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Craig Holman
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Craig Holman, Ph.D., is the government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, serving as the organization’s Capitol Hill lobbyist on ethics, lobbying and campaign finance rules. Holman is an expert on campaign finance reform, governmental ethics, lobbying practices and the impact of money in politics. He has assisted the drafting of key campaign finance reform legislation, including pay-to-play legislation, and has conducted numerous research projects on the impact of money in politics. He has been called upon to assist as a researcher and/or expert witness defending in court the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 as well the campaign finance reform laws of Alaska, Arkansas, California and Colorado. In addition, he is working with European nongovernmental organizations and members of the European Commission and Parliament in developing a lobbyist registration system for the European Union.

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Pay-to-Play Restrictions on Government Contracting Under Assault

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 1:35 PM

One of the most successful regulations for curtailing political corruption -- restrictions on those seeking government contracts from making campaign contributions to public officials and candidates responsible for awarding those contracts -- is under fire in the courts.

Government contractors who want to dole out campaign contributions, and political...

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Save the Lobbyists!

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 1:25 PM

K Street has taken to the courts, insisting that somewhere in the Constitution it reads that lobbyists have a right to serve on government-established advisory committees that provide consultation to government agencies. After fighting this issue for four years, it looks like the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is...

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What You Don't Know May Well Hurt You -- Dark Money

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 10:25 AM

Co-authored by Lisa Gilbert

What you don't know could well hurt you.

A deadlocked Congress has been unwilling to lift the veil on the massive secret money being spent in our elections. As we take the plunge into yet another election season with record-breaking spending on largely negative TV ads...

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A Parting Shot to Neuter the Federal Election Commission

(3) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 4:29 PM

It's old news that the Federal Election Commission (FEC) -- the agency charged with enforcing the nation's campaign finance laws -- is moribund by ideological stalemate. But on July 25, the Commission is expected to vote on a measure that would neuter even the staff's ability to get much done.

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'Pay-to-Play' Corruption: Chevron, Campaign Contributions and Government Contracts

(42) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 4:38 PM

At the height of the 2012 elections, Chevron Corp. gave an unprecedented $2.5 million campaign contribution to the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), a super PAC intimately tied to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the congressional campaign committee of the Republican Party. The problem: Chevron Corp. is a government contractor...

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Convention Party Irony

(1) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 2:37 PM

This post is part of the HuffPost Shadow Conventions 2012, a series spotlighting three issues that are not being discussed at the national GOP and Democratic conventions: The Drug War, Poverty in America, and Money in Politics.

As the nation witnesses the spectacle we call the party nominating conventions, the...

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Dismantling the Presidential Public Financing System Piece by Piece (Starting With the Farm Bill)

(36) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 7:02 PM

I kid you not: sandwiched somewhere between provisions of the 2012 farm bill to provide assistance for peanut farmers and loans for moisture feed grain production, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is proposing an amendment to ban public financing of the presidential party nominating conventions. This is an early salvo...

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Wisconsin Recall Election: Disaster Looms for GOP

(111) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 3:49 PM

The latest Marquette University Law School poll shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker seven points ahead of his Democratic challenger Tom Barrett among likely voters in Tuesday's recall election, prompting Walker and the state Republican Party to exuberate confidence of surviving the recall. Even the Republican National Committee is...

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Will Main Street or Wall Street Get Dealt the Upper Hand on STOCK Act?

(11) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 10:56 AM

In the weeks following an explosive 60 Minutes exposé on congressional insider trading, both chambers of Congress nearly unanimously passed the "Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge" (STOCK) Act. But there is still no law. What's the holdup?

The ball is in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) court....

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