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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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Rwanda: How dare you accuse our client of genocide

On December 7, 2011, in Ethics, by Editor

A public relations firm whose senior management has close links to the Liberal Democrats said they had created an internet “attack site” for the government of Rwanda over accusations it had been involved in genocide. – By Melanie Newman and Oliver Wright, The Independent, UK Mark Pursey, head of BTP Advisers, was secretly recorded saying […]

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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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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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How Wall St. execs bankrolled GOP victory

On January 5, 2011, in Covert Lobbying, by Editor

Hedge fund moguls donated $10 million, gained key House allies to head off financial reforms – By Peter Stone, Center for Public Integrity, and Michael Isikoff, NBC News A small network of hedge fund executives pumped at least $10 million into Republican campaign committees and allied groups before November’s elections, helping bankroll GOP victories that […]

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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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US oil company donated millions to climate sceptic groups, says Greenpeace

On March 30, 2010, in Covert Lobbying, by Editor

Report identifies Koch Industries giving $73m to climate sceptic groups ‘spreading inaccurate and misleading information’ – John Vidal, The Guardian, UK A Greenpeace investigation has identified a little-known, privately owned US oil company as the paymaster of global warming sceptics in the US and Europe. “Greenpeace accuses the Koch companies of having a notorious environmental […]

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