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Democrats Soliciting Lobbyist Cash In Exchange For Face Time With Senior Staff

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Lobbyists typically open their wallets as a way to get close to Members. But this week, K Streeters are expected to cut checks in droves for the chan...

Review of Casino Jack and the United States of Money by Alex Gibney

Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Gary S. Chafetz

I recently watched Casino Jack and the United State of Money, a new documentary about Jack Abramoff by filmmaker Alex Gibney, in a virtually empty mov...

Sarah Palin, Marijuana Law Reformer? Nevada Group Hopes $25,000 Convinces Palin To Back Reform Of Marijuana Laws

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Could Sarah Palin become the highest profile conservative to endorse reforms to the nation's marijuana laws? She clearly has no problem with legaliz...

Congressmen Get Thousands From Defense Contractors As They Vote To Fund Fighter Jet

The Record | Herb Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Reps. Steve Rothman and Rodney Frelinghuysen got nearly $10,000 in contributions from key defense contractors in the days surrounding their votes last...

Arthur Delaney

Revolving Door: 1,447 Former Government Workers Lobbying For Wall Street | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The financial services sector has hired 1,447 former government employees to do its bidding as lobbyists since the beginning of 2009, according to the...

Texas Lobbyists Use Concealed Handgun Permits To Skip Capitol Inspection Lines

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Lobbyists spend so much time in the Texas state capitol that they're sick of waiting in line for metal detectors, so they've started to sign up for co...

Jason Linkins

Shadow Congress: TPM Offers Guide To More Than 170 Congressmen Turned Lobbyists | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In their ongoing efforts to destroy America, lobbying firms have hired over 170 former lawmakers to skulk around the corridors of power to make sure that moneyed interests retain their iron grip on your lawmakers.

America Needs Jobs, Big Banks Need to Pay

Richard Trumka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Trumka

Wall Street got our bailout money after fueling an economic disaster that has left America's workers without jobs and communities without hope. Now we need to see some returns. Here's what needs to be done.

Alternative Energy Lobbyists Gaining Power In Washington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

[The] alternative energy industry had begun to drastically increase its lobbying spending, almost doubling its expenditures from the previous year. In...

Internet Privacy and Big Government

Mark McLaughlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mark McLaughlin

For the short list of blue chip behavioral targeting solutions available to the advertising industry, real violations of privacy at the personal level are not just unethical; the data is of low value anyway.

The DC Investment

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

Let's thank the Washington Post and reporters T.W. Farnam and Carol Leonnig for an comment that speaks volumes about a political system in the United ...

Hollywood's Fix for America's Three and a Half Trillion-Dollar Lobbying Addiction

Nomiki Konst | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Nomiki Konst

The United States of America has a dirty little secret. We're addicted to a drug. A drug dealt everyday in the halls of Congress, on the streets of Washington. That drug is corruption, pure and simple.

CBC Members: Don't Help the Telecom Industry Destroy the Open Internet

James Rucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
James Rucker

The big phone and cable companies are pulling out all the stops in their campaign against net neutrality. We want to make clear how important this issue is to the African-American community, and why it is a 21st century civil rights issue.

Arthur Delaney

Lobbyists Opposed To Derivatives Reform Outnumber Reform Lobbyists 11 To 1: Report | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Lobbyists for the financial services industry opposed to an overhaul of the derivatives market outnumber pro-reform lobbyists 11 to one since the begi...

Goldman Sachs Publicly Supports Financial Reform, But Fights It With Lobbyists

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Adele Hampton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

For all of Goldman Sachs' professed support for an overhaul of financial regulations, the megabank hasn't exactly withdrawn its army of lobbyists. Far...

Back on the Street to Fight the STREET

Richard Trumka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Trumka

Millions of Americans are living in fear--for their jobs. When a job disappears, working people are gripped with a fear that high-flying hedge fund ma...

Michael Moore To Dodd: Are You Sh*tting Me? Everyone Wants To Punish Banks (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Michael Moore appeared on "The Dylan Ratigan Show" Wednesday and called out Democrats for not standing up to Wall Street. Taking aim at the financial...

Arthur Delaney

K Street Research: 'Non-Lobbying Entity' Expands, Plots K Street Takeover | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Since Brien Bonneville and Larry Mitchell founded the very first "non-lobbying entity" at the beginning of the year, they've found plenty of demand fo...

Richard Berman: The High Life and Low Road

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

Today, The Humane Society of the United States joined Mothers Against Drunk Driving in filing a complaint with the ethics commission in New York again...

Earmark Rule Changes: Lobbyists Scrambling To Keep Money Flowing

New York Times | ERIC LICHTBLAU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Jolted by a sudden tightening of the rules, lobbyists and military contractors who have long relied on lucrative earmarks from Congress ...

Duty and Honor

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

Very few of my Senate colleagues from the 1970s became lobbyists. By the time I retired from office in the later 1980s, not only former senators but also their wives and sons and daughters were joining or forming lobbying firms.

Arthur Delaney

Alex Gibney, 'Casino Jack' Filmmaker, Blasts Citizens United Decision (VIDEO) | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

In a webisode promoting his film "Casino Jack and the United States of Money," a documentary about disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, director Alex Gib...

Banning Earmarks

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's more fun to watch Massa's implosion on nationwide television, but we shouldn't allow this to distract us from what could shape up this year as a contest between Democrats and Republicans over who can denounce earmarks the loudest.

Arthur Delaney

Bill Halter, Blanche Lincoln's Primary Opponent, Promises Never To Become A Lobbyist | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Bill Halter, the lieutenant governor campaigning against Sen. Blanche Lincoln in the Arkansas Democratic primary, announced Tuesday that he has never ...

Insurance Industry's Final Ad Blitz: Don't Blame Us For Your High Costs

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As President Obama makes his final push to get health care reform through Congress, he is "seizing on a report showing that market concentration for h...