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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 04.16.2015 | 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 04.15.2015 | 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 04.08.2015 | 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 04.08.2015 | 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 03.27.2015 | 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.

Christina Wilkie

Tom Daschle (Finally) Registers As A Lobbyist

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Onetime Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) has registered as a lobbyist for the first time since leaving the Senate a decade ag...

Paul Blumenthal

Online Payday Lender Pumped Dark Money Into Effort To Beat Back Regulation

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Facing the prospect of imminent oversight by a newly created government regulator, the much-reviled payday loan industry’s lobbying ma...

Paul Blumenthal

Jeb Bush Is Taking Foreign Policy Advice From These Influence Peddlers

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After the attempted Christmas Day underwear bombing of a jetliner in 2009, former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff blanketed...

Boehner Makes Republicans 'Tools and Dupes' of Netanyahu's Election Campaign

David Miles | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
David Miles

Netanyahu's speech may be evidence of hubris run amok on his part, but it is also a vivid illustration of the pervasive and destructive rise of partisanship in American politics over the last few decades.

Paul Blumenthal

The Inside Story Of How Citizens United Has Changed Washington Lawmaking

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

Lobbyists and trade groups have pumped huge sums into the coffers of super PACs and nonprofits connected to Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Lead...

This Is Why Americans Hate Washington

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

When you hear the common refrain about Americans hating Washington, they aren't talking about the city in general. Rather, they are referencing the politicians, lobbyists, campaign staffers, and the black-and-white, us-versus-them partisanship of U.S. politics.

If You Were Dating Congress, You'd Dump Them Immediately

Mansur Gidfar | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Mansur Gidfar

Can you imagine being in a relationship with somebody who never listens to you? Somebody who never cleans up their messes or owns up to their mistakes? Somebody who keeps promising they'll change, year in and year out, but never does?

PETA Hires Lobbyist to Quash Bill That Would Restrain Their Pet Killing

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Douglas Anthony Cooper

The Virginia Senate voted overwhelmingly for a bill that would restrict PETA's mass killing of dogs and cats at its Norfolk headquarters; but PETA has hired a crack lobbyist in an effort to push for the vote to fail tomorrow in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Small Businesses' Infinitesimal 'Tort' Problem

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

For years, Big Business lobby groups have been advancing a legislative agenda to limit the liability of corporations that cause injuries. One of their principal arguments is that tort restrictions are needed to allow small businesses to survive. Yet internal business surveys have consistently shown this view to be utterly groundless.

It's Time to Fix the Climate -- Why Do We Delay?

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 04.11.2015 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

When citizens see that their representatives work for special interests instead of the public good, their confidence in government erodes. They stop telling their representatives what to do, which only makes it easier for their representatives to work for special interests.

A Data Driven Approach To Washington

Alex Wirth | Posted 03.27.2015 | Impact
Alex Wirth

For the past year, my roommate Jonathan Marks and I, with the help of a team of Harvard, MIT, and George Washington University undergraduates have bee...

Edison Electric Institute's Anti-Solar, PR Spending Revealed

Gabe Elsner | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Gabe Elsner

Most Americans already know that lobbying and influence play a big role in the legislative process, especially in Washington, D.C. However, a new report reveals that a large portion of trade association spending goes to PR firms and advertising.

Money, and Harmful Chemicals, in Politics

Michael Green | Posted 03.22.2015 | Green
Michael Green

The Supreme Court did more than open the door to the undoing of democracy in Citizens United. They also opened a potential floodgate of new chemical health threats backed by unbridled chemical industry spending.

Can the F-35 Be Stopped?

William Hartung | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

At a price tag of $1.5 trillion to build and operate over its lifetime, the F-35 combat aircraft is the most expensive weapons program ever undertaken by the Pentagon. It is overpriced, underperforming and unnecessary.

Will It Be As Always?

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 03.07.2015 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

Thomas B. Reed, a Republican politician and Speaker of the House at the end of the 19th century, warned: "One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation."

The End of the American Middle Class?

Steven Strauss | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics
Steven Strauss

In the brave new world envisioned by pundits, we will all be micro-entrepreneurs with personal brands -- each of us controlling our own destiny, selling our services into digitally enabled markets. Traditional employers and wage slavery will be extinct.

Who Is Shushing State on Azerbaijan's Detention of Khadija Ismayilova?

Till Bruckner | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

Why are America's diplomats not speaking out loudly and clearly on Khadija Ismayilova's behalf? Why has the State Department not joined Europe's diplomats in publicly demanding her immediate release from jail?

eBay Splits From Controversial Political Group ALEC

Reuters | Deepa Seethharaman | Posted 12.18.2014 | Technology

Dec 18 (Reuters) - eBay Inc said on Thursday that it will end its association with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a political group that o...

The Internet Tax Hoax of 2014

Timothy Karr | Posted 02.14.2015 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Cable lobbyists will continue to spread lies about Net Neutrality as long as members of the media and Congress are willing to repeat them. It's the FCC's job to see through the propaganda, do right by Internet users and protect Net Neutrality once and for all.