lobbyists

Rep. Phil Gingrey: Stupidest Man In The World
Rep. Gingrey: ‘I’m stuck here making $172,000’ Read more...
Aug 7-9: Three Days Of Action To Shut Down ALEC In Chicago
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) will be meeting in Chicago on August 7-9 at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel. ALEC connects corporate lobbyists with legislators behind closed doors to write "model legislation". This Legislation is then put on the floor of state legislatures across the country, without indication that it is an ALEC model bill. Put simply, corporations are writing state laws. That type of concerted effort in favor of profit between business interests and the state is NOT acceptable. ALEC's model bills include Right to Work (for less) laws, "Ag-gag" bills which brand environmental and animal rights activists "terrorists", Arizona's racial profiling law (SB1070), Wisconsin legislature's attack on public-sector collective bargaining, and so many others. Read more...
The Big Banks Are Still Trying To Screw Hard-Working Americans
This 30-second spot focuses on the credit union mission, how credit unions are rooted in their communities and why credit unions are tax-exempt -- and must stay that way. Read more...
Bank lobbyists are not leaving it to lawmakers to draft legislation that softens financial regulations. Instead, the lobbyists are helping to write it themselves. Read more...
The heads of two independent watchdog groups discuss their efforts to scrutinize special interest money going into political pockets. Read more...

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Chris Hayes gave a little send-off to Sen. Max Baucus on the news of his upcoming retirement from the United States Senate. After running down a list of why the only people who are really going to miss him are the lobbyists who will likely see their salaries go down once he leaves, Hayes reminded his viewers of what it really means when we hear pundits talk about so-called "centrists" in Washington. Read more...
She's baaaack. Our favorite tobacco lobbyist and servant of the agents of death called health insurers is back to scare everyone with the tired old trope that death panels lurk around every corner. Read more...
Exxon power-washes spilled tar sands oil into an area wetlands; A 22-foot gash was discovered in the ruptured Pegasus pipeline; Documents suggest that Exxon may have known something was wrong with the pipeline hours earlier than claimed; Exxon's lobbyists attempt to re-write history while the corporation tries to win over the community with its checkbook and health problems emerge in the area. Read more...
To make their case as Congress prepares to debate a rewrite of the nation’s tax code, a diverse set of businesses has at least one strategy in common: they have retained firms that employ lobbyists who are former aides to Max Baucus. Read more...
Have you heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership? The lobbyist-penned trade deal that could give global corporations the right to sue America for getting in the way of their profits? Read more...