lobbying

Emails Show Farenthold’s Pursuit of Lobbying Job
Disgraced former Texas congressman landed position shortly after leaving Congress

Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, appeared to have started angling for a new job within a few weeks of leaving the Hill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Emails between former Rep. Blake Farenthold and his new employer show the disgraced Texas Republican was angling for a lobbying job shortly after resigning from Congress.

The emails obtained by the Dallas Morning News through an open records request showed Farenthold was pushing for an answer on the lobbying job with the port authority in his former district.

Farenthold’s Ship Comes In
Disgraced former congressman will not pay money back to taxpayers

Former Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold has yet to pay back the $84,000 the government spent to settle a sexual harassment complaint after promising that he would. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold, who resigned in disgrace a month ago amid a sexual harassment scandal, has a new job.

The former Republican congressman told the “Lago in the Morning” talk show that he would be working for the Port of Port Lavaca-Point Comfort, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported.

Women Reaching New Levels in Political Donations
Rise parallels similar surge in female candidates for public office

Demonstrators rally outside the Capitol on March 8, 2017, in support of “A Day Without a Woman” protests across the country to coincide with International Women’s Day. There has been a surge in female donors to federal candidates this election cycle. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photos)

An unprecedented rise in female donors to political campaigns, fueled largely by opposition to President Donald Trump, continues to grow in the run-up to the 2018 elections.

The number of women donating to federal candidates has surged by 182 percent when compared with this time in the 2016 cycle, according to new data from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Much of the activity has been among Democratic donors, a trend that first began to appear after the Women’s March on Washington the day after Trump’s inauguration.

Few Retiring Lawmakers Disclose Plans to Lobby
Only 17 have filed public notices of employment negotiations since 2007

Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, continued to work on the GOP tax overhaul after he announced he would resign to lead the Ohio Business Roundtable. There are no public records on file of his job negotiations. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

On the cusp of a potentially historic wave of congressional retirements, few public records offer clues about which lawmakers have entered negotiations for lobbying and other private-sector gigs.

“There’s not usually much interest in those,” a staffer in the House Legislative Resource Center said with a shrug.

Oliver North, From Iran-Contra to the NRA
In long career, former White House staffer also ran for Senate in Virginia

Oliver North, a former staffer with the National Security Council under President Ronald Reagan, will be the new president of the NRA. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Oliver North, the retired Marine lieutenant colonel known for his role in the 1980s Iran-Contra scandal, will become president of the National Rifle Association of America within weeks, the gun rights organization said Monday.

North, a longtime member of the NRA board of directors and a former Senate candidate in Virginia, plans to immediately leave his role as a commentator for Fox News.

Facebook Hires Ex-GOP Senator To Advise On Anti-Conservative Bias
Democrats and Republicans in Congress have quarreled over existence of such bias

Former Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., is partnering with Facebook to advise on issues over potential anti-conservative bias. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Facebook has brought in a high-profile Washington insider to advise the company on concerns over whether its employees and content-filtering algorithms have an anti-conservative tilt.

Former Arizona GOP Sen. Jon Kyl — now with Capitol Hill lobbying stalwart Covington and Burling — is partnering with the tech giant as lawmakers hammer it for a lack of transparency, not doing enough to combat fake news ahead of the 2016 election, and — if you ask many Republicans — having a built-in bias in its codes and personnel that shuts out conservative voices.

Former Rep. Murphy Lands Consulting Gig
Resigned after news that he pressured mistress to have an abortion surfaced

Former Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., right, now has a new consulting job. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Former Pennsylvania Rep. Tim Murphy, who was brought down last year by an an extramarital affair, has a new job working for a government relations consulting firm.

Murphy now works for Crammer Consultants as a federal consultant, the Pittburgh Tribune-Review reported.

Conservative Groups Rally Behind Potential Jim Jordan Speaker Bid
‘I think the path to victory is making this a campaign issue,’ FreedomWorks’ Noah Wall says

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, founder of the conservative Freedom Caucus, is considering a speaker bid and has the support of several outside conservative groups. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan may not be ready to announce a bid to be the next speaker, but several grass-roots conservative groups have begun campaigning on his behalf. 

The Ohio Republican has said he would consider running for speaker when there’s a race. Speaker Paul D. Ryan is planning to serve through the remainder of his term and then retire. And a Republican speaker’s race won’t happen if the party doesn’t hold on to their House majority in the midterms. 

Mulvaney Backlash May Drive Political Money Changes
Even lobbyists distanced their industry from remarks by the White House budget chief

Watchdog groups characterized Mick Mulvaney’s remarks as “brazen.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Advocates for tougher campaign finance regulations say comments from Mick Mulvaney seeming to describe a pay-to-play style of politics on Capitol Hill will boost their long-term effort to overhaul the rules and could benefit like-minded candidates in the midterm elections.

Mulvaney, the White House budget chief and acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, told a group of bankers Tuesday that when he served in Congress, his office refused meetings with lobbyists who did not provide political contributions. Mulvaney, a Republican, represented a South Carolina district from January 2011 to February 2017, when he became director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Spending Bill, Tariffs Drive Lobbying as 2018 Elections Approach
Future uncertainty also plays major role

K Street sign at 15th and K Streets in Washington, D.C. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

An omnibus appropriations package, steel tariffs, regulatory work on the new tax law and general uncertainty about the nation’s direction on policy and governing fueled K Street business during the first three months of this year.

The politics of the coming November midterm elections will consume the Capitol for much of the rest of 2018, as lawmakers debate a farm bill, possible new disclosures for social media companies and federal spending beyond Sept. 30.