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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:


Susan Collins and the Blackstone Group Mystery

What are the chances of six lobbyists for the Blackstone Group, from three different lobbying firms, randomly happening to attend the same fundraising party for Senator Susan Collins? […]

Disclsosed Party Committee Lobbyist Bundles Dwarfed by Undisclosed Independent Expenditures

Yes, the four political party committees spending on congressional races have raked in millions of dollars from lobbyists who bundled together campaign contributions during the 2009-2010 election season:

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: $3,587,850 Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee: $1,334,225 National Republican Senatorial Committee: $1,127,150 National Republican Congressional Committee: $771,900

For you and me, seven million dollars […]

Wall St. and Lobbyist Shill Sam Waterston At Stewart Rally

The John Stewart Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear is featuring corporate spokesman Sam Waterston, who promoted the lobbyist power grab project of Unity08. What kind of “sanity” is he working to “restore”? […]

Three Times Now: Richard Burr rejects NC invitations, parties with DC lobbyists

In August of 2009, Senator Richard Burr said he didn’t have the time to attend a civic forum in his home state of North Carolina; he declined the invitation. But Burr did have time to attend a party thrown in his honor by DC Beltway lobbyists for the financial services industry. Many checks to Burr […]

Pat Meehan Uses Lobbyist Party To Get Cash For Congressional Campaign

Pat Meehan is campaigning from lobbyists’ offices in Washington D.C., so what makes the people living back in the 7th district of Pennsylvania think Meehan will represent their interests in Congress? […]

Why is Jason Altmire boosting Tax Cuts for the Rich?

Why did Democratic Representative Jason Altmire demand this week that his party champion tax cuts for the rich?

Follow the money:

(Sources: FEC, That’s My Congress)