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Unions, Elected Officials, and a Message

Justin Curmi | Posted 10.24.2015 | Politics
Justin Curmi

It is evident that the United States government needs to review how they operate. Currently, the system is not one of representation through vote, but representation through dollar bills.

The Right To Bear Tragedy

Warren Holstein | Posted 10.15.2015 | Comedy
Warren Holstein

If none of the Republicans were swayed after Sandy Hook, what are the chances now? The only way they'd vote for gun control would be if corporations were getting shot because those are the only "people" they really care about.

Lobbying as Business and Business as Lobbying

Nell Minow | Posted 09.28.2015 | Politics
Nell Minow

In an interview, Lee Drutman explained the self-perpetuating forces behind the rise corporate political spending and what he recommends for finding better balance between the information and access available to those who have corporate treasuries to spend and those who do not.

The Black Box: Top Two Primaries

Judy Frankel | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Political professionals and lobbyists often name a bill the opposite of what it does. The Clean Air Act, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, and the No Child Left Behind Act are all disingenuously named.

Stopping Structured Settlement Predators for Good This Time

Don McNay | Posted 09.02.2015 | Business
Don McNay

No matter how much you want to protect the privacy of someone receiving a structured settlement, someone else with a fancy computer or data mining program is going to find them and make them an offer to buy their payments.

Donald Trump Is the Wrong Guy to Campaign on Money in Politics

Mitchell Bard | Posted 08.27.2015 | Entertainment
Mitchell Bard

Let's pretend for a minute that Trump is a serious candidate who really believes the views he espouses on the campaign trail. His xenophobic, racist, unrealistic statements on immigration are getting all the attention, but I think another of his go-to themes is also acting as a major draw for supporters: His argument that he is not beholden to donors.

Turkey Pays Former CIA Director and Lobbyists to Misrepresent Attacks on Kurds and ISIS

Harut Sassounian | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

Among the U.S. lobbyists for Turkey, perhaps the most questionable is Porter Goss, CIA Director from 2004 to 2006, who has agreed to sell his soul and possibly U.S. national secrets for a fistful of Turkish Liras.

Jeb Bush Super PAC Donors Also Spend Big To Influence Washington

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A number of donors giving eye-popping sums to a super PAC supporting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's presidential campaign are also majo...

A Gaggle Of Future Governors Just Had A Great Time In Maui

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Last month, a group of state attorneys general flew to Maui for the annual meeting of the Conference of Western Attorneys General. For s...

The Iran Deal: Just Another Sales Opportunity

Stephan Richter | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Stephan Richter

Despite all the protests in the Republican camp about the Iran nuclear deal, many Republicans -- especially the vast chorus of consultants working for the U.S. defense industry -- are actually very happy about this deal.

A Republican President and the Next War

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

Nearly all of the Republican presidential candidates have been vociferous in their hatred of the Iran deal, and if a majority Republican Congress is elected in 2016, the Iran deal will probably have a short life -- if it has one at all.

Hillary Clinton's Biggest Campaign Bundlers Are Fossil Fuel Lobbyists

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly all of the lobbyists bundling contributions for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign have at one ti...

Think Tankers "Often Asked to Manipulate Data," Claims Expert

Till Bruckner | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

In this interview, Don Abelson shares his views about think tanks, research integrity, advocacy and lobbying.

History Tells Us That 2016 Will See a Recession

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.09.2015 | Business
Daniel Wagner

As if a reminder were needed, a variety of asset classes are once again frothy and it feels a lot like 2008.

Tax Cuts and Budget Vetoes Highlight Governor Scott's Shrinkage Victory Tour

Gary Stein | Posted 06.26.2015 | Miami
Gary Stein

They handed it to the governor so he could have his way with it and put his pen to paper, signing it into law with one hand and slashing it with his veto pen line item by line item with the other.

Paul Blumenthal

Lobby Firm Worked For And Against Japanese Interests | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s state visit to Washington this spring, the government of South Korea hired a lobbying fi...

Zach Carter

Wall Street's Revolving Door Spins Again In Congress | Zach Carter | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If at first you don't succeed, turn, turn again. The revolving door in the nation's capital took another spin last week, when Sen. Mark ...

The Frass Isn't Greener

Lisa Novick | Posted 06.03.2015 | Los Angeles
Lisa Novick

Tempted to install artificial turf as an alternative to your water-thirsty lawn? Read this piece by Lisa Cahill, TreePeople's Director of Sustainable ...

50,000 Owed Money by Corinthian Colleges Include Lobbyists, Scammers

David Halperin | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
David Halperin

A business that was getting as much as $1.4 billion a year in federal aid now has claimed in court that it has just $19 million in assets, but $143 million in liabilities. So who is owed all this money, and what does that tell us about Corinthian's conduct?

Brother of Hillary Clinton's Top Campaign Aide Lobbied for Fracked Gas Export Terminal Co-Owned by Qatar

Steve Horn | Posted 06.30.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Anthony "Tony" Podesta began lobbying in late 2013 on behalf of a company co-owned by ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum aiming to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the global market.

This Bill Could Bar Former Members Of Congress From Lobbying Indefinitely

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 04.17.2015 | Media

As journalists, we dutifully report on what's going wrong, from scandals and corruption to natural disasters and social problems. But far too often th...

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

Todd Paglia | Posted 05.19.2015 | 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 | 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 | 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 05.02.2015 | 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.