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 "Tony Podesta":

"… ed from torrents of campaign cash steered their way by lobbyists. Lobbyist Tony Podesta of the Podesta Group ranked as the Democratic Party’s top fundraising al …"

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 "Comcast":

"… 's long lobbying client list includes broadcaster Al Jazeera America, Comcast, drugmaker Merck, the PGA Tour, defense contractor Raytheon and ZTE USA, t …"

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 "Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee":

"… campaign finance disclosures. A dozen lobbyists bundled $882,000 for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee during the first quarter, records show, while one organization bundled $18 …"

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 "Tony Podesta":

"… er legislative assistant for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. Firm leader Tony Podesta himself is also listed as one of Rockstar, Inc.'s registered lobbyists. P …"

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 "managing director":

"… esta added that she has not donated to the Super PACs.)*Patrick J. Durkin, managing director of the financial firm Barclays Capital, is the top Republican donor on the …"

“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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… t campaign ads made legal by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling .The proposed bill already has bipartisan support from 156 House me …"

Credit rating agencies most worried about liability

It’s go time on Capitol Hill for financial reform legislation, and the credit rating agencies are breathing a sigh of relief....

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tony Podesta":

"… y, McGraw-Hill Cos., paid $2 million to a group of lobbyists that includes Tony Podesta, one of Washington’s best-known lobbyists, and the firm Nappi & Hopp …"

Top five lobbyist bundlers revealed; four worked exclusively for Democrats

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

Only in Washington, D.C., would "bundling" be a highly prized skill. And perhaps only in the nation's capital would an exclusive ranking of

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tony Podesta":

"… the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning DC-based think-tank. Tony Podesta personally donated at least $84,750 to Democratic campaigns and committees …"

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 "John Podesta":

"… form,” the group’s lobbying disclosure reports show. Tony’s brother, John Podesta, was President Clinton’s chief-of-staff and co-chairman of President Oba …"

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 "FDIC":

"… so have cast the widest net — taking their case to the White House, SEC, FDIC, Federal Reserve and Treasury Department, records show.Recently joining th …"

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 "George Miller":

"… within a year Sallie Mae will no longer be able to originate loans. Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, said at a co …"

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 "Tony Podesta":

"… ningful action on global warming.In the opposite corner, John’s brother, Tony Podesta, one of Washington’s most successful lobbyists — who picked up a signi …"

"… CE) — the very industry group derided by John Podesta’s group — paid Tony Podesta and five other lobbyists in his Podesta Group $50,000 in the second quarte …"

The climate lobbyists

By Matthew Lewis

A sampling of power players

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nucor":

"… te, Chevron, the Electric Power Supply Association, and steel manufacturer Nucor, among others. Former Senator John B. Breaux, Louisiana Democrat Founding …"


By Charles Lewis

Relaxing media ownership rules conflicts with the public's right to know

Excerpts from this story referencing "law":

"… he Center for Public Integrity does not advocate for or against government laws or legislation. The federal government in September proposed the most sig …"

"… tes shot up 45 percent, nearly three times as fast as inflation. That same law relaxed the rules on ownership of radio, and since then the two largest co …"

"… t a blunt letter to Kennard. "Only Congress has the authority to write the laws of our nation, and only Congress has the authority to delegate to the Com …"

"… about to allow a direct affront to their financial self-interest to become law.Indeed, the media's success in handling the threat of free air time for ca …"

Commentary: Profiteering from democracy

By Charles Lewis

In his January 1998 State of the Union address, after decrying the campaign-fund-raising "arms race," Preside

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… their Capitol Hill allies managed to halt this historic initiative. In the Senate, Commerce Committee Chairman John McCain, the Arizona Republican, and Conr …"

"… biggest haul in media money —including his presidential campaign — is Senate Commerce Committee chairman McCain, who has collected more than $685,000. …"

"… AB President Eddie Fritts was a college classmate and is a close friend of Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, and on occasion this relationship has been imm …"

"… lot by media companies when I was in Congress,” DeConcini, who left the Senate in 1995, said. “The 18 years I was there, there were very complex, sophi …"