Latest Lobbying News

Report: Giuliani under investigation for lobbying violations

Oct. 11, 2019 11:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, is being investigated by federal prosecutors in New York for possible lobbying violations. That's according to a report Friday in The New York Times, citing two anonymous people familiar with the inquiry. One of the Times' sources...

Arrest of Giuliani associates ensnares 'Congressman 1'

Oct. 11, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businessmen with ties to Rudy Giuliani lobbied a U.S. congressman in 2018 for help ousting the American ambassador to Ukraine around the same time they committed to raising money for the lawmaker. An indictment unsealed Thursday identified the lawmaker only as "Congressman 1." But the...

Exelon: Another federal subpoena received on lobbying

Oct. 10, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Exelon says in a new public filing that it and its electric utility, ComEd, have received a second federal subpoena asking about lobbying in Illinois and communications with a state senator whose offices the FBI recently raided. The Securities and Exchange Commission filing Wednesday says...

Investigations touch Illinois powerbroker's confidants

Sep. 27, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — One of the nation's most powerful state legislators has for decades tended to shrug off the latest scandal involving Illinois politicians, but the sight of FBI agents hauling bags of evidence from an office on the Democratic side of the Capitol building this week may have startled the...

Justice Department faces setbacks in illegal influence fight

Sep. 25, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The outcome of three recent investigations shows the difficulty of prosecuting allegations of illegal foreign influence, a Justice Department official said Wednesday. But Assistant Attorney General John Demers, the department's top national security official, said the government would not...

Juul stops e-cigarette ads as teen vaping, illnesses grow

Sep. 25, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Juul Labs Inc. will stop advertising its electronic cigarettes in the U.S. and replace its chief executive as mysterious breathing illnesses and an explosion in teen vaping have triggered efforts to crack down on the largely unregulated industry. The nation's largest e-cigarette maker and...

US probe of lobbyists Podesta and Weber ends without charges

Sep. 24, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department investigation of two prominent lobbyists that was spun off from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe has concluded without charges, people familiar with the matter said Tuesday. The Justice Department recently informed lawyers for Tony Podesta and former Rep....

Trump outpaces Obama, Bush in naming ex-lobbyists to Cabinet

Sep. 17, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In less than three years, President Donald Trump has named more former lobbyists to Cabinet-level posts than his most recent predecessors did in eight, putting a substantial amount of oversight in the hands of people with ties to the industries they're regulating. The Cabinet choices are...

At rally, Warren decries Trump as 'corruption in the flesh'

Sep. 17, 2019 3:10 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Facing thousands of cheering supporters in the nation's largest city, Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren on Monday decried President Donald Trump as "corruption in the flesh" and outlined her plans to root out corruption in the White House, Congress and courts. "Corruption...

Mint, menthol: Vape industry has dug heels in on flavor bans

Sep. 12, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Efforts to ban flavored e-cigarettes and reduce their appeal to youngsters have sputtered under industry pressure in over a half-dozen states this year even as one state, Michigan, moves ahead with its own restrictions and President Donald Trump promises federal ones. In many cases,...