Lobbying Rules Completely Ineffective At Stopping Revolving Door

By: Monday February 3, 2014 8:29 am

Are you sitting down? The lobbying rules designed to slow down the revolving door have failed. According to the New York Times, an analysis of congressional staffer data has revealed that not only is the practice of government worker-to-lobbyist continuing, the meager ethics rule that do exist are being ignored. Apparently being a “public servant” [...]

Health Care Fun: Liz Fowler to K Street, Walmart Slashing Worker Hours

By: Wednesday December 5, 2012 12:21 pm

Here are a couple little snowflakes from the legacy of the Affordable Care Act. You might remember that the one staffer Max Baucus personally thanked on the floor of the Senate for her work on the bill was Liz Fowler, the former WellPoint VP. From there, she went to work at the Department of Haelth [...]

Missouri House Republican Emerson to Resign in February

By: Monday December 3, 2012 9:15 am

The Congressional resignations have begun early this cycle. The new Congress has not even been sworn in, and already we have two resignations. Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned in the wake of medical admissions for depression and an imminent arrest on political fundraising violations. Now, Republican Jo Ann Emerson will resign from the House in February, [...]

Campaign to Fix the Debt Backscratches Politico for Publicity

By: Tuesday November 13, 2012 11:45 am

This Campaign to Fix the Debt organization bankrolled by a bunch of corporate interests has become the newest entry into the Washington favor factory, and it certainly knows how to spread the money around. This anecdoteabout the organization and Mike Allen’s rumor-laundering morning dish “Playbook” is very illustrative. Politico chief White House correspondent Mike Allen [...]

Tallying Up the Revolving Door: Weep Not for Our Ex-Pols

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 10:44 am

In case you were wondering what all those retiring and defeated lawmakers do with themselves once banished from Capitol Hill, I have a simple answer for you: they get paid. Take Tony Blair, the former British prime minister. In September, Mr. Blair was called to Claridge’s hotel in London to mediate a renegotiation of the [...]

Politicians in a SuperPAC World Won’t Be the Ones to Stop SuperPAC Spending

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 10:00 am

The new report that campaign spending in the 2012 cycle will reach $6 billion has come as depressing news to many despairing over the purchasing of our democracy. Some have held out hope that the sheer numbers will provide a wake-up call to all Americans that something must be done to take this democracy back. [...]

Merkley, Levin Call Out Obstructionist Regulators Holding Up Volcker Rule

By: Thursday October 25, 2012 10:43 am

Almost four months after the deadline passed on finalizing the Volcker rule, the firewall on most types of proprietary trading set up between investment and commercial banks, the regulators tasked with writing the rule are no closer to a resolution. The Treasury Department last promised that the rule would get written by the end of [...]

Jeff Connaughton: “The public interest has become so outgunned”

By: Thursday October 4, 2012 11:33 am

Before last night’s debate, Jeff Connaughton, former chief of staff to Senator Ted Kaufman and longtime aide to Joe Biden and President Clinton, offered some advice to Mitt Romney. He thought Romney should go after Barack Obama’s biggest weakness: the failure to prosecute Wall Street crimes. In actuality, Romney only submitted a glancing blow with [...]

The Real Beneficiary of the Moocher Society – Wall Street

By: Thursday September 20, 2012 10:16 am

The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook The not-as-funny way to make the point Jon Stewart made about the Republican conception of the entitlement society and where it fails to intersect with reality comes from Simon Johnson. The true “moochers” in American life are, not surprisingly, [...]

Pawlenty Takes Top Lobby Job at Financial Services Roundtable

By: Thursday September 20, 2012 6:55 am

Tim Pawlenty, whose previous experience with Wall Street consisted mainly of telling them to “get their snouts out of the trough,” has taken a job as the head of the Financial Services Roundtable, one of the main trade groups for Wall Street. The Roundtable is one of a handful of Washington groups, including the American [...]

Anti-Union Ads in Chicago Paid for By Hedge Funds, Billionaires

By: Wednesday September 19, 2012 6:17 am

I wish I had known about this before the Chicago Teachers Union suspended their strike and returned to work, but it may shed some light on the timing of the suspension. At the least, it provides a little more context for what teachers unions have to deal with on the ground. Apparently the above anti-union [...]

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