March 28, 2012 •
And other campaign finance, super PAC, and lobbying headlines today:
“McCain predicts ‘huge’ U.S. campaign finance scandals” by Alina Selyukh (Reuters) in the Chicago Tribune.
“McCain Calls SCOTUS Decision on Campaign Spending ‘Stupid’” by Rebekah Metzler in the Chicago Tribune.
“Beware of the super-PAC: More lawmakers are fearing an ad ambush” by Joe Picard in The Hill.
Montana: “Conservative groups challenging campaign finance law formally seek Supreme Court intervention” by The Associated Press in The Republic.
“Lobbyists reaping $220M bonanza” by Rich Karlin in the Albany Times Union.
“Memo details oil, gas industry lobbying expenditures” by The Associated Press in the News Tribune.
“Review of lobbyist spending prompts House ethics meeting” by Jason Clayworth in the Des Moines Register.
January 26, 2012 •
Lobbying after the State of the Union Address, more news about Super PACs, and lobbying spending was down in 2011:
“Days After SOTU Are Full of Lobbyist Feedback” by Kate Ackley in Roll Call.
“Super PACs’ money could tip balance of power in Congress” by Martina Stewart in CNN Politics.
“Lobbying dips sharply in 2011” by Dan Eggen in the Washington Post.
“Lobbying spending falls for first time since 1999” by Kevin Bogardus in The Hill.
January 23, 2012 •
As the lobbying reports are analyzed from 2011, news articles have been appearing in the last few days talking about what kind of year it was for the lobbying industry. Here are a few significant contributions:
“On K Street, 2011 was year to forget” by Kevin Bogardus and Rachel Leven in The Hill.
“K Street’s boom goes bust” by Anna Palmer on Politico.
“K Street’s Largest Firms Saw Some Dips in 2011 Business” by Kate Ackley in Roll Call.
“Many lobbying firms saw dropoff in revenue in 2011” by Catherine Ho in the Washington Post.
“Lobbying outlays bounce back in 4th quarter” by Dave Levinthal on Politico.
“Chamber cuts lobbying spending in half for 2011” by Kevin Bogardus in The Hill.
“Chamber’s lobbying spend fell sharply in 2011” by David Ingram on Reuters.
In the States:
“Lobbyists’ largesse at Capitol: $87,248” by Chris Joyner in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. (This article discusses spending in the first two weeks of 2012.)
“Business lobby outspends all others, nears all-time record” by Adam Sichko in the Albany Business Review.
“Top 35 Biggest Spenders on Smith Hill” by Dan McGowan on GoLocalProv.com.
October 21, 2011 •
Third quarter reports show spending is down again.
I saw a pattern on Eric Brown’s Political Activity Law Blog entry for today – articles talking about lobbying spending. Each one comes to us from The Hill and each one tells of dropping numbers. I thought they were significant, so here they are:
Staff article: “Lobbying Revenue – Third Quarter 2011”
“Influence industry officially in a funk” by Kevin Bogardus and Rachel Leven
“Chamber of Commerce and legal affiliate report spending $45.8M on lobbying” by Kevin Bogardus
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