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Amanda Terkel

Haley Barbour's K Street Ties Complicate His Dig Against Obama | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As speculation grows about whether or not Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) will jump into the 2012 presidential field, increased atten...

US Consulting Group Working for Libya Did Not Register as Foreign Agent

Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Paul Blumenthal

Leaked Monitor Group memos outline a strategy that is based on the need to influence both government officials in relation to U.S. policy and public opinion in regards to the Government of Libya and its leaders.

Zach Carter

In Stealth Lobbying Move, Wall Street Coordinates With Check-Cashers, Payday Lenders To Gut CFPB | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wall Street banks are deploying little-known lobbying organizations who represent companies like Pizza Hut and Radio Shack in a new push...

Jason Linkins

How To Make Gadhafi Look Good, By Various Lobbyists | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As noted Tuesday, one of the more interesting things to contemplate as chaos continues to roil Libya and threaten the Gadhafi regime, is the extent to...

Jason Linkins

A Spotlight On The Libya Lobbyists | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The U.S. lifted trade sanctions against Libya in 2004, but reinstated them in 2009. As you might imagine, that brief window led to a ton of influence peddling!

US Chamber's Lobbyists Ran Smear Campaign On Political Opponents | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ThinkProgress has learned that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the big business trade association representing ExxonMobil, AIG, and other major internat...

Lobbyists Contribution Reports Should Be Filed in Real Time

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

Up and down K Street today, lobbyists are filing contribution reports detailing campaign contributions they made to Members of Congress. It's a good idea with a major flaw.

Midterm Election Spending Thrusts Spooked Lawmakers Into Permanent Campaign Mode

Los Angeles Times | Tom Hamburger and Matea Gold, Tribune Washington Bureau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Several veteran Democrats accustomed to winning reelection by lopsided margins went down in defeat -- partly because of the anti-incumbent mood of ang...

Changing the Rules for Workers

Michael J. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J. Wilson

It's no surprise that Republicans are up to their old games. Having successfully blocked efforts to strengthen the right of workers to organize, they now want to stop workers from learning their rights too.

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...