Posts tagged lobbying
Posts tagged lobbying
As the Obama administration pushes to do more business over the Internet, finally seeking to close the technology gap with the private sector, the digital makeover is running into a dogged opponent called Consumers for Paper Options.
The group is working the halls of Congress in closed-door meetings, underwriting research favorable to its position and mounting a news media campaign in an effort to preserve Washington as the capital of paper — and slow the move away from printed checks, forms and other paper communication.
"In all, groups pressing for the bill spent $150 million on lobbying in 2013, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political spending. At least 350 companies and organizations, including Monsanto (MON), PepsiCo (PEP), and Dean Foods (DF), hired lobbyists in 2013 to work on the Senate’s farm bill. Only debates over the federal budget, immigration, and defense spending attracted more lobbying muscle, according to the center.”
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.
If you look at the numbers, it may seem that lobbying is in decline, but it isn’t; it’s just taking different forms. What was once straightforward lobbying has become, in effect, a full service PR-advertising-social media operation, very little of which is covered by federal regulation.
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Twitter Inc. registered to lobby in July of this year and just reported they spent $40,000 lobbying the executive and legislative branches during the third quarter. But it is the long list of bills in the issue areas of civil liberties, copyright/patent, immigration, and telecommunications, that show how many government actions may impact on the company in the future.