Posts Tagged ‘American League of Lobbyists’

Weekly Lobbying News Round-Up

Friday, July 30th, 2010 by Vbhotla

The Congressional Cigar Association got some (probably) unwanted attention from the Huffington PostWeekly newslast week.

Former Bush White House Spokesman Dana Perino has joined a lobbying firm. Perino is listed on the lobbying disclosure form for Hamilton Place Strategies. She’s listed on the form for Mina Corporation, which, according to their form, is interested in “Congressional Investigation” and “Department of Defense Contracts.” Although, also according to their form, the firm is making less than $5,000 on the contract.

Roll Call reports on ex-lobbyist Kevin Ring, and the impact of his trial on the future of Honest Services suits. (Roll Call subscription required).

Ethics (or lack thereof) update: Rep. Charles Rangel has been charged with 13 counts of violations against the House ethics rules. Read about it at Roll Call, or read the statement from the Ethics Committee here. (PDF)

DISCLOSE fails in the Senate. Will Harry Reid bring it up again after the August recess? Stay tuned. Meanwhile, you can get your fix of stories on the final cloture vote here at Rick Hasen’s Election Law Blog.

Politico reports on Sen. Richard Shelby’s earmark policy, and staffer connection to those earmarks.

The American League of Lobbyists and the Sunlight Foundation are teaming up to lobby on getting the 20% threshold lowered. OMB Watch blog notes the development, and it’s referenced in this Politico story, “Lobbyists call bluff on ‘Daschle exemption.'”

Quote(s) of the Week:

A little legal humor for you: “While the statute does not speak of business before a particular committee (as opposed to the House generally), it bears noting that the one committee that touches everyone is the Ways and Means Committee. There being no committee on death, the only other certain thing in life is covered within the jurisdiction of the Ways and Means Committee.” – Ethics Committee on the accusations regarding Charlie Rangel, 7/29/2010

Tom Daschle, you’re ruining it for everyone: “You don’t know what they’re doing, and they have an incredible amount of power and access that no average American would ever have and that no average American can find out about either. It’s a double whammy.” – Dave Levinthal, Center for Responsive Politics, on lobbyists who aren’t registered, Politico, 7/26/2010

And this is why the public does not trust lobbyists: “One corporate lobbyist who worked as a regulator, asked whether he believed he had an inside edge in lobbying his ex-colleagues, said: ‘The answer is yes, it does. If it didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to justify getting out of bed in the morning and charging the outrageous fees that we charge our clients, which they willingly pay.’ …  The lobbyist, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of concerns about alienating government officials, added that “you have to work at an agency to understand the culture and the pressure points, and it helps to know the senior staff.” – New York Times, 7/27/2010

ALL to host training session on LDA, HLOGA, FARA

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 by Brittany

When: June 7, 2010
Where: Hall of States, Washington DC (teleconference available)
LCP Credits: 1 (required for completion of certificate program)
Register online: http://www.alldc.org/certificate/disclosure.cfm

Required as part of the Lobbyist Certificate Program (LCP), this core session arms you with the practical know-how to comply with today’s lobbying regulations and keep the media and opponents from using your filings and disclosures against you.

From bundling regulations (which recently tripped up several PACs), to gifts, events and communications, you will learn how to avoid pitfalls in registering and filing the LD-1 form, as well as what information to provide on the quarterly LD-2 and semiannual LD-203 reports. You’ll also learn how FARA regulations apply to lobbying on behalf of foreign government and political entities.

Weekly Lobbying News Round-Up

Friday, May 21st, 2010 by Vbhotla

The American League of Lobbyists is launching a PR campaign to help educate the public on the good things that lobbyists do. NPR has the story. Key quote from the ALL’s president Dave Wenhold: “Most people are represented by lobbyists, and they don’t even know. I mean, to give you an example: The second you get up in the morning you’re represented by a lobbyist. You go to have your toast, the wheat lobbyists love you. You have your eggs, the poultry farmers love you and their lobbyists. You get in your car, if it’s a Toyota, you have a lot of lobbyists right now.”

(See our post on Lobbying in the Public Interest, too).

Update on Illinois lobbying: a significantly lower fee structure is approved. Some background on the story here, at the ACLU’s site. (h/t: Political Activity Law).

The Compliance & Ethics Institute will host its annual conference in Chicago this year. Some topics to be covered include: building ethics and compliances systems, anti-corruption and anti-bribery systems, managing expectations, and more. Look at the full list of sessions and register here: www.complianceethicsinstitute.org.

The anti-lobbyist mood does not extend to lobbyist checkbooks for some legislators. (At Roll Call, subscription required).

The Post seems to do one of these articles once every 3 months or so, but there’s talk that K Street is no longer the lobbying hub. Not to worry, they’re staying in the D.C. area. (Washington Post free registration required).

National Journal‘s Bara Vaida writes on the revolving door with Sen. Michael Bennet.