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Christina Wilkie

Lyft Prepares To Fight Ride Share Regulation With GOP-Linked Lobbyists

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The ride-sharing service Lyft has hired two well-connected Washington lobbying firms to help it fight a looming battle in Congress and t...

The Government Listens To Lobbyists And The Wealthy, Not You And Me

ThinkProgress | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics

When organized interest groups or economic elites want a particular policy passed, there’s a strongly likelihood their wishes will come true. But wh...

Jason Linkins

Please Spare A Thought For The Real Victims Of The McCutcheon Decision

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

The Supreme Court's latest decision in McCutcheon v. FEC continues the long process of deforming our once-thought-to-be-timeless experiment in "We the...

The McCutcheon Ruling: Is That All There Is, My Friends?

Dan Glickman | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Dan Glickman

I haven't seen one person ask the most important question: What does this mean for the American people and the government that is supposed to work for them? The discussion centers totally around the "game" of politics, and who wins and loses among the players. No one asks, "How do the people fare?"

Zach Carter

The Worst Response Yet To The New Michael Lewis Book

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Author Michael Lewis and other critics of high-frequency trading are wrong, because computers. That's the upshot of some new talking ...

Christina Wilkie

In Rare Case, Lobbyist Pursued For Breaking Lobbying Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lobbyist Alan Mauk is facing a possible fine of up to $5.2 million for allegedly failing to report his lobbying activities, according to...

Paul Blumenthal

Koch Brothers Are Outspent By A Labor Force Millions Of Times Their Size, But...

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Senate Democrats build campaign attacks tying the political agenda of Charles and David Koch to Republican candidates, conservatives...

Putin' on the Ritz: Why Western Business Undermines Sanctions to Put Profits Ahead of Patriotism

Terry Connelly | Posted 03.12.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

It turns out our own devotion to liberty and international law only goes so far when somebody's profits and dividends and executive compensation are put at risk. Talk is cheap, but patriotism is expensive, as it turns out.

Paul Blumenthal

U.S. Push For Natural Gas Exports To Help Ukraine Won't Actually Help Ukraine

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As much of the world focuses on Ukraine's political turmoil and Russia's military response, those at the top of the K Street influence t...

A Redress of Grievances

Michael Benson | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Michael Benson

Consider the tens of millions in the world today who will NEVER have the chance to petition their government for anything. But our right as Americans to lobby has been affirmed and reaffirmed again and again.

Christina Wilkie

Ukraine Crisis Forces K Street Into Scramble To Save Millions In Business

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Russian forces storm through Crimea, Washington lobbying firms representing both the pro-Russian and pro-European factions in Ukraine...

Fukuyama and the Decay of American Institutions

Luka Orešković | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Luka Orešković

The predominance of courts in the everyday American decision-making process clearly shows that the "regular" process of legislating through Congress and effectively implementing policies through the bureaucracy and executive branch is somewhat dysfunctional.

Ballot Measure to Divide CA Into 6 Mini-States Is Based on Idea That Smaller Government Is Always Better Government -- Not So

Peter Scheer | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Peter Scheer

The theory behind Draper's ballot measure is that subdividing California creates smaller state governments -- and that the smaller and more local the state governments, the more politically accountable and the better managed they will be.

WOW: You Won't Believe What This For-Profit College Lobbyist Just Said (and Did)

David_Halperin | Posted 03.20.2014 | College
David_Halperin

The industry he represents is seeking once again to block the Obama Administration from issuing a "gainful employment" rule that would, eventually, cut off federal student aid to career training schools that consistently leave their students with overwhelming debt.

Paul Blumenthal

Telecom Giants Paid Millions To 'Honor' Minority Lawmakers Before The Merger

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Comcast and Time Warner Cable are heading into the lobbying stage of their proposed merger with a strong hand. They boast large teams of...

Washington's 'Influence' Scandal Is Much Worse Than You Think

The Nation | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics

On paper, the lobbying industry is quickly disappearing. In January, records indicated that for a third straight year, overall spending on lobbying de...

Here's How Lobbying Went Into The Shadows

The Nation | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics

It was 4 o’clock in the afternoon, and I found myself hanging around the House-side entrance to the Capitol building, hoping to interview lawmakers ...

The Other NRA: National Restaurant Association Eviscerates the Rights of Customers, Workers, and Children

Michele Simon | Posted 02.20.2014 | Business
Michele Simon

Food movement leaders tend to stick to their specific issues, whether it's advocating for healthy food, fighting for workers' rights or curbing marketing to children. There is one organization that conveniently provides us with one giant target for all of them: the National Restaurant Association.

Lobbying by Stealth

Jim Jaffe | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

The quiet lobbying game works best when no one looks carefully at the sausage-making machinery. It offers a stark contrast to the money game where contributors present themselves as 800-pound gorillas who are willing to spend as much as it takes to make things happen their way.

Netflix Accelerating Lobbying Efforts On Capitol Hill

Center for Public Integrity | Dave Levinthal | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics

By Dave Levinthal Center for Public Integrity To be sure, Netflix doesn't have ruthless Frank Underwood advocating for its corporate interests. ...

American Jews Must Support, Not Hinder, Kerry's Efforts

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Alon Ben-Meir

I am one of those who certainly support J Street's ongoing efforts to promote Israeli-Palestinian peace, and I applaud their repeated outreach calling on congressional leaders and Jewish groups to support Secretary of State John Kerry's peace offensive.

Kress Now Lobbying for Pre-K... Testing

Jason Stanford | Posted 04.15.2014 | Education
Jason Stanford

Using tablet computers to measure a 4-year-old's social and emotional development -- and then applying those scientifically untested results to a teacher's job security -- is an invitation to corrupt the entire public school experience.

The Sochi Games and Human Rights: What Is the Responsibility of Corporate Sponsors?

Christine Bader | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
Christine Bader

Of course, the international community -- companies included -- should be fighting for equal rights for all. But before urging companies to turn their attention outwards and lobby host governments, we should seek evidence that they are addressing the risks to human rights in their own operations.

Jason Linkins

The Kronies Love Small Business And Hate Crony Capitalism, But Can They Bring People Together?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

Here comes the populist right! A mysterious new online entity calling itself Chimera Global Holdings is pushing a new comedy video/action figure marke...

Junk Food Lobby Brings Its Bag of Dirty Tricks to New Hampshire to Fight GMO Labeling

Michele Simon | Posted 03.25.2014 | Food
Michele Simon

The bill to require GMO labeling in New Hampshire was first introduced last summer, but was sidelined to a subcommittee for "study" and is now back on track. Groups opposed to the measure include local lobbyists but also several national players. That explains the shady tactics starting to emerge.