Tag: Lobbying and Lobbyists

New Energy Secretary Fits Trend: Cabinet Dominated by Lobbyists

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — President Trump likes to say that people in his political orbit come straight out of central casting, “tough hombres” from far beyond the Capital Beltway ready to roil the swamp. Increasingly, though, his cabinet is full of lobbyists. […]

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Justice Dept. Indicts Turkish Bank on Charges of Evading Iran Sanctions

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Tuesday escalated pressure on Turkey by filing fraud and money laundering charges against the country’s second-largest state-owned bank, accusing it of helping Iran evade United States sanctions. The charges against the institution, Halkbank, came as the administration sought ways to project that it was taking a tough line with […]

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After Hospitals’ Big Donation to N.Y. Democrats, a $140 Million Payout

With Medicaid costs soaring in New York, the Greater New York Hospital Association was pushing for the seemingly impossible: more state reimbursement money. It was a big ask, and for years, it had gone nowhere. Medicaid spending already represented a massive and ever-growing share of the state budget, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had taken […]

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The Corruption Before Trump

Every republic, large and small, lives with a tension between the need for public-spirited, civic-minded leaders and the inevitable pull of private interests and affections. The larger and wealthier the republic, the greater the challenge, because the republic’s officials must live and move and work in an atmosphere of commercial wealth and foreign lucre — […]

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De Blasio to Developers: Donate to My Nonprofit. $125,000 Came.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Soon after a stop-work order had been lifted on a hotel and condominium project in Brooklyn Bridge Park, a developer got a phone call. It was Mayor Bill de Blasio, hitting up the developer for a donation to his […]

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U.S. Appeals Court Reinstates Emoluments Case Against Trump

A federal appeals court in New York on Friday revived a lawsuit alleging that President Trump is illegally profiting from his hotels and restaurants in New York and Washington in violation of the Constitution’s anti-corruption, or emoluments, clauses. In a two-to-one decision, a panel of judges for the United States Court of Appeals for the […]

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A Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes Would Sharply Cut Sales

A ban on flavored e-cigarettes would not only severely dent sales of Juul Labs’ popular vaping products, but also have a chilling effect on the little regulated $2.6 billion industry of roughly 20,000 vape and smoke shops that sprung up across the country in the past few years. But a day after Alex M. Azar […]

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Gregory Craig Acquitted on Charge of Lying to Justice Department

WASHINGTON — Gregory B. Craig, one of Washington’s most prominent Democratic lawyers, was acquitted on Wednesday of a felony charge that he lied about his work for the Ukrainian government seven years ago. The jury returned the verdict after just hours of deliberation. The case revealed how a foreign government was able to harness Washington’s […]

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Why Has Trump’s Exceptional Corruption Gone Unchecked?

Consider two scenarios about how Washington works. In one, a local activist decides to run for Congress. A friend hosts a fund-raiser for her at his law firm, where 10 partners each give the maximum legal individual donation, $2,800. After she wins, the host asks her to meet with a client, a constituent whose business […]

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Gregory Craig, Washington Lawyer on Trial, Says He Never Lied to Investigators

In a spirited defense, Gregory B. Craig, a prominent Washington lawyer on trial on charges of lying to federal investigators, testified on Wednesday that he never misled officials who questioned him about his work for the government of Ukraine. “I did not lie,” Mr. Craig, 74, said, looking directly at the jury that will decide […]

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Trial of High-Powered Lawyer Gregory Craig Exposes Seamy Side of Washington’s Elite

WASHINGTON — It is a trial tailor-made to grab the attention of this city’s power brokers: In a federal courtroom this month, one of Washington’s most prominent lawyers — a former White House counsel and attorney to global statesmen and other icons — is battling criminal charges of lying to investigators about his work for […]

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A Lobbyist Gave $900,000 in Donations. Whose Money Is It?

Of all the billionaires, hedge fund managers and chief executives who have showered politicians in New York with money in the last five years, no one has given more often than David C. Rich. Since 2014, Mr. Rich has doled out more than 200 contributions totaling over $900,000. Last year alone, he gave away nearly […]

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4 Takeaways From a Close Look at Elliott Broidy

WASHINGTON — Elliott Broidy worked his way through school at a laundromat and later became wealthy as a venture capitalist and defense contractor. Along the way, he became a pillar in the Jewish community of Los Angeles and an influential Republican fund-raiser. In the early days of the Trump administration, Mr. Broidy worked to influence […]

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How a Trump Ally Tested the Boundaries of Washington’s Influence Game

WASHINGTON — Elliott Broidy had the kind of past that might have given a more traditional White House reason to keep him at a distance: A wealthy businessman, he had pleaded guilty in 2009 to giving nearly $1 million in illegal gifts to New York State officials to help land a $250 million investment from […]

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The Phony Patriots of Silicon Valley

Not long ago, many leading technologists considered themselves too lofty and idealistic to concern themselves with the petty affairs of government. John Perry Barlow, a lion of the early internet, addressed his “Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace” to the “governments of the industrial world,” saying that for him and his fellow netizens, these creaky […]

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Prominent Lawyer’s Trial Will Test Crackdown on Unregistered Foreign Agents

WASHINGTON — Not long before Christmas 2012, Paul Manafort, then a foreign lobbyist, congratulated Gregory B. Craig, a well-known Washington lawyer, on the release of a report that Mr. Manafort had commissioned to help Ukraine’s pro-Russian president polish his image in the West. “Well done,” Mr. Manafort wrote in an email to Mr. Craig after […]

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Abuse Victim’s 3 Billboards Called for Stronger Laws. Then the State Showed Up.

When Kat Sullivan rented a billboard last year in upstate New York to call for stronger protections against child sex abusers, she believed she was engaging in the democratic process, using her own time and money to make her voice as an abuse survivor heard. So she was shocked when state regulators afterward sent her […]

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The Origins of Boeing’s 737 Max Crisis

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Two crashes involving Boeing 737 Max jets have been linked to a software system that helped send the planes into a deadly nose-dive. Our colleague investigated what federal regulators responsible for ensuring the safety of the […]

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Federal Inquiry of Trump Friend Focused on Foreign Lobbying

WASHINGTON — As Donald J. Trump was preparing to deliver an address on energy policy in May 2016, Paul Manafort, his campaign chairman, had a question about the speech’s contents for Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a top campaign fund-raiser and close friend of Mr. Trump. “Are you running this by our friends?” Mr. Manafort asked […]

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Associate of Michael Flynn Is Found Guilty of Secretly Lobbying for Turkey

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A business associate of the former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn was convicted on Tuesday in Northern Virginia of secretly lobbying for Turkey, a victory for the government after the judge considered dismissing the case because prosecutors lacked evidence. Judge Anthony J. Trenga had described the evidence against Mr. Flynn’s associate, […]

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