Lobbying

In this May 25, 2003, photo, Paul Erickson, a Vermillion native, poses for a photo. The American political operative, Erickson, linked to admitted Russian covert agent Maria Butina was accused this week of fraud. Erickson pleaded not guilty Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, to 11 counts of wire fraud and money laundering in business schemes that stretched from 1996 through August 2018, according to federal prosecutors in South Dakota. (Lloyd B. Cunningham/The Argus Leader via AP)
February 08, 2019 - 1:09 pm
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Paul Erickson, the boyfriend of admitted Russian covert agent Maria Butina accused this week of fraud, has turned up in the unlikeliest of places — from landing a top spot on Pat Buchanan's 1992 presidential campaign to representing a man involved in one of the most salacious...
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A man walks past a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. entrance in Daly City, Calif., Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. spent nearly $10 million on California lobbying efforts in the year before the utility giant declared bankruptcy, spending more than any other entity seeking to influence California government in 2018. The majority of that money, more than $5 million, was spent lobbying on proposals around wildfire safety and response, including a discussion on whether to reduce the strict liability utilities face when their equipment sparks wildfires. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
February 01, 2019 - 6:47 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. spent nearly $10 million on California lobbying efforts in the year before the utility giant declared bankruptcy, spending more than any other entity seeking to influence California government in 2018. The majority of that money — more than...
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Brian Toale, 65, a sexual abuse victim when he was a student in a Long Island Catholic school, and now a victims' rights activist, holds a copy of his yearbook photo from around the time he was abused, in New York on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Toale underwent years of therapy and still participates in a weekly 12-step program with other abuse victims, including several who still don't speak publicly about their experience. "When people do tell their stories and expose their abuser, it's so helpful," he said. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
January 23, 2019 - 1:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In many states across the U.S., victims of long-ago child sex-abuse have been lobbying for years, often in vain, to change statute of limitation laws that thwart their quest for justice. This year seems sure to produce some breakthroughs, due in part to the midterm election results...
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Philadelphia 76ers co-owner and Fanatics executive Michael Rubin, left, listens as recordng artist Meek Mill speaks at the launch of a partnership of sports, business and recording artists who hope to transform the American criminal justice system, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
January 23, 2019 - 1:26 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A coalition of big names in sports and entertainment is taking on criminal justice reform. Rappers Meek Mill and Jay-Z and the owners of the Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets and the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots came together in New York City on Wednesday to announce the...
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In this Dec. 11, 2018, photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks at the Capitol in Washington. When McConnell returned to his home state of Kentucky, he couldn't escape the debate over criminal justice reform. As the Senate Majority Leader faced pressure in Washington to bring the bipartisan Senate bill for a vote, the issue proved decisive in Kentucky legislature races, became a talking point for state Republicans and had increasing support among the business community. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 19, 2018 - 5:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Mitch McConnell returned to his home state of Kentucky, he couldn't escape the debate over criminal justice reform. Ads in favor of the Senate bill were running on television. Religious leaders, business executives and local politicians were talking about it. Even McConnell's...
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December 03, 2018 - 8:45 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republicans in the North Carolina legislature have offered another alternative to resolve a longstanding legal battle with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper over the state elections board. A House bill filed late Monday would separate duties of the elections panel between a five-...
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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, file photo, U2 singer Bono waves goodbye to the media after a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France. Bono is scheduled to speak in Chicago, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, about his efforts to combat AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
December 02, 2018 - 8:51 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Bono will speak in Chicago about his efforts to combat AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa. The lead singer of the rock band U2 is scheduled to appear Thursday at an Economic Club of Chicago dinner meeting. He'll participate in a discussion with Ariel Investments President Mellody...
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FILE - This Dec. 21, 2016 file photo shows the Trump International Hotel at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in Washington. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon in Washington ruled Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, that the Cork Wine Bar may indeed be losing customers as lobbyists, political fundraisers and others flock to the nearby Trump International Hotel, but that does not constitute unfair competition under the local law. He wrote that to decide otherwise would mean other celebrities could not promote companies they own either. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
November 27, 2018 - 2:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of breaking a law on unfair competition by using the presidency to attract customers to restaurants in his Washington hotel. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon in Washington ruled Monday that the Cork Wine Bar may...
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FILE - In this May 23, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the Federal District Court after a hearing, in Washington. Special counsel Robert Mueller is accusing Manafort of lying to federal investigators in the Russia probe in breach of his plea agreement. Prosecutors say in a new court filing that after Manafort agreed to truthfully cooperate with the investigation, he “committed federal crimes” by lying about “a variety of subject matters.” (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
November 27, 2018 - 11:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The special counsel in the Russia investigation is accusing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of violating his plea agreement by repeatedly lying to federal investigators, an extraordinary allegation that could expose him to a lengthier prison sentence — and potentially...
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FILE - In this May 23, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the Federal District Court after a hearing, in Washington. Special counsel Robert Mueller is accusing Manafort of lying to federal investigators in the Russia probe in breach of his plea agreement. Prosecutors say in a new court filing that after Manafort agreed to truthfully cooperate with the investigation, he “committed federal crimes” by lying about “a variety of subject matters.” (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
November 26, 2018 - 9:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The special counsel in the Russia investigation is accusing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of lying to federal investigators in breach of his plea agreement, an extraordinary allegation that could expose him to a lengthier prison sentence — and potentially more...
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