Boston Consulting CEO on the ties between business and politics

Jan 25, 2021
Rich Lesser said the business world is ready to find common ground with the Biden administration.
The New York Stock Exchange in New York City. "I think business leaders are all struggling with how prominent to be" at a time of stark political division in the United States, Rich Lesser says.
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The one place in Washington, D.C., where bipartisanship is flourishing

Dec 8, 2020
The biggest, most lucrative lobbying firms in Washington are bipartisan.
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Political groups spend millions to turn out new voters

Sep 15, 2020
Finding and educating previously unregistered voters — and getting them to the polls — is an expensive business.
A voter casts her ballot in Louisville  during Kentucky's primary in June.
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A virtual DNC means Milwaukee loses revenue — and more

Aug 17, 2020
The city was expecting 50,000 visitors. Only a few hundred will actually turn up.
A view of the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, where the 2020 Democratic National Convention would have been held.
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How lobbying and regulation can worsen inequality, according to one political science professor

Steven Teles wants to arm legislators with more research staff so they can push back when lobbyists fight institutional change.
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Why do political parties still hold conventions? (Hint: $$$)

Jul 16, 2020
They can juice local economies. They can also juice campaign coffers.
Joe Biden speaks during the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Pennsylvania. This year's convention will take place virtually at a later date.
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People still leaving California for Texas despite COVID-19 surge

Jun 26, 2020
The reasons for relocation include the lower cost of living, bigger houses for less money and more conservative politics.
Demonstrators call for the reopening of Texas at the state Capitol in April. Politics is one reason some Californians relocate to Texas.
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Paul Krugman on why "zombie" economic ideas should stay dead

Jan 29, 2020
Nobel-winning economist Paul Krugman on why some bad ideas just won't die.
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Limited election security funds pose risk for 2020

Dec 19, 2019
Some members of Congress want to include more funding for election security in the next federal spending bill, due on Dec. 20.
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Candidates are hoping you'll buy their rhetoric — as well as their merchandise

Hats, tees, totes and hoodies are big business in political fundraising. More and more, the same salesmanship is being applied to policies.
Democratic presidential candidates on stage at the second round of primary debates in July in Detroit.
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