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 Association of Realtors":

"… quarter 2014 compared to $19.1 million during second-quarter 2013) and the National Association of Realtors ($16.5 million versus $9.1 million) opt to disclose state- and grassroots- …"

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 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 "Michael Bloomberg":

"… them.” Mayors Against Illegal Guns, led in part by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, spent $500,000 from July 1 through September, down slightly from its all- …"

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 "Lee Drutman":

"… the spending nosedive is spending cuts known as sequestration, noted Lee Drutman, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation, which analyzes po …"

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 "Michael Bloomberg":

"… imes what it typically does. The organization, led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Tom Menino, never spent beyond $60,000 during a single qu …"

Center spearheads efforts to disclose broadband data

By Drew Clark

Telco deployment by ZIP Code at issue in legislation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internet":

"… is report. …"

"… lls for the creation of online maps showing the availability of high-speed Internet services at the census-block level.Date FiledDescriptive Title8/24/20 …"

"… f the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., released similar draft legislation in May. It wo …"

"… tertainment and for civic participation.Public disclosure would also allow Internet users to better gauge the accuracy of existing FCC statistics. And it woul …"

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 "Internet":

"… an effort to find out more about which companies are providing high-speed Internet access throughout the United States so that citizens have a better underst …"

"… publicly available online through Well Connected's Media Tracker, a free, Internet-based database of the radio, television, newspaper and cable companies tha …"

"… wireless association formerly known as the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association — supported the FCC in a "friend of the court" brief filed J …"

"… ared that it was a national priority to spur the development of high-speed Internet service. "I'm talking about broadband technology to every corner of our co …"

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 "spokeswoman":

"… balloons drop from the Madison Square Garden ceiling. Kimberly Hippler, a spokeswoman for GM, told the Center that donating the vehicles is “good for the poli …"

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 "Robert Rubin":

"… Group later that year. He has been the chairman of the company since 1993.Robert Rubin, one of the architects of 1990s’ New Economy, left Clinton’s Departmen …"

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 "Internet":

"… t."Meanwhile, her husband, Michael Senkowski, remains the lead telecom and Internet partner at Washingtons premier communications law and lobby firm, Wiley Re …"

"… ing partner at Wiley Rein & Fielding, heads its telecommunications and Internet practices. According to his corporate biography, Senkowski has handled reg …"

"… y team on the FCC. Wiley Rein also represents major telecommunications and Internet companies such as Verizon, Motorola, and America Online.Federal lobbying r …"

"… reless revenue, which could include video services over phones, high-speed Internet and Web access over cell phones and personal digital assistants (such as P …"

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 "Hillary Rodham Clinton":

"… ggest donors (followed by a midnight dinner with the president, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and selected celebrities), Sat., August 12Host: OthersEnt …"

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 "Washington":

"… Now the fight has gone national. The Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., is considering requests from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Wilson, No …"

"… read More than 130 cities from Norwood, Massachusetts, to Clallam County, Washington, currently offer fiber or cable Internet connections to their communities, …"

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 "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 "Phil Verveer":

"… fighters and medical technicians can use during emergencies, according to Phil Verveer, senior counsel to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. Verveer’s comments were pub …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… million for lobbying on a range of issues, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks lobbying spending. AT&T spent the 11th largest amount of …"

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 "Internet":

"… stead of fighting the deal — which would create a cable TV and broadband Internet provider with 30 million customers and a television network — rivals lik …"

"… such deals, may trade off having a smaller number of cable television and Internet service providers for agreements that the remaining companies won’t bloc …"

"… roviders for agreements that the remaining companies won’t block or slow Internet traffic for their personal gain. That’s the guarantee of a free and open …"

"… traffic for their personal gain. That’s the guarantee of a free and open Internet that President Obama has pursued since being first elected in 2008. Chart …"

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 "Comcast":

"… ed more than 350 lobbyists, 14 of whom were former members of Congress. Comcast Corp., the nation’s largest cable operator, spent almost $14 million dur …"

"… s is the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, which includes Comcast and Time Warner Cable Inc. as members. NCTA spent $13.3 million in the fir …"

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 "Internet":

"… they really want. In addition, he pried open wireless networks, protected Internet users from unequal treatment by service providers, and paved the way for a …"

"… t by service providers, and paved the way for a new generation of wireless Internet devices. But Martin has also toed the deregulatory GOP line by backing m …"

"… ters. Yet in the same proceeding, Martin also supported less regulation of Internet services. Martin would succeed Powell as chairman in March 2005. A la …"

"… genuous, and no longer relevant” in a market where voice, video, and Internet services are bundled together, said Brian Dietz, a spokesman for the Natio …"

The 700 (MHz) Club

By Brendan McGarry

When lobbying the FCC, sometimes less is more