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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.  […]

Private Prison Sector Lobbies for More Inmates

At privately run prisons, occupancy rates determine profits. The Corrections Corporation of America, the country’s largest owner and operator of for-profit prisons, puts it clearly in its 2012 annual report: “Filling … available beds would provide substantial growth in revenues, cash flow, and earnings per share. However, we can provide no assurance that we will […]

Sports Lobby Is a Multi-Million-Dollar Enterprise

If you need proof beyond player salaries and team purchase prices that pro sports are businesses, consider how many organizations employ Washington lobbyists. Here are the top spenders (including both owners and athletes) in 2011: Organization  2011 Q1 2012 National Football League (NFL) $1,620,000 $300,000 Major League Baseball (MLB) $520,000 $70,000 Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) […]

Carnival Stepped Up Lobbying After Costa Concordia Disaster

After the Costa Concordia wrecked off the Tuscany coast in January, killing 32 people, lobby spending by its corporate parent soared. Carnival’s lobby bill in Washington last quarter totaled $522,000 – three times the amount spent the prior quarter. In its lobby reports to Congress, the company listed three areas of concern: unearned passenger revenue […]

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 […]

Drones in U.S. Air Space: The Next Lobby Frontier

Although drones are usually associated with military strikes, the debate over domestic uses for unmanned aircraft rages on many fronts. Proponents argue that drones will bring vast improvements to search and rescue, border patrol and other law enforcement efforts. Use has already been approved for several police departments around the country. Authorities in Arlington, TX, […]