August 19, 2015
Martella Jr. co-leads the Environmental practice group at Sidley Austin LLP.
Martella Jr. co-leads the Environmental practice group at Sidley Austin LLP.

The Corporations Funding The Lawyers To Fight The Clean Power Plan

Lawyers from coal-dependent states, led by West Virginia, are challenging President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Joining their effort is an army of industry-funded law firms that specialize in fighting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Together, they will argue that the EPA does not have any authority under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act to issue the carbon regulations; they will also contest the legality of the “fence line” used to set state emission targets. Yet, buried in coverage of the litigation is the fact that the coalition suing the EPA is connected to some of the largest …

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December 13, 2013

Obama Team Must Be Fair, but Tough, on For-Profit Colleges

This morning the U.S. Department of Education convenes what may finally be the last session of its negotiated rulemaking on a proposed “gainful employment” rule, a measure aimed at cutting off federal aid to career college programs that fail to train students to earn a decent living.  The latest draft regulation from the Department would be a step in the right direction as compared with the status quo, but as the New America Foundation’s Ben Miller shows, it’s somewhat weaker than the previous draft, in terms of holding predatory career colleges accountable for programs that leave students with …

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July 16, 2012

VIDEO: After Attacking Opponent’s Lobbyist Fundraising, Dewhurst…Fundraises With D.C. Lobbyists

There’s a populist revolt against Big Money, and one place where you can see this on full display is in Texas. Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is running against former Solicitor General Ted Cruz for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, and each side has accused the other of being beholden to lobbyists.

Dewhurst, who is widely considered to be the establishment candidate and who has received 33 times as much in corporate Political Action Committees (PACs) money as his opponent,  has said that Cruz is “another lawyer funded by Washington special interests,” referring to his backing by right-wing groups …

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July 11, 2012

Record Polluter Lobbying Contributes To Record Heat

It was so hot in D.C. this weekend that a plane trying to depart from Reagan National Airport actually sunk into melting tarmac. In Colorado, wildfires have destroyed over 600 homes in a matter of days. Meanwhile, the recent “derecho” storm, one so severe it needs a special name, killed at least 23 people and left 1.4 million more without power from Illinois to Virginia. In the last week alone, over 2,000 individual heat records were broken across the country. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that this past spring “marked the largest temperature departure from average of any …

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June 23, 2012
Former Arkansas Democrat Blanche Lincoln has been making her money these days working for corporate interests.

Democrats-Turned-Corporate-Lobbyists Hold Event Complaining About ‘Vanishing Moderate Democrats’

On Wednesday, the Bipartisan Policy Center held a forum on the “Vanishing Moderate Democrat.” To demonstrate this supposed phenomenon, it hosted various self-styled “moderate” Democrats as panelists. But besides this supposed centrist ideology, these panelists all shared one other attribute — they all became corporate lobbyists after leaving Congress.

Here’s a list of the panelists followed by the corporate lobbying and advocacy positions they took up after leaving Congress:

– Former Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR): Lincoln is a “Special Policy Advisor” at Alston and Bird LLP and has helped the corporate lobby the National Federation of Independent Business to …

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June 1, 2012
Rep. Tim Scott

VIDEO: Congressman Tim Scott Holds Jobs Forum, But Room Was Packed With Lawyers And Lobbyists

The jobs report released this morning by the federal government is discouraging, with unemployment hanging around 8.2 percent.  Americans expect their government to take action and work to fix the economy. Freshman congressman Tim Scott (R-SC) claimed to be doing that yesterday, when he hosted a “Revitalizing America” forum on Capitol Hill.

My colleague Lee Fang and I attended Scott’s forum yesterday, which the congressman repeatedly said was an event for job creators and entrepreneurs from his district.

While there were some small business owners there and some South Carolinians — we counted numerous staff from the University of South Carolina, for example …

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May 16, 2012

Corruption Is The Reason Why You’re Not Guaranteed Paid Sick Leave

The United States is the only developed nation that does not require employers to give their employees paid sick leave. For many Americans, that means choosing between their pay and their health — a devil’s choice if there ever was one.

Philadelphia’s Claudia Rendon had to face that choice late last year. She was fired after taking some time off to donate her kidney to her son to save his life. Watch her story:

Mom Loses Job After Kidney Donation:


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March 28, 2012

Retiring Congressman Barney Frank Will Not Agree To Disclose Negotiations For Future Jobs

Selling out pays. We looked at just a dozen Members of Congress who became lobbyists and other advocates for special interests after they left office and found that they received an average of a 1,452 percent raise. So we here at Republic Report sent a letter to all 36 retiring Members of Congress asking them to commit to disclosing any job negotiations they have with anyone during the rest of their time in office. That way, we at least know who they’re potentially selling out to, and we can watch out for signs that, while still in office, they …

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