Congressional Hockey Challenge is Back!

From left, Katko, Canadian MP Gord Brown, Tom Emmer, Meehan and Paulsen hold the championship cup after the Lawmakers defeated the Lobbyists 3-2 in last year's Congressional Hockey Challenge. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The traditional Congressional Hockey Challenge is here, the annual Lawmakers versus Lobbyists competition to raise money for featured charities.  

Face off is Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Kettler Capitals IcePlex in Arlington, Va. The game will raise money for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund; the Fort DuPont Ice Hockey Club, an NHL-sponsored non-profit that encourages local, inner-city youth to participate in ice hockey, and USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program, which supports wounded service men and women. The Lawmakers team will be represented by Reps. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., Tom Emmer, R-Minn., Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., and John Katko, R-N.Y., who will be joined by lawmakers from Canada, members of the USA Warriors Hockey team and Capitol Hill staffers.  

Boehner May Do More Than Golf After Congress

A man walks by Boehner's new Longworth office Monday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 10:51 a.m. | Former Speaker John A. Boehner may have more than golf on his post-congressional to-do list.  

The Ohio Republican has hired Robert Barnett, a high-powered attorney with Williams & Connolly, who is best known for helping former government officials ink lucrative book deals and private-sector gigs. He helped Hillary Rodham Clinton negotiate publishing agreements such as the $8 million deal for her “Living History" memoir. Dave Schnittger, a former Boehner Hill aide now with the lobbying firm Squire Patton Boggs, confirmed Barnett's role. Schnittger also noted that former Boehner aide John Criscuolo will head up the ex-speaker's political affairs.  

Who Whispers in Paul Ryan's Ear?

Ryan greets a visitor Wednesday along Independence Avenue after a vote. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

After the 1994 elections handed Republicans control of the House, freshman Sam Brownback of Kansas searched for a legislative director. His pick: A boyish, almost 25-year-old policy wonk named Paul D. Ryan, who had left the Hill for a policy job.  

It was a pivotal career move for Ryan, who during his decades in Washington has amassed a cadre of loyal aides and policy insiders that comprise a seasoned inner circle, helpful to the conditional speaker-in-waiting .  

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.  

Journal Highlights Issues of Lobbying and Campaign Finance

Under the Influence? Probably, if you are involved with lobbying and campaign finance. A new election law journal highlights the current issues.