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In the Network: Top 10 Federal Contractors of 2014, Connected through Lobbyists

A few years ago, I looked into the ties that connected the top 10 federal contractors of 2010 and 2011, and last year I took an updated look at the top contractors of 2013. Let’s return to that subject again using federal contracting data for 2014, using files released just last month by the Federal […]

Presidential Contender Jeb Bush Speaks to Ohio (Sponsored by 27 Lobbying Firms and Corporations)

Columbus Business First notes that Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush is headline the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, and that “Bush has been trying to consolidate support among possible donors and political leaders” in the populous swing state. What Columbus Business First doesn’t report is that the event has been sponsored […]

Fake Grassroots PAC From Maryland Interferes In Michigan Democratic Primary

Lobbyists and corporate PACs dominate the misleadingly named Grassroots Organizing Acting & Leading PAC, which is propping up Ruby Hobbs in his campaign to become the Democratic nominee to the U.S. House of Representatives for Michigan’s 14th district in 2014. […]

Know Your Enemy Better: The Top 10 Federal Contractors of 2013

A few years ago, I shared with you patterns of connection between the Top 10 federal contractors of 2011. Let’s return to that subject with federal contracting data for 2013, released last month by the Federal Procurement Data System. The top 10 private contractors with the United States government in fiscal year 2013 were:

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Maine’s Biggest Employer, Maine’s Smallest Employer, and Eliot Cutler’s Campaign Account

Today, Independent candidate for Governor of Maine Eliot Cutler met the legally-required deadline for him to send campaign contribution data for the Spring of 2014 to the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. I encourage you to take a look at the report for yourself. Here’s what I noticed.

Maine is not a […]

If H.R. 1406 is Worker Friendly, why are all its Lobbyists paid off by Big Business?

In the Washington Post, Diana Reese wonders whether H.R. 1406, the “Working Families Flexibility Act,” might not really be for the benefit of working families. Some hints that Ms. Reese might be right:

Every one of the 169 members of Congress who signed up as as a sponsor or cosponsor is a Republican. When it […]

Rand Paul Partied with Lobbyists for Tax Cheats Before Introducing Bill to Let Tax Cheats off the Hook

November 6, 2012: Credit Suisse banker pleads guilty to participating in a scheme to help 150 ultra-wealthy Americans hide millions of dollars of income in Swiss bank accounts so they wouldn’t have to pay taxes like the rest of us.

First quarter, 2013: Credit Suisse hires lobbying firm Covington & Burling LLP to advocate on […]

Is It Fair To Call Mike Enzi's Lobbyist-Filled Caribbean Vacation Corrupt?

On the one hand, we can see that Senator Mike Enzi has established a network of corporate agents who are willing to provide him with money in exchange for the opportunity to influence Enzi’s legislative work as a federal government official. On the other hand, we can see that what Enzi is doing appears not to violate any laws. […]

Obama Nominates Fossil Fuel Funded Ernest Moniz to Energy

Barack Obama’s selection of Ernest Moniz as Secretary of Energy suggests that his idealistic comments about fighting climate change, in the State of the Union Address and his inaugural speech this year, were just more empty promises. […]

John Cornyn Thinks Hill Country Is In Washington D.C.

Instead of meeting with and working with his constituents in Texas, John Cornyn will be meeting with other Washington D.C. insiders in a place with Texas-style décor. […]

No Labels/Draft Walker/Peterson Clone Corp called The Can Kicks Back is Coming… Track It

Calling itself a “movement” of “millenials,” a website called The Can Kicks Back (TKCB) hasn’t yet made a public launch, but it is already at work behind the scenes to set up its organizational infrastructure.

Oddly enough, in a posting on a jobs board TKCB Communications Director Jake Parent reveals that it is anything but […]