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Top 10 Questions About Oil Trains: Industry Lobbies for Weak Rules While Derailment Fire Rages

Todd Paglia | Posted 03.20.2015 | Green
Todd Paglia

On Friday, March 6, while an oil train explosion in Illinois was still sending flames and black smoke into the air, railroad agents were in Washington, DC lobbying to weaken new train safety standards.

Paul Blumenthal

Online Payday Lender Pumped Dark Money Into Effort To Beat Back Regulation

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Facing the prospect of imminent oversight by a newly created government regulator, the much-reviled payday loan industry’s lobbying ma...

Paul Blumenthal

Jeb Bush Is Taking Foreign Policy Advice From These Influence Peddlers

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After the attempted Christmas Day underwear bombing of a jetliner in 2009, former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff blanketed...

Real-Life Frank Underwoods

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Frank Underwood is known for deceiving people into acting against their own best interests. (We'll miss you, President Walker.) Now we learn that this trait may extend to the series which features him.

Paul Blumenthal

The Inside Story Of How Citizens United Has Changed Washington Lawmaking

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

Lobbyists and trade groups have pumped huge sums into the coffers of super PACs and nonprofits connected to Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Lead...

Three Wrongs Don't Make the Right Right

Duncan Hosie | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Sometimes the sky doesn't fall. It lifts. Acting on climate change is reaping incredible benefits for California. Ultimately, none of the AB 32 dooms-day scenarios came true. Now, more than ever, we should not buy into conservatives' Chicken Little politics on environmental policy. They were wrong in the past and they are wrong now.

PETA Hires Lobbyist to Quash Bill That Would Restrain Their Pet Killing

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics
Douglas Anthony Cooper

The Virginia Senate voted overwhelmingly for a bill that would restrict PETA's mass killing of dogs and cats at its Norfolk headquarters; but PETA has hired a crack lobbyist in an effort to push for the vote to fail tomorrow in the Virginia House of Delegates.

With These Hires, Congress Becomes Even More Like A Corporation

The Nation | Lee Fang | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

Until a few weeks ago, Joel Leftwich was a senior lobbyist for the largest food and beverage company in the United States. During his tenure at PepsiC...

Marijuana Grows Up

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Marijuana is now the nation's fastest-growing industry. The legal marijuana industry brought in $2.4 billion last year, so it's certainly no longer any sort of laughing matter. That figure represents an increase of a whopping 74 percent in one year's time, and it is estimated that the total legal market could be worth $11 billion as soon as 2019.

Short Memories, Broken Politics, and the Coming Recession

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

If the Great Recession wasn't enough to change the hearts and minds of the bankers, legislators, lobbyists and voters, I really don't know what would be. We bear collective responsibility for perpetuating a terribly broken system.

Joy Resmovits

Controversial New York Charter School Chain Has Lobbyists in DC, Records Show

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Success Academy, the high-profile chain of charter schools famous for its clashes with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), is taking i...

Miami-Dade Annexation Push Rises Again

Luis Andre Gazitua | Posted 12.01.2014 | Miami
Luis Andre Gazitua

If annexation seems inevitable, your group needs to find common ground with your new city. For starters, try to negotiate the continuation of MD-PD as a first responder in the cargo-sensitive areas.

California Bans Political Fundraising Parties At Lobbyists' Homes

Reuters | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept 30 (Reuters) - Lobbyists in California will be banned from throwing lavish fundraising parties at their homes and offices f...

U.S. Foreign Policy Manipulation via Media Is Systemic, Warns Expert

Till Bruckner | Posted 11.22.2014 | Media
Till Bruckner

Foreign policy pundits have had a rough time recently in Washington, D.C.

Fossil Fuel Divestment Works in Slowing Global Warming

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

In Washington, or any town where money is often valued above all else, the act of moving dollars out of fossil fuels and into sustainable, renewable options is a powerful demonstration of values.

My Surprising Conversation With Dick Fuld (Yes, That Dick Fuld) and the Future of America

Peter Sims | Posted 10.24.2014 | Business
Peter Sims

Now, America has long been an exceptionally redemptive society. Even if you screw up really badly, if you are willing to reflect long and hard, learn from your mistakes, and demonstrate a commitment to a larger purpose than your own ego, you can emerge on the other side and begin anew.

Overseeing Koch Profits: The Roots of David Vitter's Green Billionaires Club Report

Steve Horn | Posted 10.24.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

A DeSmogBlog investigation reveals that Kristina Moore, the Senate staffer listed as the author of U.S. Sen. David Vitter's (R-La.) "green billionaire's club" report published by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) on July 30, has career roots tracing back to the Koch Brothers' right-wing machine.

Disclosure Needed as Obama Administration Reverses Lobbyist Ban

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

There can be no doubt that too many special interests have too much access to decision-makers in Washington, D.C. But it is the height of absurdity to pretend that only registered lobbyists wield undue influence.

White House Changes Course On Key Piece Of Lobbyist Ban

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics

More than four years after prohibiting lobbyists from serving on some federal agency boards, the White House appears to be changing course. Politic...

Save the Lobbyists!

Craig Holman | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Craig Holman

K Street has taken to the courts, insisting that somewhere in the Constitution it reads that lobbyists have a right to serve on government-established advisory committees that provide consultation to government agencies.

Top D.C. Lobbyist Reveals The Craziest Request She's Ever Gotten

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics

Lobbyists are hired to affect legislation, secure government contracts or influence votes. On occasion, however, they take on the tasks and persona of...

GOP Leader Let Lobbyist Help Interview Potential New Staffers

www.politico.com | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise got some help interviewing potential new hires for his press shop from an unlikely source: a federal lobbyist. ...

Jason Linkins

How The Internet Beat Lobbyists At Their Own Game

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics

When advocates of the open Internet rose up to thwart Congress' efforts to pass the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act (known more colloqui...

'Drinking And Talking' Exposes The Secret Lives Of D.C. Lobbyists

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lobbying. Depending on who you talk to, it is either the most reviled of political trades or a dramatically misunderstood and overly sti...

Paul Blumenthal

Did Congress Really Delete A Key Disclosure Rule For Lobbyist Gifts? Not Really.

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It sounds so typical of Congress. An unnoticed committee action makes it harder for the public to figure out who's paying for private tr...