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By Michael Dresser and Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2013
Hospitals and other health care interests spent more than $3.6 million on lobbying in Maryland during the first half of the year, more than any other industry, according to an analysis by Common Cause Maryland. The group, which advocates for governmental accountability, said the expenditures could be attributed in part to the rollout of new national health care requirements. Common Cause, which reviewed lobbying reports to the State Ethics Commission for the six months through April 30, said the single biggest spender was the Maryland Hospital Association.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | March 30, 2014
Your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins. That bit of live and let live wisdom, usually attributed -- some say misattributed -- to Oliver Wendell Holmes, provides a useful framework for considering a high profile case argued before the Supreme Court last week. The Affordable Care Act requires businesses, if they provide health insurance for their employees, to include contraceptive care in that coverage. Hobby Lobby, a chain of arts and crafts stores, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a cabinet maker, say doing so would require them to violate their religious beliefs.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2010
A bill that would have banned convicted felons from working to influence legislation in Baltimore County was withdrawn Monday after concerns that it appeared to target one particular lobbyist, Bruce C. Bereano. "We want something more comprehensive to include other aspects of government," the bill's sponsor, Councilman Vince Gardina, said. "We want to extend it beyond lobbying to anyone dealing with government business or any general involvement with government." Gardina said there was a perception that his bill targeted Bereano — who had lobbied against the councilman's efforts to broadly restrict the indoor tanning industry — but that was never his intent.
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March 29, 2014
In the article regarding the Hobby Lobby case before the U.S. Supreme Court ( "Health care to high court," March 26), Rev. Harry Knox is quoted as saying, "Religious liberty is not about bosses being able to impose their religious beliefs on their employees, it's about their employees being able to practice their own religious liberty in the privacy of their own homes. " Let's be clear. Bosses do not go into their employees' homes and force them to avoid contraception or abortion.
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By Annie Linskey | annie.linskey@baltsun.com | April 3, 2010
A Democratic blogger is stirring an online discussion over whether Maryland's main Tea Party group is operating out of bounds by pushing for state legislation without having registered as a lobbying organization. It's not unusual for small, new groups to run afoul of the state Ethics Commission by failing to file required paperwork, but the issue has captured attention in this case because members of the conservative group Americans for Prosperity rail against "registered lobbyists" in their pitches to supporters.
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By Dan Eggen and Dan Eggen,The Washington Post | March 22, 2009
WASHINGTON -Nonprofit and public interest groups are scrambling to adapt to President Barack stringent new ethics guidelines, which are so sweeping that they have blocked the ability of many sympathetic activists to get hired by the new administration. Many of the groups are rushing to terminate or curtail their lobbying activities as a result of the rules, which bar new officials from making policy on any matter involving their former employer or clients for a period of two years or from working at an agency they lobbied within the past two years.
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By JOSHUA EISENMAN | February 8, 2006
WASHINGTON -- As the Jack Abramoff scandal arouses scrutiny of Washington lobbying, China is cashing into the game of political influence on Capitol Hill. Beijing is spending millions of dollars to secure its U.S. interests, improve its image and counter skepticism of Chinese intentions and values. This is a new development, and it will come under scrutiny today at a hearing of a House International Relations Committee panel. For years, Beijing enjoyed a low profile in Washington, allowing the U.S. business community to lobby for the bilateral economic relationship; both benefited.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 12, 2001
The Baltimore Teachers Union and the Baltimore Education Network are sponsoring a free workshop tomorrow for parents on strategies for lobbying the General Assembly on behalf of city schools. The training session, which will offer lobbying techniques, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the fourth floor of City Hall. Information and registration: 410-225-7152, Ext. 5.
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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Sun Staff Writer | December 23, 1994
State Sen. James C. Simpson, the latest outgoing legislator to turn to lobbying, delayed the start of his new career yesterday after learning that his original timetable would violate ethics law.Senator Simpson, a former Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, said he would postpone joining a well-known Annapolis lobbying firm until he officially leaves office Jan. 11.The firm of Manis, Canning & Associates announced yesterday that the senator would...
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Susan Reimer | March 28, 2014
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments last week about the Affordable Care Act's requirement that employers of a certain size provide health care plans that pay for birth control for women. One of the plaintiffs, Hobby Lobby, a chain of craft stores in the South owned by a religious family, does not object to providing all forms of birth control. The family objects only to the IUD and two drugs commonly known as "the morning after pill" and "the week after pill" because, they believe, this device and these drugs would prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to a woman's uterus.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
A springtime snowfall dampening their signs, if not their spirits, several hundred activists divided into opposing groups Tuesday on the plaza in front of the Supreme Court to make their own opening arguments over the Affordable Care Act. The point of contention: the law's requirement that privately owned businesses provide employees with health insurance that covers contraception. Supporters offered up call-and-response volleys of, "Pro-birth control, pro-family. " Opponents countered with the chant, "Pro-faith, pro-freedom, pro-life.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2014
A major speed and red light camera company is lobbying city government to take over the city's once-lucrative traffic camera system, records show. Throughout 2013, Arizona-based speed camera firm American Traffic Solutions Inc. spent $25,000 lobbying city government in hopes of winning a new traffic camera contract after the city shut the system down in April amid accuracy concerns. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has said she intends to restart the system, which was once North America's largest, this year.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2014
The power couple of Lisa Harris Jones and Sean Malone once again topped lobbying totals in Baltimore last year, bringing in $285,000 for their work in the city — nearly double what businesses paid them a year before. Lobbying forms reviewed by The Baltimore Sun show Malone made $149,250 and Harris Jones $134,750 in 2013 representing their clients' interests on city legislation and contracts. The couple are close friends with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who officiated at their wedding in Las Vegas and vacationed at Harris Jones' Delaware beach house.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2014
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti knows that Ray Lewis and Ed Reed will be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame the moment they become eligible. With former Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams, who was nominated last week for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame , Bicsciotti feels that a little politicking for his longtime friend couldn't hurt. Realizing that the 68-year-old Williams is as resolute about not lobbying for votes as he was unwilling to deal with certain AAU coaches when it came to recruiting their players, Bisciotti is confident that he and others -- including some of Williams' former competitors -- will to take up the fight to get Williams honored later this year.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2014
County Executive Laura Neuman, House of Delegates Speaker Michael E. Busch, state Sen. Edward Reilly and other Anne Arundel County lawmakers joined school officials this week in petitioning the state Board of Public Works for more funding for school projects, namely $25 million to begin reconstruction for Severna Park High School. At the so-called beg-a-thon for statewide school money, state comptroller and Public Works board member Peter Franchot read from emails he'd received that depicted Severna Park High as "unsafe, unhealthy for children … and literally falling apart.
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By PETER STONE | May 30, 1993
When President Clinton unveiled an energy tax proposal in his speech to Congress last month, shock waves rolled through the offices of Washington's energy lobbyists. But for some of Washington's hottest lobbying shops -- ones that specialize in orchestrating grass-roots mail and phone blitzes to members of Congress from the hinterlands -- the proposed tax has generated barrels of money.The American Energy Alliance, a coalition of more than 1,300 companies and trade groups including the American Petroleum Institute, has ponied up a million dollars to Burson-Marsteller Inc., the public relations giant, to nurture protests in 20 states against the tax, which Mr. Clinton wants to base on the energy content of fuels.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 12, 2001
The Baltimore Teachers Union and the Baltimore Education Network are sponsoring a free workshop tomorrow for parents on strategies for lobbying the General Assembly on behalf of city schools. The training session, which will offer lobbying techniques, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the fourth floor of City Hall. Information and registration: 410-225-7152, Ext. 5.
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By Mark Newgent | January 27, 2014
Vinny DeMarco, a progressive lobbyist for sin taxes and gun control issued this disingenuous and misleading statement on the tragic shooting at the Mall in Columbia this past weekend.  Marylanders To Prevent Gun Violence joins all Marylanders and Americans in holding in our prayers the victims of yesterday's shootings at the Columbia Mall. We also commend the Howard County police and other first responders for the great and heroic work they did yesterday to save lives. Based on what we know, this tragedy could have been much worse.
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January 13, 2014
It's unfortunate that hundreds of guns purchased in the weeks before Maryland's stricter firearms regulations went into effect last year ended up in the hands of people who should never have been allowed to own them. Most of the weapons have since been recovered, but one was sold to a man later accused of using it in a carjacking in Prince George's County, and others were purchased by people with criminal records, a history of mental illness or other disqualifying factors. Yet the fault for those failures doesn't lie with the law or with state police efforts to complete thousands of background checks on gun license applicants in a timely fashion.
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