K Street Fleeing From DISCLOSE Act

The Supreme Court decision upholding its 2010 ruling in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission on June 25, made it clear that corporations, labor unions and individuals can continue to pour unlimited sums of money into congressional and presidential elections this year. Less clear is whether — or when — there will be enough support […]

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 […]

Lobbyists join Democrats and Republicans in Debate Over Immigration and the DREAM Act

Prospects of immigration reform — dim as they have been in past years and getting dimmer with Congress’s increasing difficulty to reach compromise on any major or seemingly minor issue — have kept millions of dollars flowing through D.C. lobbying firms and coalitions. And President Barack Obama’s latest directive halting the deportation of certain immigrant […]

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 […]

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 […]

Inhofe’s Resolution Focuses the Clean Air and Water Lobby

Lobbyists on either side of the issue of controlling air toxins are picking up force as the Senate nears a vote — expected Tuesday — on a controversial GOP plan to block Environmental Protection Agency rules, finalized last December, that require cuts in mercury and other air pollutants from power plants. Update: The resolution was […]

Miscellaneous Tariff Bills are Debated, Criticized, and Lobbied

The current debate over how and whether to move miscellaneous tariff bills (MTBs) — legislative measures advocated by U.S. businesses for import duty relief on certain products — has implications for hundreds of companies and lobbyists wondering where to turn for help on legislation  viewed as a key to helping American manufacturers and others stay […]

Farm Bill Ignites Heavy Lobbying

The Senate launched its much-awaited debate on a rewrite of the 2008 farm bill. The expectations are high for not just a partisan divide among senators, but also a regional and philosophical divide–made ever more complicated by the pressures imposed by lobbyists.  Groups ranging from sugar beet farmers to corn growers, biomass companies to faith-based […]

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 […]