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Meet The Secretive Lobbying Group Fighting Health Care Reform In California

Capital & Main | Bill Raden | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

The hospital association’s single-minded pursuit of its self-interest, critics say, comes directly at the expense of patients.

Foreign Lobbyist Gets Free Platform at Georgetown University, Atlantic Council

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

The specter of foreign powers and their lobbyists distorting America's democratic system may worry ordinary Americans, but it seems that few inside the Beltway share their concerns.

Has Congress Failed Air Travelers?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 06.14.2015 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

What has Washington done for airline passengers lately? That's the question prompted by two recent political scandals that have touched the tourism world. But the answer -- or the lack of an answer -- may be far more troubling than the alleged misconduct.

Paul Blumenthal

Lobby Firm Worked For And Against Japanese Interests

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s state visit to Washington this spring, the government of South Korea hired a lobbying fi...

Zach Carter

Wall Street's Revolving Door Spins Again In Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If at first you don't succeed, turn, turn again. The revolving door in the nation's capital took another spin last week, when Sen. Mark ...

Anticipatory Bribery

Robert Reich | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

In every election cycle since 2008, more money has gone into lobbying at the federal level than into political campaigns. And an increasing portion of that lobbying money has gone into the pockets of former members of Congress.

Secrets of a Career Climb: Make Shit Happen, Deal When It Does

Jim Treacy | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
Jim Treacy

Embrace your scars. When you have something to offer you'll be sought. The person who wants something least holds the stronger position. Living the dream is never giving in to adversity -- hold ground, then bounce back.

Spin Fail as Clinton Foundation Keeps Books Firmly Shut

Till Bruckner | Posted 05.21.2015 | Media
Till Bruckner

Earlier this month, I was in Marrakech to cover the Clinton Global Initiative schmoozefest and make up my mind about whether the Clinton Foundation is as sinister as its critics make it out to be.

ALEC Losing Clout, Legitimacy amid Ongoing Controversy and Tax Fraud

Yael Bromberg | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Yael Bromberg

Groups like the Salvation Army, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Red Cross come to mind when most of us think about charities. ALEC is something far different, a shadowy operation that brings legislators and corporations together behind closed doors to advance private interests.

Clinton Foundation Must Stop Hiding Behind Dark Money Groups

Till Bruckner | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

The Clinton Foundation claims that it's committed to transparency - but clearly, it's not.

Jeb Bush Campaign Adviser Serves on Board of Predatory College ITT

David Halperin | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
David Halperin

Vin Weber is much more than a Bush campaign advisor. He's a lobbyist who has pressed his former colleagues in Congress on behalf of clients like AT&T, the pharmaceutical trade association PHRMA, student loan giant Sallie Mae, and student debt collection companies Navient and ECMC.

Insurers Step Up Lobbying To Battle U.S. Regulators

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics

By Douwe Miedema WASHINGTON, May 11 (Reuters) - Insurance firms, already among Washington's biggest donors, are securing powerful alli...

Exelon's Nuclear Oops: Washington D.C. Resists Pepco Merger

Connor Gibson | Posted 05.06.2015 | Green
Connor Gibson

Exelon's ultimate goal: Force Pepco's customers, including the people of Washington, D.C., to subsidize Exelon's expensive nuclear power plants in other states. D.C. residents have until May 26 to submit comments to the Public Service Commission.

Brother of Hillary Clinton's Top Campaign Aide Lobbied for Fracked Gas Export Terminal Co-Owned by Qatar

Steve Horn | Posted 06.30.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Anthony "Tony" Podesta began lobbying in late 2013 on behalf of a company co-owned by ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum aiming to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the global market.

American Think Tanks and Foundations Manipulate German Politics, Claims Whistleblower

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

As American pundits are discussing the Clinton Cash affair and worrying about possible undue foreign influence on U.S. foreign policy via donations to...

Naomi Klein's Own Form of Climate Change Denial: Blame Capitalism

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

Having thus alienated mainstream readers -- exactly the people the climate change movement most urgently needs to reach out to and bring on board -- Naomi Klein's book then goes on to block meaningful debate among the already converted.

Senate's Proposed 2016 Budget Turns a Deaf Ear to the Needs of Young Families

Aline Gubrium | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Aline Gubrium

Some of the nation's most vulnerable families are headed by young parents, many who juggle poverty-level wages and social shaming. From homelessness and housing insecurity to violence and abuse, these young families face hardships that should be at the top of our nation's agenda.

Christina Wilkie

Top Lobbying Groups Spent $64 Million To Influence Congress, White House

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top 10 lobbying spenders shelled out a combined $64 million in the first three months of this year to influence federal policy, acco...

Christina Wilkie

Fear Not, Oil And Gas Industry: Mark Begich Hasn't Forsaken You In His New Job

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Sen. Mark Begich has signed on with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, the law and lobbying firm announced Wednesday. The Alaska De...

This Bill Could Bar Former Members Of Congress From Lobbying Indefinitely

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 04.17.2015 | Media

As journalists, we dutifully report on what's going wrong, from scandals and corruption to natural disasters and social problems. But far too often th...

Dollars in Democracy -- Part I: Super PACs

Daniel Kim | Posted 06.16.2015 | College
Daniel Kim

Immense amounts of money from super PACs are flooding in to support politicians. The implications of lobbying are up for debate. However, it seems that lobbying provides a significant amount of political clout going to those with the greatest wealth.

Getting a Bargain on a Buzz? Calculating the Real Price of Alcohol

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 06.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Patrick R. Krill

If you're someone who enjoys the "affordable luxury" of a beer after work, or sometimes even a few, reasonably-increased taxes aren't going to kill you. What can kill you though, is excessive alcohol use.

Corporate Influence & Transforming From a World Created for the Non-Living

Mark Chasan | Posted 06.06.2015 | Business
Mark Chasan

There is hope that we can create a thriving, healthy and abundant world, but we have to do more than hope. We must take action to transform from the inside-out (personal change), ground-up (infrastructure, built environment and supply-chain) and top-down (government, corporations and regulatory environment).

Living the High Life After Congress

Michael Winship | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

This is what ex-members of Congress and their staffs do nowadays. Rarely do they follow the example of ancient Rome's Cincinnatus and go back to the farm -- or take that teaching job at the local university or join a hometown law practice. They stay in DC to reap the bountiful harvest that comes from Capitol Hill experience and good old fashioned cronyism.

Chevron's "Fight It Out On The Ice" Strategy For Ecuador Case Is Slipping, Fast

Aaron Marr Page | Posted 05.23.2015 | World
Aaron Marr Page

Nearly a decade ago, Chevron Corporation issued a public statement warning the Ecuadorian communities who were plaintiffs in a massive environmental case against the company in Ecuador that they would face "a lifetime of appellate and collateral litigation" if they continued to vigorously pursue their claims.