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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Internet World Storms Washington

This Congress’s high-profile debate on legislation aimed at combating online piracy unleashed a flood of lobbying spending and maneuvering that brought to light the powerful forces of the Internet world. Google, Yahoo, Wired.com and many other Internet-related businesses achieved what some considered a hard earned — and high priced — coup against the powerful entertainment […]

Lobby Firms Play Politics in 2012 Elections

Washington lobby firms are pouring millions of dollars into 2012 campaigns. So far, spending by the biggest political action committees has favored Republicans. Firms with the most generous PACs include Ernst & Young, DLA Piper, Greenberg Traurig and Akin, Gump. Here’s the PAC spending of major firms in the 2012 election cycle, with party breakdowns […]

Three Former Lobbyists Join Romney Education Policy Team

Today the Romney campaign announced its education policy team.  This extensive list of advisers includes three former lobbyists, who have represented multiple clients in the for-profit education industry.  Here is a quick rundown of the lobbyists and their clients. For-Profit Education Institutions Represented by Former Lobbyists on Romney’s Education Policy Team Apollo Group Inc. American […]

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 […]

China Paid Patton Boggs $307K in Late 2011

International tensions present problems and opportunities for U.S. lobbyists and lawyers. Patton Boggs has occupied the U.S.-China relations minefield since 2005, when the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China hired the firm to help strategize congressional relations. Filings with the Justice Department show that China paid Patton Boggs more than $307,000 in the last […]