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Put Alaska First Doesn’t Have Much Alaska In It

Put Alaska First is a fairly straightforward name for a Super PAC. A person would think that the Put Alaska First PAC is dedicated to making the needs of Alaskans the top priority… if that person was a sucker.

The funny business going on over at Put Alaska First came to my attention this [...]

The Real Hollister Brand Story

The official story of the Hollister Co. clothing brand is bunk. A more established Hollister brand is established with colostomy bags, urinary incontinence, and games of golf in Georgia with old politicians and corporate lobbyists. [...]

Congressman Jeff Denham’s Compressed Gas Party

Kathryn Lehman started out in politics in the 1990s, working for the ethically-challenged Tom DeLay and Newt Gingrich. She has since discovered that there’s more money to be made working for corporations, so she’s traded in on her political contacts and now roams the halls of Congress working to influence American law on behalf of her corporate clients – including the Compressed Gas Association. [...]

Republican Linda McMahon Partying With Tobacco Lobbyist Tonight

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon is gathering money tonight at the headquarters of RB Murphy and Associates, a lobbying firm for big tobacco. [...]

Chairs of Americans Elect Rules Committee: A Coal/Casino GOP Lobbyist and a Lieberman Democrat

Who is running Americans Elect, the 501c4 corporation that aims to nominate its own presidential candidate in 2012? Today, another little piece of information has leaked out.

William Busa shares the basic information that Americans Elect has neglected to disclose: the identity of the people who are co-chairs of its own presidential election’s Rules Committee:

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Why is Jason Altmire Taking Coordinated Money from a Dallas Corporation?

Jason Altmire is a U.S. Representative in Congress. His job is to represent the people of the 4th district of Pennsylvania.

FEC data show that on October 23, 2009, Jason Altmire received a $1,000 check from the Tenet Healthcare Corporation PAC. Tenet is a for-profit corporation based in Dallas, Texas.

On March 19 2010, Jason [...]

Help Me Solve the Tim Rupli Campaign Contribution Mystery

Tim Rupli, the lobbyist for credit card companies, payday loan operations and online high-interest lenders, has been doling out the cash, but to what end?

Through House of Representatives lobbying disclosure forms, which are a bit speedier than the FEC in reporting, Tim Rupli‘s campaign contributions to members of Congress for the 2nd half of [...]

Magliocchetti Lobbying Investigation Namedrop Transparency Post

Yesterday’s New York Times reports on the cresting FBI investigation into coordinated campaign contributions and lobbyist favors to lawmakers on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. The Chicago Tribune and Associated Press deliver less recent background on the investigation, and Politico gives some legislative twists on implications for intra-Congressional dynamics. Were military contractors and militaristic [...]

Steakhouse Contributions in the 110th Congress

When you’re a member of Congress, some of the best contributions come in-kind. The following contributions by lobbying groups covered “expenses” at steakhouses during the 110th Congress of 2007 and 2008:

1. The National Community Pharmacists Association PAC covered over $1500 in “meeting expenses” for Senate candidate Jeanne Shaheen in two encounters at the Charlie [...]

Congressional Caucuses Formed As Avenue of Private Influence

CF Foundation Develops Congressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus in the USA, writes Cystic Fibrosis Foundation staffer Kathryn White in a moment of candor. (You can’t find this document directly on the internet anymore, but if you search for the headline on Google, then select the option “View as HTML,” you can review a cached version.) This [...]

Palin Lied Her Way Into Confidence on Wall Street

Sarah Palin seems to have decided that as long as she says something in a confident tone and cute chirp in her voice, she can say just about anything, and we’ll all think she’s wonderful. [...]