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More than 220 Capitol Hill staffers have taken jobs as lobbyists in 2014

Via The Hill:

Legistorm, an organization that compiles and analyzes congressional data, reported that the number of departures to K Street in 2014 is on pace to exceed the last election year of 2012, when about 329 staffers left to go lobby.

"Headhunters said a number of factors explain the jump, including a ‘brain drain’ of ambitious aides who are frustrated by the legislative gridlock."

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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.
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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.

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.

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This segment from John Oliver on Dr. Oz and the dietary supplement industry is hilarious. One of our favorite lines, on how the industry fights regulations: “Because companies have access to the one genuinely, truly effective wonder drug. It’s called lobbying, and here’s how the science works.”

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“KOCHS LOBBYING ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE: The Nickles Group has picked up three new clients, according to paperwork filed late last week — including Koch Companies Public Sector. The private energy company — owned by billionaire GOP mega donors Charles and David Koch — has listed campaign finance issues on the lobbying registration.”
(Politico Influence)

KOCHS LOBBYING ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE: The Nickles Group has picked up three new clients, according to paperwork filed late last week — including Koch Companies Public Sector. The private energy company — owned by billionaire GOP mega donors Charles and David Koch — has listed campaign finance issues on the lobbying registration.”

(Politico Influence)

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From Politico: 

FIRST IN PI: GWU LAUNCHES LOBBYING MASTER’S PROGRAM: A new Master’s degree program at The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Managementwill focus on preparing students for careers in global governance and policy influence. The 39-credit Advocacy in the Global Environment degree is designed to meet today’s global emphasis among corporations, organizations and associations. It will be offered both on campus and online and includes a weeklong study abroad in key international cities.
Graduates will learn to lobby before legislatures of foreign countries, create advocacy plans for multinational corporations, non-profits and NGOs and advise clients on regulatory and policy changes for a foreign country or region.

From Politico

FIRST IN PI: GWU LAUNCHES LOBBYING MASTER’S PROGRAM: A new Master’s degree program at The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Managementwill focus on preparing students for careers in global governance and policy influence. The 39-credit Advocacy in the Global Environment degree is designed to meet today’s global emphasis among corporations, organizations and associations. It will be offered both on campus and online and includes a weeklong study abroad in key international cities.

Graduates will learn to lobby before legislatures of foreign countries, create advocacy plans for multinational corporations, non-profits and NGOs and advise clients on regulatory and policy changes for a foreign country or region.

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Big Paper

In Washington, everyone’s got a lobbyist:

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.

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Businessweek: A Farm Bill Only a Lobbyist Could Love

"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.”

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