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 "Wal-Mart":

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

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 "DLA Piper":

"… kin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld; K&L Gates; Ernst & Young and DLA Piper — have reported spending more than $100,000 during the year's first …"

"… top 40 PACs have chosen to report their finances semiannually this year. DLA Piper's PAC, on balance, is the nation's most active among firm-sponsored commit …"

"… ion and spent more than $951,000 for the same period.  All the same, DLA Piper's PAC has spread the cash it is spending far and wide, federal r …"

"… ndidate committee and $15,000 per year to a national party committee. The DLA Piper PAC also ended April with more than $143,800 in reserve — behind only Er …"

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 "House":

"… d Fair Elections Now Act, which would build on legislation approved in the House last week to make it clear how much companies, unions and other groups spe …"

"… mmission ruling .The proposed bill already has bipartisan support from 156 House members, and is backed by 22 senators, according to Nick Nyhart, chief exe …"

"… essional leadership; no committee hearings have even been scheduled in the House or Senate.The parade of Founding Fathers and Betsy Ross stopped at the Dem …"

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 "Tennessee":

"… company, McGraw-Hill, urged Senate Banking Committee members Bob Corker of Tennessee and Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, both Republicans, to oppose a lower liabi …"

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 "Washington, D.C.":

"… hese five lobbyists raised at least $1,720,550 in just over a year. …"

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 "Christopher Dodd":

"… and Judd Gregg of New Hampshire. Corker joined the committee’s chairman Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) in writing many of the bill’s provisions. Gregg, along with De …"

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 "Neill":

"… he rating companies to voluntarily drop their free-speech claims. Leo C. O'Neill, then president of S&P, declined. “I don't think that we should be a …"

"… e idea of having its staff inspect the companies’ rating procedures. O’Neill again rebuffed the SEC, this time in a comment filed with the commission. …"

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 "House Committee on Financial Services":

"… 00 to the individual campaign committees of Blue Dogs and Democrats on the House Committee on Financial Services, according to a Huffington Fund review of campaign finance data compiled b …"

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 "Obama":

"… Group The brother and former partner of John Podesta, who headed President Obama’s transition, he was dubbed by Newsweek as “The Lobbyist” in a profi …"

Commentary

By Charles Lewis

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal government":

"… grity does not advocate for or against government laws or legislation. The federal government in September proposed the most significant change ever in the rules regard …"

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 Communications Commission":

"… lem—the high cost of campaign commercials.“I will formally request the Federal Communications Commission act to provide free or reduced-cost television time for candidates,” the …"

"… to help us in this effort to strengthen our democracy.”Within 24 hours, Federal Communications Commission chairman William Kennard announced that the FCC would develop new rules go …"

"… ngressional backlash (”[T]he likes of which would not be pleasant to the Federal Communications Commission under any circumstances,” was the way Livingston described it), caused t …"