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Stories with subject: Lobbying
  • Lobbyists spent $200K on lawmakers' trips 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 10:31 am
  • ST. LOUIS - Industry and special interest groups spent more than $200,000 in the last three years on trips for Missouri lawmakers, according to a newspaper analysis.

  • Mo. Senate sets aside debate on ethics legislation 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 6:38 pm
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Senate has temporarily set aside debate on ethics legislation that would curb lobbying.

  • Gay rights lobbyist to join Sen. Murphy's office 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 9:31 am
  • HARTFORD, Connecticut - A government relations chief for the Human Rights Campaign is joining Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy's office as his chief of staff.

  • AP Analysis: Japan anti-whaling ruling saves face 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 5:41 am
  • TOKYO - The international court ruling against Japanese whaling last week may have given the government a convenient political out.

  • Chicago man pleads guilty in Zimbabwe case 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 4:47 pm
  • CHICAGO - A 72-year-old Chicago man has pleaded guilty to illegally lobbying U.S. lawmakers to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe's president and other members of his regime for a promise of $3.4 million.

  • Committee picks 3 finalists for UA lobbyist job 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 7:25 am
  • FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas - A University of Arkansas search committee has named three finalists for the school's vice chancellor for governmental relations position.

  • Kansas Chamber lobbyist departs for energy group 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 5:05 am
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - A Kansas Chamber of Commerce lobbyist is leaving the influential business organization to become executive director of a group that represents the state's oil and natural gas industry.

  • Bid renewed to bar lobbyists from NY pensions 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 3:05 am
  • ALBANY, New York - Two New York legislators are renewing their bid to remove employees of municipal trade associations from the state pension system for government workers after efforts failed to do it through the new state budget.

  • Mo. Senate panel considers gay discrimination bill 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 6:04 pm
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri senators heard conflicting testimony Wednesday on whether it makes good business sense to grant legal discrimination protections to people based on sexual orientation.

  • Del. lawmaker eye lobbying reform 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 2:19 am
  • DOVER, Delaware - A state House committee is considering a bill that would prevent high-level government officials in Delaware from immediately becoming lobbyists after leaving their state posts.

  • Hawaii lawmakers plow through mountain of bills 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 11:01 pm
  • HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers plowed through a mountain of bills Tuesday in advance of a legislative deadline, moving swiftly through their work until they hit a sex education bill that drew criticism from gay rights opponents and generated a salty debate in the state House.

  • McAuliffe wants family added to Va. ethics bill 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 12:22 pm
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants lobbyists to disclose what they give to lawmakers' families.

  • May primary offers array of legislative contenders 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 1:18 pm
  • COLUMBUS, Ohio - Primary candidates vying to be in the Ohio Legislature include former lawmakers, spouses and daughters of state representatives, and current state legislators looking to change chambers.

  • Correction: Gun Rights-Kansas story 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 10:23 am
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - In an April 5 story about gun-rights legislation in Kansas, The Associated Press reported erroneously the last name of the director of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence's efforts to defend gun control policies in court and oppose the lessening of existing regulations. The correct name is Jonathan Lowy, not Jonathan Lowry.

  • Business interests question Republican truths 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 10:05 am
  • AUSTIN, Texas - Business interests are walking the halls of the Texas Capitol calling on lawmakers to rethink some of their past policies, hoping that after the November election they can win some key victories next year.

  • Vukmir releases records related to ALEC work 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 11:44 am
  • MADISON, Wisconsin - Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir has released documents related to her work with the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council as part of a settlement of an open records lawsuit filed by the liberal Center for Media and Democracy.

  • NY ethics panel: $210M spent lobbying last year 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 3:04 am
  • ALBANY, New York - New York's ethics commission reports $210 million were spent on state and local lobbying last year.

  • Lobbying for former Alabama Legislature limited 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 8:35 pm
  • MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The Alabama Legislature is trying to keep members from immediately becoming lobbyists after leaving office.

  • NRA lobbyist breaks Illinois law, helps change it 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 6:04 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The powerful Illinois lobbyist for the National Rifle Association has helped rewrite a state law he broke.

  • Wording rejected for proposed ethics ballot item 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 6:01 pm
  • LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The Arkansas attorney general's office has rejected the wording of a ballot proposal that would institute tougher ethics laws for state public officials.

  • New coalition says corporations aren't people 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 3:33 pm
  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A new grassroots group is launching a campaign to get Alaska political leaders and candidates to sign a pledge declaring that only people have rights, and not corporations and unions.

  • HUD bans ex-Philly housing director over lobbying 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 3:13 pm
  • PHILADELPHIA - The former director of public housing in Philadelphia has been banned from working with any federal programs for three years.

  • Walker signs asbestos bill opposed by veterans 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 3:31 pm
  • MADISON, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday quietly signed into law a bill that critics say would delay and deny justice to those who seek damages in court after falling ill from exposure to asbestos.

  • Walker signs bill allowing earlier donations 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 3:03 pm
  • MADISON, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker has quietly signed into law a bill that lets lobbyists to start making campaign donations to candidates for office seven weeks earlier than previously allowed.

  • Lawmakers advance bill to end Iowa dog racing 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 4:31 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - An Iowa House panel moved forward Wednesday on a bill to end greyhound racing in the state and set up a so called "retirement fund" that would pay breeders and employees in the industry up to $70 million.