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 "San Antonio":

"… nio Villaraigosa, DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro — all penned solicitations aimed at small-dollar don …"

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 "Republican Party":

"… n to its televisions after the convention has concluded.Officials from the Republican Party, the host committee and the New York City mayor’s office refused to fiel …"

"… tel staff parties ($2.4 million).Hospitality lounges for media, diplomats, Republican Party officials ($1 million).Welcoming and information booths ($250,000).Special …"

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 "New York":

"… most effective fund-raiser on Wall Street. He’s organized friends in New York and arranged meetings for Gore to impress on Wall Street bankers that Gore …"

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 "Purdue University":

"… ." …"

"… t brazen of all the Council’s attacks was its formal letter to Purdue University. “The Council has serious concerns with the University’s actions in p …"

Charitable 'matches' used to entice PAC giving

By Michael Beckel

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "PepsiCo":

"… space giant Boeing and American Express are among them — Coca-Cola rival PepsiCo. Inc. does not, said Phil Swink, senior vice president of government affai …"

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 "PepsiCo":

"… , no better illustrated than in 2009, when companies such as Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, and their affiliated trade groups, spent exponentially more than usual in …"

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.

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 "PepsiCo":

"… nated by industry heavyweights such as Burger King Corporation, Coca Cola, PepsiCo and Domino’s Pizza.Many health officials and advocacy groups have argued …"

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 "Congress":

"… irst nine months of 2009, the industry groups stepped up their lobbying in Congress. They have spent more than $24 million on the issue of a national excise t …"

"… committee.”The National Corn Growers Association spent $200,000 to lobby Congress against the tax and other issues through September, records show. Jon Dogg …"

"… sociation spokesman, said other factions of the sugar lobby pushed hard on Congress, but didn’t describe their work on public filings as specific to the swe …"

"… rayed a family at a campsite as a narrator intoned: “This is no time for Congress to be adding taxes on the simple pleasures we all enjoy, like juice drinks …"