The wind energy sector spent big-time money in 2012 to protect its federal tax credits, lobbying disclosure reports released this week show.
Foreign Policy reports that the Podesta Group “is channeling as much as $35,000″ to sponsor Mike Allen’s Playbook as it lobbies for the nomination of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense.
Democratic Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Leadership PAC, “O’Say Can You See,” will hold a fundraiser on Dec. 10 in the Chevy Chase home of lobbyists Mike Smith and Amy Tejral, according to Politico.
As fears of another recession mount amidst the fiscal cliff talks, lobbyists are cashing in. “Lobbyists generally do pretty well if there’s policy uncertainty,” said Lee Drutman, a senior fellow at the Sunlight Foundation, a government accountability and transparency watchdog group.
The implication that lobbyists have seen their influence wane under President Barack Obama is belied by the facts.
Former Obama administration public relations flack and amateur disc jockey/fashion photographer Ben Chang recently became a principal at the Podesta Group, the lobbying firm cofounded by left-wing brothers John and Tony Podesta.
A wind energy tax credit championed by President Barack Obama will benefit financially a group of large American corporations that have donated overwhelmingly to Democratic candidates and committees.
The insurance industry and prominent Democratic lawmakers are attempting to water down a new Iran sanctions bill that would penalize any company that underwrites Iranian affiliates, according to insiders on Capitol Hill.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s Super PAC, Searchlight Leadership Fund, took in more than $140,000 from lobbyists in 2012 despite Reid’s election campaign claims of opposing big banks and their lobbyists, Federal Election Commission filings show.
The news that Wall Street megabank Goldman Sachs may have tried to torpedo a human rights bill pertaining to Russia provoked a reaction from the financial giant, which maintains it never paid a prominent D.C. lobbying firm $100,000 to rally opposition to the legislation.