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Apple's D.C. Lobbying Efforts Get Fierce

AllThingsD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Its 2010 [Apple's] lobbying spend was about $1.6 million; Microsoft's was $6.9 million. But while it might seem that any lobbying Apple might need to ...

Republicans Attack "Unintended Consequences" Of Financial Reform Bill

The Huffington Post | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Republicans are taking aim at the "unintended consequences" of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, including the rule that limits bank's abilities t...

Zach Carter

Liberal Think Tank Parrots Bank Lobby | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The following is produced in partnership with The Dylan Ratigan Show's weeklong "No Way To Live" series on the financial crisis and its impact on ordi...

Jason Linkins

GOP's 'Tech Policy Champion' In The Pocket Of Telecoms | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I have to admit, when I saw this headline, "Will Marsha Blackburn be GOP's next tech policy champion?" in Politico, there was a brief, mad moment wher...

'How Everybody Exists' Doesn't Have to Be

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Wendell Potter

The surprising gem in an Inquirer piece was that APCO VP Bill Pierce agreed with me. He acknowledged that interest-funded pressure groups "are all over the place" in Washington. "That's how everybody exists here," Pierce said.

Zach Carter

Selling Out Small Business | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Throughout Wednesday's House floor debate over the repeal of President Barack Obama's signature health care overhaul, Republicans frequently claimed t...

Jason Linkins

I'm Not Entirely Sure Politico Understands How Lobbying Works | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Apparently, the "health care industry's biggest trade groups" are "uncharacteristically neutral on the Republican effort to repeal the health care reform law"! Neutral? Surely we are straining the definition of that word.

Zach Carter

Community Banks Win By Losing: Inside The K Street Hustle | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON - During the fight over Wall Street reform, community banks were most often pitted against their behemoth rivals. Small banks, which hold g...

Arthur Delaney

Outgoing Senators Join Law-And-Lobby Firm | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When he announced his plans a year ago not to seek another term in the Senate, North Dakota Democrat Byron Dorgan signaled he might like to head over ...

Business Lobby's War On Obama Just Getting Started

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama's apparent hopes to the contrary, the head of the nation's flagship business lobby has made it clear that the corporate campaig...

Radia Tapes and the Indian Media: It's Time for Sensation Now

Marie-Lou Fernandes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marie-Lou Fernandes

It's been a month since the first set of Radia tapes was published by Open and Outlook. All through, these two exemplary publications have maintained ...

A New Look at Earmarks: Pinstripe Patronage

Al Eisele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Al Eisele

A new book looks at how the world's second oldest profession, lobbying, has evolved into the second biggest business in Washington. The timing couldn't be better.

Brand India and the Failure of Common Sense

Marie-Lou Fernandes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marie-Lou Fernandes

Soon after the Radia tape leaks exposed the cozy relationship between the media and big business houses in India, the very publications that had turne...

Why We Need Whistleblowers In India

Marie-Lou Fernandes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marie-Lou Fernandes

Just as America faces the aftermath of Wikileaks, halfway across the globe, in a slightly altered scenario, another of the world's largest democracies...

Would-Be Fannie, Freddie Reformer Faces Uphill Climb If Confirmed

The New York Times | GRETCHEN MORGENSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

If this Mr. Smith goes to Washington as head of F.H.F.A., he will face a monumental challenge at a crucial time: how to protect taxpayers from even gr...

Jason Linkins

Lawmakers Who Blasted Lobbyists During Campaign Are Busy Hiring All Sorts Of Lobbyists | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

They said that the new incoming lawmakers would never be co-opted by the establishment elite! But now that a season of campaigning against "special i...

The Real Story of Lobbying (A Mashup)

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

Current lobbist reporting requirements are like looking at a closed-circuit tape of activities inside a bank only once, every quarter. We find out what happened, but long after the money has been stolen.

After Bailout, Business Groups Now Turning On Former Allies

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — During the worst of the economic crisis, the nation's most powerful business lobby pleaded with Congress to prop up financial insti...

Chamber Of Commerce Raising Money To Fund Lawsuits Against Regulation, Reform

The Center For Public Integrity | Peter H. Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Even as it plowed tens of millions of dollars into ads this year to help mostly Republicans notch Congressional victories, the U.S. Chamber of Commerc...

Rep. Judy Biggert, Full Body Scans Supporter, Also Invested in Them

Matt Sledge | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Matt Sledge

A few months after investing additional money in an airport body scan manufacturer last year, Chicago-area Congresswoman Judy Biggert voted in favor of the allowing the TSA to use the devices.

The Price Of Privacy

USA Today | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The companies with multimillion-dollar contracts to supply American airports with body-scanning machines more than doubled their spending on lobbying ...

Lucia Graves

Nice Timing: New York Times Investigation Of GOP Drops After Elections | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One week after Rep. Brad Ellsworth went down to defeat in the race against Dan Coats to fill the seat of retiring Senator Evan Bayh (D-I...

Wealthy Ag Lobbies Cry Poor

Donald Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Donald Carr

The idea that agribusiness lobbyists don't have the funds to properly "defend" their continuing cornucopia of taxpayer dollars does not even come close to passing the smell test.

The Decline Of The Middle Class And Lobbying Boom Of The 1970s | James Kwak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In "Third World America," Arianna Huffington cited Tocqueville's observation that democracy should promote the interests of "the greatest possible num...

Vikram Pandit Has No Clothes

Simon Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Simon Johnson

Vikram Pandit heads Citigroup, one of the world's largest and most powerful banks. He's a smart individual -- why then does he advance such obviously specious arguments? The answer is straightforward: he can get away with it.