Quick Links In The Morning


Financial firms, including those receiving bailout funds, are lobbying against financial regulatory reform. This is despite having their lobbying rosters cut back after the collapse of 2008. Advisors to President Obama stated that those firms that received bailout funds have a responsibility to support financial regulatory reform to prevent future collapses.

States struggle with campaign rules for the Internet.

The PMA Group investigation creeps towards a former chief of staff to Rep. Pete Visclosky. We detailed the connection between Visclosky’s campaign contributions and the recipients of his earmarks earlier this year.

Energy firms are divided over the climate bill in Congress. (Let me just say that the lack of a monolithic opposition or support by a whole industry in the climate debate makes data-driven influence analysis very difficult.)