A Washington firm is continuing efforts to bring high-speed, magnetic levitation trains to the region.
A long-time aide to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is leaving to take a position with a Maryland lobbying firm.
It’s been almost 30 years since Steve Billet, at the time a newly minted lobbyist for AT&T, pulled up behind a car at a red light in Washington and noticed the bumper sticker: “Don’t tell my mother I’m a lobbyist. She thinks I play piano in a whorehouse.”
In right wing politics, ALEC serves as the nexus between corporations and aspiring Republicans always eager to find access to additional campaign cash.
Maryland’s top lobbyists cashed in on the General Assembly’s casino debate this year, as the state’s nine highest-earning lobbyists all worked for companies with interests in a statewide gambling expansion.
A Maryland state senator running for Congress may have violated state ethics rules by failing to report for three years his employment by a Washington lobbying firm.
Jack Abramoff can’t say he wasn’t warned. When the now-notorious lobbyist was a rising star as Republicans expanded their power in Washington, a concerned senior partner in his firm warned against his win-at-all-costs approach to business. “At the rate you’re going,” the boss said, “you’re either going to be dead, disgraced or in jail in five years.”
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