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 …"

The food lobby's war on a soda tax

By Christine Spolar and Joe Eaton

Washington lobbyists have been enjoying a multi-million-dollar sugar rush from the food industry. Soft drink makers, supermarket companies,

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicine":

"… olescents, according to an April 2009 report in the New England Journal of Medicine.“For each extra can or glass of sugared beverage consumed per day, the l …"

"… too low to affect consumption, according to another New England Journal of Medicine article. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a health advocacy …"

As soda tax bubbles up, food lobby mobilizes

By Christine Spolar and Joe Eaton

Industry groups spent more than $24M this year to sway lawmakers

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicine":

"… cents, according to an April 2009report in the New England Journal of Medicine.“For each extra can or glass of sugared beverage consumed per day, the l …"

"… too low to affect consumption, according to another New England Journal of Medicine article. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a health advocacy …"