#NowThis #WorldNews: [ VIDEO ] What Is Lobbying and Can It Be Good?
A citizen’s right to lobby plays a tremendous role in politics. Yet today lobbying is big business known to have a revolving door with Congress. What is lobbying really about, and can it be fundamentally good?
Honesty and Ethics Rating of Clergy Slides to New Low
“Americans’ rating of the honesty and ethics of the clergy has fallen to 47%, the first time this rating has dropped below 50% since Gallup first asked about the clergy in 1977.”
Seven in 10 Americans Say Lobbyists Have Too Much Power
“Gallup Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport reveals that out of a list of 10 U.S. entities, Americans are most likely to say lobbyists have too much power and are least likely to say the same about the military.”
National Conference of State Legislatures
Measuring Rates of Return for Lobbying Expenditures: An Empirical Case Study of Tax Breaks for Multinational Corporations
“In this paper we use audited corporate tax disclosures relating to a tax holiday on repatriated earnings created by the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 to examine the return on lobbying.”
Lobbying for the Greater Good
“Earlier this month, scientists reported that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere had reached 400 parts per million.”
For Hire: Lobbyists or the 99%
“Amidst a growing federal deficit and widespread economic insecurity for most Americans, some of the largest corporations in the country have avoided paying their fair share in taxes while spending millions to lobby Congress and influence elections.”
So Who’s a Lobbyist
Under the federal lobbying law, Newt Gingrich can legitimately claim that he is not a lobbyist.
Obama Transition announces rules for lobbyists in Transition
During a briefing today at the Presidential Transition Team headquarters, Obama Transition Co-Chair John Podesta announced the strictest and most far reaching ethics rules of any transition team in history.
Obama slams lobbyists, then hires a lobbyist to help promote Obamacare
“On the campaign trail, President Obama vowed that lobbyists would have no place in his administration, but his health care agency last month gave a half-million-dollar grant to a registered lobbying firm to help enroll people for Obamacare as Affordable Care Act “navigators.”
W.H. to reverse part of lobbyist ban
“The White House is poised to reverse a key part of its ban on registered lobbyists serving in government.”
Former White House lawyer defends Obama limits on lobbying, hints at possible changes
“Before Bob Bauer started his lunchtime speech at a recent conference, his host wanted to make absolutely certain that the former White House counsel knew his audience.”
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