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 "Texas":

"… per PAC — Cochran, and Reps. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and Pete Sessions, R-Texas, are favored politicos — and counts that money toward its lobbying outpu …"

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 "Wireless":

"… its investigation Friday morning, March 21st, under the headline: “Wireless companies fight for their futures: A rare auction of valuable frequencies …"

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 "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 "General Electric":

"… those spending less is a who’s who of Capitol Hill heavies. It includes General Electric, the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, Google, Coca- …"

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 "General Electric":

"… during the same period last year: AT&T ($7.1 million to $4.3 million), General Electric ($5.7 million to $5.2 million), the American Hospital Association ($4.5 mi …"

Center spearheads efforts to disclose broadband data

By Drew Clark

Telco deployment by ZIP Code at issue in legislation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ed Markey":

"… rgy and Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., released similar draft legislation in May. It would require the …"

"… ed threshold, poor data and threats to the openness of the Internet," Rep. Ed Markey, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunicati …"

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 "U.S. District Court":

"… or Public Integrity v. Federal Communications Commission, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The case had been assigned to Judge Rosemary …"

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 "CNN":

"… hree major networks, as well as on cable news stations Fox News, MSNBC and CNN “hit an all-time low,” Entertainment Weekly reported.Despite spending …"

Baby Bells paying to play

By John Dunbar

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington, D.C.":

"… arch 12, the agency issued another proposed fine against Clear Channel and Washington, D.C.-based DJ "Elliot in the Morning" for $247,500. Barely a week later, the ag …"

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 "Hillary Rodham Clinton":

"… to disclosure reports filed by former first lady and current New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, in 2001 alone, the former president addressed more than 50 gatherings and …"

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 "spokesman":

"… .According to Powell's personal financial disclosure reports and a company spokesman, one of Powell's major clients at his old law firm of O'Melveny & Myer …"

"… Verizon Communications, now the nation's largest local phone company. FCC spokesman David Fiske told The Public i that, as an FCC commissioner, Powell never r …"

"… orked as an attorney for GTE, according to information provided by Verizon spokesman Bob Bishop.Under circumstances requiring an examination of the potential f …"

"… s require the employee to seek guidance from an agency ethics officer. FCC spokesman Fiske said Powell did not seek an ethics advisory or waiver, explaining th …"

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 "Europe":

"… stions as to whether or not U.S. companies are truly at a disadvantage. In Europe, wireless carriers spent more than $1 billion purchasing 3G spectrum alloc …"

"… significant amount of advanced services or products. Meanwhile, those same European telecom companies are suffering financially under the weight of the debt …"

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 "Haim Saban":

"… conventions.)Haim and Cheryl Saban (The chairman of Fox Family Worldwide, Haim Saban is the creator-producer of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and a major donor …"

"… :30 p.m.Host: Democratic Congressional Campaign CommitteeLocation: Home of Haim Saban, Bel-AirLate Night Party for Majority Council and Team 2000 donors (those …"

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 "chief executive":

"… t return phone calls and emails asking for comment. For Steven Blanchard, chief executive of Fayetteville’s Public Works Commission, prohibiting Fayetteville resi …"

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 "T-Mobile USA Inc.":

"… sions here regarding the reserved spectrum provisions.” …"

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 "T-Mobile USA Inc.":

"… ve advantage against Sprint Corp., the third-largest wireless carrier, and T-Mobile USA Inc., the fourth largest. If Sprint and T-Mobile aren’t able to buy enough l …"

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 "Broadcasting":

"… rman Tom Wheeler. Verveer’s comments were published in the trade journal Broadcasting & Cable. "We've had one auction, we're going to have another that is …"

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 "Wireless":

"… jumped from 8 percent to 42 percent during the same period, Pew reported. Wireless gadgets are quickly becoming the devices Americans use to run their everyd …"

"… r town and writing op-eds,” said Michael Calabrese, director of the Wireless Future Project at the New America Foundation, which supports limits. “Ea …"

"… al lobbying doesn’t tell half the story of the spectrum influence game. Wireless carriers have hired economists from some of the most prestigious universit …"

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 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 "U.S. Court of Appeals":

"… t the issue by reconsidering how it regulates the Internet. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the FCC doesn’t have the …"

Surveillance requests to cellphone carriers surge

By The Associated Press

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ed Markey":

"… reat to someone's life.The information was collected by Massachusetts Rep. Ed Markey. He said laws need to be updated to ill protect people's Fourth Amendment …"

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 "Sprint Nextel":

"… pressed by the Justice Department. The FCC review of the merger is ongoing.Sprint Nextel Corp., the third-largest carrier with about 12 percent of the market, has …"

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 "Kentucky":

"… ted Nation’s CEO, Brian Mefford, told the Senate Commerce Committee that Kentucky was becoming a “national leader in technology acceleration,” and was o …"

"… dband consulting Liechtman Research Group found that at the start of 2007, Kentucky ranked 46th in the nation for residential broadband penetration.At this po …"

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 "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 …"