Defense contracts are hard to kill. Does that show up in lobbying totals?

Some companies are good at turning influence into procurement dollars. Others, not so much.

Uber brings on D.C. lobbyists. But why?

Its issues are almost entirely local. But there are still reasons to get protection in D.C.

This is what happens when your CEO interviews the president

Zillow's stock goes through the roof with 30 minutes of very valuable product placement.

The government should spend tons of money on travel, says travel industry

Those lavish conferences? Just good old economic stimulus.

Lobbyists becoming public officials isn’t as bad as the other way around

Obama's pick to head the Federal Communications Commission is a former telecom industry lobbyist. Maybe that's okay.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Jun 20, 2013

At least 28 of Max Baucus’s former aides are now tax lobbyists

How Washington really works, sadly.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Apr 7, 2013

Jack Abramoff — yes, that Jack Abramoff — on why lobbyists are horrible

Abramoff's reinvention as an anti-corruption crusader is fascinating, if perhaps a bit predictable.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jan 11, 2013

Study: Defense firms see stocks rise when their execs get hired by the Pentagon

A new economic study looks at how much the "revolving door" is worth to companies. Defense firms that see their executives tapped for top government jobs immediately see an abnormally large boost in their stock price.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Oct 1, 2012

Is the government making Washington rich? (In charts, of course)

A lot of the typical explanations for Washington's wealth don't check out. But one does.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 25, 2012

How JPMorgan exploits Washington’s revolving door

The Project on Government Oversight points out that JPMorgan frequently dispatches former government officials to lobby current regulators who are writing the rules for Wall Street reform.

  • Suzy Khimm
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  • Jun 21, 2012
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