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Ethics and Apartheid: How Israel Junkets Undermine U.S. Democracy

by Foreign Policy Journal on 02/02/2016

Lobbying World

by The Hill on 01/26/2016

For one day only, the Senate’s a matriarchy

by Roll Call on 01/26/2016

The wait is over for ex-lawmakers ready to lobby

by Roll Call on 01/19/2016

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Posted by Sean Myers on Feb. 8, 2016

The number of former congressional staff members filing as new lobbyists during 2015 was the highest since 2011.

The most recent lobbying filings show that 471 congressional staffers made the trip through the revolving door over the course of 2015. Of them, 207 worked on the Democratic side of the aisle, and 256 for Republicans. The final eight worked for independents or worked in unaffiliated or bipartisan roles.

In 2011, when the Democratic Party lost control of the Hill, 586 staffers become lobbyists. Since LegiStorm started recording revolving door numbers in 2002, the record for congressional staffers leaving for K Street is 763, which happened in 2007, when Democrats took control of the House.

Revolving door numbers tend to spike in off-election years. The number of congressional staffers becoming lobbyists has averaged 545 in off-election years and drops to an average of 393 in election years. 

Posted by Sean Myers on Feb. 5, 2016

A staffer for Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) has joined a health policy advocate to improve care for terminally ill patients.

Leslie Brady joined Higgins' staff in August 2013 and became a jill of all trades. She went from staff assistant to scheduler to legislative correspondent to deputy press secretary.

At the beginning of 2015, Brady began focusing on health care policy and parlayed that knowledge to a job as policy manager for the newly minted Coalition to Transform Advanced Care. C-TAC is a nonprofit aimed at improving health services for those with advanced illnesses. 

 

Posted by Sean Myers on Feb. 4, 2016

House staffers who opened their inboxes Thursday morning found a fake news item that implied it was from LegiStorm - and House officials were behind the ruse.   

The House's Cyber Enhancement Initiative conducted a phishing expedition to see if staff members would open potentially dangerous emails.

The email appeared to be one of LegiStorm's "Caught Our Eye" articles and claimed that 419 congressional staffers had been found on the delinquent taxpayer list. There were several signs that the email was fake: The incorrect title of "Caught Your Eye" instead of "Caught Our Eye, the early publishing time and the sender "LegiStrom."

Staffers who clicked on the story were directed to a page with the heading "You've been phished" and told that the exercise was meant to improve staffers' "ability to identify and properly handle phishing emails."

The source of the phishing trip was Wombat Security Technologies, a Pittsburgh-based firm that states it delivers "software-based cyber security awareness and training solutions that help your employees understand the risks associated with poor cyber hygiene and subsequently change their behaviors to strengthen your organization's security posture." It said the exercise was sanctioned by the House's Cyber Enhancement Initiative and the House Office of Inspector General, led by David Cole and Keith Sullenberger.

Posted by Sean Myers on Feb. 3, 2016

A former House staffer turned lawyer is a newly minted registered lobbyist. Daniel David Graver's path from Capitol Hill to lobbying was not a straight shot, however.

He was a legislative assistant with Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) before leaving in mid-2008. He then went to law school at the University of Texas and spent a summer interning with the law firm and lobbying power Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Following Graver's graduation in 2013, he joined the firm as an associate to focus on data privacy in the health field. The firm's most recent filings as a lobbyist shows him covering issues related to the implementation of the Life Safety Code, an advisory instrument on fire and building safety.

 

Posted by Sean Myers on Feb. 2, 2016

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) will get up and close with his constituents Feb. 27: He will commute with them to work.

Moulton will ride the T's commuter rail from Rockport to North Station. He is inviting his constituents and other Bostonians to join him and talk about their political concerns. He will board the train at 7:22 a.m. in Rockport and is scheduled to ride to downtown Boston's North Station until 8:33 a.m.

A Marine veteran of the Iraq War, Moulton was among the first U.S. troops to enter Baghdad in 2003. In Moulton's fourth and final tour of duty, Gen. David Petraeus tapped him to work as a special liaison to tribal leaders in southern Iraq. Since being elected to Congress in 2015, Moulton has been active in the Armed Services Committee and the Small Business Committee, where he is the ranking member of the Health and Technology Subcommittee.

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We spend a large part of our days looking at data. Documents often come in by the dozens and hundreds. And while most are boring - how interesting can staring at a phone directory or salary records be, for example? - we find daily reasons for interest, amusement or even concern packed in the documents. So we are launching a new running feature that we call "Caught our Eye."


Longer than tweets but shorter than most blog posts, Caught our Eye items will bring back the interest in reviewing documents and researching people. Some items might bring hard, breaking news. Others will raise eyebrows and lead some into further inquiry. Others might be good for a joke or two around the water cooler. All will enlighten about the people or workings of Capitol Hill.


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