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 "director of government relations":

"… and lobbyist at Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC and Jason M. Rosenstock, director of government relations for ML Strategies. Admission for "young associates" is $100, while genera …"

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 "Strauss":

"… e. For top lobbying firms that do sponsor PACs, only four — Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld; K&L Gates; Ernst & Young and DLA Piper —  …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… quent criticism of lobbyists and Washington special interests by President Barack Obama, who himself rejects donations or contribution bundles from lobbyists …"

E-cigarette maker fires up lobbying efforts

By Reity O'Brien

Manufacturers of smoking alternative faces new government scrutiny.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… g efforts during 2012, collectively hiring 173 lobbyists, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That represents an uptick in the tobacco industry’s lobbying expenditur …"

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 "ExxonMobil":

"… ients include Aetna, Airlines for America, Barclays, Boeing, Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Pfizer, the Renewable Fuels Associ …"

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 "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 "Consumer Watchdog":

"… g on the subject “won’t be too much of a time suck.” Activists with Consumer Watchdog, a Los Angeles-based consumer advocacy group, decided that Congress needed …"

"… nt for this story. According to John Simpson, who investigates Google for Consumer Watchdog, such theatrics are critical. Unless the federal government holds the sear …"

"… arted by John Podesta, who oversaw Obama’s transition team. In January, Consumer Watchdog released a report that detailed the range of the federal government’s cu …"

"… quisition of the airline travel search company ITA Software. According to Consumer Watchdog’s John Simpson, the many intersections between Google and the Obama admi …"

“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 "Investigative Fund":

"… members, Ted Smyth, a McGraw-Hill vice president, told the Huffington Post Investigative Fund.Smyth wouldn’t say which, if any, senators have been receptive to S& …"

"… ats from Capitol Hill, the rating agencies mostly have fended them off. An Investigative Fund review last year of congressional testimony, SEC documents and l …"

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 "Congress":

"… credit raters have stated that they are open to stronger supervision from Congress and the SEC. But behind the scenes they repeatedly have quashed or watered …"

"… resistance. At a 2005 hearing, Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski (D-Pa.,) warned that Congress must be “very sensitive to the First Amendment issue posed in these deba …"

"… ion nonetheless passed the House in 2006, the first time either chamber of Congress had approved new oversight of the raters. (Kanjorski was one of the 165 De …"

"… ished the free-speech defense. Standard & Poor’s submitted a memo to Congress that said the bill had “fatal constitutional defects.”“Courts have r …"

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 "Congress":

"… ure reports released this month — Sallie Mae faces an uphill struggle in Congress. Legislation that would radically reshape the financial aid landscape alon …"

"… e the government $87 billion in subsidies over ten years, according to the Congressional Budget Office — money that would be redirected to Pell Grants for l …"

"… n Capitol Hill: Paul Brathwaite, the former executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus and a former Clinton Labor Department official; Isr …"

"… o the Center for Responsive Politics. Since the Democrats took control of Congress in 2006, Sallie Mae has wooed key Democrats. In the 2008 election cycle, S …"

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 "Congress":

"… nk, the Center for American Progress, has been an ardent voice in favor of Congress taking bold steps to address climate change — making its views known on …"

The climate lobbyists

By Matthew Lewis

A sampling of power players

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… Daimler Mercedes-Benz. Jeffrey Holmstead, Former Assistant Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency Partner and Head of Environmental Strategy, Bracewell & Giuliani A for …"

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 "American Beverage Association":

"… ssful lobbying firm that works for a broad range of clients, including the American Beverage Association, Marathon Oil and Prudential Financial. Heather Podesta + Partners has bro …"

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 "Congress":

"… r on the record — downplayed the importance of personal connections with Congress and agency staff. Knowledge of the issues is more important, he said. “I …"

"… addition to direct lobbying, some of the top firms also reward members of Congress with campaign contributions funneled through firm political action committ …"

"… usively to Democratic candidates.James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University, said that among the …"