Tag: Lobbying and Lobbyists

Lobbyist Gets Probation for Failing to Disclose Work for Pro-Russia Forces in Ukraine

WASHINGTON — An American lobbyist was sentenced Friday to three years of probation and a $5,000 fine for failing to register as a foreign agent for a Russia-friendly political party in Ukraine and for helping a Ukrainian billionaire illegally purchase tickets to President Trump’s inauguration. The case against the lobbyist, Samuel Patten, highlighted how the […]

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Senate Confirms Bernhardt as Interior Secretary Amid Calls for Investigations Into His Conduct

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday voted to confirm David Bernhardt, a former lobbyist for the oil and agribusiness industries, as secretary of the interior. The confirmation of Mr. Bernhardt to his new post coincided with calls from more than […]

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A Cuomo Insider Was a Big Money Lobbyist Who Drove a Porsche. Then Came a Stunning Fall.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] For years, Todd R. Howe reaped the rewards of being a Cuomo family loyalist. He had worked for Gov. Mario M. Cuomo in the 1980s, and then for his son, Andrew, in the 1990s. He traded on his reputation […]

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Trump’s Pick for Interior Dept. Continued Lobbying After Officially Vowing to Stop, New Files Indicate

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — A previously unreleased invoice indicates that David Bernhardt, President Trump’s choice to lead the Interior Department, continued to lobby for a major client several months after he filed official papers saying that he had ended his lobbying activities. […]

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Gun Control Group’s Report Card on U.S. Banks’ Firearms Ties Has Several Fs

Gun control activists have spent years trying to limit the number of assault-style firearms available to civilians: holding rallies, drafting proposed laws and backing campaigns by shareholders of publicly traded gun makers. Now, one advocacy group is focusing on a different pressure point: the consumer banks that provide loans and other financial support to the […]

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Political Handlers With Trump Ties Take Their Election Playbooks to Africa

ABUJA, Nigeria — When a Nigerian presidential candidate landed in the United States in January after years of being subject to a visa ban because of corruption allegations, he had a team of Western consultants and lobbyists to thank for the warm American welcome. One of those who helped was Riva Levinson, who was mentored […]

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N.Y. Had a Plan for a ‘Pied-a-Terre’ Tax on Expensive Homes. The Real Estate Industry Stopped It.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — When state leaders rallied this month behind a proposal to tax luxury second homes in New York City, it seemed to encapsulate the goals of the Capitol’s new Democratic leadership: The bill would simultaneously help pay for […]

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‘Idiots,’ Preceded by Profanity: Cuomo Aides Bash 3 Female Lawmakers

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — A debate over Albany’s ingrained culture of shadowy fund-raising has erupted into open warfare among the state’s Democrats, with three young female lawmakers accusing Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of hypocrisy and pay-to-play tactics, and the governor’s senior […]

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David Bernhardt, Former Oil Lobbyist and Trump’s Pick to Lead Interior Dept., Faces Senate Panel

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — President Trump’s choice to lead the Interior Department — David Bernhardt, a former oil lobbyist who has been accused of conflicts of interest — faced questioning Thursday from senators who must decide whether he is the right person […]

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McDonald’s Will Not Lobby Against Minimum Wage Increases, Official Says

In an abrupt shift, a top McDonald’s official said Tuesday that the company would no longer lobby against minimum-wage increases at the federal, state or local levels. The announcement, which was simultaneously cheered by supporters of higher pay and criticized as a publicity stunt by some in the restaurant industry, was included in a letter […]

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A Secretive Dinner Where $25,000 Buys Access to Cuomo (and Filet Mignon)

The rooftop fund-raiser was meant to be a secretive affair, but word spread quickly among those with pending issues before the state. Lobbyists told their clients that the event would be a good thing to go to. After all, the dinner was being held a little more than two weeks before the New York State […]

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As Boeing Confronted a Swelling Crisis, It Had Little to Say

As much as any company in corporate America, Boeing would appear to be well prepared to deal with a public-relations crisis. A major exporter and military contractor, Boeing has deep ties in Washington and spends lavishly on lobbying. Dennis A. Muilenburg, the chief executive, is on the board of the Business Roundtable, an influential group […]

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State by State, Gig Companies Maneuver to Shape Labor Rules

It was a potentially sweeping proposal from a Texas regulator: Companies that use a “digital network” to dispatch workers the way Uber does could label them contractors rather than employees. The proposal, made in December, was a turning point in a campaign that has played out in legislatures and courts in numerous states, and even […]

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Trump and Congress: Loving Israel to Death

JERUSALEM — Amos Yadlin, the former head of military intelligence in Israel, likes to say that Israel as a Jewish-majority democracy faces two existential threats — a nuclear-armed Iran and turning itself into a bi-national state by permanently occupying the West Bank with its 2.5 million Palestinians. And while Israel has a strategy for addressing […]

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Drug Prices on TV? They May Be Coming.

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is moving ahead with its proposal to require drug companies to disclose the often sky-high prices of their products in television commercials, despite strenuous objections and the threat of legal challenges by drug makers and TV broadcasters. The White House is reviewing the text of a final rule to impose […]

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As Mueller Report Lands, Prosecutorial Focus Moves to New York

Even as the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, submitted his confidential report to the Justice Department on Friday, federal and state prosecutors are pursuing about a dozen other investigations that largely grew out of his work, all but ensuring that a legal threat will continue to loom over the Trump presidency. Most of the […]

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The Case for Aipac

Until recently, if you had asked most Jews, it seemed like playing the Aipac card had gone out of fashion around 2007. That was the year two political scientists published a book called “The Israel Lobby,” with its sensational claim that Aipac, short for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and other Jewish organizations controlled […]

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9 Fund-Raisers in 1 Night: Democrats Vow Reform in N.Y., but Money Still Flows

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — When a group of young Democratic insurgents helped their party take over the State Senate in November, they vowed to push through far-reaching campaign finance and ethics reform, hoping to change a back-scratching culture that had long […]

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Lobbying Case Against Democrat With Ties to Manafort Reaches Key Stage

WASHINGTON — A long-running federal investigation into a former White House counsel in the Obama administration is reaching a critical stage, presenting the Justice Department with a decision about whether to charge a prominent Democrat as part of a more aggressive crackdown on illegal foreign lobbying. The case involving the lawyer, Gregory B. Craig, was […]

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The Loophole That Lets Boeing Get Cozy With Congress

After days of pressure from anxious airline customers and concerned members of Congress, President Trump on Wednesday announced the grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max 8 aircraft — a stark reversal of the Federal Aviation Administration’s previous determination that the planes were safe enough to fly despite recent crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia. The announcement came […]

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