Stories tagged: lobbying
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 24, 2018, 1:07 p.m.
Manafort indictment sparks hunt for Europeans paid to lobby
A new indictment against former Donald Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort focused a spotlight Saturday on uncovering the former European leaders who prosecutors contend were secretly paid by Manafort to …
Thu., Jan. 25, 2018, 2:31 p.m.
House panel introduces bill banning some public lobbying
An Idaho House panel on Thursday introduced legislation banning state agencies, universities and school districts from hiring lobbyists to influence state lawmakers.
Sat., Oct. 21, 2017
Outside View: Congress propelled opioid epidemic
By the time the law passed last year, about 200,000 Americans had lost their lives due to opioid overdoses.
Wed., March 22, 2017, 9:18 a.m.
Trump’s ousted adviser Michael Flynn didn’t sign ethics pledge
President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn did not sign a mandatory ethics pledge ahead of his forced resignation in February, raising questions about the White House’s commitment …
UPDATED: Fri., March 10, 2017, 9:59 p.m.
Trump transition, but not Trump, knew Flynn might register as foreign agent, White House says
President Donald Trump was not aware that former national security adviser Michael Flynn previously acted as an agent of the Turkish government, the White House said Friday while sidestepping questions …
Thu., March 9, 2017, 10:56 p.m.
White House: Trump unaware of Flynn’s foreign agent work
President Donald Trump was not aware that his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had worked to further the interests of the government of Turkey before appointing him, the White …
Sat., Jan. 28, 2017, 11:52 p.m.
Trump orders ISIS plan, talks with Putin and gives Bannon national security role
President Donald Trump on Saturday ordered the Pentagon to devise a strategy to defeat the Islamic State group, restructured the National Security Council to include his controversial top political adviser …
Sat., Jan. 7, 2017, 11:34 p.m.
Trump’s pick for intelligence chief spent years lobbying
Former Sen. Dan Coats, in line to be national intelligence director, has swung back and forth between government service and lobbying, the type of Washington career that President-elect Donald Trump …
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016, 8:12 p.m.
Trump team announces five-year lobbying ban for appointees
Anyone who is appointed to Donald Trump’s administration will be banned from becoming a paid lobbyist for five years after leaving the White House, his transition office announced Wednesday night.
Fri., April 29, 2016
EPA fouls image with anti-ag grant
EPA grant money reportedly was used to spread this message in violation of federal anti-lobbying laws.
Sat., Jan. 30, 2016
Editorial: Shine light on lobbying
Washington and Idaho lawmakers should adopt “cooling off” legislation to ensure that former officials aren’t unfairly leveraging their connections.
Sat., Dec. 28, 2013
Shawn Vestal: Legislators not entitled to free lunch
Some ethical purists are concerned about all the free lunches – and free dinners, and free breakfasts, and free drinks, and free golf, and free heavy apps at free receptions …
Tue., Nov. 12, 2013, 11:45 a.m.
Industry takes aim at AP ethanol investigation
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new Associated Press investigation, which found that ethanol hasn’t lived up to some of the government’s clean-energy promises, is drawing a fierce response from the ethanol …
Sat., Nov. 2, 2013
Shawn Vestal: Idaho Freedom Foundation pushes limits of word ‘charity’
When you think of a “charity,” what do you picture? When you think about an organization that is dedicated to “education,” what sort of schooling springs to mind? Does a …
Sun., Sept. 15, 2013
Idaho Freedom Foundation’s charitable status scrutinized
BOISE – In the ornate public gallery of the Idaho House of Representatives, lobbyist Erik Makrush of the Idaho Freedom Foundation leaned over to a reporter sitting next to him …
Mon., May 6, 2013
Teachers union leads in state lobbying costs
SEATTLE – The Washington Education Association spends more on lobbying the Legislature than any other group and more than twice as much as the next-highest lobbying organization, a health care …
Sun., Jan. 27, 2013
Spin Control: Lobbying season kicks off in Olympia
OLYMPIA – There may be things for which the Spokane area reasonably envies other communities around the state, but lobbying the Legislature for a list of collective hopes and dreams …
Tue., Jan. 8, 2013, 8:51 a.m.
Giffords, Kelly launch gun control lobbying effort
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband launched a political action committee aimed at curbing gun violence on Tuesday, the second anniversary of the Tucson …
Tue., Dec. 18, 2012, 11:20 a.m.
APNewsBreak: $1 coin backers give to Harkin center
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A South Korean businessman and his Iowa metals company gave $500,000 to a university institute honoring U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, who is pushing for a …
Tue., Dec. 18, 2012, 12:48 a.m.
Farmers worry about dairy prices as deadline nears
MILWAUKEE (AP) — As the nation inches toward the economic “fiscal cliff,” anxiety is growing in farm country about an obscure tangent of the Washington political standoff that reaches into …
Thu., Nov. 1, 2012, 2:09 p.m.
Hobby Lobby asks judge to block health care law
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An arts and craft supply company owned by a Christian family asked a judge Thursday to block a portion of the new federal health care law, …
Fri., Oct. 19, 2012, 1:46 a.m.
If elected, Romney wants a say in ‘fiscal cliff’
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney’s transition team is quietly talking with government officials and Capitol Hill to develop a plan, if he’s elected, to prevent massive cuts to the defense …
Thu., Sept. 27, 2012, 2:23 p.m.
Pastors protest Hobby Lobby on morning-after pill
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Christian activists attempted Thursday to deliver a petition to Hobby Lobby criticizing its challenge to a portion of the new federal health care law, but guards …
Thu., Sept. 27, 2012, 8:37 a.m.
Judge backs ban lobbyist ban on gov’t boards
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has backed the Obama administration’s ban on lobbyists serving on government advisory boards. U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson dismissed a lawsuit by …
Wed., Sept. 12, 2012, 9:08 a.m.
Hobby Lobby sues over morning-after pill coverage
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Christian-oriented Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging a mandate in the nation’s health care overhaul law that requires employers to provide coverage …
Mon., June 3, 1996
Environmentalists Create Lead Scare
Mining and logging aren’t the only industries with a stake in this region’s energetic debate over ecosystem management. Environmental propaganda-making has become a booming industry, as well. Which is fine. …
Sat., March 16, 1996
Steve Judy To Direct Area Business Lobby
Steve Judy, North Idaho field representative for U.S. Sen. Dirk Kempthorne, will become new director of Concerned Businesses of North Idaho in April. Concerned Businesses President Gary Schneidmiller cited Judy’s …
Tue., March 5, 1996
Democrats Kowtow To Teachers Union
In his generally upbeat State of Education speech last week, Secretary of Education Richard Riley talked darkly about people who want to “destroy public schools” and who “seek nothing less …
Wed., Feb. 21, 1996
Mielke Registered, But Papers Got Lost
Former Republican Rep. Todd Mielke of Spokane is now registered as a lobbyist in Olympia for Johnson & Johnson, the pharmaceutical giant. State law requires lobbyists to register with the …
Mon., July 31, 1995
Farm Lobby Tills Fertile Soil Washington State Farm Bureau Lends Support To Initiative 164
With its $1.5 million annual budget, more lobbyists than the Boeing Co. and chapters in every county in the state, the Washington State Farm Bureau is a growing player in …