Category Archives: Lobbying

“Twitter Becomes A Key Real-Time Tool For Campaigns”

The Washington Post published an interesting article concerning the role Twitter plays in campaigns and grassroots lobbying.

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Lobbyists For Obama – The First Soft Money Ads Of The 2012 Presidential Election Are Sponsored By A Lobbyist Organization

It appears that the Democratic soft money group that fired the first shots in the 2012 presidential election is a Super PAC established or controlled by lobbyists.  I am not sure I have seen this reported anywhere.  The Priorities USA Action FEC … Continue reading

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“GAO: K Street Largely Complying With Disclosure Rules”

Roll Call ($) published this article discussing the findings contained in the latest Government Accountability Office report on compliance with the federal lobbying disclosure rules.

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ABA Panel Recommends Changes To Federal Lobbying Laws

An ABA Task Force on federal lobbying laws has published a report recommending sweeping changes.  The recommendations contained in the report include increased transparency regarding specific offices contacted by lobbyists, greater campaign finance restrictions, and enforcement of the federal lobbying laws … Continue reading

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Politics Meets College Football

The New York Times published an article yesterday discussing the activities of a political action committee (“PAC”) dedicated to forcing the NCAA to adopt a playoff system to determine college football’s national champion.  The PAC has adopted a fairly aggressive posture … Continue reading

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DISCLOSE Act Update – Senate Democrats May Try Again After The August Recess

Hotline On Call reports that Senate Democrats may bring the DISCLOSE Act back to the Senate floor for another vote after the August recess.  It appears they have decided to use the legislation as a vehicle to score political points.  The Democrats and reformers are lobbying … Continue reading

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Lobbying – House Passes Lobbying Disclosure Enhancement Act

Last week, the House passed H.R. 5751, the Lobbying Disclosure Enhancement Act.  The bill was sent to the Senate for consideration last week. H.R. 5761 amends the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 by establishing a Lobbying Disclosure Enforcement Task Force that … Continue reading

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Lobbying Disclosure – Groups Advocate Stregthening Lobbying Registration Requirements

Politico published an article discussing a new initiative by two groups to strengthen the lobbying registration requirements.  Specifically, the American League of Lobbyists and Sunlight Foundation are teaming up to advocate the elimination of the 20% lobbying activities requirement so that behind-the-scenes players … Continue reading

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DISCLOSE Act Mystery: Is There An Undisclosed Amendment To The DISCLOSE Act On The House Calendar?

This one just appeared on my radar.  Apparently, a new DISCLOSE Act prohibition was introduced on June 28, 2010, has been placed on the House calendar, and may see floor action today.  The bill,  HR 5609, would amend the existing … Continue reading

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Twitter, Facebook, Blogs As Online Advocacy Tools

The Washington Post examines the use of social media and blogs by public policy stakeholders as effective advocacy tools to deliver their messages.  The article also questions why some public relations executives who use their personal Twitter or Facebook profiles … Continue reading

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GAO Issues Report On Lobbyists’ Compliance With Disclosure Requirements For 2009

The United States General Accountability Office (“GAO”) just issued its latest report on compliance with the Lobbying Disclosure Act entitled, 2009 Lobbying Disclosure: Observations on Lobbyists’ Compliance with Disclosure Requirements. Listed below are some of the key findings: For income and … Continue reading

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Facebook’s Footprint Inside The Beltway

Politico posted an interesting piece profiling Facebook’s Washington, DC office and their mission.  The post can be found here.

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Obama Administration Proposes New Lobbying Disclosure Amendments

The Hill published an article discussing the President’s proposed changes to the lobbying disclosure requirements contained in his State of the Union speech before Congress and in a talking points memorandum distributed by the White House to pro-regulation groups.  According to the … Continue reading

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House and Senate Release Updated LDA Guidance

The Secretary of the Senate released updated lobbying disclosure guidance that includes new rules for the disclosure of trade association dues and foreign entities.  The Senate lobbying disclosure guidance can be found here, and BNA Money & Politics Reports ($) article … Continue reading

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U.S. Supreme Court To Examine Honest Services Fraud Statute

The New York Times published an article previewing the U.S. Supreme Court’s three cases on the honest services fraud statute that was used by federal prosecutors in the Jack Abramoff matter to secure plea agreements from Members of Congress, Congressional … Continue reading

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