Will The Internet Lobby Ignite Debate Over Americans With Disabilities Act?

In July of 1990, then-President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which made it illegal to discriminate against those with a disability. The law was intended to create civil rights law protections for people with disabilities and allow them to be updated in terms of scientific and medical research and […]

K Street Sits Out Student Loan Rate Debate

Student loan rates have been a hotly debated issue both on the campaign trail and in congress.  While the issue is gaining the attention of politicians and the public, so far it has failed to grab the attention of the lobbying industry.  The First Street  Research Group examined the 35 student loan related bills from the 112th […]

CISPA Lobbying and Protecting Privacy in the age of Facebook, Twitter, Cyber Threats and Malware

SOPA and PIPA are not the only online privacy debates on Capitol Hill. Last November, a billed aimed at protecting against cyber threats, called Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) was introduced. Since its introduction, CISPA has come under fire for violating boundaries of internet privacy and neutrality. It is still unclear if President […]

Lobbying for Extended Protection in the Workplace

Introduced in almost every Congress since 1993, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) seeks to prohibit civilian, nonreligious employers with at least 15 employees from discriminating against sexual orientation or gender identity during the hiring process and employment.  ENDA is not one of the more heavily lobbied bills each Congress, but the lobbyists lobbying the bill hold some […]

Bain Capital’s Lobbyists and Lobbying in Washington

Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Bain Capital is an alternative asset management and financial services company. At the start of 2012, Bain managed $66 billion across its various investment offerings.  Notable investments include Staples, Inc, Domino’s Pizza and the mattress manufacturer Sealy Corporation. Current presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is a co-founder of the firm.  […]

SWIFT Hires Lobbyists and Handles Iran Sanctions

Headquartered in Belgium, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) provides two types of services for their clients. One, SWIFT allows customers to securely connect and exchange confidential financial information via a propriety communications platform. Two, it provides a hub to bring members of the financial community together to collaborate on practices, standards and solutions. […]

Members from 111th Congress Swing Through Revolving Door

The 111th Congress saw extraordinary turnover with 93 new Representatives and 13 Senators joining the 112th Congress.  Of the many members who retired or were defeated in the 111th Congress, some went on to lobby.  Currently nine former members of Congress, all former members of the House of Representatives during the 111th Congress, are registered […]

Lobbying on the Enacted Legislation of the 112th Congress

The media has labeled the current Congress a do nothing Congress, but is that description accurate?  While it’s true that the current Congress hasn’t addresses many of the country’s biggest challenges, it also true, significant pieces of legislation were passed and signed into law.  In fact, 106 bills were passed in the current Congress.  Below is a […]

Scrutiny Over JP Morgan Chase Likely to Necessitate Lobbying Increase

JP Morgan Chase is a major provider of financial services and one of the largest banks in the U.S.  The firm recently recorded significant loses of over $2 billion as a result of its credit trading activities.  These enormous losses caught the attention of Congress.   In the coming weeks, JP Morgan Chase will lean heavily […]

Winners & Losers: Lobbying Firms that Added and Lost The Most Clients in 2012

Recently published Q1 2012 lobbying data gives us our first look at the firms winning and losing the client race.   Overall, 2012 has seen 1044 new firm-client contracts, as well as 921 firm-client relationships terminated.  Of that, five lobbying firms brought in nine or more clients while five firms lost 11 or more clients.  The Q1 2012 […]