Latest Lobbying News

Kansas lawmakers seeking federal offices free to raise money

Dec. 8, 2019 2:18 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers who are running for federal office are free to accept campaign contributions from lobbyists despite a state rule limiting such contributions during the legislative session. The state limit on lawmakers accepting lobbyist contributions during the session doesn't apply to...

Arizona governor says state will keep welcoming refugees

Dec. 6, 2019 8:18 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey told President Donald Trump's administration Friday the state will continue its tradition of welcoming refugees, cheering resettlement agencies that have lobbied the state and local governments to keep opening their arms to people fleeing war and other horrific...

Report: Investigators ask about Illinois House leader

Dec. 5, 2019 5:16 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The longest-serving state House speaker in modern American history is a subject of inquiries in an ongoing federal corruption investigation that has already entangled several top Illinois Democrats, according to a newspaper report published Thursday. Four people interviewed by investigators...

Trial starts for Michigan lawmaker accused in vote scheme

Dec. 3, 2019 4:57 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A lobbyist says she was shocked and angry to receive a text message from a Michigan lawmaker who is charged with trying to get campaign cash for certain votes. The trial of state Rep. Larry Inman began Tuesday in Grand Rapids federal court. The Republican from northern Michigan...

Report: Lobbyists aided lawmakers with health care columns

Dec. 2, 2019 4:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lobbyists were involved in drafting or revising opinion columns about health care written by state lawmakers in Montana and Ohio, officials said. Lobbyists were involved in producing the final versions of articles warning of the dangers of Medicare-for-all and other government involvement...

Financial disclosure a target of lawmakers’ ethics quest

Dec. 1, 2019 10:10 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A bribery charge against a state legislator and federal investigations into lobbying have Illinois lawmakers promising to tighten the rules of soliciting and exercising influence in the Statehouse, with a renewed focus on the ridiculed process of financial disclosure. The General...

Report: Former Michigan legislators seek out consulting jobs

Nov. 30, 2019 10:24 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — More than a dozen former Michigan lawmakers who left the state Legislature at the end of 2018 due to term limits have avoided disclosing clients by working as consultants, rather than lobbyists, a newspaper has found. There were 45 state legislators who departed last year. At least 14 such...

Hong Kong activists call for global support after US laws

Nov. 28, 2019 8:58 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Chanting “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong,” pro-democracy activists on Thursday urged the world to follow U.S. footsteps in supporting human rights in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory, as police teams began a cleanup of a university earlier occupied by...

Religious freedom law plays key role in migrant-aid case

Nov. 26, 2019 3:25 PM EST

Religious liberty is often a high priority for conservatives, but last week’s acquittal of an Arizona man prosecuted for aiding migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border is spotlighting the ability of religious freedom law to shield people of faith regardless of political ideology. The case of Scott Warren, a...

Lobbyist sentenced to 7 years in Arkansas corruption scheme

Nov. 25, 2019 4:50 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A lobbyist who pleaded guilty to bribing three former Arkansas state lawmakers, including the governor’s nephew, has been sentenced to seven years in prison without parole. Rusty Cranford was sentenced in federal court Monday for bribing Republican state Sen. Jon Woods,...