The “revolving door” of US legislators leaving their offices to become lobbyists might soon come to a halt, thanks to increased public awareness and an odd Twitter exchange this week.
Alabama lawmakers shelved last week a new bill that would have eliminated the current ban on public officials receiving gifts and reduce the penalties for low-level bribery convictions to misdemeanors.
A complaint filed on July 21 accuses a California congressman and his staff director of lobbying against a US law that sanctions Russian officials linked to the 2009 death of a whistleblower.
Four top officials of Kazakhstan’s pharmacy committee have been detained over allegations of bribery, embezzlement and lobbying on behalf of pharmaceutical companies, the state-run outlet Kazinform reported Monday.
Until late last year, a mention of Macedonia in the halls of power in Washington, DC, would most likely elicit only shrugs.
Former US Rep. Dan Burton (R-Indiana) resigned as chairman of the Azerbaijan America Alliance on Mar. 1 saying he has not been paid for his services for a year, reported Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).
When Azerbaijan needed a good lobbyist in Washington, it built one—and ever since, she has gone out of her way to hide her deep connections to the ruling regime.
One of the enduring mysteries in Azerbaijan’s crackdown on human rights has been why countries like the US have been so slow to condemn it.
Unfair and opaque lobbying practices have left governments in the European Union (EU) prone to corruption, according to a report released by watchdog Transparency International (TI).
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