Tue, 19 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EDTWhatever you do, do not call the events at the upcoming presidential conventions that feature Kanye West and the band Daughtry "concerts."
Tue, 12 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EDTTo hear the presidential candidates talk, you'd think that lobbyists were about to be exiled from the capital city.
Tue, 05 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EDTThe man who will soon head the Mortgage Bankers Association is not just a veteran of the mortgage business. He is also a person who has felt the industry's pain. Personally.
Tue, 29 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EDTC harles Steele Jr. is the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and a very prominent fellow. Two of his distinguished predecessors were Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph David Abernathy, leaders of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s.
Tue, 22 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EDTLobbying has gotten fairly high-tech lately, with Web sites, e-mails and viral advertising campaigns.
Tue, 15 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EDTYou're nobody in Washington these days unless you're part of a coalition that's lobbying on energy prices.
Tue, 08 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EDTCongress passed an ethics law last year that was meant to force lobbyists to reveal more about what they do.
Tue, 01 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EDTIn the past five years, 44 percent of Americans -- about 100 million people -- have contacted their elected representatives in Washington. Most of them did so at the prompting of a third party -- often a lobbying group -- according to surveys done for the Congressional Management Foundation.
Tue, 24 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EDTEvery once in a while, events move fast in the nation's capital.
Tue, 17 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EDTJack N. Gerard is about to become the most hated man in Washington. Gerard, 50, will take over this fall as president of the American Petroleum Institute. That will make him chief spokesman for the oil and gas industry, the delightful folks who brought us $4-a-gallon gasoline.
Tue, 10 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EDTLobbyists have been pariahs for nearly a century -- at least to presidential candidates.
Tue, 03 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EDTIt looks as though 2008 will be a year of few earmarks.
Tue, 27 May 2008 00:00:00 EDTWashington is likely to be a much more Democratic place next year. That's Democratic with a capital D.
Tue, 20 May 2008 00:00:00 EDTSurely a presidential contest between such well-known campaign finance reformers as Barack Obama and John McCain will be free of big donations from fat cats, right?
Tue, 13 May 2008 00:00:00 EDTEver wonder how much companies really spend to influence government through trade associations? Well, a few corporations are coming clean, or at least cleaner.
Tue, 06 May 2008 00:00:00 EDTThe chief executive of AARP, William D. Novelli, has decided to step down as head of the nearly 40 million-member organization. But not right away.
Tue, 29 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDTThe hottest document on Capitol Hill is an anonymous six-page white paper that defends, of all things, earmarks -- those much-maligned home-state projects that lawmakers shoehorn into spending bills.
Tue, 22 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDTTo everyone feeling glum about $3.50-a-gallon gasoline, here's some good news: The fat-and-happy energy industry is fighting with itself.
Tue, 15 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDTOne of Washington's minor traditions is to name post offices after heroes, usually recently deceased. A lot of them have been named recently for service members killed in Iraq.
Tue, 08 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDTQuestion: What do American Express, Microsoft, General Electric, J.P. Morgan Chase, Johnson & Johnson and Disney have in common?
Tue, 01 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDTRep. Albert R. Wynn is the new envy of K Street.
Tue, 25 Mar 2008 00:00:00 EDTIndustries fight government all the time, but not usually over which of them can run an actual business.
Tue, 18 Mar 2008 00:00:00 EDTThe National Rifle Association always seems to have a target painted on its back. As one of Washington's most powerful and controversial interest groups, it is constantly dodging potshots from one group or another.
Tue, 11 Mar 2008 00:00:00 EDTWhat follows is a fish tale, though this one is actually true.
Tue, 04 Mar 2008 00:00:00 ESTThe housing market has been in meltdown largely because home buyers too quickly snatched up mortgages they could not afford and lenders were too eager to sell those mortgages to them. As a result, the last thing anyone would want is to ease government regulation of mortgage lending.
Tue, 26 Feb 2008 00:00:00 ESTThis year's presidential contest has been groundbreaking in many ways, but none more than in the race for campaign cash.
Tue, 19 Feb 2008 00:00:00 ESTTwo of the capital's most venerable institutions -- the lobby group Common Cause and the scrappy magazine Washington Monthly -- are in serious talks about merging.
Tue, 12 Feb 2008 00:00:00 ESTCongress is a very special place. Not only does it write the laws, it also instructs people about how to get around them.
Tue, 05 Feb 2008 00:00:00 ESTWhen tech experts Josh Ackil and Matt Tanielian were looking to name their new lobbying firm, they had little hesitation. They decided to call themselves the Franklin Square Group -- even though their offices aren't on Franklin Square.
Tue, 29 Jan 2008 00:00:00 ESTThe feeding frenzy begins this week at the Senate Finance Committee.
Tue, 22 Jan 2008 00:00:00 ESTOrganized labor, a fundamental constituency of the Democratic Party, is unhappy about lots of things these days, even though Democrats are in the majority in Congress.
Tue, 15 Jan 2008 00:00:00 ESTLobbyists switch jobs all the time and usually take their clients with them. But a lawsuit in D.C.'s federal district court is challenging that practice, in a way that could rock the capital.
Tue, 08 Jan 2008 00:00:00 ESTBoth winners of the Iowa caucuses sneer at lobbyists whenever they get the chance.
Tue, 01 Jan 2008 00:00:00 EST2007 was not exactly a barn-burner on Capitol Hill. It was notable mostly for its record number of delaying tactics in the Senate, which helped stymie almost every attempt at major legislation.
Tue, 25 Dec 2007 00:00:00 ESTWhen Global Action for Children, an advocacy organization for orphans and vulnerable children in developing nations, needed professional help to stage a Washington news conference this past April, it turned to Quinn Gillespie & Associates.
Tue, 18 Dec 2007 00:00:00 ESTThe granddaddy of Republican lobbying shops, Barbour Griffith & Rogers, has decided to go bipartisan.
Tue, 11 Dec 2007 00:00:00 ESTThe Entertainment Software Association -- better known as the lobby for video game producers -- thought it was living in an alternate reality last week when a major public relations firm released the results of a national poll about its industry.
Tue, 04 Dec 2007 00:00:00 ESTWashington was abuzz last week that something must be up at the National Association of Manufacturers.
Tue, 27 Nov 2007 00:00:00 ESTIt's one of the biggest questions on K Street: Do expensive advertising campaigns, lately so prevalent in Washington, actually buy influence? The answer, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute, is yes.
Tue, 20 Nov 2007 00:00:00 ESTCharities are sweet things, but Gary D. Bass wants them to get rough and tumble when it comes to dealing with government.
Tue, 13 Nov 2007 00:00:00 ESTLobbying can be an unsavory business. Just ask former senator John Edwards of North Carolina. He hopes to ride that fact to the Democratic nomination for president.
Tue, 06 Nov 2007 00:00:00 ESTIt's nice to have friends in high places. Just ask the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Tue, 30 Oct 2007 00:00:00 EDTR ichard Feldman is a rarity -- a former gun lobbyist who is publicly taking a shot at the National Rifle Association.
Tue, 23 Oct 2007 00:00:00 EDTShhhh! Don't tell anyone, but lobby groups are plotting all sorts of ways to get around the new ethics rules.
Tue, 16 Oct 2007 00:00:00 EDTThe National Association of Manufacturers, one of Washington's oldest and most deeply established trade groups, has an unconventional streak.
Tue, 09 Oct 2007 00:00:00 EDTThe new ethics law has K Street in an uproar. Questions about what is and what is not permitted have flooded into law firms.
Tue, 02 Oct 2007 00:00:00 EDTCharlie Rangel, get ready to rumble.
Tue, 25 Sep 2007 00:00:00 EDTJust about every industry you can think of has worried about, and lobbied on, legislation that would alter the way patents are enforced.
Tue, 18 Sep 2007 00:00:00 EDTIf the rumor mill is correct, Karen M. Ignagni is about to notch a major victory for her employer, the nation's health insurance industry.
Tue, 11 Sep 2007 00:00:00 EDTThe price of a cellphone might soon get higher because of a strange-but-true lobbying battle that took place over the past few months.
Tue, 04 Sep 2007 00:00:00 EDTThe collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis last month will probably ignite a frenzy of legislating as Congress returns from vacation this week. It will also open a new front in one of the great, perennial, inside-the-Beltway rivalries, between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.
Tue, 28 Aug 2007 00:00:00 EDTFred Wertheimer is not what you would call laid-back. Earlier this year, the veteran government reformer canceled a two-week vacation to Sicily so he could attend oral arguments before the Supreme Court in an important campaign finance case -- even though he was not making the arguments himself.
Tue, 21 Aug 2007 00:00:00 EDTThe nascent fight over whether to raise taxes on Wall Street hot shots has become one of the year's biggest lobbying bonanzas.
Tue, 14 Aug 2007 00:00:00 EDTActivists on the reform side of the lobbying debate have been celebrating that Congress finally got around to passing an ethics bill. The question is: Should voters celebrate as well?
Tue, 31 Jul 2007 00:00:00 EDTR ichard A. Gephardt used to be the Democratic leader in the House and a presidential candidate. Now he's Gephardt Inc.
Tue, 24 Jul 2007 00:00:00 EDTWhat do you get for the lobbyist who has everything?
Tue, 17 Jul 2007 00:00:00 EDTAt the end of another tough day of wrangling with government officials, James C. May sat, tie askew, in his big, brown leather chair and sighed. "A lot of people shoot at you," he said. "To cope, you need a good hard shell."
Tue, 10 Jul 2007 00:00:00 EDTPop quiz: What do birthing classes, spice sellers and crematoriums have in common -- besides bracketing the cycle of life?
Tue, 03 Jul 2007 00:00:00 EDTSometimes in Washington it takes a while for issues to ripen. Sometimes decades.
Tue, 26 Jun 2007 00:00:00 EDTGetting fired is not usually a good thing. Except if you're William T. Archey.
Tue, 19 Jun 2007 00:00:00 EDTAfter years of fighting in vain for what he believed disabled war veterans deserved, David W. Gorman is on the verge of getting more than he asked for.
Tue, 12 Jun 2007 00:00:00 EDTBy all accounts, Fred D. Thompson will soon be running for president, portraying himself as a Washington outsider on the campaign trail. But over the past three years he showed up every two weeks or so at a lobbying and law firm in downtown D.C. to plot how best to persuade Congress to help a British company.
Tue, 05 Jun 2007 00:00:00 EDTOnly in Washington would major industries spend millions of dollars to fight over, essentially, nothing.
Tue, 29 May 2007 00:00:00 EDTLobbyist Robert S. Nichols was, and in many ways still is, a spokesman for the Treasury Department.
Tue, 22 May 2007 00:00:00 EDTIt's now official: The balance of power in the nation's capital has shifted downtown from Capitol Hill.
Tue, 15 May 2007 00:00:00 EDTPhoto crews are not chasing Robert Dinneen down the hall, but, for a lobbyist, he's a very popular guy.
Tue, 08 May 2007 00:00:00 EDTAfter years of derision and obscurity, the nation's fruits and vegetables are finally getting the respect they deserve.
Tue, 01 May 2007 00:00:00 EDTWith a $33 billion endowment, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the world's largest philanthropy. If you add in donations expected from billionaire Warren Buffett, the charity's assets will grow to twice that size, making them nearly as large as those of oil-rich Kuwait.
Tue, 24 Apr 2007 00:00:00 EDT"Whatever it takes."
Tue, 17 Apr 2007 00:00:00 EDTAn increasing number of organizations working to influence elections also are working to hide who is paying for their activities.
Tue, 10 Apr 2007 00:00:00 EDTEveryone knows that President Bush is angry because the Iraq spending bill is larded with billions of dollars of giveaways to spinach farmers, peanut storage facilities, shrimp fishermen and the like.
Tue, 03 Apr 2007 00:00:00 EDTWal-Mart has taken its lumps lately, especially from the Democratic Party over its treatment of employees. So the company has been courting the new majority on Capitol Hill by doing a lot of the standard stuff: hiring Democratic executives and donating more to the campaigns of Democratic candidates. Its political action committee has given 49 percent of its funds to Democrats this year, up from 32 percent in last year's election.
Tue, 27 Mar 2007 00:00:00 EDTLobbyists, as they say, make the big bucks. That's why so many lawmakers, congressional staffers and political appointees move downtown when they leave government.
Tue, 20 Mar 2007 00:00:00 EDTRetailers and credit card companies normally love each other. In fact, it's no exaggeration to say that they can't live without each other. Except on Capitol Hill.
Tue, 13 Mar 2007 00:00:00 EDTTwo of K Street's best-known names -- Anthony T. Podesta and Robert L. Livingston-- are combining forces to attract some of Washington's largest lobbying campaigns.
Tue, 06 Mar 2007 00:00:00 ESTThe National Right to Life Committee and Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) are locking horns -- not over abortion, but over whether thousands of top executive branch officials should have to disclose the names of people who lobby them.
Tue, 27 Feb 2007 00:00:00 ESTThe insurance industry is one of Washington's fiercest and best-funded lobbies, so it rarely gets surprised. But last week several industry representatives privately acknowledged amazement that their most important federal benefit -- an antitrust exemption -- is in danger.
Tue, 20 Feb 2007 00:00:00 ESTMark J. Penn is a man who wears many hats: high-paid political and corporate pollster, chief executive of an international communications and lobbying company, and chief strategist to New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Tue, 13 Feb 2007 00:00:00 ESTLoopholes in laws and regulations sometimes seem to appear by magic, and often no one wants to claim to be the magician. But one man actually wants credit for a couple of big loopholes in the new ethics rules the House passed last month: John H. Graham IV.
Tue, 06 Feb 2007 00:00:00 ESTAs president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Thomas J. Donohue has long been obliged to talk tough against federal regulation, especially by the Securities and Exchange Commission. But now, it's personal.
Tue, 30 Jan 2007 00:00:00 ESTMany people may consider the Humane Society of the United States a pussycat. But with 10 million donors and a $120 million budget, it is becoming a tiger among Washington's interest groups.
Tue, 23 Jan 2007 00:00:00 ESTThe National Federation of Independent Business is a bastion of Republicanism. Its staff has for decades been a farm team for GOP operatives and its campaign giving has been notably one-sided. Of all major lobbying organizations last year, NFIB gave the lowest share of its political action committee money to Democrats, a mere 8 percent.
Tue, 16 Jan 2007 00:00:00 ESTIn November, as a lobbyist and strategist for DaimlerChrysler, Dennis B. Fitzgibbons labored to block congressional proposals to mandate the production of more cars that use alternative fuels and to stop the most aggressive efforts to force auto companies to make their vehicles more energy-efficient.
Tue, 09 Jan 2007 00:00:00 ESTMorgan O'Brien got rich the old-fashioned way, cobbling together small companies to make a big one that you've come to know as Nextel Communications.
Tue, 02 Jan 2007 00:00:00 ESTIn lobbying, a threat is good for business, whether it's genuine or not.
Mon, 25 Dec 2006 00:00:00 ESTEvan M. Migdail, a partner in the Washington office of the law firm DLA Piper, lobbied without pay this year to find a way through legislation to increase corporate gifts of food to America's hungry.
Mon, 11 Dec 2006 00:00:00 ESTDeee-fense, Deee-fense Deee-fense.
Mon, 27 Nov 2006 00:00:00 ESTThe organization's acronym, SIFMA, sounds like a terrible skin condition.
Mon, 13 Nov 2006 00:00:00 ESTDemocrats took control of Congress in part by bashing Republicans for their coziness with "special interests." You'd think, then, that lobbyists would have a hard time finding employment when the new Congress convenes next year.
Mon, 30 Oct 2006 00:00:00 ESTOdds are that lobbying in the House of Representatives is about to get harder.
Mon, 16 Oct 2006 00:00:00 EDTPharmaceutical and oil companies had better beware if Democrats make major gains in the upcoming elections.
Mon, 02 Oct 2006 00:00:00 EDTWhen citizens send e-mails to their congressmen through the Web sites of lobby groups, they expect those messages to zip electronically to the place they intended.
Mon, 18 Sep 2006 00:00:00 EDTIn the next few weeks leading up to Election Day, money will pour into candidates' coffers and voters will be able to see which lobby groups are trying hardest to buy their lawmakers' favor.
Mon, 04 Sep 2006 00:00:00 EDTNot much is happening in Congress this year that deals with the issue of firearms, and the National Rifle Association is fine with that.
Mon, 21 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EDTIn contemporary Washington, a C.P.A. is more than a person who does your taxes. It's the newest front in congressional persuasion.
Mon, 07 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EDTRobert G. Drummer has been a lobbyist for a long time. He represents the American Moving and Storage Association and the City of Atlanta. But one thing has not changed since he first left Capitol Hill as an aide in 1995: the number of African American lobbyists like himself has remained remarkably small.
Mon, 24 Jul 2006 00:00:00 EDTSen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has made it his mission to force Congress to rewrite the entire tax code. If he succeeds, every interest in town would take one side or the other in what would be the biggest legislative battle in years.
Mon, 10 Jul 2006 00:00:00 EDTYou've probably never heard of Jeffrey S. Shockey. So, for simplicity's sake, think of him as the Two Million Dollar Man.
Mon, 26 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EDTNet neutrality.
Mon, 12 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EDTCongress to Lobby Groups: Drop Dead!