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Paul Blumenthal

Did Congress Really Delete A Key Disclosure Rule For Lobbyist Gifts? Not Really.

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It sounds so typical of Congress. An unnoticed committee action makes it harder for the public to figure out who's paying for private tr...

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...

Relational Leadership: Where Relationships Lead and Capital Follows

Robert Hall | Posted 06.25.2014 | Business
Robert Hall

We have transient customers, served by transient employees, working for transient leaders, owned by transient shareholders. Disengagement is overpowering today's leaders.

Defenders of Dirty Power Plants Use Doublespeak to Shape Debate

Keith Gaby | Posted 06.21.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

Few opponents of the federal Clean Power Plan want to stand up and say they favor unlimited carbon pollution. So they're apt to frame their arguments in more clever ways.

Paul Blumenthal

Washington Lobbyists Pour Money Into Mississippi To Fend Off Tea Party

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lobbyists in Washington are pouring money into Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-Miss.) runoff campaign, helping the six-term incumbent with a long...

Lessons of the Cantor: Arrogant Insiders, Angry Outsiders

Mike Lux | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

Eric Cantor's upset shows that big money doesn't always win, and that K St-bashing populism wins elections. Let's hope that Democrats across the country take that to heart and fight back against the big money flooding their races.

'Net Neutrality' Proves We Need Stronger Government, Higher Taxes

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

In government, that strength is a function of money as well as laws, and government's income is taxes. If a company, or industry, disagrees with a regulation, it should be able to be heard; but they shouldn't be able to write the rules.

Paul Blumenthal

Where There's Money To Be Had, Republicans Lobby For Soros, Democrats Lobby For Adelson

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Partisan lines are blurring as money pours into Washington in the fight over Internet gambling. Republican lobbyists are signing up to a...

Jack Abramoff Slams Bloomberg's Gun Control Push: 'Stop Wasting Your Money'

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 04.17.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Former conservative lobbyist Jack Abramoff is not behind Michael Bloomberg's $50 million investment in a gun control organization posed to challenge t...

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...

Political Entrepreneurship and 'The Fear Factor'

Kahlil Byrd | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Kahlil Byrd

Political entrepreneurs, fighting every day to improve the republic, are wrestling with a particular and ever-present bruiser: our own fear.

Florida Vouchers: This Is Choice?

Rita M. Solnet | Posted 03.18.2014 | Education
Rita M. Solnet

Legislators always hype "parent choice" as their mantra whenever they support bills that privatize public education.

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...

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...

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 Trouble with the Trib

James Moore | Posted 04.20.2014 | Media
James Moore

The Texas Tribune has been hailed as a new journalism model to save the craft from collapse after the success of the Internet. But can a news outlet take huge donations from lobbyists and corporations and not be influenced?

7 Valentine's Day Cards From Congress to You

James Napoli | Posted 04.08.2014 | Comedy
James Napoli

What with the levels of dissatisfaction in the nation, Congress needs to start taking desperate measures to, well, woo the public once again. And what better time of year to pour on the charm than Valentine's Day?

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...

Christina Wilkie

Angry Lobbyists Get Their Way In Court

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's ban on registered lobbyists serving on government advisory panels suffered a blow Friday, when a federal appeal...

End the Prison-Industrial Complex

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.12.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

There are plenty of legitimate reasons to send someone to prison, but profit is not among them. Unfortunately, it is an obscenely large reason that American prisons today house more inmates than any other country on this planet. Freedom lost is money gained.

American Versailles

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Evaggelos Vallianatos

I first saw Washington, D.C. in 1974. I was astonished with the Greek vision of architecture on Capitol Hill. I could not get over my admiration for t...

Obama Team Must Be Fair, but Tough, on For-Profit Colleges

David Halperin | Posted 02.12.2014 | Business
David Halperin

If you think the for-profit colleges will be inclined to moderate their bad behavior if the new gainful employment rule is somewhat weakened again, consider the propaganda attack the industry has unleashed this week to coincide with the rulemaking session.

'Lobbyist' Not Curse Word to All Influencers

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

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.

Are You a Citizen Lobbyist? You Can Be!

Edward Falzon | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics
Edward Falzon

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.

The 'Lobbyist' Is Dead

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

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.