Stories by Ambreen Ali:
Oct. 3, 2011
A new lobbying group being created by the Roman Catholic Church appears to have made the Obama administration its prime target.
Oct. 2, 2011
Bob Biersack, one of the most respected experts in campaign finance, retired Friday from the Federal Election Commission, ending a 30-year career in which he led the agency from the era of dot matrix printers to online databases.
Sept. 28, 2011
New media companies may be at technology’s cutting edge, but they are resorting to age-old tactics when it comes to influencing politics. This week, Facebook announced that it is creating a political action committee much like those run by its competitors, building on the growing Washington lobbying and influence presence of the “next-tech” sector.
Sept. 24, 2011
Every interest group in town is vying for the attention of the super committee members except the very movement that drove the federal deficit to the top of Congress' agenda.
Sept. 16, 2011
Wildfires, historic drought and a tight state budget may have made Texans more reliant on the federal government, but that doesn't mean they like it.
Sept. 15, 2011
Congress should have no trouble trimming $1 trillion from the federal budget, according to a report released today by two watchdog groups that usually disagree on policy matters.
Sept. 13, 2011
After years of persistent lobbying, cements political moment has apparently arrived. The small industry facing new environmental standards has spent millions of dollars to make itself the poster child for Republican deregulatory fervor.
Sept. 9, 2011
A new website is offering the general public entrée to one of the Beltways most exclusive institutions: K Street.
Sept. 7, 2011
Seven years ago, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, popularly known as the 9/11 commission, said Congress had too many committees with oversight authority for the Department of Homeland Security, creating a bureaucratic web that impaired security policy. Since then, Congress has made matters worse.
Sept. 3, 2011
Note to the pipeline protesters outside the White House: He's not listening. As he turns his focus to jobs and his re-election, President Barack Obama appears to have concluded that the economic benefits of an oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico outweigh the vigorous protests of environmental activists.
Aug. 30, 2011
The Houston Police Department said an air gun is likely to blame for damage caused to Rep. Gene Greens district office Tuesday morning.
Aug. 23, 2011
For some lawmakers, the summer return home has been less than a welcoming experience.
Aug. 16, 2011
HOUSTON Texas Gov. Rick Perry might seem like the ideal tea party presidential candidate, but he hasnt been winning over activists at home and its not just because hes competing with Rep. Ron Paul, a fellow Texas Republican, for their affection.
Aug. 10, 2011
Liberals are borrowing a tactic from the tea parties to get the nations attention back on jobs. A broad coalition of advocacy groups including MoveOn.org Civic Action, the Sierra Club, CodePink and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force launched the Contract for the American Dream on Wednesday.
Aug. 3, 2011
National tea party groups are quickly pivoting from the debt debate to upcoming recall elections in Wisconsin that could shift the power in an ongoing fight over labor unions and their bargaining rights.
Aug. 1, 2011
Activists on the far right and far left might be angry at Congress, but they are fracturing with party leadership in a similar fashion, with each side decrying the debt deal for not going far enough.
July 28, 2011
Two years ago, stimulus packages and bailouts fed a nationwide revolt that became the tea party movement. Now, liberal groups say frustration over the debt ceiling talks is fueling a left-wing equivalent.
July 26, 2011
A political action committee that raised more than $1 million from tea party and conservative activists in the last election cycle spent very little of that money actually supporting candidates.
July 20, 2011
Just before stepping into a meeting Wednesday afternoon with House and Senate Democratic leaders to discuss the budget and debt, President Barack Obama met with Christian leaders to seek their advice and ask them to pray for him.
July 15, 2011
As campaign stunts go, dinner with a presidential candidate appears to be a sure way to create die-hard supporters.
July 13, 2011
Organizers of the Freedom Jamboree announced Wednesday that they have canceled the tea party convention planned for this fall, citing low registration.
July 12, 2011
Five years have passed since House Majority Leader Tom DeLay resigned from Congress, and it has been 24 since the Texas Republican created a conservative grass-roots group that failed to take root. But until last month, you could still make tax-free donations to that nonprofit.
July 6, 2011
A flat-rate spending-cut plan advocated by tea partyers is gaining fans in Washington, D.C. The One Cent Solution requires Congress to reduce federal spending by 1 percent one cent per dollar of gross domestic product annually until 2018.
June 29, 2011
While most Washington influence efforts focus on Congress or the federal agencies, the nation's largest business lobby has been expanding its campaign to influence the Supreme Court.
June 24, 2011
Familiar faces are behind a new effort to challenge President Barack Obama.