The Hill reports on Kenya’s lobbying expenditures. According to the article, “Lobbyists for the Kenyangovernment have focused on strengthening security ties, as well as increasing trade, between the two countries. They have also worked to secure a direct flight route between Atlanta and Nairobi.” The article further reports that the African nation has retained Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter and Associates (CLS) for PR services and the Moffett Group to provide lobbying services.
Round-up of some articles on the DISCLOSE vote, from Eric Brown.
Need a quick look at the House ethics process? Ethics lawyer Stan Brand takes you through some of the steps. (Video).
Open Secrets notes this study on the “revolving door” from the London School of Economics, which found that ex-staffers turned lobbyists benefit financially from being in influential offices.
Eliza Newlin Carney of National Journal writes on Rep. John Boehner and Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lobbyist / special interest ties will matter to voters. “Will Boehner’s Bucks Rankle Voters?”
Quote of the week:
“The recession has actually created a map where all roads now lead to Washington.” – Kevin O’Neill, Patton Boggs, Washington Post, 9/20/2010
“It is true that my fights against powerful special interests have not made me popular with the Washington crowd… I take the fact that I’m considered the lobbyists’ number one enemy as a compliment, because my job is to fight for the people of Wisconsin, not the special interests in Washington.” – Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.), Politico, 9/20/2010
“Democrats don’t like to go to K Street as much as Republicans do… Republicans ‘don’t care. They will work for oil, energy, gas, PhRMA, insurance, cigarette companies, gambling. It’d take something pretty damn bad for them not to do it.’” – “K Street recruiter,” Roll Call, 9/20/2010