Corporate cash helps fuel Democratic convention despite pledges

By Michael Beckel

Democrats kick off their convention in Charlotte Tuesday with plenty of corporate support despite grass roots pledge.

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Coca-Cola Company":

"… ost committee in Tampa for last week’s Republican National Convention.“The Coca-Cola Company believes we have a role to play in the political process and that includes …"

The Republican convention: The party begins in New York City, paid for by special interests

By Meredith O'Brien

WASHINGTON, August 20, 2004 — President Bush will accept his party's nomination in New York City at the Republican National Convention, an e

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Mining Association":

"… up with other energy interests, like the Edison Electric Institute and the National Mining Association, to throw a “Texas Honky-Tonk Salute” for Representative Joe Barton (R …"

Vice president's quarters draws fund-raisers' bucks

By Russ Tisinger

WASHINGTON, December 14, 1999 — A man's home might be his castle, but for Al Gore, the vice president’s official residence is more than that

Excerpts from this story referencing "Forbes":

"… godfather” of class-action lawsuits. Despite his reputation, he told Forbes magazine in 1988 that he would not pursue lawsuits against the tobacco ind …"

Critic of artificial sweeteners pilloried by industry-backed scientists

By Chris Young

Any criticism of the artificial sweetener industry is met with a barrage of criticism, often from questionable sources.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York University":

"… Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University. Michele Simon, a public health lawyer who has written a guide to fo …"

Charitable 'matches' used to entice PAC giving

By Michael Beckel

Charitable 'matches' one way Coca-Cola, other companies incentivize employee PAC contributions.

Rockstar Energy Drink targets beverage laws

By Dave Levinthal

Energy drink maker hires sizable government affairs team to influence beverage laws.

Bank of America, unions among newly named inauguration sponsors

By Dave Levinthal

Sponsors of Obama's second inaugural have spent nearly $283 million on lobbying since 2009.

Excerpts from this story referencing "FedEx":

"… til 90 days after Monday’s inauguration. …"

"… (Read: Corporate backers poured $160 million into lobbying since 2009.) FedEx has spent more than $64 million on federal lobbying since 2009, while Coca …"

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 "leader":

"… ke a broad approach.”The National Supermarket Association’s Eusebio, a leader in Americans Against Food Taxes, said his organization is providing grassr …"

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 "producer":

"… food industry: Democratic Chairman Max Baucus hails from Montana, a large producer of sugar beets. Iowa, the home state of ranking Republican Chuck Grassley, …"

"… home state of ranking Republican Chuck Grassley, is the nation’s largest producer of corn.“It ran into a committee with a lot of farm members,” said Chu …"

"… e who are directly active and engaged in the process.”In addition to the producers of Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, and Snapple, Americans Against Food Taxe …"