Latest Lobbying News

FILE - In this June 28, 2018, file photo, rolls of finished steel are seen at the U.S. Steel Granite City Works facility in Granite City, Ill.  Companies seeking relief from President Donald Trump’s taxes on imported steel and aluminum ran into long delays and cumbersome paperwork, a federal watchdog found, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. The U.S. Government Accountability Office reported that the Commerce Department, overwhelmed by companies lobbying to avoid the tariffs, could not meet its own deadline for processing around three-fourths of the requests. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

US companies seeking tariff relief faced red tape, delays

Sep. 16, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies seeking relief from President Donald Trump’s taxes on imported steel and aluminum ran into long delays and cumbersome paperwork, a federal watchdog found. The U.S. Government Accountability Office reported that the Commerce Department, overwhelmed by companies lobbying to...

FILE - In this June 9, 2020, file photo, Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., arrives for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.Offshore drilling, an issue that has created some bipartisan unity in South Carolina among opponents who argue such expansion would mar the state's pristine coastline, is surfacing in a political action committee's effort to oust Graham. As the state's beaches teem with visitors on Labor Day, Lindsey Must Go PAC is flying two planes up and down the South Carolina coast, with trailing banners reading

PAC challenging SC's Graham over offshore drilling stance

Sep. 7, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Offshore drilling, an issue that has created some bipartisan unity in South Carolina among opponents who argue such expansion would mar the state's pristine coastline, is surfacing in a political action committee's effort to oust U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham. As the state's beaches teem...

FILE - In this May 30, 2020, file photo, police aim weapons on demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd, in Los Angeles. Police unions and other law enforcement organizations went into overdrive in the final days of the Legislature's annual session, thwarting a bill that would have added California to the majority of states that can end the careers of officers with troubled histories. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

Police help defeat California bill on removing problem cops

Sep. 1, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Police unions and other law enforcement organizations went into overdrive to thwart a measure that would have added California to the majority of states that can end the careers of officers with troubled histories. It failed as lawmakers scrambled to wrap up their work, and while...

Guilty plea in Hawaii woman's lobbying of Trump officials

Aug. 31, 2020 9:06 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — An American consultant pleaded guilty Monday in an illicit lobbying effort to get the Trump administration to drop an investigation into the multibillion-dollar looting of a Malaysian state investment fund, and to arrange for the return of a Chinese dissident living in the U.S. Federal...

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, an American flag is flown next to the Chinese national emblem during a welcome ceremony for visiting U.S. President Donald Trump outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. U.S. and Chinese trade envoys discussed strengthening coordination of their government’s economic policies during a phone meeting, the Ministry of Commerce announced. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

China, US discuss economic coordination in trade meeting

Aug. 24, 2020 11:23 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. and Chinese trade envoys discussed strengthening coordination of their countries' economic policies during a phone meeting Tuesday, the Ministry of Commerce announced. The announcement gave no details of the meeting held as part of the “Phase 1” truce aimed at ending a...

Consultant charged in covert lobbying of Trump officials

Aug. 24, 2020 9:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American consultant has been charged in an illicit lobbying effort to get the Trump administration to drop an investigation into the multibillion-dollar looting of a Malaysian state investment fund, and to arrange for the return of a Chinese dissident living in the U.S. Federal...

Norwegian fund drops Exxon, Chevron over climate lobbying

Aug. 24, 2020 5:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A Norwegian pension fund said Monday that it is divesting over $47 million from 27 companies, including Exxon and Chevron, as part of its commitment to combating climate change. The fund warned other major oil and gas companies it might drop them as well. Storebrand, which manages assets...

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2020 file photo, El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele, accompanied by members of the armed forces, speaks to supporters outside Congress in San Salvador, El Salvador. Bukele has imposed some of the region's toughest measures against the new coronavirus and a growing number of human rights advocates at home and abroad complain the 38-year-old leader has used the emergency to seize near-dictatorial powers. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez, File)

El Salvador hires, then fires, lobbyist booming under Trump

Aug. 21, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — El Salvador’s government signed a $450,000 contract to hire a well-connected Washington lobbyist — only to immediately back away from the deal — as President Nayib Bukele, a strong Trump ally, has come under criticism that his popular polices mask an authoritarian streak,...

The control room for the Democratic National Convention is seen before the start of the convention Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

With DNC convention gone virtual, what's a lobbyist to do?

Aug. 18, 2020 12:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There will be no palms to grease in Milwaukee, no checks to stroke and no influence to peddle. Presidential nominating conventions are a major event for Washington’s influence industry and its clientele, who often spend lavishly to sponsor receptions, concerts, after-parties and...

Missouri judge finds GOP redistricting measure misleading

Aug. 17, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) — A Missouri judge on Monday rewrote the summary for a legislative redistricting measure that will appear on the November ballot, ruling that the state's Republican-led Legislature tried to misleadingly entice voters into repealing an anti-gerrymandering reform that voters approved...