7 Key Findings About Trump’s Reinvented Swamp

The president built a system of favor-seeking at his hotels and resorts that is unrivaled in modern American politics.

#conflicts-of-interest, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mar-a-lago-palm-beach-fla, #trump-international-hotel-washington-dc, #trump-organization, #trump-tax-returns, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Elliott Broidy, a Top Trump Fund-Raiser, Charged in Foreign Influence Case

Federal authorities accused him of violating lobbying laws in his unsuccessful efforts to resolve an investigation into the embezzlement of the Malaysian investment fund 1MDB.

#1malaysia-development-berhad-1mdb, #broidy-elliott, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #justice-department, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #low-jho-1981, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Fund-Raiser Elliott Broidy Charged in Lobbying Case

Federal authorities accused him of violating lobbying laws in his unsuccessful efforts to resolve an investigation into the embezzlement of the Malaysian investment fund 1MDB.

#1malaysia-development-berhad-1mdb, #broidy-elliott, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #justice-department, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #low-jho-1981, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump’s Taxes: 18 Revelations from a Trove of Records

Times reporters have obtained decades of tax information the president has hidden from public view. Here are some of the key findings.

#conflicts-of-interest, #income-tax, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #presidential-election-of-2020, #the-apprentice-tv-program, #trump-organization, #trump-tax-returns, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Emails Show How Pesticide Industry Influenced U.S. Position in Health Talks

The U.S. insisted that new international guidelines on combating drug resistance omit any mention of fungicides — a demand that the industry made but that ran counter to science.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #center-for-biological-diversity, #croplife-america, #drug-resistance-microbial, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #fungi, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #pesticides, #united-nations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-health-organization

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I Study Corporate Welfare. Even I Was Shocked by This Cronyism.

A privately owned entity created by the Export-Import Bank allows its customers to also be its owners.

#boeing-company, #conflicts-of-interest, #export-import-bank-of-us, #international-trade-and-world-market, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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TikTok Bid Highlights Oracle’s Public Embrace of Trump

The tech giant stands out in Silicon Valley for its close ties to the administration, which must bless any deal for the social media app.

#catz-safra, #computers-and-the-internet, #ellison-lawrence-j, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mobile-applications, #oracle-corporation, #tiktok-bytedance, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In Act of Heresy, N.R.A.’s Former No. 2 Calls for Gun Control

A new book from a controversial former executive accuses the National Rifle Association of “appealing to the paranoia and darkest side of our members.”

#books-and-literature, #firearms, #gun-control, #inside-the-n-r-a-book, #lapierre-wayne, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #national-rifle-assn, #powell-joshua-l, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #trump-donald-j

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In Bid for TikTok, Microsoft Flexes Its Power in Washington

The tech giant, once an example of how not to operate in the nation’s capital, now has a successful influence operation there.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #nadella-satya, #smith-bradford-l, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Gaffes, the Kiss, the Parties! What We Miss When Conventions Go Online.

What is American politics without a bit of schmoozing?

#democratic-national-convention, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #republican-national-convention, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Nursing Homes With Safety Problems Deploy Trump-Connected Lobbyists

Nursing homes, the center of the pandemic, are seeking tax breaks, federal cash infusions and protection against lawsuits.

#american-health-care-assn, #ballard-brian-d, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #elder-care, #genesis-healthcare-corp, #law-and-legislation, #life-care-centers-of-america, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #nursing-homes, #savaseniorcare-administrative-services-llc, #scheiner-eliezer, #schron-ruby, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tl-management-llc, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Faces Pressure From Left Over Influence Industry Ties

Many of his aides and close allies are veteran Washington hands who have profited from advising big corporations. The Sanders-Warren wing of the party is not happy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #broidy-elliott, #campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #donilon-thomas-e, #dunn-anita, #haines-avril-d, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #presidential-election-of-2020, #ricchetti-steven, #rubin-james-p, #salazar-ken, #sanders-bernard, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #warren-elizabeth

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Democrats Investigating Why White House Ended Ban on Some Gun Silencer Sales

A House subcommittee wants the White House to turn over documents related to the shift and the involvement of a former industry lobbyist who is now an administration official.

#american-suppressor-assn, #arms-trade, #firearms, #gun-control, #house-committee-on-oversight-and-government-reform, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #lynch-stephen-f-1955, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #trump-donald-j-jr, #united-states-politics-and-government, #williams-michael-b-attorney

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Jeff Bezos Cast in a Role He Never Wanted: Amazon’s D.C. Defender

The chief executive, who testifies before Congress for the first time on Wednesday, had taken a hands-off approach with lawmakers in Washington.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #cicilline-david-n, #computers-and-the-internet, #law-and-legislation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Special Interests Mobilize to Get Piece of Next Virus Relief Package

Congress is about to start negotiating in earnest over another round of stimulus, and a frenzy of lobbying is already underway.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #campaign-finance, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #house-of-representatives, #labor-and-jobs, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mcconnell-mitch, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restaurants, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #small-business, #trump-donald-j, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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TikTok Enlists Army of Lobbyists as Suspicions Over China Ties Grow

The viral social media app has beefed up its lobbying operation to counter several potential actions in Washington that could threaten the company’s future.

#beijing-bytedance-technology-co-ltd, #defense-and-military-forces, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Inside the White House, a Gun Industry Lobbyist Delivers for His Former Patrons

The Trump administration lifted a ban on sales of silencers to private overseas buyers that was intended to protect U.S. troops from ambushes. The change was championed by a lawyer for the president who had worked for a firearms trade group.

#ethics-and-official-misconduct, #firearms, #gun-control, #international-trade-and-world-market, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #united-states-politics-and-government, #williams-michael-b

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Consumer Bureau Scraps Restrictions on Payday Loans

Lenders spent years battling planned new rules that they said would gut a short-term lending market that often leaves borrowers trapped in debt.

#consumer-financial-protection-bureau, #consumer-protection, #kraninger-kathy, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #payday-loans, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j

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When Washington Helped Small Business, Washington Was Helped

The loan program to help firms keep paying their workers had many beneficiaries. Among them was the capital’s permanent political class.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #consultants, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #political-action-committees, #presidential-election-of-2020, #shutdowns-institutional, #small-business, #small-business-administration, #think-tanks, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

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The Swamp Is Coming From Inside Trump’s Campaign

Lobbyists like David Urban, whose connections start at the very top, are thriving as they help the president’s re-election effort while aiding corporate clients.

#amazon-com-inc, #boeing-company, #campaign-finance, #defense-contracts, #esper-mark-t, #halkbank, #kennedy-thomas-a, #lewandowski-corey-1975, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mar-a-lago-palm-beach-fla, #miller-jason-1975, #miller-jeff-1974, #perry-rick, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #pruitt-scott, #raytheon-company, #republican-national-committee, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #urban-david-1964

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Prince Andrew Sought Washington Lobbyist to Help With Epstein Case

Lawyers for the prince consulted a lobbyist with connections in Trump foreign policy circles. No deal was struck.

#andrew-duke-of-york, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #giuffre-virginia-roberts, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #maxwell-ghislaine, #royal-families, #sex-crimes, #stryk-robert

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How College Sports Spurred Mississippi to Seriously Reconsider Its Flag

Time and again, debate over the state’s flag and its Confederate battle imagery faded away. Then college sports leaders threatened to take away some of the biggest games.

#athletics-and-sports, #baseball-college, #colleges-and-universities, #emmert-mark, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #football-college, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mississippi, #mississippi-state-university, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #ncaa-baseball-championships, #race-and-ethnicity, #sankey-greg, #southeastern-conference, #state-legislatures

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Disgraced Lobbyist Jack Abramoff Headed Back to Jail

Mr. Abramoff became the first person charged with violating a law that was amended in response to his previous criminal offenses.

#abramoff-jack, #bitcoin-currency, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #law-and-legislation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #marijuana, #united-states-politics-and-government

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California Set to Require Zero-Emissions Trucks

The new rule, expected Thursday, would mean more than half of trucks sold in the state must be zero-emissions by 2035, and all of them by 2045.

#air-pollution, #buses, #california, #california-air-resources-board, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #environment, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #los-angeles-calif, #nichols-mary-d, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #san-bernardino-calif, #states-us, #transit-systems, #trucks-and-trucking

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Move to Drop Michael Flynn Charge Reverberates in Bijan Kian’s Case

Lawyers for Bijan Kian argue that prosecutors should drop their appeal of his acquittal because it was intertwined with the case of the former national security adviser.

#alptekin-ekim, #barr-william-p, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #flynn-intel-group, #flynn-michael-t, #justice-department, #kian-bijan, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #trump-donald-j, #turkey, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Senior Interior Official Broke Ethics Rules a 2nd Time, Watchdog Says

An assistant secretary at the department used his position to help a family member get a job at the Environmental Protection Agency, according to an internal government investigation.

#bernhardt-david-l, #domenech-ben-1981, #environment, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #interior-department, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #nepotism, #trump-donald-j

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Trump Judges or Federalist Society Judges? Try Both

The group says it doesn’t endorse nominees for public office. Say what?

#american-bar-assn, #american-constitution-society-for-law-and-policy, #article-iii-project, #conservatism-us-politics, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #federal-courts-us, #federalist-society, #gorsuch-neil-m, #hatch-orrin-g, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mcconnell-mitch, #mcgahn-donald-f-ii, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #trump-donald-j, #walker-justin-r

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Jailed Saudis Seek Influence in Washington to Counter Crown Prince

Some are hiring lobbyists with links to the Trump administration, looking to build support at a time when the de facto Saudi ruler is beset by economic problems and criticism over human rights violations.

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Skadden Said to Have Paid $11 Million to Settle Ukraine Dispute

The law firm paid a former Ukrainian prime minister, Yulia V. Tymoshenko, and an associate to avert a suit over its role in a report justifying her imprisonment by a political rival.

#craig-gregory-b, #foreign-agents-registration-act, #legal-profession, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #manafort-paul-j, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #skadden-arps-slate-meagherflom-llp, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #trump-donald-j, #tymoshenko-yulia-v, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #van-der-zwaan-alex, #yanukovych-viktor-f

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Small Clubs Are Where Rock History Is Made. How Many Will Survive?

Independent venues are critical to local scenes and artists on the rise. With concerts on hold during the pandemic, they’re struggling to hang on and fighting for government aid.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #pop-and-rock-music, #small-business, #united-states-economy

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Private Equity, Lobbying the U.S. for Help, Is Mostly Hearing ‘No’

As the government rolls out trillions of dollars in emergency stimulus funds, a push by the industry has met with only modest success.

#american-investment-council, #apollo-global-management, #better-markets-inc, #blackstone-group-the, #carlyle-group-lp, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #credit-and-debt, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #private-equity, #stimulus-economic, #term-asset-backed-securities-loan-facility-talf, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Nursing Homes Were a Coronavirus Disaster Waiting to Happen

Long before Covid-19, poor care and lax standards were widespread and well known.

#centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #elderly, #epidemics, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #long-term-care-community-coalition, #medicaid, #medicare, #nursing-homes, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living

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Start-Ups Pursue ‘Free Money’ With Relief Funds, Prompting Backlash

Some young companies have turned to the government loans not for day-to-day survival but simply to buy useful time.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #national-venture-capital-assn, #silicon-valley-bank, #small-business, #small-business-administration, #start-ups, #venture-capital

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Protesters Pushing to Reopen Economy Are ‘Idiots,’ Says Top Manufacturing Lobbyist

In a Facebook post and an interview, Jay Timmons, the head of the National Association of Manufacturers, sharply criticized demonstrators who have defied social distancing protocols.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #epidemics, #factories-and-manufacturing, #jay-timmons, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #national-assn-of-manufacturers, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Boeing’s Problems Predate the Virus. Should the U.S. Come to Its Rescue?

The nation’s largest aerospace company is in discussions about three different federal aid programs amid confusion created by its new chief executive about its intentions.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #boeing-737-max-groundings-and-safety-concerns-2019, #boeing-company, #calhoun-david-l, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #defense-contracts, #federal-aid-us, #law-and-legislation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mnuchin-steven-t, #treasury-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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No, Getting Tested for the Coronavirus Is Not Always Free

Hidden costs for E.R. visits and other fees could cost people thousands of dollars.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #tests-medical

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The Race for Virus Money Is On. Lobbyists Are Standing By.

Companies see the outbreak as a chance to cash in, do some good, or both. Among the early winners: the Washington influence industry.

#cleansers-detergents-and-soaps, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #distilled-spirits-council, #environmental-protection-agency, #food-and-drug-administration, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #reckitt-benckiser, #stimulus-economic, #tests-medical, #united-states-politics-and-government

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