Legal Times

Lobbying & Politics

James Clyburn.

Two U.S. Reps. Defeat Subpoenas in Shirley Sherrod Defamation Case

By Zoe Tillman |

Reps. Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., and James Clyburn, D-S.C., won’t have to testify in Shirley Sherrod’s defamation case against the late conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, a federal district judge in Washington ruled on Saturday.

John Roberts, Jr., 2000.

Roberts Considered Representing Clinton in Jones Supreme Court Case

By Tony Mauro |

John Roberts Jr., then in private practice, did not rule out representing President Bill Clinton before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1997 in the legal battle surrounding Paula Jones’ allegations of sexual harassment. Roberts’ cameo role was not known until the latest release of papers from Clinton’s presidency.

E. Barrett Prettyman Court House.

No Cameras for NSA Surveillance Case, D.C. Circuit Says

By Zoe Tillman |

No watching for the watched. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Monday denied a request to broadcast Nov. 4 oral arguments in a case challenging the scope of the National Security Agency’s surveillance program.

Jill and Scott Kelley photographed outside the U.S. Capitol.

Privacy Claim in Petraeus Scandal Lawsuit to Proceed

By Zoe Tillman |

A couple caught up in the sex scandal surrounding former CIA director David Petraeus can proceed with a privacy violation claim against the government, a federal judge in Washington ruled Monday.

The Hill Hot List

The Hill Hot List

Meet 10 lawyers on Capitol Hill who have played key roles in crafting prominent legislation and advocating positions on issues of national significance.

Tech Industry Tries Again on Surveillance Reform

By Andrew Ramonas |

With Congress back to work in Washington this week, the technology industry is pushing senators to pass legislation that would rein in National Security Agency surveillance and make its work more transparent.

<b>CONFLICTING RULINGS:</b> U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, left, upheld the rule, but was reversed on appeal. Circuit Judge David Tatel cited the lobbyists'

Lobbyists Regain Seat At the Table

By Andrew Ramonas |

The Obama administration is poised to rescind at least a portion of a White House rule that bars lobbyists from serving on agency committees and boards, likely ending a court fight over the First Amendment.

Alan Hoffman.

Herbalife Hires Lobbyist With Deep Roots in Washington

By Andrew Ramonas |

Herbalife Ltd. has snagged PepsiCo Inc.'s top lobbyist, Alan Hoffman, to lead its government relations work as the nutritional supplements and personal care products company faces U.S. government scrutiny over its business structure and practices.

James Brady, left, and President Bill Clinton in 1993

Gun-Control Advocate James Brady Dies at 73

By Zoe Tillman |

Former White House Press Secretary James Brady Jr., who became an influential voice on Capitol Hill on gun-control issues after he was shot during the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan, has died at age 73.

Cadillac Exec Put in GM Lobbying Driver's Seat

By Andrew Ramonas |

General Motors Co. executive Robert Ferguson on Thursday returned to his old job as the chief lobbyist for the embattled automaker as it tries to ease anger in Washington, D.C., over its ignition-switch defect and ongoing recall crisis.

U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, formerly the No. 3 Republican in the House, has ties to California’s energy and technology sectors. He was named Republican majority leader on June 19.

Lobbyists Closely Following House GOP Leadership Shakeup

By Andrew Ramonas |

Washington lawyers and lobbyists at K&L Gates, Squire Patton Boggs and other firms with ties to Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., are optimistic they will have his ear as he settles into his new role as House majority leader.

Patton Fugitives Finally Cleared to Join Jones Day

By Katelyn Polantz |

Another round of lateral moves away from Squire Patton Boggs became formal on Thursday, as health care partners who had signed with Jones Day received notice from Squire they’d be released this week and members of legacy firm Patton Boggs’ Alaska office announced they had moved to Holland & Knight.

Cantor's Defeat Ripples Through Lobbying Industry

By Todd Ruger and Andrew Ramonas |

The surprising primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Tuesday will reverberate through Washington's lobbying industry, touching business advocates and lobbying shops with close ties to his office.

Senators Renew Push to Ban Ex-Members of Congress From Lobbying

By Andrew Ramonas |

Democratic Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado and Jon Tester of Montana are trying again to limit the career options of members of Congress who leave office: no more lobbying.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation.

GM Turns to Holland & Knight for Post-Recall Lobbying Push

By Andrew Ramonas |

General Motors Co. is revving up its charm offensive in Washington amid congressional scrutiny of the automaker's handling of an ignition-switch defect, turning to a leading law firm lobbying shop for help.

Jack Abramoff.

Jack Abramoff Fights Seizure of Tax Refunds

By Zoe Tillman |

Convicted ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff is challenging the federal government’s seizure of nearly $450,000 in federal tax refunds.

W. Neil Eggleston

Eggleston Picked For WH Counsel

By Todd Ruger |

For the first time since taking office, President Obama has looked outside his close circle of advisers to fill the top legal post at the White House.

W. Neil Eggleston

Eggleston Picked For WH Counsel

By Todd Ruger |

For the first time since taking office, President Obama has looked outside his close circle of advisers to fill the top legal post at the White House.

Patton Boggs, Washington, D.C.

Dentons Makes 'Serious Overture' to Patton Boggs, but is the Firm Listening?

By Katelyn Polantz |

Dentons said this week it has approached Patton Boggs for a possible merger at a time when the shrinking Washington firm and Squire Sanders say their merger talks continue. Why is there a disconnect between what one firm will say and what another won’t?

Cocoa beans

Nestlé USA Lobby Effort to Focus on Child Labor

By Andrew Ramonas |

As holiday shoppers eye chocolate bunnies and other sweets this week, a former top lobbyist for Nestlé USA Inc. is focusing her attention on an agreement the candy company signed to reduce child labor in the cocoa industry.

Hogan Lovells' Warren Maruyama

Privacy and Trade Group Focused on Cross-Border Data Flow

By Andrew Ramonas |

As scrutiny increases regarding the movement and security of data across borders, a business group Hogan Lovells created last year to promote privacy and free trade has deployed former senior lawyers from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and International Business Machines Corp. to lobby for it in Washington, D.C.

Tobacco Lobby Targets Trans-Pacific, Trans-Atlantic Pacts

By Andrew Ramonas |

As the United States continues negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), tobacco giant Philip Morris International Management SA has turned to former Rep. Bill Paxon, R-N.Y., and other Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld lobbyists for help.

Ed Pagano of Akin Gump.

White House Adviser Joins Akin Gump

By Todd Ruger |

Former White House advisor Ed Pagano has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where he said he will lobby Congress on issues such as immigration and patent reform.

E-cigarette Industry Fires Up Lobbying Effort

By Andrew Ramonas |

With federal officials eying regulations for electronic cigarettes, a major trade group for the e-cigarette industry has registered its first lobbyists in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Capitol.

Comcast Adds Two Antitrust Lobbyists Ahead of Merger Hearing

By Todd Ruger |

Comcast Corp. has added two top former Capitol Hill antitrust counsels to its lobbying group ahead of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing next month on the company's plan to merge with Time Warner Cable.

U.S. Capitol.

Comcast Adds Two Antitrust Lobbyists Ahead of Merger Hearing

By Todd Ruger |

Comcast Corp. has added two top former Capitol Hill antitrust counsels to its lobbying group ahead of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing next month on the company's plan to merge with Time Warner Cable.

U.S. Capitol.

Lobbying Firm Faces Fine up to $5.2 Million

By Andrew Ramonas |

An Alexandria, Va., firm and its owner face a fine of up to $5.2 million for allegedly failing to submit more than two dozen lobbying reports to Congress on time, according to a civil complaint the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia filed.

Linked In

LinkedIn Adds In-House Lobbyist to Its Network

By Andrew Ramonas |

Pablo Chavez, a top Google Inc. official in Washington, D.C., is clicking over to LinkedIn Corp. Jan. 28 to serve as the social networking website's first in-house lobbyist in the nation's capital.

D.C. Circuit Revives Lobbyists' Fight Over Obama Ban

By Jenna Greene |

A federal appeals court opened the door for registered lobbyists to serve on agency boards and commissions, contravening President Barack Obama's 2010 order banning lobbyists from such positions.

Looking for a Lobbyist: Here are 250 New Candidates

By Andrew Ramonas |

Companies looking for a former member of Congress or an ex-congressional staffer to lobby on Capitol Hill have a new list of hundreds of potential candidates to review.