Ernst & Young, one the largest and most prestigious accounting firms in the country, has agreed to pay the SEC $4 million to settle charges of illegally lobbying Congress. Though in the institutional role of independent auditor, Ernst & Young employees lobbied congressional staff on behalf of two of their clients providing “prohibited legislative advisory services.”
|By: DSWright Thursday July 17, 2014 1:28 pm|
|By: DSWright Monday April 14, 2014 7:00 am|
So much for don’t be evil. According to a report in the Washington Post Google has become a powerhouse in the game of corporate influence peddling. From lobbying to contributions to funding think tanks Google has been cynically buying influence to influence regulators in the federal government even to the point of organizing Google friendly professors to defend Google from charges of monopolizing search before officials at the Federal Trade Commission under the guise of academic events at George Mason University.
|By: DSWright Friday February 21, 2014 6:35 am|
Corruption is nothing if not resilient. Though official lobbying has faced some token regulation it has been revealed in a must read piece by Lee Fang that there now exists an entire shadow lobbying system that dwarfs the official one. Lobbyists are deregistering but not really stopping their lobbying work. While the number of official lobbyists has dropped to the 12,000 range some estimates have unofficial lobbyists numbering as high as 100,000.
|By: Connor Gibson Friday February 14, 2014 7:15 pm|
Over the last four years, Greenpeace has made a Valentine’s Day tradition of spoofing the influence peddling of corporate lobbyists and captured politicians. This year’s installment embodies the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, which reporters have characterized as a “dating service” for its role in pushing copycat, corporate-crafted laws through state legislatures.
|By: DSWright Monday February 3, 2014 9:02 am|
Are you sitting down? The lobbying rules designed to slow down the revolving door have failed. According to the New York Times, an analysis of congressional staffer data has revealed that not only is the practice of government worker-to-lobbyist continuing, the meager ethics rule that do exist are being ignored.
|By: DSWright Thursday November 28, 2013 7:35 am|
After explicitly promising he would not become a lobbyist, former Senator Joe Lieberman has done just that. Lieberman will be privately cashing in on his “public” service after he told reporters to “watch him” when they questioned the sincerity of his no lobbying pledge.
|By: Steve Horn Thursday June 27, 2013 8:33 am|
In President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan address, he stated that TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would only receive State Department approval “if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.”
As it stands, that means Keystone XL – which if built to full capacity would pipe diluted bitumen, or “dilbit” from the Alberta tar sands down to Port Arthur, TX refineries for shipment to the global export market – may likely receive Obama’s approval.
|By: DSWright Tuesday June 4, 2013 11:50 am|
What is the point of hoping if you can’t snatch some change? Or so seems to be the logic among the Obama supporters who went into government following the election. According to the Washington Post former aides in the Obama Administration are making some serious loot off their public service.
|By: DSWright Monday May 27, 2013 12:10 pm|
I try to be cynical, but I can’t keep up.
|By: Jeff Connaughton Saturday April 13, 2013 1:59 pm|
Edward Luce’s book has been widely praised as carefully balanced and filled with evocative analysis and reportage. With a cast of dozens of academic, business and governmental thinkers, it wrestles with America’s relative economic decline, how the global economy is increasingly siphoning away America’s ability to innovate and manufacture, and a wide range of U.S. policy failures from education to healthcare to reinventing government. Too often Internet-entranced readers like me look for distillations to digest quickly, rather than dwell on the fascinating interviews, anecdotal treasure chest, and hard-nosed analyses in Mr. Luce’s detailed yet highly entertaining book.