Lobbying

FILE- In this April 26, 2019 file photo, National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action Executive Director Christopher W. Cox speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The National Rifle Association's top lobbyist has resigned in another sign of infighting within the powerful gun lobbying group, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Cox's departure comes just days after the NRA placed him on administrative leave, claiming he was part of a failed attempt to extort the longtime CEO. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
June 26, 2019 - 8:49 pm
Infighting at the National Rifle Association exploded Wednesday, when the powerful association severed ties with its longtime public relations firm, suspended operations of its fiery online TV station and lost its top lobbyist. The latest turmoil emerged just a year before the critical 2020...
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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2018, file photo, Republican U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., leaves an arraignment hearing in San Diego after he and his wife, Margaret, pleaded not guilty to charges they illegally used his campaign account for personal expenses. Federal prosecutors say Hunter illegally used campaign funds to finance romantic flings with a series of women, spending thousands of dollars on meals, drinks and vacations. Allegations about the married Republican congressman's affairs were outlined in a government court filing late Monday, June 24, 2019, connected to charges he and his wife misspent more than $200,000 on trips and personal expenses. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
June 25, 2019 - 9:15 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California illegally used campaign money to finance romantic flings with lobbyists and congressional aides, spending thousands of dollars on meals, cocktails and vacations, federal prosecutors say. A government court filing late Monday detailed...
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FILE - In this April 2, 2019, file photo, Secretary of the Army Mark Esper speaks during a House Armed Services Committee budget hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump on June 18, named Esper as acting Defense Secretary. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
June 21, 2019 - 9:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for new defense secretary is an Army veteran who served in the first Iraq war and also has experience as a national security adviser on Capitol Hill as well as a defense industry lobbyist. Trump announced Friday that he would nominate Mark Esper to...
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FILE - In this April 2, 2019, file photo, Secretary of the Army Mark Esper speaks during a House Armed Services Committee budget hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump on June 18, named Esper as acting Defense Secretary. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
June 18, 2019 - 10:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for new Defense Secretary is an Army veteran who served in the first Iraq war and also has experience as a national security adviser on Capitol Hill as well as a defense industry lobbyist. Trump on Tuesday said Mark Esper, his current Army secretary,...
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This June 12, 2019 photo public defenders in Oregon strategize at the Oregon Capitol in Salem, Oregon before lobbying lawmakers to pass legislation that would overhaul the public defender system in the state. Public defense attorneys sometimes have more than 200 cases at a time and struggle with a fixed-fee per case payment system that's been deemed unconstitutional by a non-partisan group hired to study the problem. Public defenders represent criminal defendants who can't afford a private attorney and are paid by the state. (AP Photo/Sarah Zimmerman)
June 13, 2019 - 2:56 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Facing an ever-mounting caseload, dozens of public defenders in Oregon walked out of courthouses and into the Statehouse this week to lobby for a bill that would fix a staffing shortage and an outdated contract payment system that has some attorneys representing more than 200...
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June 10, 2019 - 12:09 pm
ROME (AP) — An unusually large swarm of local locusts, estimated in the millions, is plaguing farmers raising sheep and other livestock in Sardinia. The Italian farmers' lobby Coldiretti says it has asked for government help, even though it's likely too late to save the hay crop and grassland that...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the podium after she attends an awarding ceremony of social projects 'start social' campaign at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
June 04, 2019 - 5:05 am
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is defending her government's advocacy of creating "European champions" in business in the face of sharp criticism from the country's main industry lobby group. In February, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier proposed an industry strategy that included "...
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FILE - In a Monday, May 21, 2018 file photo, Santa Fe High School freshman, Jai Gillard writes messages on each of the 10 crosses representing victims in front the school in Santa Fe, Texas. Texas, which for years has buckled to pressure from the National Rifle Association, has quietly gone around the organization by slipping a $1 million public safety campaign on gun storage into a massive spending bill now headed to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.(Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)
May 27, 2019 - 5:10 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lawmakers in gun-loving Texas have quietly gone around the National Rifle Association by slipping language into a massive spending bill that would fund a $1 million public safety campaign on gun storage. The last-minute move late Sunday sets up a political test rarely seen in...
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Stephen Calk, center, leaves Federal court with his attorney Jeremy Margolis, left, Thursday, May 23, 2019, in New York. Calk charged in New York with issuing loans to win a role in President Donald Trump's administration has pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
May 23, 2019 - 9:25 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A banker who prosecutors say tried to buy himself a senior post in President Donald Trump's administration by making risky loans to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded not guilty Thursday to a financial institution bribery charge as his lawyer said he's done nothing...
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FILE - In this May 16, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., addresses a campaign rally at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Democrats running for the White House rail against the flood of campaign cash that courses through the political system. But it’s becoming clear that those pledges often come with asterisks. Warren has vowed no untraceable “dark money” will help her, despite being backed by an organization that doesn’t disclose some of its donors.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
May 23, 2019 - 12:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders wants to crack down on outside groups that do political spending, though one is allied with his presidential campaign. Elizabeth Warren has vowed no untraceable "dark money" will help her White House bid, despite being backed by an organization that doesn't disclose...
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