Sen. John B. Breaux
April 2003: Democratic Senator (and former member of the House of Representatives) 1986- from Louisiana.
April 2008: '“If we call it a campaign contribution, that makes it legal,” Mr. Breaux said. “I can’t buy a $20 breakfast for a senator whom I’ve known for years, but I can give him a $1,000 campaign contribution.”'http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/20/washington/20lobby.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Member of (past or present) US Senate Organization
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Apr 20, 2008 Ethics Law Isn’t Without Its Loopholes
QUOTE: Starting Monday, Washington lobbyists must file detailed quarterly reports of their activities...But even as they try to figure out what the law requires, lobbyists are working to preserve the access and influence they have in Congress and at federal agencies.
New York Times May 01, 2007 Tribune Deal Makes Zell Ace of Tax Dodgers
QUOTE: the pending sale of Tribune Co., the big media firm in which the Chandlers are the largest shareholders, exploits a loophole so gaping that we taxpayers can only pray that someone closes it quickly. But it's not the Chandlers, media magnates (L.A. Times, Newsday, the Baltimore Sun), whose shenanigans I've tracked for 15 years, who are dodging taxes here. It's Sam Zell, the Chicago real-estate mogul who's buying control of Tribune.
Washington Post Jul 19, 2006 Pilots Battle Mandatory-Retirement Law: Lobby retains Patton Boggs in effort to deep-six federal safety provision; powerful union remains obstacle
QUOTE: For Turner and other pilots nearing age 60 their professional fate is sealed: Federal Aviation Administration rules stipulate that pilots above 60 years of age cannot fly commercial passengers or cargo planes for safety reasons.
Law.com Sep 12, 2005 Katrina Pushes Issues of Race and Poverty at Bush
QUOTE: ...the White House has been scrambling to quell perceptions that race was a factor in the slow federal response to Katrina and that its policies have contributed to the festering poverty propelled into public view by the disaster.
Washington Post Sep 08, 2005 Money Flowed to Questionable Projects: State Leads in Army Corps Spending, but Millions Had Nothing to Do With Floods
QUOTE: ...hundreds of millions of dollars have gone to unrelated water projects demanded by the state's congressional delegation and approved by the Corps, often after economic analyses that turned out to be inaccurate. Despite a series of independent investigations criticizing Army Corps construction projects as wasteful pork-barrel spending, Louisiana's representatives have kept bringing home the bacon.
Washington Post Feb 02, 2005 Bush to Geezers: Save Yourselves! On Social Security, the president says to throw the kids overboard.
QUOTE: The president painted his plan to alter the Social Security system as a grand bargain in which the current generation of older Americans, like parents saving for their children's college tuition, would forgo some small benefit so that the next generation could reap huge rewards. Sounds terrific. Except what Bush proposed is actually the exact opposite...
Slate Jun 20, 2004 Lawmaker-Turned-Lobbyist A Growing Trend on the Hill
QUOTE: Two decades ago, legislators would not have been so bold about their interest in making lobbying a second career. But nowadays, sky-high lobbying salaries -- and the tendency of lawmakers to move their families to the D.C. area -- have made consulting for corporations a frequent, even acceptable career path.
Washington Post Jun 07, 2004 Move to Stiffen Decency Rules Is Losing Steam in Washington
QUOTE: After awards-show expletives and Super Bowl breast-baring, federal lawmakers began lining up to attach their names to election-year legislation to rid the airwaves of material they considered indecent.
New York Times Mar 26, 2004 Sorry -- No a la Carte Cable
QUOTE: One possible solution being proposed is a la carte cable, a way to give consumers more choice over what they watch and how much they pay for it.
Washington Post Nov 07, 2003 With Medicare Bill Stalled, House Speaker Prods Panel
QUOTE: ...Republican-sponsored Medicare drug bill that addresses the future of the health insurance program for the elderly. He characterized the bait as being the promise of new drug benefits but said that Republicans then would privatize Medicare and cap spending.
New York Times Jul 07, 2003 Report Criticizes Federal Oversight of State Medicaid
QUOTE: Congressional investigators found "medical and physical neglect" of some Medicaid recipients..."States prepare good plans of care for Medicaid recipients, but there's no follow-through"...
New York Times Jun 20, 2003 A Washington Bouquet: Hire a Lawmaker's Kid
QUOTE: These days, when a corporation or interest group wants support from a key member of Congress, it often hires a member of the lawmaker's family.
Los Angeles Times Apr 23, 2003 U.S. Sugar Industry Targets New Study
QUOTE: The sugar industry has launched a vigorous campaign to discredit a World Health Organization report on healthful diets, questioning why the Geneva-based group would urge people to derive no more than 10 percent of their daily caloric intake from sugar additives.
Washington Post May 16, 2001 New Bill on Patients' Rights Is Both Hailed and Criticized
QUOTE: President Bush warmly endorsed a new bill defining patients' rights today...Injured patients could recover damages to reimburse them for lost earnings, medical expenses and related costs. But the bill would prohibit punitive damages and would limit verdicts for pain and suffering to $500,000.
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