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Alexander Eichler

General Electric Paid A Tiny, Tiny Tax Rate This Decade | Alexander Eichler | Posted 03.18.2013 | Business

General Electric again finds itself the focus of a politically-charged battle over corporate taxes. A new analysis of the mega-corporation's tax f...

Rise Up Corporations! Don't Hide Behind Super PACs! Democracy Belongs To You!

Murray Hill Inc. | Posted 04.28.2012 | Politics
Murray Hill Inc.

Instead of hiding behind Super PACs and campaign committees, why aren't corporations taking the logical next step after Citizens United and running for office themselves?

Newt Gingrich: Spirit Of Vengeance

Robert Brenner | Posted 04.27.2012 | Comedy
Robert Brenner

"I'd sell my soul to be President of the United States and show Obama what he can do with his food stamps," he muttered. Suddenly there was a blinding flash of light, a stench of brimstone, and a mysterious stranger stood before him.

In Spite of New Ethics Rules, 378 Aides Have Registered As Lobbyists Since 2009

Corbin Hiar | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Corbin Hiar

A new study finds that nearly 400 House staffers have moved from Capitol Hill to K Street in recent years, suggesting that recent efforts to curb the revolving door between lawmaking and lobbying are having limited effect.

Dave Jamieson

Big GOP Donors Get Carveout Stiffing Workers | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are trying to pass a transportation bill that would strip certain workers of their minimum-wage and overtime protectio...

How Corporate Lobbyists Stole the Conservative Brand

Josh Silver | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Josh Silver

Real conservative Americans should be seriously irked after the Heartland document leak. Think tanks like Heartland falsely brand themselves as conservative while blindly espousing a free market free-for-all that history proves as untenable.

Africa on K Street: Lobbying Is Not Restricted to the Developed World

Vijaya Ramachandran | Posted 04.14.2012 | World
Vijaya Ramachandran

The aid community is well-accustomed to pushing for transparency in foreign aid transactions. But are we missing another key flow of money?

John Celock

Lawmakers Propose ALEC Accountability Act In Arizona And Wisconsin | John Celock | Posted 02.10.2012 | Politics

Democratic lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin have introduced state legislation seeking public disclosure of who funds the conservative group known as...

Paul Blumenthal

Lobbyists Love Romney | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a Jan. 23 debate in Tampa, Fla., former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney directed a pointed attack at former Speaker of the House Newt ...

Paul Blumenthal

Obama Signed Off On Super PAC Support | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Details are beginning to emerge about the Monday night announcement that President Barack Obama's reelection campaign would lend its sup...

Former Treasury Counselor Could Move To Goldman Sachs

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 02.01.2012 | Business

The revolving door between Wall Street and Washington is about to turn once more. Richard Siewart, onetime counselor to Treasury Secretary Timothy...

Wall Street Lobbyists Could Severely Weaken Derivative Regulation

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.30.2012 | Business

Wall Street lobbyists are trying hard to weaken the extent to which the government can police a practice that played a central role in the 2008 financ...

Dan Froomkin

Auction 2012: How The Bank Lobby Owns Washington | Dan Froomkin | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics

Auction 2012 is a weeklong series in collaboration with "The Dylan Ratigan Show" and United Republic. When Washington puts policy on the auction bl...

In the Public Interest: What Do Jon Stewart, Elizabeth Warren, and Barack Obama Have in Common?

Dan_Smith | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics

It's been a big week for calling out corporate tax dodgers.

Money for Nothing? TransCanada Blew $1.3 Million on Federal Lobbying for Keystone XL in 2011

Corbin Hiar | Posted 03.27.2012 | Green
Corbin Hiar

TransCanada, the pipeline company pushing the recently rejected Keystone XL project, spent $410,000 on federal lobbying during the last three months of 2011 -- a new quarterly high for the company.

John Celock

Chris Christie To Lead Political Train Ride From N.J. To Washington | John Celock | Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will be leading a New Jersey invasion of Washington Thursday night, following the state's annual train party for po...

The Real SOPA Opera Should Be ID Theft

Adam Levin | Posted 03.25.2012 | Politics
Adam Levin

While we contemplate the gargantuan battle of the content vs. technology worlds, we must not forget an equally serious, actually even more serious example of online piracy.

Will Bullies Win the Fight for Clean Air?

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 03.25.2012 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

It took decades to get the new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards released, and within weeks, the pushback has already begun.

You Want a Publicist? Pay For Him Yourself, Senator

Kelly Moore | Posted 03.21.2012 | DC
Kelly Moore

Is this really what our tax dollars should be used for? To allow members of Congress to engage in such shameless self-promotion?

Private-Sector Lobbyists Stand To Collect Public-Sector Pensions

Better Government Association | Posted 03.20.2012 | Chicago

Township Officials of Illinois is a private trade group, not a governmental agency, yet its employees are eligible for public-sector pensions subsidiz...

Sara Kenigsberg

Laid-Off D.C. Lobbyist Says The Occupy Movement Should Hire Him (VIDEO) | Sara Kenigsberg | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of people from across the country convened on Capitol Hill Tuesday to participate in Occupy Congress, an offshoot of the Occupy...

The Farm Bill Is a Climate Bill

Donald Carr | Posted 03.12.2012 | Green
Donald Carr

Climate Change activists should be concerned about proposed cuts to farm bill conservation programs, which would be the carbon emissions equivalent of adding 2 million cars a year to America's roads.

What My Amish and Mennonite Forefathers Would Think About My Job in Congress (and Why I Left)

Michael Shank | Posted 03.10.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank

Despite overwhelming data, policymakers are not in hot pursuit of the very policies that would increase the peacefulness, improve economic productivity, and cut costs across the board as we concurrently cut violence levels in this country.

Paul Blumenthal

When Rick Santorum Embraced Lobbyists | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Behind the sweater vests, the faith and family, and the self-definition as a congressional reformer lies another Rick Santorum. This Ric...

With Republic, Lost, Lawrence Lessig Takes Center Stage

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 02.28.2012 | Books
John Wellington Ennis

In this pivotal year of public uproar over the consequences of money in politics, Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig has attracted considerably more attention to his work in devising a constitutional road map for reform.