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Elizabeth Warren Declares War on Lobbying, Hires Lobbyist One Day Later

Elizabeth Warren Declares War on Lobbying, Hires Lobbyist One Day LaterIs she serious?



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The Latest: Ex-Obama WH aide denies guilt in lobbying case

The Latest: Ex-Obama WH aide denies guilt in lobbying caseWASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on court appearances of two political consultants in foreign lobbying cases that grew out of the Russia probe (all times local):



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In Craig Indictment, a Top Law Firm Tries to Hide Lobbying

In Craig Indictment, a Top Law Firm Tries to Hide LobbyingU.S. prosecutors laid out how Craig, a top partner at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, took pains to avoid registering his work as foreign lobbying — in part, they allege, out of a belief that registering under the so-called FARA law would prevent him and others from taking government jobs in the future. Craig’s efforts included backdating a letter and invoice to obscure that a private Ukrainian had funded the work and allowing the Ukrainian government to lie about how much the work cost, prosecutors said in a 22-page indictment filed Thursday. Craig will be arraigned on Friday.



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U.S. lobbying probes persist though Mueller investigation over

U.S. lobbying probes persist though Mueller investigation overIn a sign that evidence from Mueller’s 22-month investigation may yet ensnare more prominent Washington figures, federal prosecutors in Washington cited a former U.S. congressman “working for the government of Ukraine” in charges filed Thursday against former Obama administration official Greg Craig. Craig pleaded not guilty on Friday to lobbying violations and making false statements. The former congressman is not named in Craig’s indictment, but other filings by his former law firm cite identical work done for the firm by Vin Weber, a lobbyist with Mercury Public Affairs, who was a U.S. representative from Minnesota from 1981 to 1993.



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Justice Department taps Mueller prosecutor to enforce foreign lobbying disclosure

Justice Department taps Mueller prosecutor to enforce foreign lobbying disclosureBrandon Van Grack, a prosecutor in the Justice Department’s national security division who was on Mueller’s team until August, will lead the effort to enforce the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), the official said. “We have increased our focus into FARA prosecutions,” John Demers, Assistant Attorney General for the national security division, told lawyers at the American Bar Association’s annual white collar crime conference, held this year in New Orleans. Demers said Van Grack would lead a team of attorneys and administrative staff whose mission was to make sure the FARA law, which requires disclosure of lobbying on behalf of foreign interests, is more aggressively enforced.



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Senator Warren slams former Senator Lieberman for ZTE lobbying gig

Senator Warren slams former Senator Lieberman for ZTE lobbying gigDemocratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is eyeing a presidential run, blasted former Senator Joseph Lieberman for becoming a lobbyist for ZTE Corp, a Chinese telecommunications equipment maker accused of ties to China’s government. In a tweet posted on Wednesday night, Warren said Lieberman had “joined” lobbyists for ZTE, which she wrote had “violated serious U.S. sanctions” against Iran and North Korea. Lieberman, who ran unsuccessfully for vice president as a Democrat in 2000 and Kasowitz Benson Torres, the firm where he is a lobbyist, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.



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Michael Flynn's ex-business associate charged in illegal lobbying effort to extradite Turkish cleric

Michael Flynn's ex-business associate charged in illegal lobbying effort to extradite Turkish clericFederal prosecutors allege Bijan Rafiekian sought to conceal the Turkish government's role in the effort to extradite cleric Fethullah Gulen.



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Paul Manafort Is Just A Tiny Part Of DC's Lobbying Corruption

Paul Manafort Is Just A Tiny Part Of DC's Lobbying CorruptionEvery decade, Washington gets a big reminder about the corrosive influence of



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Trump advisor touts Sprint, T-Mobile deal while denying lobbying

Trump advisor touts Sprint, T-Mobile deal while denying lobbyingCorey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, touted on Wednesday benefits he sees in federal government approval of T-Mobile US Inc’s bid to acquire Sprint Corp, while also denying that he has worked directly for the company. Lewandowski said he remains in regular contact with the president and has daily contact with Trump’s new campaign manager Brad Parscale.



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Idaho senator shouts at students lobbying for birth control

Idaho senator shouts at students lobbying for birth controlBOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Republican state senator who shouted at University of Idaho students in the Capitol to lobby for a birth control bill on Monday now faces an ethics complaint after a tweet from an account presenting as the lawmaker's directed students to discuss "killing babies" with a Democratic colleague.



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