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California State Sen. Leland Yee leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building after a court appearance on March 31, 2014 in San Francisco.

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California State Sen. Leland Yee leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building after a court appearance on March 31, 2014 in San Francisco.

California Democrats Skip Lobbyist Golf Tour as Yee Case Plays Out

California’s Senate Democrats won’t  be spending this weekend on the grounds of the renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course near San Diego, home to an annual outing known as the “Pro Tem Cup” where high-priced lobbyists pay $65,000 to pal up...

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President Barack Obama leaves after speaking about the National Security Agency and intelligence agencies surveillance techniques at the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC on Jan. 17, 2014.

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President Barack Obama leaves after speaking about the National Security Agency and intelligence agencies surveillance techniques at the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC on Jan. 17, 2014.

Lobbyists Win Revival of Suit Against Obama Administration

Federal lobbyists have won revival of a lawsuit arguing that an Obama administration rule barring them from serving on federal advisory panels violates their free-speech rights. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington today sent the case back to the...

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Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., speaks during the candidate forum with Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., hosted by ONEGeneration and the League of Women Voters in Reseda, Calif., on Oct. 10, 2012.

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Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., speaks during the candidate forum with Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., hosted by ONEGeneration and the League of Women Voters in Reseda, Calif., on Oct. 10, 2012.

Mr. Berman Stays in Washington

Howard Berman, who lost his House seat to Brad Sherman in a November match-up of veteran Democratic congressmen from California, isn’t going home. He’s joining the lawyer-lobbying firm of Covington & Burling LLP. He is the second former lawmaker to...

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Jim Messina, campaign manager for the re-election of President Barack Obama, talks with reporters during a tour of the re-election headquarters in Chicago.

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Jim Messina, campaign manager for the re-election of President Barack Obama, talks with reporters during a tour of the re-election headquarters in Chicago.

Obama’s Advocacy Group Bows to Pressure, Bans Corporate Giving

Organizing for Action, the advocacy group that arose from President Barack Obama’s successful re-election campaign, has reversed course and decided not to take corporate donations. OFA Chairman Jim Messina made the announcement in an article he wrote for CNN.com. He gave...

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Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl walks toward a closed-door meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill on Dec. 31, 2012 in Washington.

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Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl walks toward a closed-door meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill on Dec. 31, 2012 in Washington.

Kyl’s `Power to Persuade’ Hailed by Lobbying Firm Landing Ex-Senator

There is life after Congress. And for those who held leading roles in Congress, it can be a good life. The latest refugee from Capitol Hill to find refuge at a lobbying law firm that works the Hill is former...

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Onlookers wait for President Barack Obama along the parade route during the inauguration on Jan. 21, 2013.

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Onlookers wait for President Barack Obama along the parade route during the inauguration on Jan. 21, 2013.

Lobbyists Have Ball at Inauguration

For some of Washington’s lawyer-lobbying firms, a presidential inauguration offers a once-in-four-years opportunity to open their doors to clients and others in Washington. Holland & Knight LLP, which paid almost $13.4 million to lobby during the first nine months of...

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President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama had their first dance at an appearance at the Neighborhood Ball, the first of many of the evening, at the Convention Center in Washington on Jan 20, 2009.

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President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama had their first dance at an appearance at the Neighborhood Ball, the first of many of the evening, at the Convention Center in Washington on Jan 20, 2009.

‘Lobbyist Nirvana:’ Inaugural Festivities — Despite Obama’s Ban

President Barack Obama’s decision to reject contributions to his inaugural committee from registered lobbyists isn’t keep them away from the hoopla surrounding the start of his second term. Lobbyists are helping to fund the state societies’ inaugural bashes and inviting...

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with former Sen. Chuck Hagel during a personnel announcement in the East Room at the White House, on Jan. 7, 2013 in Washington.

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with former Sen. Chuck Hagel during a personnel announcement in the East Room at the White House, on Jan. 7, 2013 in Washington.

Pro-Israel Lobbies Split Over Hagel

“The Jewish lobby,” as former Sen. Chuck Hagel once called pro-Israeli forces in Washington, is divided over his nomination for secretary of defense. Political action committees describing themselves as pro-Israel were on opposite sides of several high-profile congressional races. Now...

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Citigroup Executive Vice President Candi Wolff has been escaping Washington, D.C., for her family's Christmas tree farm every year since 1994.

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Citigroup Executive Vice President Candi Wolff has been escaping Washington, D.C., for her family's Christmas tree farm every year since 1994.

The Secret (Santa) Life of a Washington Lobbyist

Citigroup Inc. Executive Vice President Candi Wolff can talk about Christmas trees for hours. She can tell you how an electric tree baler works, the difference between a Colorado Blue Spruce and a Douglas Fir, and that tree sales are...

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