Focus Shifts from Climate to Energy

On Monday, in the midst of a searing heat wave in the capital region, the Washington Post released the findings of a poll showing that climate change no longer leads the list of Americans’ environmental worries. Only 18 percent of the respondents named it as their biggest concern, compared to 33 percent in 2007. (You […]

Barclays Fallout Hits Washington

Barclays lobbying

The Barclays scandal has laid waste to the bank’s top echelons, with the resignations of the chairman, the chief executive and the chief operating officer. The repercussions have also reached the Mitt Romney campaign, which was relying on former CEO Robert E. Diamond Jr., an American, to co-host a London fundraiser. A Romney spokesperson confirmed […]

Big Beverage and the Big Apple

Big Gulp cups

For the beverage industry, New York City is now the front line. As the New York Times notes, a new coalition called New Yorkers for Beverage Choices is fighting Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s effort to ban the sale of supersized drinks. The push back is being organized by the soft drink industry’s major trade group, the […]

Health Lobby Ready to Kick In

U.S. Supreme Court

Lobbying by many health insurance and health services companies has understandably declined since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010. Should we expect K Street’s floodgates to open with the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the act’s constitutionality? Almost certainly, particularly coming in the midst of the presidential election. An early signal is in […]

The Highway Lobby vs. Partisan Politics

Not so long ago, when Democrats and Republicans more easily found areas of accord, transportation funding received ready support from both parties. After all, highway and bridge construction can improve infrastructure, add local jobs and provide elected representatives with concrete examples of their ability to secure federal funds for the home district. Such spending is […]

Senate Panel Set to Review Universal Music-EMI Deal

Big 4 music companies

Top executives from the music industry are scheduled to visit Washington Thursday to testify about Universal Music Group’s proposed purchase of EMI. The deal would merge two of the big 4 music companies – a consolidation that has drawn criticism from competitors and consumer groups. As our chart below shows, the music distributors, parent companies […]

Northrop Grumman’s Inside Track

Republic Report recently published a fascinating story about a bonus paid by Northrop Grumman to Thomas MacKenzie in 2011, just before he became a staff member of the House Armed Services Committee. Of particular interest was the size of the bonus – $498,334, as reported on MacKenzie’s financial disclosure statement. That’s welcome cash for someone […]

Public Broadcasting Lobby Faces Big Challenges

The best-known lobbyists for public broadcasting are named Elmo, Big Bird and Arthur the Aardvark. The beloved children’s characters have been known to make appearances on Capitol Hill when funding is under attack, which happens regularly. They’re the public face of the public broadcasting lobby. Behind the scenes, professional lobbyists are also waging battle. As […]

Meat Industry Holds Line on Lobby Spending

Given the rise of food activists and their effective use of the internet and other media, you might expect the meat industry to be revving its lobby engines. As Eric Schlosser, author of “Fast Food Nation,” has said: “We’ve never had food companies this powerful in our history.” Yet with the notable exception of the […]

Fair Pay Bill Dies Again

Few were surprised Tuesday when the Senate blocked a bill designed to provide more pay equity for women. The procedural vote, which required 60 supporters for passage, followed party lines, with independents Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) joining the Democrats. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) voted no so that he could re-introduce the […]