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Shahien Nasiripour

Too Busy For Obama, Bank CEOs Make Time To 'Educate' Hill Staffers | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Megabank CEOs didn't have time for President Barack Obama when he gave a major speech on Wall Street in September, but they had no trouble making it t...

How Big Banks, Lobbyists, And Lawyers Move Dirty Money Into The US

Mother Jones | — Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Among Bank of America's 50 million customers, Pierre Falcone was far from ordinary. An infamous global arms dealer who illegally sold weapons to Angol...

Lobbyists Get Access To Lawmakers At GOP Retreat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The day after President Barack Obama urged members of Congress to be more transparent about their interactions with lobbyists, the House Republican Ca...

Court's Ruling on Corporations Reflects America's Values

Mike Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Green

America is up for sale. But don't blame the Supreme Court. The Justices didn't place us on the auction block when they opened the corporate floodgate last week, they just showed what's always been there.

Jane Norton Denies Being A Lobbyist; Record Much More Hazy

The Colorado Independent | John Tomasic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

In an interview with a Colorado Springs radio talk show host Tuesday, Former lieutenant governor and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Jane Norton ...

Obama Slams Lobbyists, Then Administration Invites Them To Private Briefings

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A day after bashing lobbyists, President Barack Obama's administration has invited K Street insiders to join private briefings on a range of topics ad...

The United Corporate States Of America

Steven G. Brant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steven G. Brant

We have been handed the basic tools for replacing the old values that make corporations "evil" with the new values that will make corporations "good". The Citizens United ruling need not be so bad.

Citizens United Reveals the Danger of Our Right Wing Supreme Court

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Here is the dirty little secret the GOP doesn't want you to know: The four extreme right wing Supreme Court justices are as activist as any judges can get.

When Corporations Rule The World (thanks to the Supreme Court)

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

With its ruling in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the Supreme Court has granted corporations even further unfettered access...

Obama's Limits On Big Banks Should Be Judged By A Breakup Of Goldman Sachs

Bloomberg | Simon Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In particular, the White House background briefing yesterday morning -- while somewhat ambiguous -- gave listeners the strong impression that these ne...

Arthur Delaney

K Street Thrived In 2009: The Proof Is In The Numbers | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The lobbying industry demonstrated its resilience last year in the face of the recession and is fully expected to smash previous spending records. On ...

Arthur Delaney

No Less Lobbying, But Less Disclosure In Obama's First Year | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Hordes of lobbyists have deregistered in the last two years after Congress enacted more onerous disclosure requirements and the Obama administration p...

Lobbyists Delisting, Going Underground To Avoid New Law

New York Times | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Before the new rules, the number of advocates who registered as lobbyists appeared to have grown steadily, peaking in late 2007. A tally by the nonpar...

Meet The Lobbyists: Oil And Coal (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Special to The Huffington Post By Kate Willson and Andrew Green of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists for The Global Climate...

Chamber Of Commerce Sues Yes Men Over Climate Change Policy Prank

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed a civil complaint on Monday against members of a liberal activist group who staged a news confer...

Congressional Research Service Praises Lobbying Reforms Under Obama | KENNETH P. VOGEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Critics across the political spectrum have lambasted the Obama administration's restrictions on lobbying as everything from a loophole-ridden politica...

Greens Have Finally Got the Big Mo

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

Since the summer, greens have had one good break after another. Unlike after An Inconvenient Truth, the latest dramas are not pop culture events, but political achievements inside the Beltway.

Chamber Of Commerce Solicits Money For Economist Who Will Give Bad Review Of Health Care Bill

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is soliciting funds to pay an economist $50,000 to study health care reform legislation and issue (what the lobby presume...

Arthur Delaney

Booze, Pot And Peanuts In LobbyBlog's Third-Quarter Lobbying Roundup! | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Third-quarter lobbying spending totals are in, and that means it's time to see how much the most special of special interests spent peddling influence...

Conservative Hunters And Fishermen Back Climate Change Legislation

The Huffington Post | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Hunters and fishers, afraid that global warming could hamper their favorite pastime, have stepped into the lobbying fray for climate change legislatio...

Catholic Church Shows Its Influence In Health Care Fight

Wall Street Journal | Peter Wallsten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Injecting itself aggressively into the health-care debate, the Roman Catholic Church in America has emerged as a major political force with the potent...

U.S. Firm Looking To Lobby For Sudan's Government

The Huffington Post | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Robert B. Crowe, a prominent Democratic fundraiser, is trying to secure a lobbying contract with the pariah regime in Sudan, reports the Washington Po...

Martha Coakley in trouble? Pharma and HMO lobbyists to the rescue

Washington Examiner | Timothy P. Carney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With Democrat Martha Coakley in trouble in the Massachusetts special election to fill Ted Kennedy's seat, Democrats could lose vote No. 60 for Preside...

Jason Linkins

Bank Lobby Bloodied But Unbowed In Fight Against Consumer Protection | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Bloomberg's Yalman Onaran takes a glance at the state of play on the consumer protection front, and sizes up the influence that the banking lobby has ...

Hospital Lobbyists Not Content With Baucus Bill

The Huffington Post | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The New York Times reports that hospital lobbyists claim Sen. Max Baucus hasn't yet delivered on the deal the two parties reached on the Senate Financ...