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Vaping industry spends big in Montana

Oct. 20, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The vaping industry spent more than $554,000 lobbying Montana lawmakers and donating to campaigns from 2016 to 2019. The Billings Gazette reports that Montana health officials earlier in October documented the state's first death from vaping and earlier reported at least two cases of...

Capitol Watch: Politics decide when bills get to Cuomo desk

Oct. 19, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A huge pile of legislation passed this year by newly empowered New York Democrats is still awaiting the governor's signature, and advocacy groups and lawmakers are clamoring to get their bills turned into law. Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces a 10-day deadline to act on bills after they are...

Capitol Watch: Budget wrangling already under way in Albany

Oct. 12, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The second floor of the New York State Capitol is bustling as the governor works on his budget proposal, due in January. The legislative session may still be a season away, but lobbyists are already stalking the halls and pitching their funding priorities to Democratic Gov. Andrew...

Court strikes down NY law to disclose donors to nonprofits

Oct. 12, 2019 8:19 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Democratic governor is reviewing a federal judge's move to strike down a 2016 law that would have required the disclosure of donors to certain nonprofits that want to lobby public officials. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office says it's considering next steps following the decision in...

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...