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    North Dakota's Economic Boom Inspires Action on Energy Legislation

    The U.S. House will vote next week on a package of energy and jobs bills Republican leaders say will help lower the price of energy and boost economic growth. The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act combines seven energy-related bills aimed at boosting energy production on federal land. House Majority Whip … More

    Lobbying Pays Off in Latest Batch of Energy Department Handouts

    Green-energy lobbying firm Liebman & Associates is up front about the service it provides. “With Mr. Liebman’s strategic counsel,” explains the bio of President Murray Liebman, “L&A’s clients have secured well over one billion dollars ($1B) in federal government investment.” Liebman followed through on that claim this week. The former staffer … More

    HUD-Backed Real Estate Magnates Host Obama Fundraiser

    President Obama will attend a fundraiser on Tuesday at the home of real estate developer who has directly benefitted from financial support by the federal government. Josh and Genine Fidler will host the president at their Owings Mills, MD, home during the president’s Tuesday swing through Maryland and Philadelphia. Guests will … More

    Politically Connected VC Firms Double Down on Taxpayer-Backed Companies

    Some highly-connected venture capital firms are upping their investments in green energy companies after those companies received taxpayer backing. A pair of top investment firms have increased their stakes in two companies that benefited from federal “investment.” By 2010, solar company Solexel had received investment from some of the most politically-connected venture … More

    Politically Connected GSA Contract Recipient Raises Big Bucks For Obama

    President Obama is raising significant campaign cash from a company that received a federal contract worth nearly $30 million just months after a top White House official signed on as a senior vice president. During his Wednesday trip to California, Obama met with a group of 25 high-powered donors who … More

    Solar Company Hired Biden Staffer to Help Secure $1.6 Billion Federal Loan

    Internal emails show that BrightSource Energy, which received the largest federal loan for a solar energy project under President Obama’s stimulus package, leveraged its considerable political connections with top Democratic policymakers to secure its $1.6 billion in taxpayer backing. BrightSource energy faced a “do-or-die moment,” according to a report in … More

    Heritage to Co-Host 'Breitbart Awards' at Future of Journalism Summit

    The Heritage Foundation, in partnership with the Franklin Center for Government and Public Intergrity, is proud to be hosting the first annual Breitbart Awards dinner this weekend. The event will take place at the Future of Journalism Summit in Providence, R.I., on Friday evening, and will honor a journalist, a … More

    Company Lobbies for More Federal Funds While Over-billing Amtrak

    A company that has lobbied for greater federal transportation funding may have overcharged the federal government by millions for a construction contract, according to a recent report by federal watchdogs. Watsonville, California-based Granite Construction has been prodding Congress to maintain or increase federal funding for transportation construction projects. The company’s … More

    WATCH LIVE: Rep. Mac Thornberry Speaks at The Bloggers Briefing

    An outdated U.S. law adopted in the aftermath of World War II prevents Americans from listening to broadcasts on Voice of America and other taxpayer-supported broadcasters. Yet when two lawmakers offered a bipartisan solution to reverse that prohibition, critics on the right and left complained that our own government would … More

    Democrat-Backed Group Pressures Wisconsinites With Voting Records

    A Wisconsin political advocacy group with ties to the Democratic Party and Big Labor is circulating pamphlets to state residents revealing their neighbors’ names, addresses, and voting histories. The campaign is an apparent attempt to pressure residents in the Madison area, which is overwhelmingly Democratic, to vote in Tuesday’s gubernatorial … More