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Sep 16, 2019

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Lobby groups want USMCA decision as soon as Congress reconvenes

by Andy Uhler Aug 2, 2019
Some argue Congressional recess is when the real work gets done, when lobbying groups pull out all the stops to get policies passed.
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Departing members of Congress lobby for new jobs

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Dec 12, 2018
An exodus of lawmakers means tough competition for lobbying jobs.
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by Kimberly Adams Oct 4, 2018
The companies that still donate are also becoming more transparent.
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Ahead of G-7 summit, lots of behind the scenes lobbying on trade

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Jun 8, 2018
Business leaders and their lobbyists urge President Trump to stop levying tariffs.

The pot lobby hits Capitol Hill

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer May 24, 2018
A couple hundred business owners push for the federal legalization of marijuana so their companies can grow.
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The NRA hasn’t always been the NRA

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Feb 15, 2018
The National Rifle Association spent about $5 million lobbying Congress last year. That’s up from around $1.5 million 10 years ago, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.  But the NRA is not just a Washington lobbying powerhouse. Its reach…
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Big Tech is spending a lot on lobbying, but it's not clear what goes toward immigration

by Tony Wagner Sep 11, 2017
Google, Apple, Microsoft and others have loudly denounced Trump's immigration policy, but their lobbying reports tell a different story.
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As Amazon grows, so does its lobbying budget

by Aaron Schrank Jul 21, 2017
Amazon just keeps growing. So does its spending on lobbying in support of policies it thinks will aid that growth. Filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission show the company is on track to spend $12 million lobbying this year,…

How Google expands its influence by paying professors

by Kai Ryssdal Jul 12, 2017
Lobbying comes in many forms. It can be meetings and phone calls or quiet chats in the corridors of power. Or academic papers. A story in the Wall Street Journal today highlights how Google’s Washington-based lobbying shop uses scholarly work…

That whole Panama Papers scandal? The U.S. also needs to take a look at itself

by David Brancaccio and Janet Nguyen May 19, 2017
Similar tactics to hide money are taking place in states like Delaware.
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