Survey: Top CEOs report weaker economic outlook for 1Q
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top U.S. CEOs reported Wednesday that their economic outlook weakened in the first three months of the year although it remains above its historical average.
Court filing: Ex-Trump aide Gates continues to cooperate
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign aide and key cooperator in the special counsel's Russia probe, is not ready to be sentenced because he continues to help with "several ongoing...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana is joining a Washington D.C. lobbying firm.
Akin Gump announced Wednesday that the Democrat would be a partner in its public law...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (all times local):
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been sentenced...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Some former New Mexico lawmakers and public officials are lobbying the Legislature even though they've been out of office less than a few months.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's state government saw a surge in lobbyists spending in 2018 over offshore wind turbines and marijuana legislation, the state Election Law Enforcement Commission...
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky legislature only met for four days in January, but it was enough for lobbying spending to set a record.
Venezuela’s Guaido plans to go home despite safety concerns
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela is waiting for Guaido.
The man who would be paramount leader of a country in upheaval is on the move. He heads to Paraguay on Friday after lobbying in...
Kentucky Senate OKs bill to reveal executive branch lobbying
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill aimed at shedding more light on efforts to lobby the state's executive branch.
Startup seeks to link small groups to big lobbyists
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — EchoRidge, a Concord startup company, wants to do something that might strike a lot of people as a terrible idea: Make it easier for people to hire political...
Louisiana cap on legislative wining and dining grows to $62
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Lobbyists can spend a tiny bit more wining and dining Louisiana state lawmakers and other public officials, beginning July 1.
Small Indiana wineries lobby for expanded distribution
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Small wineries in Indiana are lobbying for the chance to sell their products direct to retailers and restaurants after the number of wine wholesalers in the state plummeted...
Former Iowa Sen. Danielson to lobby for wind energy group
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa Sen. Jeff Danielson says he has taken a job as a regional state policy director for the American Wind Energy Association, a national trade group for the wind...
North Dakota House passes GOP-sponsored ethics bill
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's House has approved a bill that develops rules to comply with a voter-approved constitutional amendment aimed at ethics reform.
Gambling, tobacco groups among top spenders on lobbying
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — New lobbying reports show that gambling, tobacco, utility and marijuana groups are among the top spenders on lobbying so far this session in Maine.
Former House lawmakers join Washington lobbying firm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The former New York congressman unseated by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is going to work for a powerhouse lobbying firm.
Squire Patton Boggs announced Tuesday that Joseph Crowley has joined its global public policy practice. Crowley chaired the House Democratic Caucus and was once considered a possible successor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi before losing to Ocasio-Cortez in New York's Democratic congressional primary.
Arkansas Senate passes ban on elected officials lobbying
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate has passed a measure that bans lawmakers and the state's top elected officials from serving as lobbyists while in office.
The bill approved by the Senate on a 34-0 vote Monday expands state law, which already prohibits legislators from being registered lobbyists in Arkansas while in office. The measure expands that ban to lobbying outside the state and also applies to the state's constitutional officers.
- The Washington TimesRobert Mueller investigated Michael Cohen for money laundering, foreign lobbying violationsMarch 19, 2019
- The Journal GazetteLargest DC lobbying firm hires DonnellyMarch 17, 2019
- The AdvocateLehman lobbying senators intensely for state economic postMarch 12, 2019
- Connecticut PostBanker lobbying for Senate supportMarch 11, 2019
- The Santa Fe New MexicanBill would prevent lobbyists’ spending during sessionMarch 4, 2019
Newspaper: Indiana lawmaker may have violated lobbying laws
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A former Indiana lawmaker's contract with the state's Department of Veterans Affairs may have violated state lobbying laws, according to a newspaper investigation.
Prosecutors may be forced to name Flynn in lobbying case
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge may require prosecutors to disclose more information about former national security adviser Michael Flynn's role in a case accusing his former business partner of illegally lobbying for Turkey.
At a hearing Wednesday in Alexandria, Judge Anthony Trenga ordered prosecutors to disclose to defense attorneys the names of any unindicted co-conspirators whose statements will be used at the upcoming trial of Bijan Kian.
Mothers lobby to change breastfeeding law they call outdated
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Several mothers with children in their arms joined women's groups Monday at the Statehouse in lobbying for the removal of what they describe as outdated language in North Dakota's breastfeeding law.
Women may breastfeed in public in the state if they do so "in a discreet and modest manner." A bipartisan bill is aimed at removing that language and also would make it illegal and punishable by up to a $1,000 fine to prohibit a mother from breastfeeding.
Minnesota schools may seek reprieve for cancelled classes
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota education officials and lobbyists are surveying districts to decide whether to ask lawmakers for a shorter school year after severe winter weather forced many to cancel classes.
Oklahoma lawmaker wants to stop commissioners from lobbying
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma County commissioner who is also a lobbyist raises ethics questions, according to a state lawmaker.
The Oklahoman reports that Rep. Jason Dunnington, D-Oklahoma City, plans to work to amend state ethics rules to make county officials subject to a state lobbying ban.
Senate panel votes down bill to expand lobbying restrictions
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Senate panel has voted down a measure to expand the number of state employees barred from private lobbying for two years after leaving government.
The State Affairs Committee voted 7-2 Wednesday to reject the bill. Sen. Stace Nelson, who supported it, says it was one in a series of bills to address what people have dubbed a "culture of corruption" in Pierre.
Sen. Brock Greenfield, an opponent, says it would've been a "sea change."
Top senator touts bill to reveal executive branch lobbying
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Senate's top leader on Tuesday pointed to high-profile public corruption cases in pushing for ethics legislation to shed more light on efforts to lobby the executive branch.
Senate President Robert Stivers mentioned federal bribery and kickback cases involving an ex-lobbyist and a former high-ranking state official in advocating for stricter oversight of lobbyists when reaching out to executive branch agencies that craft regulations and award contracts.
SD Senate panel to debate expanding lobbying restrictions
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A broader swath of state employees would be covered under rules barring officials from private lobbying for two years after leaving government in a bill South Dakota lawmakers plan to debate this week.
Republican Sen. Stace Nelson said Monday that his measure would prohibit former state employees from using their relationships for the benefit of private companies to lobby. The Senate State Affairs Committee is scheduled to hear the plan Wednesday.
Embattled California utility spent most for 2018 lobbying
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. spent nearly $10 million on California lobbying efforts in the year before the utility giant declared bankruptcy, spending more than any...
- Globe NewswireMcGlinchey Stafford Grows National Government Relations Services with Hire of Jason RedmondNovember 26, 2018
- Globe NewswireAmerican Land Title Association Grows Federal Lobbying EffortsNovember 1, 2018
- BusinessWireGrassroots Work and Persistent Lobbying Produce Win for Oklahoma’s Wine LoversSeptember 24, 2018
Bill to restrict Dominion pipeline costs
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Legislation that could pose a serious threat to the bottom line of Dominion Energy's planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline continues to advance in the Virginia General Assembly.
The bill passed a key House committee Thursday with bipartisan support despite heavy lobbying by Dominion.
Former lawmaker’s testimony raises lobbying questions
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Testimony from a former legislator this week before a Missouri Senate committee is raising questions about whether he followed state laws prohibiting ex-lawmakers from quickly returning to lobby at the Statehouse.
North Dakota lawmakers mull bills aimed at ethics reform
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature has a dismal approval rating and most voters believe the state's political system is broken and needs sweeping changes, a primary backer of a successful citizen-led ethics reform measure told lawmakers Wednesday.
"The people of North Dakota want you to hear them," said Ellen Chaffee, vice president of North Dakotans for Public Integrity, a group that sponsored the constitutional amendment aimed at ethics reform.
Bills target money in politics, influence of lobbyists
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine lawmaker has proposed limiting the influence of lobbyists, restricting when former lawmakers can start lobbying and banning the use of political funds for personal profit.
Gun control bills unveiled as opponents fan out at Capitol
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota state senator proposed new gun restrictions Thursday while gun control opponents fanned out across the state Capitol complex to lobby their lawmakers to oppose further limits.
Sen. Ron Latz introduced bills to require background checks before most gun sales in Minnesota, and to allow police and family members to obtain court orders to temporarily remove guns from people who pose an imminent danger to themselves or others, also known as a red flag law.
States move to ease restrictions on child sex-abuse lawsuits
NEW YORK (AP) — In many states across the U.S., victims of long-ago child sex-abuse have been lobbying for years, often in vain, to change statute of limitation laws that thwart their quest for justice. This year seems sure to produce some breakthroughs, due in part to the midterm election results and recent disclosures about abuse by Roman Catholic priests.
Lobbyist sues South Dakota House speaker over floor access
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A longtime lobbyist is suing the speaker of the South Dakota House, alleging that he banned her from the chamber's floor after she wrote a magazine column saying the number of "wackies" in the Legislature was increasing.
Netflix joins MPAA lobbying group, its 1st streaming member
NEW YORK (AP) — On the same day Netflix scored its first best picture nomination from the Oscars, the streaming company is also joining the lobbying group the Motion Picture Association of America.
The MPAA announced Tuesday that Netflix will join its ranks, becoming the first streaming service to do so. The only other members of the MPAA are the six major studios.
Former AG Bondi headed to DC to work with lobbying firm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is heading to Washington to take a new post with a leading lobbying firm.
Ballard Partners announced Tuesday the well-known Republican politician will head the firm's new regulatory compliance office. The firm is headed by Brian Ballard, who has close ties to President Donald Trump.
Lobbying ‘Day of Action’ brings hundreds to Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of political activists from across Virginia gathered in Richmond on Monday to lobby in favor of driving rights for immigrants, a higher minimum wage and voting rights for felons.
The New Virginia Majority, a civic engagement group that focuses on marginalized communities, held its fifth annual Day of Action event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Democrats hit Trump EPA nominee on coal lobbying, rollbacks
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday called climate change "a huge issue" but not the "greatest crisis" and drew fire from Democrats at his confirmation hearing over the regulatory rollbacks he's made in six months as the agency's acting administrator.
Ex-Kansas Rep. Yoder joins Quayle’s son in DC lobbying firm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder has joined a Washington lobbying firm in which one of former Vice President Dan Quayle's sons is a partner.
HHQ Ventures announced Wednesday that the former Republican congressman from Kansas is now a partner in the firm.
Another partner is Ben Quayle. He is the younger of the former vice president's two sons and a former GOP congressman from Arizona.
Ex-US Rep. Messer takes job with Washington lobbying firm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Indiana Republican U.S. Rep. Luke Messer is joining a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm.
Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting announced Tuesday that Messer will be co-leader of its federal advocacy group and advise businesses and others nationwide on federal regulatory and policy developments.
Messer spent six years as the congressman for eastern Indiana's Sixth District before he unsuccessfully sought the Republican U.S. Senate nomination last year.
Mueller not ready for Trump aide’s sentencing, filing says
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Gates, a former senior campaign aide to President Donald Trump, will have to wait at least another two months for his sentencing date in the Russia investigation, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Ex-Texas Rep. Farenthold quits lucrative port lobbying job
VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — A former Texas congressman who resigned last year amid sexual harassment allegations has quit his $160,000-a-year lobbyist position for a port authority.
Advocates of Indiana hate crime law leery of new proposal
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A coalition of Indiana business, religious and community group leaders says it won't be satisfied with what it describes as a weakened version of a proposed state hate crimes law.
The Latest: Advocates leery of hate crime law proposal
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the debate over a proposed Indiana hate crimes law (all times local):
A coalition of Indiana business, religious and community group leaders say they won't be satisfied with what they describe as a weakened version of a proposed state hate crimes law.
Former Arizona senator returns to Washington lobbying firm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl has returned to the lobbying firm that employed him before he was tapped to fill the seat that had been held by the late John McCain.
In a statement released Monday, Covington & Burling said Kyl has rejoined its public policy practice, where he'll focus "on matters of policy and strategy for the firm's clients." Kyl, however, is subject to a two-year cooling off period during which he cannot lobby Congress.
Longtime lawmaker Lou Lang resigns House seat
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A former Democratic leader in the Illinois House has resigned his seat.
Lou Lang announced Monday that he's ending his 32-year legislative career. The 69-year-old from Skokie has joined the lobbying firm Advantage Government Strategies.
Cannabis, gambling interests drive up lobbying registrations
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More companies and groups in Virginia are getting into the political influence game ahead of a legislative session than they have in past years.
Lobbying data collected by the Virginia Public Access Project shows that 86 companies and groups, like business associations, registered lobbyists for the first time between May and December last year.
That's highest number since at least 2007 and up from 54 the year before.
Indiana governor plans major role in hate crimes debate
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Eric Holcomb asserted Thursday that he'll be in the middle of the Legislature's potentially contentious debate over adopting a state hate crimes law.
The Republican governor told reporters just before state lawmakers gathered in the Statehouse to start their 2019 session that he was hopeful a bill would pass after conservatives blocked similar proposals in recent years.