Latest Lobbying News

The Latest: House OKs easier access to lobbyist information

Nov. 14, 2019 4:30 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on action in the Illinois General Assembly (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The House has overwhelmingly approved a measure ease access to disclosure requirements for lobbyists who try to influence the General Assembly. Debate lasted more than an hour before the 109-5 vote....

Ex-lobbyist faces Nov. 25 sentencing for Arkansas bribery

Nov. 13, 2019 6:06 PM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A former lobbyist who pleaded guilty to bribing three former Arkansas lawmakers including the governor’s nephew will be sentenced this month, court records show. Rusty Cranford could face up to 10 years in federal prison for bribing Sen. Jon Woods, Rep. Hank Wilkins and...

Duffy takes job as lobbyist after resigning from Congress

Nov. 12, 2019 1:38 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Sean Duffy has taken a job for a Washington lobbying firm after resigning from Congress two months ago, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family and newborn who has a heart defect and Down syndrome. BGR Group announced Tuesday that the Republican Duffy would be working for...

Lobbying by sitting Illinois lawmakers under scrutiny

Nov. 11, 2019 12:01 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal bribery charge against an Illinois state legislator has led to questions about whether lawmakers should be allowed to lobby other units of government. The federal bribery charge last month against former Rep. Luis Arroyo laid bare the potential ethics tangle. Most states...

Correction: Bondi-Conflicts story

Nov. 9, 2019 4:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 8 about Pam Bondi, a former Florida attorney general, stepping down from a lobbying firm as she prepares to defend President Donald Trump in an impeachment investigation, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Bondi lobbied for a Kuwaiti company with a U.S. defense...

US gov't rep unhappy with WADA lobbying effort

Nov. 7, 2019 4:52 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — A key American delegate at the World Anti-Doping Agency meetings lashed out at the agency's director for using government money in hopes of reshaping U.S. legislation designed to fight drugs in sports. At the WADA board meeting Thursday, Kendel Ehrlich of the U.S. Office of National...

IOC, WADA hire DC lobbyists to discuss anti-doping bill

Nov. 6, 2019 5:01 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Not long after a bill that would criminalize international doping conspiracies advanced in the U.S. Congress, world Olympic and anti-doping leaders made clear how they felt about the development. They started lobbying for changes in Washington. The International Olympic Committee...

Fundraiser posts $3 million bond on campaign finance charges

Oct. 30, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

A prolific fundraiser charged with funneling illegal foreign campaign contributions to American political candidates surrendered to authorities in Los Angeles on Wednesday and was released on $3 million bond. The court appearance came about a week after prosecutors announced charges against Imaad Zuberi, a...

House panel says lobbyist disclosure law should be improved

Oct. 30, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A new state House investigative committee's first report, released Wednesday, said Pennsylvania's lobbyist disclosure law should be overhauled so that lobbyists, rather than the entities they work for, report meals, gifts and other spending meant to influence government. The House...

Warren's no top-dollar fundraiser pledge includes big caveat

Oct. 30, 2019 8:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of donors enjoyed a white-tablecloth dinner, an open bar and sweeping views of the U.S. Capitol this month when Elizabeth Warren strode on stage to headline a Democratic National Committee fundraiser. The setting was similarly swanky in August, when Warren addressed party...