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 "Cola":

"… tion: AT&T Inc., Bank of America, Duke Energy, Time Warner Cable, Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, UnitedHealth Group, Piedmont Natural Gas, US Airways and law …"

"… ttee 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 helping to make the political conventions a success,” said Coca-Cola spokeswoman Nancy Bailey.For John Sebree, the senior vice president of pub …"

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 "Congress":

"… dow, a wealthy real-estate developer in Washington who was investigated by Congress for allegedly trying to influence the testimony of Kathleen Willey, the Wh …"

"… making illegal contributions to Tennessee politicians and investigated by Congress for financial irregularities in the lease of a Washington office building …"

"… er story about the president groping her and then refused to appear before Congress on the matter. What most people don’t know is that he’s been a …"

"… l. Last February, Gore attended a dinner in Buffalo as the American Jewish Congress’ Humanitarian of the Year. Roizman was also on the short list of Gor …"

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.

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 "Connecticut":

"… e coordinated with grocer associations in South Florida, Massachusetts and Connecticut — all who see a nickel-a-can tax as prohibitive.“Unfortunately, these …"

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 "Yale University":

"… he article, co-authored by Kelly D. Brownell, a professor of psychology at Yale University, and Thomas R. Frieden, a physician who was then New York City health comm …"

"… 11 drink at least one sweetened beverage a day.One of the speakers will be Yale University’s Brownell, co-founder and director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy a …"