Posts tagged influence
Posts tagged influence
Everyone has a lobbyist in Washington, via Bloomberg News:
George Washington had France to thank for helping defeat the British at Yorktown, effectively ending the Revolutionary War. Jefferson was dispatched to Paris as ambassador for the nascent American democracy, and returned with an appreciation for fine wine.
Now, as the 238th anniversary of American independence approaches, public records show France is drawing a line in that alliance, stepping up its fight to keep champagne knock-offs from the U.S. and other nations from tainting the international market for bubbly.
The French champagne industry has hired Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP — one of Washington’s top law firms — to lobby on its behalf, according to a disclosure form filed with the Senate and made public July 1.
How much money do lobbyists make? Well, it helps if you’re a former member of Congress or worked on Capitol Hill, the Sunlight Foundation reports.
The social network Snapchat has hired lobbyists in Washington for the first time.
Snapchat — which allows users to send photos and videos that disappear after a certain amount of time — has signed up with the powerhouse K Street firm Heather Podesta + Partners, according to a lobbying disclosure form filed Jan. 1.
What could go wrong?
It’s taken for granted that lobbyists influence legislation. But perhaps less obvious is that they often write the actual bills — even word for word.
"The financial industry has long been a draw for former political operatives seeking a bigger paycheck and New York lifestyle. But with the big banks now under constant assault from reformers, regulators and some members of Congress, the flow of top talent from Washington to Wall Street has become a small flood."
Great editorial in the Winston-Salem Journal of North Carolina on one state lawmaker’s desire to repeal the ban on gifts from lobbyists. It ends:
"Brawley defended his bill to WRAL-TV, saying legislators have integrity and would not be unduly influenced by gifts.
"We find that hilarious, and suspect the prosecutors who put [Former Speaker] Black in prison do also. HB 640 should die a quick death. Our legislature should not be up for sale to those who can afford to wine and dine our legislators."
"The high court last week decided to hear a challenge to the aggregate limit on how much a donor can contribute each election cycle. Many court observers expect the justices to abolish the cap and free individuals to donate to as many candidates as they wish.
"That would be a groan-inducing development on K Street, where lobbyists are already bombarded with requests to attend fundraisers and contribute to campaigns."
"The way lobbyists woo the incoming freshman class of lawmakers is a lot like dating. They’re seeking out people with common interests. They’re hoping to cultivate a long-term relationship. And they’re looking for that know-it-when-you-see-it spark.
"And this week — with members-elect in town for orientation — offers plenty of opportunities for flirting. Receptions, meet-and-greets and even fundraisers are being squeezed between official business."