Posts Tagged ‘world cup’

Weekly Lobbying News Round-Up

Friday, July 9th, 2010 by Vbhotla

Weekly newsUFO Lobbyist seeks to bring extra-terrestrial issues to the forefront of Congress’s legislative schedule.

How sweet it is: honey lobbyists ask the FDA for national purity standards as a method of trade protection.  (Washington Post)

Publicly-financed elections come to the fore-front. The Washington Post reports on Common Cause  and Public Campaign’s effect to pass the Fair Elections Now Act.

People seem to be endlessly fascinated by the fact that Facebook has a DC lobbying presence. Maybe it’s because they’re spending all day on Farmville? (The Hill, subscription required).

DISCLOSE Soldiers On. The Democrats are hopeful that they’ll get their pet campaign finance issue through the Senate within a reasonable time-frame. (Roll Call, subscription required).

Lobbyists take advantage of World Cup fever by lobbying for the world’s biggest sporting event to be held in the US in 2022. (The Hill, subscription required).

LD-2 filings are due in less than two weeks. Are you prepared? And it’s July, meaning a double-whammy of filing: LD-203 Forms are due on July 30.

Quote of the week:

“Lobby disclosure enforcement is notoriously lax.” – Meredith McGehee, Campaign Legal Center, Politico, July 4.

Lobbying for the World Cup

Thursday, July 1st, 2010 by Vbhotla

Interesting lobbying news from across the pond: according to Australian newspapers, two European lobbyists scored major money – up to 11.37 million dollars (Australian) in contracts, based on their ability to bring the 2022 World Cup successfully to Australia. But they may have overstepped the line in offering gifts or bribes to FIFA officials.

According to the news reports, the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) “also handed out pearl cufflinks, offered a free trip to Australia to a [FIFA] committee member for his birthday, and paid for a football team linked to FIFA vice president Jack Warner to visit Cyprus last year.”

FIFA is investigating whether there was any wrongdoing on the part of the FFA. The U.S. is also considered a strong contender as host for the world’s most popular sporting event.