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Schoolbook

Charter Schools Top the Lobbying Chart in Albany

Thursday, April 30, 2015

WNYC
With controversies brewing in New York State over new learning standards and testing, charter groups and teachers' unions spent the most in lobbying dollars last year.
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The Takeaway

Deceptive Lobbying Steers Debate on Highway Bill

Thursday, April 02, 2015

As Congress debates whether to allow bigger trucks on the nation's highways, trucking and railway industries hope to sway lawmakers through deceptive lobbying tactics. 

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The Takeaway

Sugar Lobby Scores Sweet Deals by Souring Government Research

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Takeaway discusses how the influential and powerful sugar industry has shaped government research on dental care for years.

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The Takeaway

The Big Business of Buying Scientists

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The new documentary, "Merchants of Doubt," looks at the so-called scientists working for big corporations to sway our opinions on their products and national policy. 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A New Clinton Scandal, A Habitable Moon, and Science For Sale

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The Takeaway looks at a new scandal swirling around Hillary Clinton, we explore what a habitable moon would look like, and we discuss the corporate business of buying experts.        

BackStory

WEB EXTRA - Radiation in the Milk! From "Health Nuts"

Friday, November 28, 2014

With the American History Guys

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The Takeaway

Lobbyists Aim to Charm State Attorneys General

Thursday, October 30, 2014

More lax disclosure requirements and revolving-door restrictions have allowed lobbyists and lawyers to have more access to try to sway the opinion of state attorneys general.

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The Takeaway

GMO-Related Lobbying Skyrockets

Thursday, September 04, 2014

When it comes to the debate over genetically modified foods in America, the crux of the conversation now hinges on the question of to label or not to label.

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On The Media

Blurred Lines

Friday, August 29, 2014

In Washington, the lines are increasingly blurring between politicians, lobbyists and the media. Bob meets with the man known as the "doorman to the revolving door."

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On The Media

Blurred Lines

Friday, May 09, 2014

In Washington, the lines are increasingly blurring between politicians, lobbyists and the media. Bob meets with a journalist turned lobbyist, the man known as the "doorman to the revolving door," and perhaps the most infamous lobbyist of all time to talk about the industry of DC.

Song: I Am the Slime by Frank Zappa

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Lobbying Behind the Minimum Wage

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama called for a hike in the minimum wage. Now the lobbying efforts - for and against - are underway. Eric Lipton, Washington correspondent for The New York Times, discusses his reporting on a few key groups trying to win the public relations battle.

 

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The Takeaway

The Politics On Your Plate

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Each year while everyone else is stuffing turkeys and planning shopping lists, Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich is busy looking up how the companies behind a typical American Thanksgiving meal are busy wielding power in Washington. It turns out the Thanksgiving table is plentiful, delicious and absolutely riddled with political influence. Zwillich details the lobbying efforts of the National Turkey Federation, the Dairy Farmers of America and others.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

George Pataki on High Speed Rails, Taxes

Monday, November 11, 2013

George Pataki, former governor of New York ( R ), discusses the state panel on taxes he's co-chairing, as well as his lobbying efforts, along with the former governors of NJ and PA, for high-speed rail service between NYC and DC.

Then Ken Lovett, Albany bureau chief for The Daily News, follows up on that and other news from the state capitol.

 

 

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New Jersey News

$58 Million Spent On Lobbying NJ Lawmakers

Monday, October 07, 2013

NJ Spotlight

More than $58 million was spent last year by lobbyists on New Jersey lawmakers. Topping the list is the utility PSE&G.

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On The Media

The Tech Lobby Comes of Age

Friday, July 12, 2013

Last year the single largest corporate lobbyist was General Electric.  The second biggest? A new arrival, called...Google. Time Magazine White House correspondent Michael Scherer tells Brooke what took the tech industry so long to get lobbying and what they're doing to influence politics.   

Andrew Bird - Orpheo Looks Back

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NY State Budget Winners and Losers

Monday, April 01, 2013

The New York state budget passed just before the April 1st deadline. Casey Seiler, Capitol bureau chief and columnist for the Albany Times-Union, explains the winners and losers in this year's budget, and who spent the most money lobbying last year.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

OFA and Obama's Big Money

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The Obama campaign operation has turned into a big-money PAC. Nicholas Confessore, politics reporter covering lobbying and campaign finance for The New York Times, discusses Organizing for Action and how it's using large donors to lobby around 2nd-term policy issues like gun control.

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WNYC News

Schmooze Fest on Rails

Thursday, January 31, 2013

WNYC

Some 900 of New Jersey's shakers and movers ride the annual Chamber of Commerce train to Washington.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Political Spending and the Gun Control Debate

Monday, January 07, 2013

With the revival of the gun control debate, ProPublica’s Suevon Lee looks at how much both gun control advocates and gun rights groups have been spending on lobbying efforts and contributed to political campaigns. With gun rights groups outspending their counterparts, we’ll look at how that money has affected gun policy in recent years.

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Transportation Nation

Congressman Nadler: Families That Fly Together Should Be Seated Together

Thursday, July 12, 2012

(photo by caribb via flickr)

(UPDATED 3:37) Families who travel by plane have probably had the experience of being told they can't be seated together -- and that their only recourse is to hope their fellow passengers are willing to switch seats.

It's disconcerting -- and becoming more common. Because as airlines ramp up policies that charge additional fees for aisle and window seats, it's getting harder for people to request seats together without paying a premium (as AP reported earlier this year.)

This tension has led to headlines like "Do Airlines Hate Families?" (One answer to that question, from the Los Angeles Times, is no -- but they "love revenue more.")

Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) has proposed legislation called the Families Flying Together Act of 2012. It would require the U.S. Department of Transportation to direct each carrier to “establish a policy to ensure, to the extent practicable, that a family that purchases tickets for a flight with that air carrier is seated together during that flight; and (2) make the policy…available to the public on an appropriate Internet Web site of the air carrier."

According to an emailed statement, Nadler said “air travel is complicated and expensive enough for families without adding new stresses. Families should not be stuck paying hidden fees, or buying ‘premium’ seats, simply because they wish to be seated together on crowded flights.  It is positively absurd to expect a two or three-year-old to sit unattended, next to strangers, on an airplane.  It is up to air carriers to make their seating policies clear and easily accessible to the public.”

But Airlines for America, an industry lobbying group, called the legislation unnecessary. Steve Lott, the group's VP, said "airlines have always worked cooperatively with their customers to seat parties, including those traveling with children, together. The great news for consumers and families is that the airline industry is hugely competitive, and customers have choices of airlines and different products within airlines." He added: "As with all other products and industries, it is the market that can—and should—determine how air travel is priced, not the government.”

 

 

 

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