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Boehner Team in Place to Show Him the Money

Boehner during his final days in office. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner Inc. begins.  

It took former Speaker John A. Boehner less than a week after leaving Congress to start assembling a team of power players to help him cash in.  

Dickstein Shapiro Losses $2 Million Lorillard Tobacco Account

A major Washington lobbying firm reported it is no longer lobbying for a top tobacco company, which usually paid the firm $2 million a year.  

Dickstein Shapiro LLP , filed a termination report  report on Friday indicating, as of July 11, it will no longer be lobbying for Lorillard Tobacco Company . The firm had earlier reported  it had been paid $500,000 for lobbying during the second quarter of 2014.  

Bono's One Action Ramps Up Lobbying

Bono

The second 2014 quarterly disclosure report for Bono's  lobbying efforts  has confirmed a major jump in direct advocacy efforts in 2014.  

Bono co-founded One Action , a 501c4 non-profit organization that engages in grassroots and direct advocacy with policymakers and key influential persons around the world in support of smart and effective policies and programs, which are saving the lives of millions of people in the world's poorest countries.  

New Bill Relative To Lobbyists and Candidates

Affordable Care Act

A bill recently introduced in Congress would require lobbyists to identify relatives who are senior government officials, and prohibit candidates and their committees from employing relatives.  

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., recently introduced H.R. 5011, that seeks to curtail the benefits involved with candidates who hire relatives and lobbyists who have lobbying contacts with their relatives who are government officials.  

Washington, D.C. Lobby Firm Scores with U.S. Soccer

A Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm has scored $84,000 in the last year from the U.S. Soccer Foundation  for lobbying the federal government.  

McAllister & Quinn LLCreported  yesterday it received $21,000 for their lobbying during the second quarter of 2014, bringing their 12-month total to $84,000.  

Tom Ridge Starts New Political Action Committee

Former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge has set up a new political organization, organized under Section 527 of the I.R.S. Code.  

RPG PAC  was established on June 10th with the contact person listed as Pamela Curtis, chief administrative officer at the Ridge Policy Group. Louis Schiazza of Merves, Amon & Barsz LLC, in Media, Pennsylvania, is the treasurer.  

Koch Starts Lobbying on Campaign Finance Issue

The company owned by billionaires Charles and David Koch, who contribute millions to political advocacy groups that spend money on political advertising and impacting elections, has now started to lobby on the issue of campaign finance.  

The Koch Companies Public Sector LLC , an energy, manufacturing, trading and investment company, has contracted  with The Nickles Group to lobby the federal government on issues relating to campaign finance, and the wind energy production tax credit.  

Washington Redskins Improve Defense With K Street Lobbying

A National Football League team has beefed up its defense against a growing line of aggressive opponents who want the team to change what they feel is its offensive name.  

Daniel Snyder's Washington Redskins  team has contracted with the K Street lobbying, public affairs and government services firm McGuireWoods Consulting. McGuireWoods filed their lobbying registration  on Friday, with an effective date of May 29th.  

GAO Report on Lobbying: All Lobbyists Above Average

A new government report is out on how the choir of lobbyists and lobbying firms comply with the disclosure requirements of federal lobbying law, but fails to show anything about those who never registered to lobby or report in the first place.  

The Government Accountability Office has released its new report 2013 Lobbying Disclosure: Observations on Lobbyists' Compliance with Disclosure Requirements.  The GAO report is required by the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, as amended. The GAO audits the extent to which lobbyists can demonstrate compliance with disclosure requirements, identifies challenges to compliance that lobbyists report, and describes resources available and improvements on enforcement.