First: hundreds of Fair Elections activists had a great lobby day in Albany yesterday:Feb19
Video streaming and movie rental giant Netflix is gearing up to take on Capitol Hill. The company has become a political force, the Center for Public Integrity reports, spending $1.2 million on federal lobbying efforts last year. That's "more than twice its 2012 spending and nearly 10 times its 2010 spending, according to disclosures filed with the U.S. Senate and U.S. House."Nov14
“50 to 75”
That’s how many fundraiser invites Quinn Gillespie Associates President John Feehery says he gets in a week. QGA Chairman Jack Quinn said for him, “It varies, but I get a lot more invitations than I can afford to respond to.”Oct22Apr02
It seems that even the Easter Bunny hangs out with K Street lobbyists. Those associated with the holiday that brings us baskets of eggs and sweet, sugary snacks have been working overtime to gain influence with lawmakers.
According to the Center for Public Integrity, lobbying expenditures by the National Confectioners Association and United Egg Producers have risen dramatically in recent years.Jan10
In his State of the State address yesterday, Gov. Cuomo once again called for public financing and a broad reform agenda. New York Times editorial: "Most important, he vowed to start public financing for campaigns so that more candidates can compete against wealthy competitors." It ends with this: "It is a long, ambitious list. If Mr.Jan07
Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
HuffPost: Cynthia Bauerly, FEC Commissioner, To Resign On February 1
Maybe this will actually force President Obama to appoint commissioners to the FEC? Even before Bauerly’s resignation, five of six positions were filled by commissioners on expired terms.
Jack Gillum at AP pulls together the top donors to the Obama and Romney campaigns (and super PACs). Obama: Fred Eychaner, James Simons, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Irwin Jacobs, Jon Stryker. Romney: Shel Adelson, Harold Simmons, Bob Perry, Robert Rowling, Bill Koch.Oct17
Another no-show for campaign finance issues at the debate last night, though Mitt Romney did hit Obama for attending a fundraiser in Vegas the day after the Benghazi attack.
It's the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's 100th birthday. On Friday, Public Citizen and a host of organizations are going to be rallying in DC against their dark money spending. Details here.