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New Director of Research...

Tim Farnsworth has been brought on board at K Street Research to serve as director of research and communications. In addition to research, he's expected to manage KSR's Internet presence. Farnsworth previously worked as a research manager for KSCW Inc., a government relations firm. Farnsworth graduated from State University of New York at Oswego in 2009. K Street Research bills itself as a "non-lobbying entity" that provides government and political research, as well as administrative services, to clients.

Posted: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 10:42am

SEIU May Restructure Leadership

From this morning's Earlybird: • "In an interview Tuesday, new SEIU President Mary Kay Henry said she is conducting a monthlong review of her top deputies, including Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger, Henry's main opposition in the union's recent election to replace longtime head Andy Stern," Roll Call (subscription) reports. • "Wall Street banks and allied interest groups have spent $600 million and hired 243 political insiders to represent their interests before Congress and U.S. policymakers since early 2008, a study said on Tuesday," Reuters reports.

Posted: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 8:43am

McConnell Could Be Among The Victims This Fall

Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson , who once appeared to have a lock on the GOP Senate nomination, might not be the only Republican from the Bluegrass State whose fortunes take a hit next Tuesday.If, as polls suggest, Grayson loses the Senate primary to insurgent Rand Paul , some GOP ins

Posted: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 12:00am

Rick Berman Group Under Fire

Updated 5/12/10Two public interest groups have filed a complaint against the American Beverage Institute, saying the group violated New York state law by failing to register to lobby. Rick Berman is executive director of ABI. Mothers Against Drunk Driving and The Humane Society filed the complaint Tuesday with the New York State Commission on Public Integrity. At issue are advertisements ABI ran in the New York Times and The New York Post in May 2008 against auto ignition interlock devices for people convicted of drunk driving.

Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 6:16pm

Earning Their Buzz

There's been quite a buzz lately over a GOP fundraising blitz that could pull tens of millions into conservative advocacy and so-called 527 groups this year. "This is the first cycle that I've seen where there is at least the potential for Republicans to build on the model that the Democrats have done so well," declared GOP lawyer and organizer Steven J. Law at a political law conference organized last week by the Bureau of National Affairs. The president of American Crossroads, a new GOP-friendly 527 group that has set out to collect some $60 million for the 2010 election,

Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 11:24am

Big Banks Look To Revolving Door

From this morning's Earlybird: • "The nation's six largest banks and their trade associations have hired more than 240 former government officials-turned-lobbyists to represent them in the fight over Wall Street reform, according to a new report by several progressive groups," Politico reports. • "A proposed amendment to the Senate's Wall Street reform legislation has prompted a lobbying fight that will test the oil industry's political clout following the Gulf of Mexico spill," The Hill reports.

Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 9:00am

Democrats' Special Election Conundrum

Upcoming special elections for Democratic-held seats in Pennsylvania-12 (May 18) and Hawaii-01 (May 22) are giving us some insight into the House race landscape heading into the fall. 1) The DCCC Isn't Afraid To Cut Its Losses. On Monday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announce

Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 12:00am

The Conservative Revolt

While the biggest political story this year has been the Democratic Party's fight to retain its majorities in Congress, a fascinating back-story is developing: the very conservative, populist revolt taking place within the Republican Party.The first development occurred in April 2009 when five-te

Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 12:00am

Abramoff Scandal: Now A Documentary And Book

Casino Jack and the United States of Money, a documentary film about the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, was released in theaters this weekend, four years after the notorious Washington wheeler and dealer was convicted of fraud, corrupting public officials, and tax evasion. National Journal reporter Peter Stone served as a consultant on the film, and he offers his thoughts on the scandal and its aftermath, as well as his insights into who Abramoff is as a person. Stone's 2006 book Heist documented the details of the scandal, and an expanded version with a new epilogue came out this month in

Posted: Monday, May 10, 2010 - 10:28am

Can Regular Joes Fix The Budget Deficit?

Can President Obama 's bipartisan 18-member National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform balance the federal budget? It has until December to try, under the president's orders. The more immediate question is whether a few thousand ordinary Americans can do it when they gather on June 26

Posted: Monday, May 10, 2010 - 12:00am