Dan Eggen

With more control over campaign cash, Obama gets more discounts on advertising

Recommendation:
2

As the presidential campaigns step up the pace of their multimillion-dollar spending sprees, President Barack Obama has a little-noticed strategic advantage that gives him more control over the money he has raised.

Poker lobby pushes for legalization in wake of indictments

Location:
Poker Players Alliance, 1325 G Street NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Poker Players Alliance, a lobbying group backed in part by overseas gaming interests, has unleashed a blizzard of telephone calls and e-mails to lawmakers in the past two weeks arguing that the criminal case against PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker shows the need for a legalized system.

Consumer advocates: FCC should require more disclosure on political ads

Location:
Media Access Project, 1625 K Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20006, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission should require sponsors of political advertising to disclose their biggest financial backers to the public, according to a petition to be filed by the Media Access Project, which advocates on behalf of consumers in telecommunications issues.

Common Cause suddenly uncommonly forceful in fighting Koch Industries

Location:
Common Cause, 1133 19th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
1

A look at Common Cause.

In preview of 2012, interest groups drive spending through roof

Recommendation:
4

The midterms have shattered spending records for a nonpresidential contest, providing a likely blueprint for the frenzy to come when the White House is up for grabs in two years.

Group seeks companies' pledge not to use corporate money for campaigns

Recommendation:
2

Several prominent Democratic politicians announced a new coalition aimed at pressuring major companies not to use corporate money for political campaigns.

'Super PACs' alter campaign

Recommendation:
3

A new political weapon known as the "super PAC" has emerged in recent weeks, allowing independent groups to both raise and spend money at a pace that threatens to eclipse the efforts of political parties.

Democrats plan to introduce bill to blunt ruling on political spending

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
2

Apparently, Democrats plan to introduce legislation next week that would sharply limit the ability of foreign-connected companies to participate in U.S. politics and require greater transparency from corporations, unions and nonprofit groups that pay for political advertising.

GOP memo against Web gambling invokes Abramoff scandal

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
1.5

The prosecution and imprisonment of uber-lobbyist Jack Abramoff was a political disaster for Republicans. But now some GOP lawmakers are wagering that the scandal can be used against Democrats in a fight over legalizing Internet gambling.

Both parties oppose unlimited corporate spending on elections, poll finds

Recommendation:
3

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows Democrats and Republicans come together on at least one issue: their opposition to letting corporations and unions spend as much as they want to help candidates win elections.

Democrats prepare legislation to counter ruling on campaign spending

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Sensing a clear political opportunity, congressional Democrats are rushing to craft legislation to counter a Supreme Court ruling that they fear could lead to a flood of foreign spending on US political campaigns.

Obama's Election Has Elevated The Influence Industry's Liberal Side

Recommendation:
3

Less than 24 hours after President Obama announced the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, an alliance formed solely to push the appointment launched a six-figure ad buy on the major television networks.

Public Interest Groups Decry Obama's Strict Lobbying Rules

Recommendation:
2

President Obama's war with K Street is escalating, this time over stringent new rules on lobbyists attempting to land federal stimulus money for their clients. An unlikely alliance of groups -- including one co-founded by Obama's chief ethics adviser -- argue that the restrictions will penalize those who play by the rules while doing nothing to curb the influence of large corporations and campaign donors.

Advocates Fault System Of Lobbying Disclosure

A common phenomenon in the lobbying world: firms report collecting money from clients while claiming on public disclosure forms that they did not contact any members of Congress or administration officials in return.

Bush Criticized for Interviews With State-Run Chinese Media

Recommendation:
1

President Bush sat down yesterday for interviews with foreign journalists, including two unusual media outlets: the People's Daily newspaper and the Central China Television network, both controlled by China's ruling Communist Party.

'03 White House E-Mails Not Found

The Bush administration has not found disaster recovery files for White House e-mails from a three-month time period in 2003, according to court documents filed this week, raising the possibility that messages sent before and after the invasion of Iraq may never be recovered.

U.S. Is Given Failing Grades By 9/11 Panel

The federal government received failing and mediocre grades yesterday from the former Sept. 11 commission, whose members said in a final report that the Bush administration and Congress have balked at enacting numerous reforms that could save American lives and prevent another terrorist attack on U.S. soil. The panel sharply criticized Congress for failing to enable first responders to communicate easily by setting aside part of the broadcast spectrum for their use.