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Archive of posts filed under the Lobbying category.

Why it Doesn’t Matter Whether Celia Roady is a “Lobbyist”

Celia Roady, the Morgan Lewis tax partner who posed the now-infamous planted question regarding IRS targeting of conservative groups at an ABA conference, “focuses her practice on tax and governance issues affecting tax-exempt organizations, including charities, foundations, colleges and universities, museums, and other nonprofit organizations,” according to the Morgan Lewis website. Roady has also been [...]

House Rules on Employment Negotiations and Recusal: the Case of Representative Cardoza

Representative Cardoza of California announced earlier this week that he would be resigning from Congress and joining the law firm of Manatt Phelps. Manatt apparently jumped the gun a bit and listed Cardoza yesterday on its website as a managing director in its public policy practice, even though Cardoza had not actually resigned yet, according to [...]

ABA Proposal for Lobbying Reform

The American Bar Association has approved a resolution calling for changes to federal lobbying regulation. (see this story in Politico). Interestingly, Politico quotes the head of the American League of Lobbyists as generally supportive of the resolution, except for the proposal to restrict campaign fundraising by lobbyists. The ABA resolution stems from the report of [...]

Lobbyist Fundraising and the Second Circuit

Perhaps the most significant aspect of the Second Circuit’s decision in Green Party of Connecticut v. Garfield, discussed in my last post, involves Connecticut’s ban on soliciting of campaign contributions by contractors and lobbyists.  In contrast to the ban on direct contributions, which the court found to be a peripheral First Amendment activity subject to [...]

The Second Circuit, Lobbying Regulation, and the “Appearance of Corruption”

In Green Party of Connecticut v. Garfield, decided last month, the Second Circuit considered a First Amendment challenge to Connecticut’s Campaign Finance Reform Act, a law that prohibited campaign contributions and fundraising solicitations by (1) state contractors and prospective contractors and (2) lobbyists.  The law also covered certain individuals, such as family members, associated with [...]

Toyota and Lobbying Disclosure

There has been a good deal of buzz regarding this Toyota internal document, which purports to show the various “wins” of the company’s Public Policy and Governmental/Regulatory Affairs office in Washington, D.C.   In particular, the media has focused the document’s claim that Toyota saved $100 million by negotiating a limited recall with respect to the sudden [...]

Mark Patterson’s Executive Decision

It’s worth taking a closer look at the “issue areas” that Mark Patterson, the former Goldman Sachs lobbyist now serving as the chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Geithner, is restricted from participating in, and asking how these prohibitions might be interpreted and enforced. Today let’s look at the issue of executive compensation. Under the [...]

Treasury’s Lobbying Loopholes

About a year ago I noted that it was difficult to see how Mark Patterson, the former Goldman Sachs lobbyist who now serves as chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, could join the administration without a waiver of the Obama Executive Order regarding former lobbyists.  It subsequently appeared that Patterson would be appointed [...]

Andy Stern and the Unbearable Lightness of Being (a Lobbyist)

           Andrew Stern (no relation), president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), was a registered lobbyist for SEIU until February 20, 2007, when SEIU de-listed him and 15 others in a Lobbying Disclosure Report.  Prior to that time, SEIU had listed Stern as a lobbyist on several issues, including health care, immigration and labor [...]

Spin City

           There was a minor flap last week when the White House claimed that this Congressional Research Service report (entitled “Lobbying the Executive Branch: Current Practices and Options for Change”) vindicated the administration’s lobbying policies.  The White House claim was reported rather uncritically by the media, including Kenneth Vogel of Politico.  In an article entitled [...]