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 "Raytheon":

"… azeera America, Comcast, drugmaker Merck, the PGA Tour, defense contractor Raytheon and ZTE USA, the American subsidiary of a Chinese telecom company that has …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… te and regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of campaign finance disclosures. A dozen lobbyists bundled $882, …"

"… d more money from lobbyists than their Republican equivalents, as a recent Center for Public Integrity analysis highlighted. That comes despite frequent criticism of lobbyists …"

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 "Tony Podesta":

"… which counts BP as one of its most prominent clients, the actors declared Tony Podesta to be the “most powerful man in Washington,” to which one of the found …"

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 "Minnesota":

"… erence committee voted to drop a proposal by Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota that would have created a government middleman to dole out rating assignme …"

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 "Tennessee":

"… byist, Cynthia Braddon, met last month with Republican Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Judd Gregg of New Hampshire. Corker joined the committee’s chairman …"

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 "Investigative Fund":

"… report.  …"

"… by the constitutional right to free speech, according to a Huffington Post Investigative Fund review of congressional testimony, SEC documents and lobbying reports.The …"

"… share with Kanjorski. Moody’s declined to release the white paper to the Investigative Fund.Maria Zilberman and Rachel Leven contributed research to this report.  …"

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 "Minnesota":

"… n Weber, the firm's managing partner, a former Republican congressman from Minnesota, and a half-dozen veteran Capitol Hill staffers: James Dyer, a former …"

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 "Minnesota":

"… he government of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Former Representative Vin Weber, Minnesota Republican Managing Partner, Clark & Weinstock The former six-term Con …"


By Charles Lewis

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tony Podesta":

"… ington representative for Viacom, Time Warner and NBC. It is co-chaired by Tony Podesta, whose brother John happened to be the White House chief of staff. Twenty- …"

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 "Cable TV":

"… former Reagan White House chief of staff Ken Duberstein (Comcast, National Cable TV Association, Time Warner); former Nixon White House aide Tom Korologos (Co …"