New York Times: Struggling Hotel Owners, Some With Trump Ties, Seek Federal Bailout

New York Times: Struggling Hotel Owners, Some With Trump Ties, Seek Federal Bailout. “The precarious financial position that some friends of Mr. Trump and other hotel executives are now in has fueled an intense lobbying campaign aimed at persuading the Trump administration, the Federal Reserve and Congress to rescue hundreds of hotel industry players that relied on riskier Wall Street debt to finance their lodging empires before the virus hit.”

ProPublica: Emails Show the Meatpacking Industry Drafted an Executive Order to Keep Plants Open

ProPublica: Emails Show the Meatpacking Industry Drafted an Executive Order to Keep Plants Open. “Hundreds of emails offer a rare look at the meat industry’s influence and access to the highest levels of government. The draft was submitted a week before Trump’s executive order, which bore striking similarities.”

Washington Post: ‘So, what do you do?’ What, indeed. With office life dormant, white-collar Washington is adrift.

Washington Post: ‘So, what do you do?’ What, indeed. With office life dormant, white-collar Washington is adrift.. “Greg Crist is a D.C. lobbyist who used to wear suits, and go to lunch, and spend his days taking meetings on the Hill, or in his nicely appointed office at 701 Pennsylvania Ave. Now that his office is closed because of the pandemic, Crist is a man who commutes a few hundred feet from his Alexandria, Va., home to his silver Audi, where he spends much of the day taking calls in the only place where the important people on the other end of the line cannot hear his toddler son scream.”

New York Times: Special Interests Mobilize to Get Piece of Next Virus Relief Package

New York Times: Special Interests Mobilize to Get Piece of Next Virus Relief Package. “The House has already signaled that it wants $3 trillion in aid, the Senate appears to want something in the range of $1 trillion, and the White House is now involved in negotiations. The main components on the table for debate are additional payments to individuals, money for state and local governments, extended unemployment insurance and liability protections for companies and other institutions that are trying to reopen. But the package is also likely to be the last opportunity before the election in November for a wide range of industries and interests to push for narrower provisions that would benefit them, setting off intensive lobbying.”

AP: Trump-connected lobbyists reap windfall in COVID-19 boom

AP: Trump-connected lobbyists reap windfall in COVID-19 boom. “Forty lobbyists with ties to President Donald Trump helped clients secure more than $10 billion in federal coronavirus aid, among them five former administration officials whose work potentially violates Trump’s own ethics policy, according to a report.”

ForeignLobby .com: Ecuador hires Obama PR man to improve reputation battered by coronavirus

Thanks to Wallace S. for bringing this to my attention. ForeignLobby .com: Ecuador hires Obama PR man to improve reputation battered by coronavirus. “Ecuador has hired a Florida public relations firm run by President Barack Obama‘s former Hispanic media director to try to improve the country’s image as it faces the twin blows of the coronavirus epidemic and a global loss of confidence.”

ProPublica: Contractors for Trump’s Controversial $3 Billion Food Aid Program Have Hired a Longtime Lobbyist to Tout Their Work

ProPublica: Contractors for Trump’s Controversial $3 Billion Food Aid Program Have Hired a Longtime Lobbyist to Tout Their Work. “Companies receiving taxpayer dollars as part of President Donald Trump’s signature food aid program hired a longtime lobbyist to push back on criticism that the government is relying on unqualified contractors, such as an event planner.”

Associated Press: Faced with 20,000 dead, care homes seek shield from lawsuits

Associated Press: Faced with 20,000 dead, care homes seek shield from lawsuits. “Faced with 20,000 coronavirus deaths and counting, the nation’s nursing homes are pushing back against a potential flood of lawsuits with a sweeping lobbying effort to get states to grant them emergency protection from claims of inadequate care.”

Washington Post: Well-connected Trump alumni benefit from coronavirus lobbying rush

Washington Post: Well-connected Trump alumni benefit from coronavirus lobbying rush. “As lobbyists blitz Washington for a piece of the massive federal response to the global pandemic, a group of former Trump administration officials and campaign alumni are in the center of the action, helping private interests tap into coveted financial and regulatory relief programs. Businesses hit hard by the virus and health-care manufacturers seeking approval for their products have rushed to hire Trump alumni, who are leveraging their connections in a variety of ways — helping get their clients designated as ‘essential’ services and securing meetings at the White House and federal agencies on their behalf, federal filings show.”

Health Insurers to Investors: We’re Good. Health Insurers to Lawmakers: Please Help. (ProPublica)

ProPublica: Health Insurers to Investors: We’re Good. Health Insurers to Lawmakers: Please Help.. “Executives at Cigna, the health insurance giant, have signaled to investors that the coronavirus pandemic isn’t hurting the company’s business and might actually be a boon. But that hasn’t stopped the trade group that represents Cigna and other health insurers in Washington from asking lawmakers for aid.”

My Stateline: Illinois launches new website to keep closer eye on lobbyists

My Stateline: Illinois launches new website to keep closer eye on lobbyists. “A new state website is shedding more light into what happens in Springfield. The new database will allow anyone to find information regarding how much time lobbyists spend with lawmakers. The site will also show many lobbyists are elected officials at the local level.”

Gazette: Despite new transparency law, state’s online lobbying database incapable of basic search functions; state refuses to provide data

Gazette: Despite new transparency law, state’s online lobbying database incapable of basic search functions; state refuses to provide data. “The Colorado Secretary of State is required by law to provide public access to online lobbyist disclosures. Even though the online system allows the public to search for lobbyists and lobbying activity reports using the name of the client, the search results omit some filings. It’s impossible to find even the Secretary of State’s lobbyist or their lobbying activity reports using the agency’s system that way — without already knowing the name of the lobbyist.”

CNBC: DOJ antitrust chief recuses himself from the Google probe due to potential conflicts

CNBC: DOJ antitrust chief recuses himself from the Google probe due to potential conflicts. “Makan Delrahim, the top antitrust official at the Department of Justice, is recusing himself from the agency’s investigation of potentially anticompetitive behavior at Google due to potential conflicts of interest in his past.”

Washington Post: Tech giants led by Amazon, Facebook and Google spent nearly half a billion on lobbying over the past decade, new data shows

Washington Post: Tech giants led by Amazon, Facebook and Google spent nearly half a billion on lobbying over the past decade, new data shows. “Ten years ago, Google executives rarely spoke to Congress. Amazon employed just two of its own registered lobbyists in Washington. And Facebook had only recently graduated to a real office after running its D.C. operation out of an employee’s living room. Since then, though, these technology companies have evolved into some of the most potent political forces in the nation’s capital, a Washington Post analysis of new federal records reveals, with just seven tech giants accounting for nearly half a billion dollars in lobbying over the past decade.”

Chicago Tribune: Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs law requiring additional disclosure from lobbyists

Chicago Tribune: Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs law requiring additional disclosure from lobbyists. “When the General Assembly approved the measure last month, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle described it as a small step toward fixing state government ethics laws amid an ongoing federal corruption probe that has ensnared Democratic politicians from Chicago City Hall to the Capitol in Springfield. The law, effective immediately, also requires the secretary of state to create a combined online database for information on lobbyists, campaign contributions and public officials’ annual statements of economic interest.”