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China Learns How To 'Work' Capitol Hill Through Lobbying

Washington Post | John Pomfret | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The congressional about-face illustrates a dramatic increase in China's influence on Capitol Hill, where for years its lobbying muscle never matched i...

Jason Linkins

Lobbyists Dodge Regulations Through Reinvention | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

So, if you happen to have read a recent study by the Center for Responsive Politics and OMB Watch entitled "Lobbyists Terminating Their Federal Regis...

Congress: We Need You to Lead

Steve Hildebrand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Hildebrand

We need Congress to lead, so what do we do? Should we throw them out? Do we shut down the national political party committees, outlaw high-priced professional lobbying and ban PACs once and for all?

Risky Lenders Did More Aggressive Lobbying: IMF Report

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Over the last few few decades, financial lobbying yielded an incredible return on investment for Wall Street -- albeit, in the form of taxpayer bailou...

New Sports Fans Lobby Entering Telecom Wars

The Huffington Post | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Verizon is among several telecom giants launching a new advocacy group purported to be a lobby for sports fans -- pressing lawmakers on issues such as...

Arthur Delaney

Tony Podesta: Turning Change Into Dollars | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Tony and Heather Podesta basked in the praise when they donated the iconic, five-foot tall "Hope" portrait of Barack Obama to the National Portrait Ga...

Arthur Delaney

Greenpeace Asks For Senate Investigation Into Newsweek's Big Oil Forum | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

On Tuesday, Newsweek hosted a climate and energy policy forum on Capitol Hill with the American Petroleum Institute. Now Greenpeace, which has been he...

J Street Conference To Open Amid Controversy

Washington Post | Dan Eggen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

J Street, an advocacy and lobbying firm created 18 months ago, is holding its first annual conference beginning Sunday, with participation from about ...

CFTC Gets Derivatives Advice From Industry Insiders

HuffPost Investigative Fund | Keith Epstein And Ben Protess | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Like many federal agencies contemplating reform these days, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission is hearing a lot from the industry it regulates...

Former Lawmakers Fly Under Lobbying Radar

The Huffington Post | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Politico reports that lobbying bans on former lawmakers haven't discouraged some former members of Congress from influencing policy. Their article t...

Ryan Grim

Wall Street Banks Tricking Little Guys Into Lobbying for Them | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Wall Street titans, recognizing that they have something of a credibility problem when it comes to opposing regulatory reform, are enlisting more symp...

Big Financial Firms Losing Power On Capitol Hill

Washington Post | Binyamin Appelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Large banks are on the verge of losing a key legislative battle over the shape of financial reform, an unusual setback that reflects the continued pol...

Is Israel's New Ambassador Trying To Squelch J Street?

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Israel's ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, is boycotting J Street's -- the new pro-Israel PAC -- first annual conference. Incredibly, he says it could "impair Israeli interests."

Banks Hire Derivatives Expert To Fight Financial Reform

The Huffington Post | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Several major banks are fending off legislation meant to regulate the lucrative derivatives market by hiring a high-powered financial lobbyist. The H...

Agencies Commit To Banning Lobbyists

The Huffington Post | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Hill reports that several major federal agencies are poised to fully ban lobbyists from serving. Norm Eisen, White House ethics adviser, sent out...

Jason Linkins

Northrop Grumman Lobbying: God Now Deeply Involved, Apparently | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If you're wondering why God hasn't yet saved the Constitution -- or bathed Tiger Woods in the redemptive light of religious ecstasy that he needs to b...

Chamber of Commerce M.I.A.! Chevron Takes the Heat!

The Yes Men | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Yes Men

Chevron is a target of citizen protests in California, across the United States and around the world because of Chevron's role in climate destruction, public health abuse, and wars for oil.

Former GOP Whip Gave Earmark To Former Staffer

The Huffington Post | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt has come under fire from the Center for Public Integrity for engaging in a controversial pattern of providing earmarks to a fo...

In The Public Interest: Senate Moderates Get it Right

Larry McNeely | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry McNeely

Progressives continue to have real disputes with some of the Senate centrists. But some of those centrists' proffered amendments are serious attempts to hold down costs and they deserve support.

Arthur Delaney

Bernanke's Conferences At Luxury Resorts: Do Lobbyists Show Up? | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has been spending some time at fancy places. Last week, Bernanke spoke at a Fed conference at a luxurious resort...

Arthur Delaney

Financial Industry Money Flows To Sponsors Of Industry-Friendly Amendments | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Members of the House Financial Services Committee have received, on average, $138,422 in campaign contributions from the financial services industry s...

House Committee Expands Investigation Into Coal Group's Lobbying

The Huffington Post | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming has expanded its investigation into the lobbying activities of the American Coali...

Arthur Delaney

How Tom Daschle Lobbies In Secret: Influence Laundering | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle will soon move from one big lobbying firm to another even bigger lobbying firm. It's a career boost for a fi...

Lobbyists Eye Exemptions On The CFPA

The Huffington Post | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

While high-powered Wall Street lobbyists catch most of the flack for trying to skirt newly-proposed House Financial Service Committee regulations, Pol...

Wall Street Bank Lobby Faces 'Live Ammo' As Lawmakers Ponder Breaking Up Big Banks | Alison Vekshin and Robert Schmidt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Nov. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Seven Wall Street lobbyists trooped to Capitol Hill on Nov. 9, hoping to convince Representative Paul Kanjorski's staff that hi...