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Petro Statenew

Alberta's economy is dominated by oil and gas, but critics contend that it also dominates government policy.
Fast Forward Weekly  |  Drew Anderson  |  12-15-2011  |  Environment

Snuffed: How Big Tobacco Killed the Texas Smoking Bannew

With the tide of public sentiment so strong against them, Big Tobacco's well-paid minions adopted ninja tactics, lobbying members behind closed doors and over the telephone to snuff out a high-profile bill with such widespread public support.
The Texas Observer  |  Melissa del Bosque  |  07-01-2009  |  Politics

Unseated by Republican Redistricting, Five Former Texas Congressmen Cash Innew

An investigation has discovered that the Texans whom Tom DeLay gerrymandered out of Congress have proven even more likely than the average member of Congress to become lobbyists.
The Texas Observer  |  Andrew Wheat  |  03-12-2009  |  Politics

Sins of Commission: Alabama's Jefferson County Approves Absurd Lobbying Contractnew

"Like flushing money down the toilet." Now there’s an expression just about everybody in Jefferson County understands. Just about everybody — with the exception of three county commissioners.
Birmingham Weekly  |  Kyle Whitmire  |  02-03-2009  |  Commentary

Can Portland's 5,000 Cyclists Swing a City Hall Election?new

Bikes are the new babies in Portland elections, where it seems every candidate gets photographed wearing a helmet and a smile. Stop laughing. There really is a bike lobby here -- in influence, sorta like Big Oil in Dallas or Little Havana in Miami, just without the cash.
Willamette Week  |  Corey Pein  |  05-07-2008  |  Politics

Is Nuclear Energy Really Cheap or Clean?new

Behind the seeming swell of interest in nuclear energy is a well-funded lobbying effort that has funneled millions into Congress and the Bush administration, earning billions in subsidies for itself -- as well as a preferential treatment during Vice President Dick Cheney's secret energy talks.
Boulder Weekly  |  Pamela White  |  05-05-2008  |  Environment

Thin Reednew

Will Abramoff's "Deep Throat" swallow God's mouthpiece?
The Texas Observer  |  Andrew Wheat  |  01-27-2006  |  Politics

Reform School Dropoutsnew

Congress vows changes, but makes only a few, after Abramoff scandal.
The Village Voice  |  James Ridgeway  |  01-25-2006  |  Politics

The Growing Scandal

Some big media personalities were aboard the Abramoff train too.
Random Lengths News  |  Paul Rosenberg  |  01-19-2006  |  Politics

Mining the Scandalnew

Nevada’s Harry Reid thinks the GOP scandal is a rich lode for Democrats -- if it is a GOP scandal.
Reno News & Review  |  Dennis Myers  |  01-19-2006  |  Politics

Lobbygate's Gatesesnew

What are we to make of the coincident D.C. connections of the lawyer father and the software-titan son?
Seattle Weekly  |  Rick Anderson  |  01-18-2006  |  Politics

Sticky Fingersnew

The Abramoff scandal snares one Republican after another.
The Village Voice  |  James Ridgeway  |  01-18-2006  |  Politics

D.C. Interns Pay to Climb Capitol Hillnew

Although it costs them income and sleep, strivers continue to chase an edge through internships.
The Village Voice  |  Anya Kamenetz  |  08-03-2005  |  Business & Labor

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