How Republicans Are ‘Weaponizing’ Public Office Against Climate Action

A Times investigation revealed a coordinated effort by state treasurers to use government muscle and public funds to punish companies trying to reduce greenhouse gases.

#american-legislative-exchange-council, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #blackrock-inc, #boycotts, #coal, #conservatism-us-politics, #corporate-social-responsibility, #fink-laurence-d, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heartland-institute, #heritage-foundation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #republican-party, #state-financial-officers-foundation, #states-us, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-virginia

Giuliani Is Unlikely to Face Criminal Charges in Lobbying Inquiry

A federal investigation into Donald Trump’s former lawyer over his work in Ukraine during the 2020 campaign is winding down with no indictment expected.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #burisma-holdings-ltd, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #firtash-dmitry-v, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #group-df, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #parnas-lev, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Amazon C.E.O. Andy Jassy Breaks From the Bezos Way

Jeff Bezos’ successor has set himself apart with a hands-on approach in Washington.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-personal-profile, #jassy-andrew-r, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #organized-labor, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-politics-and-government

Gun Sellers Stoke Fears to Boost Weapon Sales

The number of firearms in the U.S. is outpacing the country’s population, as an emboldened gun industry and its allies target buyers with rhetoric of fear, machismo and defiance.

#bloomberg-michael-r, #bushmaster-firearms, #civilian-casualties, #daniel-defense-llc, #everytown-for-gun-safety, #firearms, #greitens-eric, #gun-control, #kemp-brian-p, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mass-shootings, #moms-demand-action-for-gun-sense-in-america, #national-rifle-assn, #online-advertising, #political-advertising, #politics-and-government, #rittenhouse-kyle, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #states-us, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Can We Tech Our Way Out of Climate Change?

The billionaire venture capitalist John Doerr offers his views on what Silicon Valley’s elite can — and can’t — do about our global crisis.

#computers-and-the-internet, #doerr-john, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #intergovernmental-panel-on-climate-change, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #philanthropy, #venture-capital

John R. Allen Resigns as Brookings President After Qatar Revelations

Mr. Allen, a retired four-star general, had been on administrative leave amid a federal inquiry into whether he had secretly lobbied for the government of Qatar.

#allen-john-r, #brookings-institution, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #middle-east, #olson-richard-g, #qatar, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuberi-imaad

Retired General Investigated Over Undisclosed Lobbying for Qatar

Documents show that the Justice Department has records indicating that John Allen, who now heads the Brookings Institution, secretly lobbied for Qatar and lied about it to federal agents.

#allen-john-r, #barrack-thomas-j-jr, #brookings-institution, #foreign-agents-registration-act, #justice-department, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #qatar, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

How a Florida Power Project Flew Under the Regulatory Radar

The state’s biggest utility is building a 176-mile line that may be unsuitable or even unneeded. Its design minimized scrutiny. Critics see a pattern.

#duke-energy-corporation, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #florida, #florida-powerlight-co, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #nextera-energy-inc, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

Why the Once-Hawkish Heritage Foundation Opposed Aid to Ukraine

The conservative think tank has shifted on foreign policy along with the Republican grass-roots, and it is taking a more skeptical view of U.S. involvement in the world.

#conservatism-us-politics, #foreign-aid, #heritage-foundation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

U.S. Accuses Steve Wynn of Lobbying Trump on Behalf of China

The Justice Department said that by serving as a middleman for the Chinese government, Mr. Wynn acted as a foreign agent and must register as one.

#china, #foreign-agents-registration-act, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #politics-and-government, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #wynn-stephen-a

How Biden Could Alleviate the Baby Formula Shortage

Why is the wealthiest country in the world struggling to provide basic nutrition to so many children?

#abbott-laboratories, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-production-act, #food-and-drug-administration, #infant-formulas, #klobuchar-amy, #lee-michael-s-1971, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #senate, #shortages, #united-states, #united-states-economy

Former Top McCain Aide Says He Lied to Discredit a Times Article

“John McCain’s lie became mine,” Steve Schmidt wrote about Senator John McCain’s relationship with a female lobbyist.

#ethics-and-official-misconduct, #iseman-vicki-l, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mccain-john, #presidential-election-of-2008, #presidential-election-of-2012, #schmidt-steve, #united-states-politics-and-government

F.D.A. Moves to Ban Sales of Menthol Cigarettes

Public health experts say the proposal could save hundreds of thousands of lives, especially among Black smokers — 85 percent of whom use menthol products.

#black-people, #canada, #food-and-drug-administration, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #medicine-and-health, #menthol, #recalls-and-bans-of-products, #sharpton-al, #smoking-and-tobacco, #united-states, #your-feed-healthcare

Trump Officials Gave Pandemic Loan to Trucking Company Despite Objections

A congressional report raises new questions about a pandemic relief loan to a troubled trucking company with close ties to the Trump administration.

#clyburn-james-e, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #defense-department, #esper-mark-t, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #house-of-representatives, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mnuchin-steven-t, #treasury-department, #trucks-and-trucking, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yrc-worldwide-inc

Trump Officials Awarded $700 Million Pandemic Loan Despite Objections

A congressional report raises new questions about a pandemic relief loan to a troubled trucking company with close ties to the Trump administration.

#clyburn-james-e, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #defense-department, #esper-mark-t, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #house-of-representatives, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mnuchin-steven-t, #treasury-department, #trucks-and-trucking, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yrc-worldwide-inc

Crypto Industry Helps Write, and Pass, Its Own Agenda in State Capitols

In the absence of federal regulations, crypto lobbyists and executives are going state by state to get favorable rules enacted. Many lawmakers have been willing partners.

#bitcoin-currency, #computers-and-the-internet, #florida, #illinois, #law-and-legislation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #virtual-currency, #wyoming

A Casino Atop Saks? Lobbyists Push for Manhattan Gambling Site

State lawmakers are weighing whether to fast-track a move to allow three new casinos in the New York City area, as part of this year’s budget negotiations.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #casinos, #gambling, #genting-group, #hochul-kathleen-c, #las-vegas-sands-corp, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mgm-resorts-international, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #yonkers-ny

How Joe Manchin Aided Coal, and Earned Millions

At every step of his political career, Joe Manchin helped a West Virginia power plant that is the sole customer of his private coal business. Along the way, he blocked ambitious climate action.

#american-bituminous-power-partners-ambit, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coal, #conflicts-of-interest, #edison-international, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #enersystems-inc, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #factories-and-manufacturing, #global-warming, #grant-town-w-va, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #manchin-joe-iii, #manchin-joseph-iv, #mines-and-mining, #nrg-energy-inc, #politics-and-government, #senate, #senate-committee-on-energy-and-natural-resources, #sumitomo-corporation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-virginia

Inside New York City’s Decision to End Vaccine Mandate for Pro Athletes

Owners and executives of some of the wealthiest sports franchises urged Mayor Eric Adams to allow unvaccinated athletes to play in New York.

#adams-eric-l, #brooklyn-nets, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #new-york-city, #new-york-mets, #new-york-yankees, #vaccination-and-immunization

How Europe Got Hooked on Russian Gas Despite Reagan’s Warnings

A Soviet-era pipeline, opposed by the president but supported by the oil and gas industry, set up the dependency that today helps fund the Russian assault on Ukraine.

#american-petroleum-institute, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bp-plc, #corker-robert-phillips-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #gazprom, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #international-trade-and-world-market, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #putin-vladimir-v, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #rosneft, #royal-dutch-shell-plc, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #tillerson-rex-w, #united-states-chamber-of-commerce

How Western Firms Quietly Enabled Russian Oligarchs

Investment, law and lobbying firms have helped enmesh Kremlin-linked oligarchs into the Western financial and legal systems.

#abramovich-roman-a, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #concord-management-llc, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #legal-profession, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Woman Hid Ties to Russia While Pushing Putin’s Propaganda, U.S. Says

Elena Branson was charged with violating federal laws requiring agents of foreign governments to disclose their official ties.

#branson-elena, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #manhattan-nyc, #moscow-russia, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Asphalt Industry Is a Big Winner in Infrastructure Plan

A range of special interests lobbied for infrastructure dollars. The asphalt industry may have been the most successful.

#asphalt, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-highway-administration, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #transportation-department-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why Companies Struggled to Navigate Olympics Sponsorships

The debacle over Olympic sponsorship shows how the U.S.-China relationship has turned into a minefield for companies trying to do business in both countries.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #boycotts, #china, #coca-cola-company, #comcast-corporation, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-olympic-committee, #international-trade-and-world-market, #law-and-legislation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #olympic-games-2022, #politics-and-government, #proctergamble-co, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #xinjiang-china

How a Tawdry Steakhouse Melee Transfixed Miami Politics

A city commissioner was dining at Morton’s. A lobbyist came up with a beef that wasn’t about lunch. Everyone called the police. The incident has dominated Miami’s political chatter for days.

#florida, #gimenez-carlos-a, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #miami-dade-county-fla, #politics-and-government, #restaurants

Big Agriculture Companies Are Killing the Planet

American agriculture is ravaging the air, soil and water. But a powerful lobby has cleverly concealed its damage.

#agriculture-and-farming, #air-pollution, #content-type-service, #global-warming, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #united-states, #washington-dc, #your-feed-opinionvideo

Indicted Trump Ally Says Prosecutors Stalled Case Until After Election

Thomas J. Barrack Jr., who is charged with illegally lobbying then-President Donald J. Trump, suggested that the delay in his prosecution was politically motivated.

#barrack-thomas-j-jr, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

As New York Revisits To-Go Drink, Liquor Stores Prepare for Battle

Lawmakers are considering whether to permanently legalize to-go drinks, setting off a clash between liquor stores and restaurants.

#alcoholic-beverages, #cocktails-and-mixed-drinks, #coronavirus-reopenings, #law-and-legislation, #liquor, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #metropolitan-package-store-association, #new-york-state

Intel to Invest at Least $20 Billion in New Chip Factories in Ohio

Building up U.S. chip production has been a focus of lawmakers and companies alike amid a global shortage of the crucial components.

#columbus-ohio, #computer-chips, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #gelsinger-patrick, #intel-corporation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why Covid-19 Didn’t Create the Nursing Crisis

Nurses would like to set the record straight on the hospital staffing crisis.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #illinois, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #massachusetts, #nursing-and-nurses, #pennsylvania, #shortages

Covid Didn’t Create the Nursing Crisis

Nurses would like to set the record straight on the hospital staffing crisis.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #illinois, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #massachusetts, #nursing-and-nurses, #pennsylvania, #shortages

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