Posts tagged lobbyists
Posts tagged lobbyists
As Apple’s Tim Cook heads to the Senate today for a hearing, a new Congressional report finds the company “avoided billions in taxes in the United States and around the world through a web of subsidiaries so complex it spanned continents and went beyond anything most experts had ever seen.”
Maybe that’s why, as Sunlight Foundation reports, the top issue for Apple lobbyists over the years is “taxes.”
And those lobbyists know how government works. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, 25 of the 27 lobbyists Apple paid in the first quarter of 2013 are “revolvers,” or people who have previously worked in Congress or a federal agency.
“What does surprise me is that there is no shame in Washington anymore and people don’t think this is a conflict,” said Craig Aaron, president and CEO of Free Press.
From The Nation: “How Wall Street Defanged Dodd-Frank”
In just three months, Missouri lobbyists have spent more than $450,000 on gifts to state lawmakers.
That’s a lot of jelly beans!
New analysis from the Center for Public Integrity on lobbyist fundraising in the 2012 election:
“In all, a dozen candidates and political committees raised at least $100,000 from lobbyist-bundlers ahead of the 2012 election, including the leadership PAC of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.”
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.”
“Sixteen lawmakers who left Congress recently have landed posts with groups that seek to influence policy — despite rules aimed at slowing the revolving door between Capitol Hill and lobbying firms, a USA TODAY analysis shows.”
“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 NRA kept its dozen in-house lobbyists on lockdown in the first month after the Newtown massacre, but no more. The group is moving back onto Capitol Hill in force, not shying away from its take-no-prisoners message: no new gun laws.”