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Who Owns Congress?

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

How does it happen that Wall Street was able to convince Congress to deregulate their industry, to be in a position to bring the economy down?

Desperately Seeking Snowe

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

While we've all been having an earnest debate about what should go in the bill and how it should get done, the real fight in Washington has been over who's going to get the corporate money.

What's The New "K Street"? HuffPost Asked, You Answered

Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

On Monday, LobbyBlog asked readers to submit new nicknames for the lobbying industry after the Washington Post declared that "K Street" is "soooo Clin...

Shedding Sunshine on Cook County Lobbyists

David Orr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Orr

There is no reason why we cannot bring our lobbyist records into the 21st Century. We can and should do more to connect the dots between million dollar contracts and lobbyists who stand to profit from their approval.

Former Lobbyist Nominated -- Again -- To Head CFTC

Mother Jones | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Mother Jones's Daniel Schulman reports that former GOP aide and lobbyist Scott O'Malia has been nominated once again to head the Commodities Futures T...

Does Anyone in the Healthcare Debate Really Care About Health?

Randall Amster | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Randall Amster

How many plans in existence today provide coverage for midwives, naturopaths, nutritionists, masseuses, or the like?

Summers Takes On Consumer Protection Foes

Financial Times | Krishna Guha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Larry Summers, the top White House economic adviser, on Friday accused financial lobby groups of using "death panel" type scare tactics to try to bloc...

Scott O'Malia: Obama Appoints Ex-Lobbyist For Enron-Like Company To Top Regulator Position

Mother Jones | David Corn and Daniel Schulman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

During his confirmation hearing last year, Scott O'Malia, a Republican Senate aide nominated to be a commissioner on the Commodity Futures Trading Com...

Jason Linkins

Health Care Stocks Soar With Release Of Baucus' Reform Bill | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Max Baucus was paid handsomely (in campaign contributions) by the health care industry to deliver a health care reform bill that only the health care ...

Obama Heads To Wall Street To Urge Reform

Washington Post | Brady Dennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama will head to Wall Street on Monday to try to breathe new life into efforts to overhaul the financial regulatory system, an undertaking...

The Joe Wilson Congressional Photo Shoot: Being Undermined by National News Again?

Judith Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judith Ellis

These are desperate times and lobbyists are employed to undermine health care with the help of The Washington Post.

UnitedHealth Lobbyist Announces Pelosi Fundraiser As She Begins Backing Off Pub Option

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

The sequencing here is important: Pelosi makes her announcement and then just hours later, the fundraising invitation goes out. Coincidental? I'm guessing no -- these things rarely ever are.

Being Concerned about 'the Least of These'

Judith Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judith Ellis

When I meet parents and children for the first time who have been foreclosed on, it is the look in the kids' eyes that tell the story of hardship.

Charles Pelton Resigns: Washington Post Marketing Executive Resigns After 'Salons' Incident

Washington Post | Paul Farhi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The marketing executive at the center of a controversial series of Washington Post-sponsored dinner "salons" has resigned from the newspaper some 10 w...

The Baucus Plan: By Lobbyists, For Lobbyists

Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs expressed some annoyance yesterday that lobbyists were clued in to the health care plan proposed by Sen. Max Baucus...

Arthur Delaney

Lawmakers Skip Thursday Hearings To Raise Funds | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Now that Congress is back in session, its members are busy with two jobs: Making laws and raising campaign funds. Good government groups insist the tw...

Assemblyman Apologizes For Comments About Spanking Lobbyists

Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

California state assemblyman Michael Duvall has issued an apology for having a lewd and lascivious conversation that was picked up by a hot mic during...

Jason Linkins

Lewin Group Rears Its Head On Eve Of Health Care Reform Address | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

McClatchy is reporting today on a new study by the Lewin Group, a health care research organization that purports to be independent but is actually a subsidiary of health insurance giant UnitedHealth.

Baucus Co-Op Plan "Authored" By Ex-Insurance Industry VP

Campaign Silo | Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When Max Baucus circulated his draft plan earlier this week, the PDF documentation page (image) indicates that the "author" was ex-Wellpoint VP Liz Fo...

Jason Linkins

The Trouble With Max Baucus: It's Not The Plan, It's The Planning | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Matt Yglesias takes an analytic look at the health care reform plan proffered by Max Baucus today, and while he beseeches his readers to remember his ...


Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Click here for the latest from the new-and-improved LobbyBlog! September 18, 2009 NATURAL GAS LOBBY STEPS INTO CLIMATE CHANGE NEGOTIATIONS Producers...

How do Health Care Lobby Dollars Match Influence in Congress?

Adam Clark Estes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Adam Clark Estes

A better question might be: Who's really paying for and benefiting from reform? Taxpayers? Or health care industry lobbies?

Lobbyist Tony Podesta Among Delinquent Property Owners In D.C.

Washington Examiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Among OTR's list of delinquent taxpayers, published last week, is lobbyist Anthony Podesta, who owes $696.32 on his 6,600-square-foot home on Belmont ...

Natural Gas Hits A Roadblock In Energy Bill: Coal Lobby

The New York Times | CLIFFORD KRAUSS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For all its pronouncements that gas could be used to replace aging, inefficient coal-fired power plants -- and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the ...

FBI Whistleblower: Hastert, Burton, Blunt, Other Members of Congress 'Bribed, Blackmailed'

Brad Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brad Friedman

The broad criminal conspiracy is said to have resulted in, among other things, the sale of nuclear weapons technology to black market interests including Pakistan, Iran, North Korea, Libya and others.