New Sanctions for Russian Gas Pipeline Fall Short in Senate

The measure pitted Ukraine’s president, who was pushing for the penalties, against the Biden administration, which successfully lobbied Democrats to oppose them.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cruz-ted, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #natural-gas, #nord-stream-ag, #pipelines, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #senate, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zelensky-volodymyr

Good Cause Eviction Is a Landlord’s Worst Nightmare

The comedian and journalist Jeff Seal takes to the streets to rally support for a little-known bill that would protect millions of New Yorkers from unjust evictions. But a powerful lobby stands in its way.

#evictions, #landlords, #law-and-legislation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #rent-control-and-stabilization, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

Fight Over Gas Stoves and Furnaces in the Effort to Slow Climate Change

New York is the latest Democratic city aiming to fight climate change by ushering out stoves and furnaces that run on gas in favor of electric alternatives. But Republican states and the gas industry are fighting back.

#air-pollution, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #american-gas-assn, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heating, #home-appliances, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #natural-gas, #natural-resources-defense-council, #ovens-and-stoves

Horse Carriage Ban in New York? De Blasio Wants to Try Again.

As he enters his final weeks in office, Mayor Bill de Blasio is resurrecting an old campaign promise to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #automobiles, #carriages, #de-blasio-bill, #elections-governors, #horses, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #new-york-city, #new-yorkers-for-clean-livable-and-safe-streets, #nyclass

Conflict-of-Interest Case Has Boris Johnson Reversing Course, Again

Britain’s prime minister intervened in the case of a Conservative Party lawmaker who faced suspension. A ferocious blowback caused him to retreat, a now familiar path.

#corruption-institutional, #cummings-dominic-1971, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #paterson-owen-william, #politics-and-government, #security-service-mi5

Oil Executives to Face Congress on Climate Disinformation

The heads of Exxon Mobil, Shell, Chevron and BP will testify Thursday in the first congressional inquiry into industry efforts to hinder action on climate change.

#bp-plc, #chevron-corporation, #exxon-mobil-corp, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #royal-dutch-shell-plc, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Not to Let Corporations Kill Biden’s Agenda

Profit taxes should be increased, but it’s OK to borrow if they aren’t.

#corporate-taxes, #federal-budget-us, #federal-taxes-us, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #national-debt-us, #sinema-kyrsten, #tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-2017, #united-states-politics-and-government

Liz Cheney’s Consultants Are Given an Ultimatum: Drop Her, or Be Dropped

The message, delivered by a lobbyist close to the House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, has already led one Republican firm to cut ties.

#cheney-liz, #congressional-leadership-fund, #house-of-representatives, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wyoming

Biden’s Proposal to Empower I.R.S. Rattles Banks and Their Customers

To help fund its new initiatives, the Biden administration wants banks to report more customer information. Account holders aren’t happy.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #federal-taxes-us, #house-of-representatives, #internal-revenue-service, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #senate, #tax-evasion, #treasury-department, #united-states-politics-and-government

Lawmakers See Path to Rein in Tech, but It Isn’t Smooth

If what faces Big Tech is anything like what happened to Big Tobacco, the road ahead is likely to be a yearslong battle over proposed rules and regulations.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #democratic-party, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #google-inc, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #smoking-and-tobacco, #social-media, #whistle-blowers

With Biden’s Agenda in the Balance, Lobbying Kicks Into High Gear

Business interests are using ads and other efforts to cajole Democrats to change or kill a $3.5 trillion social policy bill.

#drugs-pharmaceuticals, #house-of-representatives, #league-of-conservation-voters, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #manchin-joe-iii, #no-labels, #pharmaceutical-research-and-manufacturers-of-america, #political-action-committees, #political-advertising, #senate, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-chamber-of-commerce, #united-states-politics-and-government, #working-families-party

Hungary’s Leader Fights Criticism in U.S. via Vast Influence Campaign

Viktor Orban, the country’s far-right prime minister, has spent millions on lobbying, support for think tanks and cultivating allies in Washington.

#american-conservative-union, #atlantic-council, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #foreign-agents-registration-act, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #hungary, #hungary-foundation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Kathy Hochul Aims to Raise $25 Million as Likely Rivals Eye Challenges

Governor Hochul hopes to raise the sum for her primary campaign next year, but her recent — and unexpected — ascension has left her little time to hit that goal.

#campaign-finance, #catsimatidis-john-a, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #hochul-kathleen-c, #james-letitia, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government

The Tax Loophole That Helps America’s Richest Families Stay That Way

The longer we fail to constrain inherited wealth, the sooner the dream of a democratic society dies.

#american-families-plan-2021, #capital-gains-tax, #democratic-party, #high-net-worth-individuals, #income-inequality, #inheritance-and-estate-taxes, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Accounting Giants Craft Favorable Tax Rules From Inside Government

Lawyers from top accounting firms do brief stints in the Treasury Department, with the expectation of big raises when they return.

#accounting-and-accountants, #corporate-taxes, #deloitte-touche-tohmatsu-ltd, #ernstyoung, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #federal-taxes-us, #internal-revenue-service, #kpmg, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #pricewaterhousecoopers, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rsm, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-2017, #tax-shelters, #taxation, #treasury-department, #united-states-politics-and-government

Struggle for Control of Afghanistan Comes to K Street

Ahmad Massoud, a leading figure in the resistance to Taliban rule, hired a lobbyist to seek military and financial support in the United States.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #justice-department, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #massoud-ahmad-1989, #saleh-amrullah, #stryk-robert, #taliban, #united-states-politics-and-government

Democrats’ Stumble on Drug Prices Shows Power of Industry

An attempt in the House to take a bite out of drug companies meets resistance.

#drugs-pharmaceuticals, #federal-budget-us, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #united-states-politics-and-government

Democrats and Lobbyists Gird for Battle Over Far-Reaching Tax Increases

Congressional committees this week begin drafting tax increases on the wealthy and corporations to pay for a $3.5 trillion social policy bill, but the targets are putting up a fight.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #capital-gains-tax, #corporate-taxes, #democratic-party, #federal-budget-us, #federal-taxes-us, #heitkamp-heidi, #high-net-worth-individuals, #house-committee-on-ways-and-means, #income-inequality, #income-tax, #inheritance-and-estate-taxes, #law-and-legislation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #senate-committee-on-finance, #tax-shelters, #taxation, #united-states-chamber-of-commerce, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wyden-ron

Corporate America Is Lobbying for Climate Disaster

It wants to prioritize low taxes over the fate of civilization.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #corporate-taxes, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

Worrying About Your Carbon Footprint Is Exactly What Big Oil Wants You to Do

The only way to really address the climate crisis is through politics, policymakers and legislation.

#carbon-caps-and-emissions-trading-programs, #carbon-dioxide, #corporations, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states

Companies Rethink Imposing Vaccine Mandates

New outbreaks have companies weighing their options.

#barrack-thomas-j-jr, #colony-capital-llc, #de-blasio-bill, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #partnership-for-new-york-city, #vaccination-and-immunization

Thomas Barrack, Trump Fund-Raiser, Is Indicted on Lobbying Charge

Mr. Barrack, the chairman of Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, was accused of failing to register as a lobbyist for the United Arab Emirates, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators.

#barrack-thomas-j-jr, #campaign-finance, #colony-capital-llc, #corruption-institutional, #foreign-agents-registration-act, #justice-department, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #presidential-election-of-2016, #saudi-arabia, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Tony Podesta Weighs Return to Lobbying and Democratic Politics

Tony Podesta turned to art dealing after becoming ensnared in the Trump-Russia scandal. With his friends running Washington, he is eying a return to lobbying.

#art, #campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #podesta-group-inc, #podesta-tony, #united-states-politics-and-government

Tech Giants, Fearful of Proposals to Curb Them, Blitz Washington With Lobbying

Executives, lobbyists, and more than a dozen groups paid by Big Tech have tried to head off bipartisan support for six bills meant to undo the dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #buck-ken, #carlson-tucker, #computers-and-the-internet, #consumer-protection, #cook-timothy-d, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #house-committee-on-the-judiciary, #house-of-representatives, #huseman-brian, #jayapal-pramila, #jordan-jim-1964, #khan-lina, #law-and-legislation, #lee-michael-s-1971, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #lofgren-zoe, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #meadows-mark-r-1959, #pelosi-nancy, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-politics-and-government, #walker-kent

Larry Householder, a Former Speaker, Is Expelled from the Ohio House

The 75-to-21 vote to expel Representative Larry Householder came nearly a year after he was charged in a wide-ranging conspiracy to bail out a foundering energy company.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #householder-larry, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #money-laundering, #ohio, #politics-and-government, #racketeering-and-racketeers, #state-legislatures

Cancel Culture Works. We Wouldn’t Have Marriage Equality Without It.

Naming and shaming were key parts of the campaign to make gay marriage legal.

#american-family-assn, #boycotts, #brown-brian-s, #california, #californians-against-hate, #campaign-finance, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #national-organization-for-marriage, #referendums, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships

Lobbyist Closely Tied to N.Y. Assembly Speaker Draws Federal Scrutiny

The public corruption unit of the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan is examining Patrick Jenkins, a former aide to Carl Heastie and a top state lobbyist.

#corruption-institutional, #heastie-carl-e, #jenkins-patrick-b, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures

The Crumbling of the N.R.A.

Could an investigation into financial misconduct be the undoing of America’s most powerful gun rights group?

#attorneys-general, #bankruptcies, #decisions-and-verdicts, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #firearms, #gun-control, #hakim-danny, #lapierre-wayne, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #national-rifle-assn, #new-york-state

Banks Fight $4 Billion Debt Relief Plan for Black Farmers

Lenders are pressuring the Agriculture Department to give them more money, saying quick repayments will cut into profits.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #american-bankers-assn, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #compensation-for-damages-law, #credit-and-debt, #discrimination, #independent-community-bankers-of-america, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #minorities, #national-rural-lenders-association, #race-and-ethnicity, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vilsack-tom

France’s Proposed Climate Law Is Stirring Divisions

Emmanuel Macron’s credentials as a leader on climate issues are being tested as business and environmental groups spar over changes to the French way of life.

#basf-se, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #environment, #france, #global-warming, #law-and-legislation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #medef-mouvement-des-entreprises-de-france, #yellow-vests-movement

Troubled Vaccine Maker and Its Founder Gave $2 Million in Political Donations

Emergent BioSolutions faces scrutiny in Congress for ruining Covid-19 vaccines and securing lucrative federal contracts. Executives will appear before some lawmakers who benefited from the company’s spending.

#biomedical-advanced-research-and-development-authority, #campaign-finance, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #el-hibri-fuad, #elections-house-of-representatives, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #factories-and-manufacturing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #hoyer-steny-h, #johnsonjohnson, #kadlec-robert-p, #kramer-robert-g, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #maryland, #political-action-committees, #scalise-steve, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Giuliani Seeks to Block Review of Evidence From His Phones

Prosecutors investigating Rudolph W. Giuliani’s work in Ukraine have seized his electronic devices, a move his lawyers are now questioning.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #justice-department, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #presidential-election-of-2020, #search-and-seizure, #trump-donald-j

As Congress Dithers, States Step In to Set Rules for the Internet

Virginia, Florida, Arkansas and Maryland are among dozens of states that have introduced bills to curtail the power of Amazon, Google, Facebook and Twitter.

#computers-and-the-internet, #consumer-protection, #corporate-taxes, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #law-and-legislation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #state-legislatures, #states-us

Former U.K. Prime Minister Faces Parliament in Lobbying Scandal

The former prime minister’s frenetic work for a failing finance company cast a harsh glare on both his character and ethics in British public life.

#cameron-david, #content-type-personal-profile, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #great-britain, #greensill-capital, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #politics-and-government

As Scrutiny of Cryptocurrency Grows, the Industry Turns to K Street

Companies behind digital currencies are rushing to hire well-connected lobbyists, lawyers and consultants as the battle over how to regulate them intensifies.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #binance, #bitcoin-currency, #blockchain-technology, #coinbase-inc, #conflicts-of-interest, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #ripple-labs-inc, #securities-and-exchange-commission, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virtual-currency

Andrew Yang’s Campaign Is Guided by a Wealthy Lobbyist

Andrew Yang’s relationship with Bradley Tusk, a tech investor, has raised concerns about conflicts of interest if he is elected.

#conflicts-of-interest, #content-type-personal-profile, #elections-mayors, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #tusk-bradley-1973, #yang-andrew-1975

‘Climate Change Is Not a Subjective Thing.’ How Does the U.S. Approach to the Environment Look From Abroad?

From recycling to carbon emissions, we asked 10 people from around the world what they thought of America’s approach to the environment. It didn’t go well.

#environment, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #united-states

Firing of U.S. Ambassador Is at Center of Giuliani Investigation

Prosecutors want to scrutinize Rudolph W. Giuliani’s communications with Ukrainian officials about the ouster of the ambassador, Marie L. Yovanovitch.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #foreign-agents-registration-act, #fruman-igor, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #impeachment, #justice-department, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #parnas-lev, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #united-states, #yovanovitch-marie-l

‘It’s a Paper Tiger.’ Britain’s Lobby Laws Under Fire as Johnson Fights ‘Sleaze’ Label

The prime minister likes to flout convention, but a litany of cozy dealings between the government and business is beginning to take its toll.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #great-britain, #greensill-capital, #johnson-boris, #lobbying-and-lobbyists

Chevron Lobbies to Head Off New Sanctions on Myanmar

The oil company is arguing against efforts to restrict its involvement in a gas operation in Myanmar that provides funding for the junta there.

#andrews-thomas-h, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #chevron-corporation, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #merkley-jeffrey-a-1956, #myanmar, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #state-department, #total-sa, #treasury-department, #united-states-international-relations

A Global Tipping Point for Reining In Tech Has Arrived

Never before have so many countries, including China, moved with such vigor at the same time to limit the power of a single industry.

#alibaba-group-holding-ltd, #amazon-com-inc, #ant-financial-services-group, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #artificial-intelligence, #australia, #baidu-inc, #beijing-bytedance-technology-co-ltd, #censorship, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #europe, #european-commission, #facebook-inc, #law-and-legislation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rumors-and-misinformation, #search-engines, #social-media, #united-states

David Cameron Faces Inquiry Into His Dealings With Greensill

The British former prime minister has said that he did nothing illegal, but he has acknowledged mistakes in pleading Greensill Capital’s case with government ministers.

#cameron-david, #great-britain, #greensill-capital, #lobbying-and-lobbyists

N.R.A. Chief Takes the Stand, With Cracks in His Armor

Wayne LaPierre has led the National Rifle Association for 30 years, but his implacable image looked threadbare in bankruptcy court.

#bankruptcies, #boards-of-directors, #firearms, #gun-control, #lapierre-wayne, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #national-rifle-assn

Inside Corporate America’s Frantic Response to the Georgia Voting Law

Companies like Delta are caught between Democrats focused on social justice and populist Republicans. They face major political consequences no matter what they do.

#american-airlines, #bastian-edward-h, #black-people, #business-roundtable, #chenault-kenneth-i, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #coca-cola-company, #corner-office, #corporate-social-responsibility, #delta-air-lines-inc, #frazier-kenneth-c, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #georgia, #home-depot-inc, #kemp-brian-p, #law-and-legislation, #lesser-richard, #lewis-william-m-jr, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #naacp-legal-defense-and-educational-fund, #quincey-james-1965, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #united-parcel-service-inc, #voter-registration-and-requirements

David Cameron Comes Under the Spotlight for His Business Dealings

The former British prime minister has lobbied the government on behalf of an Anglo-Australian finance firm, Greensill Capital. While apparently legal, his activities set off a debate about lobbying by former leaders.

#cameron-david, #conservative-party-great-britain, #great-britain, #greensill-capital, #greensill-lex, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #politics-and-government

Ad Agencies Step Away From Oil and Gas in Echo of Cigarette Exodus

A queasiness has set in among some people who have made ads promoting fossil fuels. One executive likened the shift to the ad industry’s move away from tobacco.

#advertising-and-marketing, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #corporate-social-responsibility, #energy-and-power, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #omnicom-group-inc, #public-relations-and-publicity, #wpp

Amazon Walks a Political Tightrope in Its Union Fight

The company has always opposed efforts by its workers to organize, but its regulatory fate rests largely with Democrats in Washington.

#amazon-com-inc, #carney-jay, #labor-and-jobs, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #minimum-wage, #organized-labor, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Small Restaurants Leveraged Their Pain to Win Stimulus Money

The Independent Restaurant Coalition turned tears into cheers, urging owners to share their angst and use that emotion to lobby Congress.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #bars-and-nightclubs, #chefs, #cohen-amanda, #compton-nina-chef, #guidara-will, #kass-sam, #law-and-legislation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #small-business, #stimulus-economic, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Covid Survivors Are Finding Their Way Into Politics

Through Zoom trainings and virtual lobbying days, people who have lost loved ones or their own health to the coronavirus are trying to influence federal policy.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #united-states-politics-and-government

Were the Airline Bailouts Really Needed?

Once again, we have socialized an industry’s losses and privatized its profits.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #american-airlines, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #delta-air-lines-inc, #executive-compensation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #parker-doug-1961, #stimulus-economic, #travel-and-vacations, #united-airlines