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May 31, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Obama Tries to Shut Revolving Door, but Aides Slip Through



The White House President Obama made it a priority to reduce the role of special interests in Washington and to slow the revolving door, but many former White House aides have recently been hired as consultants to influence the White House.

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Topics: Government Accountability

May 24, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Bank Lobbyists Writing the Rules for Wall Street



Financial Oversight It might be logical to assume that lawmakers are the ones who make laws, but bank lobbyists are playing a larger role in writing financial regulations, according to an article in The New York Times.

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Topics: Financial Sector

April 25, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Another Former Lockheed Employee Takes Key Senate job



National Security Another former Hill staffer with Lockheed Martin on their resume will fill the job of Republican staff director for the Senate Armed Services Committee, according to an article in ProPublica.

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Topics: National Security

October 24, 2012

By Andre Francisco

New Podcast: The Foreign Policy Auction



The Foreign Policy Auction with Ben Freeman The Foreign Policy Auction looks at the countries seeking to influence U.S. foreign policy and the D.C. lobbying firms they hire to do the work for them.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 26, 2012

By Ben Freeman, Ph. D.

Ex Lockheed Lobbyist Now in Key Defense Oversight Role



Revolving Door A former executive and lobbyist for defense contractor Lockheed Martin has been appointed to one of the most powerful posts on Capitol Hill overseeing the defense industry.

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Topics: National Security

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