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Amazon, Facebook Smash Lobbying Records

Amazon and Facebook have both smashed quarterly lobbying records Tuesday amidst rising interest regulating and using antitrust against America’s largest technology companies. 

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos during the JFK Space Summit at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Bipartisanship: AOC Finds Common Ground with Ben Carson, Ted Cruz

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) found rare common ground with two conservative Republicans on Thursday, agreeing with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on banning members of Congress from lobbying, and with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Ben Carson on adopting a more lenient policy toward residents in legal trouble.

AOC and Ben Carson and Ted Cruz (Alex Wong / Drew Angerer / Alex Wroblewski / Getty Images)

Chinese Surveillance Firm Builds Up Beltway Lobbying Muscle

A Chinese electronics company called Hikvision, partly owned by the Communist government, was one of several such firms banned from working for the U.S. government under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) signed into law by President Trump on Monday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping steps out from behind China's flag as he takes his position for his joint news conference with President Barack Obama, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Number of Registered Lobbyists Falls 14% in 2017

The number of federally registered political lobbyists has fallen by 14 percent thus far in 2017 from the 2016 total. However, based on data provided by the non-partisan OpenSecrets.org, spending by lobbyists is on track to rise by about 3 percent in 2017.

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Darling: A Sickening Example of Astroturf Politics and 9/11 Victims 

Astroturf politics is when a group pays an organization or K Street lobbying firm to send calls, letters, emails, and people to town hall meetings to pressure members to vote in a certain manner. The goal is to present the appearance of a spontaneous movement and to have people communicating with a member of Congress on an issue in a way that makes it appear to be a popular movement. But these individuals are frauds and they are being paid to fool senators or representatives.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia are escorted by United States Chief of Protocol Peter Selfridge as they arrive at the White House May 13, 2015 in Washington, DC. The princes are scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama and Vice …

Texas Senate Passes Emergency Ethics Reform Bill

The Texas State Senate unanimously passed one of the emergency items declared by Governor Greg Abbott for the 85th Texas legislative session. Ethics reform has passed its first major hurdle and now is headed to the Texas House.

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War: Google’s Rivals Weaponize ‘Google Transparency Project’

Google’s corporate motto is “Don’t Be Evil,” but after year of using its Washington, D.C. lobbying to trash other tech companies, the “Google Transparency Project,” funded by a secretive cabal of Silicon Valley interests, is producing a steady stream of investigative reporting exposés on Google’s crony capitalism.

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Oracle Funds Anti-Google Effort that Outs Hillary, Obama

The Oracle Corporation is using its deep financial resources to fund the “Google Transparency Project,” which has set up headquarters in Washington, D.C. with a mission to “out” Google’s dicey lobbying practices and expose crony relationships with President Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Larry Ellison (Kimberly White / Getty)