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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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‘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

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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

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‘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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The SPAC Boom Has Some Downsides

The blank-check boom shows no signs of slowing, but there are reasons to be wary.

#ackman-william-a, #bitcoin-currency, #corporate-social-responsibility, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #real-estate-commercial, #united-states-chamber-of-commerce

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Appoints First Woman C.E.O.

Suzanne Clark will become the first woman to lead the century-old group when the change takes effect on March 11.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #clark-suzanne-p-1967, #donohue-thomas-j, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #united-states-chamber-of-commerce, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Alan Dershowitz Became a Force in Clemency Grants

The lawyer Alan M. Dershowitz, who represented the former president in his first impeachment trial, used his access for a wide array of clients as they sought pardons or commutations.

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The Road to Clemency From Trump Was Closed to Most Who Sought It

Of the nearly 240 pardons and commutations he granted during his term, only 25 came through the regular Justice Department process. The rest were a product of connections, influence and money.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #dershowitz-alan-m, #families-against-mandatory-minimums, #justice-department, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #meadows-mark-r-1959, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weinstein-eliyahu

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Trump Administration Quietly Eased Sanctions on Israeli Billionaire

The reversal by the Treasury Department during the administration’s final days came after an appeal by lobbyists with close ties to the former president.

#congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #corruption-institutional, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #gertler-dan-1973, #israel, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mines-and-mining, #treasury-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Prepares Pardon Wave for Final Hours

Among those under consideration for grants of clemency are the former New York Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver and the rapper Lil Wayne.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #bannon-stephen-k, #cipollone-pat-a, #cohen-michael-d-1966, #dershowitz-alan-m, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #kushner-charles, #kushner-jared, #lil-wayne, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #manafort-paul-j, #silver-sheldon, #stone-roger-j-jr, #tolman-brett, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j, #trump-donald-j-jr, #trump-eric-f-1984, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weisselberg-allen

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Prospect of Pardons in Final Days Fuels Market to Buy Access to Trump

The president’s allies have collected tens of thousands of dollars — and potentially much more — from people seeking pardons.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #corruption-institutional, #dowd-john-m, #giorno-karen, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #justice-department, #kiriakou-john-c, #legal-profession, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #tolman-brett, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #walters-william-t

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IBM Doesn’t Donate to Politicians. Other Firms Should Take Note.

As companies put their donations to candidates on hold, they should reassess political giving entirely, making the halt permanent.

#campaign-finance, #international-business-machines-corporation, #krishna-arvind, #lobbying-and-lobbyists

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AT&T, JPMorgan and Coca-Cola Pull Back Political Giving Following Capitol Riots

AT&T and Marriott were among companies that will stop campaign contributions to lawmakers who objected to certifying the election. Other companies, such as JPMorgan, paused all political donations.

#att-inc, #charles-schwab-corporation, #citigroup-inc, #corporations, #cruz-ted, #facebook-inc, #fedex-corporation, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #lincoln-project, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #marriott-international-inc, #morgan-stanley, #political-action-committees, #politics-and-government, #presidential-transition-us, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #walmart-stores-inc

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With Trump Presidency Winding Down, Push for Assange Pardon Ramps Up

Supporters of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have enlisted a lobbyist with connections to the president and filed a clemency petition with the White House.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #assange-julian-p, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blueprint-for-free-speech, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #extradition, #freedom-of-the-press, #great-britain, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-transition-us, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #stryk-robert, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wikileaks

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U.S. Companies to Face China Tariffs as Exclusions Expire

Many American companies could see their exemptions from President Trump’s China tariffs expire at midnight on Thursday.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #customs-tariff, #international-trade-and-world-market, #kind-ron, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #office-of-the-united-states-trade-representative, #politics-and-government, #small-business, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #walorski-jackie

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Behind Trump Clemency, a Case Study in Special Access

Philip Esformes was sentenced last year to 20 years for Medicare fraud. Then a well-connected organization supported by his family weighed in with the White House.

#aleph-institute, #amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #chabad-lubavitch, #criminal-justice, #dershowitz-alan-m, #esformes-philip-1968, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #florida, #frauds-and-swindling, #justice-department, #kushner-jared, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #philanthropy, #schneerson-menachem-mendel, #sentences-criminal, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Who Gets the Vaccine Next?

Companies, unions and trade groups are making pitches that their workers should be prioritized.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #new-york-city, #organized-labor, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Who Gets the Vaccine First? Furious Lobbying by Interest Groups

Companies, unions and industry trade associations are lobbying governments to include their workers in the next round of virus vaccines.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #organized-labor, #pfizer-inc, #shortages, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Biden’s Inaugural Will Be Mostly Virtual, but Money From Donors Will Be Real

The president-elect’s allies have begun an ambitious fund-raising campaign for the celebration of his swearing-in. Big donors will get “virtual signed photos” — and a chance to generate good will.

#bank-of-america-corporation, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #boeing-company, #campaign-finance, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ford-motor-co, #google-inc, #harris-kamala-d, #inaugurations, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j

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Tech Companies Shift Their Posture on a Legal Shield, Wary of Being Left Behind

Some of the industry’s critics are skeptical, however, about a new flexibility to changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #law-and-legislation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Big Tech Turns Its Lobbyists Loose on Europe, Alarming Regulators

Silicon Valley is building a powerful influence industry in Brussels, which has “never seen this kind of money” spent this way.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #european-commission, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #microsoft-corp, #online-advertising, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media

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Paul Sarbanes, Former Maryland Senator, Dies at 87

Early in his career, Mr. Sarbanes introduced the first article of impeachment against Richard Nixon. Decades later, he wrote legislation in response to fraud scandals involving Enron and other companies.

#accounting-and-accountants, #deaths-obituaries, #enron-corp, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #sarbanes-paul-s, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Nike and Coca-Cola Lobby Against Xinjiang Forced Labor Bill

Business groups and major companies like Apple have been pressing Congress to alter legislation cracking down on imports of goods made with forced labor from persecuted Muslim minorities in China.

#apple-inc, #china, #coca-cola-company, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #nike-inc, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xinjiang-china

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White House Weighs Pardon Blitz Before Trump’s Exit

Political allies and associates are starting to press for clemency as the president also considers extending his criminal justice overhaul by commuting lengthy sentences for other offenders.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #dershowitz-alan-m, #flynn-michael-t, #gates-richard-w-iii-1972, #kushner-jared, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #maldonado-passage-joseph, #manafort-paul-j, #milken-michael-r, #papadopoulos-george-1987, #presidential-election-of-2020, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Business and World Leaders Move On as Trump Fights to Reverse Election

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is seizing the moment, not to aggressively confront the president he defeated, but to act presidential in his stead.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #harris-kamala-d, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Corporations and Foreign Nations Pivot to Lobby Biden

Lobbyists and consultants are highlighting their ties to the incoming president, which have become lucrative.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #dunn-anita, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #pryor-mark, #ricchetti-steven, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #stryk-robert, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #urban-david-1964

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Progressives Press Biden to Limit Corporate Influence in Administration

As the president-elect begins making personnel choices, the left of the Democratic Party is demanding ethics rules that would ban lobbyists and some consultants.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #demand-progress, #democratic-party, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #warren-elizabeth

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