Thank high-profile scandals and ethical rows for painting lobbyists as unscrupulous hacks or conniving arm-twisters -- not as principled advocates for worthy clients, exercising their constitutional right to petition their government for a redress of grievances.
ALEC is currently under fire for potentially abusing its 501(c)(3) non-profit IRS charity tax status, acting as a shadow lobbying apparatus and "corporate bill mill" throughout its 40 years of existence.
America spends more on health care than any other country in the world, despite our uniquely non-socialized system, yet our health outcomes are at or below the bottom of the range for developed countries. Why?
More and more of the nation's leading companies are voluntarily adopting or strengthening their policies to provide for detailed disclosure of their political contributions. Yet they're having to do so against very strong opposition from their own leading trade associations.
There's a common perception that the only two options for political involvement are to vote or to run for office. These avenues are certainly open to us all, but most of us seem to forget a third option: Lobbying. And the perfect how-to guide is now on the shelves.
You worked hard for that money. No one can deny that. You have been rewarded for your talent, your intelligence, your risk-taking, your creativity, and your good fortune. The notion that you should change a system that has worked so well must seem downright stupid.
The lobbyist, like Philip Morris, ValuJet and the World Wrestling Federation before him, died today. He was 150 years old, give or take a decade, the victim of relentless pejorativation and transmogrification.
The American League of Lobbyists -- known as such since its founding in 1979 -- will now call itself the Association of Government Relations Professionals, organization officials confirm to the Center for Public Integrity.
Grocery Manufactures Association was recently sued for not disclosing the donors behind GMA's $7 million-plus donation to stop I-522, which would require genetically-engineered foods to be labeled. The judge threw out that case on a technicality. But then, Big Food's arrogance got the best of them.
For once the interests of the 1 percent and the 99 percent are aligned around stopping a default on the corporate debt which would both decimate corporate profits and throw millions of ordinary Americans out of work.
One of the many things needed to stop the runaway climate train before it rolls off the cliff is to make corporations more accountable for their actions -- in this case, their political actions aimed at stopping a sensible climate policy.
Alongside releasing its controversial findings on fugitive methane emissions caused by hydraulic fracturing on September 16, University of Texas-Austin also unveiled an industry-stacked Steering Committee roster for the study it conducted in concert with Environmental Defense Fund.
The success of well-known brands such as Coca-Cola and Kraft Foods depends greatly on positive public relations. It makes even more sense now for GMA to do its members' bidding given how controversial opposing GE food labeling has become for the food industry.