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Andrea Stone

Drone Lobbyists Buzzing Capitol Hill | Andrea Stone | Posted 05.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It may be years before unmanned aircraft are common in the sky, but lobbyists for the industry that develops and manufactures the drones...

Hospital CEO To Step Down Amid Accretive Health Debt-Collection Controversy

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.24.2012 | Business

Mark Eustis, the president CEO of a Minnesota hospital company under fire from state and federal authorities for allegedly harsh tactics its employees...

House GOP Effort to Please Subprime College Donors Completely Backfires

David Halperin | Posted 07.24.2012 | Business
David Halperin

Standing before soldiers at Fort Stewart, Georgia, last month, President Obama signed an executive order to protect U.S. troops, veterans and their families from predatory abuses by some for-profit colleges. So the for-profit colleges' most loyal allies swung into action.

Understanding Pay-To-Play Academics

Charles Ferguson | Posted 07.22.2012 | Business
Charles Ferguson

Over the last thirty years, in parallel with deregulation and the rising power of money in American politics, significant portions of American academia have deteriorated into "pay to play" activities. No where is this more pronounced than in the realm of economics.

White House Visitor Logs Show Extent Of Lobbyist Access

The Washington Post | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics

Before 9 a.m., a group of lobbyists began showing up at the White House security gates with the chief executives of their companies, all of whom serve...

'We Are Giving The Image That We Are Money-Hungry,' Hospital Workers Say

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.14.2013 | Business

Employees at Minnesota hospitals that contracted with Accretive Health repeatedly complained about the company's methods of getting money from patient...

Super PAC cash plays big role in Nebraska Senate race

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Michael BeckeliWatch NewsFor the second time in two weeks, super PACs will play a major role in determining the outcome of a U.S. Senate primary ...

The Daily Szep -- They the People

Paul Szep | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics
Paul Szep


This Is Why You're Fat: The 2012 Farm Bill and the Real Obesity Lobby

Suzanne Merkelson | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics
Suzanne Merkelson

The food and beverage industry has been relentless in Washington lately, more than doubling their spending in Washington during the past three years, completely outpacing public interest groups looking out for children's health.

Jeffrey Young

Hospital Debt Collector Taps Washington Bigwigs In Bid To Restore Reputation | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.15.2012 | Business

Accretive Health, a debt-collection company under fire for allegedly hounding hospital patients over unpaid bills, has hired former President George W...

D.M. Levine

Jamie Dimon Defends Lobbying, Fends Off Critics At Shareholders Meeting | D.M. Levine | Posted 05.15.2012 | Business

At the annual JPMorgan Chase shareholders meeting on Tuesday morning in Tampa, Fla., CEO Jamie Dimon offered what amounted to a spirited defense of th...

Convergence in the Garden of Government Influence

Gary Hart | Posted 07.15.2012 | Politics
Gary Hart

The influence business is no longer about votes up or down on particular measures that may emerge in Congress or policies made in the White House. This is about setting agendas, deciding what should, and should not, be brought up for hearings and legislation.

The 28th Amendment To The U.S. Constitution: The Omnibus Anti-Corruption Amendment

Phil Wolfson, MD | Posted 07.14.2012 | Home
Phil Wolfson, MD

The Republic based on the people's interests having sway through an unpolluted representative democracy is gone. Money and government are nearly one. The interests of the earth and our people -- the 99% -- are virtually unrepresented.

Jeffrey Young

For Your Own Good: Debt Collectors Say They Help Hospital Patients By Demanding Money | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.11.2012 | Business

Accretive Health, a debt-collection company under fire from Minnesota and federal officials for aggressive tactics to squeeze money from hospital pati...

Retired General Bill Looney Paid to Advocate for For-Profit Colleges

Zaid Jilani | Posted 07.11.2012 | Education
Zaid Jilani

For-profit schools need a way to distract the public and lawmakers from the fact they've been caught again and again abusing veterans and sucking up taxpayer dollars while often providing poor quality programs.

Jeffrey Young

Rahm Emanuel Fights For Widely Criticized Debt Collector | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.08.2012 | Business

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants his Democratic colleague Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson to lay off hospital debt-collector Accretive Health,...

ALEC exempted from lobbyist status in three separate states

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Paul AbowdiWatch NewsThis spring has brought constant controversy for the American Legislative Exchange Council, the conservative group of legisl...

Zach Carter

Bank of America Targeted By Protesters And Investors As SEC Weighs Political Spending Rule | Zach Carter | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the Securities and Exchange Commission considers requiring corporations to disclose their political spending to shareholders, a coali...

Congressional Letter-Writing Campaign Helps Torpedo Voluntary Food Marketing Guidelines for Kids

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

While the proposed voluntary principles set for food marketers are ambitious and would take time to put into place, the public health stakes could not be higher.

Saving Animals Through Advocacy

Ed Sayres | Posted 07.02.2012 | Impact
Ed Sayres

The ASPCA was proud to co-host, along with the Animal Welfare Institute and The Humane Society of the United States, the "Horses on the Hill" event, in which we publicly urged legislators to stop our nation's horses from being slaughtered at home or abroad.

Why Corporations Should Reconsider Throwing Money At Washington

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 05.02.2012 | Business

Corporations might want to reconsider throwing large sums of money at Washington. That's because these contributions correlate with poor company...

"Disrupting" Lobbying With the Power of People

Marci Harris | Posted 06.27.2012 | Politics
Marci Harris

How did POPVOX co-founder Rachna Choudhry and I start caring about disruption? A few years ago, we noticed that in our world -- that of advocacy, Congress, and civic engagement -- NO ONE was doing the task that was expected of them.

Who Will Romney Choose for Education?

Heath Brown | Posted 06.27.2012 | Politics
Heath Brown

From what we know from his record as governor, his 2010 book No Apology, and his campaign's website, Romney's beliefs about education are moderate to right-of-center.

John Celock

Former Mandel Aide Fights Back | John Celock | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics

A former aide to Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) is fighting back against a Democratic lawmaker's charge that he violated state ethics laws in lobbying...

Corporations May Have A Tougher Time Escaping Taxes On Foreign Profits

Reuters | Posted 06.23.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON, April 23 (Reuters) - The corporate tax lobbying group WIN America has canceled its business with outside firms effectively ending its ad...