smoke …"

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 "Dick Durbin":

"… y drinks. Lawmakers, including Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., have also expressed concern about the beverages. A group of …"

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 "House subcommittee":

"… 011, when Army budget hearings were being held.At a March 9 hearing of the House subcommittee dealing with land forces, Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, railed against th …"

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 "CEO":

"… t Barack Obama’s personal ties to Eric Schmidt, who served as Google’s CEO until January, may have something to do with it. Google representatives r …"

"… te January, Schmidt announced that he would be stepping down as Google’s CEO and moving into an emeritus role. To be sure, Google has hit a few bumps …"

“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 "Dick Durbin":

"… ponsored by Democratic Rep. John Larson of Connecticut and Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, however, has not been a priority for Congressional leadership …"

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 "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 "executive director":

"… o push Sallie Mae's case on Capitol Hill: Paul Brathwaite, the former executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus and a former Clinton Labor Department of …"

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 "Clinton":

"… ident Obama’s transition and was White House chief of staff to President Clinton. John Podesta’s think tank, the Center for American Progress, has been a …"

The climate lobbyists

By Matthew Lewis

A sampling of power players

Excerpts from this story referencing "Exxon Mobil":

"… Air Act amendments, a topic on which he authored a book. Climate clients: Exxon Mobil, General Electric. Former Representative Victor H. Fazio, California Democ …"

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 "lobbyist":

"… now be erased.The couple, already known as top-tier Democratic donors and lobbyists, appears back-to-back at the top of the FEC’s lobbyist bundler database …"

"… ratic donors and lobbyists, appears back-to-back at the top of the FEC’s lobbyist bundler database. Both Podestas bundled over $320,000 each in just the fir …"

"… According to an iWatch News analysis, since the beginning of this year 30 lobbyists or lobbying entities have bundled a little over $2 million to 14 politica …"

"… hings are as controversial as the role of big money bundlers and big money lobbyists. lobbyists bundling large amounts of cash “raises the specter of this q …"

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 "Foley Hoag LLP":

"… eal Batson, who was appointed examiner for bankrupt Enron Corp.No. 3: Foley Hoag LLP32 clientsHow much clients spent on health care and other issues in 2009: $ …"

"… Desmarais works for Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, Inc.Paul Kim, a partner at Foley Hoag LLP — the only health lobbyist willing to speak to the Center on the record …"