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Influence For Money


Somebody explain to me why a Russian buying $150k worth of ads on Facebook is bad, but an ex-Congressman who spent $84,000 tax dollars to settle his own sexual misconduct charge… 134 more words

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Nintendo Bringing Back NES Classic — Again

Nintendo announced that the NES Classic Edition will return to store shelves on June 29.

The retro NES console was first released in 2016 and comes preloaded with 30 classic games.  227 more words

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Ex-Texas Congressman Takes Lucrative Lobbying Post

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Former Republican U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold has accepted a lucrative position lobbying for a port in his ex-Texas district — mere weeks after resigning amid fallout from using public funds to settle a past sexual harassment complaint. 400 more words


Our UN Achievement

Our charity World Protection for Dogs and Cats in the Meat Trade was awarded Special Consultative Status with the United Nations in April. We are very proud about this achievement and the huge opportunity it affords us to be a voice for the the dogs and cats of the meat trade in the ears of those who have the power to make real change happen. 59 more words

WNY firms and organizations employing state lobbyists spent $4.58 million in 2017

This post is Trump-free. I cannot say that it is politics-free, but readers can make their own judgments about that.

One of the earliest posts on this blog reviewed the list of Western New York firms and organizations that employed… 962 more words

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Post-democracy and the transformation of lobbying

There’s a fascinating passage on pg 164-165 of The Unwinding by George Packer, talking about the evolution of lobbying in the United States:

Quinn and Gillespie considered themselves the smart guys in the business.

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How Lobbyists Exploit America


“Conducts activities aimed at influencing or swaying public officials,” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). “Something that serves to induce or influence,” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). These are the definitions of a bribe and a lobbyist. 2,754 more words