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 "Manufacturers of America":

"… xon's clients include the likes of trade group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, tobacco giant Philip Morris International and the city of Houston. Some …"

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 "American League of Lobbyists":

"… ke sense for firms to operate PACs, said Monte Ward, president of the American League of Lobbyists.   "Firms are better served if their clients have PACs to enhance th …"

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 "Harry Reid":

"… mber of Congress. The leadership PACs of Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Harry Reid, D-Nev., ranked as the political groups with the next largest portion of r …"

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 "Harry Reid":

"… orial Campaign Committee (DSCC) and the campaign of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. It should be no surprise Podesta’s money has gone exclusively …"

“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 "Douglas Nappi":

"… & Hoppe, which specializes in financial reform lobbying and is led by Douglas Nappi, a former chief counsel to the Senate Banking Committee. Moody’s, meanwh …"

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 "Senate":

"… CCC and $79,750 to the DSCC respectively. Podesta also bundled $78,400 for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and $41,000 for Sen. Patty Murray. His numerous …"

"… contained the provision, with the support of the Democratic majority; the Senate version passed without it after Republicans threatened a filibuster. The b …"

"… eatened a filibuster. The bill awaits a resolution of this and other House-Senate differences. Roberti also lobbied on behalf of AT&T Inc. for the broad …"

"… Asset Relief Program — both enacted with strong majorities of House and Senate Democrats, including Schumer. Roberti did not respond to a request for a c …"

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 "Christopher Dodd":

"… g.Even stronger provisions emerged in the Senate on Tuesday, when Democrat Christopher Dodd of Connecticut unveiled his financial reform plan. Dodd’s plan would mak …"

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 "Sallie Mae":

"… an independent nonprofit journalism venture based in Washington, D.C. …"

"… t hired the best lobbyists money can buy. That was standard procedure for Sallie Mae, which for two decades has almost single-handedly stymied attempts to redu …"

"… he multibillion-dollar private student loan industry. This time, however, Sallie Mae has elected not to fight to preserve the current system. Rather, it is try …"

"… t half of the year according to disclosure reports released this month — Sallie Mae faces an uphill struggle in Congress. Legislation that would radically res …"

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 "Center for American Progress":

"… ouse chief of staff to President Clinton. John Podesta’s think tank, the Center for American Progress, has been an ardent voice in favor of Congress taking bold steps to addres …"

"… oble cause,” said Dan Weiss, director of climate change strategy for the Center for American Progress and its action fund. “But I’m confident that the majority of the Senat …"

The climate lobbyists

By Matthew Lewis

A sampling of power players

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… Daimler Mercedes-Benz. Jeffrey Holmstead, Former Assistant Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency Partner and Head of Environmental Strategy, Bracewell & Giuliani A for …"

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 "Ambassador":

"… ommy Boggs, son of long-deceased House Majority Leader Hale Boggs and U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Lindy Boggs, and brother of ABC News correspondent Cokie Ro …"