Tag Archive: Lobbying


These Companies Spend The Most Money To Kill Net Neutrality

 

 

 

 

” With the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to move forward with a controversial proposal that threatens net neutrality and the open Internet, lobbying activity looks like it has reached a fevered pitch. But for the companies involved—especially the telecom companies that are eager to be allowed to charge more for a “fast lane” of Internet service—lobbying has been at a fevered pitch for almost a decade.

  Going back to 2005 (when the phrase “net neutrality” first shows up in lobbying disclosure reports), the principle’s biggest opponents (Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and their allies) have lobbied against net neutrality about three times as hard as the biggest proponents of neutrality (Level 3, Google, Microsoft and their allies).

  To better understand the lobbying dynamics around net neutrality, we took the long view and tallied up the 20 lobbying organizations that mentioned “net neutrality” or “network neutrality” most often in their lobbying reports between 2005 and 2013. In the top 20, we found an even split: 10 pro-neutrality organizations and 10 anti-neutrality organizations. But when it came to intensity, the lobbying was far from balanced. The top pro-neutrality organizations filed 176 lobbying reports mentioning net neutrality. But the top anti-neutrality organizations far outpaced them, filing 472 reports that mentioned net neutrality. That’s a 2.7-to-1 ratio.”

 

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Influence Industry

 

 

 

” The latest list of big lobbying spenders contains a surprising name: George Soros.

  Well, not the billionaire himself, but the Open Society Policy Center, the Washington-based advocacy affiliate of his Open Society Foundations.

  Soros and his generous support of liberal causes, through his philanthropy and his personal political spending, have long been the subject of conservative ire. But, until now, he hasn’t done much on the formal lobbying front, and the group’s huge increase in reported spending — it hit $11 million in 2013, more than triple the $3.25 million it spent the previous year — has drawn remarkably little notice.

  The big jump placed the Soros group 27th in a recent year-end lobbying tally by the Center for Responsive Politics — just below defense giant General Dynamics and ahead of corporate powerhouses Dow Chemical, Chevron and Microsoft.”

 

Read on at the Wash/Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zuckerberg Group Distributes Memo On ‘The Shocking Extremism Behind Anti-Immigrant Groups’

” Yesterday, it was reported that Sen. Jeff Sessions distributed a 30-page memo at the Republican retreat in Maryland, urging his colleagues not to “surrender” by backing immigration reform.

  Now comes word that the Mark Zuckerberg co-founded group FWD.us is distributing their own pro-immigration reform memo to Members of Congress.

  What makes it interesting, to me, at least, is that the memo (which is titled, “Summary Background Memo on Broad Support for Immigration Reform”) also includes a section (starting on page 18) on ‘The Shocking Extremism Behind Anti-Immigrant Groups.’    

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Why Is The New York Times So Upset With GOA?

 

 

 

” Of special note, the magazine reports how one week after you received an important email alert from GOA in April, the key players on Capitol Hill who were trying to pull off a compromise “suddenly and without notice backed away from the background-checks bill.”

  This is not a new revelation for the news agency that supports greater firearm restrictions. On April 3 of this year, the New York Times said that “Gun Owners of America, with its war chest, membership and lobbying strength dwarfed by the National Rifle Association, is emerging as an influential force….

“ The group [GOA] has already been successful,” the Times says, “[in] freezing senators, particularly Republicans, who have appeared to be on the fence about supporting bills to expand background checks.”

  You can read Sunday’s article about GOA here and the April article here.

  As you can see from these media reports, your loud voice convinced Republicans (and key pro-gun lobbyists inside the Beltway) to back off of gun control compromises — and that has safeguarded our gun rights through a very intense battle.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FreedomWorks On Tap “The Truth Behind The Farm Bill”

” This week’s episode of FreedomWorks On Tap “The Truth Behind The Farm Bill” Featured Austin Petersen (FreedomWorks Director of Productions & Editor of TheLibertarianRepublic.com), Josh Sewell (Senior Policy Analyst for Taxpayers for Common Sense), Drew White (Government Relations Deputy for Heritage Action for America), & Josh Withrow (FreedomWorks Legislative Affairs Manager).”

  Mr TurboTax once again demonstrates his comprehensive grasp of the legal and financial responsibilities expected of him as a government official .

   That would seem to be the #1 prerequisite in joining this clown show aka the Obama Administration .

” Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah and JerryMoran of Kansas on Tuesday pushed Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to account for his
department’s use of what may be illegal taxpayer-funded social media campaigns aimed at legislation pending before Congress.

   In a letter to Geithner, the two GOP senators note how “over the past few years” Geithner’s
Department of Treasury has “expanded significantly” its use of YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, Facebook and the department’s own “Treasury Notes” blog. Moran and Hatch say this increased social media presence comes “at some cost to the taxpayers.” “

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