Sunrise (3/10/11)

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WASHINGTON LOBBYISTS TO TOAST WISCONSIN REPUBLICANS

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: “State Republicans are planning to hold a big fundraiser at the offices of a major lobbying fim in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. … Supporters are asked to give at least $1,000 to the state Republican Party’s federal account to attend the event at the BGR Group’s offices in D.C. The cost is $2,500 to sponsor and $5,000 to host the fundraiser. … Those featured at the event will be: Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau; Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald of Horicon; Rep. Scott Suder of Abbotsford; Sen. Glenn Grothman of West Bend; and Joint Finance Committee co-chairmen, Sen. Alberta Darling of River Hills and Rep. Robin Vos of Burlington. … All five Republican congressmen and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson are listed as invited guests.”

GOOGLE LOBBIES FOR GREEN ENERGY

NYT: “Google Inc. has launched a lobbying campaign seeking government help spurring a green-technology transformation. … The Mountain View, Calif.-based company recruited Crowell Strategies LLC. The consulting firm’s lobbyist, Colin Crowell, previously worked as a senior counsel at the Federal Communications Commission and before that as an aide to Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.). … It is the latest venture by Google in the political energy arena. The company already has hired lobbying firms to work on energy efficiency and renewable issues and research & development of smart-grid transmission.”

NEVER SAY DIE: THE GE LOBBYING STORY

ABC: “In a never-say-die approach, General Electric’s CEO Jeffrey Immelt has vowed to continue to fight for a high-priced military jet engine contract that President Obama, the Pentagon, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate have all said they don’t want. … General Electric has already shelled out millions in relentless pursuit of the engine contract, and its vow to fight on is the latest evidence of the company’s aggressive strategy for Washington influence. It is an approach that has helped GE become the nation’s top corporate spender on lobbying, spending more than $238 million on lobbyists over the past 12 years, according to the Center for Responsive Politics — money that has helped GE gain access to the corridors of power and some of the most remote crevices of the governing process. … “It shows what deep lobbying is all about in Washington,” said Ellen Miller, a founder of the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation, which monitors the influence industry. “It’s lobbying members of Congress, it’s being friendly to the administration, it’s being all over the agencies.”

FUNDRAISING PARTIES TODAY

–Rep. Mike Rogers, a member of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, hosts a telecom breakfast fundraiser. That and more fundraisers here.

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