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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 d├ęcor. [...]

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 [...]

Will Cutting Retirement Funds Stop Lobbying By Former Members Of Congress?

Yesterday, U.S. Representative Steve Israel introduced H.R. 5737, legislation that would remove federal retirement benefits for any “former Member of Congress receiving compensation as a highly-paid lobbyist”. Many former members of Congress, such as Newt Gingrich, make a killing using their connections as lobbyists to help corporate clients get special access, so that laws may [...]

Americans Elect Says One Thing, Does Another Episode #472: The Lobbyist Hokey Pokey

Americans Elect used to say it didn’t have any ideology and just wanted to help Americans resurrect democracy as they saw fit. Then Americans Elect squelched turnout in its first two delegate votes and its Political Director revealed Americans Elect actually has a goal for a candidate of a particular ideology after all.

Americans Elect [...]

Senator Bob Corker Served His Lunch By Lobbyists

Among the lobbyists who are hosting the cash bar for Senator Bob Corker at Hogan Lovells LLC tomorrow are Kate Fulton, a lobbyist who works exclusively for BlackRock Capital Management; and Jade West, a lobbyist employed by the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors. Who knows who else might show up at this very special meal? [...]

Americans Elect Excoriates “Corrupt” Lobbyists, Not Mentioning it is itself Led by Lobbyists

There are times I think that Americans Elect, the first-ever privatized online presidential nomination, is really just somebody’s idea of a funny inside joke, that it must be, because it couldn’t possibly be serious. Tonight is one of those times.

I’ve just read one of Americans Elect’s latest news releases; let me share it with [...]

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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