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- The Battle Over GMOs: Monsanto, Others Fighting on Multiple FrontsOctober 23, 2013 10:17 AM
As a battle rages in Washington state over a measure to require labeling of genetically engineered food products, major food companies like Monsanto have taken to Capitol Hill to lobby on the same issue.
- Front-Runner in Louisiana Congressional Race Out-Fundraises RivalsOctober 18, 2013 9:42 AM
Neil Riser has raised significantly more than his closest rivals in the race to replace Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.), who abruptly vacated his seat in Louisiana's 5th Congressional District in August.
- Trucking Industry Fights New Safety RulesJune 21, 2013 11:12 AM
The trucking industry, longtime investors in members of key congressional panels, has enlisted their help in delaying new driver safety rules.
- Bad News for Incumbents, Self-Financing Candidates in Most Expensive Midterm Election in U.S. HistoryNovember 4, 2010 10:25 AM
The priciest midterm election in U.S. history saw a Republican tide sweep numerous Democrats out of office, as voters anxious about the state of the economy ousted more House incumbents from office than any time since 1948. While several money-in-politics axioms held true, money was not a panacea for embattled politicians.
- Scrutiny of Goldman Sachs Increases After Fraud ChargesApril 20, 2010 2:00 PM
Government allegations that financial giant Goldman Sachs defrauded investors are creating a political storm, with some lawmakers hoping that the civil lawsuit filed Friday by the Securities and Exchange Commission is just the beginning.
- Third Quarter Campaign Finance Reports Show Money Race Is OnOctober 16, 2009 5:50 PM
An initial Center for Responsive Politics analysis has found that sitting members of the U.S. House of Representatives raised $48.2 million from July 1 through Sept. 30, 2009, based on the 336 reports we have in. The mean amount these lawmakers raised was $143,640, and the median amount was $126,680.
- Embattled Lobbying Firm PMA Targeted Members of Defense CommitteesFebruary 12, 2009 1:55 PM
The close ties between Rep. John Murtha and a Washington lobbying firm raided by the FBI have put the powerful Pennsylvania Democrat under greater scrutiny. The lobbyists at PMA Group have been Murtha's fifth most generous campaign donor over time, but he is just one of 284 members of the 111th Congress who have collected money from the firm, which specializes in securing federal earmarks for its clients. In total, PMA Group's employees and its political action committee have given current members of Congress $3.4 million since 1989.
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