4:19 PM, Feb 6, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
News of a new and creative way for the recipients of federal grants to spend the money. Use it to pay lobbyists. Who will, presumably, work their magic in order to get more federal money, which can then be spent to lobby for yet even more federal money.
Buffalo’s WGRZ reports that according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, office of inspector general:
… the city spent more than $1.6 million on "prohibited or illegal activities."
… payroll and travel costs, as well as, insurance payments and contracts for lobbyists. Payments to lobbyists are strictly prohibited under federal law.
No news on:
… whether the city still employs lobbying firms -- Capitol Partners, American Continental Group and Patton Boggs
12:36 PM, Jan 28, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Happy days are here again on K Street. As Kevin Bogardus and Erik Wasson of the Hill write, with Congress debating individual spending bills instead of simply passing continuing resolutions:
9:00 AM, Nov 18, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Washington, D.C. is booming. That's in large part because of a massive growth in lobbying expenditures and federal contracts.
8:03 AM, Aug 26, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The bigger and more bewildering the legislation, the better for the Lords and Ladies of K Street. So as Megan R. Wilson of The Hill reports:
4:16 PM, Aug 12, 2013 • By BENJAMIN SILVER
Special interests—mostly advocacy firms and former-Congressmen turned lobbyists—drive Congress’s agenda and play an oversized role in the formation of policy. But the face of lobbying is changing, thanks partly to approaches pioneered in the last three years by Heritage Action for America, the lobbying and policy organization affiliated with the conservative Heritage Foundation.
11:51 AM, Mar 26, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The country has been crying out for another big-money lobbying effort and now, as Jennifer Martinez writes in the Hill, "Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is helping launch a new lobbying organization with a group of prominent Washington political consultants and tech executives."
3:28 PM, Jul 20, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
National Public Radio media enterprise is so essential, according to backers, that it requires government support. But, as its supporters always point out, in an amount equal to merely 2 percent of the NPR budget. Which leads one to ask if the outfit couldn't find a way to spend two percent less or raise the money in one of those marathon pledge drives it holds every two or three weeks. The government, after all, is tapped out.
If it were only that easy …2:02 PM, May 3, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
It appears increasingly likely that Senator Richard Lugar will not be the senior U.S. senator from Indiana when the next Congress is sworn in. After 36 years on the job, he is running behind in a tough primary. His opponent's main knock on Lugar is that he has been in Washington too long and been infected with the incumbency virus.
2:31 PM, Apr 12, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In just the last few months, Bidzina Ivanishvili, one of the world's richest men with an estimated $6.5 billion fortune, hired a small army of PR consultants and lobbyists in Washington, including at least 7 of Washington’s most prominent firms.
But not for Taiwan.12:29 PM, Jun 1, 2011 • By JOSEPH A. BOSCO
A delegation of the People's Liberation Army, the largest group of Chinese military officers ever to visit the United States, recently toured the Pentagon and other U.S. defense facilities. Part of their mission was to further erode and finally end the congressional ban on weapons and technology sales to China imposed after the Tiananmen Square massacre of peaceful demonstrators on June 4, 1989.
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