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    Federal Grants May Have Illegally Funded Lobbying Activities

    Federal funds may have illegally supported state and local lobbying efforts as part of a “prevention and wellness” program by the Department of Health and Human Services, according to HHS’s Inspector General. The IG noted that possibility in a letter to Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who first raised concerns about … 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

    Former Senator Trent Lott Lobbies for U.N. Treaty He Vehemently Opposed

    Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott is lobbying for the Senate to ratify a treaty that would undermine American sovereignty and damage the country economically – incidentally, characterizations that Lott himself has advanced. During his time in the Senate, Lott vehemently opposed the U.N. Convention on the Law of … More

    Climate and Rent-Seeking

    Data show 2009 was a record year for lobbying on energy issues.  1747 clients (firms and groups) hired lobbyists to work in the area of energy and nuclear power. This is a stunning 93 percent increase from 2006. This increase may be stunning, but it isn’t surprising.  With literally trillions … More

    Associated Press: Obama Rhetoric, Reality Clash

    The AP reports, you decide: WASHINGTON – Barack Obama’s optimistic campaign rhetoric has crashed headlong into the stark reality of governing. In office two months, he has backpedaled on an array of issues, gingerly shifting positions as circumstances dictate while ducking for political cover to avoid undercutting his credibility and … More

    Obama's Empty Ethics Promises

    As a candidate, President Barack Obama promised to “Shine the Light on Washington Lobbying” by creating “a centralized Internet database of lobbying reports, ethics records, and campaign finance filings in a searchable, sortable and downloadable format.” That database will be completed any day, we’re sure, but President Obama has definitely … More

    Howard Dean No Longer Eligible to Work for Administration

    The Washington Post reports: Speaking of doctors, former Democratic National Committee chairman and six-term Vermont governor Howard Dean is the latest star to join the government affairs practice of law and lobbying mega-firm McKenna Long & Aldridge. He’s not only a physician but also a “thought leader” on politics and … More

    Morning Bell: A Vicious Cycle of Their Own Making

    In what some observers are calling a reshaping of Wall Street, two of the world’s largest investment banks, Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers, are set to disappear. Lehman has announced it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and Merrill Lynch was bought by Bank of America. For all the … More

    Lobbyists Love Liberals

    We’ve explained on numerous occasions why lobbyists love it when liberals are in power. To put it succinctly: the more economic planning that goes through Washington, the more smart corporations must pay lobbyists to make sure Washington does not plan them out of existence. Today Jeffrey Birnbaum reports in his … More

    Ethics, Shmethics

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) first act when taking over control of the House was to pass a bill that the Washington Post called “the broadest ethics and lobbying revision since the Watergate era.” Since then, it has become well documented that the government sponsored entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, … More