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National Journal: 

"It’s going to be a little more difficult to ferret out which members of Congress are lavished with all-expenses-paid trips around the world after the House has quietly stripped away the requirement that such privately sponsored travel be included on lawmakers’ annual financial-disclosure forms.

"The move, made behind closed doors and without a public announcement by the House Ethics Committee, reverses more than three decades of precedent."

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In lobbying, the name of the game is fundraising, that’s all they care about with us. Sure, we can give them advice, but if we aren’t contributing, what are we doing? If we’re not contributing, we don’t deserve a seat at the table.
A Republican lobbyist on K Street befriending new House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. (The Hill)

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I hope the syllabus includes strategies for dodging phone calls from members of Congress asking for money.
Public Campaign Communications Director Adam Smith in this Politico story on educational programs to become a better lobbyist.

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Happy Tax Day!
"Twenty-five profitable Fortune 500 companies, some with a history of tax dodging, spent more on lobbying than they paid in federal taxes between 2008 and 2012, according to Public Campaign analysis of data from Citizens for Tax Justice and the Center for Responsive Politics. Over the past five years, these 25 corporations generated nearly $170 billion in combined profits and received $8.7 billion in tax rebates while paying their lobbyists over half a billion ($543 million), an average of nearly $300,000 a day."
(Via Public Campaign)
 

Happy Tax Day!

"Twenty-five profitable Fortune 500 companies, some with a history of tax dodging, spent more on lobbying than they paid in federal taxes between 2008 and 2012, according to Public Campaign analysis of data from Citizens for Tax Justice and the Center for Responsive Politics. Over the past five years, these 25 corporations generated nearly $170 billion in combined profits and received $8.7 billion in tax rebates while paying their lobbyists over half a billion ($543 million), an average of nearly $300,000 a day."

(Via Public Campaign)

 

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Mitch McConnell’s Lobbyist Wednesday

Hopefully he finds time to like legislate or something (via Politico Influence)

PODESTA REPUBLICANS FUNDRAISING FOR MCCONNELL: Podesta Group Republicans are hosting a breakfast fundraising for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday. A senior Podesta Group Republican principal sends the invite along and says the event will kick off a robust year of political support from Podesta GOP principals, focused on in-cycle GOP senators and up-and-comers in the House. The fundraiser will be at Podesta Group’s D.C. offices. The suggested cost to attend is $2,500 for PACs and a $1,000 suggested individual contribution. The invite is here: http://bit.ly/M4XHIU 

ALSO: On the same day, McConnell will host a have a dinner fundraiser at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Cost to attend: $7,500 to co-host, $2,500 for PACs and $1,000 as an individual. Danielle Burr of Navigators, Missy Edwards of Missy Edwards Strategies, Rob Hobart of McBee Strategic, Lanier Swann Hodgson of Purple Strategies, and Brandi White of the Nickles Group are listed as hosts.

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The best way to address that would be to prohibit campaign contributions from registered lobbyists or from the clients who hire lobbyists made to members of congress who sit on the committees with jurisdiction over the subject matter of their lobbying.
DC “super lobbyist” Jack Quinn, during a Reddit AMA yesterday. (Via Public Campaign, “DC Super Lobbyists: Yes, Money in Politics is a Problem.”)

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