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 […]

OFII Advocates for New Foreign Investment Measure

The Organization for International Investment, which in recent years has spent more than $2 million annually lobbying in Washington, D.C., is lauding legislation that Senate and House leaders unveiled this week which aims to boost the United State’s share of global foreign investment. Nancy L. McLernon, president and CEO of OFII, which was created about […]

Airlines for America Hires Josh Saltzman Former Chief of Staff to Rep. Pete Sessions

Airlines for America has hired Josh Saltzman, chief of staff to Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, to serve as vice president of global government affairs. Saltzman has worked with Sessions for nearly 10 years as the Texas Republican has moved up the ladder and become more well-known for his strong pro-business stance. Sessions is chairman of […]

Pew Dramatically Increases Lobby Effort

Pew Charitable Trusts Lobbying

The Pew Research Center issued a fascinating report Monday identifying political persuasion as the biggest divider in the U.S. No one has come to appreciate this more than the center’s sponsor, Pew Charitable Trusts. A nonprofit organization with net assets of more than $430 million, Pew has ramped up its political activities at both the […]