Northrup Grumman spends millions on lobbying and campaign contributions — but those only tell part of the story.Continue reading
Sunlight's Docket Wrench helps identify the federal regulations that drew the most public comment in 2014 -- and who is driving the traffic. Here's hoping 2015 brings more agency participation in regulations.gov!Continue reading
A public interest group plans to file suit against the FEC for failing to take action against Crossroads GPS, a conservative nonprofit group that never registered as a political committee.Continue reading
The FEC's lawyers believe Crossroads GPS likely violated election law, according to a little-noticed legal report quietly released late last Friday.Continue reading
Last evening, over a hundred supporters of open government joined Sunlight Foundation, the National Press Club, ProPublica, United Republic, Reporters... View ArticleContinue reading
Jack Abramoff left Washington to serve his prison sentence as a primary perpetrator and beneficiary of its culture of corruption.... View ArticleContinue reading
In our continued effort to highlight the anniversary of January 2010’s Citizens United decision, all of this month’s weekly roundups... View ArticleContinue reading
Enron Corp.'s manipulation of the California energy market in 2000 and 2001 is notorious. Electricity bills soared and blackouts affected hundreds of thousands of people as contemptuous traders with Enron, a power wholesaler, delighted in their scheme. Tapes of traders released in 2004 contained infuriating nuggets like this: "Just cut 'em off... They should just bring back f------ horses and carriages, f------ lamps, f------ kerosene lamps."
After investigating the scandal, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) concluded that "supply-demand imbalance, flawed market design and inconsistent rules made possible significant market manipulation," and that many of Enron's trading strategies ...Continue reading
Public Citizen reports that a federal database will soon go online that will give car buyers information about individual cars... View ArticleContinue reading
In today's edition, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reports that the annual Washington Mardi Gras party kicks off tonight at the Washington Hilton, a weekend-long event billed as "one of the most sought-after tickets in any season in Washington." The event's parties, the paper says, "are arguably the most intimate gatherings of businesspeople, politicians and lobbyists left in Washington" after new congressional ethics rules were adopted. Writing that the parties are"a throwback to the days when politicians and lobbyists socialized regularly outside the glare of the public spotlight," the paper added that they are "largely immune to the new ethics standards."
A secretive, Louisiana-based group headed by a lobbyist and former aide to now lobbyist and former Sen. John Breaux (D-La.) organizes the event. The organization declined to name this year's corporate sponsors, but in years past they included R.J. Reynolds, BellSouth, and Lockheed Martin, according to the paper.Continue reading