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For the Wealthiest Political Donors, It Was a Very Good Year

For the Wealthiest Political Donors, It Was a Very Good Year | LobbyWatch | Scoop.it


“Our democracy just isn't going to survive in this type of atmosphere.” - Craig Holman, Public Citizen



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Happy new year ;)

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Juncker's promises misleading on mandatory lobby register

Juncker's promises misleading on mandatory lobby register | LobbyWatch | Scoop.it

A revised lobby register based on an inter-institutional agreement will lack mechanisms for verifying whether the information in the register is correct and will mean that there is no possibility to apply effective sanctions when incorrect information has been provided. This is the situation currently and a new inter-institutional agreement will not change that.

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Real intentions or marketing talks? ;)

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Italian dialogue of the deaf: citizens in the street, employers in newspapers

Italian dialogue of the deaf: citizens in the street, employers in newspapers | LobbyWatch | Scoop.it
ROME (Reuters) - Italian employers lobby Confindustria said on Wednesday the country's economy would shrink slightly more than it previously forecast in 2014, and would return slowly to growth the following
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The Italian dialogue of the deaf: some asks for decent living conditions, others keep singing the good old GDP tune...

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Conservative lobby group Alec plans anti-environmental onslaught

Conservative lobby group Alec plans anti-environmental onslaught | LobbyWatch | Scoop.it
Corporate lobbying network American Legislative Exchange Council is planning to draft a number of new bills attacking environmental protections
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Some might not have realised the message sent from Lima...

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COP20 - Big Business "Jekyll & Hyde" Approach

COP20 - Big Business "Jekyll & Hyde" Approach | LobbyWatch | Scoop.it

 "Businesses are boosting their brand by appearing to support climate reforms, while working to block policies to achieve these goals at very same time"

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Always check what people say and what they really do :)


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Corporate lobbyists celebrate as EU budget clampdown collapses

Corporate lobbyists celebrate as EU budget clampdown collapses | LobbyWatch | Scoop.it
Efforts to limit the influence of big business in European Union policy-making suffered a blow this week with the collapse of a budget freeze aimed at forcing reform of the corporate-dominated expert groups that advise on EU legislation.
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weekend must read!

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Wall Street Spent $1.2 Billion in Campaign Donations and lobbying

Wall Street Spent $1.2 Billion in Campaign Donations and lobbying | LobbyWatch | Scoop.it
Financial services firms and entities spent more on the 2014 election cycle than any mid-terms prior. Here are the 15 that spent the most.
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Not surprising, nothing has changed 6 years after the crisis... ;)

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Time for EU mandatory lobby register? It seems so!

Time for EU mandatory lobby register? It seems so! | LobbyWatch | Scoop.it

Only a mandatory EU lobby register which is backed by full legislation will ensure that lobbyists who fail to register, who provide false information about their activities, or who break the other rules of the transparency register can be effectively sanctioned"

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Luxembourg tax files: part two (and probably not the last one)

Luxembourg tax files: part two (and probably not the last one) | LobbyWatch | Scoop.it
New leaked documents reveal more firms using Grand Duchy for favourable tax arrangements, putting pressure on EC president, Jean-Claude Juncker
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Keep digging :)

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"Taming corporate power", by George Monbiot

"Taming corporate power", by George Monbiot | LobbyWatch | Scoop.it

George Monbiot: "Big business and its lobbyists have taken control of our politics. But there is an alternative: here’s how we can take on the fat cats"

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some food for thoughts :)

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TTIP and ISDS: Juncker’s birthday headache

TTIP and ISDS: Juncker’s birthday headache | LobbyWatch | Scoop.it

On Tuesday (9 December) an estimated 60 “Stop TTIP” activists will give Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker a giant 60th birthday card signed by one million opponents of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

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What does Goldman Sachs spend in lobby activities?

What does Goldman Sachs spend in lobby activities? | LobbyWatch | Scoop.it
Explore the billions of dollars special interest groups are spending on lobbying in Washington, D.C., -- and on what -- at OpenSecrets.org.
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For information, Goldman Sachs does not want to register in Brussels...

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Russia Vs USA: when lobbying is a weapon

Russia Vs USA: when lobbying is a weapon | LobbyWatch | Scoop.it
A Russian energy company partly owned by a friend of President Vladimir Putin has spent at least $280,000 in lobbying aimed in part at opposing a Senate bill that seeks to broaden U.S. economic sanctions against Russia for invading Ukraine.
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21st century war?

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Thousands protest in Brussels against EU-US trade ageement

Thousands protest in Brussels against EU-US trade ageement | LobbyWatch | Scoop.it
Protestors gathered in front of an empty EU summit building on Friday to demonstrate against the EU-US free trade pact talks.
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The battle keeps going on... (ps: TTIP should not make us forget that the EU and USA are signing many other free trade agreement with other nations in the meantime...)

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Canadian tar sands crude oil soon in Europe

Canadian tar sands crude oil soon in Europe | LobbyWatch | Scoop.it

“This is a clear signal that the Parliament is dissatisfied with the Commission bowing to the pressure of the oil industry, the US, and Canada" - Colin Roche, extractives campaigner with Friends of the Earth Europe

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UN conference in Lima is definitely over, and probably well forgotten...

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Lobby makes Juncker to delay waste and air quality packages

Lobby makes Juncker to delay waste and air quality packages | LobbyWatch | Scoop.it

MEPs accused Juncker of bowing down to the demands of industrial lobby groups, with some pointing out the similarity between today's plans and the demands of industry lobby group BusinessEurope

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Greener EU economy? not for now....

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Why law firms should now disclose in the lobby register

Why law firms should now disclose in the lobby register | LobbyWatch | Scoop.it

The position of legal firms who refuse to clarify lobbying activities is simply not credible and, now that banks are finally signing up to transparency, also no longer tenable. It is time for all law firms involved in lobbying the European Union to come clean, and publish meaningful entries in the EU’s transparency register.

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Time to move on, isn'it? :)

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Sharp increase of EU poverty rate - Eurostat

Sharp increase of EU poverty rate - Eurostat | LobbyWatch | Scoop.it

This publication provides a statistical overview of living conditions in Europe: these include poverty and inequality; living standards and their affordability for households; quality of housing and the living environment, as well as other material living conditions, along with their interrelationships with the social, labour and health status of a household; and aspects of child poverty and social exclusion, as well as the family-related factors in childhood which affect the situation of today's adults. While the publication aims at covering as broadly as possible the various aspects of this multifaceted subject, the indicators presented in it have been necessarily selected so as to highlight important or interesting issues. It provides therefore a starting point for further in-depth investigation, based on relevant data available on Eurostat's website.

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25% of EU population at risk of poverty, in the world biggest economic bloc...

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U.S. lobbyists predict more Dodd-Frank changes, not overhaul, in 2015

U.S. lobbyists predict more Dodd-Frank changes, not overhaul, in 2015 | LobbyWatch | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. financial industry victories this week walking back post-crisis reforms will embolden Republicans in 2015 to push for more changes, but lobbyists say they are not holding out
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All fine captain, all fine! (3 minutes before Titanic hit the iceberg)

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Twitter storm for green economy aimed at EU Commission

Twitter storm for green economy aimed at EU Commission | LobbyWatch | Scoop.it

 European Commission proposals on the circular economy and air quality are in imminent danger of being scrapped. Tweet now!

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Steady? Ready? Tweet!

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Internet firms push to be left out of EU cybersecurity law

Internet firms push to be left out of EU cybersecurity law | LobbyWatch | Scoop.it
EU lawmakers want the law to cover only sectors that they consider critical, such as energy, transport and finance. But the Commission - the EU executive - and some countries, such as Germany and France, are pushing to include cloud providers, social networks, search engines and e-commerce platforms because of their widespread use by people and businesses. Internet companies are firmly opposed to such a move, which would incur extra compliance costs.
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'All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.' - George Orwell  ;)

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Ivan Garcia-Hidalgo's curator insight, December 11, 2014 10:00 AM

Internet firms push to be left out of EU #cybersecurity law, Google and Cisco among them.

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Diesel cars banned from EU cities by 2020?

Diesel cars banned from EU cities by 2020? | LobbyWatch | Scoop.it

Mayor of Paris calls for a ban on diesel cars and a UK report suggests a scrappage scheme.

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The kind of issues where heavy lobbying is probably already talking place ;)

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The new conquistadors & climate change

The new conquistadors & climate change | LobbyWatch | Scoop.it

How corporations causing social and environmental destruction in the Andes and Amazon are driving climate change, whilst enjoying influential seats at the climate-negotiating table. by CEO, the Democracy Center and Transnational Institute

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Love affair between banking lobby and Commissioner Jonathan Hill?

Love affair between banking lobby and Commissioner Jonathan Hill? | LobbyWatch | Scoop.it

Just a few days before Hill sent the letter to Timmermans, the British Bankers’ Association and the French Banking Federation jointly wrote to Timmermans to ask that the reform bill be withdrawn because it would harm capital markets and complicate the implementation of national laws.

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EU Bank reform? Not for now!

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Lobbying standards still not where they should be

Lobbying standards still not where they should be | LobbyWatch | Scoop.it
The perception among the general public is that the wrong incentives are driving policy decisions at the expense of the public interest.
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Remember lobbying is not jsut a problem of transparency, but also of balance of power.

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