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 "Wells Fargo":

"… of corporate clients, including drugmaker Amgen, BP, Google, Wal-Mart and Wells Fargo. Several Democratic campaigns also disclosed bundling by political action …"

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 "John Boehner":

"… cash to contribute four-figure amounts to the likes of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.; Michael Grimm, R-N.Y.; Ste …"

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 "Captain":

"… liquor brands as Guinness, Jose Cuervo, Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff and Captain Morgan. The beverage industry — both makers of alcoholic and non-alcoho …"

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 "Finance Co-Chair for John McCain":

"… y, is no stranger to bundling — he raised over $1 million as the Florida Finance Co-Chair for John McCain and rose to the levels of “Pioneer” and “Ranger” in the two campai …"

“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 "Jack Reed":

"… treet reform before it has a chance to see the light of day” by Democrat Jack Reed, also a member of the committee. Reed authored the provision that would gi …"

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 "Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee":

"… e same period, he bundled $142,900 for the DCCC and $102,000 to its sister Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). His wife, Heather, is a successful lobbyist in her own right and b …"

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 "Huffington Post Investigative Fund":

"… or their staff members, Ted Smyth, a McGraw-Hill vice president, told the Huffington Post Investigative Fund.Smyth wouldn’t say which, if any, senators have been receptive to S& …"

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 "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… ngs.” At a Senate hearing that spring, he encouraged the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission not to ignore the raters’ central argument against government inter …"

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 "legislative director":

"… al counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee; Deirdre Stach, a former legislative director to Rep. Robert Walker (R-Pa.); and Sandra Stuart, a former chief of s …"

"… reports. One of the company's registered lobbyists is Amy Tejral, a former legislative director for Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), who is one of the most vocal oppon …"

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 "Washington":

"… ontributed to this report.Follow the Center on Twitter and Facebook. …"

"… bal warming.In the opposite corner, John’s brother, Tony Podesta, one of Washington’s most successful lobbyists — who picked up a significant new client a …"

"… dd, but said John and Tony “are both two high-level and highly respected Washington names, who just happen to share the same family.” She said the decision …"

The climate lobbyists

By Matthew Lewis

A sampling of power players

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Dingell":

"… ouse Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. John Dingell. He has been in private practice since 1981. Climate clients: Energy Futur …"


By Charles Lewis

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Clinton":

"… race" (in which he was an active and enthusiastic participant), President Clinton proposed a major new policy that would address a big part of the problem …"

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 "Federal Trade Commission":

"… came through the revolving door from congressional staffs, the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission. Until recently, their ranks included Kimberly Tauzin, daughter of Billy T …"