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 "Podesta Group":

"… nd candidates. Among the PAC-less government affairs powerhouses are Podesta Group; Ogilvy Government Relations; Peck, Madigan & Jones; Prime Policy …"

"… haps there is no better example of this than No. 3 lobbying firm Podesta Group, whose leader, Tony Podesta, ranks among the most active individual politi …"

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 "House":

"… Democrats retain control of the U.S. Senate and regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of …"

"… , collected more money from lobbyist-bundlers than any other member of the House ($59,000). Notably, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., received nearly as much …"

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 "spokeswoman":

"… ca, Inc., which inked Heather Podesta + Partners last fall. Podesta Group spokeswoman Missi Tessier confirmed that her firm would be lobbying for Rockstar, Inc. …"

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 "Heather Podesta":

"… ed by the FEC on its website. …"

"… American history.When told that she had placed second to another Podesta, Heather Podesta laughed and said, “I think I need to go to work. I never like to play se …"

"… the database, Podesta replied, “No surprises ever.”*In second place is Heather Podesta, Anthony’s wife and a powerful lobbyist in her own right. Like her husba …"

"… DCCC and DSCC. An art collector and board member for several collections, Heather Podesta is also the owner of her own successful lobbying firm that works for a bro …"

“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 "Dick Durbin":

"… ponsored by Democratic Rep. John Larson of Connecticut and Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, however, has not been a priority for Congressional leadership …"

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 "Center for American Progress":

"… d as President Barack Obama’s transition team co-chair while running the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning DC-based think-tank. Tony Podesta personally donated …"

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 "FDIC":

"… e taken their case to the White House, Securities and Exchange Commission, FDIC, Federal Reserve, the Treasury Department, and even the Government Account …"

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 "Tony Podesta":

"… er hiring Gorelick, Sallie Mae retained the Podesta Group, founded by Tony Podesta, a legendary Democratic fundraiser whose brother headed the Obama transiti …"

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 "U.S. Steel":

"… n in private practice since 1981. Climate clients: Energy Future Holdings, U.S. Steel. Wayne L. Berman, Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce Managing Director …"

"… phardt serves on the boards of directors at several corporations including U.S. Steel. He founded the Gephardt Group in 2005. Climate clients: Peabody Energy, t …"


By Charles Lewis

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Comcast":

"… , then-Seagram CEO Edgar Bronfman, Ralph Roberts, chairman of the board of Comcast Corp., DreamWorks SKG's part-owner David Geffen, and News Corp., Ltd.'s ch …"

"… hers of America); former Reagan White House chief of staff Ken Duberstein (Comcast, National Cable TV Association, Time Warner); former Nixon White House aid …"

"… x Communications Corporation); former Carter White House aide Anne Wexler (Comcast, Univision Communications Inc.); and former FCC chairman Richard Wiley (CB …"

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 "Tony Podesta":

"… Washington representative for Viacom, Time Warner and NBC. It is headed by Tony Podesta, whose brother John happens to be the White House chief of staff. Twenty-t …"