Winner 2013 Webby Awards for Best Political Website
Top Banner, Site wide
Apr 19, 2014

 Choose a size
Text Size

Top Leaderboard, Site wide





The Divide


Truthdig Bazaar
Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict: Volume I

Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict: Volume I

By Cynthia Cohen (Editor); Roberto Gutierrez Varea (Editor); Polly O. Walker (Editor); Dijana Milosevic (Contribution by); Charles Mulekwa (Contribution by)
$21.95

more items

 
Tags

Tag: Lobbyist


Shutterstock

On Our Highest Court, a Former Lobbyist Guts Campaign Finance Reform

For a large and bipartisan majority of Americans, the increasing power of money in politics is deeply troubling. But not for the conservative majority of the United States Supreme Court, whose members appear to regard the dollar’s domination of democracy as an inevitable consequence of constitutional freedom—and anyway, not a matter of grave concern.

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 READ MORE


Hired Gun

Share
Posted on Mar 4, 2013 READ MORE


The Post-Election Politics of the Revolving Door

There are two types of money that corrupt our politics. After a national election that cost more than $2 billion, most of us know about the blatant kind.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 READ MORE


Ralph Reed: Back From the Dead

Ralph Reed, the disgraced conservative political operative and evangelical leader who took secret money from former super-lobbyist and convicted felon Jack Abramoff, returned from political purgatory during the Republican National Convention last week.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 READ MORE



Mitt the Lobbyist, GOP Lawmaker Plans Gun Raffle Fundraiser, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a 10-year-old’s impassioned plea to the New York City Council and a new poll shows Romney has a likability problem.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 READ MORE



Glyn Lowe Photoworks (CC BY 2.0)

The A-List of Loathsome Lobbyists

In this dark dual season of Citizens United and presidential campaigning, The Progressive serves up a list of nine of the “most depraved lobbyists money can buy.”

Posted on Jul 14, 2012 READ MORE



writRHET (CC-BY)

Survey: Number of Religious Lobbying Groups in D.C. Is Up Fivefold

Pew researchers discovered that the number of religious groups lobbying politicians in Washington, D.C., has increased 500 percent in the past four decades, from fewer than 40 in 1970 to more than 200 today. With more than 1,000 lobbyists vying for the ears of Congress members, the groups together spend more than $390 million a year ... (more)

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Lawrence Jackson

The Corporate State Wins Again

When did our democracy die? When did it irrevocably transform itself into a lifeless farce and absurd political theater? When did the press, labor, universities and the Democratic Party—which once made piecemeal and incremental reform possible—wither and atrophy?

Posted on Apr 24, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / balleyne (CC-BY-SA)

The FCC, Net Neutrality and You

How is one to make sense of the FCC’s big vote Tuesday? Does it represent a gain for the net-neutrality cause, or is the corporate takeover of the Web upon us in earnest? Well, one thing seems certain: Nobody is all that happy with the outcome—except, that is, for some lobbyists.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 READ MORE


Joseph Crowley
Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Congress

Congressional Ethics Probe Targets Sketchy Fundraising Activities

We’ve got to hand it to Rep. Joseph Crowley, who ducked out of a House debate on financial reform last December to hit a fundraiser in his honor, where he pocketed thousands of bucks, some of which came from financial industry donors.

Posted on Jul 15, 2010 READ MORE


Pelosi and gavel
AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

A Healthy Start ... With Loopholes

Now that President Barack Obama has signed health reform into law, insurance industry lobbyists will turn their attention to trying to cripple it. This will be done under the pretense of improving the reform proposal—or, as they say in the lobbying business, loving the law to death.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE


Dodd
AP / Susan Walsh

Lame Bill From a Lame Duck

If you think health care reform has been an unsatisfying test of the government’s ability to deal with our pressing problems, brace yourself for bigger disappointment in its attempt to bridle Wall Street. This is when the true heavies go to work, and, as opposed to the medical industry lobby, the moneychangers fear not the wrath of their clients or, as Scripture tells, any higher power.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Matti Mattila

Senate Democrats Whittle Down Jobs Bill

Here we have yet another example of partisan politicking in action: Senate Democrats, led by Harry Reid, tossed out a jobs bill they’d created in tandem with Republicans and produced a trimmed-down alternative at the eleventh hour. This did not please their former collaborators from the GOP ... (continued)

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE


Wall Street
Wikimedia Commons / Martin St.-Amant

Wall Street Fat Cats Revolt, Send Money to GOP

In case it wasn’t made perfectly clear in recent months how the American political system actually operates on its uppermost levels, here we have an object lesson to consider: Upset by the notion that the Obama administration might be working on regulating the financial industry next, some of Wall Street’s bigwigs are now focusing their funding efforts on the GOP.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE


Miracle on K Street

Share
Posted on Dec 24, 2009 READ MORE


money handshake
ericjohnolson.com

Lobbyists Decamp From D.C.

Could the current climate in Washington, D.C., be discouraging lobbyists from practicing their persuasive trade in and around the White House? Or does the downsizing of their ranks have more to do with the economy than the political zeitgeist on Capitol Hill?

Posted on Nov 2, 2009 READ MORE


Dick Gephardt
AP / Al Behrman

Dick Gephardt, Corporate Lobbyist

If it seems contradictory (read: hypocritical) that former Rep. Dick Gephardt, at one time a self-styled anti-lobbying, pro-labor crusader, would become a lobbyist for Visa and Goldman Sachs, well, that’s because it is. Oh, and you can strike “pro-environment” off of Gephardt’s list of political poses, too.

Posted on Oct 19, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / sergis blog

Maryland Police Keep You Safe From Terrorist Nuns

How did two nuns end up on a list of terrorists? Blame a now-defunct investigation by the Maryland State Police, who sent undercover troopers to spy on political groups and identify supposed terrorists, among them pacifists, environmentalists, a congressional candidate and those two feisty nuns. Update 

Posted on Dec 7, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
United States Senate

Obama Cracks Down on Lobbyists During Transition

We’ll see how long he’s able to keep this up, but at least for the immediate future, Barack Obama is aiming to keep lobbyists at bay, issuing strict guidelines for his transition team that Obama aide John Podesta described Tuesday on a conference call to reporters.

Posted on Nov 11, 2008 READ MORE



Citizens Against Government Waste, and for McCain

During the first presidential debate, John McCain gave a high-profile shout-out: “I suggest that people go up on the Web site of Citizens Against Government Waste, and they’ll look at those projects.” The group quickly returned the favor—its political action committee is calling McCain a “taxpayer hero” in TV ads airing over the next two weeks in Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida.

Posted on Oct 9, 2008 READ MORE


Two Bridges to Nowhere

Even cursory examination shows that Sarah Palin’s posturing is wildly exaggerated and her campaign claims veer toward fraud.

Posted on Sep 10, 2008 READ MORE


McCain

Mr. McCain Goes to Washington

John McCain, a lobbyist and fixture of Congress for more than 30 years, nominee of the incumbent party and self-proclaimed foot soldier in the Reagan revolution, tried to convince Americans Thursday night that only he could bring real reform to that wretched place called Washington. Updated

Posted on Sep 4, 2008 READ MORE


Abramoff
AP photo / Lynne Sladky

Abramoff Gets Four Years

Jack Abramoff was given four years in prison by a federal judge Thursday—a sentence whittled down from a possible 11 years because he cooperated with investigators —for his part in the fraud and corruption scandal that jolted Washington and landed several other lobbyists and Capitol Hill players in trouble as well.

Posted on Sep 4, 2008 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
AP photo / Jeff Chiu

McCain Adviser Deep in Georgia’s Pocket ... book

It’s just too bad that the only Americans apparently qualified to advise John McCain on how to deal with the world are those hopelessly corrupted by hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent payments from foreign countries, such as beleaguered Georgia. Good thing that guys like Randy Scheunemann (above, left), whose two-man lobbying firm took in a cool million from Georgia since 2004, have a superhuman ability to separate their analysis from any financial considerations.

Posted on Aug 13, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Aide Apologizes for Terror Remark

Charlie Black, lobbyist and adviser to Sen. John McCain’s campaign, has apologized for his statements suggesting that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee would stand to gain from another terrorist attack on American soil. Rescinding his earlier claims, Black said, “I deeply regret the comments. They were inappropriate.”

Posted on Jun 24, 2008 READ MORE


Charlie Black ad

Getting Back at Black

McCain campaign aide Charlie Black is in hot water after word spread that he’d suggested McCain’s chances for taking over the White House would improve if another terrorist attack happened on U.S. soil, as well as for characterizing Benazir Bhutto’s assassination as potentially beneficial for McCain’s presidential bid. Well, here are another few things to worry about vis-à-vis Black, courtesy of MoveOn.org.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Gary Kazanjian

McCain’s $300M Sweepstakes

John McCain is showing his commitment to lessening America’s dependence on foreign oil by offering a $300 million prize to anyone who can conjure up a superior automobile battery, energy-wise, than the current standard. But at the same time, he’s supporting Bush’s push to lift the ban on drilling in U.S. coastal waters.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008 READ MORE


John McCain
AP photo / Rich Pedroncelli

McCain Campaign Hits Turbulence

Internal shake-ups among Sen. John McCain’s campaign aides, unusual structuring choices within his camp and the worry among some Republicans that their presumptive nominee isn’t capitalizing sufficiently on the Democrats’ current chaos are all spelling trouble for Team McCain.

Posted on May 24, 2008 READ MORE


Larry the Loophole

Greed 101 With Larry the Loophole

Gee, it sure is hard sometimes to figure out exactly how the rich get richer in American society! Good thing there’s Larry the Loophole, who hails from a politician dad and a lobbyist mom, to show us how buyout industry executives like Henry Kravis make gajillions of dollars (well, not gajillions, but so far this year Kravis has made over $33,205,800, with ol’ Larry’s help. As funny as it is scary, this animated short from Brave New Films breaks it all down.

Posted on May 6, 2008 READ MORE


Mark Penn
Flickr / davidsilver

Clinton’s Campaign Brain Gets the Boot

Hillary Clinton has parted ways with her chief strategist, Mark Penn, who left her campaign Sunday after his controversial moonlighting as a lobbyist reportedly angered both Sen. Clinton and her husband. Penn was said to be unpopular with other top-tier advisers, in part because of his sweeping influence over the campaign. Update: Not so fast.

Posted on Apr 7, 2008 READ MORE


McCain in NYC
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

What the Times Didn’t Tell About McCain

As Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain twisted briefly in the wind kicked up by that New York Times story suggesting he had swapped political favors for the personal favors of an attractive lobbyist for the telecommunications industry, I kept waiting for the public policy punch line.

Posted on Feb 26, 2008 READ MORE


A Story With Legs

It seems odd, but for John McCain it was a blessing to have the chance to bury questions about his dealings with lobbyists beneath an alleged sex scandal.

Posted on Feb 25, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

NYT Runs Controversial McCain Story, Spat Ensues

Did unwanted attention from a New Republic scribe prod The New York Times into printing its long-awaited story about certain alleged snags in Sen. John McCain’s moral fabric?  McCain’s camp apparently thinks so, but regardless, the Arizona senator’s team is switching into battle mode to counter the paper’s “smear campaign.”

Posted on Feb 20, 2008 READ MORE


Edwards
observer.com

Edwards Bows Out

Pledging to soldier on in his quest to fight poverty, Democratic candidate John Edwards dropped out of the presidential race Wednesday. Edwards has not yet endorsed either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. His two former rivals both praised him Wednesday as he made his exit. 

Posted on Jan 30, 2008 READ MORE


Romney in SC

Romney, Reporter Spar in a Staples Store

Following presidential candidates from state to state as they shake hands, kiss babies (and backsides, some might say, in the figurative sense) and promise to be the Best Prez Ever! must get tiresome for reporters on the campaign trail. In this clip, it’s hard to say if the grind got to AP scribe Glen Johnson or whether Mitt Romney’s claims about eschewing lobbyists made him snap.

Posted on Jan 17, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
rawstory.com

McCain Denies ‘Special Treatment’ Story

Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign has been picking up momentum, but now the candidate finds himself in a war of words with the Drudge Report. On Thursday, McCain vehemently denied that, as was posted on Drudge, he once gave “special treatment” to a lobbyist and has been trying to pressure The New York Times to kill the story.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE


Quote of the Week

This quote, made in the context of the Lamont-Lieberman Connecticut Senate race, tells you everything you need to know about the degree to which special interests have their hooks into Lieberman.

  • The good news, however, is that the polls show that the public is recognizing the truth about Lieberman.
  •  

     

    Posted on Aug 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Move Along… There’s No Reform to See Here…

    After promising fast action on lobbying reform in the wake of numerous scandals, the Senate and the House have proved unable to put together a reform bill that both can live with—so instead they’ve made plans to adopt vastly scaled-back versions.
    No wonder: USA Today reports that our Congress is on track to spending fewer days in session than the infamous 1948 “Do Nothing” Congress.

    Posted on Jul 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Lobbyists Fund Local Needs Through Earmark Appropriations

    More and more towns are putting lobbyists on the payroll to tap federal tax money through earmarks (those special appropriations that make their way into omnibus bills in Congress). According to the NYT, “since 1998, the number of public entities hiring private firms to represent them in Washington has nearly doubled to 1,421 from 763.” Bridges, roads, walkways, pedestrian crosswalks… cities and towns are finding that a little bit of lobbying can go a long way.

    Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE


    The Most Corrupt Lobbyist Ever?

    That’s what Truthdig has to wonder in light of newly released files detailing how Jack Abramoff funneled clients’ funds through nonprofit organizations, or others that show how Abramoff effectively charged people $100,000 for face time with President Bush or Karl Rove.

    Posted on Jun 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Ralph Reed Knee-Deep in Influence-Peddling Scheme

    A bipartisan Senate report detailed more than $5.3 million in payments to the former director of the Christian Coalition (who’s now running for Lt. Gov. in Georgia), aimed at helping now-convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s Indian clients block the casinos of other Indian tribes….

    Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Eating at Lobbyists’ Troughs, Congress Votes Itself a Pay Raise

    House and Senate lawmakers embraced a $3,300 pay raise that would increase their salaries to $168,500. Meanwhile, it’s been reported that members of the House’s own ethics committee took over $1 million in privately funded (read: lobbyist-funded) trips last year.

    Posted on Jun 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Ex-DeLay Aide Pleads Guilty in Lobby Case

    Rep. Tom DeLay’s former top aide admitted to conspiring with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff to corrupt public officials and defraud his clients.
    The stench of corruption spirals ever upward

    Posted on Mar 31, 2006 READ MORE


    rick_santorum

    Watch Santorum Squirm

    The Pennsylvania senator basically lies on camera when asked to explain why a lobbyist is running one of his charities.

    Posted on Mar 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Vanity Fair: Bush Had Ties to Abramoff

    The indicted lobbyist says the president was close enough to him to joke about his weightlifting. “What are you benching, buff guy?” Abramoff said Bush asked him.

    Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Abramoff Ties to Russians Probed

    The federal government is examining lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s dealings with Russian energy executives, reports the Boston Globe. This is a scandal that could involve billions (not millions) of dollars.

    Posted on Feb 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Specter Denies Funneling Money for Lobbyist

    You will be shocked, shocked to learn that Sen. Arlen Specter earmarked $50 million in defense appropriations for clients of a lobbyist married to one of the senator’s staffers.

    Posted on Feb 17, 2006 READ MORE


    President Bush shaking hands in 2001 with Chief Raul Garza of the Kickapoo tribe of Texas. The arrow in the photo points to lobbyist Jack Abramoff, in background; Karl Rove, the president's top advisor, is at the right.
    From the White House via The New York Times

    Abramoff-Bush Photo Surfaces

    The New York Times publishes a 2001 picture of Jack Abramoff in a White House room with the president—along with an Indian tribal leader whom the now-indicted lobbyist was trying to sign up as a client. | story

    Posted on Feb 11, 2006 READ MORE



    C-SPAN via ThinkProgress

    McClellan Ducks Bush-Abramoff Questions

    Bush’s spokesman shows a remarkable knack for being able to pounce on new information when it may hurt Democrats, and for being unable to process new information when it may be damaging to the president. | video and transcript

    Posted on Feb 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Republicans Have No Shame; They Award DeLay a Cushy Seat

    The indicted congressman lands a coveted appointment to the Appropriations Committee. | story
    Having DeLay act as a fiscal watchdog makes about as much sense as electing Libya chairman of the U.N. Human Rights Commission.

    Posted on Feb 9, 2006 READ MORE


    View older articles:  1 2 >

    View the most popular tags overall?

    Newsletter

    sign up to get updates


     
     
    Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
     
    Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
     
    Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
     
     
     
    Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
     
    Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
     

    A Progressive Journal of News and Opinion   Publisher, Zuade Kaufman   Editor, Robert Scheer
    © 2014 Truthdig, LLC. All rights reserved.