lobbying http://michiganradio.org en Stateside: Lobbying in Michigan, the 'Wild, Wild West' http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-lobbying-michigan-wild-wild-west <p>It seems nearly every leader who takes office, including President Barack Obama and Governor Rick Snyder, promises to make transparent the dealings between lobbyists, special interest groups and our elected officials.</p><p>The results of these promises, however, are often underwhelming.</p><p><a href="http://www.publicintegrity.org/">The Center for Public Integrity</a> recently gave Michigan an “F” on its Corruption Risk Report Card.</p><p>With this dismal grade comes the question: Why is Michigan lacking in the areas of ethics and transparency?</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 17:46:47 +0000 Stateside Staff 9522 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Lobbying in Michigan, the 'Wild, Wild West' With 38 days until Election Day, interest groups try to bet on winning candidates http://michiganradio.org/post/38-days-until-election-day-interest-groups-try-bet-winning-candidates <p>We are now a little more than 925 hours from when the polls open in Michigan on Election Day. But, for some voting has already started. Absentee ballots have been available for a week now. Soon, they’ll go in the mail to households that have requested them and people will begin mailing them back and dropping them off. Which means, it’s getting close to the end game: people are making their final decisions before November 6th. But, we’re not just talking about voters here, lobbyists and interest groups are making decisions about candidates, as well.</p><p>These are the interest groups that swirl around elections – we’ve seen a lot of attention paid to 527 groups and so-called educational committees that are not actually part of a campaign – but still put out ads and mailers in support of a particular candidate. And, here in Michigan, these interests are keeping a close eye on the state House - where all 110 seats are up for re-election.</p><p>Recently, there have been some polls that should give a modicum of hope to Democrats. They’re in the minority in Lansing, and they need to turn 10 seats to take control of the state House. The Detroit News published a poll last week that suggests Democrats have the advantage in a generic matchup against&nbsp; Republicans; meaning these people who were polled expressed a preference for a no-name Democrat in a match-up with a no-name Republican in legislative races. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 18:32:50 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 9289 at http://michiganradio.org With 38 days until Election Day, interest groups try to bet on winning candidates Lobbyists leave GOP National Convention. Next stop, Democratic National Convention http://michiganradio.org/post/lobbyists-leave-gop-national-convention-next-stop-democratic-national-convention <p>The Republicans have wrapped up their convention in Tampa. Now hundreds of business people and lobbyists are boarding planes to join the Democrats in Charlotte for their national convention next week. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 07:00:11 +0000 Steve Carmody 8893 at http://michiganradio.org Lobbyists leave GOP National Convention. Next stop, Democratic National Convention Lacking Integrity in State Government http://michiganradio.org/post/lacking-integrity-state-government <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">First, the bad news: A State Integrity Commission yesterday released a new study of ethics and integrity in state governments across the United States. To quote the New York Times, it found:</font></font></font></font></p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 15:29:42 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6704 at http://michiganradio.org Lacking Integrity in State Government Money and politics: when the fix makes it worse http://michiganradio.org/post/money-and-politics-when-fix-makes-it-worse <p>Many voters suspect politicians are corrupted by money. Campaign contributions and cozy relationships with lobbyists make voters wonder if their elected officials have their best interests at heart. That&rsquo;s led to attempts to fix the problem in Michigan, but observers say sometimes the &lsquo;fix&rsquo; makes the problem worse.</p><p>Politicians <strong><em>need</em></strong> money to run campaigns to win elections. And often that money comes from the rich and powerful. But what do those politicians get in return?</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 6286 at http://michiganradio.org Money and politics: when the fix makes it worse Bart Stupak announces new position http://michiganradio.org/post/bart-stupak-announces-new-position <p>Former Michigan Representative Bart Stupak has accepted a new position in the Legislative and Government Affairs Group at Venable LLP, a law and lobbying firm.</p><p>Representative Stupak received national attention for his last minute decision to support the White House-led health care reform effort, which he had previously opposed.</p><p><a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/11/stupaks-next-move/">CNN </a>reports:</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 19:33:08 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2022 at http://michiganradio.org Bart Stupak announces new position Unpopular Votes http://michiganradio.org/post/unpopular-votes <p>For the last two months, Michigan has been consumed with debate over Governor Snyder&rsquo;s proposed new budget --&nbsp; and with a number of his other deal-changing priorities as well, such as the just passed tough new Emergency Financial Manager law.</p><p>But there are other issues, and a lobbyist for one showed up in Lansing yesterday to urge the legislature to vote to change the way we elect presidents. Tom Golisano, a millionaire businessman and philanthropist, is the spokesperson for a group called National Popular Vote, which is beginning to have some success.</p> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 18:54:33 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 1711 at http://michiganradio.org Unpopular Votes Catholic Church weighs in on state Earned Income Tax Credit battle http://michiganradio.org/post/catholic-church-weighs-state-earned-income-tax-credit-battle <p>State lawmakers trying to eliminate the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/eitc">Earned Income Tax Credit</a> are hearing from the Catholic Church.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.micatholicconference.org/public-policy/">Michigan Catholic Conference</a> says keeping the credit for the working poor is its top policy goal for this year.</p><p>The Conference is the official lobbying arm of the Michigan’s Catholic Dioceses and represents 2.25 million people.</p><p>Dave Maluchnik is a spokesperson with the Michigan Catholic Conference.</p><blockquote><p>We have urged members of the House to reconsider their proposal to eliminate the earned income tax credit. There are numerous other groups out there in the state who are very concerned. In fact, there are many protestant organizations, Jewish organizations, that are very interested in protecting this policy.</p></blockquote><p>Lobbying on all sorts of issues will heat up in the coming weeks when Governor Rick Snyder announces his budget priorities for the next fiscal year on February 17th.</p><p>Sarah Alvarez - <em>Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Wed, 02 Feb 2011 20:18:44 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1132 at http://michiganradio.org Catholic Church weighs in on state Earned Income Tax Credit battle Pete Hoekstra joins law firm - lobbying group http://michiganradio.org/post/pete-hoekstra-joins-law-firm-lobbying-group <p><strong>Update 5:02 p.m.:</strong></p><p>A representative from Dickstein Shapiro LLP spoke with Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith. The rep. told Smith that Hoekstra plans to continue living in Holland. Hoekstra will apparently split his time (50/50) between home and Washington D.C. for now.</p><p>No word yet on whether Hoekstra is looking for a couch to crash on in D.C.</p><p><strong>3:39 p.m.:</strong></p><p>Former West Michigan Congressman Pete Hoekstra has a new job.</p><p>He'll be working as a senior advisor to <a href="http://www.dicksteinshapiro.com/">Dickstein Shapiro LLP</a>, a law firm and lobbying group with offices in Washington D.C., California, Connecticut, and New York.</p><p>Going from a member on Capitol Hill to a member of a group that lobbies Capitol Hill is a common path for many former members of Congress.</p><p>Hoekstra will join former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and former Senator Tom Hutchinson at the firm.</p><p>In the firm's <a href="http://www.dicksteinshapiro.com/newsevents/pressreleases/detail.aspx?news=1341">press release</a>, Hoekstra said he looks forward to collaborating with Hutchinson and Hastert on a "daily basis," and using his expertise in "strategic and contingency planning":</p><blockquote><p><span id="Header1_lblPageTitle"><span id="Header1_lblFlash">"National security—from homegrown terrorism to cyberwarfare </span></span>—continues, by necessity, to be a governmental imperative at all levels, and lawmakers in Washington make crucial decisions every day that impact corporations across America. As the Republican leadership in the U.S. House seeks to rein in federal spending, and as these important issues continue to loom large, there are few things more important than seasoned strategic counsel who understand the nuanced interworkings of government. Dickstein Shapiro has what it takes."</p></blockquote><p>Before he left, Hoekstra was the ranking Republican and a former chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Tue, 01 Feb 2011 22:02:43 +0000 Mark Brush 1119 at http://michiganradio.org Pete Hoekstra joins law firm - lobbying group