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Lobbying firm PACs start 2013 slow

Most lobbying firms are not in a hurry to pad politicians' political coffers early this election cycle, with only a few either raising or spending significant cash, a Center for Public Integrity analysis of Federal Election Commission records indicates.... Read more»

Fertilizer trade group opposed stricter security rules

Like many, the Fertilizer Institute, a trade group, has extended its condolences to the people of West, Texas, where a blast at a fertilizer plant Wednesday evening killed at least a dozen and injured about 200. The Washington-based institute, however, has lobbied against legislation that would require high-risk chemical facilities – including some of its members – to consider using safer substances and processes to lower the risk of catastrophic accidents and make such facilities less inviting to terrorists.... Read more»

Report: Campaign law changes hasten power imbalance between rich, poor

The U.S. political system is increasingly gamed against Americans of modest means — a situation exacerbated in recent years by major changes in the nation's campaign laws.... Read more»

Obama inauguration sponsors spent millions influencing gov't

President Barack Obama has long vowed to “take on” federal lobbyists, swearing off their campaign cash, curtailing access to his administration, and lately, directing his Presidential Inaugural Committee to reject their donations. But, while Obama has banned donations to his second inaugural celebration from lobbyists, no such prohibition exists on donations from the corporations that employ them.... Read more»

Lobbyists rake in $14 million for Romney

As Republican Mitt Romney works to unify the party faithful behind him, the number of lobbyists raising money to help him secure the White House has soared. ... Read more»1

Panel: Toss wait for lawmakers to become lobbyists

A state House committee Tuesday narrowly endorsed scrapping a state law that prevents legislators from serving as paid lobbyists at the Capitol for a year after leaving office.... Read more»

Corporate lobbysts set back by new whistleblower rules

Top securities regulators Wednesday said financial whistleblowers can bypass internal corporate procedures and report suspected fraud first to government investigators, a setback for big U.S. companies that lobbied hard for the agency to take the opposite approach.... Read more»

Blue Dog Dems turn to lobbying

The Blue Dog ranks were devastated by the 2010 election, falling from a high of 54 to 26. Of those no longer in Congress, eight have moved through the "revolving door" to employment with lobbying entities.... Read more»

Chamber seeks cash for anti-regulation effort

Even as it plowed tens of millions of dollars into ads this year to help mostly Republicans notch Congressional victories, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was initiating a new effort to raise millions more from energy, health insurance, financial services, and other firms to fund a new anti-regulatory campaign. ... Read more»

Five finance reform lobbyists for each member of Congress

Businesses, trade groups and other interests hired more than five lobbyists for each member of Congress to influence financial regulatory reform legislation pending before the Senate, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis. ... Read more»