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Jeffrey H. Birnbaum


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February 2005: Journalist.

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May 06, 2008 A Living, Breathing Lobby: Oxygen-Supply Firms Turn to Customers for Help on the Hill

QUOTE: pitting the multibillion-dollar industry that supplies oxygen to medical patients against a large number of lawmakers and Medicare, which said it was being charged many times more for oxygen equipment rentals than the actual cost.

Washington Post
Feb 23, 2008 McCain Disputed On 1999 Meeting: Broadcaster Recalls Urging FCC Contact

QUOTE: Broadcaster Lowell "Bud" Paxson yesterday contradicted statements from Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign that the senator did not meet with Paxson or his lobbyist before sending two controversial letters to the Federal Communications Commission on Paxson's behalf.

Washington Post
Oct 23, 2007 Paulson Seeks 'Patch' For AMT: Congress Urged To Act Before Tax Forms Are Printed

QUOTE: Unless Congress acts soon to prevent a special "millionaires" tax from hitting middle-income families, as many as 50 million taxpayers, or 37 percent of the total, will face an unexpected tax increase, a delay in receiving refunds or a delay in having their tax return processed.

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Aug 14, 2007 Congressman, It's (Still) on Us: The Ethics Law's Many Loopholes

QUOTE: [While] legislation bars lobbyists from providing meals and gifts to lawmakers... Miller and others point out that the ban is full of loopholes.

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Aug 03, 2007 Wall Street's Lucrative Tax Break Is Under Fire

QUOTE: The most controversial tax break on Wall Street, known simply as the Carry, is not authorized by any law and was never approved by Congress.

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Jul 03, 2007 Radio Royalties: Reprising Ol' Blue Eyes' Battle

QUOTE: Songwriters receive royalties when their compositions are played on AM and FM radio. But neither musicians nor the music's owners get a dime.

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Jun 12, 2007 Vista Limits Choices, Google Alleges

QUOTE: Allegations by Google that Microsoft's new operating system unfairly disadvantages competitors has revived antitrust accusations against Microsoft and opened a front in a bitter war between the two technology giants .... Google, which submitted a 50-page document detailing its concerns, has told federal and state officials who monitor the consent decree that Vista's design makes it difficult for users who want to run Google's desktop search instead.

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May 22, 2007 Johns Hopkins Aid Official Resigns: Student Loan Scandal Repercussions Affect Columbia, Too

QUOTE: The financial aid directors at Johns Hopkins and Columbia universities have been forced out of their posts amid revelations that they received payments or gifts from loan companies they recommended to students.

Washington Post
Feb 27, 2007 Insurers Prepare a Battle Strategy to Protect a Key Exemption

QUOTE: The exemption can operate only if states regulate the insurers, and lately a growing number of lawmakers have complained that some states have failed to do so. Hence the legislation -- and its companion bill in the House -- which would repeal the exemption and impose regulation by the consumer-focused Federal Trade Commission.

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Jan 19, 2007 Senate Passes Ethics Package: Parties Reach Hard-Fought Deal On Lobbying and Other Reforms

QUOTE: The Senate legislation, hailed by proponents as the most significant ethics reform since Watergate, would ban gifts, meals and travel funded by lobbyists, and would force lawmakers to attach their names to special-interest provisions and pet projects that they slip into bills. Lawmakers would have to pay charter rates on corporate jets, not the far-cheaper first-class rates they pay now.

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Jan 09, 2007 Public Safety and Profit: On the Same Wavelength?

QUOTE: [Nextel's] O'Brien wants to get rich the Washington way -- using lobbyists. He's hired a bunch of big guns to get control of more than $5 billion worth of broadband spectrum. He wants it for a noble cause: to help first responders communicate during emergencies. But O'Brien also hopes to manage the valuable space, and that work just might make him his second fortune.

Washington Post
Dec 01, 2006 Treasury Undersecretary's Dual Roles Raise Questions

QUOTE: Robert K. Steel is a Washington oddity....Top federal executives customarily drop their nongovernmental posts to devote themselves to their time-consuming federal tasks and to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest with their public responsibilities.

Washington Post
Aug 23, 2006 Sen. Clinton Delays AIDS Law's Renewal, Citing Cut in N.Y. Funds

QUOTE: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is holding up renewal of the primary federal law that battles HIV/AIDS, the 1990 Ryan White Act, causing a rift among activists...But she said that the Ryan White measure as drafted would "unfairly shift millions of dollars in funding away from New York and other states that have been hardest hit by the epidemic, jeopardizing their ability to provide vital care and treatment services."

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Aug 21, 2006 Targeting Likely Advocates With Web Ads

QUOTE: To trade groups hunting for legislative supporters, C.P.A. means Cost Per Advocate, and it refers to the amount they have to spend to sign up a single citizen-activist for their causes...Some people...see these efforts as manipulative, the kind of powerful tool that only wealthy interests can afford.

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Aug 07, 2006 Number of Black Lobbyists Remains Shockingly Low

QUOTE: one thing has not changed...the number of African American lobbyists...has remained remarkably small...How is it possible that any profession -- let alone a profession that deals with the government -- has such a tiny representation of African Americans?

Washington Post
Aug 01, 2006 Tax Shelters Saved Billionaires a Bundle: Senate Panel Will Question Financial Advisers and Clients Who Used Offshore Schemes

QUOTE: A Senate committee today plans to criticize multimillion-dollar tax-avoidance schemes used by four prominent individuals, to highlight what it concludes is a more than $40 billion-a-year drain on federal coffers by offshore tax scams.

Washington Post
Jul 28, 2006 Congress to Adopt Scaled-Down Rules on Lobbying

QUOTE: Unable to agree on major lobbying and ethics legislation, Senate and House leaders have made plans to adopt vastly scaled-back versions of the measures as part of their rules so that lawmakers can claim that they responded to recent congressional scandals...But rank-and-file lawmakers resisted efforts to limit such lobbyist-provided perks, and interest groups began to pressure Congress to reject the harshest proposals.

Washington Post
Jul 11, 2006 Lawmaker Criticized for PAC Fees Paid to Wife

QUOTE: In the past two years, campaign and political action committees controlled by Rep. John T. Doolittle (R-Calif.) paid ever-larger commissions to his wife's one-person company and spent tens of thousands of dollars on gifts at stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Tiffany & Co. and a Ritz-Carlton day spa.

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Jul 10, 2006 $2 Million Payment to Former Lobbyist Raises Eyebrows, Questions

QUOTE: Jeffrey S. Shockey...last year collected nearly $2 million in severance payments from his former employer, a lobbying firm that specializes in winning benefits from the committee he now serves. Many longtime Washingtonians are shaking their heads in disbelief over the payout's enormous size, its ad hoc method of calculation and the fact that Shockey received it while working as a senior congressional aide.

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Jun 21, 2006 Ex-Aide To Bush Found Guilty: Safavian Lied in Abramoff Scandal

QUOTE: A federal jury found former White House aide David H. Safavian guilty yesterday of lying and obstructing justice, making him the highest-ranking government official to be convicted in the spreading scandal involving disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Washington Post

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