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 […]

Ex-Lobbyist Gives Obama Campaign a Big Headache

If we didn’t know better, we might call the Hilary Rosen-Ann Romney dustup “the lobbyists’ revenge.” President Barack Obama has been so unrelenting in his criticism of the influence industry that the American League of Lobbyists recently sent him a letter asking him to tone it down. “You have attacked lobbyists as being a primary […]

Lobbyists and Super PACs

Here’s something to watch for: lobbyist donations to super PACs. Last month, the Obama campaign announced that it would return campaign contributions from registered lobbyists. (Emphasis, as always, on registered.) But now Obama campaign officials say that to stay competitive, they will provide more indirect support to Priorities USA, the super PAC supporting the president’s […]