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 "Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee":

"… cal candidate or group received more money from lobbyist-bundlers than the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which raised nearly $2.6 million from them despite regularly criticizing …"

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 "Aetna":

"… ens of lobbying clients this year include corporate titans such as insurer Aetna, Barclays, Boeing, Citigroup, ExxonMobil, General Electric, insurer MetLif …"

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 "Tony Podesta":

"… ist bundlers for the DSCC this year include Democratic super lobbyist Tony Podesta of the Podesta Group ($145,000), as well as the political action committee …"

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

“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 "Mississippi":

"… ozen Republican fundraisers today, the actors swarmed Rep. Gregg Harper of Mississippi and Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, both Republicans, and asked them to support …"

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 "Moody’s Corp.":

"… ey are terrified of losing that protection.”The industry is dominated by Moody’s Corp., Standard & Poor’s Financial Services, and Fitch Ratings Inc, which …"

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 "McGraw-Hill":

"… includes some lobbying for other business units of S&P parent company McGraw-Hill.And S&P is not missing an opportunity to pitch their cause: Representa …"

"… ators on the Senate banking committee or their staff members, Ted Smyth, a McGraw-Hill vice president, told the Huffington Post Investigative Fund.Smyth wouldn …"

"… lity Office, the investigative arm of Congress, records show.In July 2009, McGraw-Hill hired the Podesta Group and its owner, Tony Podesta, one of Washington’s …"

"… pe of the legislation won’t be known until later this summer. Meanwhile, McGraw-Hill’s in-house lobbyists are reaching out to key Republican lawmakers on the …"

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 "Mitch McConnell":

"… But it carried an amendment — which records show was introduced by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — forbidding the SEC from regulating “the substance of credit …"

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 "general counsel":

"… ief of staff to Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.); Jonathan Schwantes, a former general counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee; Deirdre Stach, a former legislativ …"

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 "Trent Lott":

"… ved as deputy Senate whip. He opened his lobbying firm with former Senator Trent Lott, a Mississippi Republican, in 2008. Breaux serves on the board of director …"

Commentary

By Charles Lewis

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lobbying":

"… to political campaigns. They take politicians and their staffs on junkets.Lobbying. From 1996 to 2000, the 50 largest media companies and four of their trade …"

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 "Kimberley Fritts":

"… taff of 33 formerly worked on Capitol Hill, for either party. One of them, Kimberley Fritts, is the daughter of the president of the National Association of Broadcast …"