Congo’s President-Elect—And His Rival—Get U.S. Lobbying Help

Amid accusations of vote-rigging, the winner of Congo’s presidential election and the second-place finisher are ready to deploy lobbyists to urge the U.S. to validate—or question—the results. Felix Tshisekedi—the leader of the country’s largest opposition party—was declared the winner Thursday, succeeding President Joseph Kabila in what would be the mineral-rich country’s first-ever peaceful transfer of power.

Authoritarian Regimes Pay Millions to K Street Lobbyists

Saudi Arabia and other countries with records of human rights abuses spend tens of millions of dollars every year to put their best faces forward in Washington.

Lobbying Firm Akin Gump Hires Two Former House Chairmen

Lobbying giant Akin Gump has snagged former Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Lamar Smith , adding to the firm’s expertise on homeland security, foreign affairs and environmental policy, among other areas.

Shanahan Latest Industry Insider With Cabinet-Level Power

Patrick Shanahan, President Donald Trump’s temporary Pentagon chief, is the latest in a series of executive branch appointees with deep ties to the industries they oversee.

Before becoming an assistant defense secretary, Shanahan had been vice president of supply chain and operations at Boeing Co., which sells more than $20 billion worth of jets, equipment and services to the federal government each year, making it No. 2 on the BGOV 200 of top contract recipients.

Proposed FDA Restrictions on E-Cigarettes Spark Lobbying

Companies that make e-cigarettes are waging a charm offensive as the federal government moves to crack down on their products, deploying lobbyists to convince policymakers they are capable of policing themselves.

Leading e-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc. has five firms on retainer and three in-house lobbyists.

Lobbyists Profit from Trump and Senate’s Shortened Summer Break

Many of Washington’s top lobbying firms rode a wave of increasing revenue in the third-quarter of 2018, staying busy during a summer when President Donald Trump and the Senate refused to take much of a vacation.

Lucrative Saudi Lobbying Ties Fray as Anger Over Khashoggi Rises

Saudi Arabia faces a reckoning in Washington over the disappearance and possible slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, with high-profile lobbying firms hired to burnish the country’s image now distancing themselves from the kingdom.

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Kavanaugh Fight Draws Millions in Lobbying Dollars on Both Sides

Advocacy groups have spent millions trying to sway the Senate fight over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — part of an increasingly acrimonious and partisan judicial confirmation process.

Organizations such as the Judicial Crisis Network on the right and groups advocating liberal causes such as abortion rights have been buying up TV airtime and deploying lobbyists to Capitol Hill.

Outside-Group Congressional Ad Buys Top $10 Million in April

Campaign spending fueled by big donors is shaping key congressional primaries and special elections across the country while setting the stage for multi-million-dollar battles in key midterm races in the fall.

Podesta Veterans Quickly Rebound on K Street After Firm’s Demise

The collapse of K Street powerhouse Podesta Group last year spawned at least five new firms, which have quickly become among the most successful lobbying startups.