Virginia hospitals crying for more Medicaid

By   /  March 19, 2014  /  Affordable Care Act, Health Care, Lobbying, Medicaid, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

'FREE MONEY': Gov. Terry McAuliffe met with Dr. Patrick Neustatter in the Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg last week. (AP photo)

Virginia hospitals are behaving like hypochondriacs jonzing for a stronger Medicaid fix.

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Cabinet confirmations on hold as VA House reviews ‘alarming’ federal investigation into McAuliffe appointee

By   /  February 27, 2014  /  Congress, Lobbying, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

The House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations is digging into the activities of McAuliffe appointee Maurice Jones.

By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Confirmation of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s cabinet is on hold while Virginia officials study a report that the governor’s choice for Commerce and Trade  secretary violated anti-lobbying policies while working as an  Obama appointee.
Matthew Moran, communications director for Speaker of the House Bill Howell, said Virginia delegates are taking [...]

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Conflict of interest? VT lawmaker casts vote on employer-lobbied bill

By   /  February 12, 2014  /  Accountability, Energy, Ethics, Issues, Legislature, Lobbying, News, Non-Profits, Other News, Politics, State Government, State House, State Lobbying, State Politics, Top State News, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

RAISING THE BAR: Advocates push for ethics reform after Rep. Mike McCarthy denies "conflict of interest" vote

Rep. Mike McCarthy says a recent vote is not a conflict of interest, although one report suggests McCarthy’s employer lobbied for the proposed legislation several months ago.

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MN businesses can buy place on leadership council, but does it mean favored status at taxpayers’ expense?

By   /  January 29, 2014  /  City Government, economic development, Ethics, Lobbying, Local Government, Minnesota, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

DOES PROGRAM GIVE BUSINESSES SPECIAL ACCESS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT?  The MN League of Cities promotional campaign says no other program can position companies "more closely to Minnesota cities."

By Tom Steward | Watchdog Minnesota Bureau
ST. PAUL, Minn. — For $11, 500, Minnesota businesses can buy a premium membership with the Business Leadership Council, part of the Business Alliance Program.
The membership “provides unparalleled visibility and access to city officials and staff,” according to a November 2013 League of Minnesota Cities email to businesses statewide.
But does that money buy favored [...]

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Liberal ‘media’ group gets $520k dark money donation for war on right

By   /  December 4, 2013  /  Lobbying, National, News, Politics, State Government, unions, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Reporter  /  No Comments

Lisa Graves-cropped

By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
MADISON, Wis. — Two weeks ago, the liberal Center for Media and Democracy kicked off a national campaign to reveal the identities of anonymous contributors to conservative groups in an effort to unseat the GOP governor here.
Now the group may have to answer embarrassing questions about its own anonymous donors.
A Watchdog.org review of [...]

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