Lobbying activity declines among top special interests

By Dave Levinthal

Three-fifths of nation's top 100 lobbying entities spent less on influence in the second quarter compared to a year ago.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… than $3 million during last year’s second quarter and easily trumped the National Rifle Association in this regard — invested $1.24 million during this year’s second quar …"

Name calling won't silence investigative reporting

By Bill Buzenberg

How a Verizon flack's tweet clinched more readers for our wireless investigation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internet":

"… way. It began when Senior Reporter Allan Holmes, who covers broadband and Internet governance, was working on an investigation into corporate concentration i …"

AT&T buoyed in lobbying push against spectrum auction limits

By Allan Holmes

Expect telecom giant to fight FCC on spectrum auction limits following T-Mobile airwaves purchase.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Verizon Wireless":

"… ion. The $2.4 billion T-Mobile deal to purchase valuable frequencies from Verizon Wireless announced yesterday gives AT&T another concrete example to cite in its …"

Lobbying dips overall, but the beat goes on for guns, drugs and agriculture

By Dave Levinthal

But third-quarter expenditures are down for many special interests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "General Electric":

"… this year’s third quarter include the National Association of Realtors, General Electric, the American Hospital Association, Google, aerospace company Boeing, defe …"

Pro-gun group dramatically ups influence spending

By Dave Levinthal

The nonprofit National Association for Gun Rights spent $3 million lobbying last quarter, far more than the better-known NRA.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sunlight Foundation":

"… wn as sequestration, noted Lee Drutman, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation, which analyzes political spending. Companies and interest groups that fo …"

Gun groups, defense contractors buck downward trend in lobbying

By Dave Levinthal

Gun groups, defense contractors, oil companies and Facebook increased spending on lobbying last quarter.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Northrop Grumman":

"… t sequestration forced them to face down deep cuts to their bottom lines. Northrop Grumman, at $5.8 million, posted its third biggest lobbying quarter in company his …"

Center spearheads efforts to disclose broadband data

By Drew Clark

Telco deployment by ZIP Code at issue in legislation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush administration":

"… in 2004 to 16th in 2005, before rising to 15th in 2006. Some criticize the Bush administration, and also FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, over what they see as the lack of a n …"

"… ment employees using broadband in Washington.But Kneuer also said that the Bush administration has been trying to encourage more consumer reporting, or a "bottom-up" app …"

Center's suit to get broadband data draws industry interest, comment

By Drew Clark

AT&T, Verizon Intervene in Center's Suit Against FCC

Excerpts from this story referencing "broadband technology":

"… to spur the development of high-speed Internet service. "I'm talking about broadband technology to every corner of our country by the year 2007 with competition shortly t …"

The Republican convention: The party begins in New York City, paid for by special interests

By Meredith O'Brien

WASHINGTON, August 20, 2004 — President Bush will accept his party's nomination in New York City at the Republican National Convention, an e

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Party":

"… n to its televisions after the convention has concluded.Officials from the Republican Party, the host committee and the New York City mayor’s office refused to fiel …"

"… tel staff parties ($2.4 million).Hospitality lounges for media, diplomats, Republican Party officials ($1 million).Welcoming and information booths ($250,000).Special …"

Baby Bells paying to play

By John Dunbar

Bells paid two-thirds of fines and settlements since Jan. 2000

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… as a decision by the Bush administration not to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. The pricing rules were set to expire after the Court rejected a request f …"

The Clinton top 100: Where are they now?

By M. Asif Ismail

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2003 — Two years after they left the federal government and one year after a ban that limited their lobbying activitie

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Defense":

"… 2001, to head its lobbying operations in Washington, D.C.According to the Department of Defense, Boeing was awarded contracts worth $16.6 billion in the 2002 financial ye …"

New FCC chairman had big telephone player as a major client

By Nathaniel Heller

Financial disclosure reports show Michael Powell's former clients include a major telephone provider

Excerpts from this story referencing "Verizon Communications":

"… ious communities across the country. GTE merged with Bell Atlantic to form Verizon Communications, now the nation's largest local phone company. FCC spokesman David Fiske t …"

Telecom chief could face conflict issues

By Kristen Dorsey

Nancy J. Victory, now a key commerce department official, has worked telecommunication and wireless firms that she now oversees

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush administration":

"… tner. Many of the firm's largest clients are keenly concerned with how the Bush administration chooses to address spectrum management issues.According to a federal confl …"

"… d wireless company Mitel involving the future of U.S. regulation under the Bush administration.He could not be reached for comment.Divested herself of stock holdingsVict …"

When the Democrats wined and dined, here's who paid the piper

By Josey Ballenger

WASHINGTON, September 14, 2000 — Anyone who thought the Democratic National Convention was only about presidential nominee Al Gore must have

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jesse Jackson":

"… MacLaine and Diana Ross.In attendance: Ted Danson, John Travolta, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and othersLocation: An estate in Mandeville Canyon“1199” Foundation Fu …"

"… enator Paul Wellstone (Minn.), John Sweeney (president, AFL-CIO), the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Representative Maxine Waters (Calif.), Representative Jan Schakowsky (Ill …"

"… o the public)Speakers: Representative David Bonior (Mich.), Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. (Ill.), Representative Barney Frank (Mass.), Robbie Cox (president, Si …"

How big telecom smothers city-run broadband

By Allan Holmes

Municipal broadband boosts business, but often stops at city limits thanks to lobbying muscle of telecom giants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Vermont":

"… have had financial difficulties. They include Ashland, Oregon; Burlington, Vermont; and the 11-city Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency. Some, …"

Potential Sprint, T-Mobile marriage threatens consumer gains

By Allan Holmes

Sprint, T-Mobile fought to maintain competition, merger talks show they're giving in.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Verizon Communications":

"… imed at making the combined company a more formidable competitor to giants Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc., which together claim 68 percent of U.S. wireless s …"

AT&T, Verizon beat back limits on airwaves auction

By Allan Holmes

Wireless giants face few limits on their buying power at next year's auction of prime spectrum, which could hurt T-Mobile and Sprint.

Excerpts from this story referencing "senior vice president":

"… “I don’t think the commission went far enough,” said Harold Feld, a senior vice president at Public Knowledge, a consumer advocacy group in Washington that wants to …"

T-Mobile, Sprint score one in wireless war

By Allan Holmes

Revenue from early auctions boosts T-Mobile's and Sprint's campaign for limits on big wireless companies' airwaves access.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Verizon Communications":

"… FCC to write auction rules favorable to their company. AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. already own a combined 74 percent of the low-band signals, according …"

Wireless companies fight for their futures

By Allan Holmes

A rare auction of wireless spectrum may determine who controls your cell phone.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… t detail that relationship when it submitted three research papers to the Federal Communications Commission arguing against restricting how much spectrum a company can obtain in an a …"

Comcast, Time Warner rivals may see opportunity in mega-merger

By Allan Holmes

The Comcast-Time Warner merger may be embraced by industry rivals who see an opportunity for their own deals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bloomberg":

"… king around at other cable companies to buy, including Cox, according to a Bloomberg report. Rather than fighting, the companies are likely to say, “’We n …"

T-Mobile’s lobbying spending may be paying off

By Allan Holmes

The No. 4 wireless carrier sees its lobbying investments paying off in D.C.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Verizon Wireless":

"… rently seeking approval of the purchase of more frequencies in a deal with Verizon Wireless. “It appears to me, when looking at everything that has transpired sinc …"

Network neutrality debate may be headed back to FCC

By Allan Holmes

An appeals court Tuesday tossed out rules regulating the Internet, but a new battle might take place at the agency level.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Verizon Communications":

"… obbyists and spent $12.3 million, ranking it 11th among the top spenders. Verizon Communications Inc., the plaintiff in the suit against the FCC, came in at No. 17 with $1 …"

Surveillance requests to cellphone carriers surge

By The Associated Press

Police agencies made 1.3 million surveillance requests to US cellphone carriers in 2011

Charities supporting AT&T’s buyout of T-Mobile have financial incentive

By Jason McLure

Charities that received big dollars from AT&T supporting phone giant's buyout of T-Mobile

Excerpts from this story referencing "Philip Morris":

"… corporate interests is not a new phenomenon. In the 1990s, cigarette-maker Philip Morris asked arts groups that received its funding to oppose new smoking restrict …"

Who will map U.S. broadband?

By Te-Ping Chen

There’s a $350 million slice of pie in President Obama’s stimulus plan that watchdog groups are starting to eye with concern. At stake is th

Excerpts from this story referencing "Verizon Communications":

"… ly well-positioned for the job: Connected Nation.Last July, AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc., and other companies issued a letter backing public-private partnersh …"

As FCC Chair Martin resigns, he leaves controversial legacy

By John Dunbar

Among the legions of predictable, starched-shirt regulators that populate Washington, outgoing Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ke

Excerpts from this story referencing "House Energy and Commerce Committee":

"… t how Martin ran the commission, sparked a bipartisan investigation by the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Investigators spen …"

The 700 (MHz) Club

By Brendan McGarry

When lobbying the FCC, sometimes less is more

Excerpts from this story referencing "Verizon Wireless":

"… ssioners and other agency officials at least 43 times, while lobbyists for Verizon Wireless recorded 40 such contacts.Under agency rules, a participant must file a no …"

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