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    Former prominent Democratic elected officials Fabian Nuñez, Barbara Boxer and Antonio Villaraigosa led the mass resignations from one of the state’s most powerful lobbying firms, Mercury Public Affairs. The departures are largely prompted by financial disputes. Nuñez filed a lawsuit that alleges that Omnicom — Mercury’s parent company — failed to live up to an agreement that would allow the...
    Several lobbying firms with connections to President Biden experienced a sharp increase in cash during the first six months of 2021, with some raking in four times as much revenue over the same time period in 2020. One firm cashing in on the Biden administration is headed by the brother of a senior White House official, and another bought a...
    New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul speaks during a news conference the day after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation at the New York State Capitol, in Albany, New York, August 11, 2021.Cindy Schultz | Reuters Kathy Hochul won't take over as New York's governor for about two weeks, but several lobbyists already have a leg up in the race...
    LONDON (AP) — Former British Prime Minister David Cameron is reported to have made $10 million from a financial services company that he lobbied for before it collapsed earlier this year, according to a TV news program. The BBC reported Monday that Cameron appeared to have made $4.5 million after cashing in shares from Greensill Capital in 2019. Together...
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (L) speaks during his daily news conference with Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa (R) on March 20, 2020 in New York City.Bennett Raglin | Getty Images A firm run by the father of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's closest advisor was actively lobbying members of the governor's team earlier this year for clients as former Cuomo...
    The brother of a top staff member in Joe Biden’s administration is lobbying the White House on issues related to China for General Motors, a new disclosure reveals. Jeff Ricchetti, a long-time swamp creature of Washington, DC’s lobbying circle is the brother of White House Counselor to the President Steve Richetti. The form shows Ricchetti was hired to lobby the Biden...
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    WASHINGTON - Thomas Barrack, a billionaire friend of Donald Trump who chaired the former president's inaugural fund, has been arrested on charges including unlawful foreign lobbying and obstruction of justice, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. Barrack is accused of unlawfully advancing the interests of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the United States. He is also alleged to...
                      
    A foundation started by the late President George H.W. Bush’s son, Neil Bush, bearing his name is being bankrolled by a firm linked to China’s communist government, known officially as the Communist Party of China. A report by Axios revealed the George H.W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations, chaired and founded by Neil Bush in 2017, is raking in a $5...
    Former Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko said he had been pitched by a lobbying firm linked to Hunter Biden and the energy company Burisma, offering him 'high levels' of access to members of the Clinton campaign ahead of the 2016 election, according to newly released emails. They raise fresh questions about the work of Blue Star Strategies after it emerged that...
    A consulting firm linked to Hunter Biden – and co-founded by a former member of the Clinton administration -- is facing a Justice Department investigation into potential illegal lobbying activity, according to a report. Blue Star Strategies, based in Washington, D.C., is facing U.S. government scrutiny over work it conducted on behalf of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company where Hunter...
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) is reportedly investigating a lobbying firm once hired by the Ukrainian energy company that in turn once employed Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden’s son. The Burisma Holdings energy company hired Blue Star Strategies, a multinational lobbying firm founded by alumni of the Clinton administration, in 2015. Hunter Biden sat on Burisma’s board at the time....
    A Democratic consulting firm that worked on behalf of Burisma, the Ukrainian energy giant that counted President Joe Biden’s son among its board members, is reportedly being investigated by the Justice Department in relation to what could have been illegal lobbying efforts to help the company’s oligarch owner. The report by Politico on Thursday cited “four people familiar with...
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    The Justice Department is investigating a Democratic consulting firm with ties to Hunter Biden for potential illegal lobbying, according to a new report. Blue Star Strategies did work for the Ukrainian energy company Burisma while Hunter Biden served on its board. Biden's work on that board became a campaign issue last year after President Donald Trump repeatedly railed against it at...
    Broadband companies paid for millions of fraudulent comments supporting the Trump-era repeal of net neutrality rules, according to an investigation in New York. Nearly 8.5 million fake comments to the Federal Communications Commission and half a million letters to Congress were paid for by the nation's largest broadband companies, said a report released on Thursday by the office of New...
    Former Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) has joined law and lobbying firm Arent Fox as counsel after losing his reelection bid in 2020. Jones joined the firms’ government relations, government enforcement and white collar groups. His former aide, Cissy Jackson, also joined the firm as counsel. Jackson previously served as counsel and national security adviser to Jones in the Senate. The duo...
    Corey Lewandowski represents the Trump campaign at an event contesting ballot counting in Philadelphia on November 5, 2020.Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via ZUMA Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Turnberry Solutions, a lobbying firm notable for aggressively advertising ties to former President Donald Trump,...
    The lobbying firm owned by the brother of a top advisor to President Joe Biden is earning nearly five times as much as it did last year, the Center for Responsive Politics revealed. White House counselor Steve Ricchetti’s brother, Jeff Ricchetti, earned $820,000 in lobbying revenue between January and March, five times what he earned during the same period last...
    The shadow attorney general first joined the US company in 2008, a year after leaving Tony Blair’s Cabinet, in which he had served as Lord Chancellor – Asadour Guzelian The Conservatives on Sunday night attempted to draw Labour into the lobbying row engulfing Westminster by claiming an senior opposition frontbencher has questions to answer over his role at a firm...
    RISHI Sunak promised David Cameron he would “push” his plan for taxpayers’ cash to prop up his finance firm — in a twist to a lobbying saga. The pledge was revealed in one of two text messages the Chancellor sent the ex-PM last year. 2Chancellor Rishi Sunak promised David Cameron he would 'push' his plan for taxpayers’ cash to prop...
    Vice President Kamala Harris’s senior policy advisor from her time as a California senator will move to a prominent lobbying firm. Yasmin Rigney Nelson will become a partner at Bracewell LLP and a senior principal for their Policy Resolution Group, Axios reported Monday. She will advise clients on economic and tax policy. Excited to announce that I will be joining...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor, congressman and one-time presidential candidate, is going to work for a lobbying firm. Shumaker Advisors announced Tuesday that Sanford would be joining the firm as an executive vice president and principal. The government relations arm of a law firm founded in 1925, Shumaker Advisors operates seven offices in Ohio,...
    DAVID Cameron has been cleared of breaking lobbying rules after asking ministers to grant Covid loans to a company he worked for. The former PM, 54, texted the Chancellor’s private phone asking for support for finance business Greensill Capital. 2David Cameron has been cleared of breaking lobbying rules after asking ministers to...
    Several former top aides to members of President Joe Biden’s cabinet have been scooped up by top corporate lobbying firms, according to multiple reports. Former aides to Health Secretary Xavier Becerra, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, Housing Secretary Marcia Fudge, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack have been hired to lobby the same administration run by their previous...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A longtime Ohio lobbyist who had pleaded not guilty in a sweeping federal bribery investigation died Tuesday, a former U.S. attorney said. Neil Clark had pleaded not guilty in August over an alleged role in a $60 million scheme to funnel money from FirstEnergy companies through a network of dark money entities to then-Ohio House Speaker...
    Two of Gov. Cuomo’s top female aides, who have covered for him during a snowballing sexual harassment scandal, have family ties to high-powered lobbyists whose firms rake in millions of dollars lobbying the governor and those in his orbit. Cuomo’s powerful secretary, Melissa DeRosa, is married to Matthew Wing, his former press secretary who now serves as a top communications exec...
    Mohammad bin Salman attends a meeting of the G20 member countries in Osaka, Japan, on June 28, 2019.Balkis Press/Abaca/Zuma Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Last Friday, the Biden administration released a four-page intelligence report that concluded that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince...
    The Big Apple’s lobbying industry proved to be nearly pandemic-proof last year despite the COVID-19 outbreak that ravaged New York City, new records show. For months in 2020, most of the city was in lock down, with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration and the City Council holding virtual meetings and hearings during the pandemic instead. But well-connected, high powered...
    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has hired a Washington-based law firm to lobby for its readmission to the U.S. F-35 fighter jet programme after it was suspended over its purchase of Russian air defences, a contract filed with the U.S. Department of Justice showed. Ankara had ordered more than 100 stealth fighters and has been making parts for their production, but...
    President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump wave as they board Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., January 20, 2021.Carlos Barria | Reuters A lobbying shop co-founded by leaders of former President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign is closing its doors following Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 election. Avenue Strategies was co-founded by Barry Bennett after...
    Francis W. "Frank" Biden, the younger brother of Vice President Joe Biden, talks about a white powder scare that took place at his Ocean Ridge, Florida home.Joe Cavaretta | Sun Sentinel | Tribune News Service | Getty Images President Joe Biden's younger brother Frank Biden worked with a small consulting firm that was involved with federal lobbying on behalf of...
    MIAMI (AP) — Newly filed lobbying records show Venezuela’s socialist government previously hired a longtime Democratic Party donor for $6 million at the same time it was lobbying to discourage the U.S. from imposing sanctions on the oil-rich nation. The documents, which were disclosed Thursday, show a U.S. subsidiary of Venezuela’s state oil giant PDVSA agreed to hire Marcia Wiss’...
    U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about administration plans to strengthen American manufacturing during a brief appearance in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, January 25, 2021.Kevin Lamarque | Reuters Wall Street and financial firms across the country are hiring a legion of lobbyists as Democrats – who now control the White House, the Senate and the...
    President-elect Joe Biden’s inaugural committee announced that it will be returning a $500 donation from former Democrat California Sen. Barbara Boxer after it was revealed that she worked as a lobbyist for a Chinese company with alleged ties to the imprisonment of hundreds of thousands of Uighur Muslims in East Turkistan. The controversy resulted in Boxer deregistering as a foreign...
    Former California Sen. Barbara Boxer has registered as a foreign agent for Hikvision USA, the American subsidiary of a Chinese surveillance company that has been blacklisted by the U.S. government. Boxer, a Democrat, registered the work through Mercury Public Affairs, the prominent lobbying firm that she joined as a consultant early last year. Boxer’s registration form, filed through the Justice...
    LAFAYETTE (KPIX) — When Congress finally approved another round of relief payments for small businesses they may not have been thinking about places like Lafayette. “They’re still considering businesses with 300-500 people as a small business,” said Jay Lifson, executive director of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. “In our town … half of our chamber members have one to...
    SACRAMENTO —  On the website of one of Sacramento’s most influential lobbying firms, partner Jason Kinney boasted of his close connection to Gavin Newsom, noting he has advised the governor for “nearly 14 years.” The plug suddenly disappeared last month, days after Newsom drew national criticism for attending Kinney’s 50th birthday dinner at the famed Napa Valley restaurant the French...
    Amazon, the trillion dollar tech company, has hired lobbyist Jeff Ricchetti, whose brother will be the top White House counselor to Joe Biden. Ricchetti’s firm, which he founded in 2001 with his brother Steve, the incoming Biden adviser, registered as a lobbyist for Amazon on Nov. 13. According to disclosure forms filed with Congress, Ricchetti will lobby for Amazon on...
            by Chuck Ross  A vaccine maker under investigation for misrepresenting its involvement in Operation Warp Speed has hired lobbyist Jeff Ricchetti, whose brother will be the top White House counselor to Joe Biden. Ricchetti’s firm, which he founded with his brother Steve, the incoming Biden adviser, registered as a lobbyist on Nov. 1 for Vaxart,...
    A vaccine maker under investigation for misrepresenting its involvement in Operation Warp Speed has hired lobbyist Jeff Ricchetti, whose brother will be the top White House counselor to Joe Biden. Ricchetti’s firm, which he founded with his brother Steve, the incoming Biden adviser, registered as a lobbyist on Nov. 1 for Vaxart, a California-based biotechnology company that specializes in developing...
    Twenty-two years ago, on the day after Gray Davis was elected governor of California, I hopped aboard a Southwest Airlines plane bound for Los Angeles. I was heading south for Davis’ morning-after press conference and I was not alone. Several journalists and other Capitol figures were on the plane, including the man sitting across the aisle, a lobbyist for public...
    A lobbying firm co-founded by Joe Biden’s incoming White House counselor registered earlier this year to lobby for a tech company seeking to improve trade relations with China.  Biden tapped Steve Ricchetti, a longtime lobbyist and Democratic operative, to serve as one of his top White House aides.  Ricchetti’s brother, Jeff, registered in August to lobby for Applied Materials...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he would select Washington swamp monster Steve Ricchetti to serve as the “counselor to the president.” Throughout his Washington career, Riccetti had his own “revolving door” from the lobbying world to political power. In the late 1980s, he began as a lobbyist for Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance before moving to lead...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks during a drive-in campaign rally at Riverside High School on October 18, 2020 in Durham, North Carolina.Drew Angerer | Getty Images Lobbyists are preparing for a potential Joe Biden presidency as he leads President Donald Trump in national and several swing state polls. In recent weeks, some lobbyists have started meeting with Biden advisors,...
    ABUJA, Nigeria—Civil society groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo are petitioning the country’s government to investigate millions of dollars paid by the administration of then-President Joseph Kabila to an Israeli firm associated with Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. The firm’s goal: to help the Central African nation escape further economic sanctions by the U.S. Giuliani, who served as...
    Roger Sollenberger October 12, 2020 10:00AM (UTC) Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who finds herself trailing Democratic challenger Sara Gideon in a hotly contested election battle with national implications, wrote contracting reforms as a member of the Senate Government Affairs Committee that appear to have directly benefited the lobbying and consulting firm of her future husband's lobbying and consulting firm.  While that...
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