April 18, 2015

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RELATIONSHIPS ON THE HILL can be a tricky thing. The House Ethics Committee has launched an investigation into whether Rep. Edward Whitfield (R-Ky.) violated any rules because of his staff’s work with his wife, Constance Harriman-Whitfield, a senior policy adviser for the Humane Society Legislative Fund, who is a registered lobbyist. According to a Politico report, “The [...]

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04-08-2015

The pizza lobby, which has come under scrutiny from healthy food advocates over past few years, is seeking to turn the tide of battle in their favor now that the Republican Party is firmly in control of both houses of Congress.

04-08-2015

 The flying of remote drones has become a major domestic policy issue in the United States. Just last month drones made headline news as a federal employee accidentally flew a remote control drone onto the White House grounds, causing a mass security stir and furthering debate on the issue around the country.

04-08-2015

 Even groups within the same industry don’t always get along when it comes to legislative issues. That’s the case in the fight that’s brewing between craft brewers and large “macrobreweries” such as Miller-Coors and Anheuser-Busch InBev. According to the OpenSecrets blog, the fight centers around two competing bills: The Small BREW Act and the Fair Beer Act, both of which offer differing definitions for how beer producers should be taxed.

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2.8 million ads ran in the midterm campaign cycle, amassing over $1.4 billion in spending between January and November 2010; 87.2% of ads run by independent expenditure groups were negative in tone.

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At first glance, online gambling seems a no-brainer for the gaming industry.  Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson disagrees. 

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Michael Scanlon is the latest Abramoff associate sentenced for his role in the corruption scheme.

01-09-2014

Earlier this week, the American Gaming Association, Washington, announced a slew of new hires for their management team, most of which were for government relations or communications positions.

 

11-06-2013

Lisa Costello, Kevin Maher and Shawn McBurney left the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s lobbying team last week, The Hill reports. This shakeup comes as part of new president and CEO Katherine Lugar’s effort to revamp the association’s lobbying footprint in Washington.

 

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