Kate Ackley

Boehner to Close Taxpayer-Funded Hill Office
Now on K Street, ex-speaker gives up controversial perk

Former House Speaker John Boehner plans to shut down his taxpayer-funded office on Capitol Hill by Oct. 31, the one-year anniversary of his departure from Congress, his spokesman said Wednesday.

The Ohio Republican, who announced Tuesday he was joining the global lobbying and law firm Squire Patton Boggs, had taken advantage of a little-known perk for former House speakers who have been entitled since 1970 to a post-congressional office for up to five years.

Boehner Joins Influential K Street Firm
Ex-speaker to rake in big bucks as global adviser

Former House Speaker John A. Boehner is cashing in on K Street almost one year after resigning from Capitol Hill.

The Ohio Republican will join Squire Patton Boggs, a global law firm that traces its roots to one of Washington's oldest and most prominent lobbying practices. The shop is also the professional home of several former Boehner congressional aides and to former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi and Democratic ex-Sen. John Breaux of Louisiana.

Mary Landrieu Closes the Door on Another Run
Ex-senator will not be joining former colleagues seeking Senate comebacks

Former Sen. Mary Landrieu has ruled out another run for elected office, and definitely "not ever" again for Senate.

"I've pretty much closed that door," the Louisiana Democrat said in an interview with CQ Magazine. "Definitely not ever again for Congress."

Boehner Joins Tobacco Company Board
Ex-Speaker likes to puff on the product

Former House Speaker John A. Boehner has parlayed a habit into a paying gig: The longtime smoker is joining the board of tobacco company Reynolds American Inc.

The Ohio Republican will serve as a Class II director on the board’s governance, nominating and sustainability committee, Reynolds announced Thursday. Reynolds is the parent company of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., the second-largest tobacco company in the United States.

K Street Money Fuels House Challengers to Victory
Primary hopefuls woo lobbyists, some listen

Rep. Tim Huelskamp alienated business lobbyists during his three House terms as he pushed for government shutdowns and an end to the Export-Import Bank. Lobbyists responded by backing the Kansas Republican’s primary opponent.

Huelskamp lost that contest in Kansas' 1st District last month to Roger Marshall, an OB-GYN, who appears to be a shoo-in for the safe GOP seat.

Lobbyists Woo Potential Freshmen Long Before Election Day
Connections can help build a political inner circle, swell campaign coffers

Jason Kander, the Democratic challenger in Missouri’s Senate race, can already count some K Street lobbyists among his political confidants.  

That’s because lobbyists don’t wait until after Election Day to begin courting next year's freshman class. Influencers are already reaching out to prospective senators and House members, hosting fundraisers and meet-and-greets at which they can provide connections and help swell candidates' campaign coffers.  

Slight Thaw Seen in Lobbyist Donations to Trump
But Clinton still dominates in K Street cash

While most of the Republican establishment has embraced Donald Trump as its presidential nominee, K Street lobbyists have remained holdouts, no doubt stung by his populist fusillades against interest groups and their hired guns.  

In contrast to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who cultivated hundreds of donors from K Street during the first six months of 2016, Trump reported only nine — including former House Appropriations Chairman Bob Livingston  of Louisiana and ex-Rep. Henry Bonilla  of Texas, both Republicans.  

Lobbyists in the Game and at the Democratic National Convention
But many plan to keep a low profile

After a contentious Democratic primary season in which presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was accused of being too cozy with corporate interests, many such players will keep a low profile at the party’s national convention.  

Major business groups and financial institutions either played coy about their plans or said they were skipping the event altogether.  

Longtime U.S. Chamber Lobbyist Josten to Retire
Departure comes during cycle dominated by anti-business rhetoric

Bruce Josten, a presence for decades on Capitol Hill and K Street as the top lobbyist for the nation’s biggest business trade group, will retire from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at year’s end.  

“Bruce is a giant in our profession both in terms of his accomplishments on behalf of the business community and the mentorship he has provided to so many at the Chamber and across Washington,” Chamber President and CEO Thomas Donohue said in a written statement. “After 42 years of service to the Chamber, and 22 years leading our government affairs and policy divisions, it’s hard to imagine the chamber without him.”  

Kaine Provides Clinton Ticket With More Lobbying, Fundraising Ties
Virginia senator has deep ties to Democratic insiders and K Street

Hillary Clinton's selection of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate may gall some progressives. But Kaine brings to the campaign deep connections with Democratic insiders and fundraising on K Street.  

Kaine’s network of former aides and contacts say the ex-Virginia Democratic governor and one-time chairman of the Democratic National Committee is a policy wonk who studies issues, speaks without notes in English or Spanish, seeks out competing viewpoints and comes across as genuine on the fundraising circuit.  

Political Chaos May Keep K Street Busy During Congressional Lull
Clients pay to suss out uncertainty over spending, next administration

Most lobbyists loathe Donald Trump, but they may thank the Republican presidential nominee for helping them scare up business during Congress' extended hiatus.  

Battles over spending bills, an update to chemical regulatory laws and a measure to spur biomedical research helped fill K Street coffers during the first half of the year, according to recently filed lobbying reports.  

Trump Campaign Reports $20 Million Cash on Hand
Billionaire loaned his campaign some $45 million as of end of May

Donald Trump's presidential campaign disclosed Wednesday that it raised $26.7 million in June and had about $20 million cash on hand as of June 30, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.  

The Trump campaign reported spending $7.8 million during the month, including more than $200,000 on its law firm, Jones Day. The filing also revealed that the candidate forgave millions of dollars in loans he made to the campaign.  

Small Business Lobby to Tweet GOP Convention in Spanish
NFIB customarily takes conservative positions

The National Federation of Independent Business said it would tweet coverage of the Republican National Convention in Spanish for the first time ever, even as the party’s presumed nominee Donald Trump has made controversial statements about Mexican immigrants.  

“Hispanic-owned businesses are among the fastest growing groups of entrepreneurs and we want them to know that NFIB is there for them,” said NFIB president and CEO Juanita Duggan.  

Pence Could Link Anti-Establishment Campaign and Conservative Insiders
Governor's Washington network runs deep

With Gov. Mike Pence as Donald Trump's running mate, the billionaire's anti-establishment presidential campaign gains new ties to conservative organizations that may allay some of the angst that's developed among Republican insiders.

Pence, a Republican who served in the House from 2001 to 2013, beat out former Speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for the vice presidential slot, Trump announced Friday. Trump postponed until Saturday a Friday scheduled news conference to introduce his running mate in light of the "horrible attack" in Nice, France, that left dozens dead, according to a Trump tweet.

Boehner's Successor Taps Heritage Action Lobbyist as Top Aide
Conservative group hails expanding influence on Capitol Hill

Rep. Warren Davidson, a darling of conservative organizations who replaced former House Speaker John A. Boehner in Congress, has tapped a Heritage Action for America lobbyist as his top aide.  

Jason Yaworske, who was Heritage’s director of legislative initiatives, has joined the Ohio Republican’s office as chief of staff.  

Campaign Finance Watchdogs Decry McDonnell Corruption Ruling
Decision continues pattern of rolling back curbs on lobbyists, donors

Monday's Supreme Court decision to vacate former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell’s corruption verdict fits into a larger trend of relaxing federal rules for lobbyists and political donors. But some campaign finance and corruption experts say the fallout may not be far reaching.  

The unanimous opinion gave donors and lobbyists some sense of relief because if the court had held up McDonnell’s conviction, many feared it would have chilled the often cozy relationship between elected officials and those seeking to influence them.  

Gun Control Votes Become a Litmus Test for Political Giving
Stakes are high for candidates as Senate weighs amendments

As senators prepare to vote on divisive gun measures on Monday, lobbying organizations such as the National Rifle Association, as well as high-dollar K Street donors, have ratcheted up pressure campaigns on lawmakers.  

Senators will vote Monday on a proposal to prohibit firearms sales to people on terror watch lists, as part of a larger Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill. Other amendments would extend background checks on gun sales.  

Political Money Bill Gives Democrats Campaign Talking Points
Plan would repeal Citizens United, ban lobbying by former members

   

Senate Democrats unveiled a sweeping plan Thursday that would overhaul the nation’s campaign finance and lobbying laws, and provide election-year messaging for its sponsors.  

'Republicans for Hillary' PAC Aims for Disaffected GOP Donors
Group cites Donald Trump as a threat to national security

Mathematically affirmed as the Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton is getting help from across the partisan divide — in the form of a super PAC designed to trawl for donations from Republicans opposed to presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.  

Republican lobbyist Craig Snyder, who started working on behalf of Clinton in May, filed statement of organization papers Friday with the Federal Election Commission for Republicans for Hillary 2016. The political action committee can accept unlimited sums for advertising, direct mailings, staff and other expenses but cannot coordinate directly with Clinton or her campaign.   

Boehner's Office Has Spent $100K Since Retirement
Former speaker keeps space on Hill, allowed by House protocol

Former Speaker John A. Boehner may be busy commenting on the state of politics while far away from Washington, but the Ohio Republican hasn’t completely closed up shop on Capitol Hill.  

The speaker’s post-retirement office spent nearly $100,000 from the time he left Congress last fall through the end of March, according to data from the Chief Administrative Officer of the House .