Colorado U.S. Senator-elect Cory Gardner’s office announced his committee assignments today. It will come as no surprise to politics watchers that Gardner has landed on the Energy and Natural Resources committee. A Representative of the Colorado Front Range gas patch for the last four years in the House, Gardner has been a reliable champion of oil and gas on Capitol Hill, and his election campaign coffers have been brimming with oil industry money for years.
In January, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, ascended to the powerful chairmanship of the House Financial Services Committee. Six weeks later, Hensarling was joined by representatives of the banking industry for a ski vacation fundraiser at a posh Park City, Utah, resort.
Not only can Florida's debate over workers’ pensions be traced back to ALEC, but the controversial organization can also be linked to efforts to prohibit local governments from implementing laws that extend to paid sick leave.
According to a report by the Center for Public Integrity, Feld Entertainment, the parent company of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, spent $355,000 on federal lobbying, up from $280,000 in 2011 and just $120,000 in 2007.
Pennsylvania’s Republican Governor Tom Corbett has been an ally to Big Business and the rich — subsidizing private schools, cutting taxes on the rich, and opening up more land for gas drilling. Thanks to the Philadelphia Daily News, we know what.
Last week's admission by Sheldon Adelson's casino company that it had "likely" violated provisions of the federal law barring U.S. companies from bribing foreign officials raises some intriguing questions. Chief among them: Which transactions by Las Vegas Sands and its far-flung subsidiaries are at issue?
George Prescott Bush has not even decided which office in Texas he wants to run for — but it appears corporate lobbyists have already decided to flood his campaign warchest with thousands of dollars, ensuring that they have his ear.
Organizing for Action, the Obama administration’s new “independent,” non-profit advocacy group, should be put out of business and its plan to schedule quarterly meetings with the President for its big contributors and fundraisers should be scrapped.
A former Illinois congressional candidate and a government watchdog organization have teamed up to sue the Internal Revenue Service, claiming the agency should bar dark money groups from funding political ads.
A records request by ProPublica to the IRS turned up a list of the original funders of the group: Exxon, Pfizer, Time Warner, and other corporations put up at least 85 percent of the $1.3 million the foundation raised in the first year and a half of its existence, starting in 2003.