More Lobbying Articles

  • K Street loses a loyal ally in Kathleen Sebelius

    To begin on a positive note about the outgoing Secretary of Health and Human Services: Kathleen Sebelius was perfectly cordial the one time I met her. It was at a birthday party of Tony Podesta, the corporate lobbyist and top Democratic fundraiser. The secretary took a break that October...

  • Why K Street is working overtime to get more immigrants --- in one chart

    Immigration reform has lots of arguments in its favor, and I am thoroughly conflicted on the issue. But the momentum behind the legislation has come predominantly from the business lobby. FRED That's why the above chart, from Joe Weisenthal at The Business Insider, is so important. He argues...

  • Lobbyist bundlers, not rich donors, soil political money

    Rich people can now donate more money politicians, thanks to the First Amendment and the U.S. Supreme Court. The court’s ruling in McCutcheon v Federal Election Commission won’t change politics much. But it ought to spur Congress to clean up our cluttered and counterproductive campaign...

  • Untangling Common Core groups from lobbyists is impossible

    Attention, class: A Common Core mouthpiece wants to rap my knuckles with his Gates Foundation-funded ruler. In response to my column two weeks ago about the marketing overlords pushing the Fed Ed racket, Chad Colby of Achieve Inc. demanded corrections. Let's go to school. "I wanted to take a...

  • Obama's revolving door: A busy entrance and exit

    Under President Obama, the revolving door is spinning just fine, as both an exit and an entrance.

  • Protectionism in everything: From fortune tellers to hair braiders

    Regulations are not always about protecting consumers and workers from avaricious or careless corporations. They are often about protecting incumbent businesses from competition: Melanie Armstrong wanted to be an African hair braider, practicing a skill passed down from generation to...

  • Lobbyist charged with sexually assaulting woman

    BAILEY'S CROSSROADS, Va. (AP) — Fairfax County police say a lobbyist and former George W. Bush administration official has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman he met at a Bailey's Crossroads store. Police say 44-year-old Sloan Rappoport of Arlington was arrested Tuesday and charged...

  • K Street's new gig: lobbying government for hedge funds

    Here's a growing business model in the financial world: bet that a company’s stock will crash, then sic the federal government on the company. Politically connected hedge-funder Bill Ackman has been open about this. He shorted the nutritional supplement company Herbalife in late 2012,...

  • D.C. elite say pro-Israel lobby losing influence, likened to NRA

    A new and unusual survey of Washington political insiders reveals that the once-invincible pro-Israel lobby is losing steam, possibly opening the doors for moderate Middle East peace voices to get a chance at influencing American policy. The survey provided to Secrets found that of those...



From the Weekly Standard

  • 2014 ≠ 2016

    Polls are overrated, but they can be still instructive. So what’s to be learned from a Fox News survey of 1,012 registered voters conducted April 13-15? 

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  • Through a Google Glass, Darkly

    “Just because something bears the aspect of the inevitable one should not, therefore, go along willingly with it.” ​—​Philip K. Dick

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  • As Goes North Carolina

    Raleigh, N.C.  To win the Senate, Republicans must win North Carolina. While it’s mathematically possible to take the Senate without ousting Democratic senator Kay Hagan, the chances of that...

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