Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections

World 05/16/19, 12:09

Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation.Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, told reporters that the tech giant had purged 65 Israeli accounts, 161 pages, dozens ...

APNewsBreak: Numbers of Maine lawmakers who went on to lobby

U.S. 04/21/19, 10:01

At least 14 Democrat and eight Republican lawmakers in Maine have gone on to register as paid lobbyists over the past three decades, a practice that is being targeted by a bill moving through the Legislature.The Maine House and Senate last week advanced a bill to ban future lawmakers from ...

Ex-EPA chief Pruitt registers as energy lobbyist in Indiana

U.S. 04/18/19, 20:05

Scott Pruitt, the scandal-ridden former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, registered as an energy lobbyist in Indiana on Thursday as fossil-fuels interests there are fighting to block the proposed closure of several coal-fired power plants. A lobbying disclosure report for Pruitt provides little insight into precisely what he's doing in ...

Texas paper’s suit over ex-congressman’s hiring dismissed

Texas 04/12/19, 19:41

A Texas court has dismissed a local newspaper's lawsuit claiming a state port authority broke a public meetings law when it hired a former congressman who left the House of Representatives last year amid sexual harassment allegations.An appeals court ruled Thursday that the Victoria Advocate's suit against the Calhoun Port ...

Update: Ex-Obama WH aide denies guilt in lobbying case

Politics 04/12/19, 12:54

The Latest on court appearances of two political consultants in foreign lobbying cases that grew out of the Russia probe (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig has pleaded not guilty to charges of making false statements and concealing information in a federal foreign lobbying investigation spun ...

Lobbyist gets probation in case spun off from Russia probe

Politics 04/12/19, 10:49

A Washington political consultant initially entangled in the Russia investigation was sentenced to three years of probation for illegal lobbying and skirting the ban on foreign donations to President Donald Trump's inaugural committee. W. Samuel Patten and prosecutors had asked for leniency citing his cooperation in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation ...

Ex-Obama WH counsel charged with lying in lobbying probe

Politics 04/11/19, 16:21

Former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig was indicted Thursday on charges of making false statements and concealing information in a federal foreign lobbying investigation that intersected with the Russia probe. Craig, 74, was charged in a two-count indictment that accuses him of willfully concealing material facts from the Justice Department ...

Senators consider ex-oil and gas lobbyist to head Interior

Politics 03/28/19, 11:06

President Donald Trump's nominee to head the Interior Department is promising to cut regulation for businesses without sacrificing environmental interests if he wins confirmation. Washington veteran and former oil and gas lobbyist David Bernhardt was appearing Thursday before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which is considering his nomination. Bernhardt has ...

Court filing: Ex-Trump aide Gates continues to cooperate

Politics 03/15/19, 11:18

Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign aide and key cooperator in the special counsel's Russia probe, is not ready to be sentenced because he continues to help with "several ongoing investigations," prosecutors said in a court filing Friday. Gates is a central figure in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian ...

Manafort gets 7 years in prison, then faces fresh NY charges

New York 03/13/19, 17:37

Paul Manafort was sentenced to a total of seven and a half years in prison on federal charges Wednesday, then was hit almost immediately with fresh state charges in New York. In Washington, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson brushed aside Manafort's pleas for leniency and rebuked him for misleading the ...

Venezuela’s Guaido plans to go home despite safety concerns

America 02/28/19, 18:10

Venezuela is waiting for Guaido. The man who would be paramount leader of a country in upheaval is on the move. He heads to Paraguay on Friday after lobbying in Brazil for international pressure on the government back home and coordinating a failed attempt to deliver aid across the Colombian border ...

Manafort lawyers cite ‘garden variety’ crimes, seek leniency

Politics 02/25/19, 22:54

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is asking a federal judge for leniency as he awaits sentencing in criminal cases stemming from the Russia investigation. Manafort's attorneys say in a new filing Monday that the 69-year-old political consultant isn't a hardened criminal but rather a wealthy consultant who committed "garden variety" ...

Mueller to file sentencing memo in Manafort conspiracy case

Politics 02/22/19, 12:15

Special counsel Robert Mueller faces a Friday deadline to weigh in on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s punishment in one of his two criminal cases. The sentencing recommendation comes as the 69-year-old Manafort, who led Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign for several critical months, is already staring down the possibility of ...

Embattled California utility spent most for 2018 lobbying

U.S. 02/01/19, 18:47

Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. spent nearly $10 million on California lobbying efforts in the year before the utility giant declared bankruptcy, spending more than any other entity seeking to influence California government in 2018.The majority of that money — more than $5 million — was spent for lobbying on ...

States move to life restrictions on child sex-abuse lawsuits

U.S. 01/23/19, 13:37

In many states across the U.S., victims of long-ago child sex-abuse have been lobbying for years, often in vain, to change statute of limitation laws that thwart their quest for justice. This year seems sure to produce some breakthroughs, due in part to the midterm election results and recent disclosures ...

Netflix joins MPAA lobbying group, its 1st streaming member

Business 01/22/19, 18:07

On the same day Netflix scored its first best picture nomination from the Oscars, the steaming company is also joining the lobbying group the Motion Picture Association of America.The MPAA announced Tuesday that Netflix will join its ranks, becoming the first streaming service to do so. The only other members ...

Ex-Texas Rep. Farenthold quits lucrative port lobbying job

U.S. 01/11/19, 16:43

A former Texas congressman who resigned last year amid sexual harassment allegations has quit his $160,000-a-year lobbyist position for a port authority.The Calhoun Port Authority announced on Thursday that former Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold submitted his resignation this month, the Victoria Advocate reported. The port's board declined to comment further.Farenthold's ...

Former Arizona senator returns to Washington lobbying firm

Politics 01/07/19, 16:10

Former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl has returned to the lobbying firm that employed him before he was tapped to fill the seat that had been held by the late John McCain. In a statement released Monday, Covington & Burling said Kyl has rejoined its public policy practice, where he'll focus "on ...

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