Stories by Janie Lorber:
Aug. 4, 2012
Washington, D.C., lobbyists are not exactly jazzed about heading south for the major party conventions. The sluggish economy, new restrictions on contributions and anti-corporate sentiment has zapped the fun out of the Republican and Democratic national conventions for political players.
July 30, 2012
Missouri Senate candidate John Brunner has accused his primary opponent Rep. Todd Akin (R) of being dishonest about his finances. But Brunner, a businessman worth as much as $87 million, some of which is housed in two offshore accounts, may soon see those attacks turned on him.
July 28, 2012
Tea party groups are using the shooting in Aurora, Colo., to drive home their opposition to gun control as a leading Democratic Senator calls for more restrictions.
July 25, 2012
The National Retail Federation, once retails primary voice in Washington, D.C., has lost several prominent members, including CVS Caremark Corp., Best Buy Co. Inc. and Dollar General Corp., Roll Call has learned.
July 21, 2012
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is on pace to dwarf its lobbying expenditures during the past two election cycles, dumping nearly $45 million so far this year into advocacy and voter education in Washington, D.C., and around the country.
July 18, 2012
Business groups pushing the Law of the Sea Treaty saw their GOP allies sink ratification this week, losing yet another policy battle to conservative activists.
July 17, 2012
Consumer safety advocates may be on the verge of winning a years-long fight to ban rental car companies from renting and selling recalled vehicles.
July 16, 2012
Forget legislating a redistribution of wealth. Sen. Bernie Sanders is doing some of it on his own.
July 10, 2012
As the Romney campaign closes in on its vice presidential pick, it is considering a governor who holds more than $100,000 in royalty rights to Listerine mouthwash, another who accepted more than $123,000 in gifts and travel last year, and a Senator who is paying off loans on a band of pickup trucks.
July 2, 2012
One of the richest Members of Congress is on the short list to be Mitt Romneys running mate.
July 1, 2012
The former head of the IRS Exempt Organizations division has asked the agency to revoke the tax-exempt status of the conservative nonprofit ALEC.
June 28, 2012
In upholding most of President Barack Obamas health care law, the Supreme Court handed the tea party a new lease on life.
June 25, 2012
Civil rights advocates have launched a multimillion-dollar offensive aimed at beating back the consequences of the Supreme Courts decision to uphold a central pillar of Arizonas controversial immigration law.
June 25, 2012
Charles Koch, the billionaire conservative who helped found the Cato Institute, has agreed to drop his lawsuits against the libertarian think tank, closing the doors on an embarrassing family feud.
June 22, 2012
Legislation to bar former high-ranking government employees from lobbying on behalf of certain foreign countries, including China and Saudi Arabia, could wind up boosting business for the firms that already do.
June 21, 2012
The United Way, D.A.R.E., the Holistic Life Foundation and the University of Indianapolis were among dozens of nonprofit organizations that benefited last year from a Congressional rule that requires lawmakers to direct speaking fees to charity.
June 14, 2012
A federal advisory panel today approved new guidelines for how Congress and future administrations should handle the flurry of rules promulgated in the final months of an outgoing administration.
June 12, 2012
James Bopp Jr., a prominent conservative lawyer and high-ranking Republican national committeeman, is helping tea partyers influence the official GOP 2012 platform.
June 12, 2012
Less than a week after failing to oust Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), unions and their allies announced a voter recruitment program aimed at countering a spate of new voter identification laws and restrictions on voter registration.
June 11, 2012
If there were ever a sign that the tea party has grown up, its this: Dozens of tea party activists cheering in support of an effort to derail a regulation called Utility MACT.
June 10, 2012
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) said today that last weeks Wisconsin recall election was a turning point for the future of unions.
June 7, 2012
Holly McCall, a stay-at-home mom in the D.C. suburb of Vienna, Va., was shocked when she discovered that a 2-year-old federal regulation barred her from signing up for a credit card without her husbands approval. She launched an online petition, quickly gathered 33,000 signatures and within weeks found herself sitting face-to-face with one of the countrys top financial regulators.
June 5, 2012
What do political opposites Reps. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) and Allen West (R-Fla.) have in common? They both dig a good premium smoke.
May 31, 2012
Walmart, the world’s No. 1 retailer and the nation’s largest seller of firearms, has cut ties with ALEC, the conservative nonprofit that has come under fire for promoting “Stand Your Ground” laws.
May 30, 2012
After months of bad news, from layoffs to member mutiny, the National Association of Home Builders is coming back swinging.