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Trump Adding Former Lobbyists To Swamp, Giving Them Ethics Waivers

The Huffington Post | Mary S Papenfuss | Posted 04.17.2017 | Politics

Far from fulfilling his campaign promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington, President Donald Trump appears to be filling it with former lobbyists...

Ninth Annual K Street Classic: Wildcats On Top — And Maybe Not The Ones You’d Expect

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 03.16.2017 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

by Ben Berliner After being locked out of the NCAA tournament for its entire 78-year history, Northwestern University‘s basketball team has finally...

Russia Hired Edelman In 2016 To Help Deal With Yukos Fallout

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 03.14.2017 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

by Ashley Balcerzak A former national security adviser was paid more than $500,000 last fall by a group linked with the Turkish government to discred...

Michael Flynn Concealed Foreign Lobbying Work From The Justice Department

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie | Posted 03.09.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn was paid more than $500,000 last fall as a foreign lobbyist to help the Turkish government ...

Donald Trump And Paul Ryan Are Taking On Walmart And The Koch Brothers

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 02.05.2017 | Politics

Time to get right with your God, America, because the end times must be upon us: Paul Ryan is taking on the Koch brothers. In June, House Republicans...

South Dakota Senate Repeals Voter-Backed Anti-Corruption Law

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.02.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Amid protesters’ shouts of “Shame!” and “Respect our votes!” the South Dakota Senate voted Wednesday night to repeal an anti-...

Foreign Influencing Goes Far, Far Beyond Russian Hack Attacks

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 12.22.2016 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

The Russian hacking story has all the intrigue of a Christmas blockbuster spy plot. A former K.G.B. agent-turned-autocrat is out for revenge against a...

The Elite Capture Of Politics

Aaron Pacitti | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics
Aaron Pacitti

Over the past month, Donald Trump provided a clue to his governing approach by nominating members of his cabinet. It is now clear that Trump has execu...

Protecting Our Fourth Estate: The Plunder of Politics and PR

Alan Kelly | Posted 12.11.2016 | Media
Alan Kelly

Last month, when President-Elect Donald Trump convened a meeting of American news elites, he shocked us with another dissection of our precious Fourth...

Lobbying: Brexit, What Next?

Léopold Salzenstein | Posted 12.06.2016 | World
Léopold Salzenstein

t's over. Britain will leave the EU. In a context where many national laws and norms are directly based on European decisions, this means dramatic cha...

No Mr. Trump, You Don't Have To Fill Your White House With Lobbyists

David Halperin | Posted 11.14.2016 | Politics
David Halperin

Reducing the influence of special interest lobbyists on Washington policy was the one Trump pledge I could get behind. He didn't need to break it in his first week.

Howard Dean: Cashing In His Flip-Flops

Ralph Nader | Posted 11.03.2016 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Behind the scenes, Howard Dean has become a wealthy lobbyist for the drug industry.

Trick-or-treating Down K Street: Candy Companies Look For A Little Sugar In Washington

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 11.01.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

While these companies are all linked by one simple ingredient -- sugar -- the politics within the industry are complicated.

Research: Who's Lobbying Congress on Climate Change

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 10.27.2016 | Business
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

By Magali Delmas To many, political lobbying is seen as a way to advance special interests at the expense of the greater good. So when it comes to lo...

Do Pink Ribbons Cause Cancer?

Jon Whelan | Posted 09.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Jon Whelan

I have a confession. I used to be ignorant about the "Cancer Loophole." I thought that if a product was on the store shelf, that meant it was safe. ...

John Boehner Begins New Chapter At High-Powered D.C. Lobbying Firm

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 09.20.2016 | Politics

Nearly a year since he announced his retirement from Congress, former House Speaker John Boehner is joining a high-powered lobbying firm in Washington...

Bayer-Monsanto merger: Two Washington-savvy companies get their game on

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 09.15.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Bags of Dekalb corn seed, a Monsanto brand. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File) By: Soo Rin Kim If you shuddered at the possibility of St. Louis-based cro...

Spotlight On Private Prisons: Lobbying And Otherwise

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 08.23.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Federal private prisons are coming to an end, but federal lobbying by private prison companies has a deep record.

King Coal Is Losing Its Lobbying Edge

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.18.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― While the coal lobby is often blamed for a lot of Washington’s foot-dragging on addressing climate change, two major coal industry gr...

Number Of Registered Lobbyists Plunges As Spending Declines Yet Again

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 08.09.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

The lobbying industry may start arguing for its own bailout bill, given the relentless decline in reported spending for its services.

AARP To Withdraw From Controversial Conservative Group Amid Rising Pressure

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics

AARP announced on Thursday that it plans to let its membership in a controversial conservative group expire at the end of the year, a clear response t...

Corporations Less Visible At Trump's Republican National Convention

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics

CLEVELAND ― Walk around Quicken Loans Arena, where Republicans have nominated Donald Trump as their presidential candidate this week, and you’ll n...

New GOP Platform Aims To Make The Christian Right Even More Powerful

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.15.2016 | Religion

Republicans met in Cleveland this week to finalize their platform in preparation for Donald Trump’s nomination for president. Among the new GOP plat...

Koch Brothers' Congressman Seeks To Block Efforts to Prevent Chemical Catastrophe

David Halperin | Posted 07.11.2016 | Green
David Halperin

Republican congressman Mike Pompeo of Kansas, who represents Wichita, seems to be doing the bidding of the Koch Brothers once again: He has introduced legislation to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing or enforcing a rule to improve the safety of America's most dangerous chemical plants.

The Life Of The Parties

Thomas Frank | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
Thomas Frank

It is true that Americans are more cynical about Washington than ever. To gripe that "the system is rigged" is to utter the catchphrase of the year. But it is important to understand just how little difference such attitudes make here in the nation's capital.