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Water polluters spent millions on lobbying efforts in 2014, report finds

KC McGinnis | February 25, 2015

As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers look to restore Clean Water Act  protections to smaller waterways around the country, industries and trade groups are putting millions of dollars into lobbying efforts to prevent such a move. 261 more words


The fight behind the Legislature's ethics amnesty bill

Legislation offering fine forgiveness to mayors, city council members and other local politicians began as a spat last fall between the state ethics commission and the… 771 more words

Lobbying sting costs UK lawmaker security watchdog role

LONDON (AP) – Conservative Party lawmaker Malcolm Rifkind quit Tuesday as head of the committee overseeing Britain’s intelligence services and announced his retirement from Parliament, after being caught in a hidden-camera sting appearing to discuss swapping political influence for money. 170 more words


Negotiating with David and Goliath

Over the past couple of weeks life has seemed like one long negotiation. Since I’m selling much of my furniture and looking to rent out my house, every day consists of trade-offs with prospective buyers and tenants. 534 more words

Private Eye on one Award Murdoch Didn't Want

I found this report from Private Eye’s edition for 1st October 1999 on Empower America’s award to Rupert Murdoch’s for his contribution to American culture. 151 more words

The Press

Vox Political: Cameron Rejects Labour's Anti-Corruption Measures

Mike over at Vox Political reports that Ed Miliband is placing a ban on Labour MPs and parliamentary candidates from holding directorships. This is in order to improve the parliamentary standards and public’s estimation of MPs after recent lobbying scandals, including that which has just broken out over Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw. 461 more words