LittleSis got a great piece of press today in The Buffalo News. Business reporter Stephen Watson really “got” our site and explained it in a clear way to readers, too. The story references our Robert Hormats report and our health care project with the Huffington Post Investigative Fund, but also recognizes the larger context of the role of watchdog sites.
Here’s an excerpt:
By bringing these relationships to the public’s attention, LittleSis and other citizen-watchdog Web sites are filling a need, proponents said.
“The fact of the matter is many people in Congress have strong ties to, and relationships with, powerful corporations, lobbyists and special interests. And the public should know about them by whatever means possible,” said Dave Levinthal, a Buffalo native and spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics, which operates Open- Secrets.org.
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For Democrats, Kennedy’s death has become a rallying point to pass a health bill. (NYT)
The national debt may double in the next 10 years. (Reuters)
Republicans come out with a “Medicare manifesto” in an effort to get senior citizens on their side. (WSJ)
In response to a Wall Street Journal article on Monday, the SEC and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority will examine weekly trading tips given by Goldman Sachs research analysts to their biggest clients. (WSJ)
In 2005, another example of questionable ties between lobbyists and government positions drifted into the fore, raising the eyebrows of some political pundits and government watchdogs: James C. Langdon Jr., Chairman of George W. Bush’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, lobbied William Wicker, a high-ranking executive at Goldman Sachs Asia, in order to secure a major lobbying contract with China National Offshore Oil Company [CNOOC] for his law firm:
Langdon met with CNOOC’s investment banking partner, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., in February, marshalling a long friendship with Beijing-based Goldman executive William Wicker to help win his law firm’s lobbying contract, Akin Gump officials confirmed. They say he recused himself in late March from further involvement in the matter, either for Akin Gump or the PFIAB. (Washington Post, 2005).
In addition to big print media sources, we here at LittleSis have been carefully following what the powerful blog world has to say. With respect to our health care project, there is a lot of quality stuff being written out in the blogosphere. All of you looking up congressional-staffers-turned-healthcare-lobbyists might be interested to see what’s being posted out there.
The New York Times launched a health care reform blog last week named Prescriptions. Although late to the blogging game, the Times staked its claim by identifying the key players in the health care debate. They’re also posting two to three times a day because they have a whole host of contributors. The blog is aggressively updated by Times political reporter Katharine Seelye and supplemented with smaller items by Washington reporters Andrea Fuller, David Herszenhorn, Robert Pear and unidentified health care “experts.”
NPR also has a blog mostly written by Scott Hensley (former health blogger for the Wall Street Journal, incidentally). It mixes science health news with stories from Washington, but Hensley is clearly well-versed in past reform efforts on the Hill.
The Cash for Clunkers program, which just saw a cash infusion from Congress, will end Monday. (WSJ)