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March 13, 2017

By Lydia Dennett

Justice Dept. Improves Access to Foreign Lobbying Documents



A shot of various foreign banknotes and coins The Department of Justice has made a key set of foreign lobbying documents available online for the first time. American lobbyists working on behalf of foreign governments or political parties are required to file these documents, known as informational ma

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

February 17, 2017

By Iulia Gheorghiu

POGO Video: Explaining the Foreign Lobbying Revolving Door



Trump Ethics Executive Order Foreign Lobbying Revolving Door - foreign flags denoting influence dropped on an outline of the US Capitol POGO Investigator Lydia Dennett explains the loopholes in the Foreign Agents Registration Act and the Lobbying Disclosure Act that could allow lobbying agents with foreign clients to get around President Trump's foreign lobbying ban.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

February 8, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Trump Orders Review of Wall Street Ethics Rule



Photo of a Wall Street Sign A forthcoming regulation that will protect consumers from unscrupulous retirement advisers may be in jeopardy after President Trump ordered the Department of Labor to review it.

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Topics: Financial Sector

January 30, 2017

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Trump Fails to Expand Definition of Lobbyist in Ethics Order



POTUS Signing Executive Order at White House in January President Trump’s ethics executive order fails to drain the swamp and end a federal government controlled by influence peddlers. Although some of the restrictions are good, the order fails to redefine lobbying and therefore offers little hope that much wil

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 10, 2017

By Iulia Gheorghiu

POGO Reports Potential for Conflicts of Interest in Attorney General Nominee



Senator Sessions at the hearing for his nomination for Attorney General A new Project On Government Oversight report this week highlights the potential conflicts of interest that might arise if Senator Jeff Sessions is confirmed to be Attorney General of the United States and is called upon to investigate or prosecute any of h

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Topics: Government Accountability

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