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FCC Commissioner's Comcast Dash Triggers Wave of Disgust

Timothy Karr | Posted 07.14.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

Baker's move may become the tipping point for new rules to stop Washington's revolving door from tempting any bureaucrat to exchange a light regulatory hand for the promise of a high-salaried job.

No Matter Who Wins the White House in 2012, K Street Still Rules

Jane White | Posted 07.04.2011 | Politics
Jane White

Wonder why we haven't seen any oversight over offshore drilling, the "public option" choice in health care coverage or financial services reform? The business lobby's ownership of Congress.

Osama Bin Laden: A Thank You Note From Washington

Lauren Ashburn | Posted 07.02.2011 | Politics
Lauren Ashburn

It's a shame it takes a tragedy of the magnitude of 9/11 or the death of a murderer for us to find common ground. While I know today's shared joy will be fleeting and tomorrow's grind will shake us back to reality, it will fuel the optimist in me for years to come.

Dan Froomkin

Lobbyists Unperturbed By Government Shutdown Brinkmanship | Dan Froomkin | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- K Street lobbyists aren't too worried about a possible government shutdown this weekend. They anticipate a short one, at most -- and no...

Hacked E-Mails Show Web's Usefulness In Dirty-Tricks Campaigns

The Washington Post | Dan Eggen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Although much of K Street spends its time plying the halls of Congress on behalf of well-heeled clients, there is a growing dark side to Washington's ...

America's Pension Crisis -- Where's the Rage?

Jane White | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane White

While the American public appears to be divided over whether unions should have generous wages and pensions as they do in Wisconsin, they are remarkably complacent when it comes to their own pension poverty.

How About a New Year's Resolution to Stop Outsourcing the American Dream?

Jane White | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane White

We need opinionated and gutsy progressives who -- heaven forbid -- team up with organized labor and push an agenda that lifts all boats, instead of only enriching people who can afford yachts. The future of the country is at stake.

Coal Lobbyist Grinches Stole 2010, Obama Transparency Initiative Falters

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Climate and energy legislation is dead, coal ash regulations are delayed indefinitely, mountaintop removal mining continues, and the myth of "clean coal" is alive and well thanks to continuing praise by Obama and Biden.

Wealthy Ag Lobbies Cry Poor

Donald Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Donald Carr

The idea that agribusiness lobbyists don't have the funds to properly "defend" their continuing cornucopia of taxpayer dollars does not even come close to passing the smell test.

Lobbyists Woo Newly Elected Politicians

Roll Call | Bennett Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

... All industry and interest groups have something in common: They are readjusting priorities, rethinking strategies and trying to make new friends i...

Pay Day: Big Coal Lobby/Utility Giant Rake in $1 Billion To Create FutureGen Toxic Dump

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Big Coal utility giant Ameren just got confirmation that a pay-off check for nearly $1 billion is in the mail, courtesy of US taxpayers. Too bad the farmers contaminated by coal slurry in nearby Illinois never received such compensation.

'Army' Of Former Regulators Join Lobbying Ranks After Financial Reform Bill | ERIC LICHTBLAU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Nearly 150 lobbyists registered since last year used to work in the executive branch at financial agencies, from lawyers for the Securities and Exchan...

Arthur Delaney

On K Street, Hiring Ex-Senate Staffer Is Worth $740,000 A Year | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

To K Street firms, hiring the former employee of a current senator typically brings in $740,000 per year. The connection itself is cash for these lob...

I Know Firsthand That When Mortgage Banks Compete, You're Screwed

Jane White | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jane White

Until we get Democrats in office who work for the electorate, we can't count on legislation to mandate plain-English disclosure, or better yet, prohibit irresponsible lending so disclosure won't be necessary.

John Boehner Is Tightly Bound To Lobbyists

New York Times | ERIC LIPTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Democrats were preparing late last year for the first floor vote on the financial regulatory overhaul when Representative John A. Boehner of Ohi...

Arthur Delaney

Dodd: 'No Lobbying For Me!' | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Chris Dodd has ruled out becoming a lobbyist after his Senate career ends next year. "No lobbying, no lobbying," Dodd told Deirdre Shesgreen of the ...

Arthur Delaney

Chris Coons, Dem Senate Candidate, Wants Lifetime Ban On Senators Becoming Lobbyists | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Chris Coons, a Democrat running for Joe Biden's vacated Senate seat in Delaware, wants to cut Senate pay 10 percent and to ban former senators from ev...

Arthur Delaney

House Passes Bill To Crack Down On K Street 'Scofflaws' | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The House unanimously passed a bill this week to create a task force within the Justice Department to crack down on lobbyists who flake on disclosure ...

Ryan Grim

Puff, Puff, Give: Lobbyists Plying Hill Staffers Through Congressional Cigar Association | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Lobbyists for major banks, insurers, pharmaceutical firms, energy companies and at least one foreign government have been helping organize lavish gath...

Close the Revolving Door

Sen. Michael Bennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sen. Michael Bennet

A voter recently asked me: "Where's my lobbyist?" And she's right -- this broken system is allowing the voices of millions of Coloradans and people across the country to be drowned out by special interest lobbyists.

Arthur Delaney

Obama's Anti-Lobbyist Policies Not Pushing Lobbying Underground After All: Report | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last November the Center for Responsive Politics and OMBWatch reported that 1,418 lobbyists "deregistered" during the second quarter of 2009, a huge s...

Bob Ney, Neil Volz Go From Abramoff Power Brokers To Ex-Cons

Roll Call | Anna Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Jack Abramoff left a big handprint on everyone he touched. Just ask former Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) and his one-time top aide Neil Volz....

Friday Talking Points [121] -- Swampy Muck

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Once you get started, it becomes quite easy to justify shaking people down for their papers. I think the police should pull over anyone who looks like they work on Wall Street, at any time.

Goldman Sachs Builds Lobbyist Machine, Ramps Up Political Spending

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Until a few years ago, Goldman Sachs operated a sleepy lobby shop in the nation's capital. This Story But now, faced with fraud charges, investigatio...

Is Being Anti-Goldman Sachs Being Anti-American?

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

The real scandal of the entire bailout mess was how money was funneled through AIG to pay "counterparties" like Goldman Sachs 100 cents on the dollar.