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Lobbying Reform

Lobbying Disclosures Leave Public In The Dark

Center for Public Integrity | Marcelo Rochabrun & Dave Levinthal | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics

This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. Every thr...

Disclosure Needed as Obama Administration Reverses Lobbyist Ban

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

There can be no doubt that too many special interests have too much access to decision-makers in Washington, D.C. But it is the height of absurdity to pretend that only registered lobbyists wield undue influence.

NBA Star's Simple Explanation For What's Wrong With Washington

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 06.25.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Steve Nash thinks about much more than pick-and-rolls, backdoor cuts and passing lanes in his everyday life. When it comes to politics, however, he wo...

WATCH: A Hilariously Accurate Depiction of How Politics Actually Works

Mansur Gidfar | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics
Mansur Gidfar

You'd think a situation this dire wouldn't be something you could laugh about. And you'd be wrong.

As If the Citizens United Decision Wasn't Bad Enough

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The mainstream media seems to willfully ignore what corporations and other moneyed interests do to get what they want in Washington. As a result of this lack of media interest, Americans remain in the dark.

Fixing Medicare: Start By Eliminating Drug Makers' Sweetheart Deal, Not Benefits

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

It's no surprise that American corporations spend billions of dollars each year on lobbying, trying to gain favorable treatment from legislators. What some may find a bit unnerving is the industry that's leading the pack in these efforts.

Christina Wilkie

Former GOP Senator Can't Hardly Wait To Start Lobbying

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 01.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Sen. Bob Bennett plans to register as a corporate lobbyist on Thursday, marking the end -- to the day -- of the two-year period d...

The Rise of the Independents

Judy Frankel | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Judy Frankel

We're going to little league games, antique shows, NASCAR events, the mall, acting as homework helper or cabby to the kids: How can we be bothered to pay attention to politics?

"Fiscal Cliff" Casts Shadow of Secrecy

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

Just like the debt limit negotiations and super committee process that helped cause it, the so-called "fiscal cliff" of expiring laws is creating another round of secretive negotiations among our political leaders.

Paul Blumenthal

Campaign Finance Reformers Get Back To Work

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Political money is governed by rules, regulations and Newton's third law of motion: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Wit...

Majority of K Street Lobbyists' Former Capitol Hill Staff

David K. Rehr | Posted 01.12.2013 | DC
David K. Rehr

Newly released data from the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) at George Washington University reveal, for the first time, that nearly 55...

Landmark Research Released on How Washington Lobbyists View Federal Lobbying Disclosure Laws

David K. Rehr | Posted 01.05.2013 | Politics
David K. Rehr

What is HLOGA's aim? How does it affect advocacy? These questions seem to resonate more by the day.

John Celock

Misconduct 'Poster Child' Promote Ethics Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 08.09.2012 | Politics

CHICAGO -- Jack Abramoff, the lobbyist who went to prison after pleading guilty to a series of corruption crimes, stressed the need for ethics in gove...

Abramoff Says He's Still Capable Of Making Millions

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 03.21.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Jack Abramoff is sitting in a Starbucks just south of Dupont Circle. He is not wearing his infamous black hat. Or any hat at all. He...

Could Newt Gingrich Work for the Obama Administration?

Larry Ottinger | Posted 02.04.2012 | Politics
Larry Ottinger

Political reform is urgently needed, and it is critical that we get it right. We must restore public trust in government in order to -- as Dr. King said -- "make real the promise of democracy."

Junkie Pride

Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics
Gary S. Chafetz

During his Sixty Minutes interview, I was not surprised to see that Abramoff was his usual likeable and articulate self. I was surprised, however, that Abramoff responded to his interviewer, Leslie Stahl, with almost "junkie pride."

Notorious Lobbyist Criticizes Reforms Brought On By Scandal

AP | By NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Jack Abramoff can't say he wasn't warned. When the now-notorious lobbyist was a rising star as Republicans expanded their power in Wash...

Fighting for the Middle Class and Against Big Money Special Interests

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The progressive populist message -- which seriously moves the dial for Democrats in Stan Greenberg's polling -- is being used by more and more candidates. Here are three exciting examples.

Duty and Honor

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

Very few of my Senate colleagues from the 1970s became lobbyists. By the time I retired from office in the later 1980s, not only former senators but also their wives and sons and daughters were joining or forming lobbying firms.

Congressional Research Service Praises Lobbying Reforms Under Obama

politico.com | KENNETH P. VOGEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Critics across the political spectrum have lambasted the Obama administration's restrictions on lobbying as everything from a loophole-ridden politica...

Lobbying Belongs on the Reform Agenda

Cindi Canary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Cindi Canary

If Illinois ever hopes to sanitize itself from the stench of political corruption, it must expose lobbying to the light of day and demand higher ethical conduct from state lobbyists.

John McCain as a Hood Ornament

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bella DePaulo

The New York Times has William Kristol on its opinion page, and the Wall Street Journal now has Thomas Frank. What Kristol writes could be called scho...