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Big donors ‘buying policy’

On January 6, 2012, in Lobbying, by Editor

Wealthy donors appear to be buying Government policy by securing “preferential” access to ministers and senior politicians, the standards watchdog has warned. – By Christopher Hope, The Telegraph, UK Sir Christopher Kelly said the perceived influence of rich businessmen over politicians is undermining public trust in Westminster. He cited the Coalition’s planning reforms as an […]

 

Werritty had a priceless commodity that others could mine – he had Access

On December 8, 2011, in Lobbying, by Editor

- By Philip Hensher, The Independent, UK Towards the end of a lifetime of networking, someone asked that glacial charlatan-genius Andy Warhol if there were anyone left he still had a desire to meet. He said, “Minnie Mouse.” Straight-facedly, he was asked why Minnie. “Because,” he said, “I hear she can get me real close […]

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No. 10 changes its tone over lobbyists

On December 7, 2011, in Lobbying, by Editor

Downing Street has now admitted that lobbyists do influence government policy ‘where we think they have legitimate concerns’. And we reveal that Bell Pottinger executives claimed access to Foreign Office and Business Secretary. – By Melanie Newman and Oliver Wright, The Independent, UK Downing Street has now admitted that lobbyists do influence government policy “where […]

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Plenty of talk about cracking down on lobbying – but still there’s no action

On December 7, 2011, in Lobbying, by Editor

The political parties may talk tough – but they are happy to take the lobbyists’ money. – By Andrew Grice, The Independent, UK If there is one issue that highlights the gulf between government and opposition, it is the lobbying industry. Promises to bring in tougher regulation are easy for an opposition to make but […]

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Caught on camera: top lobbyists boasting how they influence the PM

On December 6, 2011, in Lobbying, by Editor

Special undercover investigation: Executives from Bell Pottinger reveal ‘dark arts’ they use to burnish reputations of countries accused of human rights violations – By Melanie Newman and Oliver Wright The Independent, UK One of Britain’s largest lobbying companies has been secretly recorded boasting about its access to the heart of the Government and how it […]

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Corridors of power are full of mysterious middle men

On October 17, 2011, in Lobbying, by Editor

It was as difficult to walk through parts of Manchester earlier this month without bumping into a lobbyist as it has been for Liam Fox to visit a foreign capital without meeting up with Adam Werritty. – By Andy McSmith, The Independent, UK Literally thousands of lobbyists took the trip north for a week’s social […]

 

Join Clegg’s ‘leaders’ club – for £25,000 annual fee

On April 18, 2011, in Lobbying, by Editor

- Oliver Duff and David Singleton, The Independent, UK The Liberal Democrats are offering lobbyists face-to-face meetings with ministers, including Nick Clegg, if they pay £25,000 a year. The cash-strapped party has launched a club offering privileged access to the Deputy Prime Minister and senior Liberal Democrats. The Leaders’ Forum will be restricted to an […]

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Top Corporations Aid U.S. Chamber of Commerce Campaign

On October 21, 2010, in Lobbying, by Editor

- By Eric Lipton, Mike McIntire and Don Van Natta Jr, New York Times Prudential Financial sent in a $2 million donation last year as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce kicked off a national advertising campaign to weaken the historic rewrite of the nation’s financial regulations. Dow Chemical delivered $1.7 million to the chamber last […]

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Ministers in £1,000 cash for access row

On August 26, 2010, in Lobbying, by Editor

Businessmen pay for meetings over dinner. – By Tim Shipman, The Daily Mail, UK The Tories and Liberal Democrats were embroiled in a ‘cash for access’ row last night after it emerged that they are both charging rich businessmen for the right to rub shoulders with senior government ministers. “For all the Conservative talk of […]

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