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 "federal government":

"… t significant considering the social media company only began lobbying the federal government late last year and has been increasing expenditures ever since. Data secur …"

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 "Verizon Communications":

"… ctrum lobbying. McFadden, Executive Director of External Communications at Verizon Communications, was among those who hadn’t responded to Allan’s multiple interview re …"

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 Communications":

"… onsive Politics. In 2011, AT&T spent $20.2 million and ranked eighth. Verizon Communications was close behind, having spent $15.2 million in 2012 and placing 15th on t …"

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 "Visa Inc.":

"… FedEx Corp., Koch Industries, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Ford Motor Co., Visa Inc. and the American Petroleum Institute were also down. But prompted in part …"

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 "Michael Bloomberg":

"… is the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Action Fund, led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Tom Menino. The group spent $580,000 on lobbying last qua …"

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 "Politics":

"… ity analysis of congressional disclosure reports and Center for Responsive Politics data indicates. A slight majority of them also spent less on lobbying fro …"

Center spearheads efforts to disclose broadband data

By Drew Clark

Telco deployment by ZIP Code at issue in legislation

Excerpts from this story referencing "agency chairman":

"… n, who was appointed FCC commissioner by President Bush in 2001 and became agency chairman in 2005, has repeatedly said that broadband is his number-one priority."Th …"

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 "Verizon Communications":

"… bying, campaign contribution and privately sponsored travel data.AT&T, Verizon Communications and three leading telecommunications trade groups filed court papers seeki …"

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

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"… . …"

Baby Bells paying to play

By John Dunbar

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Verizon Communications":

"… d over $17.1 million, including a $9 million fine paid recently. Second is Verizon Communications with $12 million, and third is San Antonio, Texas-based SBC Communications …"

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 "Office of Management and Budget":

"… al Security Kenneth S. Apfel teaches at the University of Texas at Austin; Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob J. Lew is an executive vice president and professor of publ …"

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 "Kansas":

"… long-distance market: Verizon in New York and SBC Communications in Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma.Like all major telecommunication companies, Verizon has myria …"

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 "Columbia Bar":

"… the person's decisions.In addition, Senkowski, a member of the District of Columbia Bar, might violate conflict-of-interest rules set by the bar, as his and his f …"

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 "Williamson":

"… Association, AT&T, BellSouth Corp., Bristol-Myers, Squibb, Brown & Williamson ($821,000, 12 percent to Democrats), Dominion Resources (a Richmond, Va.-b …"

"… , Bristol-Myers Squibb and Glaxo Wellcome, and tobacco company Brown & Williamson.)In attendance: Senators Bob Graham (Fla.), John Breaux (La.), Mary Landri …"

"… didates at the state legislative level.Sponsor: Philip Morris, Brown & Williamson, U.S. Tobacco, the Cigar Association and possibly othersLocation: The Cali …"

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 "lobbyist":

"… rful lobbying presence in Tennessee, AT&T is a 12,” said a long-time lobbyist in Nashville who asked not to be identified so he could speak candidly abo …"

"… ” AT&T spent between $250,000 and $300,000 this year hiring 15 lobbyists, ranking it among the largest spenders, according to the Tennessee E …"

"… ng for comment. ‘We should be so powerful…’ Numerous lawmakers and lobbyists said they suspect the bill was heavily influenced by Time Warner Cable, i …"

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 "Washington, D.C.":

"… to bid,” Matt Wood, policy director at Free Press, an advocacy group in Washington, D.C., that supports the spectrum limits, said in an email. Jeff Silva, an inde …"

"… aid in an email. Jeff Silva, an independent telecommunications analyst in Washington, D.C., agreed that the merger could make Sprint too big to bid on the reserved f …"

"… ram director for media and democracy at Common Cause, an advocacy group in Washington, D.C., that opposes wireless industry consolidation. That’s what AT&T did …"

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 "Verizon Communications":

"… need to sell out,” he said. …"

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 "Federal Communications Commission":

"… ion just got a shot in the arm. A spectrum auction held last month by the Federal Communications Commission, and another planned for the fall will likely raise the $7 billion needed …"

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 "Yale":

"… t team of consultants and economists, most from top universities including Yale, Columbia, and the University of Pennsylvania. One of the key studies the …"

"… ter’s research, was conducted by Philip Haile, an economics professor at Yale University, with co-authors Maya Meidan, an economist at the consulting fi …"

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 "Verizon Communications":

"… lic Knowledge, a consumer advocacy group in Washington. AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc., the biggest wireless companies, are likely to lie low for the same r …"

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 Communications":

"… . 2 wireless carrier AT&T spent $15.9 million on lobbying in 2013, and Verizon Communications Inc., the largest, doled out $13.4 million. T-Mobile's sharp increases be …"

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

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 "Verizon Communications":

"… cable is often good for traditional telecommunications companies, such as Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. The two industries compete directly. Cable companie …"

The 700 (MHz) Club

By Brendan McGarry

When lobbying the FCC, sometimes less is more

Excerpts from this story referencing "MCI":

"… s chief telecommunications lobbyist, Richard Whitt—a former attorney for MCI (now part of Verizon), who was hired in February and also lobbies on this …"